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not, he hath no more place among us. We have delivered our own souls.
Slavery. | 36. We declare that we are as much as ever convinced of the great evil of Slavery. We believe that the buying, selling, or holding of human beings, to ·be used as chattels, is contrary to the laws of God and nature, and inconsistent with the Golden Rule, and with that rule in our Discipline which requires all who desire to continue among us to “do no iharm,” and to avoid evil of every
We therefore affectionately admonish all our preachers and people to keep themselves pure from this great evil, and to seek its extirpation by all lawful and Christian means.
Baptism. 1:37. Let every adult person, and the parents of every child to be baptizeil, have the choice either of immersion, sprinkling, or pouring.
T:38, We will on no account whatever
make a charge for administering baptism, or for burying the dead.
The Lord's Supper. 1 39. Let persons who have scruples concerning the receiving of the Lord's Supper kneeling, be permitted to receive it either standing or sitting.
T 40. No person shall be admitted to the Lord's Supper among us who is guilty of any practice for which we would exclude a member of our Church.
Rules Relating to Marriage. 41. Many of our members have married with unawakened persons. This has produced bad effects; they have been either hindered for life, or have turned back to perdition.
T 42. To discourage such marriages, 1. Let every Preacher publicly enforce the apostle's caution, ' Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” 2 Cor. vi, 14. 2. Let all be exborted to take no step in so weighty a
matter without advising with the more serious of their brethren.
T 43. In general a woman ought not to marry without the consent of her parents. Yet there may be exceptions. For if, 1. A woman believe it to be her duty to marry: if, 2. Her parents absolutely refuse to let her marry any Christian: then she may, nay, ought to marry without their consent. Yet even then a Methodist preacher ought not to be married to her,
944. We do not prohibit our people from marrying persons who are not of our Church, provided such persons have the form, and are seeking the power, of godliness; but we are determined to discourage their marrying persons who do not come up to this description.
Concerning Dress 45. We should by all means insist on the rules concerning dress. This is no time to encourage superfluity in dress. Therefore, let all our people be exhorted to conform to the spirit of the apostolic precept, not to adorn themselves "with gold, or pearls, or costly array,” 1 Tim. ii, 9.
PART 1.- CHAPTER II.
THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE CHURCH.
Receiving Members into the Church 1 46. In order to prevent improper per. Bons from insinuating themselves into the Church,
$ 1. Let no one be received into the Church until such person has been at least sis montlıs on trial, and has been recommended by the Leaders and Stewards' Meeting, or where no such meeting is held, by the Leader, and has been baptized; and shall, on examination by the Minister in Charge before the Church, give satisfactory assurances both of the correctness of his faith and of his willingness to observe and keep the rules of the Churchi.* Never theless, if a member in good standing in any other ortlıodox Church shall desire
* Persons baptized in infancy must publicly aaseut, before the Church, to the Baptismal Covenant. The re-baptism of persons known o have been previously baptized is inconsistent with the nature and design of baptism as Ket forth in the New Testament.
to unite with us, such applicant may, by giving satisfactory answers to the usual inquiries, be received at once into full fellowship.
§ 2. Let none be admitted on trial ex. cept they are well recommended by one you know, or until they have met twice or thrice class.
$ 3. Read the Rules to them the first time they meet.
147. That we may be more exact in receiving and excluding members, the Preacher in Charge shall, at every Quarterly Meeting, read the names of those that are received into the Church, and also of those that are excluded therefrom.
The Relation of Baptized Children to the
Church 148. We hold that all children, by vir. tuc of the unconditional benefits of the atonement, are members of the kingdom of God, and, therefore, graciously entitled to baptism; but as infant baptism contemplates a course of religious instruction and discipline, it is expected of all parents or guardians who present their