26 March 1896, Volume 16, Number 13.
“The Righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.”
In everlasting remembrance;
I read them o’er and o’er;
Those words of the precious Bible,
Are sweeter than ever before:
To think, we shall be remembered
As long as our lives shall last,
Aye, longer, for when life’s over,
Our souls with him shall rest.
In everlasting remembrance.
When it seemeth that we are forgot,
When our spiritual sky is darkened.
And our prayers seem answered not;
Yet from his throne is the heavens,
The great God see’th all:
Can you, or dare you doubt Him.
Who knoweth when sparrows fall?
In everlasting remembrance,
No matter how dark the night.
No difference how wild the ocean.
Or how strong the tempter’s might:
No darkness is there can bide us,
Away from the all-seeing eye;
No waters can overwhelm us,
Though the waves thereof be high.
In everlasting remembrance,
When weary and sick and sad.
And laden with life’s great burdens, —
Oh does it not make you glad,
To know that you are yet remembered,
’Mid all of your sorrow and care;
To know that he watcheth o’er you,
And is willing your burdens to bear?
In everlasting remembrance,
And never to be forgot,
But ever to be remembered.
By Him who changeth not:
No longer need you be fearful.
Rejoice, all ye who weep,
In everlasting remembrance,
Will the Lord his people keep.
— Georgia Cook.
The sting of death is sin. 1 Cor. 15:56.
WHILE sin has been raging, darkness covering the earth and gross darkness the people, the precious truth of Heaven’s power has been shut out of many hearts; yea, but few could realize the purpose for which the Lord created them. The multitude willing only here on earth to lavish upon themselves the carnal created desires of the flesh, living only for the present evil world, and thinking but little of their eternal destiny, until compelled to face the reality of their doom, then being bound in the thralldom of sin and throws of death, all the horrors of conscious pollution and self condemnation spring before their wretched existance, terrified by the appearance of endless despair, and thought of a lost soul; such a picture is enough to cause the lost world to denominate death “the dreadful monster.”
Sin being the sting of death, to be delivered from sin is to take away the sting of death. And in truth, such is the case. To all who have purified their souls in obeying the truth, death has no sting. When our weary feet trip over the last obstacle that marks our pilgrimage here below, we are lifted by that hand of Omnipotent power, to a world where no weary, foot-sore pilgrims are to be found. This hand is now extended to all who will accept proffered mercy through him who has power over death and hell.
Death is just a ceasing to correspond with our former environments. What are our environments? are surrounded by sin in this world, ’tis true, but do not correspond with it in any respect, for we are dead to sin, Rom. 6:6, 7, being citizens of a heavenly clime. Phil. 3:20. We are surrounded by walls of salvation, Isa. 60:18, and fire of eternal truth. Zech. 2:5. Our environments then are all of heavenly origin; and a cessation from time’s troubles and cares does not cause us to cease corresponding with our heavenly environments, but places us in a position of immortal glory where nothing comes to divert our minds from the perfect and immortalized beauty of eternal praise.
As we pass over the border of time there awaits for us a crown of everlasting righteousness, where glory crowns grace’s work in all that endure till Christ’s coming. This surely is not to be feared. When the clouds of time roll by, the Morning Star will throw his radiant beams rom yonder world, illuminating the valley of death with his peaceful presence, making it a grand and glorious entrance into the beautiful celestial abode of endless peace. Our sojourn on earth may be short, but that does not lessen the reality of the conscious safety, nor debar us from a happy reception into that sweet haven of rest when our toils are ended. That state called death then is not a “monster,” but a blessing to all the pure. Are we prepared for it? If not, now is the time to prepare.
W. A. Haynes.
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet and show my people their transgressions, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Isa. 58:1.
Brethren, our voice is here raised in defence of God’s truth, and trust it may be the means of some dear souls seeing the God-dishonoring way they claim to possess their vessel in Bible holiness and honor. Bible honor is the very highest regard to every element of purity that can be attained. Therefore in this is included our conversation; in the which some are far behind, and ignorant of knowing how to possess their vessel in honor to the blessed Lamb of God.
Our heart has been sad to hear some claiming to be brethren, using corrupt, disgusting language, in order to mimic some railing accusation against the saints, or some other ungodly conversation, by making use of the same filthy language; and even great and wicked oaths. Dear ones, this is far from the standard of God’s truth. “Be ye holy in all manner of conversation.” — 1 Pet. 1:15.
Oh God! may our heart conceive the good in this injunction; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. Let us now proceed to examine the Word, and find out that which never should proceed out of our mouth. “Put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Col. 3:8. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth. — Eph. 4:29. “Neither filthiness nor foolish talking nor jesting.” — 5:4.
From whence doth such communication proceed? From a pure heart? No. “Doth a fountain send forth at the same time sweet water and bitter”? “No fountain doth yield at the same time salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. Jas. 3:11-13. “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” — Psa 34:13. “For even here unto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” — 1 Pet. 2:21, 22.
In this sacred example, we see an elevated plane of purity, that we should be so thoroughly purged from every spot of imperfection that no word will proceed from our mouth “but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” Mark you, “That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment: for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” — Mat. 12:36, 37.
What an affirmation! And our dear Savior spoke it. Who will heed it, and let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ? Because they only that are holy in all manner of conversation will measure to the fullness of the pattern. “Awake to righteousness,” and not allow your mouth to cause your flesh to sin. Eccl. 5:6. “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” — Mat. 12:35. “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit: neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” Luke 6:43 O God! how long will it be until thy people will learn thy righteousness: and cease from every transgression?” Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and honor all the day, Psa. 71:8. Keep our mouth well filled with his praise and honor (all the day), then the devil will have no room for his corrupt conversation.
Wheat and Tares.
WE have felt for some time the movings of the Spirit of God, to lift our voice against a gross error which is being inculcated into many hearts, by the teachers of the apostasy, to hold their creeds together. They claim that the wheat and tares, that is, the children of God and also the children of the devil, good and bad, are growing together in the church, and will do so until the end of the world, which will be the harvest time, when Christ comes to remain a thousand years. This supposed period of time is called by the apostate teacher the millennium, or one thousand years of reign in righteousness. The beginning of said period, Christ the Son of God will come and send his reapers, angels, and gather the wheat into his barn, and the tares will be bound in bundles and burned.
The above idea, and all such like it, may do for sectism or a so-called church, to say the good and bad make up the church, or churches; but it will not do for the church of the living God, with Christ the Son at the head, and the Holy Bible the discipline. We will now invite the readers to the discipline of the church of the living God; which is also the language of the head of the church, found in Matthew 13th chapter, and verses 24-30.
