22 October 1896, Volume 16, Number 42.
I’ve found a rock and refuge,
Beneath my Savior’s wings;
And there, blest by his presence,
My happy spirit sings.
Amid the fair green pastures,
And by still waters deep,
In quiet and assurance,
I lay me down to sleep.
I’ve joy instead of sorrow,
And songs instead of sighs;
For true unto his promise,
He wipes tears from our eyes.
An host may camp against me,
The fiercest foes assail;
But ’gainst my strong high tower,
No weapon can prevail.
I hear the sound of tempest,
The darkening clouds I see;
But in my place of refuge,
It passes over me.
I have a rock, a fortress,
Out in a weary land,
An eye that is all-seeing,
An ever guiding-hand.
Therefore, beneath the shadows
Of those protecting wings,
My soul joys in his presence,
And with its gladness sings.
Georgia C. Elliott.
DUTY OF PARENTS TO THEIR CHILDREN.
The wise man says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” — Prov. 22:6.
There are two extremes to be guarded against. One is supposing that a child can be brought up so moral that it will not need the “new birth;” and the other is that it cannot receive training until after it is “born again.” The Bible plan and only successful way is to keep such a holy influence surrounding their existence all through conception and childhood, by the devoted Christian life of the parents, that the parents can claim the promise of God, “I will save thy children.” — Isa. 49:25.
It is not necessary that we worry about our children not being saved; that will do no good. The burden of our heart should be, Am I doing my duty by them as God requires me to do? If your offspring are unwelcome here on earth, you cannot possibly be doing your duty by them in having them.
The even disposition of your child, its willingness to be taught, and the bent of its life in the right direction are greatly influenced by the Christ- like life of its father that begat it, and its mother that bore it. Then remember, dear parent, your duty to your child begins in conception, and continues in one unabated effort to make right impressions by right precepts and examples as long as it remains under your parental roof. Then when your boy steps out from under your protecting care, and you have the pleasure of seeing him face the realities of life in this cold, dark world using your Christian precepts and examples as stepping-stones that lead from this time world to the eternal, you will consider yourself a thousand times repaid for all the trouble he has been to you, and for all the pains you have taken with him.
Why, when, and how to correct children, is another secret all parents should study to understand. There is no child but what needs more or less correction, in some way or other. “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” — Prov. 22:15. “Withhold not correction from thy child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
“Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” — 14. “He that spareth his rod hateth his son.” — 13:24.
Why? If you love him as you ought, you will have such a deep concern for his future that you will make him an obedient and good boy while young, even if you have to use the rod.
Some may say, I love my child too well to correct him. You are mistaken; if you loved him as you ought, and felt the right concern for his future happiness, you would feel it your indispensable duty to correct him. “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” — Prov. 19:18. “Correct thy son and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight to thy soul.” — 29:17. “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. — 29:15.
Always study the disposition of the child, give the necessary amount of reproof and instruction; then see that it is lived to by the child, if it takes, the enforcing power recommended by the word of God.
“And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. — Eph. 6:4.
To obey this holy command of God two things are necessary. First, the experience that helps you give them the right teaching and examples. Second, decision to command your children after you. Nurture means, Christian education, or teach your children to serve the Lord. Admonition means, gentle reproof.
Of Abraham, “The father of the faithful, ” God has said, ‘I know that he will command his children after him.’ — Gen. 18:19. As long as our children are under our care it is our duty to educate them to follow the Lord as we do, by letting them say no words that we would not say, go no place we would not go, wear nothing that we would not wear, and do nothing that we would not do.
“These words * * * shall be in thine heart and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up.” — Deut. 6:7. See Deut. 11:19. 32:46.
A great many parents never teach their children anything about the Lord, never have morning nor evening prayer; then wonder why their child is not religiously inclined. Then when some of their children go astray, they will say, Surely I tried to raise my children better than that, and about all they have done is to tell them they ought to do right so the people will love them, not even impressing upon their minds the necessity of pleasing God. Much less commanding them to abstain from doing wrong and practice doing right.
The happiness of home depends upon the virtue of its inmates, their even disposition and harmonious actions brought about by the enforcement of Bible discipline in all its systematic beauty, grace, and simplicity.
A. B. STANBERRY.
As we sit before our window, and watch the waters fall from the clouds of heaven, and gaze across this great stretch of fertile land, and see the wonderful works of an infinite hand, our mind is called to the scripture recorded in Deut. 30:15-19.
“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan an to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day, against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
O man, can the great wings of truth spray our minds with a thought that could bring the heart of man into a more active state than this? Could the Infinite One have done justice to the Bible, and left this clause of holy writ blank: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you?”
Reader, do you comprehend? The angels of heaven will arise and testify against you. The forest, that is now being disrobed of its summer suit; the little brooklet, that courses its way through the rugged woodland, through meadow and plain, until it reaches the briny deep; the very clods of the ground, which you may think, have no part in the creation, will all be called to witness against you, if you are not living a life as pure as heaven itself. Because these all act out the part that God intended, they should in their creation.
But man’s life as the gospel of Christ finds him is a waste and a perversion. He needs to begin all anew; he must have life from above, that he may be in harmony with God and at peace with himself. He is a wanderer, and must be called home. He is blind, and must be made to see. He is in bondage, and must be made the Lord’s freeman. He is in subjection to the old man of sin and misery, and he must be made a new man in Christ Jesus. He is an alien from the holy and blessed kingdom of God, and he must be made an heir of God by faith, and a son by gracious adoption.
Let this mighty spiritual change be carried on and accomplished among men, and all other blessings will follow in its train.
O you that God has created for himself, do not fix yourself here as something stationary. Remember, your “life is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Yet God’s heaven and earth stand against you. We meet men at every turn, rich in every kind of material wealth, who after years of laborious accumulation find real enjoyment of life impossible, and their untold riches only serve as fagots to kindle the flame of despondency.
O that the gospel of Christ might reach the hearts of all such, and new hopes beam forth and this world and all its pleasures be lost to sight! Then they, like Paul, can be bold to say, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” Why, Paul? “Because it is the power of God unto salvation.” Whom to, Paul? “To everyone that believeth.”
