9 January 1896, Volume 16, Number 2.
ARE YOU OF THE FEW?
Tune. Holy Remnant.
Many called but few are chosen;
Brother, are you of the few?
Are your words, your thoughts and actions
Pure and holy through and through?
Yes, my soul is filled with glory,
And the burning love of God;
Oh! I love to tell the story
Of the all atoning blood.
Have you found the oil of gladness,
And received the Holy Ghost?
Do you pray and weep wish Jesus.
When you see that souls are lost?
Yes, I’ve found a precious kingdom.
Joy and peace in righteousness.
And I love to talk of Jesus.
And his perfect holiness.
Are you free from doubts and fears,
Living for the Lord alone?
Do you know that all your prayers
Reach to heaven’s lofty throne?
Y’es, I feel the Spirit, witness,
While I to my Father pray,
For the love of God has driven
All my doubts and fears away.
When you’re passing through the waters
Of afflictions sore and great.
Do you count it joy, my brother?
Is your trust in God complete?
Yes, all glory be to Jesus!
I can say, His will be done,
For I know that He is with me,
And I am not left alone.
Many called but few are chosen,
This the Lord has plainly told;
And we see it all around us,
As the world we do behold.
Oh! thou God of love and mercy,
Send the light to every land,
Help the few who now are standing,
Keep us saved until the end.
— Thomas Nelson.
How are You spending your Life?
“IF ye then be risen with Christ seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.” Col. 3:1, 2.
You who have given your hearts to God and profess to be his followers, are you obeying this precious admonition, or are you casting it carelessly aside and allowing the things of this world, the cares and riches thereof to draw your heart and mind away from Christ and heavenly things? This is where the enemy ensnares so many souls in this evening of time; some who are really desirous of living for God, but having naturally an avaricious disposition, the devil, knowing this, attacks them accordingly, and if they are not watchful and prayerful they soon become like unto the class Jesus spoke of in Mat. 13:22, — “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the Word; and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the Word, and he becometh unfruitful.”
The devil is really deceiving poor souls in this very way in these days: they start well, but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches doth hinder them and they are ensnared. Presently they awake to the fact that the grace of God is gone from their souls; but the devil calms their fears and tells them they are all right, and instead of coming to God and getting saved, they go right on with their formal, empty profession, void of the Spirit of God. What a farce in the sight of God! God does not accept a half-hearted service; for Jesus said so. We must either serve God or mammon. If we are not willing to forsake ALL we have and follow in the footsteps of Jesus who sacrificed all, even his life for our sake, God is not pleased with our consecration. Some instead of living with an eye single to God’s glory, are grasping for the things of this world with one hand and carrying an empty profession in the other; instead of heeding this scripture, “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God,” they are spending all their precious time planning and scheming to see how, or in what way they can improve their property, that they may heap to themselves riches. And what will it profit us if we gain the whole world and lose Christ’s love out of our hearts?
Some will say, “All I have is the — Lord’s,” yet God and his people never get any benefit from it. This ought not so to be; we ought to remember that God has power to give and take as he chooses, and if he prospers us with this world’s goods it is not all for our benefit, but that we may follow the blessed Savior who came not to be ministered unto, but to minister to the people, to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the sick, to liberate those who were held in bondage by the cruel power of Satan; we are to follow him. Are we doing it?
Let us consider our opportunities and see if we are making good use of them. Let us each one ask ourselves the question, What am I doing to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ? Many would willingly work for God if they could preach like such and such a one, or go to foreign fields and preach to the heathen and perhaps die a martyr’s death for Jesus, but are not at all willing to take a humble position which no one else thinks of taking and do the humiliating things which no one else would care to do? They are not willing to do the “little things” till God proves them sufficiently, but are always aspiring to do some great thing, to be seen and praised of man.
Oftentimes we hear this expression: “I would love to give to God’s ministers and workers, but I am just out of money and we are so badly in debt, and I do not know how we are to meet our creditors;” and many other like expressions. If you will commit your way unto the Lord and let him lead you and manage your business, he will soon get you out of Satan’s net. If he leads you to assist some of his poor saints or his cause in any way, do it fearlessly in the name of Jesus, trusting him to help you and take care of results. You will find him to be a good financier and you will prosper, not only in your soul, but you have the promise in the first Psalm, “Whatsoever you do shall prosper.”
This is a great cause; a great work is to be done, and we have a great God to lean upon and trust in; let us not be fearful or faint-hearted, but strong in faith, giving glory to God. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” “We are not the children of darkness, but the children of light and of the day; for yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. Let us therefore who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.” 1 Thes. 5. God’s word plainly teaches that we are in the end of time, why then need we be careful for the things of this world, insomuch that we lose our souls? If we gain riches in this life by hard toiling and striving after them, we can at the longest only stay here a short time to enjoy them. If we die and leave our possessions for our children, they can only enjoy it a little while, for soon “Jesus Christ will be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God and obey not the gospel of Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” — 2 Thes. 1:7-9.
Can we consciously hoard up riches for our children to stumble down to hell over, and God’s cause suffering in many places for means? In the name of Jesus we say, No; it cannot be; God requires all of his people to measure to the same standard; we must each one make a perfect consecration, even so far as to “take joyfully the spoiling of our goods.” It means so much, yea, EVERY THING, to be truly consecrated and given up to God in every way that he may work in and through us to will and to do of his own good pleasure. May God help each one of us to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called, spending the time of our sojourning here in fear; for God without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work. Your sister in Christ,
GIVING AND DOING.
Dearly Beloved Everywhere: Ask yourselves this question: “Am I doing all I can to help rescue poor perishing souls from that awful burning lake?” O may the Lord help us all to heed the commandment in Eccl. 9:10. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave; whither thou goest.”
Are you making good use of the God-given talents and time? Remember, dear ones, in the grave you will have no chance to improve your talents. So now is the time to work; and the command is, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Do you love the Lord? Jesus says, “If a man love me he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
Do not think as you read such articles as this, that they are all written by those dear ones who live at the Trumpet Office, and come to the conclusion that they are trying to get rich, and that you have given all you are going to give. This is only a suggestion from that old enemy, the devil, to hinder the work of God. Resist him in the name of Jesus. Be willing to sacrifice more than ever, that you may have more than ever to give to the cause of Christ.
Have you much of the treasure of this world in your possession? Have you been laboring for many years to provide a home for old age? Have you got that part accomplished, and still are not satisfied? Are you thinking of tearing down your barns to build larger ones, in which to bestow all your fruits and goods, so you can say to your soul, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry?” Be careful; God may require thy soul of thee to night; then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?
