7 February 1895, Volume 15, Number 6.
THE HOLT HILL.
1. Thou, Lord, art greatly to be feared,
By all mankind thy name revered;
For thou art king o’er land and sea,
And Zion’s walls were built by thee.
2. The King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Let people all regard thy words,
And “earth be moved” at thy great reign,
And nations learn to fear thy name.
3. Thy judgments, Lord, are ever just:
In thee the righteous put their trust;
And never shall they be dismayed
Whose hearts on thee, O Lord, are stayed.
4. Thy dealing now, with sons of men
Is just the same, O Lord, as when
Thou first-while dwelling in this world—
The banner of thy church unfurled.
5. Or when in cloudy pillar, thou
Didst speak to men, the same as now:
“To day and yesterday the same,”
Forever “holy is thy name.”
6. Thy church was pure and holy then,
When thou didst plant it here with men:
The “Church of God” was then its name,
To day and yesterday the same.
7. As holy, holy is thy name,
Thy church, O Lord, must be the same,
And at thy coming be thy bride,
And thou and it stand, side by side.
8. Then worship at his “Holy Hill,”
Ye people, learn to do his will,
To join no idol spouse beside,
But be the Savior’s ready bride.
A. B. Gildersleeve.
BUT we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” 2 Thess. 2:13, Not unbelief, or in an unholy state, as many are trying to appease their evil conscience and rest in sin, thinking God hath chosen them unto salvation because they once gave their hearts to God.
We hear people say, they believe in sanctification, also believe when God gets ready to give it to them, that he will sanctify them. But God’s time is,. To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. He will never save or sanctify any person until they are willing to hear his voice. God was willing before we are willing. For in this is the love of God manifest, that while we were yet m sin, Christ died for us. That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him, without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. Luke 1:74, 75. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself, which is holiness through the blood of the atonement.
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Eph. 1:4, 9, 11. He worketh all things pertaining to our salvation after the counsel of his own will. It is not God that wills any professing to follow him, to be left in the chains of sin and Satan; no, no, it is they who love to have it so. Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. Jno. 8:34.
Another point on which so many are going to eternal perdition is this: if once saved, you will never be lost, notwithstanding your wandering away from God, for he will bring you back again. True, if you are willing to repent and do your first works; if not, you are destroyed with all the wicked that know not God. Then Jesus said to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. Jno. 8:31. Moreover, brethren, I ye should be ignorant how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and did all eat the same spiritual meat, and did all drink the same spiritual drink, for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 1 Cor. 10. Were any of them lost? Yes, many were overthrown because of lusting after evil things; idolatry, fornication, tempting Christ, murmuring; for all these they were destroyed. But one will say, That was in olden times, not under the new dispensation. Hear what saith the Scriptures: “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” Therefore, let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest hefall.
Another is, many souls when they see their true condition before God, and do not want to measure up to his word, begin to look about for some way to crawl out; they are quite sure to find some false doctrine that just suits their case. The devil will make it appear as an angel of light, and they will embrace it; try to go to heaven that way. Truly, wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed. For he that biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds. May the Lord help every honest soul to get free from false doctrines, and abide alone in the doctrine of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD.
“I BESEECH you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Rom. 12:1, 2. “For this is the will of God, even your santification.” 1 Thess. 4:3. But in order to prove the will of God, we must first repent from the heart of all our past sins, and make our wrongs right. See Eze. 33:15. Turn our backs to the world, and determine in our hearts that with the help and grace of God, we will never commit any more sin. Then believe, and trust in the cleansing blood of Jesus, and God will for Christ’s sake, forgive and remove our transgressions as far from us as the east is from the west. Psa. 103:12. Then, and not until then, can we present or consecrate our bodies a living sacrifice, and prove the perfect will of God, even our sanctification.
“Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” We wish to write some in reference to pride and outward adorning. When we give ourselves to God and get fully saved in Jesus, God takes all pride out of our hearts, and then he wants us to stop wearing, and get rid of ail unnecessary adornment, and make our clothing perfectly plain, according to the word of God. But oh, we see the multitudes of professors of to day drifting along with the world, in all their ungodly pride and dead formality, yet professing to be followers of the meek and lowly Jesus, while they dress just like the world, and their walk and conversation is just the same. Some of them even swear, and dance, and play cards. You cannot tell any difference between them and the world, only when you see them around the communion table. They have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof. They deny the power of God to keep them from all sin and the love of the world. God’s word says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the the Father, but is of the world. 1 Jno. 2:15, 16. Here the word of God plainly tells us that such have not the love of God in their hearts; hence, not the children of God, but deceived, and thinking they are all right because they have their name on some class-book, pay the preacher, and are faithful to their sect. I pray God to help us to obey the Word in Isa. 58:1: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions, and the house of Jacob their sins,” that dear saints that have been deceived, may get their eyes, open to the truth of God, and flee from the wrath to come. The word of God is his voice speaking to us, and he tells us to be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. 1 Pet. 5:5, 6. Though the Lore be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly; but the proud he knoweth afar off. Psa. 138:6. If we want the grace of God, or the favor of God to rest upon us, we must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and live meek and lowly lives at the feet of Jesus.
Here the Word positively speaks againt outward adornment and wearing of gold. 1 Pet. 3:3, 4. “Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” Now, anything that is unnecessary that we may put on, such as feathers, flowers, puffed sleeves, (the Bible calls them pillows. Eze. 13:18) bunches of ribbon on the hat or around the neck, or lace ruffles around the neck, the wearing of corsets, which is injurious to our bodies, or anything unnecessary that is just put on to make the person look a little nicer, is but outward adornment and comes from pride in the heart, and is condemned by the word of God. But some say, “Well, I can wear these things, or can wear a gold watch, or chain, or breast-pin or something like that, and I am not proud, my heart is not set on these things; I can have them on, and perhaps not think of them once during meeting.” Why do you wear them then if you are not proud? You look proud, and the Word commands us to abstain from all appearance of evil.” 1 Thess. 5:22. If you are professing to be a child of God and not proud, for Jesus sake, get all the sign-boards off and measure up to the whole word of God. “And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with paintings, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.” Jer. 4:30. We see by this that it is not while souls are filled with the Spirit and glory of God that they wear these things, but when they are spoiled or backslidden at heart, they deck themselves and try to appear beautiful on the outside. Because joy is withered away from the sons of men. Joel 1:12. They have not the peace and grace of God in their souls, and must seek pleasure in something else. But how are we to dress? We will let the word of God answer: “In like manner also that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with, shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” 1 Tim. 2:9, 10. And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing. Isa. 23:18. Praise the Lord!
