21 May 1896, Volume 16, Number 21.
ALL THY WILL.
Teach me all thy holy will,
Never let me from thee move;
Sink me deep and deeper still,
Fill me with thy holy love.
Simply trusting every day,
Even when my faith is small;
Trusting in a stormy way,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.
Singing if my way is clear,
If in danger for him call;
Praying, if the path is drear,
Trusting Jesus that is all.
Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting him if faith is small,
Trusting as the days go by,
Trusting him, my all in all.
Sink me deep and deeper still,
Living up to thy command;
I will do thy holy will.
Guided by thy loving hand.
— T. Perry.
Errors of Dunkardism.
THE LORD’S SUPPER, OR WHAT IS, AND WHAT IS NOT THE LORD’S SUPPER.
“WHEN ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.” — 1 Cor. 11:20.
In the above text it appears that Paul is reproving the Corinthians for an error they had fallen into, in connection with the eating of the Lord’s supper. And in verses 1 and 2 he says, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.”
It is evident that, prior to this, Paul had taught the Corinthians to observe the ordinances of the New Testament, one of which was the Lord’s supper. In verses 23-25 he tells just what he had taught them, thus enabling us to fully comprehend what is the Lord’s supper. He says, “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: and when he had given thanks, he Drake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
It is evident that the ordinances, one of which Paul had delivered to the Corinthians, prior to this writing, was the eating bread and drinking wine. Paul being now apprised of the error they had fallen into, in connection with the same, now writes them a letter, in which he reminds them of what he had taught them; also reproves them for the error they had fallen into.
They had fallen into other errors at Corinth; but at present I shall only notice the one in connection with the eating the Lord’s supper. They had gotten up an outside institution of their own; namely, a full meal. Hence Paul says, “For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is. hungry, and another is drunken. What! have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.” — 21, 22.
In the above verses, the following facts are made plain:
1st, That the supper they ate before they partook of the bread and wine, was their own supper; hence an addition to what is prescribed in the Gospel. See Rev. 22:18.
2d, That one being hungry and another drunken renders them unfit to eat the bread and wine. For as is often the case at feasts, some over-eat and drink, while others of a more timid make-up have not enough, and will eat the bread and wine to satisfy hunger.
3d, That such as did not eat their full meal at their own houses, despise the church of God, and make the poor who have not, ashamed.
4th, That although Paul did praise them for keeping the ordinances, verse 2, he did not praise or approve of their full meal in connection with the same.
How astonishing, after Paul had taught them that the bread and wine only, constituted the Lord’s supper, yet they had fallen into a kind of law observance supposing the Lord’s supper to be connected with a full meal! They had that which Paul called their own supper. Verse 21. And in verse twenty he says, This is not to eat the Lord’s supper,” evidently showing that the Lord’s supper is not connected with a full meal, to satisfy hunger. Just as Jesus told Peter that feet washing (which was undoubtedly the other ordinance Paul speaks of) was not to cleanse the feet. See John 13:10. Paul asks, “Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in?” in which it is plainly to be seen, that he taught plainly if people are hungry they should eat at home, and not come together hungry to eat the Lord’s supper. Likewise Jesus taught if the feet are filthy they should be washed at home, and not come together with unclean feet to observe the sacred ordinance. And if they do not eat at home and come together hungry, that is a perversion of the ordinances of the New Testament. And Paul says in so doing, that they “come together not for the better, but for the worse.” Verse 17.
So, dear reader, you can see that he disapproves of their full meal throughout; and again he says, “And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest I will set in order when I come.” Verse 34.
Hear the solemn charge, all ye who have fallen into the same error. “If ye are hungry, eat at home.” But if because of some notion or particular doctrine of your creed, you are determined to have a full meal, you disobey the above scripture; and by so doing you defy Inspiration, because of the teaching of your creed; and according to the same text, you come together unto condemnation. Hence your full meal is condemned by the word of God. The inspired apostle further charges them as follows: “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” Verse 27.
It is evident that Paul here charges them with being unworthy, under such perversion, to eat the Lord’s supper at all; also of being guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. Yea, they had pierced the blessed Savior afresh, by bringing their own supper in, and confounding it with the New Testament ordinances.
And in verse 29 he says, “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” And in verse 30, he concludes by saying, “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep,” or are dead. Nothing can be more evident, than that the displeasure of God was upon the Corinthians for their perversion of the ordinances, by their full meal, or their own supper. It is also very clear that all this unworthiness, guiltiness, damnation, weakness, sickness, and death, came upon them, because they had erred from the ordinances as delivered by the apostle, by adding their own supper, and not discerning the Lord’s body. No doubt you will ask, What is the Lord’s body? I will let Paul answer you. In Col. 1:24 he says, “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake,
WHICH IS THE CHURCH.”
Here we find the body of Christ, is his church. Hence in order to be in a fit condition, to eat the Lord’s supper worthily, we must discern, see, perceive, and recognize the church of God as set forth in the New Testament. Jesus Christ being the door, and salvation the only mode of induction. See Jno. 10:7, 9. Thus it remains, that all who do not see this only as being the church, and salvation the only mode of induction, are unworthy to participate in the sacred ordinance of the Lord’s supper, without being guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, and being condemned by the word of God. Hence all who hold a human institution as being THE CHURCH are not worthy. And those holding that the preacher can take them into THE CHURCH are not worthy. And all those holding water baptism, as the mode of induction into the church, are not worthy; from the fact that neither of these discern, see, perceive, nor recognize the New Testament church, but their creeds, which are gotten up by men, and comprise no part of the body (church) of Christ. Thus rendering them unworthy to partake of the Lord’s supper, which is the bread and wine, and not a full meal, as some would have us believe.
To all such, I would advise, please take warning from Paul’s reproof to the Corinthians, and renounce your error and accept of the ordinances as delivered to us, by that holy apostle whom God sent to the Gentiles. For he declares that he received them of the Lord, and delivered them to the Corinthians; hence your full meal is not of the Lord, but is your own invention. For in telling them what he had of the Lord, he reproves them for having a full meal. Hence the claim that the bread and wine, which elsewhere is called the communion, is not the Lord’s supper, is wholly without foundation in the word of God. For we have clearly proved by the Word that the bread and wine, and that ONLY, constitutes the Lord’s supper. True, this is the only place I have found it so called in the Word, but once is enough for any child of God. And it is only reasonable, that Paul should call it “supper,” because it was eaten at supper time, and should never be eaten in the morning or at noon.
But you insist, they had a full meal the night Jesus instituted the Lord’s supper. This I do not deny in the least; but in the following chapter I shall let the word of God tell us just what supper they ate, etc. Amen.
Geo. W. Howard.
(To be continued.)
THE KIND OF UNITY.