Did you ever comprehend in the least, what Jesus sacrificed for you? Did he not willingly give up his beautiful glorious home in heaven, and come down to this wicked earth, to endure shame, poverty, and death? “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”
So many are very careful that their every comfort in this world be satisfied, before they can think of giving a dollar to the cause of Christ. Is there any sacrifice in this kind of life? If so, where? Are there others who think that every dollar they owe in this world must be paid before they can give the least farthing to help along salvation work? Well, bless the Lord! the greatest debt I owe, is to Jesus, for the salvation of my soul. And if he demands something of me, as I go along the way, I shall by his help endeavor to give it.
Sometimes he wants to teach us lessons of faith and trust. For my part, I have never been rich in this world’s goods; but God has thus far supplied my needs, according to his riches in glory. One thing I have often noticed, too, and that is this: I have never failed yet in getting any thing I really needed, and trusted God for.
I once needed a lamp to fasten on the wall in my kitchen; having a little boy that was very busy, and was always trying to get at the lamp, when on the table. So I asked God, when he saw fit, to open the way for me to get one. Presently I had money enough to buy more than one. Now I thought I should get one. But then it came into my mind, that I should send this money to the Trumpet Office, and still trust God for the lamp. So I obeyed. And to my great surprise, a very few days later, came my father-in-law with a fine large bracket lamp, and some other things that came so good to us. I thanked him for them, and counted them as from the Lord. It is good to trust in the Lord and do his will.
I have been made to think considerably of what a great responsibility rests upon the dear ones at the Trumpet Office and Children’s Home. Although I have never been there, I know it must take a great many prayers, with a mighty faith and trust in God, to carry on that great work.
Imagine yourselves in their places for a few moments, giving all your time to the work of the Lord, getting only your food and clothes for it, and with many hundreds of dollars coming up against you, perhaps monthly, and you not knowing where a cent was to come from, only as supplied by the hand of God. Would it not take a mighty faith and trust in God? Will you all help them pray? Will you “do with your might what your hands find to do?” Oh may the good Lord help!
Young ladies sometimes, are very anxious to earn money with which to buy articles for house keeping, when as yet they have no prospect of ever needing them. Some I know who have waited long weary years to make use of them, and to day their heads are whitening for the grave. If some of this money, if not all, had been put in heaven’s bank, where it would draw interest, they would no doubt, even in this life, have been richly rewarded; and if they sought only the glory of God in all things, he might have blessed them with a kind companion, and then provided for them the things necessary. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mat. 6:33. Read also verse 32.
I am made to think of the woman who was so poor that she only had two mites, yet she cast them into the treasury for the Lord. Did you hear what Jesus said about it? If not, turn to Luke 21:2-4. Does our consecration reach that depth? If the Master by his Spirit should tell us as he did one of old, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast; and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come and follow me;” would not some who are laboring hard to pay for, and keep up expenses on two or three farms, or perhaps other properties, go away sorrowful?
But remember the promise is, “Thou shalt have treasure in heaven.’ You need not be afraid of a defect in the title, if you meet the requirements of God’s word. When you get to heaven, your treasures will be there and you can enjoy them throughout all eternity.
Would you like to have some stars to shine in your crown? “And they that be wise, shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever.” Dan. 12:3.
If you cannot preach, your dimes and dollars can, if you will put them to good use in the Lord’s treasury, and you will be rewarded just the same. Those whom God puts duties on, if they fail to do them, souls will be required at their hands. Your sister in Jesus,
Dear Saints: I feel led this evening to write my first testimony. I have a full and complete salvation. I was first justified, afterwards was stricken with disease, and could get no relief. I presented myself a living sacrifice and the Lord sanctified me wholly. I know my name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. I can praise the dear Lord for saving and healing me. Yours respectfully,
John B. Jones.
Dear Saints: I believe it is to the glory of God that I give my testimony to the world. About one year ago I began to receive some sample copies of the GOSPEL TRUMPET, being connected with a sect, and so full of prejudice. I did not consider its claims as I ought to have done, but my loving and devoted wife [who since that time has been called away] would be so glad to get a new copy and would read it over and over. Ere long she claimed the gift of the Holy Ghost and she certainly lived her salvation. Still I would not seek after the new treasure, but was satisfied for my wife to be holy, because it made her the best woman in the world.
Her illness lasted eighteen days. I asked her if she was afraid to die? She said, “No. I have nothing to fear; I am ready to die provided you will make me one promise,” and that was, if I would promise that I would consider the claims of a salvation, that had so wonderfully saved her from all sin and prepared her to die. She testified to the goodness of God till the last. It did look so hard, brethren, to see a good wife, a loving mother called away. But thank the Lord, I have reached the place where I can say, “Not my will, but thy will be done.” I have given up sectism, after preaching for more than three years. I have not stoped yet, but I have changed my doctrine.
I need the prayers of all the saints of God, for I am afflicted and heartbroken. Just one week ago my youngest sister, Mary E. Pruitt, took a conjestive chill and died in two days. But to the glory of God she told us not to grieve, for she was going home. Glory to God! She passed away the 11th of Dec. 1895. I have become more humble and have begun to make preparation to meet God in peace. Praise the dear Lord! There is no time to waste in preparing for eternity. God bless you all. Let all the saints pray for the healing of my body, just as quick as you read this. Yours seeking to know more of God,
J. E. Pruitt.
LIST OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
E. D. Lake, C. McGahey, Mabel Shugart, Chas. T. Blake, J, B. Morrison, Jno. A. Nelson, S. M. Zimmerman, F. Rosenberry, Z. J. Ellis, Mary L. Kaufman, J. A. Montgomery, Jno. W. Bortman, D. C. Snyder, Mrs. Mona Messmer, J. S. Danton, A. A. McMurray, F. N. Jacobson, F. Bortt, Cyrus Freeman, Frederick Altenburger, Lydia Shank, August Mohnke, Aaron Harrison, Martin Myers, E. P. Hay, Robert J. Montieth, John H. Merica, Mrs. Sophia Andrews, Mrs. P. M. Sloan, Lizzie Meckley, E. C. Smith, Francis Gregory, J. T. Stowe, Jno. Anderson, S. P. Strang, J. S. Smith, M. D., I. S. McCoy, Martha Leabo, H. V. DeRousse, M. Snyder.
Are you living free from sin?
“Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” Jno. 8:34.
A person cannot be saved and be a sinner both at the same time.
“When ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.” Rom. 6:20.