“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him. Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
But let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
These verses bring the question before us, Do the wheat and tares grow together in the church? They may do so in sectism or so-called churches, where the pure light of the whole gospel has never been preached: because sectism or so- called churches are of the world, and of worldly origin. And the Lord Jesus said in the beautiful parable, verse 38, “The field is the world [not the church]; the good seed are the children of the kingdom [church of the living God]; but the tares are the children of the wicked one” [devil].
I wish to appeal to the intelligent minds of our readers. Stop a moment, and look into this matter. Does it look reasonable, that God and the devil should be yoked up together? Shame on such, to teach that the wheat and tares grow together in the church! Every intelligent mind can see clearly that the wheat and tares are together in the world (not the church); but while the wheat is in the world, they are not of the world. To prove this let us turn to the Lord’s prayer, found in St. John 17:9, 14-16.
— “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine [not the devil’s]. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”
Now, dear reader, if we stand on the integrity of the Lord’s prayer, making a clear statement that those who follow him in the clear light of the gospel were not of the world, can we in these last days belong to the world or a worldly so-called church? We must answer according to the Word, that God forbids the same. And our beloved brother Paul says, “Yea let God be true, but every man a liar.”
We now take the second clause of verse 39, in the parable. “The harvest is the end of the world.” The word “harvest” has a twofold import, and has two lines of scriptures. First, “harvest” is used in figure to represent salvation work in general, which began when Christ was here and sent out his disciples. See Luke to: 2. Mat. 9:37, 38. Jno. 4:35. In a sense the whole gospel dispensation is a harvest. But in verse 30, of the parable, we can see that the growing is one thing and the harvest is another. “Let both grow together UNTIL the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn [fold]. So then, the harvest in this parable was one which was to come in the very last days. See Joel 3:13. Rev. 14:15. Eze. 34:12, 13. “The harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.” Verse 39. Read Mat. 24:31. “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of the world.” — Verse 40. Angel in the Greek means messenger. And the harvert is here; praises be unto our God. He is gathering together his elect from the four winds of heaven. And the prophet Joel says:
“Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get down, for the press is full, the fats overflow, for their wickedness is great.” — Joel 3:13.
Now let us hear from the Revelator.
“And another angel came out of the temple, saying with a loud voice to him that sat in the cloud, thrust in thy sickle and reap, for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” — Rev. 14:15.
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God and give glory to him: for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of water.
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen [sect confusion], that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” — Verses 6-8.
Dear ones, as we appeal to you, and the God of high heaven, is it not vividly to be seen under your own observation, the latter clause of the 8th verse carried out to the letter? Nations are drunk on the wine of Babylon [sectarianism]. Foaming out their wrath on each other, because of their drunkenness. We will admit to the glory of God, God had a few sober, watchful and prayerful ones all along the line of the dark night and cloudy day of sectarianism, endeavoring with all the light they had, to sober up the drunken ones. But the outcome, was, they only foamed out the wrath of sectarianism the more. But thank God, the climax is come. The end of the world is here (harvest) (no millennium), and the reapers, angels (messengers) are going forth with the everlasting gospel, binding the tares, and gathering the wheat into the barns (one fold) (church of the living God).
The binding of the tares. — How is this accomplished? Turning to the language of our Lord, to Peter and other disciples, we read, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” — Mat. 16:19.
What do we understand the keys to symbolize? Keys, of ancient days, were of very inconvenient size and shaped, not unlike a reaping hook, and they were generally of wood.
The gates of grand Cairo are fastened with ponderous wooden locks and keys, even at this day. In transferring the goverment of a city, the keys of the gates are delivered as an emblem of authority.
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.” — Rev. 3:7.
The key spoken of by the Lord is the Holy Spirit, that unlocks the whole gospel; and in these last days (harvest), separates the grain (children of God), binding the tares (sinners and sectarians) in bundles ready for the second coming of our Lord, who will deliver the same into the pit or lake of fire prepared for the devil and his family. This separating of the wheat and tares is all done in these last days, by the going forth of the judgments of God, the mighty Word executed by the Spirit. Those of the apostasy will cry out, Judge not! Judge not! David says,
“Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: (Not man-made judgment). This honor have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord! Psa. 149:5-9. Yours in defence of the gospel,
J. A. Dillon.
THURSDAY. MAR 26, 1896.
LET OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
Hattie Douglass, Sarah Cleveland, Mrs. E. R. Rhoades, D. V. Lanterman, Huldah Lingo, Elia Hill.
Some brethren have desired us to them let know through the Trumpet when we are in need of wheat. We have had to have most of our supplies for sometime shipped from another state, and would say that if any of the brethren have a supply of wheat on hands and desire to glorify God by sending it in to supply the gospel workers here, the Lord will reward you for the same. It requires about thirty bushels per month to provide sufficient flour, as there are forty-seven persons in the Trumpet family besides visitors.
GRAND JUNCTION, MICH., CAMP MEETING.
We are looking forward to the appointed time of this meeting as one of the most glorious meetings yet held, and we also expect a large attendance from all parts of the country. Some are writing to know something about Grand Junction. We would say it is only a small village of about 250 inhabitants. The camp ground is one mile north. The trains on the Chicago and West Michigan road stop opposite the camp ground during the meeting. Grand Junction is in Van Buren Co., eleven miles from lake Michigan and twenty-nine miles west of Kalamazoo, and fifty-five miles south of Grand Rapids, and about 130 miles from Chicago. There is plenty of time for those desirous of attending this meeting to secure the means in time to come or to aid some one else in coming or to help in some way in carrying on the work.
Since our notice concerning sending out papers to all parts of the United States for free distribution we have received $4.25 for that purpose. For sometime our press has been running almost constantly night and day, and we are also pushing the book work as rapidly as possible. The Secret of Salvation will soon be ready to ship to the bindery. The book will contain about 400 pages. The last book written by Brother Warner entitled Salvation is having a good sale, for which we truly thank the Lord, as it is a work which should be in every library. We have had some difficulty in getting the books fast enough from the bindery, but have on hands a good supply at present. Also Sister Frankie Warner, wife of the author has books for sale. Her address is also Grand Junction, Michigan. Any one desiring to help her along can do so by purchasing books from her
Requests For Prayer.
Pray for Mrs. Harriet Horning, Marlboro, for her healing of deafness.
Pray for my sanctification and an increase of faith. J. Maston Thomas.