UNITY means oneness, and Christian unity means the harmonious agreement of God’s children with God and each other, with every disturbing element removed. Many of to day are raising the cry of “union,” but union is not what God demands; it is not what the Word teaches, nor is it what the people of God need. Unity is more than union. What many are looking for to day is a union of all denominations into one large body organized and controlled by man. But such would be as far from the real Bible standard of unity as the divided state of to day. Unity must be from the heart; a real work accomplished in the heart by the Spirit of God removing the real cause of division.
A man-made union will not stand the test, as we see proved by actual trial. We see and hear of “union meetings” on every hand; Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Brethren and various other ists and isms coming together to hold a “union meeting;” and for the time being one cannot tell one from another. They seem to be united; everything seems to be going nicely. We hear the cry, “We are all one;” “all united;” “wonderful spirit of peace and harmony,” “wonderful revival,” etc. But alas! the meeting draws near a close, when behold, the old spirit of division is on hand ready to do business at the old stand just as before. The old party grudges are revived, and the party spirit overthrows what good may have been done, and there is no more unity than before, and yet they had a “union meeting.” What was the trouble? If the union that we hear so much of was as good as they seemed to think, why did they not continue united instead of dividing up the “converts” and going back to the old order of things? Ah! the secret of the whole matter is this: It was a union in form and appearance only. It was not a unity of hearts because of the love they bore to God and to each other, but a union simply for gain of power and influence for the upbuilding of their sects, and God’s glory was left out of the question.
What is needed is unity according to the word and Spirit of God; a unity of which God is the source, and which proceeds from genuine love in the heart for all that are truly the Lord’s. Not a professed unity, or an outward appearance of unity and an inward division, but that which is of heavenly origin.
THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THIS UNITY.
Let us turn to the seventeenth chapter of John and see what kind of a unity God desires. Here Jesus prays for his followers through all ages (verse 20), “That they may be one, as thou, Father, art in me and I in thee; that they also may be one in us * * * And the glory which thou hast given me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one.” — Verses 21, 22.
Here we see the standard lifted up by Jesus Christ himself; and who shall dare to set up something else in place of the commandments of God? The standard here is one, even as Christ and God are one. Where is there any room then for all the sectarian divisions now in the world? “But,” they say, “we are one.” We ask, In what are they one? In doctrine? No. In practice? No. In sentiment? No. In what then are they one? Nothing can be named except it be that they all “agree to disagree.” Flow foolish the claim that the sects are all one, when there is so much bitterness and contention and rivalry among them! “But,” they say, “we are one in a spiritual sense.” If this is a fact, where does the outward division spring from? Can a tree grow without roots? or can you raise a crop of fruit without trees? Either of these would be as reasonable as to say that outward division is not the result and fruit of something deeply rooted in the heart which is the real carnal spirit of division.
But let us consider God’s plan of unity still farther. “That they may be made perfect in one.” Ver. 23. How far short the mass of professors of to day come from that standard! This perfect oneness consists farther of one mind (1 Pet. 3:8. Phil. 2:2) which is to have the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:5), and to be perfectly joined together without division of any kind (1 Cor. 1:10). But how can this state of affairs be brought about? The secret of it is found in verse 23: “I in them, and thou in me.” Christ made perfect in us leaves no element of division in the heart, and there being no division in the heart there will be no more in the outward life.
We have not noticed those who make up this heavenly unity of which we read, but it will not be composed of all who profess to be saved, but only those who truly have the Spirit of God in their souls and do not sin. 1 Jno. 3:8, 9. The fact is usually overlooked by those who teach union, that the Bible standard is not a union of saved and unsaved, as would be the case if all the professors of to day were to be united; but the perfect unity of Christians, and Christians only, since the cause of division is still in the heart of the sinner and cannot be eradicated while he remains a sinner. The same mistake is made by many concerning unity, as is the case on the church question. The great majority of preachers of to day are teaching that the professing world taken as a whole makes up the church of God on earth; but there is not one text of scripture, nor one sensible argument to prove such an idea. The Word teaches but one church, and that composed exclusively of Christians, and the standard of unity includes one church, one belief, one Spirit to guide, one Lord to rule, and a unity and harmony of all those composing this church both outwardly and in the heart.
THE KIND OF DIVISION GOD WANTS.
God’s Word teaches division as well as unity, and teaches it just as strongly, and positively demands it, but it is a different kind from that which most professors believe in. The kind of division God wants is like that of our Master who left us an example (1 Pet. 2:21) in being “separate from sinners,” and from sin. This does not mean separate from sinners as individuals so much as a separation from their sins and all worldliness. This kind of division every Christian must have in his heart, and must also practice it; but no form of division is of God except that which unites in the bonds of love by the Spirit of God and according to his word.
THE BODY THE CHURCH.
Unity must of necessity mean only one church, and that a church that makes the division that God makes between saint and sinner, and sin and righteousness. Where can such a church be found? Does any sect reach that standard, or can anything be found in all the existing structures of man to meet the requirements? It cannot, as all man’s efforts have proved failures, so far, in bringing about unity.
We must now turn to God and his word and see the mind of the Lord. We find the church of the Bible that Jesus built (Mat. 16:18) set forth in the Word in comparison with the human body, and we will notice the beauty and harmony of the figure. The Word teaches only one body (the church Col. 1:18). “So we being many, are one body in Christ.” — Rom. 12:5. “Baptized into one body.” — 1 Cor. 12:13. “But one body.” Ver. 20. “There is one body.” Eph. 4:4. “Ye are called in one body.” Col. 3:15. There is but one body (church), and that is not the Methodist body, nor the Baptist body, neither any other sectarian body, but the body of Christ (Col. 1:24, Eph. 1:23), the whole company of the redeemed.
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” — 1 Cor. 12:12. Here Paul shows by the figure of our fleshly body, composed of many members, yet all making a complete and perfect whole, the perfect oneness of the body of Christ. To intelligently consider this figure we must know who are the members of the body. Paul settles this question in verse 27, “Now ye are the body of Christ and members in particular.” So to find who were meant when he said, “Ye are members in particular,” let us turn to the beginning of this epistle and see to whom he was writing. “Paul …. unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them
THURSDAY, MAY 21, 1896.
LIST OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
J. W. Enlow. Allie R Fisher, H. E. Rogers, Geo. Marshall. J. W Byers, J. S. Smurr, J. A. Wilber, Jas. Worbois W. B. Grover, J. W. Cheeseman, E. G. Masters, G. T. Henwood.
We are happy to know that Bro. and Sister Day have gone to the Sandwich Islands to work for perishing souls. They were well supplied with tracts and books, many of which will be distributed in Honolulu. May God bless these messengers of truth to the people of the isles of the sea.
The brethren at the “Open Door Mission,” Chicago, could distribute a thousand dollars worth of tracts and papers in a short time if they had them. Men and boys have been saved there who are anxious to Work for the Lord in that way. The Lord will surely move some one to help provide literature for them.
A New Book. — Just Out.
By E. E. Byrum.
Over 400 pages — 109 chapters. — Illustrated.
