19 April 1894, Volume 14, Number 16.
The Will of God.
Would you know the sweet path of perfect rest,
Where no shadows may fall across thy road?
You may enter it now in Jesus’ breast, —
May find it low down in the will of God.
Are you laden with sin and filled with care?
Is your spirit oppressed beneath a load?
It is only because your stubborn will
Would not humble down to the will of God.
You may win a fair name of piety,
You may loudly sing of the cleansing blood,
You will surely be lost eternally,
If you will not walk in the will of God.
You may give all your goods to feed the poor,
You may labor in vain to make you good,
You are wretched, undone, forever more,
Unless you will yield to the will of God.
O lead me, dear Lord, in thy law of love;
The words of thy mouth are my daily food.
There is only one path to heaven above,
That way is the truth, is the will of God.
D. S. W.
WHEN at Topeka, Kan., camp meeting last season, a brother wished to know if one born of the Spirit was perfect in the sense of son- ship, or if the cleansing and baptism of the Holy Spirit in the work of sanctification constituted the new born souls more perfectly the sons of God; as if they were only in possession of a part of the faculties which constituted them sons in the new birth, and sanctification coming in to finish the work of birth.
Our reply was, when born of the Spirit we possess every element and faculty by which we become children of God. No additions nor subtractions to the birth of the Spirit could more perfectly constitute us the sons, or children of God. Therefore whatever may be received from God after the heavenly birth, may perfect the justified in other things, but cannot effect his sonship; it is perfect.
But an investigation of the new birth, what it is. etc., may help the reader to bette.. understand. This “new birth,” or “..eing born again” is not of the fles… “For that which is born of the flesh … flesh.” “Which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”), but is it a “Spirit birth’’ “and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” “So is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
This is by no means another soul or spiritual entity placed in man, but it is a new spirit; as it is written, “a new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.” And all who have obtained this “new spirit” are said to be born of the Spirit. Again, this “new” spirit is called the “Spirit of adoption,” or sonship. “But ye have received the Spirit of adoption [or sonship] whereby we cry, Abba, Father; the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.” — Rom. 8:15, 16. “But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons [or sonship]; and because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” Gal. 4:4-6. “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his.”
This is plain enough that a child can understand, that those having received the spirit of sonship in their hearts are born of God, hence the sons of God; and if sons then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. And those having not received the spirit of sonship are not God’s children, not his heirs, “none of his.”
Now if the spirit of sonship constitutes us heirs of God, where is the inheritance? We read in Acts 20:32, “and now brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them that are sanctified.” We glean from this verse:
1st. That there is an inheritance for the brethren (or children of God).
2d. That this inheritance is a “gift” and not a growth; is not a development of some of the faculties or powers obtained by birth, but is a gift that birth makes or constitutes a person its lawful heir, according to the promise of the Father.
3d. That the inheritance is distributed among the sanctified ones.
4th. That all the sanctified ones possess this inheritance.
5th. That none but sanctified ones have come into possession of this inheritance that the birth of the Spirit made them heirs thereof.
6th. That this inheritance comes through the ability of God and the word of his grace.
7th. That the gift of the inheritance is involved in the work of sanctification. And Acts 26:18, tells us that sanctification is by faith in Christ. Also the fact that Paul in 1 Cor. 1:2, and Jude in verse 1, writes to the sanctified ones, proves that sanctification is obtained in this life. Therefore we obtain possession of this inheritance before the death of the body, but after we are born of God.
This inheritance is “the Holy Spirit,” which of course includes its workings, and variety of gifts, and effects, etc. Now for the proof. “If ye be Christ’s, [have the Spirit of Christ] then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” — Gal. 3:29. “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” — Gal. 3:14. “For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of none effect. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law. but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the Father of us all.” — Rom. 4:14, 16.
Herein the Spirit is promised to the children of God as an inheritance. Who hath also sealed us and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” — 2 Cor. 1:22. An earnest is a part of a whole, or a bounty given as a pledge of the thing promised. And the Emphatic Diaglott reads as follows: “And given the pledge of the Spirit in our hearts.”
We have noticed that in the new birth “a new spirit was put within us” even “the spirit of sonship in our hearts,” which makes us heirs to the Holy Spirit. Then what could the spirit of sonship be but the pledge of the Spirit. These being identical, there is a spirit promised and pledged to the children of God, and God was careful to call it “that Holy Spirit of promise.”
It does not take a very deep mind to see that the spirit of sonship could not be a pledge of itself, but of that Holy Spirit of promise, which as an inheritance is promised only to the children of God. As it is written, “I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thy offspring.” “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” And “since ye believed ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.” “The Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, for it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you.” “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to them that are afar off, even to as many as the Lord our God shall call.” “To the end the promise might be sure to all the seed.”
This we deem sufficient to show that birth and sonship are perfect, before we can obtain an inheritance among all them that are sanctified; that sanctification does not perfect sonship. The work of sonship is a perfect work; so also is the obtaining of this inheritance a perfect work. And I bless the Lord for these two perfect works; the spirit of sonship a pledge, the Holy Ghost the thing pledged, my inherited possession. Your brot her in the one body,
Geo. L. Cole.
THE TRUE MOTHER.
“Thus saith the Lord. Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your trangressions is your mother put away.” Isa. 50:1.
HERE the Lord asks a question, concerning a mother and her divorcement. He only answers it partly, and leaves the rest to be answered by the sectarians of to day. Let us learn from the Word what this means. In connection with the text in chapter 49:16, 17 we read concerning Zion, “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me, thy children shall make haste, thy destroyers and they that make waste shall go forth of thee.” These texts speak directly concerning the restoration of Zion, or the church of God, after the darkness of Romish night, and gloominess of Protestantism, when God is gathering his elect from all places where they have been scattered by sectism since the apostasy began. The walls of Zion or the salvation of God’s people are (Isa. 60:18,) continually before him, they shall no more be destroyed by division, for their sun shall no more go down. 60:20, 21. In 49:17, it is said the children of Zion shall make haste. Not only do God’s people that have been banished from the glorious light of the gospel, as the captive exile, hastens to be loosed that he may not die in the pit (sect, or pit of darkness), but when they are delivered from the spoiler and the throne of mercy established, and Jesus sits upon it in truth, he seeks judgment and hastens righteousness. Isa. 16:4, 5. This work he will finish, and hasten it in his time. Isa. 60:22. And cut it short in righteousness. Rom. 9:28. And as the great eternal moves on in haste, his power and judgment increasing, they, the body of Christ must make haste to increase with the increase of God. Col. 2:19.