Please pray for my sanctification and healing of female weakness. Amanda Kite.
Bro. A. D. Anderson, Salem. — Healing of crippled arm, and strengthening of faith.
Please pray for the healing of my body; also for a satisfying experience. Dora E. Newell, Lamar.
I am afflicted in my right l..g. Please pray for my healing. Your brother, J. L. Dunkin, Seymour.
Pray that the Lord may heal me of an affect on of the lungs. Your saved brother, Samuel Peters, Granby.
Pray for a dear sister afflicted with spinal disease and has a spasm every evening. She suffers great pain.
Pray for me that I may be healed of catarrh and cured of pain in my lungs. Pray that I will find heart purity. E. Myers.
Pray March 29 for my father, that he may be healed both soul and body. He was struck with paralysis March. 10. M D. Riley, Stanford.
Please pray for my sister, Annie Mattix, for the healing of her lungs and the restoration of her speech. And pray also that I may be healed of nervousness. Iva Gipson, Monitor.
Pray for a weakly woman with her six uneducated little ones who are left in destitute circumstances. Pray that the Lord may turn the heart of the erring father towards her and the children.
I have been sick ever since Thanksgiving Had the lung fever and a very severe attack of the La Grippe. I have a bad cough and lung trouble; cannot sit up a whole day at a time. Please earnestly pray for my recovery. And pray for my aged parents who are very feeble. Annie Dennis, Comly.
Calls For Meeting.
Sister Amanda Sharp of Hartsells. Ala writes: “We have a good tabernacle at this place standing idle. We would he glad if some of God’s ministers would come here and make use of it as for some time we have not had any preaching.”
Grand Prairie, B. C.
We are greatly in need of the gospel to be preached We have meetings twice a month, by a Presbyterian preacher, but it does not have much effect on the people. Any one coming would be welcomed at our home. Yours in the one faith. Address Louisa Spencer, Marcus, Wash.
We want a preacher; one filled with the Holy Ghost and has the gift of healing and is a discerner of spirits. The saints here are very poor; so we would like to get the one nearest our place. We will pay their fare. We want to hear as quick as possible; we would not care if two would come, as there are several calls for meetings in this part. J. J Smith. St. Clair. Hawkins Co., Tenn.
We need some of God’s fire brands, filled with the Holy Ghost and with power to come here and hold a protracted meeting. We have a good house 28 x 40 ready for occupancy. There is a great opening here for the pure Word to fine root and grow. Any one coming, please write to me at this office; will meet them at the station in Neosho. Mo. John F. Starcher, Sweetwater, Newton Co., Mo
Assembly meeting at Smithville, S. C beginning March 27.
Dear Brethren: There is now due on the mortgage on the Camp Ground at Grand Junction, Mich., $31.50 interest. Who will respond?
As soon as can be ascertained how the finances stand on the Camp Ground (which cannot be done until Bro. D. S. Warner’s accounts can be adjusted) we will publish it.
Send money to Bro. G. W. Baughman, Grand Junction, Mich.
A. B. Palmer.
“Let brotherly love continue.” Heb. 13:1. These are the instructions of Paul to the Hebrews. Let it continue; let it be protracted. Now dearly beloved, this comes down to us, and let us see to it that we have that wonderful love for each other. We find in Gen. 13:8, Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herd men, for we be brethren.” God help us to avoid all strife and walk in love as brethren. “Fulfill ye my joy that ye may be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Phil. 2:2. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.” v. 3. Now dear ones, here is the trouble with some, this spirit of bigotry. Let us esteem our brethren better than ourselves. “Jesus spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others.” Luke 18:9. Now dear ones, if we are all right, we will not despise others who are wrong, but will labor to get them right. James 5:19, 20. And when one gets in error we can hide a multitude of sins and not tell it to evert one we see. Peter says, above all things have fervent charity among yourselves, for charity’ shall cover the multitude of sins. 1 Pet. 4:8.
Dear ones in Christ, if we will take the Bible course we can avoid so much trouble that the world will stumble over. So many when a brother offends, in the place of doing what the Bible says, go to him alone, they tell all they can and some even tell the world about it. Dear ones, there is a fault in such living. All who get offended by the brethren should take what Jesus said in Matt. 18:15-17. One says, I can do that, but they must not keep doing it. We find many modern unsanctified Peters, who ask such questions. One brother said, “Bro. Owens. I can forgive but can’t forget it; and they keep doing these things I don’t think God wants us to keep forgiving.” I told him to read Matt. 18:21, 22, and he could not answer me.
Now dearly beloved, here is that love that our Master called the new commandment, John 13:34, 35, and said if we had it the whole world would know that we were his disciples. Thank God for this wonderful love in my heart! Dear Bro. Paul said if we had the tongues of men and angels arid had not charity we would be nothing; and the gift of prophecy and understood all mysteries, and had faith so we could remove mountains and had not charity (love), we would be nothing. 1 Cor. 13:2-8. Let all who read this admonition please read this text. And let us covet this best gift of all, which is the pure love of God. So if any is overtaken in a fault let us do as the Bible says, let the spiritual restore them. Gal. 6:1. And if they are wrong let us not get wrong ourselves, but keep out selves pure. 1 Tim. 5:22. Thank God for the truth!
We send these gentle instructions, praying it may help and strengthen the weak, for whom Christ died. Your brother free indeed, full of faith and victory. Oh bless the Lord all ye his saints, and let us all exalt his name together!
R. H. Owens.
The manger was not low enough for our Christ, but the cross was, and he has given us an example that we should follow his steps. 1 Pet. 2:21- 25.
“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.” Phil. — 1:29.
But let us not get suffering for our own sins and suffering for Christ’s sake confounded. “He hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” — 2 Cor. 5:20, 21.
God does not want his children to suffer disease and death, which is the consequence of our transgressions. This Jesus suffered on the cross for us, and when he poured out his blood on the cross he bore our sins and sicknesses land took them out of the way, so that we might be whole, spirit, soul and body, to do service for our Christ who did so much for us. Matt. 8:17. 1 Pet. 2:24. Rom. 6:22. Isa. 33:34. Isa. 35:4-10.
Oh! wonderful Savior; successful physician; perfect sanctifier; glorious, high priest; loving king; never- failing keeper; ever present satisfying portion! Matt. 1:21. Heb. 7:25. Matt. 4:23-24. Matt. 9:35 Heb. 2:11; 4:14-16; 3:1. Rev. 15:3 Jude 28. Jno. 10:27-30. Matt. 28:20. Jno. 16:33. Phil. 4:9.