Sanctification is a big word for the devil, and he hates for anyone to get the experience of it, and says it can be obtained only through death. In a sense that is true, but the death required, is the crucifixion of the “old man,” the destroying of the “carnal mind.” Christ prayed that all who believe the word of God might be sanctified. Jno. 17:19, 20 And we can serve him in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. — Luke 1:74, 75.
There will be no holiness fighters in heaven, but there will be a host of them in perdition, writhing in torment among the lost, while the angels in glory are singing praises and shouting “Holiness unto the Lord.” Reader, do you believe in holiness? Without it no man shall see the Lord. Heb. 12:14. It must be obtained, lived and practiced here in this life, in order to be enjoyed in the life to come.
The way to get an experience of salvation is to forsake all your sins. Isa. 55:7. Confess them to the Lord. 1 Jno. 1:9. Repent and be baptized. Acts 2:38. Repentance includes believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved.” Acts 16:31. A person cannot believe on the Lord for the salvation of the soul until there has been a repentance of all sins of the past. A person can get fully saved without being baptized, but will then have to obey the command and be baptized. The way to keep saved, is to obey the word of God in all things.
We have received a copy of the “Divine Healing Calander,” for 1896. arranged by Bro. J. W. Byers. It consists of twelve pages, with calander of days and months, and an appropriate scripture on faith or healing opposite each day, making 366 select scriptures on the subject, besides a scriptural motto, in large letters at the head of each page. This is an inspiring collection of scriptures as can well be selected from the Bible, and those having one of these, calanders and each day acquainting themselves with the scriptures given, cannot fail to be greatly benefited spiritually and receive an increase of faith. The small amount charged for them will be money well invested. Price, twenty-five cts. each. Address Bro.
J. W. Byers, 721-16th S.., Oakland, Cal.
A number of our readers have written asking concerning the publication of the work by D. S. W. entitled “THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY.” On account of our rush of work we have been unable to examine it. If we publish it, notice will be given in the Trumpet beforehand.
The work entitled “SALVATION,” which is being published will be ready for the bindery probably in about two weeks, and will then take about two weeks more to have the binding completed. Price, paper cover 15 cts., per doz. $1.44. Cloth, 35 cts., per doz. $3.00.
Brethren have asked for a column in the Trumpet for the subject of “Advancement” for which we gladly give space, and would also offer a few suggestions. This column should be to set forth light and truths from the word of God, that is being revealed by the Holy Spirit and brought to the understanding of his people; and also such experiences as would help to advance others. All do not have a chance to attend camp or protracted meetings to hear the light and truth set forth, of not only how to get saved, but how to keep saved, and make spiritual advancement; therefore we can hereby aid many to a closer walk with God, and to know how to become better fortified against the snares and attacks of the enemy. Articles for this column should not exceed one column in length; anything from that length and shorter will be acceptable. Long articles will have to be rejected from this column. Do not send long articles expecting us to “squeeze” them in. Let each one be complete within itself and not continued.
Requests for Prayer.
As the requests for prayer have become so numerous, for want of space we can only give a condensed notice. Those who can pray the prayer of faith should remember them before the Lord. Many requests come too late for publication and are remembered by the Trumpet family.
F. Altenburger, South Bend. — Asthma — Heart disease.
G. W. Staflets and son. — Salvation and healing.
Mrs. T. W. Greenstreet. — Desires healing faith.
Sister Johnson, Willshire, O. — Healing of body.
Maria Smith, McKean. — Stomach trouble.
Cora Goodrich, Scott Lake. — Tumor.
Dorthy. Terry, Rolla. — Ulcers — Spiritual help.
Mira Puett, Rocky Comfort. — Jan. 20 — Female weakness.
Ada Brock, Joppa. — Female weakness.
Sister Homer, Joppa. — La Grippe.
Amos Masters, Hebbardsville. — Deeper experience, — Catarrh — Rheumatism.
Calls For Meeting.
S. I. Robison, New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., W. Va.
Malcom Cross, Edmore, Montcalm Co., Mich.
“Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22.
By disobedience Saul lost his kingdom. So our disobedience to God’s word forfeits our right and title to the inheritance promised us. For only one act of disobedience by our foreparents forfeited their right to the garden of Eden. In 1 Jno. 4:1, we are told to try the spirits. In the second verse: “Hereby know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.” Not by mouth only, but by the life of Christ dwelling in you. Paul says, I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.
But there is another spirit; and that spirit does not and cannot confess Christ in the flesh. I know of only one way to try the spirits, and that is by the Word. We are surely led by the one or the other. Therefore it is very necessary that we know, or be able to detect between the good and bad spirit. God’s Spirit is life. Eph. 2:1, 2. — “You hath he quickened, [made alive] who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in times past, ye walked according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” The spirit of disobedience is selfwilled, heady highminded, questioning God’s commands. While the spirit of obedience is filled with love, and never questions the commands of God; but with a listening ear catches the softest whisper of the Master’s voice, and moves in obedience to his will. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” — Gal. 6:7.
We may not know all of the whys and the wherefores; but to know that God speaketh is enough for that humble one who possesseth the spirit of obedience, which is the spirit of love. If we find not within us a delight to walk in all of the commandments of Jesus, it is because we have not attained to that perfect will of God, which is our sanctification. Eph. 4:4. We see that there is but one Spirit, which is the life of the one body (the church). All other spirits work death. Eph. 2:3, 4. While we were sinners among sinners we had our conversion accordingly, and were under the wrath of God. But by the riches of his mercy, and greatness of his love, he hath made us alive in Christ Jesus. The spirit of obedience follows Jesus wheresoever he goeth. Down into the watery grave. Mat. 3:16. On unto perfection. Heb. 6:1. Jno. 17:17, 19. Washeth the saints’ feet. Jno. 13:5. Partakes of the emblems of his crucified body. And hears and keeps all of his sayings. Acts 3:22. He that heareth and doeth not shall be destroyed. Verse 23.
So our obedience ever tells
Which spirit in us dwells
If Christ the Lamb, lamblike are we,
As on earth, so in eternity.
The spirit of disobedience delighteth not in the walks of our Lord, nor obeys his commands, nor keeps the ordinances of his house, only as an irksome task, if kept at all. This spirit is found in all Babel confusion whereever it may be. Truly every soul that still remains in her, who has not partaken of her spirit is a monument of Gods love and mercy to keep in such a dark benighted region.
“Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you; and I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor. 6:18, 19.
Only by our obedience to Christ will we gain admittance in through the pearly gates. So if we walk in the truth we shall come off more than conquerors through him that loved us. Amen.