I am so thankful that God has a people that are not conformed to the world, for Christ gave his life for his church that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish. Eph. 5:27. Blessed be the name of the Lord! But, dear ones, are all we that profess to be saints of the living God in the church of the first-born, measuring up to the whole word of God on this line in the little things? It is the little foxes that spoil the vines. The Spirit of God has been grieved, and our hearts have been made sad since returning from the West, to see some of the dear ones that had teaching and light on dress, and had given these things up for Jesus’ sake, again wearing some of the above mentioned things. When we consecrate for sanctification we consecrate all we know, and all we do not know, then if anything comes up in the future and God shows us it is wrong, we just give it up; and after we know anything is wrong and have given it up for Jesus’ sake, we can never take it back, and go to wearing it again without breaking our covenant with God and getting lean in our souls. If we wear a little outward adornment, we cannot say anything to others for wearing such. Certainly, in procuring winter clothing It is very hard to get a coat without high sleeves; but you do not need to wear it that way. You can make them over, or have it done, and keep dear with the word of God. I think the great trouble with some is, they see other saints that have not been saved very long (although they may have trimmed down a great deal) wearing some unnecessary things, and think, Well, now they are saved, and if they can wear such things, I can too. But, remember, these dear young saints, although they may be saved and the Lord blessing their souls, yet they have not had all the teaching and light on these things, that those have had who have been saved out in the evening light for years; and instead of taking pattern after them in any thing contrary to the word of God, we ought to have Jesus as our pattern and be examples to them In every thing. Some sisters say, Well, I can dress plain or wear anything myself, but I cannot bear to see my children dress so plain and different from others. Dear ones, if you want to see your children saved and live happy Christian lives, train them up in the fear of God. If you make unnecessary things and deck your children, with them you might just as well do the same for yourself. It would be no worse in the sight of God. If you are wholly given up to God, your means belong to God, and you have no right to give, or allow your children to take of the Lord’s means to deck themselves in style and pride of the world. When you get these things for them or give them the means, you are just feeding pride in their hearts and paying their way to ruin. Certainly, if your children are grown up and will have these things, and get them themselves you cannot help it, but you do not need to get them for them. But the main thing is to see that our hearts are right and filled with the Spirit and glory of God continually, and then all other things will come right. Praise the Lord!
There is one thing more about which I must speak, and that is, we can be conformed to this world in our homes as well as in our dress, in having lace curtains for the windows, and lace pillow shams, and all such unnecessary things that are expensive and no real good. A great many of us had these things before we were saved, and although after we were saved we felt that we could not spend the Lord’s means to get such things, yet thought it no harm to use them when we had them. But look at the example we were setting before others. I know of some dear saints, after they were saved, seeing the rest of us have lace curtains went and bought some too, and thus the Lord’s money was used to decorate the house, while souls are starving for the pure word of God, and perhaps some of the consecrated workers in need of the necessaries of life. Oh, dear ones, take these things to God in prayer, and see what the Lord says to you. Well, we have taken the lace curtains off our windows, and I trust with the help of God they shall never go up again, but that he will help us to always practice what we preach, and whatever means the Lord may put in our hands may be used to the glory of God and the spreading of the pure evening light. Your sister in the meekness and love of Jesus, separated unto the gospel of Christ,
Dear Saints of God: I send my testimony to the Gospel Trumpet for the first time. Praise the dear Lord forever, for healing me from sectism and also the tobacco habit. The blood of Jesus cleansed me from all sin. Praise God for ever and ever!
Pray for me. Your brother sanctified,
Dear Saints of God: With peace and joy unspeakable in my soul, I will endeavor to write my testimony in the name of my blessed Redeemer. I am sweetly saved and trusting in Jesus. I am twenty years of age, and for the last eight years have been first in the sect a little spell and then out of it, but in the world all the time, for they are not of God. I feel to glorify the God of heaven for what he has done for me. Pray that I may be kept by God’s mighty power. Your brother, saved and trusting in Jesus,
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Calls for Meeting.
Some true messenger of God is desired to come to Arthur, Wis. to preach. Address
Mrs. G. W. Phillips.
We have a hall rented and are trusting God to send us a holy minister at once.
A. A. Hart,
Monticello, Piatt Co., Ill.
Dear Saints of God: I do hope the good Lord will direct some of you here to this new country to preach his pure Word. The sects are so destitute of light. The good Lord has made such beautiful groves here along the Medicine river. One on our claim would be so nice to have meeting in next summer. I do pray for this, if it is his will, to order it, and to send whomsoever he chooses. There are none of God’s little ones here but myself, and I have learned precious lessons. Pray for me,
R. A. Buck,
AN ASSEMBLY MEETING.
There will be an assembly meeting commencing Feb. 15, and continuing as long as the Lord wills, at Praise Chapel, one- half mile east of New Pittsburg, Randolph Co., Ind. R. R. Station is Ridgeville, Ind. Bro’s Speck, Warren and Schell are expected, and all others are invited. Yours in Jesus,
H. C. Wickersham.
Requests for Prayer.
Pray that I may be fully saved.
R. M. Gear.
Pray that my daughter may be healed of a stammering tongue.
I am much afflicted with asthma and stomach trouble. Pray Feb. 10, at eleven o’clock for my recovery.
Mrs. Jane Rees,
Pray Feb. 17, for the healing of my body. I have been down for four weeks, bound by the devil till I cannot pray nor exercise faith. Pray that I may be loosed from all the powers of the devil.
Pray that I may be fully saved and healed of rheumatism. Holiness is not preached here, but I am praying for some fire-baptized minister to come to this country soon.
Mary D. Brown,
North Branch, Grayson Co., Va.
My wife has been an invalid nearly six years, has heart trouble, dyspepsia, and other diseases. I also have weak eyes. Pray that we may be sanctified and healed.
J. H. Trusty.
Dear Saints: I desire your prayers on the 10th of Feb., 1895, that I can be made to stand and testify that I am fully saved from all sin. I cannot talk. Pray that I may be healed in my throat, and of paralysis all over my body.