What we must suffer for his sake is recorded in John 15:18-21; 16:2-4. Luke 21:16-17. Are we willing? Can we say. Yes Lord, thy will be done. They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts? Gal. 5:24. Have we? Are we Christ’s? Beloved, it means much to serve the Father of our Lord Jesus; and the carnal mind cannot serve God, cannot be subject to God’s law. Rom. 8:7. Put off the old man wish his deeds, is the voice of the Spirit, and put on the new man Christ Jesus. Eph. 6:21-24. When under the old nature we tried to serve God we made many resolutions and failed and sinned every time. God must impart to us his own divine nature that loves righteousness and hates iniquity. 2 Pet. 1:4. Heb. 1:8-9. When the Holy Ghost is convincing us of sin we need to get under the blood. John 16:8. 1 Jno. 1:7-10. Because the nature that is related to its father the devil is not out. 1 Jno 3:8.
It is a trick of the devil to put us out in the work of God before God says go. We must wait for Acts 1:8. Rom. 8:9-14. I know this by sad experience. It is good to wait on the Lord. Psa. 27:14. Jesus waited thirty years, and when he went forth in God’s order under the direction of the Holy Spirit he could look up to his loving Father in confidence and say, I do always the things that please him.
God is teaching me along this line by many stripes, and I sound a voice of warning to God’s little ones. 2 Cor. 10:18. 1 Cor. 12:18. When God says go, the way will be open even if he must swing back the iron gate. It is well to study 1 Tim. 1:7. Heb. 5:12-14. Moses started and then had to be schooled forty years. If you are called to do something, inquire diligently of the Lord what your work is; find your place, then leave off your own personality, and lift up Jesus, and consider well 2 Cor. 11:14, 15. We had better leave souls in Egypt, than to take them captive to Babylon. Matt. 23:15. Get down at the foot of the cross, and stay clown until God lifts you up.
Ester L. Dicky.
News From the Field
Dear Saints of God: The meeting here was a success; began Feb. 25; held till Mar. 16. The meeting was blest of the Lord. Two justified; two consecrated their all to God. Three made their escape from Babylon. One was a U. B. preacher. The house was crowded every night. Many received the truth. To God be all the glory. Yours in the one body,
629 N. Water St., Wichita, Kan.
Guys Mills, Pa., Mar. 17.
Dear Saints: The meeting in the city of Titusville closed March 15 with victory on the Lord’s side. Praise his holy name! There were twenty consecrations during the meeting, and a few cases of healing. The dear Lord wonderfully witnessed to the healing of the young brother by the name of Fink that had the tumors under his chin. And another was a case of epilepsy. Nine subscribed for the GOSPEL TRUMPET, and four for the SHINING LIGHT. Your sister in the one body,
E. J. Billig.
Hurlock, Md., Mar. 16.
Dear Beloved Brethren: I am glad to report victory in my soul over the powers of the enemy. Praise God! Last June camp-meeting was so glorious to my soul, that I felt in my soul that if God so willed, I could not afford to miss it again as long as I lived. Amen. Will say, if the dear Lord leads will leave here shortly; any one desiring a meeting along the route will please write me at Hurlock, Dorchester Co.. Md. Yours contending for the “faith once delivered to the saints,”
W. H. Cheatham.
Tionesta, Pa., March 20.
Dear Trumpet Readers: Since our last report we held a meeting five miles from Tionesta which was owned of the Lord. The Lord was with us in preaching his word and there were two public consecrations beside some private work. There was much truth sown and it was a time of clearing up. When this meeting closed we felt it to be the Lord’s will for us to separate; dear Brother McCoy and company going to Kelly Hill, (E. Hickory, P. O.) and we going to Red Brush, (Tionesta P. O). Any one desiring meeting address us at E. Hickory and Tionesta as above. We humbly ask the prayers of God’s people. Yours in Him,
A. T. Rowe, I. S. McCoy and Co.
Denver, Colo., Mar. 18.
To the Saints: Since last report we have held meetings at Agra and Smith Center, Kansas. God has a few true, consecrated followers at these places. Some were reclaimed. some sanctified and some healed; and while no new recruits were added, we saw Isa. 55:11 again fulfilled, by the removing of prejudice and hatred against this way, as well as by the awakened condition of the people; which was manifested on the streets and in places of business, where sinners and the ungodly could be heard dismissing the Word of truth, the sinner as usual, taking the stand against the sin and corruption of sectism, while the blind sectarian vainly strove to uphold the corrupt mass. We are now at home, subject to the will of God.
John E. Roberts and Co.
Stokes Bridge, S. C., Mar. 16.
Dear Saints of God: During the past two weeks we have been holding a few services here with continued victory. Yesterday four happy souls followed Jesus in the ordinance of baptism, and no doubt others will follow soon. Praise the Lord, he is uncovering the devil and showing the antichrist power here, while the walls of Babylon are falling. The Lord willing we expect to go from here to Darlington and work a few days, and then to Smithville, S. C. on the 27th inst. to began the assembly meeting, where we expect Bro. Lundy and wife to help in the battle. And then it seems that the Lord will have us go to North Carolina where the pure Word has never been preached that we know of. Pray for us here. Yours in the love and fellowship of Jesus.
E. B. Haynes and Co Workers.
Ramona. Kan., Mar. 17.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: Since our last report we have held forth the pure gospel in four or five places which have shown fruits unto salvation and victory on the side of God and truth. We came hereabout Feb. 7th and began meeting in this vicinity. Meeting continued nearly six weeks in which about thirty-five or more souls sought the Lord. God knows all who were fully saved; most all seemed to be bright and happy in the Lord. Section has been terribly shaken here, and some have left their sect creeds for heaven’s purity and unity, and many more are under conviction and wanting full salvation in Jesus alone. Bro. McCully came near the begining of the meeting and rendered effectual labor in the gospel here. From here we go to Moore, Okla. Yours washed in Jesus blood,
E. F. Houghton, S. P. McCully.
Salem, Ore., March 14.
Dear Brethren: We have not reported for some time of God’s good dealings with us. God is gently leading us by his hand; although in the midst of great opposition we have the victory through Jesus Christ. The cause of God is gaining ground; some are finding deliverance from the cages of deception, and come and praise God in the height of Zion. The church on this Western coast is on the advance for God. We are learning many new and precious lessons. Can say we know that God is settling us deeper in the Word. The Lord has two companies out in the country holding meet-
ing. Wife and I are holding meeting in this city. I ask the prayers of faith of the saints everywhere, for this Western work, and for me that I may become more effectual in winning souls to Christ. Yours in victory,
Wm. A. and Nellie A. Randolph,
Salem, Ore. General Delivery.