Wm. N. Smith.
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.” — Jude 3.
This faith was given to saints, not merely to those who professed to be saints, but to those who were saints indeed. Those who were really saved of God, or holy people; for a saint is a holy one. Now there is no doubt in my mind that one great cause for such a lack of faith among the people of God, is that there are so many professing to be saints, who, by their life and lack of real godliness prove that they are not saints indeed.
I do not know how some may receive this, bur I am persuaded that there are many professing to be saints who are a curse to the cause of God, and are a great hindrance to this glorious work. The time has come when God is s..r..ng his ministers to lay judgment to the line, and a great many professing saints must either get Bible salvation, or be cut off and consumed by the word of God. It must come, and I pray God to hasten the day when the awful judgments will go forth, accompanied by the spirit of burning as of yore. Read Acts 5:1-11. When this takes place the work of faith will go on, and mighty signs and wonders will follow. Read Acts 5:12-16. But beloved, there must be a real cleansing up before God can or will work. There is a great pile of rubbish in the way of the work. Oh for Jesus’ sake, let us get rid of it speedily! May God send the fire. Amen. Yes, and let it begin at Jerusalem.
There are those who profess to be sent of God to preach, whom we know are not where they should be spiritually, who have been shielded and handled easily, hoping that better fruits might be seen. Oh brethren, you who are chosen of God to proclaim the word of God, for Jesus’ sake, wield the sword as never before. Remember the Word says, “Cursed is the man that withholds his sword from blood,” there is no use trying to cover it up, there must be a real cleaning up and sinking deeper down into Christ, and I pray God to let a real shaking take place from one end of the church to the other. God has promised that the saints shall judge the earth; but unless we are saints indeed we have no right to judge. The man or woman who is not living to the word of God has no right to preach to others. The whole kingdom is to be taken and possessed by the saints, but those who are not true saints have no part in this matter; and I pray God to make a real ridding of the Sanballats and Tobiahs, and may he raise up more men like Nehemiah who will execute the real judgments of the Word.
In Eph. 4:11-16. we read that God gave to his church a ministry for the perfecting of the saints till they all come into the unity of the faith; but if we allow men and women destitute of real salvation to hang on among us and profess we cannot expect perfect unity. God will have a pure church and if we do not move up to the Word, he will just as surely sacrifice us as anybody else. There must be a real lopping off and God will do it, if he must take a right arm or a right eye. Those who profess to be saints of God and are not squaring their lives by the Word are the greatest agents in the hand of the devil to do evil. In many places the cause of God has suffered greatly by people professing, and by their lives denying the reality of the true grace of God. Oh may God help the poor souls to see their condition! And I pray God to make it so hot for ungodly professors that from this time none shall try to hang on among the people of God. The time has come when we must arise and shake ourselves, and I pray that it will be a thorough shaking. This cause must and is moving on, for God Almighty is at the van. Praise God!
Beloved, we are treading upon sacred ground and the time in which we are living is precious. What we do must be done quickly. The opportunity we now have of taking the gospel to the whole world may soon be gone. Already the way is beginning to be closed in some countries. For Jesus’ sake, brethren, can we afford to still remain at patchwork, fixing up would-be saints? May God help us to so draw the lines that every man may see himself in the light of the Word, and keep the furnace so hot in Zion that nothing can approach or remain in it only the pure gold. God help all to either be true saints or give up their profession and name of saint. Amen.
W. J. Henry.
News from the Field.
Cochrans Mills, Pa., Jan. 3.
Dear Children of God: God has been advancing our souls and sinking us down into his precious will. We have been in active work for the Master constantly since the June C. M. excepting about two weeks. God has rewarded us with souls for our hire in almost every meeting. To God be all the glory. We are now in company with Bro. Riggle and Co., at this place, and God is giving us a precious meeting. Our permanent address is Hamil, Indiana Co. Pa.
Jerry T. Stowe.
Nicodemus, Kan., Jan. 2.
Dear Saints of God: We are still saved and rejoicing in the Savior’s love. We came here yesterday, Jan. 1. Met with the saints at Slate school house. Found them on the increase for God. Will commence meeting to-night six miles south of Slate, in Bro. Myer’s neighborhood. Will continue as long as the Lord wills. After this meeting we will be ready to go wherever the Lord leads. Any one wishing our labors in western Kansas, please write to us. Yours in the faith of the gospel,
S. S. Van Busrin and Wife, and W. S. Page.
Freeny. Miss., Dec. 29.
Dearly Beloved Saints: We are glad to report victory in our souls over all the enemy. Praise the Lord! The assembly meeting is over. Thank God, this was a convocation of pure love in deed and truth. Perfect unity and love ruled in all this precious meeting. A number of the ministers were present. Praise God! All seemed to be on a forward move for God, and all seem to have the lost at heart more than ever before. God help us all to do our whole duty in the year 1896 to carry the oneness to all the earth. Dearly beloved, let us all walk with God in humility. We go from here to Hammond, La. All wishing to address me can do so at Hammond, La., as I will be there until February. Pray for us here in the South. God bless you all. Amen,
R. H. Owens.
NISHNABOTNA. MO., Dec. 24
Dear Saints of God: I do praise the dear Lord for the salvation of my soul. The precious blood of Jesus cleanseth me from all sin. Glory to God! And I also praise God for the healing of my body. Right after the Manning camp meeting I went to Buckeye, Mo. and held a meeting, which place is right in the low country filled with the swamp fever, with which many people were sick; and there my body which was not very strong, got filled with it, though the Lord helped me through the meeting. But after the meeting was over my body just broke down, and I have suffered with chills and burning fever for about eleven weeks, and thought several times the Lord was going to take me away. But my time had not come yet. This morning I do praise the Lord for it, for I have learned many precious lessons during the spell of sickness. The Lord willing I will start out soon in the battle in Jesus’ name, and would request those wanting my service to write to me, and I will answer the calls as the Lord leads. I ask the prayers of all the dear saints. I am your brother washed in Jesus’ blood,
Vandalia. Mich., Jan. 3.