God’s people have been banished from their home so many years that many had forgotten their mother. “Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us [saints] all.” — Gal. 4:26. This heavenly Jerusalem, is the church of God. Heb. 12:22. And is called our mother because we are nourished by it. After wandering away from mother they became restless without her, and consequently were adopted by some harlot (sect), and becoming accustomed to her riotous way of living, they soon felt free to call her mother. For many centuries, they wandered among the multiplicity of harlots, calling them the churches, and trying to find a mother among them that lived just as the Bible taught. Failing in this, they continued to wander from one to another, until the final blast of God’s eternal truth, was thundered forth by the power of the Almighty in this glorious evening light. The watchmen begin to execute the judgment written and we hear the word of God breaking through the darkness, and the inhabitants of the earth are awakened. They quake and fear some great evil has come. But Zion heard and was glad. As they hear these words, There is one body, and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism. — Eph. 4:4, 5; 2:16; Col. 2:15. There is but one body, the body is the church. Eph. 1:23; Col. 1:24. And as we have seen the church is the mother, there can only be one church, and one mother. And the Lord says of the church, “My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother. — Cant. 6:9. She being the only one of her mother, there can be no sister. Then these creeds and sects that have arisen are not the church, nor is it possible for them to prove that they are in any way related to the church of Christ.
Now we will notice the text. The Lord asks those who have left the church of the firstborn, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement? Hear this, O ye sectarians, you say you have a right to manufacture sects and join them. Now God asks of you to show the bill of divorcement, that gives you the right to put away the mother or church of God, and to marry a harlot or sect. “Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you?” As any rational being can see that the conflicting parties can not all be right, and as there is but one faith taught in God’s word, and as every sect fights its sister and contends for the right to call itself the church, God asks which sect it is that he has become so indebted to, that he has had to sell his church to pay the debt. The Baptists think Jesus has sold to them, the M. E’s. think it belongs to them. Yea they about all claim it. But the Lord says, Which one is it? We will answer by the power of God that it belongs to none of them. “Behold, for your iniquities have you sold yourselves and for your transgressions is your mother put away.” Instead of the church being sold into sectism, the people have sold themselves to Satan, and he has scattered them and earned them out of Zion, from the mother; but she remains just the same, only one, and is pure and holy.
The sects have a mother though, and the Word tells us about her, she is called “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.” — Rev. 17:5. This mother is Romanism, from which has sprung every one of the so-called churches; hence they are the daughters and are called harlots. Catholicism being corrupt, and those born of her are also full of filthiness. For we read, As is the mother, so also is her daughter. Eze. 16:44. Some say we recognize our church as our mother. Very well then, she being the daughter of the mother of harlots, the mother of harlots then is your grand-mother and you are still related to her. The church is called the Lamb’s wife, Rev. 21:9, because Christ is married unto her. The true mother has Jesus for her husband. But we read in Hosea 2:2, Plead with your mother [sectism] for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband. The institutions built by man, that have doors that are opened and shut by man do not have any husband. And the people who belong to them are orphans and fatherless; their mothers are widows. Lam. 5:3. Many times the preachers boast of their numbers in the different sects, and say if sanctification and oneness are so blessed, why do so few accept it? and as one said a few days ago, “it is just a little handful that believe that way. The word will answer: Sing O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord. Isa. 54:1. Gal. 4:27. Here the Lord tells us that sectism has many mere children, or members, than the church of God, or bride of Christ. But praise the Lord, one shall chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, and if but few, there are enough to conquer. And the gates of hades shall not prevail against the bride of Jesus, nor sectism lead her captive any more, nor shall we be separated from our lawful mother. Praise ye the Lord!
W. A. Haynes.
A HOLY TREE.
I am the vine; ye are the branches. — John 15:5.
YE are the branches or the limbs of the vine; or in other words, Christ is the tree, and we are the limbs of that tree. Now if we are the true branches of such a noble and holy vine, then our fruits will be holy also; and by this we can tell who is of God, for “by their fruits ye shall enow them.” — Matt. 7:16. If we abide in Christ, we are holy, for he is holy. 1 Pet. 1:16. Then if we are holy, so are our fruits; therefore by their fruits ye shall know them. What is it to be free from sin? Is not a man that is free from sin a holy man? For sin is what makes us unholy, and the Bible teaches us, if we abide in Christ we are kept free from all sin. Paul speaking to the Roman brethren, said, Now being made free from sin and become servants of God, ye have your fruit unto holiness. — Rom. 6:22. We then see that their fruits were holy and they were also at that time freed from sin, :or we read in the 20th verse that when they were servants of sin they were free from righteousness. Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies, Rom. 6:12, for your bodies are the members of Christ, or as he said in John. Ye are the branches. Now if our bodies are the members of Christ, shall we take the members of Christ and join them to an harlot, or an unholy association? He that is joined unto the Lord is of one spirit. — 1 Cor. 6:17.
We see a great many different spirits among the professed Christians of to day, and we know the reason; it is because they have joined themselves to a sect instead of staying in God’s church. For every sect has somewhat of a different spirit. I once belonged to the U. B. and sinned every day, and thought I was all right; but when the pure light came, God showed me I was deluded of the devil. Praise God for the evening light that sets a man free rom sin, and free from sects and everything else but Christ! Thank God, to day finds me saved in Jesus from all sects and isms of the world. A man has no right to join himself to anything but Christ; for ye are sought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. — 2 Cor. 6:20.
Now you see we must be holy for God to dwell in us, and it means to be wholly unto the Lord; not one part belonging to God, and the other part to a sect. We cannot serve two masters. And God doesn’t want a Sunday Christian and an every day sinner, for 1 John 3:5, 6, says, “He that committeth sin is of the devil.” The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all. Amen. Your brother saved from all uncleanness,
O. S. Garner,
Stanley, W. Va.
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I need your prayers.
Pray for the bodily healing of Sister Mary A. Carr.
Pray for my wife whose right side has been paralyzed.
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Pray for for me May 1st that I may be saved.
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Birch Tree, Mo.
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Mrs. B. Edwards.
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Mrs. Edwin Stockwell.
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Pray that I may receive a satisfactory experience of soul, and also be healed of bodily afflictions. We would like for some one to come here and hold a meeting. It is a new place.