It not only instructs the sinner how to get saved; the believer how to become established; and the sick how to get healed, but has some precious chapters on the subject of healing, salvation, faith, trust, trials, temptations and how to overcome them, etc. Also chapters on “How to make the Lord hear,” and “How to make the Lord answer.” Any one can get a benefit through reading it. The cloth books are beautiful, well bound, good plain print. Those desiring to work for the Lord and help souls, will preach many lasting sermons wherever one of these books is placed in a family. Agents find ready sale for them. Send for special terms. Price, paper cover, 35 cts., cloth, 75 cts., morocco, $1.50.
The camp meeting at Grand Junction, Van Buren County, Mich., will be held June 10-19. Reduced rates have been secured over the railways in Michigan and other central states about the same as last year. Rates have been granted over the Chicago and Alton R. R. from Louisville, Ky. to Chicago. Trains will stop opposite the grounds as usual, on the Chicago and West Michigan R. R. The Michigan Central R. R. also runs through Grand Junction from South Haven to Kalamazoo. The meeting is one mile from the village. As there will likely be large crowds, and supplies cannot be furnished for all, it is well for all who can, to come prepared to take care of yourselves as much as possible. Bring a pillow, strawtick, and blankets enough to make you comfortable, if possible, and there will be a place provided for you to sleep. Boarding can be procured at very reasonable rates. Provisions can be procured on the grounds during the meeting, except on Sunday. Every lover of the truth is invited to attend this meeting. The sick, and afflicted are invited to come and get healed, or send in their requests for prayer, as Sunday, June 14, will be a special day for that purpose, as well as teaching the Word on other lines. This meeting will doubtless result in the salvation of many souls, and deliverance from the powers of the enemy; the establishing of believers, and a general advancement of the work of the Lord on the apostolic line.
Sunday, May 31, is the time appointed as a day of fasting and prayer for the success of the meeting. Let the saints everywhere observe this time if possible, and pray that the blessings of God may be upon the meeting and his power manifest.
Those expecting reduced rates must purchase their ticket for one way and take a certificate from the agent, unless an open rate should yet be granted, and in such case a round trip ticket can be had at one and one-third fare; otherwise a certificate must be obtained, which is to be brought to the meeting and signed. Those coming through Chicago, can take boat at O’Connor’s Dock, at foot of Michigan Ave., and cross Lake Michigan to South Haven, Mich. Fare $1.25. The boat makes connection with train for Grand Junction, which is eleven miles away.
Requests For Prayer.
Pray earnestly May 24, for sister Jane Phillips, that faith, hope, and love may enter her soul and that her brain and body may be strengthened and healed. Elizabeth Day, New Albany.
Calls For Meeting.
Laura Goff, Villas, Crawford Co., Ill.
A true minister of God is desired to come here, as there are souls desiring the true Word taught here. May God send some one. Your sister in Christ, C. Fribley, Tippecanoe, Ind.
There are places here where a true minister can find work and a place to board, and is needed and wanted very much to preach the true gospel. I would like to hear from some one if the Lord wills. Thomas Abbott, Atlantic, Crawford Co., Pa.
A meeting will be held at Monitor, Ind., by Bro’s Speck and Warren, May 20 to June 10. D. E. Weidner.
The coming camp meeting near Elberton, Wash. June 12 till July 5, we feel will be the best meeting yet held in the Northwest. We humbly invite all seekers of salvation, bible holiness, spiritual advancement, or healing of their bodies to come. And ask the prayers of all the saints on May 31, the day of fasting and prayer for the Grand Junction C. M., that you also remember at the same time the Washington meetings, especially the Elberton C. M. F. N. Jacobson, Colfax, Wash.
We expect to have the tabernacle ready for work in a few days, the Lord willing. Will commence a meeting at Kintz post-office, in the Hartly grove, May 21, the Lord willing, to continue ten days or two weeks. If there are any of God’s ministers near that can come and help in this meeting, please do so. We need help very much. Yours in the one body,
THE RESULTS OF FANATICISM.
Recently the secular papers have been widely publishing from an Allegan paper, an alleged report of cruelty to children at the Children’s Home near Grand Junction; with the following assertions:
charged with stripping and scourging a little girl.”
Two boys say they saw the whipping of Eva Achor for denying a misdeed for which she was accused. Two women stripped her to the waist, except her gauze underwear. Cole took a beech whip in both hands and applied it with great force. Her seventeen-year-old sister pleaded in vain for mercy. She was made to kneel upon the altar and thank them for the whipping. In this she did not suit them and was whipped again. Pike said it was ordered of God. but Cole confessed that it was harder than ordered.
For the benefit of many who have written to us to know the truth of the matter, we insert the above as published, and would say, we have made personal investigation as to the facts of the above statements, with the following results: Eva Achor was interviewed. Question: Was any of your clothing taken off when you were whipped? Answer. ‘ No.” Q. Did he take the whip in both hands? A. “No.”
Her sister was interviewed, Ques. Did you plead for him to cease whipping? Ans. “No, I was not present at the time.” Another lady who was present at the time was asked if the whip was taken in both hands, to which she replied that it was not.
Clifford Lundy, one of the boys who was said to have told the officer these things, was asked the same question, but denied having told the officer that the whip was taken in both hands. Bro. Pike was in the South at the time, Holding meetings. So people can judge as to the truthfulness of the reports.
We do not detail these things to screen any one from justice of the law, but believe where it is necessary the law should have its course. It is an easy matter for newspapers to publish a mass of falsehoods, especially where there is some foundation for reports. These reports have been sent to many of the saints, but most all the TRUMPET readers have been slow to believe the same, knowing that the TRUMPET reproves sin and fearlessly exposes the works of darkness, wherever found. Neither will we withhold in this case. While much that has been said is false, yet there were punishments beyond what there should have been. The parties who did it were laboring under the influence of a delusive, fanatical, clannish spirit, that was of the devil and not of God. We wish to say that the publishers of the GOSPEL TRUMPET, and the church of God, do not and have not countenanced such teachings nor fanatical proceedings, but we have withstood such in the name of the Lord. The spirit by which they were led was one which led to extremes on almost any line of teaching. We believe in lifting a Bible standard of truth, but do not believe in going beyond it. These parties were in a deceived state, believing that they were doing right in what they taught, but when the deceptive spirit was rebuked and they were then shown their error, they saw it, renounced the same, took a stand against it, and made a public acknowledgment to a large audience of the deceptions they had been under, repented, and made wrongs right as far as possible. Therefore we deemed it unnecessary to speak more through the TRUMPET than has been said, until now. Jesus said: (Mat. 18:22), that if your brother sinned against you and repent, forgive him. He did not say: Talk about him or hold a grudge against him, but if one is in a fault, “ye who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness.”