Fenwick, Ont., Mar. 16.
Dear Brethren: We can report victory in our souls and that we are justified and sanctified just now. Feb. 2, we commenced meeting at Candasville in the name of Jesus. The meetings went on till March 1st, closed that night. Brother Birdsall as with us as much of the time as he could be, whom the Lord used much to His glory in delivering the Word. During the meeting there were thirty-three consecrations; eightteen for pardon and fifteen for the second grace. We believe most all received the desire of their hearts. On the 6th we had a precious ordinance meeting at Bro. M. Johnson’s, where many happy saints participated and one soul consecrated for pardon. We have just returned home to day from Crowland, where we held meeting one week in the town hall, which resulted in three consecrations. We hope to get out in the work more fully, the Lord opening the way.
John E. Smith.
Mc Lallen Corners, Pa., Mar. 20.
To the Household of Faith: Since our last report from Tidioute, with Bro. and Sister Taylor came two miles north of Grand Valley; held about one week in an Advent meeting house. Good congregations of attentive listeners. We preached one night in the M. E. house in Grand Valley; good attention. Said meeting was a seed sowing. Our next move was at Lincolnville; this was a glorious feast to our souls. The mouths of the gainsayers were closed. Souls brought into the fold through the blood, from a number of different isms. The church was edified. Bro’s Rockwell and Jackson acknowledged deacons of the church of the living God, by the laying on of hands. God bless the dear brethren and keep them faithful to fulfill their office in the Lord. We spent a few hours with Sister Billig in Titusville; preached in the evening to a large congregation. We found the above sister in the wicked oil town, doing much sell sacrificing work for poor lost souls and God was crowning her labors with souls. We are now at Mc Lallen Corners. Father is blessing our labors. Lord willing we will commence at Blystone, 24th inst. Yours all on the altar and in defence of the gospel,
Jno. A. and Alice J.
Dillon and Co.
Fenwick, Canada., Mar. 20.
Dear Trumpet Readers: To day finds us saved and rejoicing in the love of God. Bro. Smith and I held a three weeks meeting at Candasville near the old camp ground. The power of God was most wonderfully displayed in solemnizing the whole country around there, and in convicting sinners, also in settling many of the saints of God deeper in his will. There are many calls for the pure gospel in different parts of Ont. The harvest is great but laborers are few. We are praying God to raise up some holy workers among us who will go forth to herald the truth and feed the hungry, thirsty souls in dear old Canada. This land has been flooded with adulterations, or the wisdom of man, but now the light of the gospel is shining forth and these hungry souls are reaching after it. I am satisfied that before long the dear Lord will through the Holy Spirit call me forth into the gospel work, to present his perfect truth. We are expecting if the Lord wills, to build a place of worship at Candasville as the places we meet are not large enough to hold the people. Dear saints, pray for the work in Canada. Your brother in the one body,
S. E. Birdsall.
Hamil, Pa., Mar. 21.
Dear Saints of God: We are happy to report victory on the Lord’s side. We have been in constant labor for the Lord most all the time since the first of the year. God has blessed our labors by giving us souls for our hire. Our last meeting was at Dubois, Pa. which was a success. Several were reclaimed that had been overthrown, and some were reached that were never out in the evening light; being nine or ten consecrations for pardon in all, and seven made the holy offering for entire cleansing, and all seemed to get the desire of their hearts. God also manifested his power in healing a few.
I feel it my duty to acknowledge some mistakes that I made in the past. First I taught some points on impatience that were not clear and I learn that some were confused in receiving it, also I taught in a few meetings that the Adamic nature was in the body instead of the soul. While it looked very plain to me at that time, the Lord afterward showed me that I had over-reached and got into error. And I would say that I see and teach all points now in harmony with all the holy brethren, and that I have a better experience, and more power of God in preaching his word than I ever had before. And I ask the forgiveness of all I have wronged in every way in the past, and ask the prayers of all God’s true people that I may ever know God’s will and do the same. Yours in the one faith, saved, sanctified and healed,
Jerry T. Stowe.
Dear Trumpet Readers: We are glad to report that we have perfect victory in our souls. We left home, (Payne, O.) Jan. 25 in company with Bro. Clyde Dodge; went to New Haven, Ind. Bro. W. L. Kilpatrick also accompanied to this place. The M. P’s only gave us permission to preach two sermons in their house. Then Bro. Kilpatrick returned home and we went on to Decatur, Ind., held meetings eighteen days. Had very precious meetings; a number saved that had fallen away; and the little church there was benefitted and settled more on the line of faith. Then we went on to Geneva; held meetings two weeks a few miles from Geneva. A few saved and one sanctified. From there we went to Bro. Young’s neighborhood, held meetings some over two weeks. At this place the power of God was wonderfully manifested; the whole neighborhood was awakened. There were seventeen consecrations in all, mostly for pardon. A number came out of the Campbellite sect. There were many who saw their condition and acknowledged that this was the only way, but would not yield. There is a church there of sixteen or eighteen, and if they all hold out faithful and keep up regular meetings the Lord will work through them for the salvation of others. Let us all remember the convincing power spoken of in John 13:35. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one for another. We closed meeting the 18th. We expect to go on to Payne for a few days, then will probably hold a few meetings in the surrounding neighborhood, as the schools will be closed and the houses will be opened for meetings. We ask the prayed of God’s people that we may be kept humble and used to his glory. Yours and Christ’s, saved in the one body,
J. N. and J. E. Worden.
“Thy Testimonies are wonderful.” – Psa. 119:129.
South Boston, Ind.