This glorious gospel of Christ finds a home for the wanderer. 2 Cor. 5:1. New eyes for the blind. Psa. 146:18. Breaks every strap that binds. Jno. 8:36. Roots out the old man of sin. Matt. 15:13. Heals the sick. Jas. 5:15. Binds that which is broken. Ezek. 34:16. Lifts a man from the cesspool of sin, and places him on a plane with heaven (Isa. 1:18.), where he can live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Tit. 2:12. Then heaven and earth, when called to witness, will only witness a good confession for you. On the other hand, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” — 2 Pet. 3:9, 10.
Spread the Gospel.
ARE you sowing precious seed for the Master to-day? Now every child of God can sow the good seed, and all can help spread the gospel; for truly we are living in perilous times and it is hard to get the pure gospel before the people. They seem as if they will not have our Jesus to reign over them, but like the Jews of old, cry out, Away with him, let him be crucified and give us back our Barabbas; and thousands of blind souls are being enrolled around the banner of Gog and Magog to fight the word of God.
Now, dear ones, awake and sow the seed. You can sow it in all parts of the world. Has not our God holy men and women who can say with David, “Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight?” — Psa. 144:1. Truly he has; for are not the tracts, books, and papers that come from the Trumpet Office written and published by the fingers that fight for God?
Now there is no excuse. Every child of God can send out the holy literature. Suppose we take the TRUMPET, say three every week. I fancy I can hear some say, We can’t afford that. What, cannot you afford one cent or half-penny per day for the Lord? By putting that aside you can buy three TRUMPETS and then again; dear ones, for three cents you can send those TRUMPETS — one to China, one to India, and one to Africa, or wherever you will. Or you can give them out in your own towns. It will be sowing the seeds wherever you can by the way, it will be spreading the gospel and helping the dear ones at the Trumpet Office.
This is plain truth but it is the duty of every child of God and when we sing those beautiful Echoes from Glory do we sing them from the heart? There is one that we sing that says:
“Perishing souls at stake to-day!
Can you tarry for earthly dross?
Fly to the rescue, don’t delay,
Bring the needy to Jesus’ cross.
“Perishing souls at stake, my Brother,
What is all this world beside?
Perishing souls at stake, my brother,
For whom the blessed Savior died,
Perishing souls at stake to-day,
Oh what is all this world beside?
Oh, who will help to save the lost?”
May the Lord help each of us to do our duty. Again, dear brethren, don’t you think we are expecting too much from the Lord, and paying very little back? We must not count dollars and cents or pounds, shillings, and pence when the Lord’s work is in need of the same. Did it ever strike you, brethren, that the TRUMPET is published for two cents per week and fifty-two weeks in a year, makes it one dollar for the year? Now when we [outside of the United States] send one dollar for yearly subscription, and when we have it posted to us, it costs the Trumpet Office a half dollar a year to post it to us. So you see they only get a half dollar for the paper. Brethren and sisters, this should not be. Let us pay the postage and take what tracts we can and spread the gospel.
Now let every saint of God make this a real matter of earnest prayer, and then “every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver.” — 2 Cor. 9:7.
Then again, how many calls we see and hear for the messengers of God to come and preach the gospel and how we would love to have brethren and sisters go, as we believe it would be of the Lord! Now let us make this a real matter of prayer and if the Lord says it is so, then let us send the railway fare and a little over; and when they come among us and minister unto us of their spiritual things it is our duty to minister unto them of our carnal things; for of a truth they may say, “If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?’’ — 1 Cor. 9:11.
The saints of God should do this; “for the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And the laborer is worthy of his reward.” — 1 Tim. 5:18. Now brethren, let us get to know the will of God in the matter; then let us do our duty and help to spread the gospel.
DEAR BRETHREN IN CHRIST: I feel like writing my testimony for the first time. I am praising God for salvation that keeps me saved each day. Bless his holy name! I praise God for saving my soul and for the healing power. I take him for my physician, for soul and body. Praise his name! I do praise God that he ever saved my soul and keeps me each day. Praise his holy name! I am your saved sister,
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I am so glad this morning finds me saved. I will say to the glory of God I was healed of typhoid fever in answer to ’the prayer of the saints at Fairfax, and Grand Junction, Mich., on Sept. 10. I had been very sick. Wife wanted to have a doctor but I did not give my consent until after the saints prayed for me. The doctor was passing by, wife called him in. He said I was a very sick man and had fever. Next morning he stopped again, I had no fever, but my face and head were paralyzed so I could not close my eyes. I could get no relief from the doctor, so I had my brother to write to the saints. I told my wife I was getting worse all the time. I stopped all medicine. In answer to prayer and applying an anointed handkerchief I began to get better immediately. I am almost entirely well again. I know the word of God is true and the prayers of the saints have gone up and I know the work is done. Your saved brother,
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1896.
LIST OF LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
M. A. Staggs. G. B. Collins, E. R. Brayton, Della Baker, D. W. Yerington, Mattie Heinzelman, Wm. Yates, B. E. Warren.
We are now in the midst of a very precious assembly meeting at this place, and the work is moving along in the name of the Lord. Souls are being saved, believers sanctified, and the sick healed. The meeting will probably last over another Sunday.
This is the name of a valuable little book just published, which was written by D. S. Warner, a short time before his death. It gives a touching description of his own experience, from the day of his birth, showing how he was “unwelcome here on earth.” Also the sufferings he endured, how he lost the grace of Innocence, and the joy and glory he experienced in having it restored again by coming to the Savior. It is one of his last and best poems and truly filled with heavenly inspiration. It consists of about one hundred and fifty stanzas of four lines each, with his portrait in each book. 26 pages in a fine paper cover. Price, 5 cents each, 40 cents per dozen.
AN INFIDEL BAFFLED.
A few years ago one of God’s ministers was holding a meeting and preaching the Word in all its purity, and showing the unity and oneness of the children of God, and quite a number were saved, left their religious creeds, and were of one heart and one mind, being complete in the Lord alone. An infidel came to the minister one day and said: “I have been watching you people, and truly you seem to love each other, and all be of one mind, but, now I am going to watch you about election time and see if you are all one.” The minister told his congregation that the world and infidels were watching them, and urged them to obey God in all things, and told them that he believed if God led them to vote he would lead all alike, and that they would vote the same way. They had formerly represented five different political parties, but when election day came they obeyed the leadings of the Lord and remained at home, and. the infidel had to acknowledge the oneness, even regarding political affairs.