The trustees of the Home advised that there be others take the place of these parties as workers in the Home, which change has been made. The parties stated that they were willing to suffer anything that might be permitted to come upon them and remained on the ground about three weeks after making their confession to the public. Bro. J. L. Pike has charge of the Home until camp meeting when he desires some brother and wife chosen of God, to take his place as he feels led to go into the southern states again in evangelistic work. We wish to say that the confidence of the brethren at large need not be shaken regarding the Home, but you should as never before put your shoulder to the wheel with both prayers and means for its welfare and support. The devil has tried to work in this affair hoping to bring a reproach upon the cause of Christ and thereby prevent us having a good camp meeting but he is wonderfully mistaken. We expect the best camp meeting this year that has ever been held on those grounds.
The Review and Herald, the organ of the Seventh Day Adventists, Battle Creek, had the audacity to copy the mass of falsehoods from the secular papers, to which they added the following:
“If we are correctly informed this is the kind of “saints” that publish the GOSPEL TRUMPET and make a special business of opposing the truth of the third angel’s message, especially the Sabbath. They profess to believe that the law of God was abolished, and from their actions, one would think they did.”
The god which these Adventists worship, is the seventh day Sabbath, and the Mosaic law. And not of them keeps the Sabbath as it was kept under the law, so they do not worship their god aright, and because the Trumpet has exposed their false doctrines and warned them to flee the wrath to come it hurts, and they are not slow to seek and publish slanderous reports, or bring us in repute with such.
We have made investigation to our satisfaction concerning charges made, and heartily endorse what is written in this article.
A. B. Palmer,
Wm. G. Schell,
G. R. Achor.
News from the Field
Williamsburg, Md., May 12.
Dear Saints of God: We are happy to again report to you through the Trumpet. We came here to Eastern Md. in the latter part of February; have been holding a tabernacle meeting at this place for over a week. The work is slowly on the increase. Although this is a busy time of the year, God is working. I expect, Lord willing, to leave wife and company here and start for Grand Junction camp meeting June 1. Will be with the church at Pittsburg, Pa., June 3 and 4. Well, God is enabling us to make some little advancement in spirituality. I ask the prayers of all God’s children for more simplicity, humility, and melting love. Yours for souls,
H. M. Riggle and Co.
Georgeville, Pa., May 11.
Dear Trumpet Readers: Since our last report we held a four weeks meeting at Wolf’s Corners, a place in which the evening light had never been preached. This meeting was owned and accepted of God in the saving of some souls and many being convinced of the truth.
From there we came home by way of Fern, leaving Bro. McCoy and company in charge of a meeting there. We expect to be at home for about two months. Any one desiring our services in or near these parts in the next two months address us at Georgeville, Indiana Co., Pa. We ask the prayers of God’s people in our behalf. Yours in Him,
A. T. Rowe and Co.
Chauncey, O., Apr. 15.
Dear Saints of God: We held meeting nearly three weeks at Millfield, where infidelity and the soul sleeping doctrine abound, and the word of God had its effect upon the hearts of many. We met with the saints at Stroud’s Run over Sunday two weeks ago, and last Sunday the saints most all assembled at Chauncey where we had a glorious feast in Zion. One dear soul followed the Lord in baptism and twenty-seven of God’s little ones obeyed the blessed ordinances and received the promise, “Happy are ye.” One sister was saved Sunday night and many more are on the point of surrender. We expect to hold meeting a few days at Glouster and then press on towards camp meeting making a few calls between here and there. We are praying God for a great outpouring of his Spirit at the camp meeting. Yours in the one body,
Masters and Myers.
Carrollton, Ga., May 11.
Dear Brethren: We greet you all in the name of Jesus. We are praising God for complete victory over the world the flesh, and the devil. God has been with us, saving, sanctifying, and healing the people. The Lord has a remnant in this part of the state, and he is gathering them out into his holy Zion. Babylon was thoroughly exposed and Zion was held up to the people. We will work here as long as the dear Lord leads. Eighteen souls were baptized April 26. We obeyed the ordinances of the Lord’s supper, and the washing of feet and found the truth fulfilled: “If ye know these things happy are ye if ye do them.” Jno. 13:17. Praise God! I know not just how many took part but suppose near fifty. May the Lord bless and keep them saved. The standard of truth is being lifted up as the Lord commands that it should be lifted and as the Word is preached, false teachers are being exposed and the works of the enemy uncovered. Sin being exposed on every hand, the enemy of souls becomes enraged; but God pours out his grace and glory and the power of God is manifest in tearing down the strongholds of Satan. Divine healing is being set forth in clearer light and the power of God manifest on this line. To him be all the glory. Pray for us and the work in Georgia. Yours in Christ, saved and sanctified.
Lena Cooper, and Co.
Portland, Ore., May 7.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers, Greeting: I am so glad that I can report perfect victory in my soul over all the world of sin. Since last writing the Lord has been very good to us and blessed our labors. I have enjoyed and been benefitted by a two weeks visit with dear Bro. J. W. Byers and family at the gospel healing home in Oakland. Cal. God is blessing their labors, but brethren they need our help and prayers, for their responsibilities are great. I am now on my way home, but will stop in this city a while and do what I can to get an opening for meeting. Sister Nora Armstrong has been canvassing here with the book on divine healing for about two weeks and the Lord has blessed her labors. Oh how my heart goes out in prayer that he will soon let the truth come here to stay, for truly wickedness is great.
Oh my dear brethren, let us arise and shine, forgetting the past let us reach forward for there are more glorious things in the future and God will give them just as last as our loyalty, humility, and faith take them in. My prayer is, Oh God, send the reapers to every land and gather all the captives in. Brethren, my soul is burdened for New Zealand. Honolulu, and Australia, for the people there are largely of our own tongue, and they are already white to harvest and every day the golden grain is falling to rise no more. I am not called to these places but I shall not cease to pray for them until God sends some one. Mat. 9:36-38. But I pray God to only let such go as have been tried, tested, and proved true in our own land. Should any feel, like going to some distant land to get a name or to get alack in your experience filled, I am sure it would be very apt to be your entire overthrow and a hinderance to the cause of Christ. But get the experience and Holy Ghost commission first and then God can crown your labors with success.
My dear brethren, this final conflict (Rev. 19:11) will soon be over, then can you look God in the face and say I have done what I could both spiritually and financially. And now to the saints in Oregon, let me entreat of you to get the work of this state at heart; do all you can to open ways for meeting and help the workers to fill them. Let all unite in asking God for a tabernacle and some camp meetings in this state this summer, and let us keep each other informed as shall do the Lord is leading. We shall do all in our power to fill all calls made to us and I know the other workers will do the same. We are as ever, yours in Christ,
J. L. Green and Co-workers,
Grand Junction, Mich.
Beloved Brethren: We greet you in the love of our blessed Savior.
We have just recently closed a very precious series of meetings at Antwerp, Ohio, a brief account of which, we believe, will glorify God.
We tarried there four weeks with large attendance and, excepting a few nights in the beginning, with good order.