Do not forget to pray May 13, that I may be healed of asthma from which I have suffered much. We also desire a minister to come here and hold meetings. Your brother,
I ask the prayers of all the saints in behalf of my daughter that she may be healed of epilepsy, of which she has been afflicted many years. I am an earnest believer in the Lord, and an enquirer after righteousness. Your sister in the faith,
Lydia L. Cunningham,
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Kinder Hook, Branch Co., Mich.
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CORRECTIONS. In our recent article concerning “the young daughter of Babylon,” we, having been more perfectly informed, make the following corrections: The sect was founded by one Hanley, and Geo. Weavers, instead of the latter only. Also, Weavers had been a Baptist, instead of a Free Methodist, but learned the doctrine of holiness among the Free Methodist, and other brands of sect holiness.
Bro. Orr writes: The church at Allerton, Ia., will need more teaching soon, and if any of the ministers from the west, going to camp meeting would stop for a few days, they would be gladly received. Stop at Allerton, on the Rock Island road, or at Buda, on the Milwaukee road from Kansas City. Address Bro. Lafayette Sturgeon, Allerton, Wayne Co., Ia. Our address until you hear from us will be, No. 1239 11th St., Muscatine, Ia. Your saved brother.
C. E. Orr.
VERILY YE SHALL BE FED.
A brother writes an exhortation beseeching all God’s saints to “never take up any hat, hand or box collections for any professed preacher or company, who may come and labor among you, as this is a worldly, unscriptural, and sectarian practice, having originated in Babylon for the benefit of graceless and faithless men.”
We say amen to the exhortation. However it, we suppose, was not designed to include the treasury box which the apostle recommended to be kept in every church, 1 Cor. 16:12, which is one of the wisest financial policies that ever has been introduced.
In addition to the above, we would admonish all of God’s ministers and workers against the disgusting and God-dishonoring practice, whining about poverty, throwing out hints to work on sympathies, and thus in a mean cowardly way begging, which utterly beggars the character of our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, whom we profess to serve. Let the “people that do know their God, be strong,” and play the man. If you have needs, make them known to God. If God permits you to say anything to a brother or to the church about help, do it with a clear conscience, and in a frank open way. But never kill your usefulness, and your welcome, and stumble souls by resorting to hints and insinuations, and disgusting, indirect begging.
Again it is wisdom that every minister of the gospel, just as far as possible avoid sending on ahead for money to travel upon. Of course there will be instances when this is acceptable to God. But it is far best in most cases to go there and preach the gospel on means previously furnished. Especially when going to a new place, let it not be said that the money brought you. If you have the means, or can reasonably believe that God will furnish the same before you go, what is it but hypocrisy if you write, creating the impression you are dependent upon the brethren for the means to come to their place? It is not right in the sight of God to take advantage of men’s earnest desire for the gospel, to extort from them, in some cases, more than they would otherwise give, and, indeed, more than they are able. God has promised to supply all our needs, but it is none of our business from whence he brings it. To take the offer to send traveling expenses as the evidence that God wants you to go to a place, is to make money your god. To say you can’t go without they send you money, when you have, or will have the means is to lie. To go only where money is sent to bring you is to be governed by money, and not by God. If your needs are supplied by the liberality of other places, it is none of your business if you go sometimes on your own expense, and receive nothing there.
WHY SOME ARE NOT HEALED.
Dear Saints of God: I am sweetly saved and resting on God’s precious promises. Praise his name forever! The reason why some fail to get healed, while others get healed, was once a mistery to me; but praise God, the mist has passed away and I see plainly that only the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land. Some want to get healed, but they are not willing to come to God’s ways to get it. Very often some one sends for us to come and pray for them; when we get there, yes, they want to be healed but are not willing to make one move toward getting healed. Some will not give up the devil’s tobacco; some hold to one thing, some to another. May be some one would love to know what we do; why we pray God to convict them until they are willing to get where God can heal them.
Dear souls, if you are trying to get healed over any filth or crookedness, remember it is impossible, you must be cleaned up for God; must measure up to his whole word. I praise God! I am eating the little book. We must live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Only give God a chance and he will prove himself an all-sufficient Savior. Oh I am so glad I am saved in this blessed evening light. Truly I can say it pays to serve God. I speak from my heart. Dear saints of God, pray for husband and me who have given up home and all for Jesus. Praise God, we don’t want back one thing that we consecrated. Oh how I love all the dear children of God. And oh that last great day, when I will see you all face to face, and clasp hands in that city of gold! Amen and amen. Your sister in the one body,
A VOICE FROM THE HEATHER WORLD.
THE following remarkable letter I took from the paper. I would send it but I wish to retain it. It originally appeared in a New Zealand paper; we reprint from the CHURCH TIMES of December 29, 1893. I give it exactly word for word. “You published a few days ago the account which took place at a meeting of Maoris convened by the Bishop of Christ Church. I was present at that meeting, and wish you to give me the opportunity of answering one of the questions put to us by the Bishop, namely:
Why is the fire of Christian faith so low among the Maori people in my diocese?
I will tell you what. I think is the reason. We Maoris are confused and bewildered in our mind by the extraordinary way in which you Pakehas [Europeans] treat your religion. No body amongst you seems to be sure whether it means anything or nothing. At the bidding of the early missionaries we substituted what they told us was a true religion for that of our forefathers, which they called false. We accepted the book containing the history and precepts of the ‘True Religion’ as being really the word of God, binding upon us, his creatures. We offered daily, morning and evening worship to the Creator in every pan and village throughout New Zealand. We abolished slavery and polygamy, though by doing so we completely disorganized our social system and reduced our gentry to poverty, and inflicted much pain on those who were forced to sever some of the tenderest ties of human relationship. Just when we were beginning to train up our children to know and to obey God as manifest in Jesus Christ, Pakehas (Europeans) came in great numbers to this country. They visited our villages and appeared very friendly, but we noticed they did not pay the same respect to the Bible as we novices did. They never held any daily public worship unless a clergyman was there to conduct it. They ridiculed our strict notion about Sabbath keeping, and the wrongfulness of drunkenness, and unchastity, and they gave us generally to understand that all Pakehas but the clergy and a few fanatics held that the people might do just what they liked as long as they kept out of the grip of the law; that the only being we need to fear was the policeman, and the only book we need read, mark, learn, and obey the precept of, was the statute book. On seeking an explanation from our missionary friends of the plain contradiction between their statements and those of their countrymen, we received the same answer which they gave us when we asked them, when they first began to teach us Christianity.