THERE are many who have been losing grounds spiritually for some time, and scarcely know what is the cause, who finally become awakened to the fact that they have been tampering with politics to the detriment of their souls until grace and glory flows at a very low ebb, if at all. Salvation and politics are about like oil and water; undertake to mix them together and you spoil both.
Requests for Prayer.
Pray for W. H. Willett, Gurdon, Ark. for sanctification. Also he desires the saints to hold a meeting there.
Let all the saints pray Oct. 25 for the healing of sister Alice Gregory. She has neuralgia of the head, which causes her a great deal of suffering. She is almost deaf in one ear and blind in one eye,
Calls for Meetings.
We trust the Lord will send some of his firebrands here soon to preach the pure gospel. Anna Kershaw, Marianna, Lee Co., Ark.
Will some one come and preach the true gospel of salvation and show the people the need of being sanctified? Address Mrs. Laura Richard, Blanchard, Mich.
We wish that some of God’s ministers would come to this place to preach the pure word. It has never been preached here. There are no saints within twelve or fourteen miles of here, and we are hungering to hear the pure word once more, and see a little church built for God. Yours in the one body,
C. E. Hosier,
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Editor of the Gospel Trumpet: Will you publish a call in your paper for a band of workers to be sent to this place? I believe we need the pure, unadulterated gospel; and the work you show forth seems to be what I have been praying for. Some one has sent me some tracts and a package of Gospel Trumpets, and I am very much blest in the reading. I am so glad you preach and experience a full and free salvation. I am saved and sanctified. The Lord is with me and in me He is my rich reward, my inheritance, my all. The darkness is thick about me. We have fifty saloons, in a population of about eight thousand; six churches, and no crying against the saloons. I desire the saints to pray for the conversion and sanctification of my husband and two children. Yours in the Lord,
A. D. Floyd.
There will be an assembly meeting at 660 King St., Charleston, S. C., commencing Oct. 28 to continue as long as the Lord wills. All the saints who can reach there will please attend. This will be for the advancement of the saints and the salvation of sinners. Any one desiring further information address Bro. R. J Smith 660 King St., or myself at the same place.
J. F. AND KITTIE LUNDY.
There will be a meeting beginning November 7, at Plattsburg, Winston Co., Miss. This is to be a tabernacle meeting Come one and all who are seeking salvation and healing of body. All gospel workers and ministers are invited to assist in the salvation of souls. Let all the dear ones join us in fasting and prayer the 8th of November for the success of the meeting. Yours saved,
R. H. OWENS.
ARE YOU BOWING FOR THE MASTER?
Do you want to help to rescue lost souls from the wickedness of this evil world? Do you want your friends and neighbors to come up before the bar of God in the great judgment day, and say that they have never been permitted to hear and read the blessed truths of God’s word as they arc expounded in this great reformation? How sad it would be to see poor souls, as they receive the judgment of God’s word take their departure to that eternal burning! Many there will be who will receive this bitter sentence.
The world to-day is growing worse and worse, and men and women are getting deeper and deeper into sin and iniquity. The sins of many are so great that life is a burden, and the future in its blackest form is staring them in the face. They want to break loose from the awful bands that bind them, and in their bitter anguish they cry out, “How shall I escape?” They look upon this side and upon that, but no one comes to their rescue. In every part of the world we can find just such men and women. Professed Christians are on every side, with their creeds and divisions, trying to entice people into their babel confusion. Is it any wonder that these wretched sinners turn aside in despair as they watch the lives of these professing Christians? There are multitudes of souls longing to find deliverance, but they know not where to find it. They do not know that they are just to take God’s word alone, and throw aside all of men’s theories and teachings.
Now there is something for each one to do in this great harvest of souls. God will have no idlers in his vineyard. We cannot all preach, nor can we all sing his praises. But God has given each a talent, and he does not want us to be like the unwise steward and bury it, but he expects us to make use of it. There are those on every hand who need help and instruction in the blessed truths of the gospel. But we are not all qualified to give such help. There is one way in which many of these dear souls may be reached whether or not they are permitted to listen to a preacher. And that is by the reading of pure gospel literature.
There are now over forty dear consecrated workers in this office who give their time free, and each day finds them busily engaged in printing and sending forth pure literature which goes to many parts of the world. Would you not like to be one who will help to scatter this literature, and be an instrument in God’s hands in helping to rescue lost souls in this way? If good reading matter can be gotten into their homes, some will read it and ponder over its truths. As we are putting forth our best efforts in publishing his truth, we would like for those whom God can use in this line to help in distributing the same. A short time ago we issued some special terms to agents on the books and tracts that we publish, and have been sending them but in letters and mail packages etc., and many have taken advantage of the same and sent us an order. But now we feel that this truth must be spread as fast as possible, so we now make these special terms to one and all.
ТАБЛИЦА С ЦЕНАМИ ДОЛЖНА БЫТЬ
The above special terms are 40 per cent off from the retail prices given in our catalogue, and we do not want to sell less than $5.00 worth in one order. Cash must accompany the order unless other arrangements have been made. With every $10.00 worth ordered at one time, we will give $1.00 worth extra, your own selection of anything named in the above list. The purchaser is to pay freight or express charges, and it is well to remember that 100 pounds can be shipped by freight as cheap as 20 pounds, and also remember that to ship by freight is much cheaper than by express. In ordering always state how you want them shipped, and to what place.
Now if you are interested in the spreading of the gospel, this is one way in which much good can be accomplished. The prices are such that you will have a fair profit left after the books are sold. The book “Secret of Salvation” contains some wonderful truths and should be in every family. It is having a rapid sale, the second edition having been printed. Some have ordered from fifty to one hundred copies at one time, If you were to sell but six copies of this book, cloth binding, in one day, it would give you a profit of $1.80. If you are not interested in the financial part, then you could have the profit to use in some other way for the Lord.