When the meetings began the little church at that place was not in very good spiritual condition, having had no protracted meeting for over a year. We continued the meeting for three weeks, during which time the dear brethren and sisters were measuring up to the Word the best they could, and we felt the little church was in a fair stare. We then felt the Spirit witnessing very dearly to our souls that we should dose the meeting, which we did.
The next day I felt an unusual burden upon my heart. I retired to a mow belonging to the brother with whom we were stopping, and threw myself upon the hay, crying, O God’ What is it? While groaning there beneath the burden, which seemed to be growing heavier, our host came to us, saying, “A neighbor of ours is here, and I believe he has come to he saved, from the way he talks. I felt led to bring my horses to the barn and tell you, and I believe we had better go into the house and labor with him.”
We went into the house and asked the man if he wanted to be saved “Yes sir,” was his immediate answer. We invited him to kneed with us before the Lord, which he did, and was soon born into the kingdom.
We then turned unto the wife of the brother who lived there, who was a backslider, and asked her to come to the Lord. She also knelt with us, and gave her heart unto the Lord. The Lord then showed us that our burden was to snow us a new line of work, began to direct our mind to a number in the neighborhood whose hearts had been touched during the meetings, and showed us that we should visit them in their homes, and labor personally with them for their salvation. I told the brethren present what the Lord had shown me, and another brother said the Lord had shown him the same thing. So we at once went to the house of a backslider who lived near and told him the Lord had sent us to his house to pray for the salvation of his soul. A few minutes after we entered his house, another poor soul came by on his way home from his day’s labor. It was one of those whom we had seen affected by the preaching of the Word some days before. We hailed him in the name of she Lord and invited him into the house to seek salvation. He reluctantly came in. At first both these dear souls revolted at the thought of being saved: saying they had been saved before, and their hearts seemed to be very hard. We assured them that God’s mercy was still extended unto them. They presently bowed with us before the Lord and were gloriously saved. A neighbor girl, who had been attending the meetings, coming into the house was so affected by the Spirit of God, that she knelt by a chair requesting the saints to pray for her. She seemed to obtain a ray of hope, but was not entirely satisfied that evening.
The next day we resumed our house-to-house work, and soon succeeded by the grace of God, in bringing about a dozen souls to Christ.
We then went to the river where we immersed twelve dear ones in the name of the Lord Jesus; thence to the house of worship where we observed the ordinances of feet washing, and the Lord’s supper.
We then bade the brethren farewell, and came to Grand Junction, where we are at present, waiting further orders from our dear heavenly Father.
Our beloved Bro. G. W. Howard was with us during the entire meeting: through whom the Lord accomplished much good.
We recognize the hand of God in our peculiar leadings in this meeting and we believe it has taught us the meaning of Acts 20:20.
We wish to say to all our correspondents that our four future address will be Grand Junction, Mich. Yours sanctified wholly.
Wm. G. Schell.
Decatur Ind., May 14.
Dear Brethren: We send greeting. We have been laboring at Pleasant Mills lately. We met with he church here last night and aim to go from here to Raber, from ere to Tekonsha, and from there to Grand Junction C. M. The Lord Mills a precious meeting at Pleasant Mills, May 3. Seven of the brethren from near Berne and two from Pleasant Mills were buried in baptism by Bro. Elmor Cook. We also enjoyed the privilege of taking part in the Lord’s supper and washing the saints’ feet.
B. F. and M. E. Roe.
1015 M. St., Atchison, Kan., May 14.
Dear Saints: The work is going on here with some interest among the colored people; two of whom now claim to be converted. Several others have consecrated. There have been two cases of healing. Both cases of poison from contact with something like oak or ivy. God truly is glorified in both, and his hand clearly seen; the breaking out disappearing very rapidly in each case. Our faith as well as the faith of the dear ones here is much strengthened. We hope to be at the camp meeting, the Lord willing. Grace be with you. Your brother in Him.
Dear Brethren: We are happy to report victory in Jesus. The Lord is with us and the work is moving on here in the city in spite of the rage of the enemy, and many hungry afflicted souls are crying for help from all parts of the city. We are constantly visiting the sick and praying with them and scattering holy literature throughout the city. On Lord’s day, it was a glorious day in Zion here, for God wonderfully healed two afflicted ones and sealed the work with a real baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, until saints shouted and sinners wept. O we praise God for the real anointing of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts for the work of God! Praise his name forever!
One week ago last Lord’s day we, with a little company of saints from Kalamazoo, met with the church at Three Rivers. The occasion of our going was, the church at that place has bought them a place of worship and truly they have a blessed little chapel which was dedicated to God with the prayers and songs and shouts of the saints of God. Truly it was a day long to be remembered by all present, because the Lord so anointed his people, with his Spirit. Dear brethren, we send an earnest request for your prayers that God will still continue to bless and anoint us for the work here in Kalamazoo, and that we may have judgment and understanding to act and speak forth at all times things which will adorn the gospel of Christ. Your saved brother,
W. B. Grover.
Dear Ones in Christ: My testimony is that I am saved and walking in the light. I am in this wicked city. I ask you, dear saints, to pray for me that a place may be found in which to hold meetings I am here for a few days and then expect to go to Athens, Ga., if the Lord wills. Pray much for me that the Lord use me to his glory. Your humble sister in the one body, saved by grace, and kept by his mighty power,
Saint Clair, Tenn.
Dear Saints of God: I will write my testimony for the first time, and feel led to write what the Lord has done for me. Five years ago I was justified; lived the best I knew how, but lived in sin. I thought I was doing the Lord’s will, but I found out there was more we had to seek for. I mean by the help of the dear Lord to go on praying until the Lord sanctifies me both soul and body. My desire is to serve the Lord all my days and do his whole will. We are having a good meeting. Bro. Kilpatrick and Bro. Ellison are here. Bless the Lord for his goodness towards us! I want all the dear saints to pray for me that I may be sanctified both soul and body. Pray that I may raise my little boy in a manner pleasing to the Lord. I have a husband and one child gone on to glory.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: I am still saved and rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God. Praise the Lord for full and complete salvation! Truly the Lord is going to have a tried people, and praise his name for it. Truly, great peace have they that fear him, and nothing shall offend them. Well, my testimony is I am saved just now and sanctified. May God bless all, is my prayer. Pray for me. Your saved brother in Christ,
Dear Saints of God: I praise God for has wonderful goodness, his saving and keeping grace. I wish to add my testimony, for the first time, to those in the TRUMPET. I know that the Lord has saved and is keeping me from sin, by my trusting all to him. I have the victory over the devil and his works. It is all by faith that I have peace with God each day. How sweet to know we are members of his body, and to know we are where God answers prayers. I have taken the Lord for my physician and found his promises true. I have two brothers and one sister unsaved. I would ask the prayers of all of God’s children ’for them. Pray for me that I may be sanctified wholly. Your brother under the blood,
George W. Williams.