David H. Servis.
Pray for me as soon as you receive this, that I may be saved from all sin and be cured of the tobacco habit.
I ask you all to pray earnestly for me, that I might get out more clear for God, that I may receive more light and claim his promises by faith in him.
Dear Saints: Please pray for me. that I may be healed of catarrh in the head, and also pray that I may be sanctified both soul and body.
Mrs. A. Rogers,
I am afflicted with an ovarian tumor of eight or nine years’ growth, and ask you all to pray to God that I may be healed, and for an increase of faith. Your sister,
Please pray for Sister Elizabeth Smith, that she may be healed of piles, as she has been a great sufferer. She has thrown all medicine away and wants the prayers of the Trumpet readers, and believes the Lord will heal her. Also pray for me that my eye-lids may be healed of wild hairs, from which I have been a sufferer for a long time. Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Lizzie Snook.
Bro. D. M. Baker of Center Point, Ia. writes, “We need help at this place, may God send some brother is my prayer.” Amen. Who can visit the church in that place.
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tracts written by W. W. Bradley, entitled, “Washing Feet,” Historical and Scriptural view. A review of A. M. Kiergan’s tract. This has been selling at 20 cts. each; we now close out our stock on hands at 10 cts. each; $1.00 per doz.
THE WEEK OF PRAYER, IS IT OVER?
The special prayer week is in the past, we know, but beloved, should not its holy impetus move us right on with increasing power, making each succeeding week a more and more devout week of prayer to God? If you have taken more time during this specially announced week, in communion with God, can you now afford to drop back and be less devoted? Happy that soul who received benefit enough in the past week to have a more keen relish for prayer, a greater delight in communing with our heavenly Father. To you we say, dear brother, go on and freely indulge the sweet luxury of prayer to the God of all grace. But, beloved, if the week has past and your appetite for prayer has not been quickened into a real hunger and thirst for the living God, you had better appoint another week wherein to find God, and become ravished with his love, and blessed with the holy enjoyment of communion with him. Amen!
Dear Brethren and Friends: To all who have received a ballad or ballads of “It Just Suits Me,” arranged with music, I would say that I have recently learned that another man has the hymn copyrighted, and I wish to refer all who want it to the rightful owner of its original arrangement. I printed that hymn with my arrangement by request of a local church in Pennsylvania; and before I did so, I wrote to various parties where information was thought to be had, but could find no clue to its owner, or whether it was an old hymn or a new one. All who have purchased ballads from me I request to destroy them and write me that you have done so, and I will refund the money you gave me for them. You that desire its original in a book can address Wm. J. Kirkpatrick, 2009 N. Fifteenth St., Philadelphia, Pa.
B. E. Warren.
If a man should desire baptism at the hands of one of God’s ministers, and yet refuse to separate from his secret orders, should he baptize him? Yours in Christ,
P. H. R.
Ans. No. Baptism is a testimony that the person is dead to sin and the world. He that will not sever from all secret orders, where he is yoked up with sinners, is not willing to die to the world. Hence to baptize him in that state would be to dip him in a lie. The act says one thing and his heart and mind means another. He that will baptize a person under Such circumstances, is partaker of his sins, and helps him to perform hypocrisy. No, never baptize any person not willing to give up and leave all for Christ.
WHOLE SERVICE FOR GOD.
Not long ago there was an article in the Trumpet giving advice to young saints. While the advice was good, yet I believe the lines could be drawn closer.
There are many young people who would not think of mingling with sinners, but at the same time will flirt the grace of God out of their souls among themselves. There are many who do just so. The Bible tells us, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things above,” and it says nothing about seeking a companion. What is more sickening than to see young people, or old ones either, casting sweet glances at each other in meetings and other places, and having little chats at every opportunity, also little walks and rides, and between times notes, sweet missives, to keep the fire burning, and all these things among the children of God, among those who are supposed to be dead to the world. Not that marriage is not right, but this constantly seeking to win or be won is another thing, and a thing that is not of God.
I would say to all who are in such a case, that there is nothing that will drain your soul of its gladness sooner than these things. I have never found any that indulged in these things but what were subjected to dark hours of temptation and trial, and who were troubled with doubts and fears. Of what use is such a person to the Lord? What part of their might, mind, soul and strength is left for God? For when they are engaged in thinking of somebody else, they are not trying to get victory for themselves.
Now, dear ones, you who are pining under manifold temptations on this line, will find that the devil is at the bottom of it. God does not work in such a way. And now aside from all this, hear what Jesus says, John 4:35: “Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest.” Oh, when we know the many calls and cries pleading for the bread of life, how dare you pause and waste precious time trifling in this way, and in building castles that you will have to destroy, and many of you with bitterness and tears. I pray God that these lines will cause some of you to give up all these things and work for God in a whole-soul service. Remember, “God is not mocked: whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
Georgia E. Cook.
A PECULIAR PEOPLE.
To the Gospel Trumpet: Dear saints all over the land, greeting. Praise the Lord! I know he is with me this morning. I was converted about my twelfth or fourteenth year at a camp meeting in Missouri, in the Methodist sect. I continued in the wilderness state for about forty years, like the children of Israel, at the end of which time, encountering many hindrances, difficulties, erroneous preaching in many of the sects, going to hear them only to return home “with cleanness of teeth.” Amos 4:6. I kept on praying and trusting God “to perfect that which concerned me,” “and undertake thou for me,” using other Bible expressions, for I preferred them to any language I could frame of my own. I can see now that I had an honesty of purpose in serving God, and making sure of heaven. And now I do praise him for his goodness and mercy, and patience with me.
He has answered my prayers. I was sanctified in August, 1893, and the next August I left the sect, for which I have never had a shadow of regret. Praise God! I have the faith that was once delivered to the saints. I have had wonderful experiences, and so many things God has revealed to me.