We would like to call your spec al attention to our tracts, which you will notice we offer for only 15 cts. per pound, or 25 cts. by mail. We publish about forty different kinds, and many of these are on subjects about which the people are anxious to know the teachings of the Word. There is no need of any agent’s outfit to commence within this work of the Lord, all that is necessary is to purchase your books, and then you can make sales at any place you desire. If you have not the money, probably you could borrow it for a few days, and then repay it when books are sold. You should remember that every day souls are going down to destruction, and time is precious. Do not lay this paper aside and say, “Well this is not for me.” God has a work for each to do, and let each one see to it that you are doing your whole duty.
N. H. BYRUM.
LETTER FROM INDIA.
FROM A CONVERTED MOHAMMEDAN. CALCUTTA, INDIA, SEPT. 15, 1S96. EDITOR GOSPEL TRUMPET: My very dear brother, I am exceedingly glad to receive your loving letter and the helpful books, for which I am highly delighted and greatly thankful. Oh, what a glorious thing it is to belong to Jesus, our dear Lord; and thus to be united in one bond of union with all the saints of God, all over the world, with an indissoluble tic, far stronger than any that flesh and blood can form! Indeed it is our wonderful privilege to be “one in him.” I do realize that nothing can unite heart with heart but the Spirit of our glorious Savior.
May the dear Lord bless you all abundantly in your blessed effort of spreading the pure gospel, and thereby raise the standard of holiness, for which you are fighting, and raze to the ground the carnal (which is an outcome of carnality) sectism.
Oh what a sad thought it is to see the professing disciples of Christ divided so widely, when his aim was to unite them all in the bond of peace! Many and sad had been the remarks often and often made by the heathens of this land as to this sad wickedness — nay rather, the great sin of the professing disciples of Christ. O what a great number there had been who stumbled and were hindered from coming to the Savior! Does it not show us the great need there is for fighting against this evil and presenting the pure, unmixed gospel of true holiness, which alone can cleanse our hearts from all sin and the last remnant of carnality — the cause of such divisions?
I speak about it to all my friends and I preach against it. Some of them seem to feel its importance and are seeking more light on the subject. Now as I have some tracts and booklets on the subject I will be able, by the help of our Lord, to help them better. I have already- given away some books to my friends who are really seeking to know more about the pure teaching of the Gospel and I am sure they appreciate them and will be much benefited by them. I think I can use them very profitably if you send me rolls of papers and tracts and booklets now and again. Your booklets are very suitable to enclose within letters to distant friends. Pray that the seed sown may bring forth much fruit, and great glory to him to glorify whom is our life.
I have read your “Divine Healing” and a great part of the “Secret of Salvation, ” and also other tracts and booklets one and all of which did me good and were to my liking.
The fact that I don’t use any medicine aroused much attention and inquiry among my neighbors and many came to learn the foolishness of my views but, glory to his name for whose cause we are fighting, returned convicted of their own foolishness in limiting God’s power and refusing to accept our glorious privilege-even the gift of healing. Hallelujah! He giveth us the victory. And from victory to victory ye lead us.
I am very much pleased to receive the Gospel Trumpets, which I like to read so much.
A brother who fell under a strong temptation to deny our Lord wrote this morning, and thus the Lord has answered our prayers on his behalf. He says in his letter to me, besides many things, the following —
“My dear brother, you can well perceive my present situation now. I would not give my heart to a mortal [referring to a young lady whom his parents got to marry him], but I wish to give my heart to the dear Lord. My heart is his and his alone, and his will it be, if he crown me with success [i. e., in escaping the hand of his friends and parents and coming out from among them, where he is a half prisoner — I know what it is like, having been myself under such circumstances two years ago, when I was forcibly taken home and kept a prisoner nearly a month; but at length, as it might be expected, the Lord was over all and they gave way].” * * * “Dear brother”, he continued, “if I die now, I am determined to die as a Christian.” We have been praying very much for him, for he was one of the young men living with us in the same barracks and attending the same school. Now the Lord has answered our prayer — I believe he is going to bring him out soon victorious, Glory to his dear name! Indeed he is able to keep, is he not, dear brother?
Now, as I have not much time to-day I must dose. Accept my warmest Jove. I am yours in the one body, with fervent love,
A. D. KAHN.
CHRIST is coming, quickly coming. Who is ready? He has waited long that people might reform. Time seems to have been lengthened and the mercies of God extended, but of little avail. Feastings and revelings multiply, and Christians (so they call themselves) love to have it so. They say, “Peace and safety, ” when sudden destruction is upon them. 1 Thess. 5:3. They have made a covenant with death, and with hell are they at agreement, so they say. Isa. 28:15. But their covenant with death shall be disannulled and their agreement with hell shall not stand. Verse 18. Christ hath declared by the mouth of his holy prophet, “his people shall be all righteous.” — Isa. 60:21.
There is no room for sin in heaven; and just as Jesus finds you when he comes, whether in the field, in the mill grinding, in bed (Matt. 24:40, 41), or rising out of the grave (Dan. 12:2), this will be your appearance; for it hath been declared by one in whom is no shadow of turning; “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” — Rev. 22:11.
It is a faithful saying and worthy of your acceptation, sinner, whether you profess or not, that, if you are not righteous when you die and holy when you die the natural death, hope dieth with you; and if you are unmerciful, unjust, unkind, haughty, proud, and filthy, when Jesus comes, don’t you think these will be his last words to you, “Depart from me, ye that work iniquity?” — Matt. 7:23.
Yes, though sad, yet true, none but the pure in heart shall ever see God. Matt. 5:8. 1 Jno. 3:3. hatred, ill feeling, jealousy, lust, pride, haughtiness, and love for the world must be removed and every spot of imperfection purged away or hope must die. 1 Jno. 1:7.
Christ is coming, quickly coming; coining, as it were, from a far country (Matt. 25:14); coming “with mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and obey not the gospel of our
Lord Jesus Christ.” — 2 Thess. 1:7, 8. “And then shall that wicked be revealed, * * * whose coining is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”- 2 Thess. 2: 9-10. See what becomes of those who will not be saved now.