Why sailor men and Port Jackson men did not honor God and the Bible as they did. They told us not to pay any attention to what such persons said, because they were like the Gentiles of old, unbelievers. Our minds were quieted for a time, and in all earnestness and sincerity we strove to put into practice what we willingly believed were God’s commands. But by and by we were still more disturbed and mystified by Pakeha ministers of religion, who came amongst us telling us that while the Bible was true, the interpretation put upon its contents by our missionaries was quite wrong. The Roman Catholics told us they alone knew the correct interpretation, and unless we joined them our souls would be lost. The Baptists followed, who ridiculed our presenting our children to Christ in baptism, and told us that as we had not been immersed we were not baptized Christians at all. Then came the Presbyterians who said the office of a bishop was unscriptural, and that in submitting to be confirmed by Bishop Selwyn we had gone through a meaningless ceremony.
Lastly came the Plymouth Brethren, who told us that Christ never instituted a visible church or ministry at all, but that every body ought to be his own minister and make his own creed. “Besides the confusion in our minds caused by the godless example of the majority of Pakehas, and the contradictory teaching given by ministers of religion, we were puzzled by the behavior of the government, who. while professing to be bound by the moral law contained in the Bible, did not hesitate, when we became powerless, to break solemn promises made to us when we were more numerous and strong than the Pakehas. Great was our surprise when the Parliament, composed not of ignorant, low-born men, but of Pakeha gentlemen, and professing Christians, put the Bible out of the schools and, while directing the teachers to diligently instruct the children of New Zealand in all kinds of knowledge, told them on no account to teach them anything about the Christian religion, anything about God and his laws. My heathen master taught me to fear and reverence the unseen powers, and my parents taught me to order every action of my life in obedience to the will of the Atuas, who would punish me if I offended them. But my children are not taught now in the schools of this Christian country to reverence any being above a policeman, or to fear any judge of their actions above an R. M. [Resident Magistrate].
I think when the bishop of Christ church asked us the other day the question I have ’already referred to, we might fairly have asked him to tell us first, why the fire of faith burns so low among his own Pakehas people. We might have quoted apt words from that book which English people want every one but themselves to take for their rule of life, and reverence as the word of the living God:
Physician, heal thyself. I do not think the Bishop had then seen the following statement reported in the daily newspapers as having been made at a public meeting by one of the most learned and most eloquent of the clergy. He could not attempt to prove the existence of God, because he knew no more of him than did the Pope, or the Bishop of Christ Church, or any one else in the world. Can ignorant Maori be blamed for lukewarmness in the services of God, whose existence one of his ordained ministers tells them no man in Christendom can prove? I sometimes think, sir, that my children would have had a better chance of developing into honorable men and women, and would have had a better prospect of happiness when the time comes for them to enter the unseen world and meet their Maker if, like the first Maori king Potatu, I had refused to make an open profession of your Pakeha religion till, as he said, ‘ You had settled among yourselves what your religion really is’. Better, I think, the real belief in the unseen spiritual world which sustained my forefathers than the make-belief which the Pakeha people have asked us to substitute for it. — Yours, etc.
The above is a fair description of the Christian world, so called, to day, and the heathen lands to day seem to be in a state of infidelity, as this writer says, because of the different sects and sect teaching. It shows the abominable work of sectism. We can form some idea of what barriers we will have to contend with when we enter other lands to preach the unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ, unmixed with sectism. While the missionaries that have gone to other countries to teach the heathen, I find, the few I have met, are a very earnest and self-sacrificing people, but not one has any idea of the pure gospel and of the body of Jesus Christ, “the church of the living God,” but are unanimously related to the sects so closely they will give no place for the truth. Several claim to go out unsectarian, but revolt at once if we hint a word against sectism. I am persuaded that to enter those missionary territories with the truth of “the evening light,” will stir the old beast to a united home effort to expel it out of their field. Yet it must go. No one need desire or covet the task of entering those fields as a missionary of “the evening light.” Anybody can go who are in harmony with the beast, but for one out of sympathy well may expect a fierce opposition. They have had a council or undenominational1 conference in India for the purpose of dividing the territory so one missionary or denomination will not infringe on that of another. For one to go on the territory of another would be a trespass and of course would incur the displeasure of others, and how can God “gather his people out,” without going in after them? I can see that infidelity is fast on the increase over the world because of the horrible curse of sectism. It is very evident it is the prevalent curse of the world to day, and the greatest hindrance to the spread of holiness of all things else. I have failed to find one in London who had the light, and all professing holiness reject us when we say a word against sectism. Surely the advance of the “evening light” will hasten the formation of the “image of the beast” to compass the camp of the saints. Perilous times are at hand and requires consecrated workers.
G. R. Achor.
News from the Field.
Butter, Pa., April 9, 1894.
To all Saints in Light and who Love the Truth: There will be meeting held in the Saints’ meeting house at Beaver Dam, Ind., Saturday- night, and Sunday 10:30 A. M. and 7 P. M., April 28th and 29th. Ordinance meeting Sunday night. Let all the saints of God who can get to this meeting come in the name of King Jesus, full of holy fire. Bro. D. S. Warner, and others will be there full of faith and holy zeal to expound the gospel in the fullness of Spirit. I am your brother in Him, all sold out to Jesus,
Samuel L. Speck.
Lena, La., April 7, 1894.
Dear Saints: May the Lord bless you all. I am praising God for his keeping of my soul. We have had some precious seasons in the Lord. Seven followed Jesus in baptism yesterday, some more to day if the Lord wills. Forty-seven have testified to justification and sanctification in Rapides Parish, La. Pray that God may keep them true. Oh pray the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers into the vineyard. Let us search our hearts and see if we are doing the Master’s will in warning people of the dangers that await them in the great day to which we are hastening. I feel I am one of the least of God’s servants. Oh the calls that are made to me for the pure word of God! Pray for me, that I may do my duty. Address me at Renfroe, Miss. Yours, humbly at the feet ef Jesus,
R. H. Owens.
Levant, Kan., April 13, 1894.