38 Northbrook St., Liverpool, England.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I do praise God that I can send my testimony for the first time, and tell what he has saved me from. I have been on the up-and-down road for a long time; but praise God, he has saved me, and that from all sin. I prayed God to show me what was my hinderance. Praise God, he keeps me. We have only to do the trusting and he will do the keeping. Weill saw my hinderance and God gave me an experience; but not until I was willing to give up all for him. To day I can say I am saved and sanctified. Praise God, nothing is too much for him to do. He even keeps me in my business, where I thought I could not keep anything I want God to keep me humble. I am willing to be a clean and empty vessel, willing to lie at his feet. We are having good meetings here. There are very few of us, but that is the number of God’s people. There are no ministers here, but, the Lord willing, there will be soon. We are looking for a good time and for food to our souls. The Lord keeps me saved. My mother, father, and brother are in this blessed evening light. Praise God, he is our physician. I am fourteen years old and love to read the TRUMPET. From your loving brother, saved and sanctified.
Grant’s Pass, Ore.
Dear Saints of God: This is the first time we have testified through the TRUMPET. We praise the dear Lord for giving us the true light and for giving us hearts willing to accept and walk therein. He gives us strength of spirit to trust him, and strength of body to perform our daily labor for the needs of this life. Praise the dear Lord! He is our physician for both soul and body. My health never was good, and for more than thirty years, I was sorely troubled with indigestion. I used medicines till my system could endure it no longer, and also other means which were so annoying that I often felt heartsick, and wondered if I would have to continue so as long as the Lord let me live. But praise his dear name, he had something better in store for me. When Bro. M. M. Stover came to our place and preached the true Word my faith was strengthened and I just laid aside all earthly remedies and took the Lord for my physician for body as well as soul, and he healed me True, I had to stand the test; but I took a firm stand, saying, “Let come what may, I will trust my Lord and him alone.” Praise his name, the work was done. I was heeded and have never had any use for earthly means since. I also had a train of female troubles, and praise the dear Lord they are all gone, too. My general health never was as good as it has been for the last two years. I can eat anything I want without the least inconvenience.
Yes, I have much to be thankful for. More than twenty years ago I was strongly impressed that if ever I was permanently healed, it would be through divine power. I didn’t know how to claim the healing, but praise God, it only takes a simple, childlike faith; just trust Father and he is just as good as his word. There are a few of us here that are walking in the light, free from all bands and fetters. We would be glad if some company of God’s true workers would come here with tabernacle as soon as the rainy season is over. It should be some one gifted with divine healing power, for there are many here that are afflicted and I believe that many will accept the truth and God will get great glory. We ask an interest in the prayers of all the dear saints, that we may sink down more and more into the humility of our dear Saviour, and live with an eye single to his glory. Praise his dear name! Your brother and sister,
W. A. and E. Matchett.
MOORE. — Ethel May, daughter of W. E and M. A. Moore, died March 21, 1896; aged two years and nine days. The Lord had answered prayer in her behalf many times, but we weep not as those who have no hope.
W. E. Moore.
OMO. — Lewis Edwin, was born Feb. 7, 1877: died April 13, 1896; aged nineteen years., two months, and six days. God bless the bereaved parents and friends, and help them to prepare for the great change to coms. Funeral services by the writer,
Wm. G. Schell.
COSTON. — Sister Mary Coston, wife of Irvin Coston, born April 1, 1851, departed this life May 2, 1896; aged forty-five years, one month, and one day. She leaves a husband and four children besides many relatives to mourn their loss. May the blessings of heaven abide with the family that they may prepare to meet the Redeemer in peace.
PRATT. — Bro. Henry Lewis Pratt who lived near Jamestown, Ind. died May 6, 1896 aged forty-eight years, one month, and five days. He accepted full salvation a few years ago and died in the triumphs of the faith. He bore his suffering with patience to the end. He leaves a wife and six children with many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. May the dear Lord bless them all. Funeral services were held at his home by Bro. M. O. Stuart.
RAPP. — Dear Sister Anna Rapp of Los Angels, Cal. departed this life March 27, 1896; aged twenty-nine years, two mouths, and eight days. She leaves a husband and four children, but their loss is her eternal gain. She consecrated herself wholly to God and received the blessing of entire sanctification. She knew she was going home and praised the Lord and told us to go on in this glorious wav and meet her in heaven. Services by G. L. Cole.
SWANSON. — Sister Mary A. Swanson died near Cloverdale, Mich., May 8, 1886; aged sixty-seven years, three months, and twenty-eight days. Sister Swanson was born in New York State; was married at the age of twenty to Hudson Merritt. Five children were born unto them, three of whom still survive her, to mourn their loss which is her gain. They lived in Ohio till after the close of the war, when they moved to Michigan and settled in Baltimore Township, Barry Co. Her husband died in 1869, and she was again married to Geo. Swanson. Sr., who preceded her to the glory world two months. She was resigned to the will of God, and had a desire to depart and be with Jesus. May the Lord bless and comfort the bereft ones, and help them to follow her example and be prepared to meet God.
L. A. NOBLE.
The Time is Now.
The Word says, “Behold now is the day of salvation, now is the accepted time.” So it is with healing. The time is now here for the sick to be healed. As long as people believe the day of healing is past, they will not receive faith for healing. As long as it is looked for in the near future it will be of no benefit, but it must be brought down to the present, even now. The one who is sick must believe that now is the Lord’s time to heal. The one who lays on hands or prays must believe the same.
Some say, “I know God is able to heal me, but he has not yet shown me that he wants to raise me up.” When you have such promises as Mark 11:24. 1 John 5:14, 15. James 5:14, 15. Psa. 103:3. it is your privilege and duty to go ahead and meet the conditions of his word, believe for your healing, doubting nothing, unless God shows you that it is not his will to raise you up. If God has not shown you that he will not raise you up then you need not hesitate in moving out in all faith and confiddence, believing for and expecting your healing, and you should even importune — that is, keep asking — until you do receive. Many do not get healed because they never open their Bibles to know the will of God, but want him to show them by some sign. He has promised to heal all our diseases, but expects us to ask him to do it, and the asking must be in faith. The faith must be a present one; the time now. People receive from God according to their faith. It was so when Christ was upon earth. He said, “According to your faith so be it unto you.” It is the same now. Dear afflicted ones, do you believe God can and will heal you? When will he heal you? Will you let him do it? Will you believe for it now?
that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.” 1:1, 2. Here we see that Paul not only addresses the church at Corinth as members of the body, but “all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.” which includes every child of God. The phrase, “all that call upon the name of Jesus Christ,” does not mean every professor of religion, for, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” — Rom. 10:13. And David says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me.” — Psa. 66:18. So Paul means here those who call upon God in such a manner that he hears, or in other words, those who regard no iniquity in their hearts, and who “call upon God out of a pure heart.”