Now, I wish to speak of the unpopularity of God’s people. This train of thought was brought about in this way: I received a letter from a much beloved lady (Presbyterian) in New Albany, Ind. In replying to some of my questions, she said, “The people that you spoke of held a meeting here, but they were not popular,” and she did not hear them. Yes, that has been the cry and complaint all along down the ages; it is no new thing with us. Let us begin with what Paul said, “And havre persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men.” 1 Thess. 2:15. Look at the inconsistency of that. If we seek to please men, then we please not God. “Woe unto you when all men speak well of you.” Now we shall see what Haman says: — “And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people, in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore, it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them.” Esther 3:8. Then in Ezra 4:13, we have the same complaint. And, again, Paul and Silas being brought before the magistrates, this charge was brought: “These men being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, and teach customs which are not lawful fur us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.” Oh, yes, and they “turn the world upside down.” Hut, notwithstanding all these things, “none of these things move us.” “Being defamed, we entreat; we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.” 1 Cor. 4:13. Then Jeremiah says, “Thou hast made us as the offscouring, and refuse, in the midst of the people.” Lam. 3:45.
Dear people of God, let us have our minds stored with the knowledge of God, and be prepared for all things that may come upon us, and pray earnestly that he may be our wisdom and understanding in all things. We are in the midst of a crooked and perverse people, and sad to say. they have not the knowledge of that fact. We know what our eternal gains are; we have the promise of this life, and that which is to come. And we also know what those who live in sin are losing. We know wherof we affirm. Amen.
News from the Field.
Rock ford, O., Feb. 2, 1895. Dear Saints: God bless and keep you for Jesus’ sake. Can report victory by faith in our souls over all the power of the enemy. Commenced meeting here last night in the city hall. Bro. J. N. Howard will join us next week. Pray that a harvest of souls may reward our labor in the Lord. About a dozen claimed victory over sin at Monroe, Ind., where another meeting is desired later. Yours on the altar,
F. and A. Husted.
Cadott, Wis., Jan. 18, 1895.
To the Gospel Trumpet: Praise God for his wonderful goodness to us in Cadott. There are a few here standing firm in the faith. Although all the sects here shut their doors against the truth and the saints here, yet we are keeping up our meetings in private houses of the saints with glory in our souls. A few outsiders seem favorable, and we believe God will do more of his mighty work here in the near future. God wonderfully heals us when we are sick or get accidentally hurt. Pray much for us in Cadott. We also pray that some of God’s strong ministers will come this way in God’s own good time.
Yours in Him,
Manhattan, Kan., Jan. 13, 1895. Dear Saints or God: We still claim perfect victory over all the powers of darkness. I have been engaged since I have been in this place, in scattering tracts and holy literature. I have found some real children of God in sectism, but they are so blinded that it takes a great deal of teaching to get them out on the Bible line, but God is surely raising up a remnant here. Praise his dear name! We are in need of a large number of tracts, which we could use to the glory of God. If some one feels led to send them to us do so, as it is very difficult for us to get money here, times are so hard. There is a great opening here for the truth, and souls are hungering for the bread of life. Pray for us, brethren, that we may be kept in the order of God. From your brother and sister kept by the power of God,
S. S. and D. Van Buskirk.
Donaldson, Ind., Jan. 27, 1895.
Dear Saints: God bless you all for Jesus’ sake. It has been some time since we have written, so we felt led of the Lord to write a few lines. Can say to the glory of God, that we are saved and kept by his mighty power. Bro. T. E. Ellis and myself are at the Stringer school house, three miles south of Donaldson. Began meeting one week ago …
day night. There have been two at the altar for pardon, and several hands up for prayer. The weather has been so cold and stormy that the people could not attend the meeting part of the time. I do not know how long the meeting will continue here; will go from here to the Red school house, near Knox, the Lore willing. About the first of Dec. I met with the church at South Bend; had a glorious meeting in the Lord. Held four services with them, and in that time there were eleven consecrations. To God be all the glory. Any one desiring my help, can write me at Teegarden, Ind., as I expect, the Lord willing, to remain in the gospel field and do all I can for the salvation of precious souls. Dear brethren, pray much for me, that I be kept humble. Your saved brother,
Samuel P. Strang.
Fairport, Ia., Jan. 22, 1895.
To the Faithful in Christ Jesus: This evening finds me still saved, and enjoying sweet peace in my soul. I am glad to report of the salvation of seven precious souls. We commenced meeting here the 13th, and will close to night, the Lord willing. Bro. Warren and Bro. Speck held a few meetings here the week before. There were several conversions, and they left the people in good condition to receive the truth. This was our first work in the field, but we trusted all to the dear Lord who never was defeated. Praise God! But he can use any one that is willing to trust him, and step out on his promises. The power of God was manifested greatly among the saints. Seven were converted, and eighteen consecrated for sanctification, and also testified to the second work. The Lord did wonderfully bless our souls in our labor here. We are both young and new in the work, and we desire the prayers of all the saints that we may stay low at the feet of Jesus, and always be found in the order of God. This meeting was held four miles north of Fairport, and we will commence meeting at Fairport to morrow night, the Lord willing. Pray for us. Your brothers in Christ,
Thos. Nelson and Charlie Akers.
Franklin, Pa., Jan. 28, 1895.
Dearly Beloved Saints: God bless you all. We are glad to report victory on the Lord’s side. Praise his dear name! The assembly meeting at McLallen Corners was truly a wonderful time. God was with his people in mighty power, and the scripture was fulfilled — “Nothing shall escape them.” From the first to the last, judgment went forth unto victory, and the burning Spirit of God brought to light all hidden things, and the powers of hell were rebuked and dispersed by the truth of our God. The meeting was one of advancement on the Word of God and in humility, also precious lessons on faith and discernment.
There were forty, or more that consecrated for either pardon or sanctification; several delivered of devils, and a number were healed by the power of God. There were some that were under delusions of the devil, and by the power of God were delivered; one a Free Methodist brother, also dear Bro. Abbott; truly God done a miracle in his case. Bro. Stowe and Co. were at the meeting, who were much used of God. They will remain in those parts for some time. Bro. Dillon and company go to Canada soon, and we are on our way to Fern to hold a meeting there. Let all the saints pray for us. Yours in the one body,
Samuel Martz, W. J. Henry and Co.
St. James, Mo., Feb. 1, 1895.