Dear Brethren: I am rejoicing in God the rock of my salvation. I arrived at Denver, Colo, on Sunday morning, and there found the dear ones worshiping the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Praise the Lord! Oh, what a feast it was to my soul after being out on the battle field for six months, to meet with the dear ones once more, and find the church in a prosperous condition and increasing for God. We had three meetings on Sunday. Two consecrations. On Monday night, the 9th, came on to Levant, Kan., and was rejoiced to meet father and mother. Found them well, soul and body, also engaged in meetings. We expect to remain here until after the 22d, then go on to Nebraska and Missouri. Address me at Pawnee City, Neb. Your brother saved and sanctified wholly, kept by power divine,
Michael Stover, Jr.
Clam Lake, Mich., April 12, 1894.
To all the Saints, Greeting: We are praising God for a full and free salvation that saves to the uttermost. We came to this place and began meeting March 17, and closed April 7, with victory on the Lord’s side. We had good congregations and very good order, and conviction rested very heavily upon the people. There were seventeen consecrations and some very clear conversions. Last Monday eve we had a very precious ordinance meeting, in which seventeen took part. There is deep conviction still resting on the people, and we pray God to save many more precious souls in this place. Pray for us, dear brethren and sisters, that God may use us to his glory. Our address will be East, Jordan, Mich. Your humble brother and sister,
A. L. and F. M. Sheldon.
McConnellsburg, Pa., April 11, 1894.
To the Trumpet Readers: Praise the Lord! We have victory in our souls this morning. The blessed Lord sanctifies us wholly and is keeping us by his almighty power. March 23d we commenced meeting at Bro. Gress’s and held meetings until Sunday afternoon, we commenced meeting in Scotts’ school house, about three miles north of McConnellsburg. Continued meeting there until Friday evening, April 6. There was perhaps a great amount of good done here, although not so many converted and sanctified as at some other places. There were two sanctified and three converted. On Monday evening we had an ordinance meeting in which thirteen took part. Bro. Adam Gress was ordained elder of the church of God here. The saints intend to have a camp meeting just before or after the Pennsylvania camp meeting. They also intend to build a house of worship in the near future. We may go into McConnellsburg but cannot tell yet. Our address will be Willow Hill, Franklin Co., Pa. for a short time. Yours out for God,
Geo. A. and Hannah Wolfe.
Hollenrerg, Kan., April 11, 1894.
Dear Trumpet Readers: Our last report was from Colo. The Lord saw fit to send us back this way and is, and has been wonderfully blessing us since we. came. We stopped at Thompson and held one meeting, then came on down to Hollenberg and met dear Bro. Randolph. Held a few meetings more at that place and then Bro. Randolph and I went back up to Thompson, and delivered the word for about two weeks with good results. I went to Fairbury and got the saints together in the name of the Lord, held one meeting and went on to Fortner’s school house and held over Sunday. Then went to Thompson and we held two meetings at Quinn’s school house. Then Bro. and Sister Randolph, wife and I came down to Bro. Moorehead’s. Expect to continue here for a week or so and then return to Quinn’s school house, as there is a good opening there. God is working everywhere. Souls have begun to move out here and accept the light. God is wonderfully settling us down in his will. Praise his name forever! We ask the dear saints all to pray for us, not only that our faith fail not, but that it may increase and that we may be kept humble where God can use us. Your brother consecrated to God,
E. G. Masters.
834 W. Day St., South Bend, Ind., April 16, 1894.
Dear Brethren: Our souls are made to leap with joy and gladness, to see souls almost daily pleading for pardon. Over twenty thus far have consecrated themselves to Him who loves them. Yesterday the 15th as we came together in the name of Jesus, we lifted up our hearts in one accord for the indebtedness of God’s publishing house; and also for a high day in Zion in general. Praises be unto our God! While we were fasting from earthly food, we had a wonderful feast from the blessed Redeemer. Eight dear souls were buried with Christ in baptism, who hungered to show to the world that they were dead to the same and alive in Christ.
Next we moved to 613 South Columbia St., where we commemorated the death of his Son, by the washing of the saints’ feet and taking of the Lord’s supper; over forty enjoyed this noble act of obedience. The work is only commenced in this city; many are under deep conviction and say they must come.
We are daily at work distributing tracts and TRUMPETS, what we can get, and the people are hungering for the same. Dear ones, send us the flying slips to reach souls who will not come to meeting. We also ask the prayers of God’s little ones for the great work in this city, and for the building up of our frail body. Since we have come to this city, bright intelligent Roman Catholics have walked six miles to enquire of the rightway; after directing them to God we would give them tracts, etc., and a Testament, and they would start for their home, and the last words would be, Pray for my’ soul, For I have one to be saved. The Lord willing, we will continue the meetings now at 613 S. Columbia St., every evening, but our address will still be 834 W. Day St., South Bend, Ind. Humbly yours in much holy love,
J. A. Dillon and Co.
Harper, Kan., April 7, 1894.
Dear Readers of the Gospel Trumpet: God bless you. We are glad we can report victory for God in these parts. Since about the middle of January we have held meeting in four places, also assisted Brother George and Sister Mary Cole in the meeting south of Anthony. God has been with us in preaching his Word, and has blessed our labors in the salvation of a number of souls. To him be all the glory. The first meeting was at the Enterprise school house about five miles southwest of Harper. Had good congregations and order. One soul saved. On the 19th of February went three miles northwest of Attica, visited around among the people and sang and prayed with them. God blessed in the conversion of two old people who could not attend the meeting. They are a happy old couple now. On the night of the 22d, we begin meeting three miles northwest of Attica; continued eleven nights, then moved to Attica and held meeting in a private house for about a week and a half, with about fifteen converted and seven sanctified, and the saints all greatly encouraged. Monday March 12, we went to the water and baptized seven dear children of God, and at night met at Brother Morphew’s house, and had a glorious ordinance meeting. Twenty partook of the ordinances. One was sanctified.
It was our painful duty at this meeting to publicly renounce one young man by the name of Villey Goodale, who has been professing to be saved for about three years, and has never brought forth fruits of salvation, very long at a time, and has had devils cast out twice in little over a year. And according to his own testimony, he ought to be in the penitentiary. He confessed after he had devils cast out of him that he had stolen nintey-seven dollars, and another man had spent two and one-half years in prison for his crime. He says that isn’t half what he has done; yet he goes right on professing to be saved without making any restitution, and continues to tell positive falsehoods on God’s true children. He left here last Monday morning for Wichita. He was carrying a police club, and claiming to be saved; said he was forever done with the saints in these parts. We warn all of God’s children to beware of him and not listen to his sympathetic stories, for I assure you all that we did all we could for his salvation. May God have mercy and help him to straighten up his past life.