People would rather have a popular religion than the salvation of God. They would rather have a religion that allows people a right to their own opinions, and to belong to all the secret orders they will; commit all the little sins they want to, just so they ask the Lord to forgive them; be as fashionable in dress as they choose; go to all the shows, theaters, fairs, and places of amusement they have a mind to; and hoard up wealth by the millions. But the salvation of God saves people from all these things, makes them clean; and with the cleansing blood by the Spirit purifies their hearts unto unfeigned love of the brethren” (1 Pet. 1:22), and sets their affections on heavenly things. Col. 3:1, 2.
Jesus knowing that he would come again, said, “Sell that ye have, and give alms;***Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord.” — Luke 12:33, 35, 36. “And unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” — Heb. 9:28.
“Without sin unto salvation” is the very life of Christ — holiness and purity of Christ, righteousness of Christ — in words implying what is in the word SALVATION, through the blood of Jesus Christ, exposing all counterfeits and showing us what salvation does for us. Full salvation stamps Christ’s likeness in us. Read Psalms 17:15. In 1 Jno. 3:2, we read, “We know that when he shall appear we shall be like him.” What if he should appear this very night? We shall be like him who was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners (Heb. 7:26), a meek and lowly Savior (Matt. 11:29), “who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered he threatened not” (1 Pet. 2:23) — “despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” — Isa. 53:3.
Says one, “Is this the standard for every Christian?” Yea, hear the word of the Lord, “As he is, so are we in this world.” — 1 Jno. 4:17. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” — Col. 3:3, 4. The word glory in this scripture has reference to the light, power, brightness, beauty, and splendor of God; and Jesus, when praying to the Father said, “And the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. Jno. 17:22.
So you see and understand that it is not after death that we are changed into the image and likeness of Christ; but here in this world, so soon as each one dies the death to self, then Christ becomes our life. Let me say to every saint of God, If you are not manifesting the life of Christ in your actions, conversation, dress, and in your very countenance, you are not yet what you ought to be and what you must be, for the outward life is only an expression of the inward man. Therefore make your requests known to God and put in for the real likeness of Christ; for his grace is sufficient to keep you, if you once get where Christ can see his very image in you. Amen.
Paul says, “From henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” — Gal. 6:17. The very sentiment of Paul’s words, yea the words themselves testify in this behalf. He testifies still stronger in 2 Cor. 4:10, 11 — “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus [result of a holy life], that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our flesh.”
Hark ye, all the nations, Christ is coming. The last great day is fast approaching; time will cease, eternity will only have begun, and where will you spend it? Knowing the terror of the Lord we persuade men. Every spot of imperfection must be purged away or hope will have fled when Jesus comes. Restorationist, Universalist, Methodist, Baptist, Salvationist, Free Methodist, and all others, or whether you have taken upon you the name of saint and are not saved from sin, hear ye the Lord, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” — Luke 13:3. “Though the number * * * be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.” — Rom. 9:27. “Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever (Read Rev. 21:1, 2. Luke 12:32. Jno. 18:36.), the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.” — Isa. 60:21.
H. E. ROGERS.
News from the Field.
NEWMANSVILLE, PA , Oct. 14.
DEARLY BELOVED OF GOD: We can report victory along our line of march for God. In the power and humility of the Holy Spirit we will lift the standard to a scattered nation, this evening, at Wolf Corners, seven miles southeast of Tionesta, the Lord willing. We shall remain for some time in these parts. Address for the present Tionesta, Pa. Yours in defense of the gospel, all on the altar,
J. A. AND ALICE J. DILLON.
CROTHERSVILLE, IND., Oct. 17.
DEAR ONES: We are still in the gospel field, laboring for Jesus in rescuing perishing souls. Our last tabernacle meeting lasted about four weeks. Quite a number of souls were delivered from both sin and sectism, the Lord knows how many. Fourteen were immersed in water in the Lord’s name. It was a precious meeting to all our souls. The Lord has been, and is still teaching us very precious lessons, showing us how to expose self and sink into Him, also, into greater usefulness. Devils were cast out in the name of Jesus, and sick ones healed by the power of God. Praise his dear name! We remain in these parts, the Lord willing, for a while, then return to Ohio. Pray that we may be little and low. Your coworkers,
B. E. WARREN AND Co.
FRESNO, CAL., Oct. 13.
DEAR SAINTS AND INQUIRING FRIENDS: We have not reported for some months but have been earnestly engaged in gospel work most all the time and can witness that there has been some good results in pardon, sanctification, divine healing, etc. Some have also followed the Lord in baptism and others will doubtless follow on in the fight. God has a few honest souls most everywhere who have not discerned the body of Christ and are glad to hear the truth in love. We continued services nearly three months in Almeda, near Oakland, where the truth won several warm hearts and greatly blessed all that received- it gladly. We are now holding services in a hall in a country place six miles east of Fresno. Pray for the success of the work in these parts. Yours in the one body,
GEO. AND MARY COLE AND L. KASER.
WOODLAND, W. VA.
DEAR SAINTS: We are rejoicing in the Lord with perfect victory over all the powers of the enemy. Since the Uniontown tabernacle meeting I have been on the Bethel, which remained four days at Dilles Bottom. The interest was again restored there and three baptized. The next stop was Powhatan Point, Ohio, where we remained one week with but little interest until the last services. We are hastening as fast as we can to make New Martinsville or Sistersville to winter. Some workers are needed at once. My wife has only been on the boat a few days since the first of August on account of holding meetings in the tabernacle and on the Bethel about all the time. Two companies can find work here all winter, all in easy reach of the Bethel. Those wishing to send us provisions for the winter will drop us a card and we will give you directions for shipping. During September there was meeting on the Bethel every evening but four. A goodly number of souls were saved during that time. Pray for us.
G. T. CLAYTON AND Co.
GOSPEL ARK. MINERSVILLE, O.