Dear Saints of God: This morning finds us saved, and healed by the power of our God. Wife and I started out last fall to hold meetings. Our first was at Saranaci Springs, in Crawford Co., Mo. God wonderfully glorified himself by an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Sinners were saved; the saved were
sanctified, and the sick healed for the glory of God, and the establishment of the kingdom in the hearts of the willing ones. One brother was healed of a severe case of Bright’s disease of twelve years. Four others were healed at this meeting, and at Leasburg. Fifteen were saved from sectism and all sin. Praise God! We have held meetings at the Miles school house, Bro. Geo. Beckham’s home, Noblet school house, the Matlock school house, and now engaged in a meeting at St. James. In these meetings thirty-five souls received Jesus, and are now rejoicing in the Savior’s love. Glory be to God! The people are very kind to us, are anxious to hear the pure gospel, and open their homes and hearts, and receive the whole word of God. We feel led to go to Drut county from here. Calls for meeting in this part of the state on all sides. May God send more workers into this field. We desire the prayers of all the saints. Your brother and sister, saved and sanctified,
Jno. M. Bell and Wife.
Hollenberg, Kan., Feb. 1, 1895.
To all the Dear Saints: It has been some time since I have reported through the Trumpet, but praise God we are still on the battle field, and in the front ranks gaining great victories, and putting the enemy to flight. Before leaving North Platte I was arrested, accused of having stolen several articles, to the amount of $34 00. The Lord showed me immediately that the devil was striking a blow at the cause, and not at me individually. God filled our souls with glory, and after having prayer we gave ourself up to the sheriff. Well, the result was that without causing one cent’s cost on our part, the case was dismissed by the plaintiff, who had been influenced by sectarains. But the devil over-shot the mark and friends were won to the cause and God was wonderfully glorified.
Then the Lord sent us down to Thompson where we met the dear saints and had a glorious time. We preached at Mahaska, Kan., two Sundays. Brother and Sister Lakie and others got saved, and the saints were all settled down in the Lord. Dear Brother and Sister Philips are still laboring with the saints around in that part of the country, and God is blessing their labors. The Lord sent us down to Hollenberg, where we found some of the saints were getting a sympathizing spirit with sectism. Some had been attending Salvation Army meetings until they had become lean in their souls. But God helped us lay the word down where it belonged, and the saints are getting down in earnest for God, and especially since this week of fasting and prayer, and I do praise God for the way he has settled me down. Dear ones, everywhere, are you down so deep in God that these signs, Mark 16:17, follow to such an extent as to confirm the Word to the world? Pray for me, that I may keep humble, where God can use me at all times to his glory. Your brother in the one body,
E. G. Masters.
Pocahontas, Ark., Jan. 28, 1895.
Dear Saints: Our last report was from West Plains, Mo. Left West Plains Nov 1, 1894, and put up tent in Mayer, Mo. Preached there thirteen days. The devil got stirred and his emissaries stoned our tent. It became too cold to use the tent, so we stored it and went to Clifton and preached sixteen days. Twelve came out of sectism, and God’s church was established. Left there Dec. 1, moved to Mammoth Springs, obtained the use of the M. E. sect house. We preached there sixteen days, and there were nine consecrations. Fifteen came out of sectism, among whom was a F. M. preacher, Bro. Watson. All this through much persecution. Hallelujah! On Dec. 17, we moved back to Clifton; preached until the 24th; started for Poynor, to Doniphan, and arrived Christmas night. God blessed us much while in sweet communion with the saints at this place. Jan. 1, 1895, we moved on to Lima, Ark; found the saints praising God for his goodness. Three of Bro. Cumingham’s children were down sick. God raised them up. We praise him much for his love. We left Lima Jan. 15, for Shiloh, and preached in a private house. We stayed three days, laying judgment to the line, etc.; and then moved on to the Sutton school house, occupied by the F. W. B. sect. Here they stoned the school house and turned us out, but thank God for victory. We leave here for Attica, the Lord willing, to morrow, on our way back to Mo. Any wanting meeting at Birch Tree, Mountain Grove, Rolla or anywhere in southern Mo., can address us at Attica, Randolph Co., Ark. Bro. Wood and wife left us at Lima, ark. Bro. and Sister Hester are with us now. Yours in Him,
G. B. Collins and Co.
McLallen Corners, Jan. 28, 1895.
Dearly Beloved: Our testimony is, we are saved by grace, through faith, and sanctified, kept by the divine power of the Holy Spirit. Since we left West Monterey to go to our home in Indiana, we held about two weeks’ meeting in the saints’ meeting house at Teegarden. While visiting the sick, two souls came out for God. We next went to South Bend for three days. Much good was done in settling of the little ones. From South Bend, we came on to Garrett, Ind., where God wonderfully moved upon the hearts of the people. Much prejudice removed, and souls saved, and the church built up. May they ever prove true to Him that redeemed them, and keep their eyes on Jesus. We next came on to the assembly meeting at McLallen Corners, found Bro. Martz, Bro. Henry and company, Bro. Stowe and company, who had been sending forth the gospel of the Son of God for a few days. While the powers of darkness were thick, clouds began to move, souls came flocking to the altar Christ Jesus, evil spirits were cast out, one dear soul delivered out of Free Methodism, and others healed by the healing power of God and made whole. And dear Bro. Abbott who was denounced some time ago through the Gospel Trumpet, by prayer and fasting, was delivered of evil spirits and the delusion which he had been in for years, and desires now to testify to the household of faith, the saints of the living God, that he is a free man in Christ Jesus. This assembly was a great feast to our soul, and wonderful benefit in planting us deeper into God than we have ever been before, Learned lessons we will never forget. To God be all the glory. Bro’s Martz, Henry and Co. left this morning for Fern, Pa. Bro. Stowe and Co., the Lord willing, expect to hold in Venango, while we also, the Lord willing, will open up the work in Edenboro. We desire the prayers of God’s people that we may be kept very humble. From Edenboro we go to Canada. Yours in much holy love, separated for the gospel,
J. A. and A. J. Dillon and Co,
Pullman, Wash., Jan. 29, 1895.