Dear Saints of God: I am praise God for victory through our Jesus Christ who has filled my soul with peace and joy. Sometime ago I began to feel the need of getting down more humble in God. In a short time our baby eight months old was stricken with erysipelas. I saw at once that the Lord had permitted this affliction to come upon us for our good. But I wondered why the Lord did not allow me to be afflicted instead of the little child. But something would say tome God’s ways are not man’s ways. I went to God with an honest heart and did cry mightily unto him that he would teach me the lesson he would have me learn. Glory be to God! He did teach me some precious lessons. We then felt led to have the baby anointed, and we complied with Jas. 5:14 and immediately after anointing and the laying on of hands the fever left her. While our faith was not strong enough to grasp instant healing we knew that the baby was healed, and to day can say that she is well. The Lord is wonderfully increasing our faith. He has become a sun and shield to us. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” We ask God’s people to pray for us. Your brother and sister in Christ,
L. A. and Lillie Elliott.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my testimony of what the Lord has done for me and my family. In the first place God wonderfully saved husband and I from all sin some time about the first of Nov. God sent some of his flying messengers this way, to preach the gospel in all of its purity: not adding to or taking from the word of God. And praise the Lord, he has raised up a glorious church for himself as he has said in his word. There were not many that gave up all to serve God, but what did God has wonderfully blessed, and has given each one of us boldness to do our part in the prayer meetings which we now hold.
While the brethren were holding meetings here in Nov. on Sunday the 17th my little daughter was taken quite sick. Had a high fever, and was crying with pain. We had her anointed and the Lord healed her. So we took her to meeting, and after the Lord had healed her I was anointed for spinal trouble, which I had for about fifteen years. When I was a small child I had the chickenpox, was able to be around playing, and one afternoon I went with my cousin to the river and played in the water; that night I was taken with spasms, and the disease settled in my back. It was a long while before I was able to be about again. And when I did I commenced to be very stoop-shouldered; which continued to grow worse as years went by, and of late years I have been hardly free from pain in my back. God only knows what I suffered at times with my back. My parents paid out lots of money trying different doctors to get me healed. The last one I doctored with said I would never be any better than I was then. But I can praise God to day for his healing power. For God has wonderfully healed and straightened me. Oh I am so glad that our dear Lord has left those gifts in the church, and that they were never taken out, as some of the sects teach nowadays. And I do thank God for the second work of grace. God has heard and answered our prayers many times since we have been saved. Pray for me that I may be kept low down at the feet of Jesus. Your saved sister,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I do praise the Lord for freedom. It has only been since the 23d of last month that I have felt this freedom. The Word says lay aside every weight. Well the weight that was hindering me was, I was trying to bring salvation out of Babylon when I did not have any to bring. I had been a member of the Baptist Sect for about eighteen years until five years ago, and thought I was a Christian. I only thought so; I had no real heart knowledge of Salvation; and then when I came to this place and heard of sanctification I thought that was what I wanted, for I knew I was one of the most unhappy creatures that ever lived. And this passage kept coming to me, “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Well I thought the Lord was convicting me for sanctification.
I consecrated but had quite a time before I received anything. I was not able to meet with the saints on account of the affliction of my body and the opposition I had at home. I went on claiming sanctification when God had only pardoned my actual transgressions.
I could not understand why I did not get along any better. I had such a time with the devil all the time it seemed as though I was not free to do what God wanted me to do, and I did want to be free so bad, and did not understand what the trouble was: Satan was at my right hand all the time, chasing me first on one side of the stump and then the other; and I got to a place where it seemed I could not stand it any longer.
I was not satisfied with my experience at all, and the trouble had been, I did not want to give up that I had salvation in the sect. You see I still had pride in my heart; instead of measuring myself by the word of God I was measuring myself by others. I would think if such and such a one was a Christian, surely I am. That was while I was in the sect. And after I claimed sanctifition I would try and measure myself by others that I knew didn’t live any closer to the Word than I did, and claimed to be a great deal further than I thought I was.
Oh how I do praise the Lord that he did show me where I stood, and that he did give me a willing mind to obey him! I do know that the Lord has freely justified me, and then wholly sanctified me by a second work of grace; and all the powers of hell cannot make me doubt it. The devil is a conquered devil, and he knows it. I WILL stand on the promises of God. I will be true by his grace assisting me. I believe this has stood in the way of my healing. Now I mean all that God means for me and I am going to put in for all that he has for me. I desire an interest in all of your prayers. From a sister in the Lord,
Mrs. Etta Chenoweth.
FOOTE — Sister Lovica M. Foote, wife of Bro. G. E. Foote was born in Benton township. Eaton Co., Aug. 23, 1865, where she has lived nearly all her life. She passed away to be with Jesus, March 13, 1896; aged thirty- one years, six months and seventeen days. She chose her own hymns to be sung. Was conscious to the last. She exhorted all to meet her in heaven. Surely the sting of death was gone in her case. Her last testimony was, “Jesus is here ready to take me home; he’s all dressed in white,” and with her hands raised towards heaven, she said, “Dear loving Savior, I’ll soon be at home with you.” Oh may this call of his divine providence awaken many in that place! And may God bless the husband and little girls and all who are called to mourn her loss. Funeral services by the writer,
Wm. E. Warren.
POOL. — Brother Richard Pool was horn in Jackson Co., Tenn., May 21, 1810; died March 12, 1896, at the residence of his son in Summer County; aged eighty-five years, nine months, twelve days. He professed faith in Christ at the age of nineteen; he was a devout Christian; lived up to all the light he had. He was speechless a short time before he passed away. After shaking hands with his many friends and relatives he raised his hand, pointing upward as if to tell them he was going home to live with Jesus. He leaves four sons, one daughter, many grand children and friends to mourn their loss.
Stanley, W. VA.
HANES — W. F. son of S. C. and Virginia Hanes, born March 19, 1893, died Jan. 18, 1896; aged twelve years and ten months. The young brother was blessedly saved a day or two before his death. He helped to sing some of the beautiful songs of Zion. His favorite song was, “My sins are all taken away.” We do sympathize with dear Bro. and Sister Hanes, in their bereavement. May God bless them and help them to stand true to his cause. Funeral services conducted with singing and prayer, by the writers,
L. P. Garner and J. K. P. Whitecotton.
The Necessity of Healing.
“BELOVED, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth.” — 3 John 2. Here we see not only the prosperity of the soul set forth, but also the health of our bodies, and the apostle teaches that according to the prosperity of our soul it is our privilege to be in health. There are many people who have learned to take God as a Savior from all their sins and keep themselves in a fair spiritual condition, who have not yet learned to trust him as fully for their bodily health. A person may have a good experience of salvation and yet have times of sickness and disease, but that is no reason why we should continue on this line and always be suffering. It is our privilege to be fat and flourishing spiritually, and it is also our privilege to be healed of all our diseases. Read Psa. 103:3. Jno. 15:7. Mark 11:23. Matt. 17 29. 1 John 5 14, 15. James 5:14, 15.