Dear Saints of God: We are praising God this day for salvation full and free, and for all the benefits and blessings he is daily bestowing upon us. I left the Children’s Home Dec. 22, came to Decatur about eight o’clock that night, found dear Bro. and Sister Simmons there with the little church and the work of the Lord going on. Praise God! As the Word began to go forth without compromise, the dear ones there began to see their lack and began to call on God for help, and he heard their cry and granted them the desire of their hearts. It was a real time of sinking and settling down in
God. There were ten or twelve consecrations, and all seemed to get what they sought for. We came to this place Dec. 29, found the little ones here somewhat divided. But praise God he has been stirring their hearts and they are making wrongs right and melting together. To God be all the glory. Oh praise God! I do feel that God is settling me down more and more on his word and in Bible humility. I am in company with Bro. and Sister Simmons. Expect, the Lord willing, to begin meeting to night at the town hall, about five miles east of Vandalia. Pray much for us. Do not know how long the Lord will keep us in this art of the country. Yours in the one body,
F. W. and A. Simmons, and S. P. Strang.
Mc Lallen Cor’s, Pa., Jan. 1.
Dearly Beloved: If it is the divine will of our God, to permit a number of us to pass through the year 1896, may we with a mighty united effort launch into the great advancement before us, in getting into the depths of humility of Christ our Lord, that we may stand upon the pinnacle of the apostolic platform, with all the gifts spoken of by the apostle Paul. 1 Cor. 12. My soul is hungering for deeper things in God. We are a subject for your prayers on the line of greater advancment.
The assembly meeting at Mc Lallen Cor’s, Pa. was not very largely attended on account of the much rainfall. But the last day of the old year 1895, we put in fasting and praying. After the evening services we all knelt around the altar Christ Jesus and covenanted for a forward move for 1896. Hallelujah! God filled our souls. Praise his name!
We wish to say to the little ones in Canada we will not be able to reach the Dominion this winter. Yours in defence of the gospel,
J. A. and Alice J. Dillon and Co.
Dear Trumpet Readers: We feel it would be to the glory of God to inform you through the Trumpet, that the hand of our God is good upon us, and his glory is flooding our soul.
It has been some time since we have written to the Lord’s paper, but we have been actively engaged in the Lord’s good cause nearly all the time, and a few souls have been saved. To God be all the glory.
Our last meeting was held at Castine, Ohio. We found the church there not in a very good spiritual condition, consequently the Lord could not manifest a very great degree of his power in the meeting, until judgment commenced at the right place; namely, at the house of God. We first endeavored to send judgment out into the world, but it seemed to take little or no effect. Judgment was then turned entirely upon the household of professors, which wrought a great clearing up in the church, and cut off all who would not be straightened by the word of God. Then sinners began to be affected, and some found Christ.
So far as we were enabled to discern, the little church at that place was left in a good spiritual state, and on a real advance in the grace of God. Oh pray for us, brethren, that we may sink deeper into God, and thus become more efficient in the gospel work.
Wm. G. Schell.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” – 119:129.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led for the first time to write my testimony. I am praising God for his saving and sanctifying power, that reaches even me. I feel so unworthy, yet he just keeps me every moment. Praise his precious name! Dear ones, pray for me that I may keep low at his feet. Your sister redeemed by the blood of the Lamb,
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: We feel led of the Lord to write our testimony for the first time. We are away out here in California where we seldom ever hear any preaching, and where we are persecuted on every side. But praise the Lord, it only helps us to five nearer to him, we do praise God for sending Bro. Byrum to California. We went thirty-five miles to the meeting at Adelaide, and Praise the Lord, I was healed of the piles and other female troubles that I have had for years. Also our little girl was healed of a cough that she was born with. We gave her so much medicine but it never did her any good. Your brother and sister in Christ,
J. W. and M. J. Slack.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet. I do praise God for what he has done for me. He has saved me from all sin, and I know that my name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. There are only three of us who are out in the light here in Manhattan. But there are others that are getting their eyes opened to the truth, and I am praying that God will open a door of utterance so that his blessed word may be preached in all of its fullness. Pray for me that I may be kept low down at the feet of Jesus. Oh praise God for his saving power just now! He saves me from the use of tobacco. I used the filthy weed for nearly eleven years, but he has taken it all away and keeps me free from it. Praise the Lord!
W. S. Page.
Dear Saints of God: May God keep you saved, and sanctify you wholly. We do not wrestle with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore let us watch, for the time has come, and Gog and Magog are gathering their forces together to battle with the saints. Stand firm, brethren, on the rock Jesus.
We have been praying for some of God’s true ministers to come and preach the evening light to us. It has never been preached in this neighborhood, except two sermons by Bro. W. A. Haynes. We will meet any of God’s ministers at the depot, that feel lifted up by the Spirit. Eze. 3:12, 13. So far, my wife and I are all that have obeyed the call, Come out of her, my people. The sons-in-law of Sanballat are trying to tear down the wall that is built, but we are all standing firm with the two-edged sword in hand, ready to fight for the truth, and battle for the right. Though we are all novices in the work, we are earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints. Amen. From your brother in the one body,
Chatham, N. J.
Dear Gospel Trumpet. I feel it is to the glory of God to testify of Jesus my physician. He has healed me of indigestion, which I have been troubled with for many years; also he has healed my little girls of the same. Oh he is wonderfully to be praised! I do ask all of God’s saints to pray for me. I want to be wholly sanctified, baptized with the Holy Spirit, and be of a new nature; then I will have a teacher that will teach me all things, what false prophets cannot teach; and that is all we have around here, they are so blind and ignorant. Since I have read the Trumpet it has taught me to come out of all sectism. Praise the Lord for what I have learned! Also I would like God’s people to pray for my husband; he loves tobacco and uses such vile words. Oh there are so many that Satan has bound down with some Satan has bound down with some dread disease. Let us pray for them. I am nothing but a babe in Christ, and am earnestly trying to learn more? If any of God’s true ministers pass this way, stop here, as I do not know of any one here that has ever heard the evening light. Your sister in the one body,
D. V. Lanterman.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I have been feeling for some time that I should testify to others what the dear Lord has done for me, in bringing me out of darkness and the delusions of the devil into his glorious evening light. I am now upwards of sixty and have never heard the word of God in its purity, until the past few months. When but fifteen years of age, I thought I met with a change of heart during a revival, and soon after joined the Presbyterian sect. I lived up to all the light I knew for some two or three years, but in time I began to grow cold, neglected my duty and the devil took advantage of it in many ways. I can see now I only had a religion of the head, not of the heart. As I grew older and saw the crookedness among professing christians in the various sects, I made up my mind I was about as good as the most of them and so lived on in sin, flattered myself all would be well with me although there were times I did not feel satisfied; I felt there was something more needed, then the devil would whisper to me, “You are all right.” But the dear Lord sent Bro. and Sister Sticksel into our neighborhood some few months ago. They frequently spent Sunday evenings at my house; would read and explain God’s word in a way I never heard before. I soon realized I was a sinner in. his sight and felt to give all to the Lord. Praise God for his goodness to me! I can say I am his, saved and sanctified through the blood of the Lamb. I have three sons who are yet unsaved; please pray for them. Your sister in Christ,
Mrs. A. Hornbek.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I Wish to give my testimony, as to God’s wonderful goodness. He has brought me out of darkness; for I was a Presbyterian about seven years, during which time I did not feel satisfied, seeing so much hypocrisy, envy, hatred, and contention. Then I left them and my husband and I were confirmed in “All Saints Episcopal Chapel”, of Rochester, N. Y. At that time I thought I had found the true Christian church, but in less than three years I found it contained more sinners than saints. Again I was troubled. We then moved out here on a ranch in the mountains; arrived in May, 1894. The next December Bro. Roberts of Denver held two meetings here. I had never heard the truth read and explained so simply before. He called, left some tracts with me. I read them, and from that time I began to be more interested in the study of the Bible. Then Brother Sticksel and wife commenced meetings in a neighbor’s house. The result is, I was led into the evening light, was baptized, and now I am a member of God’s church, resolved never to withdraw, which would be to sin against God. I desire the prayers of all who read this that I may stand fast; also that my dear husband may be truly converted from the error of his way.