Dear Brethren: God is still saving our souls to the very uttermost, keeping and leading us onward and upward. Nov. 9, Bro. Martin and I took the train and arrived at Pendleton, Ore. Were met at the station by our dear Bro. Green. We had a sweet and holy visit and meeting. The 11th we began meetings in the Kendall school house about twelve miles from Pendleton. We tarried there about three weeks. It was truly a precious seed-sowing time, which will in the near future yield a precious harvest unto God. Many were convinced of and won to the truth; several were saved, whom we hope will go on unto perfection and be brought into the experience of entire holiness. The Lord bless and reward dear Bro. Cargill and family who so kindly took us into their friendly home and cared for us. While there Bro. Green and I called upon a sick lady, very low in the last stage of consumption. She gave up all and was joyfully saved in the Lord. From there we were conveyed to Weston, thenceto the Vincent’s Union Chapel, about six miles from Milton, where we stayed about ten days. A few were saved and sanctified. The truth was truly planted and the gospel seed sown there. The Lord richly bless and reward all the friends who so kindly cared for us. From there we went and held a few services in Freewater. One sister was sanctified in these meetings. Bro’s Green and Martin were used of the Lord for his glory. Here we separated; dear Bro. Green tarried a few days, then the Lord sent him back to Woodburn, Ore. While Bro. Martin and I returned to Colfax, Wash. Met with the church at Bubert for several days before going to the assembly meeting. Our stay with the saints there was blessed of God, a few who had lost the victory, renewed their covenant, and got victory in their souls again. We then met with the church in the Moy’s neighborhood; had a glorious refreshing from the Lord. One or two were healed, and a few got saved. Next met with the church at Bethel, which was also richly blessed of God. One justified and saved out of the U. B. (radical) sect, and two got out clearly sanctified, and made free indeed by the blood of Jesus. To God be all the glory. We then went to the assembly meeting, which was a rich and grand feast to all our souls. Hallelujah! Love to all. Yours under the precious cleansing blood,
F. N. Jacobson.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” Psa. 119:129.
West Monterey, Pa.
Dear Saints of God: I am praising God for salvation. He keeps me every day of my life. I am free from sectism and the world. When dear Bro. Schell was holding meeting at West Monterey preaching the pure gospel, the Lord showed me that I was not living to all of his word. I consecrated all to the Lord, and he gave me great peace in my soul. I was a great slave to tobacco, and when I saw it was wrong, I did not want a tobacco house for God’s Spirit to dwell in, and praise his dear name, he healed me from the weed. I was in bondage to the poisonous stuff for forty-nine years, and when I asked the Lord to cleanse me, it was done. Praise his holy name! He keeps me every day from all sin. I am over seventy-three years old. I ask an interest in the prayers of all the saints. Your sister,
Six Points, Ohio.
Dear Brethren in Christ: I am glad I have found Jesus an everlasting salvation to my soul, with a determination in my soul to live to his honor and glory all the days of my ife. I realize that I am standing upon a sure foundation that cannot fie moved, and am enabled to reign in this life, and I give God all the glory. Truly I have been delivered from the power of darkness, and enabled to see the true light. I love to read the precious Word. I am on the forward move, doing the will of our Master. Your brother, sanctified to the obedience of Christ,
L. H. Balliet.
Sagers. — Little Ray Sagers, son of Wm. and N. E. Sagers, died Jan. 4, 1895; aged four years and four days, fie was a bright little boy; was greatly loved by the family and his friends, but the Lord saw fit to take him home to himself. Funeral services by
Crocker. — Little Bessie Crocker, two years old last May, has “gone to bloom above.” She was a bright child. Her parents deeply mourn their loss. The mother thought God unjust for taking the child away, but when she had a better understanding of God’s wondrous dealings, and that he doeth all things well, she repented of her unjust charge and was saved. The father requested the prayers of the righteous. May the Lord bless them with all his fullness and glory is our prayer.
Phillips. — Died at her home, Jan. 29, 1895, Sister Sarah Phillips, aged eighty-four years, ten months and nine days. Sister Phillips embraced Christ in her young days, and while conversing with her in her sickness she fully discerned the body of Christ, and when the time came for her departure, she was anxious to go and be with Jesus. She raised eleven children to grow up to manhood and womanhood. She raised two grandchildren, one of which has provided for her until her death. Her husband preceded her to the better world twenty-two years ago. She has lived in this place twenty years, and leaves many warm friends to mourn, but their loss is her eternal gain. May God bless the dear children, and may each one follow the exhortation of the mother, and give their hearts to Jesus.
The earth no more shall know her,
Friends no more shall see,
Gone to be with Jesus
The family chain is broken,
The golden clasp is gone;
No more to be united,
Except around the throne.
Gone to realms of glory,
Free from earth and care;
Gone to live with Jesus;
O will you meet her there?
Her smile no more shall gladden,
Her hand no more caress,
Nor speak with words of kindness,
Those lips that used to bless.
Weep not for her in sorrow;
Prepare your hearts to go,
And live with her in glory,
Where is no death and woe.
Bennett. — Andrew Jackson Bennett died Jan. 12, 1895; aged twenty-nine years, four months and nineteen days. Lived in sin until about Aug. 1, 1893, when at the first camp meeting held at McGrath, Mo., he gave his heart to God. It was the happy privilege of myself and family to be present when God, for Christ’s sake forgave his sins. Soon afterward he entered into the precious promised rest of entire sanctification, and lived so until he died. For some months previous to his death he had been obeying his call to preach the gospel. God blessed his labor in the gospel. And when it came his time to lie suffering twenty-five days, then he was called home to glory. He suffered with such sweet patience every hour that it proved a sermon to people that words could not preach. He refused to taste medicine or have a doctor. He had preached that God would heal his children as long as he willed, and if God wanted to take him he was ready to go. He said every day that he had victory in his soul, and praised God aloud as long as he had strength, and when he could not speak sentences he said, Amen. He died as he lived, the last part of his life a perfect victory. The room, in his last hours, seemed filled with a sweet heavenly influence as if angels were there to bear the soul away of the true one God had called. Let souls follow the example of holiness in life, and such victory in death. Oh death! where is thy sting? Oh grave! where is thy victory?
Bro. Bennett leaves a consecrated wife and two children. God bless and comfort them. While they mourn, they do not mourn as those who have no hope, but are cheered at this one thought: fit was theirs to give at heaven’s call. We were with him all through his sickness and found him with perfect victory every day. His death was a means in the hands of God of bringing some of the family to which he belonged into God’s salvation, God bless his fathe, brothers and sisters and friends. Funeral services by the writer,
Geo. E. Bolds.
A FEW PASSAGES EXPLAINED.
2 COR. 6:14.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” Many complications arise from misunderstanding these words. Some understand them to apply to man and wife, but verse 17 sets aside this theory: “Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate,” which simply means the same as Rev. 18:4, “Come out of her, my people.”