So Christians, and they alone, form the body, and each Individual Christian is a member. Since we see who are members of the body, let us continue to notice the similarity of the human body and that of Christ. What is true of our bodies in a natural sense is true of Christ’s body in a spiritual sense. For the purpose of comparison we must take the body in its natural condition; that is, in a state of perfect health. When every member of the body is in perfect health the many members of which it is composed work in perfect harmony as a unit. The hands do not conflict with the feet, nor the eyes with the ears, nor is there any member that is out of harmony with the other part of the body. So it is with the body of Christ; when every member has perfect spiritual health there is a perfect unity and harmony, and each one keeps his proper place and does just what he should. As the members of a healthy body are subject to and obey the ruling power of the body, which is the brain, so the members of the body of Christ are subject to obey th.. … power of the body, which is Christ.
As long as all the members of the human body are in a healthy condition there is a perfect harmony of action, but as soon as disease invades it, the result is immediately felt and there is a hinderance to a perfect harmony. Just so it is with the body of Christ, as long as each member is in a state of perfect spiritual health there is perfect unity, but as soon as a member becomes spiritually diseased, that member can no longer work in harmony with those who are not diseased; and the greater the number of members who are diseased the less the harmony of action. The cause of so much division among the members of Christ is that so many have spiritual diseases, and the diseases are contagious, and spread from one member to another. When a sinner gets saved and thus becomes a member of the body, if he is surrounded with these diseased members he is very likely to catch the same disease. As being surrounded by dirt and filth is the cause of many diseases of the natural body, so, being surrounded by false professors of religion who are reeking in spiritual filth and yet claiming to be members of the body, is a great cause of disease in the real members of the body. There are too many spiritual dyspeptics who cannot eat the word of God without it lying heavy on their conscience; and too many spiritual paralytics who are paralyzed as soon as the devil shows himself.
Oh what a terrible sight is the great number of spiritual invalids! Spiritual disease, the cause of all disease among God’s people, and only those who are in perfect spiritual health- are free from the taint of division. Thousands are seeking some way to unite Christians, and to all such I would say, this is a personal affair with each member. Begin with your own case first. Go to the great Physician and let the healing balm be applied to you until you are healed of all your diseases, and then you will be able to recommend him to others, and there will be no division left in your heart, and you will be in perfect unity with all who are in perfect health. Do not try to get others to take the remedy before you try it yourself. Remember the precept, “Physician, heal thyself.”
Thank God! the treatment, is offered free. The only demand is that we take the medicine according to directions, and then every case is sure to be successful. Many are being made whole of all their spiritual diseases, and in no case has there been a lack of unity in any member who has been perfectly healed. If there is anything in your heart that causes you to be divided, even in the least, from any of God’s true children, you are in some way diseased. As each member of the natural body in a healthy state obeys the orders of the brain, and is in constant communication and harmony with it, so every healthy member of Christ obeys every order of the head of the body, and is in constant communion and perfect harmony with him.
Oh, you who read this, whose souls are blighted by disease, flee to the great Physician! He says, “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” The condition of perfect soul-health is the state of entire sanctification which includes a perfect oneness; for “both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one.”—Heb. 2:11.
C. W. Naylor.
Again says Mr. Passmore,
I find no class of men with whom I come in contact more worldly, unsympathetic, and un- spiritual than the bishops and preachers of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and feel that we will have no nation-saving revival with the ministry we have today. There is no” class of men who need to be reformed so badly as the bishops and ministry of the M. E. Church.
The bishops and others may shout at Mr. Passmore, crying, Fanatic! But his language just corroborates the testimony found in M. E.. discipline. Read pages 83 and 84. One clause reads thus: “We [M. E. bishops and preachers] have a base, [vile, mean, see Webster] man-pleasing temper, so that we let people perish rather than lose their love; we let them go quietly to hell lest we should offend them.” This outdoes Mr. Passmore. Thanks to the discipline for the splendid testimony furnished to establish the truth. “Flee out of her and deliver every man his soul.”
If Christ were to come to New York, Hr. Buck- ley would not let him write an article for the Christian (?) Advocate.
This is not strange, Mr. Passmore, for we have seen clearly that M. E. ism is on the wrong side and opposed to Christ: no affinity exists between the two, hence no co-operation.
If Christ were to come to Denver. Dr. McIntyre would not let him use Trinity church.
He has a reason for not wanting Jesus to use his house, for one sermon from the Son of God would demolish his sect and deprive him of his salary. So to be popular and gain affluence he must not allow the Savior of mankind any place or voice among them; otherwise his hope is lost.
If Christ were to come to University Park, Bishop Warren would not let him haven professorship in Iliff school of theology.
If he would, Christ would expose the ungodly theological blunders of M. E. ism in reference to the church of God. Their theory of a triumphant church existing only in heaven would vanish before the breath of Jesus Christ.
That beautiful light that hangs over the entrance to Trinity Episcopal church was paid for out of the money that was taken from the fallen woman as the price of her virtue. For shame! To think that bishop Warren and the chancellor and the doctor would be partners in such an infernal business as the saloons and marker street and hang lights over church doors out of the profit of such a low, degraded, and damnable way as this of making money! Is it any wonder there has never been a Christian sermon preached in Trinity? * * * The idea of a great preacher preaching on the “Model Old Maid” under a light paid for out of woman’s virtue! No wonder the pulpit is losing its influence and that the church has lost her power.
Babylon has fallen! You may howl and take balm for her pain, but to no avail. You must come out or perish in her doom. — Jer. 51:6-10. Rev. 18:1-5.
I believe that the Methodist Episcopal church is sending more souls to hell than she is to heaven. Was it not a sight for the redeemed and the damned, for God and angels to see bishop Warren. Chancellor McDowell and Dr. Me Intyre at the ballot box voting just like “Soapy” Smith, George Graham. “Milwaukee Mack,” the saloon men, gamblers, and prostitutes of market street? * * * The scripture says that “when the wicked reign the people mourn, hut when the Methodists reign we have a perfect carnival of crime. Dear bishops, it was Methodist whiskey that blew up the Gumry hotel, and is turning our Sabbaths into bacchanalian revels and licentious feasts. Bro. Church and Bro. Wilson, can take up a collection on Sunday to send a missionary and a shipload of rum to India, and on any other day in the week they can sign licenses for saloons and houses of prostitution, by order of bishop Warren, the Chancellor, and Dr. McIntyre.
This is plain enough without any comment.
Bishop Warren lives in a $55000 mansion at University park. You all are living in luxury, while men, women, and helpless little children are suffering for bread and clothing and are not able to get them. * * * Wealth, and the seeking of wealth makes men timid and takes all the courage out of the soul and when a minister has lost courage he is about the most pitiful thing that ever angels wept for and devils laughed at.
No wonder that in such a state Methodists, as their discipline says, are afraid to speak the truth, “and blush to contradict the devil.”