God’s children should be better fortified against the attacks of the enemy who afflicts the body, insomuch that when afflictions come they can immediately resort to the great physician, “Who healeth all our diseases.” It is too often the case that those who believe in divine healing depend too much upon the preacher, or upon some one else who has faith in God, when they themselves should be meeting the requirements of God’s word, and believing not only for themselves, but for those around them. God will hear the most humble prayer that was ever offered. It does not require a long polished prayer from some one who is educated, or has a wonderful gift of language in order to make the Lord hear. He looks at the heart and the willingness to obey him and he is always ready and waiting to fulfil his word when the conditions are met.
Futhermore the time has come when the signs and wonders of healing by the power of God must accompany the preaching of the Word. At the present time there are calls in every direction for a minister who possesses the gifts of healing, and the one who is traveling throughout the country as a preacher and evangelist if he does not possess that gift it would be well to tarry in earnest supplication to the Lord until he does get it, and then go forth and preach the Word on these lines with all boldness and with authority, inviting the sick and afflicted to come and hear the Word presented, that they may have faith for healing, and God will honor his word. Many are desiring the gifts of healing and have been waiting a long time for God to give them the gift, and probably will wait a long time to come unless they get at it and contend for the faith once delivered to the saints, and covet earnestly the best gifts, and put in their earnest supplication to the Lord for what they need. If there is an abundance of weights and rubbish hanging to a person, such as selfish motives, exaltation, coveting the things of this world, and such like, all these must be removed before the Lord can bestow the precious gifts of the Spirit upon us and use us to his greatest glory. The time is now here when it takes a real manifestation of the power of God in healing the sick, and the working of miracles in order to draw the people together to hear the Word preached, and away from the allurements of this world. An advanced step must be taken on this line. God is in many places healing the sick, the lame, the deaf, dumb and blind, wherever his children move out upon his promises according to his word. But there is much room for an advance, and it must be made. Who is ready for a forward move on this line? The best way to begin is in our own cases, and when we can exercise faith for ourselves, then we can help others, and yet at the same time while we are asking God to help us, let us let our faith reach out for others also, and the name of the Lord will be glorified.
Death to Sin and Resurrection.
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” — Col. 3:3. Dear reader, is this your experience? If it is, you are just where God wants you in the faith, for then your mortal body is nothing more nor less than a piece of clay, a holy piece of clay for Christ to live and walk in while you dwell here below, so that your life is hid in God, and the life you now live, you live by the faith of the Son of God.
If this is your experience, you have no room to murmur, grumble and complain, much less to talk of persecutions and afflictions, for if we are dead to one thing we must be dead to all things, because we cannot be partly dead; if there is some life left then we are still alive yet. Then again if Christ in us can bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things, why then shouldn’t we, if our lives are hid in his? Praise God for a Bible standard!
Very few professors of the present age are dead yet or have reached the Bible standard, for they keep talking about having such a hard time being a Christian, and about having sin and an evil nature in them, and about commiting sin, and errors and making so many mistakes Dear reader, Paul gives us to understand by his life in Gal. 2:20. that we are crucified with Christ and the life we now live, we live by the faith of the Son of God; that is, do exactly what ..e believe and know to be right without the doubt. Then we know there will no.. ..many failures, if we know that Christ … in us strengthening us in everyth.. we do. Phil. 4:13. Then if we are crucified with Christ, we know our old nature which caused us to get angry and send forth a fountain of hatred, envy, malice, jealousy, strife, vainglory, evil thoughts and imaginations, has been destroyed. Rom. 6:6. Eor if Christ was crucified and resurrected again, so must we reckon ourselves dead and resurrected to walk in newness of life. As to having sin in us, this is not the case with those who have reached the Bible standard of heart purity, for the Word says those who are dead are freed from sin. Rom. 6:7. Neither does this have reference to those whose spirits have taken their departure to their future abode; but it means Christians who have had the spikes driven in their former nature or old man until he had died the death.
Again, Paul shows us by his experience that we are not only to be dead to sin and the law, but crucified unto the world and the world unto us. Gal. 6:14. That is, on one hand, all the allurements, attractions, fashions and pleasures of the world can have no effect on us: and on the other hand, all the persecutions, trials and cares that the world can inflict upon us, will not weaken us. Dear reader, is this your experience? You may think this is an overdrawn picture, but I do not consider it so; faith will take it all in. Praise the Lord! I know I am learning every day how to serve him and trust him. In one place Paul talks about being a gazing stock; in other places, fools for Christ’s sake and the offscourings of the world. But since he was dead he says, “Thanks be to God which causes us to triumph in Christ.” The picture is only made more perfect by the Word which says, “They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, Gal. 5:24; that is, our affections will be taken off the world and set on things above. Col. 3:2. And as to lust, people can lust in two ways: with the flesh and eyes. 1 Jno 2:16. Now we know that some do lust after pleasure, unnecessary things to eat and things to wear, that if they would put them on, no doubt God would be angry with them; while others like to talk, think and act like the world. Now the command is very urgent to “mortify” (Col. 3 5. Rom. 8:13), which means put to death, subdue or destroy.
Therefore let us who are of the day, walk in the light, for the night is past and the true light now shineth. God wants us to sink down so the whole realm of our moral nature has disappeared and our will developed in Christ’s will. Then Christ will be all and in all. Have you reached the Bible standard whose essence and substance is a meek and quiet spirit, pure thoughts, and a heavenly conversation?
H. E. Rogers.
(Continued from last issue.)
“EXAMINE yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except that ye be reprobates? — 2 Cor. 13:5.
Many are trying to advance, who in some way have lo..t the faith. Such will have to see their condition, and get a real experience before they can advance. If you have been trying to advance and realize that you have made little or no progress, it will be well to “examine yourself” by the word of God, and see whether there is not some hindering cause, whether you are really “in the faith” and in a proper condition to advance. Has there been a time when you had a brighter experience, a clearer faith than you have now? If so, there must be a cause. Has there been a time when you had more power in prayer, in preaching the Word, a greater love to be upon your knees in secret prayer, to read the word of God, etc. than you have now? Have you committed little sins along the way that brought condemnation upon your heart? Remember, “God heareth not sinners.” — Jno. 9:3. “If our heart condemn us God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things.” — 1 Jno. 3:20. Do you love the whole word of God? If not, “Your prayer is an abomination” to the Lord. — Prov. 28:9. Do you dress as plain as you used to? Or do you put on just a little to please the world or the carnal desire of your heart. Justification saves us from the “love of the world,” such as dress, worldly company, worldly amusement, etc.