As Jesus was “holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners,” so God is calling his people out of all places called “churches” whose members are composed of saints and sinners, into God’s own church, whose people are “all righteous,” Isa. 60:21, that they may worship him with one accord in one place. Acts 2:1. God wants his people to be just like Jesus. Some go so far as to separate from a wife or a husband unsaved, after they themselves are saved. But the Lord says, “Let not the wife depart from her husband,” and “Let not the husband put away his wife.” 1 Cor. 7:10, 11. Paul says, “If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.” And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 1 Cor. 7. This is plain and proves the assertion at the beginning of this article, that the text does not apply to man and wife, A saved man or woman who is unmarried will not “keep company” with an unsaved person, because “ What communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Cor. 6:14; and besides, the saved will marry “in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 7:39. See Deut. 7:3.
“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
To find who the wells of salvation are you have but to turn and read Jno. 7:38. “He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” How I enjoy listening to one of those humble, obedient, prayerful, holy and pure children of God, from whose lips the very essence of God’s salvation seems to flow! We may ail become wells of salvation by diligently obeying the commandments, carefully keeping away the fowls as Abraham did. Gen. 15. Some of these seem very insignificant, but they will rob us of our salvation in a short time. Foolish talking is one of them; jesting is another, keeping company with sinners, and worldly conformity; also staying at home from meetings is another; backbiting, and many others. Be careful that all these leaks are attended to, and soon, we too, will become wells of salvation running over for the enjoyment of others.
1 JOHN 5:16.
“If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”
Here we learn that there is but one sin unto death, for which it is useless to pray. We learn also that all other sins are forgiven and should be prayed for. This sin unto death is mentioned by the Savior, Mark 3:28-30, and consists of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, for which there is never forgiveness, neither in this world, nor in the world to come. Mat. 12:32. [Some have concluded from these words that there is forgiveness of sins in the world to come; but not so, for “in the place where the tree fadeth there it shall be.” Eccl. 11. “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still.” Rev. 22. “Depart from me, ye that work iniquity,” will be the awful sentence. The words in Mat. 12 are properly translated in the Emphatic Diaglott, as follows: “But he who may speak against the Holy Spirit, it will in no wise be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in the coming,” [that is, in the age then present, nor in the future, down to the end of time.]
The apostle John being aware that there is no forgiveness, it being a sin unto death, said, “I do not say that he shall pray for it.” Raul also refers to this awful sin in Heb. 6:4-6, which proves that the sanctified soul may fall away. Solomon says, “For a just man fadeth seven times and riseth again.” Prov. 24. But here Paul speaks of those who have received the Holy Spirit, and the power, who fall away [note the difference between fading and fading away]. Adam and Eve fell through disobedience, and became spiritually dead, but they may have obtained forgiveness, provided that they repented. But Ananias and Sapphira his wife lied to the Holy Spirit. God forbid that any who may read this should blaspheme or “speak against” the Holy Spirit by word, as did the Pharisees, Mark 3:30, and Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5, nor by action as in Heb. 6. There is another class for whom we are commanded not to pray, Jer. 11:14— Sectarians who reject the everlasting gospel. “A man that is an heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject.” Titus 3. They have a form of godliness, but deny the power, — this also is blasphemy.
John 11:26 and 6:50 51, 58.
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? Jno. 11:26. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. * * * If any man eat of this bread he shall live forever. He that eateth of this bread shall live forever. Jno. 6:50, 51, 58.
I heard a man testify that he “was never going to die.” He did not know just what God was going to do with him, but he had read the above scriptures and knew that he was never going to die. A few passages of Scripture will suffice to explain the above.
He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life. 1 Jno. 5. The soul that sinneth it shall die. Ezek. 18:20. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life, and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life. Jno. 3:36. After we have been made alive through believing on the Son of God in order to keep alive we must keep believing. I am the bread of life. Jno. 6:48.
1 Cor. 14:34.
My mother worshiped God with a people who honestly believed that women had no right to speak in meetings, because Paul said, “Let your women keep silent in the churches.” The women were allowed to sing as loud, or louder, if their lungs so permitted, than the men. In Rev. 12 we are told that “they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony,” and yet Mother was a silent witness for Jesus for over fifty years. Solomon says that “There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother,” but I remember well how that dear people used to appear at meeting with long, sanctimonious, friendless and forsaken faces, as though they had not a friend here nor elsewhere.
Paul surely did not mean that women should not pray, sing and testify in public worship, for he says, there is neither male nor female, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal. 3. Joel prophesied of this dispensation on this wise: “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. * * * And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.” This was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. See Acts 2:16. Remember also the “women” were present when it came to pass. See Acts 1: 14. Philip the evangelist had four daughters, virgins which did prophesy. Acts 21. Aquila and Priscilla (his wife) took Apollos unto them and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. Acts 18.
The trouble with those dear people was that the Spirit was not poured out upon them because they did not understand the “ second grace.” 2 Cor. 1:15. They had not received the sanctifier. Rom. 15:16. If they had they could no more have remained dumb, than could Paul at Athens (Acts 17); his spirit was stirred within him. The disciples in the justified state were “continually praising and blessing God.” Luke 24. How can those who are “joyful in glory” and filled with songs and praises and everlasting joy, remain silent? Paul evidently referred to matters of business or some things other than those pertaining to the worship of God. On the day of Pentecost they all began to speak with other tongues. Acts 2. How could those women labor in the gospel and keep silent? See Phil. 4. “Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus,” “Tryphena and Tryphosa who labor in the Lord.” “I commend unto thee Phebe our sister which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea.” Rom. 16. According to the original, Phebe was a deaconess of the church at Cenchrea.’ The wise will understand that all those women who “prophesied,” “labored” and “helped,” could accomplish nothing in silence. “Mary spake out with aloud voice.” Luke 1. Two Marys were told to go quickly and tell the disciples that Jesus was risen from the dead. Mat. 28.
Sister, go thou and do likewise.
Paul, what did you mean? Ans. But I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 1 Tim. 2. “And it they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home.” Paul everywhere exhorts the women to be modest, in apparel and deportment, “as becometh women professing godliness.” Peter also speaks of “the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.” There are different customs, also, in different lands in regard to women’s freedom, and as in Turkey and Japan to day, women in the days of Paul were not allowed to go out on the streets unvailed. This also should be considered in connection with Paul’s words in 1 Cor. 14:34.