Friday, March 23d, commenced meeting two and one-half miles west of Harper. This was a new place. Satan sent his messengers ahead to warn the people that we were coming, and to have nothing to do with us. But the preaching of the pure Word by the Holy Spirit, soon swept away the refuge of lies, and souls began to see that this was the true way of life. Eternity will reveal the good that was done. To God be all the glory. Bro. Prouse has labored with us most of the time and was used of God in singing, so also was Bro. Felix with us part of the time. We begin meeting to night at Anthony, to continue as long as the Lord wills. Your saved brother,
S. P. McCully.
THY TESTIMONIES THY WONDERFUL.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: I see so many telling of God’s goodness. I will tell what the Lord has done for me. It has been eleven months since I first heard the true word of God. By the preaching of Geo. L. Cole and Co., I gave my heart to God. I do praise the Lord that I ever heard of this blessed way, and that I ever had a willing heart to do my Master’s will. I know that God can save us from all sin, and can heal both soul and body. I was anointed by Sister Mary Cole, and by the laying on of hands, and prayer, I was healed. Praise the Lord! I was afflicted with something like heart disease, and could scarcely do any work; and many times when l lay down to sleep, I did not know whether I could ever wake. I can now do my work, and am not afraid to sleep. The Lord is so good to them that love him. Pray for me that I may be very humble and always have a teachable spirit, and that I may not err in bringing up my children. From your sister, saved and sanctified, in the one body.
Dear Trumpet Readers: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.” — Psalms 103:2, 3. My testimony is, God has saved me and wonderfully healed me of piles. I had to lie down much of the time to get relief. I used a great many remedies, ointments and drinks which cost me a good many dollars, but did no good. I took it to the Lord in prayer, and the pain all left me.
I had a hard time before I could see the one church of God plain, but praise the Lord, I can see it plain now. All glory to Jesus! Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city. I have not been buried with Christ in baptism, but hope the way may be open soon that I may be baptized. There are not many of God’s little ones in this part, still we pray the Lord may send some of his firebrands here. If any of God’s saints come this wav, do not pass us by. We are poor in this world’s goods. You are welcome to share with such as we have. Praise the Lord for his keeping power!
W. and S. A. Sumner.
Dear Beloved Saints: I write my testimony for the first time. It was a year ago the eleventh of March that I gave up to God. Bless his holy name! It was all darkness, and no light shone at all in my soul till I came down to Jesus, and was willing to give up to him, and his will. O what blessings flow in my soul! How it makes me rejoice when I think of the children of God, how meek and lowly they are; what love and charity they have! Jesus is the only one that can make us so. It makes me feel so good. I love to read the GOSPEL TRUMPET, as it teaches nothing only the way to heaven. God has healed me of the catarrh in my head, for which I give God all the glory. I do not get to meet with the children of God any more. My father and mother are both fighting the Christians, and trying to make me believe that it is not the true church of God. Bless God! he will keep all his little ones, if they will only trust him and do every thing pleasing unto him. I am standing on the Solid Rock. The time is precious, dear ones, so let us be up and doing all we can to save souls for Jesus. We should be showing light to others, and let them know that we have salvation in our souls. Dear children of God, are you all willing to do whatsoever God wants us to do for him. and leave, house, home and brothers, sisters, father and mother for the Lord? Your sanctified sister in Christ,
Clarion Co., Pa.
Died March 23, 1894. Bro. William Caldwell; aged seventy-two years, nine months, and twelve days. He leaves wife, one son and one daughter, and some grand-children, to mourn his loss. About one week before his death, he was fully saved, and ready to depart this life and be with the Lord. The wife is saved. May the Lord ever keep her so that she can meet her husband in the glory world; and may the children get saved. Funeral services by the writer.
S. P. Gilger.
Died in Decatur, Mich., Bro. Wm. Powers. He was born in Ohio, Aug. 1, 1812, and departed this life March 20, 1894. Aged eighty-one years, seven months, twenty days. He had been a member of the M. E. sect, but when the evening light came to his neighborhood he was willing to accept the light and walk in it. He departed this life in the triumphs of a living faith. He leaves a companion and many friends to mourn his loss. Funeral services by the writer.
Bro. John Daniels was born near Granby, Mo., Feb. 8, 1857; died at Erie, Mo, Jan. 7. 1894. Having committed his all into the hands of God during health, he was ready when approaching the hour of death. During his sickness he testified to the saving grace of God. Our brother will be much missed among the holy people of Erie. May the God of all grace sustain his sanctified wife who so deeply feels her loss, and may the the children be brought into the fold. Owing to sickness in the family, the funeral services were not held until April 1st, when they were conducted by the writer.
C. A. Sunderland.
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Pet, 2:1. Now beloved, the false teachers that have come among the people here, are doing all they can to draw away disciples after themselves. Acts 20:30. Hence they try to make it appear that they are in possession of some great power. Acts 8:10. And when they have meeting, they will begin to stretch, groan, or rub their hands on their legs, or together, until they have a catalepsy fit, and then they begin with sudden jerks, thumping, beating, falling down, wallowing, rolling and dancing. They also pretend to talk in an unknown tongue, and write when under the power, as they call it, and receive visions letting them know whom they are to marry, and what kind of a dress they are to have to get married in; — all of this they think is all right, and they call it the power of God, but not only will they tell you it is the power of God, but they will dance up to you, and around you, then fall down, lie awhile, groan and grunt, then get up and tell you that they were under the power for you. This they do to make you believe that they are the great power of God.
I know whereof I speak, as I have been in the sect, and not only in the sect, but under the same delusion of the devil; for when they work themselves up to a certain pitch, then the devil touches their nerves and sets them to jerking, shaking, dancing, or lets them fall down, and then tells them they are under the power of God, and he gets them to believe it. So you can see that they are deluded and deceived of the devil. As for me, I can now look back and see just how slyly the devil deceived me. Truly I remember well the first time he touched my nerves. Just as soon as he touched my right arm then he put the thought into my mind, you are going under the power, and he continued to press it on my mind until the body was all animation, and the result was, I fell down over the bench, and then he (the devil) continued to play on my fancies. I do not know what all I did do, but I know that I did not look very decent, neither did I have the glory of God in my soul that I had before the devil operated upon my mind and nerves. Now I could have resisted this power when I first felt it, but those parties taught that it was of God and that you must not resist it, and quoted for proof Rom. 13:1. They tell their convicts that feel so bad after they have been operated upon, that it is the devil trying them, that makes them feel so bad. And I thought the reason that I felt so, was that the devil was just trying me.