In going back to these things many to day “depart from” (1 Tim. 4:1), “err from” (1 Tim. 6:10), and “make shipwreck” (1 Tim. 1:19) of their faith. Thus they lose their shield (Eph. 6:16), their healing (Acts 3:16) and salvation (Gal 3:26). Was there a time when you clearly saw the evils of sectism, and publicly denounced it, and warned others to flee out of it? If so, how is it now? Do you see it as great an evil now? Or have you ceased to denounce it, and instead mix up with it and enjoy your self in their meetings? If this is so in your case, you “deny the faith,” and are “worse than an infidel.” — 1 Tim. 5:8. Not only have you lost your own experience, but you thus are the means probably of overthrowing the faith of others. 2 Tim. 2:17-19.
Do you publicly testify that you are justified and at peace with God, and then at home, scold, grumble, get all in a flurry and “out of patience” when things go wrong, and when pressed or in a hurry say harsh and cutting words to husband, wife or children? Do you ever talk evil of your neighbors, and speak of the faults and failings of the brethren or sisters in their absence in a way to injure them? Do you ever say “smart” things to raise a laugh, and when merry, give vent to your feelings by joking and jesting? Do you ever become jealous when God is using some one else more than you? Justification saves from all the above things.
Do you publicly testify that you are “sanctified wholly,” and then at home, when the children upset the table and break the dishes, get all out of patience and have an inward feeling that you “could just half kill them?” Or when you are milking the cows, and they kick over the pail of milk, there is an inward stirring of anger, and you feel like “beating the life out of the cows?” Do you ever feel inward stirrings of impatience when some one misunderstands and contradicts you? Do you get provoked” when things go wrong? Do you ever feel stubborn and want to have your own way about things? Do you love to be coaxed and honored? Do you see the faults of the brethren and sisters quicker than their good qualities? Do you love reproof, or do you feel a little distant toward those who give you a kind rebuke? Do you ever try to appear better than you really are? Do you ever feel bad and “heavy like,” if some brother makes a failure in preaching before a large audience, and you feel that if you were up you could do much better? Do you ever try to preach a “grand sermon” when you have a large congregation before you, with a feeling that you would like them to know you are quite a preacher? Bible sancification which means real death to the “old man” saves from all the above things.
O dear ones, let us go to the bottom. Examine yourselves, prove yourselves. With David say, “Lord search my heart;” “try me.” Don’t try to advance over these things. Have them swept away by the blood of Jesus; it pays. Some people have a “dead faith.” They pray a great deal but never seem to receive answers. “Faith without works is dead.” If our faith is living we can show it to the world by works and “signs following.” Read Mark 16:20. Jas. 2:18. One great hinderance to the work of faith is a lack of humility. Jesus said, “Flow can ye believe which receive honor one of another and seek not the honor that comes from God only?” Brethren, pray for me. I need more humility; I must have it; my soul is stirred. Let all who know the worth of prayer be agreed that God will let me down into his sweet will, for his glory. Amen. Your brother in the faith,
H. M. Riggle.
Dear Saints of God: I believe it will be to the glory of God to write my testimony to the dear readers of the Trumpet. I am walking in all the light I have, and the way seems brighter and brighter every day. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world! Not long since I asked through the Trumpet that the dear saints pray for me that I might be wholly sanctified and kept by the power of God; and also that my little boy be healed of paralysis. And I can praise his dear name for I know without a doubt that he has given the desire of my heart in my behalf; and I want more faith in the healing power. I know that while the dear Lord was ready to heal my boy, our faith had not reached to that point. I ask all who read this to pray that we may have all that there is for us. I know he will not withhold any good thing from those who are worthy. We have consecrated our home and all we have to the Lord and praise his dear name, he is giving us grand victory. We had a glorious meeting a week ago Saturday night and all day Sabbath. One young man came to the altar and found peace. He was a catholic; I went to his home last night; we had prayers. He never read any in the Bible until a month ago. He works in the glass factory where there is so much wickedness going on. He is very humble and honest. Now dear saints pray for him that he may be delivered from that place. Pray for me. We need a teacher here in South Marion. God be with all. Your sister in the one body,
3706 Winger St.
How to Advance.
FOR over two years I have felt the need of a real advancement on the part of God’s people. I clearly saw that while we had passed the river Jordan (sanctification) and the walls of Jerico had fallen, we were not moving out to subdue and possess all the land as God intended we should. We have been contenting ourselves by camping beside Jordan. When God gave the command to advance and the trumpet was sounded I was ready to advance and to sound the trumpet for others. Nor shall I cease to do so until Jerusalem becomes a praise in the earth. Brethren, God has shown me that while I was sounding the trumpet for others to advance. I was not advancing myself as I should. I found that the advancement was mostly in my head, and before I preached to others to advance I must make advancement myself.
I began to take a good look in the glass and found a great many defects in myself, that I was greatly in need of more humility, sobriety, patience, meekness, love, etc. Then the question came, how shall I advance? God showed me that to advance is to walk in the light that I now have. God requires no impossibilities of us, nor asks us to do anything that he does not make clear and easy for us to do. We may be ignorant of our lack, but when we are made aware of it, this knowledge is light. God requires us to advance in the light, and get the lack supplied by doing what he requires of us. This is advancement.
If we are not walking in all the light we have, we are not advancing. If we have a weakness on any line, or if God shoves us any duty to perform, the only way to advance is to do it. And before we pray for more light or greater advancement, let us he sure we are walking in all the light we have and that we have an experience that measures in every respect to our understanding of the Word. Then, as God reveals more light to us from time to time, continue to walk in the light.
Again, let us avoid trying to walk in any light which we have not yet received, or go beyond the Word, or try to pry into the mysteries of the future while at the same time we Forget the lessons we have learned in the past, and neglect to walk in the light that now shines upon us. It is all right to seek to know more of God and to seek for more light upon his word; but first, let us be sure that we are walking in all the light we have. For God cannot lead us into new or advanced light, until we measure to the light we have. If I need more humility and God reveals to me my lack, it would be useless for me to pray for more knowledge or faith, or great advancements on any line, until I get the lack supplied.
This has been our great fault in the past. We have been lifting the standard very high, and I fear many of us have fallen short of it. For Jesus’ sake, let all who really desire to advance, just stop and begin to measure yourselves by the light you now have. Do you and I measure in every particular to all the light we have? If not, let us pray God to show us just where our greatest lack is, and first of all get that lack supplied. Then as God turns the light on other things, at any cost let us measure to the light.
W. J. Henry.
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at anytime we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation.”