If any of the brethren should happen in Buffalo, N. Y. I wish they would call on my dear parents, brother, and precious daughter who is attending school and lives with them. They were all Presbyterians. I believe they have always lived up to all the light they had. But there is a much brighter light shining now, into which I pray they may soon come, and leave Babylon forever. I have sent them many tracts and Trumpets. My father’s address is David Lake, 485 Norwood Ave., Buffalo, N. Y. Faithfully a servant for Christ, your sister,
Mrs. Phebe V. Hqllister.
Pleasant Plains, Ill.
Dear Saints: I am praising the dear Lord for his goodness and mercy, for it is he who has brought me into this blessed evening light. Glory to his holy name! Surely the Almighty has paid us in advance for more than we can do in return if we put in all our time while here, in his behalf. I have never heard the gospel preached in its purity, but by close Bible study and aid of the publications at the Trumpet Office, and having my eye’s anointed as in Rev. 3:18, that I might see, I became convicted, converted, and by the help of the Lord enabled to shout victory over the world, flesh and devil. Praise be to God’s holy name! The word of God does not get monotonous, but it brings heavenly rays of light to those who do his will. I have not the privilege of meeting to worship in spirit and in truth in the beauty of holiness with any of God’s little ones, but am instead alone most of my time with my baby and the Lord for a comforting companion, from whom all blessings flow. But I sing and shout, making melody in my heart to the Lord, who forgiveth all our iniquities and healeth all our diseases. Truly we who have felt his healing power in so many cases, can testify that he is the Physician who is indeed no humbug. He has lately given me faith for healing in cases of La Grippe, which were upon me and my children. Blessed be his name forever! I had been given faith for healing in several cases in my own family, but the devil had asked me, “What will you do when you have La Grippe? Then you’ll surely take medicine.” Praise God, when La Grippe came upon our frame, our faith increased until we could claim the promise in Mark 11:24, and was healed. God being no respecter of persons, the same yesterday, today and forever, is why it looks like folly for people to think, much less speak it, that the Lord won’t heal all those who do his will. Indeed we should each put forth efforts in Jesus’ name to do more to his name’s honor and glory than in the past. I wish to write letters and send tracts, if the Lord wills, to those I can’t tell of the work of our blessed Redeemer. For in spite of the powers of darkness and rage of the foe I am kept by his power divine unto salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Pray for me and my husband that he may be enabled to walk out upon the promises given in the blessed Bible. Yours in one body,
Mrs. Arthur Holms.
BABBITT. — Mother and two daughters taken away by catarrhal diphtheria. Sister Ella Babbitt of Mc Lallen Corners, Pa. was born Oct. 22, 1865; died Dec. 4 1895. Aged thirty years, one month, twelve days. Her two daughters followed her within a week. May the blessings of God rest upon dear Brother Babbitt and his little boy who is left alone without mother and sisters. Funeral by the writer. Text Rev. 14:13.
J. A. Dillon.
HARRIS. — Sister Adda M. Harris of Decatur, Mich., died Dec. 30, 1895; aged twenty- three years, seven months and eight days. She leaves a husband, father and mother and two brothers, with a number of other relatives and friends to mourn her loss; but their loss is her eternal gain. She died with complete victory over sin and death. Her last words were, “Jesus is stilling the tempest and storm.” She called her friends to her and bade them good-by, asking them to meet her in heaven.
She was joined in marriage to Bro. James C. Harris, May 21, 1891. To them was born one child, which preceded Sister Adda to the glory world. Aug. 26, 1893. The funeral service was held at the Free Methodist meeting house at Decatur, to a large congregation who listened attentively to the Word. May God bless and comfort the hearts of the dear husband and all the bereaved ones.
S. P. Strang.
BATES. — Sister Olive Bates went home to be with Jesus on the 22d of Dec., 1895. Sister Bates was born in Allen Co., Ind., Aug. 31, 1850, being at the time of her death forty-five years, three months and twenty three days, of age.
She was united in marriage to Bro. Norton Bates June 19, 1869. Since there has been born to them five sons, four of which remain to mourn the loss of a dear patient mother. God bless and save them for Jesus’ sake.
Sister Bates was one of the first to accept the evening light when it first came into her community, and for the last six months had lived very close to Jesus, and when the death summons came it found her ready and willing to go. She sang and prayed as long as consciousness remained. On Christmas day a large assembly of sorrowing friends came together to pay the last sad rites to the departed, and we laid her to rest in the Chambers cemetery. God bless our dear Bro. Bates and family. Amen.
W. B. Grover,
South Haven, Mich.
Some Hiding-places Uncovered.
IT is very often the case that people very weak in the faith, or medicine topers and doctors pets try to hide behind Hezekiah’s figs and Timothy’s wine, and other similar things. They say Hezekiah used figs and was healed. But let us see how Hezekiah was healed. His case was a hopeless one. He was “sick unto death,” and the prophet was sent to tell him that he must die. But Hezekiah began to pray and referred the Lord to what a perfect life he had lived, and the Lord said, “I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears; behold, I will heal thee.” Why was it he was healed? It was because the Lord had heard his prayer. But Isaiah said, “Take a lump of figs, and they took it and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. Now this has nothing to do concerning the doctors, because a physician was not called, had nothing to do with it, and it says that he was healed because of Hezekiah’s prayer. They might have put on the figs by the wholesale, and had Hezekiah not prayed he would have died.