DEAR BRETHREN AND TRUMPET READ-ERS: Grace and peace be multiplied. We praise God for peace and victory. Amen. Had quite a profitable meeting at Syracuse; are now at Minersville; have large congregations and good interest. Three dear souls at the altar yesterday. No doubt, could find much to do here for at least two or three months, if the audience room were comfortable. We are still in the mining district; most of the people although kind hearted are out of employment, thus are unable to give to our necessity as they would otherwise. O dear brethren, those of you who have your cellars and granaries filled, as we once had, little do you realize the privation and self-denial of this humble work. Will you not look to God and see if he will not move on your hearts to do something, that this work may go on and God be glorified in the salvation of the needy and perishing? Provisions of any kind can be used. We have received one dollar towards fixing the boat. Praise the Lord! In shipping goods or sending money order, address Pomeroy, Ohio. Other mail send to Minersville, Ohio. Yours in Christ,
L. C. MAST.
SICKELS, MICH., Oct. 13.
DEAR READERS OF THE TRUMPET: I think it would be to the glory of God to report work for the Master. After the Grand Junction C. M. we returned to our tabernacle work in Detroit, where the Lord kept us until the thirteenth of August. The work in Detroit resulted in calling quite a number out of Babylon and the salvation of quite a number of sinners. Praise the Lord! We went from Detroit to Chesaning, Mich. and held five days’ meeting here. There were five or six consecrations and a general strengthening of the work. From here we went to C.M. at St. Louis. A report of this meeting has been sent in by my daughter Lillian. It was truly a refreshing time from the presence of the Lord. Immediately after the C.M. we began a meeting at Hamilton, which has been running for more than six weeks. There has been a great awakening here. The interest is better now than at any previous time and it would seem that the meeting has but just begun. Eighty-one sinners and backsliders have consecrated for pardon, and a great many besides have consecrated for the second work. Babylon has been made to tremble, and the hireling pastors are warning their people to stay away from the meeting. We have asked the Lord for one hundred souls and from present indications he will double the measure. Truly Zion is strengthening her stakes and lengthening her cords. Praise the Lord! We have two meetings every day and the farmers are leaving their work and attending the meeting, so great is the interest. One remarkable feature is the number of heads of families which have come out… Over one- half of the conversions have been heads of families. Praise his. name!
G. M. HALL AND Co.
DEARLY BELOVED, GREETING: I am glad to report victory in my soul over all the powers of the enemy. Bless the Lord! We have had some precious meetings this season. Praise the Lord! The church in Mississippi is getting settled more and more in faith and victory. The Vowell C. M. was blessed of the Lord, though the congregations were not near so large as last year, on the account of sickness and cotton-picking coming one month earlier than common. Dear brother Otto Bolds was with us in the Vowell C. M. this year. Five were baptized, and the church wonderfully edified and strengthened. The work in the South has been hindered on the account of the ministry not being up to the standard in faith and purity according to 1 Tim. 4:12. But, thank God, the truth is growing wonderfully in the South. Praise the Lord! I am working and settling all my debts so as to go out in the field and work all the time in the vineyard for the lost. We want a general assembly in the South this winter and want all the saints and especially the ministry to come together, and we want some of the northern brothers to come and be with us if the Lord wills. We want to have this meeting about the holidays. We would like to hear from every preacher in the North who can meet in an assembly meeting during the holidays, in Leake Co., Mississippi. All write me who can come if the Lord wills. We feel it is truly the Lord’s will to have this meeting. Let all join us in prayers to God to move in mighty power in this meeting. From your truly saved and sanctified brother, set in defense of the gospel,
R. H. OWENS.
I want to witness for Christ this morning. I am sanctified and the precious blood of Jesus keeps me clean. Praise his holy name!
DEAR TRUMPET AND CHILDREN OF GOD: I write this testimony to the glory of God. Last spring my wife was taken sick and I called a doctor, and she would get better and then she would get worse. I talked to her about divine healing, and a good sister in Christ came and talked to my wife. Both my wife and myself were Christians and had not trusted God to heal the body. We finally came to where we could trust God to heal the body as well as the soul. One day I said to my wife, “Shall I call the elders of the church?” and she said, “Yes.” I went that evening and called one of the elders and that night I called the other one (there being two), and next day we obeyed James 5:14 and 15. Glory to God, the work was done. We had prayer about eleven o’clock and in less than fifteen minutes my wife was healed and got up and went into the kitchen and ate her dinner. There is great opposition to divine healing but, bless God, the good work is spreading. So people that think the days of miracles and divine healing are passed are simply mistaken.
R. H. HAMMACK.
DEAR SAINTS AND TRUMPET READERS: I want to write my testimony once more to the glory of God. He heals our bodies and saves our souls, and sanctifies our nature. Praise be to his holy name forever! When we were sick we just wrote for prayers to the dear saints, and got down on our knees and asked Father to heal us, and now we are well. Hallelujah! Let us keep on praying, dear saints, for these signs shall follow them that believe. Well, praise the Lord for a Messed salvation by which we know we have acceptance with him! A man came to our house to stay all night, and he was very sick, and was not saved. We got to singing and reading for him, and he got under conviction, and said the Lord saved his soul, and he wants you all to pray for the Lord to heal his body. O brethren, let us live a salvation by which even the traveling man may see that God is in us, and that he too maybe saved. Let us use our means, our prayers, and our labors, for the salvation of poor lost souls; for the time is short and the end is near. I only write these few lines to the glory of God. Pray for me. Your brother earnestly contending for the faith,
H. W. WHITE.
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PEOPLE who get answers from God, to the requests they make, are those who have confidence enough in him to believe what he says. They believe that he means what he says, or he never would have placed it on record, or uttered it. They who get healed are believers in him, and when they read that it is their privilege to be healed, take him at his word, “doubting nothing, ” and the healing is done. Some only believe for a partial healing, and such scarcely ever get more than they believed for, whereas had they with utmost confidence put the whole case into the hands of the Lord, and like Hezekiah of old (2 Kings 20:1-5) laid the matter before the Lord with a determination to have the work done, the same answer would be forthcoming: “I have heard thy prayer, * * * I will heal thee.”
If you can have confidence in a true friend insomuch that you can believe what is said and act upon the same, why not have all the more confidence in the Lord who is all powerful and able to fulfill all of his many promises to you?
First, find out what the Lord promises to the children of God; then examine yourself by the Word and see that you are in line with God, and one of his children; then you will know your privileges. If you find that he promises to heal his children of their sicknesses and diseases, then you may know that you can ask according to his will. Then you need not go to “trying” to believe, but go at it in all confidence and believe. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him ” — 1 John 5:14, 15.