Now this took place in one of the Weaver sect meetings, and I was not the only one that was operated upon, but there were several who danced, laughed, jerked, and screamed, pretending that they were filled with the glory of God. But one of them at that very time was filled with fornication, and this, two of their sisters testified to at their council in Glenwood, Iowa, a few weeks after the above named meeting. Now the man referred to above was operated upon just as much as any of the rest. Well it does not make any difference with the devil, all he wants is servants. Now I warn all the saints to beware of those shakers and jerkers who are going around boasting of having the great power of God. They also bring their sect, as the apostle said that they would bring in damnable heresies (German rendering, “destructive sects”). Hence in Dec. 29, 1886, they brought their sect to the front and denominated it the Church of Christ, and at or near the time stated above, they made out their creed; and at Knox, Iowa, Aug. 1, 1891, they thought it proper to amend their creed. And last Aug. we were informed that they threw away their creed, thus more fully preparing themselves to bring in their delusions among the saints of the most high God.
Some of those have been following me up for the last three years, teaching their false doctrine, and lying to the people, telling them that they believe just like I do, and that there is not any difference, and thus deceive them by getting them to believe that there is no difference. And when this is done, the way is prepared for them to bring in the rest of their false doctrine, even their great, power through which they deny the Lord that bought them. The question may arise, How do they deny him? Ans. — By setting up the devil delusive power that we have already described. They tell the people that it is the power of God, and that they must not resist or speak against it.
Now we will hear what Paul says the power of God is. In 1 Cor. 1:24 we read, But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1 Cor. 2:4, 5 — And my speech and preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. And the apostle Peter teaches that we are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. Now we are to be kept through faith in Christ, the power of God. Yes he, Christ, is the power of God, and not any outward manifestations, such as the jerks or shakes. Oh! may God have mercy upon those poor souls, and grant them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth, that they may be truly saved of God. What I have written I have written to the glory of God and for the good of souls. Oh! may the God of all grace preserve his people and keep you free from all the delusions of the devil. Amen.
A. A. Kinzie.
THY TESTIMONIES ARE WONDERFUL.
Dear Saints of God: This morning finds me saved and sanctified, and kept by the power of God from all sin. Glory to God! I am glad to report that the little church at this place is still standing firm on the promises of God. We desire the prayers of all the dear saints. Your saved brother in Jesus,
W. W. Christ.
Greenwood, S. C.
Dear Saints of God: I am praising God for his keeping power, praising him for victory over the devil. I made a consecration to the Lord, and he sanctified me. I would not take the whole world for the peace I have in my soul now. I know I am a child of God. Pray that I may be kept at the foot of the cross, and for my children, that they may be saved. I am trusting in Jesus for all things. This is a very wicked place. They will not have the light. We are alone, and need the prayers of all God’s people, Your sister in Christ,
Greenwood, S. C.
Dear Trumpet Readers: May God bless you all. I am saved and sanctified, and rejoicing all the time. I am so glad that I found the evening light. I am now free from all sectism and sin. I must confess that never heard a gospel sermon until Nov. 16, 1893, when Bro’s Kilpatrick and Carter came to Augusta, Ga. I praise God for sending them to us to preach the gospel. I had been praying for God to send some of his messengers to this part of the vineyard to preach the pure gospel, and praise the Lord, he has sent them. I am now in the hands of the Lord to do his will. Your brother in Christ,
J. M. Campbell.
Dear Saints: I am trusting in Jesus as my Savior of both soul and body. He is my all and in all. I was once deep in sin, but now I am in Zion, and I praise the Lord that he ever showed me this blessed evening light. I am ready to do the Lord’s will in all things. Jesus is my perfect physician; and while I see so many others going on in their sins and wicked ways, I want to say that I am dead to this world and all its pleasures. I would not give all the sweet pleasure I now enjoy for all my past life. I always find his grace sufficient in every time of need. I intend to follow the Lord the rest of my life. Pray for me that I may be kept by the power of God. Your brother saved, sanctified and kept,
Clyde H. Mills.
Anderson, S. C.
Dear Trumpet Readers: We feel impressed to send in our testimony. Our souls are full of praises to our blessed Lord, for his saving, sanctifying and keeping power, which keeps us every day and hour from sin. Our souls were made to rejoice on the morning of March 26, when our mother raised her voice in praise to our God and was able to say she was sanctified, making our family one, indeed. Praise the Lord for the wonderful work he has done, and is doing in this country! Others are desiring to be saved. Babylon walls are falling; many are making their escape. Sect preachers are trying to hold their flocks together, but the truth is showing the people their true condition, and they are desiring to be saved according to the word of God, and escape out of confusion. Yours in the one body,
J. A. Welborn.
Dear Saints: God has a precious church of about sixteen saints here, and there are wonderful good meetings twice a week. God is in the midst and surely it is a taste of heaven to our souls as we meet from time to time. I want to say that I once was a slave to sin and Satan, but glory to Jesus, I am set free in the liberty of the children of God, and my lot is among the saints. Blessed is the man whose sin is beneath the blood, whose feet are on the rock. I want to say to the glory of God that when I got to the end of self and saw what an awful sinner I was, lying helpless at Jesus’ feet, I called on God to help unworthy me. God did for Christ’s sake forgive even me. and as I laid my body on the altar, the Lord poured his love abundantly in my soul. I feel that Christ is all. It is a precious rest we enter; it is not to be compared to silver or gold, and the foolish things we find in life. Oh let us ever desire to please God and sink deeper in his love, and let the light of his love shine wherever we are. Your sister, saved and sanctified,
Mary S. Kerr.
Turkey City, Pa.
Dear Saints of God: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. For several times the thought came to me to write my testimony once more. I am still greatly afflicted in body, though somewhat improved since my last testimony. I can stand the cold better, have no chills or had none for quite a long time. The pain is not so severe. And I can eat most anything now. Before, it would make me very sick and could for days eat hardly anything. Also am resting very good at night; once in a while I am very restless. But to bend or to kneel down is almost impossible; I can walk some in a careful way.