But some say, “Our faith and works must go together.” We are to do just exactly what God says to do, and when he orders a thing it is safe to do it. If people who try to hide behind Hezekiah’s figs believe that is what ought to be done, why do they not always get figs to put on when they are sick, and let their faith and works go together ? or, why do they not go and dip seven times, in the river and be healed as Naaman was healed? But if they are not willing to do that, why not let faith and works go together and do as we are told to do in the word of God. In James 5:13-16 we are told that if any is afflicted, let him pray. If his prayer alone is not effectual then he is to use some means; that is, let his faith and works go together. And now what are the works and means referred to if the prayer is not effectual? “Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. Here are the works and means that are to follow the prayer of the individual himself. And what will this united faith and works bring about? “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up,” etc. Now, if we believe God, why not obey him? If we believe in using means, why not like Hezekiah and Naaman use the means that he tells us to use?
But how about Timothy’s wine? Yes, here is another flimsy hiding place, which is easily uncovered. Acording to certain scriptures which Paul uses to Timothy we would infer that Timothy’s former life was such that left him with delicate digestive organs, or in other words, a weak stomach. We are told by those who have been in Palestine that the water in certain portions of the country contains alkali, and no doubt, the alkali water of that country did not agree with him very well, and the grapes were a food and not a medicine, which had properties that counteracted the properties in the bad water, or was strengthening to his stomach. At seasons when the grapes were not to be had, then the juice of grapes, which was unfermented wine answered the same purpose, which was a food instead of a medicine. And because of the condition of the water Paul says, “Drink no longer water, but take a little wine for thy stomach’s sake. He meant just exactly what he said. Paul was not a physician, neither did he go about practicing medicine, but knew something about the food properties contained in the grapes and grape juice. He did not tell him to drink fermented wine, nor drink the kind recommended by the glassful, nor become a winebibber, nor anything of the kind, but was giving him some instructions from the stand-point of health, and not from a medical stand-point.
But Luke was a physician, some one says. Yes, that is true; he was before the Lord called him to preach, but you never hear tell of him practicing medicine after he started out to preach the gospel. When Eutychus went to sleep and fell out of a window and was killed, Luke was there, but we do not read anything about him doctoring the case. Paul went down and took charge of his case in the name of the Lord, and the man was healed instantly, and they went back into the house and continued the sermon. These cases spoken of were individual cases, and not instructions given to God’s children in general. When the Lord speaks and tells us to do a thing, then it is safe to do it; and as we obey, the work will be done. And he has given an abundance of promises for healing by prayer and faith, and tells us just how to proceed in order to be healed. He further says, “Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” — Mark 11:24.
No More Use For Crutches.
Testimony of Sister Josie Dudley, six months after she was healed.
Dear Saints: I must testify once more through our good paper, for the good of others and the glory of God. I have been an invalid for ten years, and most of this time under the doctor’s care, having been treated by eleven different ones in this city, but could obtain no relief through medical aid. Among my many infirmities were female trouble in its worst form, constipation, spinal trouble, and for four years I had to walk on crutches, having through an accident broken my left foot through the instep, from which I suffered the greatest pain most of the time, and no human skill could reach the difficulty. This was my condition last May when God sent Bro. Byers to this city to preach the gospel of full salvation. I heard of the meetings and was taken there by kind friends. The first meeting seemed wonderful to me. I do praise God for the light I received on His healing power. The next day I was again taken to the meetings and there said I wanted all that God had for me. The brother prayed for me and anointed me with oil in the name of the Lord. Praise God my faith reached out and claimed the blessed promises. I rose to my feet and walked in the name of Jesus and from that day have not needed my crutches, and by the help of God never intend to need them again. My whole body has grown stronger. I can go about my work walking and rejoicing and praising God, for his wonderful wonderful healing power. Praise his name! Oh may my testimony help some poor suffering one as I was! It is for you. Your sister in Christ,
135 Jensen Ave., Fresno, Cal.
The Modern Protestant Church.
IS the heading of an article that appeared in the “Religious Telescope,” the U. B. organ, written by one who signs his name Rev. W. F. Berger. And the following extracts are copied from the aforesaid article.
“A question which now arouses the keenest interest among the sociological students of the Bible, in connection with the progress of the Christian church, is this: Is the Protestant church what it ought to be? Are the offices of Christ’s earthly kingdom in such a purified and aggressive condition that he can pronounce his benediction upon them at the present time?”
I suppose by the term Protestant church the writer means the multiplicity of sects that have been born of the “Mother of Harlots” and denominated themselves “The Church,” which includes U. B. ism as this little daughter was not born until about 1767 years after Jesus perfected his church. If this he means, we can answer his question. No; the Protestant church is not what it ought to be, and for this very reason she has fallen. Rev. 14:8. Her doom is sealed, and a voice from heaven is fast calling God’s people out. Rev. 18:4-6.
Now Mr. Berger, you answer a questionб or confess your error. Where in the Bible did you read of an earthly kingdom of Christ’s? He says, his kingdom is not of this world, Jno. 18:36: then it cannot be earthly. Has’ he two kingdoms? If not, then he only governs the kingdom of heaven, and earthly governments are not associated with this beautiful heavenly kingdom. Praise the Lord! The person is greatly mistaken that tries to confound the conglomerated mass of harlot daughters with the spotless bride of Christ.
“One thing seems settled when we come to look into the history of Jesus Christ as it affects human relations in state and church; that is, that Protestantism has reached a place in its history where purification of doctrine and life must occur, or else the doom written against the unprofitable servant will be executed with righteousness and speedy judgment.”
Hear this, O ye nations, the prophecy of one who stands in the midst of fallen sectism. Can we call it prophecy? For it simply states the true condition of Protestantism at the present time. “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, that made all the earth drunken; the nations have drunken of her wine (been overcome by sectish fables), therefore the nations are mad. Jer. 51:7. Why are they mad? Ans. Ver. 6, “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, (sectish confusion) and deliver every man his soul; be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.” God’s vengeance is manifest toward Protestantism by calling every honest soul out of its confusion. The vial of his wrath is poured out upon the seat of this beast. The kingdom of sectism is full of darkness; they gnaw their tongues for pain; “therefore the nations are mad.” Is this not plain, when it is known how sectarians are raging with a madness that can only originate in the bottomless pit, when the truth is declared that gathers every sincere soul out of their net of deception?
President Gates, of Iowa college, is right when he affirms: It is truth and soberness to say that the Protestant church to-day stands in need of reformation as much as the Roman Catholic church did in the days of Luther. Not for the same reason, of course; conditions change.”