1 Cor. 3:11-15.
“For other foundation can no man lay than is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
Jesus Christ is the foundation; the preachers are the builders. See verse 10. Now one of God’s ministers goes to a place and preaches the gospel in power and purity; a number accept the truth, repent and are clearly justified. He teaches them in sanctification, or heart purity; they accept the second work also, go on to perfection and become established. The trials of their faith come; they stand firm and steadfast through it all, because he had instructed them to cast all their cares on God. They overcome and defeat the devil, because they were taught aright. This man’s work abides, and he shall receive a reward. V. 14. On the other hand an honest soul becomes disgusted with the corruption in his sect and separates himself from them, and being zealous for God and his cause, he goes somewhere and begins to preach, but as he is not out clear himself, he cannot preach the Word in its purity. He gets together quite a congregation, and they seem to be getting along nicely. They dress in the height of fashion; they know nothing of humbling themselves to wash one another’s feet, nor greeting one another with the holy kiss. They are allowed to use their snuff and chew their tobacco, and there is no objection to any of them reading their novels. The “preacher” had no light upon these things: Now here comes along one of God’s Holy Spirit and fire-baptized ministers, who begins to “lay judgment to the line and righteousness to the plummet” before that congregation, when, behold! away
they go! for “they will not endure sound doctrine,” because they are “hay, wood and stubble.” All that preacher’s time and labor comes to nought, and he suffers loss, but he himself accepts the truth, walks in the light (because he is an honest soul); he gets saved, then sanctified. “He himself is saved, yet so as by fire.” He should have waited until God sent him to preach. The “gold, silver and precious stones,” have reference to taking people in because they possess these things.
1 Cor. 15:31.
Another declaration of Paul’s is misconstrued and “wrested” by those who prefer to “grow” into sanctification, and never get through “growing,” and never get sanctified. It is found in 1 Cor. 15:31, and reads as follows: “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” Those who “have a form of godliness and are seeking the power,” try to make us believe that Paul was “growing” into sanctification because he said above, “I die daily.” The fact is: Paul told the Galatians, in A. D. 5S, that he, that is the big “I” was “crucified,” which means that he was sanctified. In other words, crucifixion is sure death, and “he that is dead is freed from sin,” Rom. 6. In A. D. 59, he told the Corinthians “I die daily.” How could he die daily if he were already dead? Let us see what is included in the crucifixion. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the passions and desires. Gal. 5:24. [Emphatic Diaglott.) That, explains it, the “old man,” Paul, was crucified, the “body of death” was gone, for he had found deliverance from the “carnal mind” through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 7:25. He was walking after the Spirit now. Rom. 8:1,2. And that was just the reason why he “died daily.” A man may go on and make a high profession of “religion,” but as long as some of the works of the devil remain in him (“the sin which doth so easily beset you,” for instance) Satan will not trouble him with persecutions. But let him “go on to perfection,” be sanctified wholly and filled with the Holy Spirit and fire, as Paul was, then Satan will turn his host loose against him. There was nothing left of Paul that could possibly die, now [since the “old man” was dead] but his natural body; “though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” 2 Cor. 4.
Let Paul himself explain his words in 1 Cor. 15. Read 2 Cor. 1:8, 9. “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we wore pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life. But we had the answer of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.” Rom. 8:36 “For thy sake we are killed all the day long.” Col. 1:24. ‘Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for his body’s sake which is the church.” God said, Acts 9:16, “For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my sake.” Now read Acts 9:24. “And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.” Acts 9:29. “But they went about to slay him.” Acts 14:19. “And having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.” Acts 21:31. “And as they went about to kill him.” Now let Paul finish explaining how he “died daily.” 2 Cor. 11:24-28. “Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” Verse 23. “In labors more abundant, In stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, m deaths oft. 2 Cor. 6:9. “As and behold we live.” 2 Cor. 4:8-12. We are troubled on every side. * * * Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus. * * * For we which live are always delivered unto death, for Jesus’ sake. * * * So then death worketh in us.” 1 Cor. 4:9. “For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death.”
May we all follow Paul as he followed Christ, “crucified,” “dead to sin.” sanctified or perfected. Phil. 3:15. “ He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” Heb. 10:14. And when our race is run. we may say with him. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim. 4.
John E. Roberts.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” Psa.119:129.
Dear Brethren in Christ: I feel led to write my testimony once more. It has been a long time since I have written. I do thank God for a perfect salvation that passeth all understanding. I do thank God that I was ever made to know what a wretched sinner I was, that I could repent and be saved; and by a second work of grace he sanctified me wholly, that I may always walk in the light as he is in the light. It was a long time before I could get the victory over the devil, but I do thank God I can say I have it now over all the works of the devil. I do praise God I am dead to this world and its pleasures. Pray for me. Your sister, all on the altar,
Sarah E. Roller.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am led to testify to the goodness of God and his saving anti keeping power. I heard of a people who lived holy, keeping the commandments and ordinances taught in the gospels, and preached the Word, the same being confirmed with signs following, which in these days of wickedness and delusion aroused my curiosities. For years I have looked for a salvation unto a perfect body, but could not find it in any of the religious ordinances. While I reverenced Christianity, I lost all confidence and gave myself over to making the best of the world, trying to live a peaceable, moral life, trusting in good deeds to overbalance the bad. In this condition my eyes were closed to the truth until out of curiosity, I was led to attend the assembly meeting at Grand Junction last October, where I learned of a salvation according to the Word, which saves and keeps all who will let God do so in his own way. I looked over the consecration necessary to obtain the promise, found myself loaded down with self and the world, and no feeling to shake off Satan. Found I must accept the plan by naked faith, or face judgment every day of my life. I obeyed the Word, and the moment I was willing to trust the Lord, some unknown power seemed to control my desire to be saved. I asked God, through Jesus, to forgive my past sins, and claimed justification. I then led a life without sin as best I knew, with a clear conscience. I consecrated for. sanctification Nov. 25, and in about two weeks the Comforter came, and I have been unspeakably happy ever since. To God be all the glory; for his mercy endureth forever. The Word has been confirmed many times, and my faith much strengthened, all through obedience to him who is ever faithful. I hope this may be read by some honest person who knows the need of salvation, and is waiting for feelings. Only believe, and be a doer of the Word, and verily, the Lord is faithful to all his promises. Bless his name forever! I ask the prayers of the saints, that I may ever walk faithful. Yours, saved and kept,