The Lord is very good to us here. He gives me great patience to bear up under this affliction, also provides our daily food, through his dear children. Oh bless his dear name for the goodness of God to us. I pray God to reward all who so kindly have and are still helping us. Our prayer is that they may be blessed with this world’s goods and an eternal home in heaven.
I still have hopes that God will raise me up to glorify his name. The Lord’s will be done. It comes so often to my mind that when God’s time shall come then I will be made whole. It also seems to me that there must be some cause for this delay of healing. I ask all of God’s children to pray that all causes, and whatsoever may be in the way, may be removed; so that I may be healed and for God to give me healing and trusting faith. For surely it is God’s will to heal me. And I do want to get well, so I can work for my Lord. For oh I do love so much to work for him. But the Lord’s will be done. The Lord is answering our prayers very fast in different ways. In one way he saved two of our boys, aged about eighteen and twenty years. So we give God all the glory. Also, in answer to our prayers, our aged mother-in-law was saved from the use of tobacco. To God be all the glory.
Well I am saved and trusting God to keep me from all evil, and in the order of God.
S. B. Heeter.
Dear Saints of God: The Lord is wonderfully healing me. Praise his name! The Lord sent Bro. Slate and Co. to my house, and according to Jas. 5:14, 15 the Lord did raise me up. I was afflicted with nervous paralysis and didn’t have good use of myself but God did wonderfully bless me. Praise his name forever! My soul doth magnify his holy name for his keeping, cleansing and sanctifying power. I write this just for the glory of God, that his name may be honored thereby. All within me says, praise his holy name. I am sanctified by a second work of grace. The pleasures of this world have no charms for me. I am founded on the solid rock Christ Jesus. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. — John 8:36. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Psalms 23:4. I never heard holiness preached in its fullness before. I praise the Lord that I was permitted to hear the Word preached in its purity. I am saved just now from all sin. The way grows brighter every day. I feel the Lord has a work for me to do. I am willing to follow where ever the Lord leads me. From your sister all on the altar,
Mrs. L. J. Pope.
Grand Junction, Mich.
To all the Dear Trumpet Readers, Greeting: I am so glad to tell you that I am saved. It has been a long time since I last wrote my testimony, yet I realize there has not been a day or hour since, that the dear Lord did not fully save my soul. Praise his name! I feel like giving a little of my experience, all for God’s glory.
After I was saved a year or so, I began to wonder if there was any thing I could do to help save poor lost souls. I felt so little and useless: but I went to God with a burdened heart, and asked if there was any thing that I could do to help. He gave me the call; he gave the 6th chapter of Isaiah. How glad I felt to know that I could be of some use, although I did not know in what way. I only told one sister about it, but did like Mary, pondered these things in my heart. Life went on the same; I did what my hands found to do, with my might, as unto the Lord, and rejoicing in his love and goodness; yet often thinking of my commission, as I called it, knowing that some where God had a work for me. Two years passed and the word came, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” I remembered it all, and answered, “Here am I, send me.” How well I knew it was from God! And I knew it meant leave home, friends, brothers and sister and my dear mother, who looked to me for the bare necessaries of life. Often their pitiful requests came for those things needed to keep soul and body together. I weighed the question; it was the dear ones or God. I chose to follow God, saying, Lord, if I work for you, you will have to support those at home; and like a simple child I went about my Master’s business, just expecting him to care for them. Not more than six weeks passed till word came to me, that they were provided for, and abundantly more than I could have done. Glory to our God! My soul thrills with praises as I tell his goodness. I find joy in the service of the Master. I know it is blessed to trust God, and do his bidding; and also one may be called and not sent. I have passed through deep waters and have proved God. Blessed be his name! and I have an unshaken resolution to follow him at all times, knowing he will never leave me nor forsake me. Your saved sister,
Dear Brethren: I have distributed those tracts and papers and want more. The people seem so eager to read them, and I have been so cheered and built up spiritually, and I know it is God’s will for me to work for Jesus in this way.
I will just tell you a little of my experience. About one year ago, one night I had a dream or vision, I do not know which you would call it, anyway I did not know that I was asleep, I seemed to see everything in in the room, and I thought I was dying and was going to heaven and was glad at first thought; but all at once I remembered that I could never do any more for Jesus; that in a few moments my mouth would be forever closed in this world, and oh what a little I had done! It began to trouble me, and I thought it I could live longer oh! how gladly I could give up the pleasures of heaven for awhile if only I could have the chance to work for Jesus. Soon some one came like an angel and seemed to understand what troubled me and said, “Well if you really want to work for Jesus, you may stay a while longer.” No one can imagine my joy at finding it was possible for me to yet have a chance to work for Jesus. I was so happy and I arose in bed and wondered if it was possible — if I was really alive.
Then the first thought was, what must I do? The answer to my thoughts was this: Distribute tracts and papers for Jesus. That was the way I was to begin, and to say a word when I found the opportunity, to some poor soul and that Jesus would lead me on.
Praise the Lord! I have been obedient as far as I had faith to trust him for means to buy tracts. But I find the more I trust him the more he blesses me. Oh it is sweet to work for Jesus!
Some time ago I sent some shoes to the shop to be mended and I did not have any paper to wrap them, except a TRUMPET, and as I never did use them for that purpose I did not like to that time; but finally I did, saying as I did so, perhaps some body will read it before it is destroyed. I forgot all about it until a few days ago, I went to the same place for more mending and was surprised to hear the shoemaker ask for another TRUMPET, saying he read that one and liked it very much and wanted to hear more. Well praise the Lord for his many blessings! One evening after distributing papers and tracts all day, I was very tired, but oh, so happy. I could not find words to express my feelings, and it seemed I must sing to relieve my feelings; my soul was so full. So I took a pencil and paper and sat down and Jesus gave me these words as fast as I could very well write them, and a tune also so I could sing them, and oh what a joy they were to me and now I love to sing them when I know I am working for Jesus.
ONE MORE DAY’S WORK FOR JESUS.
How sweet at close of evening
To feel we’ve done our best,
And feel our spirit sinking
Deeper into rest.
One more day’s work for Jesus,
One more day’s work for God,
One more day’s work for Jesus,
One more for our Lord.
How sweet on earth to serve him,
To do his blessed will,
To live expressly for him, —
By the grace of God I will.
How sweet to work for Jesus
And obey his blessed voice,
And know the Savior see’s us;
In this nay soul rejoice.
I live to do his bidding,
To listen to his sweet commands,
At the feet of Jesus sitting,
Content in him I am.