Quit your “trying” to believe, if you have met the conditions, and lay hold upon it as a fact when you see God has promised; for as long as you are only “crying, ” you are full of doubts, and what little faith you have will be tossed about by every wind of opposition and temptation, and you remain without a benefit when you ought to have what is promised, and it is your privilege to have it. Do not “try” to believe over some things in your life that you know God wants you to get out of the way. Learn whatever lesson the Lord has for you, then obey the Word and cease not to trouble the Lord — if you may call it such — until you know the work is done, and the time of waiting will not be long.
DEAR EDITOR: I would like to have you give explanation in the columns of the GOSPEL TRUMPET: Are you holiness brethren staying in the old churches now? There are some Methodists here who are claiming sanctification, some Baptists, some Freewill, some Disciples, and different denominations. Now the question is, Are you brethren staying in the different churches or have you come out from among them? Yours for Christ.
Answer. In reply we would say to the brother that we have obeyed the word of God and come out from among them, as the Word says in 2 Cor. 6: 14-17: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what’ part hath he that believeth with an infidel? * * * Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, SAITH THE LORD.”
NOW it is true that there are some in the different denominations who believe in sanctification, but their idea of sanctification, as a general thing, is not up to the standard of Bible conviction, because many think they can be sanctified and yet go on in sin. The man who has real Bible conviction knows enough to settle down to the conclusion that God wants him to stop his sinning. Many get the idea that sanctification takes place at death, or just about the time they are ready to pass over the river of death, as they say then they need the “dying grace.” They forget about “living grace, ” Luke 1:74, 75. and many other passages that show that we must live holy in this life, and that it is the will of God that we be sanctified in this life. See 2 Thess. 4:3 and 1 Thess. 5:18, 23.
Let us notice further. While there are some in the different denominations who believe in holiness and sanctification there are ten times the number there who do not believe in it. In the 17th chapter of St. John Christ taught that it would make the children of God one even as the Father and Son are one. But they are very much divided on that point of doctrine and oneness, and yet those who claim sanctification are joined together with those who oppose it, even with many who make no profession at all; some of them are skeptical concerning the word of God. No wonder the apostle says; “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” No wonder he said, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” And while some of them are trying to stand for the truth, and others fighting it, trying to go hand in hand, with the “pales of the church” — rules and disciplines — so high that they can scarcely shake hands over them with those claiming to be the children of God in another denomination.
Is it any wonder that the revelator made us- of the words which he gave in the 18th chapter of Revelations, when he looked down through the annals of time and saw the professed children of God throughout sectism having their times of revelry, their festivals, their select dances, church socials, grab-bag societies, pay-the- preacher societies, cake sales, ice cream suppers, and jangling conferences and such like? Is it any wonder that he called it Babylon, which means confusion, and said, “Babylon the great is fallen, and become the habitation of devils, and a hold of every foul spirit?” And what was it he said to the children of God who are in there? Hear the word of the Lord: “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues; for her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” — Rev. 18:4.
But some may say that God has not told them to come out. Well, he was just calling his children out, and if you are not one of his children then you are at liberty to stay in with those described in the 2nd verse. Well did Bishop Foster of the Methodist denomination speak the truth when he said, “Spirituality is frozen to death” among the Methodists. But not more so, we think, among the Methodists than other denominations.
We pray God to stir up every child of God who is yet bound in the chains of sectism to realize the danger of their souls and heed the Lord, and, as the prophet of old said, “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul.” Jesus says, “I am the door; by me if any man enter he shall be saved, ” etc. And the Word further says, “And ye are complete in him.” So it is safe to get in Christ and stay in him alone, and keep from the coils of sectism and Babylon confusion.
It is being taught here that sanctification was never taught until the evening light came out. Now please explain through the Trumpet. From a brother in Christ.
Ans. As far as the evening light is concerned it is nothing more than the light of a pure gospel. It is the same that was preached in the morning time of the Christian era. It was hidden away to a great extent through the darkness of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, but we read in Zech. 14:7, “But it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.” Thank God, that time has now come. When we speak of the evening light we speak of the period of time when the pure gospel is being preached as it was in the morning time when Christ and his apostles were here upon earth. To say that it was never preached until this time to be sure is false.
Jesus preached it and said, “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” — Matt. 5:48. Then in John 17:17, 19, in praying for his disciples he said: ‘Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” Then he prays for us, those who believe the teachings of his disciples. He says, 20th verse, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.” Paul taught that we should be sanctified wholly when he said, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coining of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” — 2 Thess. 5:23, 24.
The rest of the apostles taught it also, and in Luke 1:75 we are told that we should “serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.”
People who preach the whole word of God preach entire sanctification in this life; that is, freedom from sin, that we may live pure and holy lives and not commit sin. We read in 1 Jno. 3:8 that “he that committeth sin is of the devil;” and the next verse says, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” So a person can preach entire sanctification from the same Bible that has been used all the way down through sectism, even from the time of the apostles.
DEAR BRETHREN: Would it not be to the glory of God to publish in the TRUMPET the hour of prayer observed by the Trumpet family for God’s glorious work? Then all the children of God from time to time could have the precious privilege of uniting their faith at the same time, for the spreading of the gospel, and for him to bless the work by way of extending the publishing department, and by sending forth many more laborers into the harvest. On Pentecost they were gathered in one place praying at the same time for the same thing, and great was the result of their united prayers. Might we not expect great things from the hand of God if we all with one accord each week implore his blessings from the throne of grace for the needs of the work? Your saved brother.
U. D. Todd.
Answer. For more than a year the Trumpet family have been meeting on Monday evenings and spending an hour or so in earnest prayer and supplication to the Lord, or in whatever way he may direct in behalf of the publishing work and Trumpet family for means, etc., to carry on the work to the glory of God, and for him to supply workers or what-ever is needed. The hour of meeting for that purpose is 7:30 P. M., Monday. On Wednesday evening at the same hour the meeting is especially for praying for the sick and those in need of spiritual help throughout the land, and for any who may be present at that time. At 6 o’clock on Sunday evenings a Bible reading is held for the purpose of getting better acquainted with the word of God. These meetings are held in the Trumpet home. The meetings on the camp ground are held Tuesday and Friday evenings, a Bible reading Sunday morning at 10 o’clock, after which a short prayer-meeting is generally held in praying for the sick, etc., then preaching, or in any way the Lord may lead. These meetings are all subject to the directions of the Lord.