O what a picture, drawn by a mind that in soberness and thoughtful consideration is compelled to acknowledge the true condition of fallen Protestantism, which needs reform as much as Roman Catholicism did in the sixteenth century! O God, help all honest souls to comprehend this awful fact! Romanism is denominated “the Mother of Harlots,” drunken in the filthiness of her fornication. She being mother, must have some daughters, and what can they be except the many illegitimate Protestant daughters that have sprung from the bosom of this great anti-Christ power. They are all born out of due season, so far from the proper time, that they do not belong to the heavenly kingdom. When Protestant sects first were manifest they seemed to be spiritual; yea, they fought vehemently against the Romish beast, but as they grew, that inherent principle of sin and selfishness received from their mother began to be manifest. They drank deeper of her pollutions, clothed themselves more with her hypocrisy, followed hard after her treacherous ways, nestled closer in her bosom, ceased to speak against her as evil, speaking of her with much respect, joining with her in leagues, peace being restored in this great harlot family, mother protects her daughters and they in return honor their mother, hell is moved with triumph. God thunders a warning, heaven incedes; but alas, mists of darkness gather fast; Satan jeeringly shouts, “Victory at hand.” Gog and Magog are consolidating their forces, the consummation of which will soon appear. The word of God will be fulfilled that says, “As is the mother. (Romanism) so is her daughters. (Protestantism) Eze. 16:44. Becoming like her mother, according to the above statement Protestantism needs reform as much as the mother of harlots did. That reform was effected by God’s people forsaking the Romish sect. And be it remembered that Romanism was not reformed, but the reform brought all the saved out of her clutches; just so in this reformation. Protestantism will not be purified as some seem to think, for she would not be healed. Jer. 51:9. Her doom is fixed, her judgment come. “Forsake her.” “Come let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our God.” “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people.” Rev. 18:4.
W. A. Haynes.
(To be continued.)
Dear Ones in Christ: I do praise God for salvation that saves from all sin. The Lord is doing so much for me. And he has saved three of daughters, for which I give him all the praise. He has saved me from all sin, by a second work of grace, justified and sanctified. I do ask the prayers of the saints for the rest of my unsaved children. I love to read the TRUMPET. May God bless you all.
Dear Brethren in Christ: I do praise God’s holy name for his keeping and saving power. He has manifested his healing power in my family several times. My little grandson had his leg broke and the Lord healed him. Praise his holy name! Pray for me that I may always be found a faithful servant in my Master’s vineyard. Pray for my family that they may be saved and come out in this blessed evening light. Your saved sister in Christ.
Rising Sun, Ohio.
Dear Saints of the Living God: I feel to honor my blessed Savior in testifying to his wonderful saving power in my soul. The Lord wonderfully saves me from all sin just now, and sanctifies my nature with his own precious blood. I praise the Lord for the great peace in my soul just now. The Lord has done much for us at this place. Lately we had a most blessed meeting. Bro. Kilpatrick and Bro. Ellison were with us to preach the Word. The church was much strengthened, and souls saved. We have a good Sabbath school. I have the real go through in my soul for glory. Praise God for ever and ever! I will be faithful to my blessed Master. Pray for me. Your saved and sanctified brother,
GOD wants his church to make a great advancement on the line of sobriety. You know that God’s people must be holy, righteous, just, meek, gentle, temperate, etc., but have you given serious reflections to the fact that the people of God must be a sober people?
Let us see what the Word says, on this subject. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” — Titus 2:11, 12.
In this text we see that the grace of God itself teaches us to live soberly, as well as righteously and godly. When therefore any one shall find himself deficient in sobriety it must be attributed to a lack of grace. A great many of the Lord’s little ones are not as sober as they should be. It is not enough that we abstain from joking, but we must be perfectly free from every spirit of merriment that cannot be satisfied with the elements of God’s kingdom. God’s word sanctions merriment: but it says, “Is any merry? let him sing psalms,” Jas. 5:13. Many have a spirit of merriment that cannot be satisfied with the singing of psalms hymns, spiritual songs, or anything else that tends to glorify God; but leads to the speaking of little idle words that have no sensible meaning, because they sound smart, and draw out the applause of the hearers; the singing of worldly songs, etc. All these things are not of the Father, but of the world. Remember Jesus says, “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Mat. 12:30.
“Let us watch and be sober.” — 1 Thess. 5:6. “Let us who are of the day be sober.” — Verse 8. “Gird up the loins of your mind, he sober.” — 1 Pet. 1:13. “The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” — 1 Pet. 4:7.
These and many other like commandments show that God actually requires his people to be sober. “A bishop must be sober. — 1 Tim. 3:2. Titus 1:8. “Likewise must the deacons be grave,” which means sober. — 1 Tim. 3:8. “Even so must their wives be * * * sober.” — 1 Tim. 3:11. “That the aged men be sober.” — Titus 2:2. “The aged women likewise.” — Verse 3. “That they may teach the young women to be sober.” — Verse 4. “Young men likewise exhort to be sobermindod.” — Verse 6.
You see, dearly beloved, that God requires all his people, old and young, male and female, to be sober. Many make excuses for the young saints, saying. We can’t put old heads upon young shoulders;” “The young must have their harmless fun,” etc. True we cannot put old heads upon the young, and it is not necessary that we should: but they must have both hearts and heads made sober by the grace of God. Salvation is just the same in the old and the young.
God help us to follow the example of Paul in speaking the words of soberness. Acts 20:25. 2 Cor. 5:13. Especially let God’s ministers be examples of sober speaking, Titus 2:8; sober thinking. Rom. 12:3. Phil. 4:8, 9; and sober adornment. 1 Tim. 2:9.
But why are the people of God required to be sober? 1st. Because it is one of the conditions upon which eternal salvation may be received. “Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.” — 1 Tim. 2:15. If we ever expect to gain that eternal bliss at God’s right hand, let us remember that sobriety must accompany our holiness. 2d. Because worldly gayety destroys the spirit of true devotion, and thus weakens the power of the soul to resist the devil. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” — 1 Pet. 5:8.
Reader, have you ever been engaged in thought and word in worldly frivolity, then soon after enter the secret closet and endeavor to pray? Could you not realize that the spirit of true devotion had departed? You could not control your thoughts sufficient to get down into sweet meditation in God’s word. And if the devil should attack you at that season, he would likely overcome you. Oh! dear saints, be cleansed from every thing that is of a worldly nature. If your faith cannot grasp the true spirit of apostolic sobriety, it is because you are deficient in humility.