I was at Trinity church last Sunday night. I was in a grand church, with a grand choir, a grand organ, a grand congregation, a grand pulpit, and a grand orator. I wanted to hear a grand sermon on a grand theme, but instead, I heard one on the “Model Old Maid.” * * * It did not take a particle of courage to make fun of the old maid, but it would have taken a good deal to have laid hold of the rich sinners in the churches of Denver.
May God Almighty send an avalanche of eternal truth through Denver and elsewhere and deliver Mr. Passmore and every soul that will heed the warnings of God, from the sinful sectish corporations of ecclesiastical man-bound and devil-operated isms of night.
It is reported that bishop Taylor is selling tobacco in Africa to those dark children of the dark continent, to support his missions. For bishop Taylor to be in the tobacco business in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (?) in Africa, and bishop Warren in the liquor business in Denver, is a sight that moves hell to laughter.
Judgment has begun; the fire of dross-consuming and soul-saving powers is burning on the altar of eternal justice. We are forced through the valley of judgment to accept the whole truth on the apostolic platform, where every plank is a Biblical truth, and enjoy the sweet rich fruits of an obedient spirit, and endless felicity; or reject the enlightening influence of heavenly inspiration and force that immortal element, the soul, into the cheerless region of formality in this world, and into everlasting contempt and bitter remorse in the world to come. But praise the God of truth, the darkness has passed and the true light now shines. The church delivered from corrupt bishops and hireling priests now abides in Christ and shines forth in her pristine glory. God works all in all, and the mighty operating force of the Spirit of truth bears us over the head of every contaminating influence. The church is but one. — Cant. 4:7. Eph. 4:3-4. Is pure and without spot or wrinkle. Eph. 4:25-27. Speaks with but one mouth. — Rom. 15:6.
The everlasting truth must go forth, must wound as well as console, must amputate as well as heal, must kill before it can make alive, must bury before it can resurrect. The M. E. sect was constructed in the cloudy and confused day of protestant gloom, seventeen hundred and thirty-three years after the church of Jesus was perfected. In the reign of sectish night God winked at or overlooked the human creeds just for the sake of the honest souls who were yoked up in them. But now the evening light brings forth the purity and unity of the morning or apostolic age. Hos. 6:1-3. Zech. 14:6-7. God’s people come out of sectism. — Rev. 18:1-5. 2 Cor. 6:14-17. Every daughter of confusion is forsaken — and left for men and devils to operate, while we move to another place, Eze. 12:3, and that is to Zion. — Isa. 35 “O. Zion is the church. Heb. 12:22-23, and is the praise of of the whole earth. — Psa. 48:2. Because the power of God is great in her. — Isa. 12:6. This church is established on the whole word of God. — Eph. 2:20. Rev. 12:1. And includes every member of Christ, for it is his body. Eph. 1:22-23. He is the head. — Col. 1:18. Hence wherever you find the head you will see the body of Christ. The head always takes a stand on the right side of all questions and issues. You may certainly be assured that his body will take the same side; and anything that takes the wrong position is of the devil and must be forsaken.
Christ and his church have stopped all communication with Babylon. There was a time when preachers of sectism did preach a great deal of truth, and possessed power of God. But the fallen ministry in fallen sectism do not preach the word of God, therefore the Lord says, “The light of candle [Word] shall shine no more at all in thee.” O fallen and corrupt Babylon! Rev. 18:21-23. Let every sincere soul obey God’s voice, get out of the nets of confusion, hasten to Zion, and you will find a feast of good things. Praise the Lord! Who will be the next to step out? Will you? Yours in much love,
W. A. Haynes.
Arthur, N. Dak.
Dear Saints of God: I feel like adding my testimony to the many others. I do thank and praise our loving Savior for salvation that can keep us free from sin each day. I sent a request some time ago to the TRUMPET for prayer that my husband might be saved. Well, praise the Lord, he is saved. Oh bless his holy name! I do thank and praise his name that he is able to heal our diseases. Our little baby was wonderfully healed of a gathered ear. He had suffered very much with it. We had him anointed according to Jas. 5:14, and there have been no symptoms of it since. Oh how can we praise him enough for his goodness to his children! I was suffering very much ast night but got down in earnest prayer before God and was healed. He is our family physician. Pray for us. Your sister, saved, sanctified and kept,
Mrs. W. H. Buckmaster.
“ENOCH walked with God, and was not, for God took him.” — Gen. 5:24. There is no lengthy or diminutive history in the divine record concerning Enoch; but the fact that “he walked with God,” embraces within itself a field of thought that volumes of history might fail to better express. The companionship of God, his holy presence, the sweet comminion, the divine fellowship and guidance, comfort and consolation, and the “life hid with Christ in God,” are all dearly seen in this short sentence, “Enoch walked with God.” Many thoughts are suggested and we desire to notice a few to God’s glory.
The sinner does not walk with God, Jesus is our Savior. He saved a person from sin through a spiritual birth that makes him a babe in Christ, — justification: and a cleansing from carnality, — sanctification. The fact that we are saved from sin both actual and original, does not put an end to growth or advancement, but prepares the way, and two things are necessary. First, food to produce strength; Second, exercise, to use the strength the food supplies. The little babe on its mother’s knee, in order to develope into manhood, must have the food which is drawn from its parent, and the exercise it receives by tossing its hands, kicking with its feet, laughing crying, etc. Sometimes we think the little fellows very noisy, and fail to see any benefit in their noise, yet they must have the exercise, as well as food in order to develop. So it is with the Christian. Christ is our “bread of life,” and obeying his commands is our exercise, and our usefulness depends upon the amount of talents and the way they are used. Many people have lots of the Word preached to them, but never advance much, because of inactivity. They seem to think they can say or do nothing that would benefit anybody. May be not in the beginning, like the little babe whose kicks and squalls benefit no one but itself, at first, yet they are necessary to the developing into future usefulness. Then, dear reader, you must act as well as eat if your walk with God is successful and effectual.
God is never standing idle, and if we walk with him we will always be employed. Life is short, and time is fleeting, and we are commanded to redeem the time, and each neglect will hinder advancement. A careless, indifferent, lazy person cannot walk like the wide-awake and active; neither can we walk half of our time and get as far as if we redeemed all the time. Then, my brother, let us do everything we do in the name of the Lord, and be doing something all the time.
If we walk we will get somewhere, or be progressive. As we walk with God, we will not be walking in our own, but in God’s way, which is the way of life. John 14:6. Truth. Psa. 119. Love. Eph. 4:2. Light. John 8:12. Christ’s steps. 1 Pet. 2:21-23. 1 John 2:6. And no unclean thing can pass over it. Isa. 35:8-10. While the way is straight and narrow, and only few find it, yet the open doors to usefulness are thick along the way, and the progressive Christian can find plenty to eat to make him strong, and plenty of work to use the strength. Brethren, let us all learn how to advance, and why it is so necessary. Amen.
A. B. Stanberry.
Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful.” — 2 Pet. 1:6, 7.