The suggestion made by the brother is a good one, that all the brethren the world over may unite their prayers at this time for the same thing. As the brethren desire to join their prayers for the help of the publishing work, on Monday night, it would be well to also include the workers in the field, mission homes, and the work of God everywhere, and we will all expect a real benefit.
DEAR SAINTS- OF GOD: I feel led of God to write my first testimony to the TRUMPET. I am praising the Lord for what he has done for me. He has cured me of malaria. He is my only doctor. I am young in the cause, but praise the Lord I am glad I can love and serve him all the time. I am only thirteen years old, but I love him all the time. Your sister in Christ,
DEAR SAINTS: After reading the precious testimonies, I feel led to put in mine with the rest. I pray God to send some of his anointed ones through here, for the little ones in this town need teaching and encouragement. Through a friend handing me a book and papers, I have been led to see this glorious light more plainly. I am a poor widow with two children to support. I want you to pray for me. Your saved sister,
MRS. MARTHA KIDNER.
MOUNDSVILLE, W. VA.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: We are praising God for full and free salvation. We have had a glorious victory over the devil. There are about eighteen of us in our little band. We have come out of sectism and are following the Lord. We are praising God for his healing power. Our meeting is going on yet; God is doing a grand work in Moundsville. Pray for us, dear ones, that God may have his way with us and use us to his glory. Yours in Christ,
GEO. E. GAEGG AND WIFE.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD. I feel led to send in my testimony to the glory of God, of the full and complete salvation which he gives me. I know too that I have a good physician, one that can heel both soul and body. I was very sick, and my little daughter and I got down and prayed for God to heal me, and he did, praise his dear name for ever! I want an interest in your prayers that I may be sanctified and ever follow close to my dear Savior. Also pray for my unbelieving husband. Your sister in Christ,
SARAH C. WITHEM.
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I feel led to glorify God by giving my testimony through the TRUMPET. I am saved and kept by the precious blood of him who died for us. Praise his holy name! My heart is filled with joy and praises as I sink deeper and deeper into the will of our Father. Oh, the great love of God for a poor lost sinner, that I was! Why, should we hold our peace? Why not cry aloud and spare not, not in words only, but in deed and in truth? “Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light!”
Praises be unto God for what he has done, and is still doing for me, soul and body. Oh could I speak out one-half of the joy and peace in my soul, for his great love and redemption!
In the year 1892 I was saved and joined a Baptist sect, of which I was a member about two years, and enjoyed myself as a child of God, bought with a great price by the blood of Jesus, not with silver or gold. Then the Lord showed me the meaning of Rev. 18:4, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” The desire for fellowship with true children of God, seemed to increase more and more, until about a year ago, when the Lord sent one of his true servants out here to preach the gospel in its purity. O the joy that filled my heart, that Jesus came to save us from all sin, that we might give up all for Jesus, and according to Rom. 12, present our bodies a living sacrifice.
It is glorious to trust him in all things, soul and body. He has healed my body several times. To him be all the glory. It is my prayer to sink still deeper into humility, and the will of God, that I may be useful in his hands. Your sister, saved and sanctified through the blood of Jesus,
A VAIN desire is a longing for something contrary to the will of God. It is a hindrance to the spiritual progress of the soul, hence to make real advancement it is necessary that we first of all seek a complete riddance of our hearts from every desire for the vain things of this world.
There are many dear souls who are trying to advance in spirituality, but are hindered by various vain desires of their hearts, which not only hinder progression, but also cause repeated retrogressions into sin. Such ones are almost constantly consecrating and reconsecrating at the public altar.
But, beloved, we can become established, and keep a perfect victory over all sin, and can make rapid progress in our experience, if we but give up, and allow the Lord to remove from our hearts every desire save those which are included in the great yearning of the true Christian’s heart to glorify the Lord alone.
Among the vain desires that trouble the hearts of professors of to-day are the following.
1.A desire to become rich. “And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” — 1 Tim. 6:8-10.
Oh what a sad picture of the state into which the desire for riches and money will engulf the soul! Many dear souls to-day are endeavoring to serve the Lord, but are still harboring within their bosom a desire for the accumulation of the wealth of this world, and every little while they become awakened to the sad fact that the grace of God has been choked out of their hearts, and they must renew their covenant with the Lord from the bottom. They are in reality making no advancement; nor will they ever obtain a settled experience in which they can make real progress until they give up both riches and the desire for them. Read prayerfully Matt. 19:21-24. Luke 12:13-21, 33. Matt. 6:19, Prov. 23:4.
There are but two legitimate objects in seeking to obtain money. First, to provide for our families. 1 Tim. 5:8. Second, to “have to give to him that needeth.” — Eph. 4:28. Do we measure to the standard of the Word on this line, beloved? If not, our hearts are not free from vain desires.
2.A desire to be great. Those who are troubled with this vain desire are in scripture pronounced, proud, heady, high-minded (2 Tim. 3:2, 4), puffed up (1 Cor.4:6), exalted, etc.
Jesus taught that true greatness consisted of a perfect freedom from every desire for greatness. “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” — Matt. 18:4. Infants are entire strangers to every desire for greatness. If therefore we humble ourselves as one of these, we will no longer harbor in our hearts a desire to become great. Such a person, according to the Savior’s teaching, is truly great.
3.Another vain desire, which is but an outgrowth of the one we have just considered, is a desire to please men. “Do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” — Gal. 1:10. There are many other vain desires, such as a desire for the pleasures of the world; a desire to engage in foolish and improper conversation; a desire to read such books as afford no true edification for the soul of a Christian, etc. All these and every other vain desire must be perfectly destroyed out of our hearts before we can obtain grace to live a life well-pleasing in Heaven’s sight. Every desire must be removed from our hearts, save the great desire to glorify the Lord alone.
“If thy all is on the altar laid.
Guard it from each vain desire.
When thy soul the perfect price has paid
God will send the holy fire.”