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as they who must give an account. We will admonish him of the error of his ways. We will bear with him for a
But if then he repent not, he hath no more place among us.
We have delivered our own souls. 35. NOTE: The General Rules are to be understood as forbidding neglect of duties of any kind, imprudent conduct, indulging in sinful tempers or words, the buying, selling or using intoxicating liquors as a beverage, dancing, playing at games of chance, encouraging lotteries, attending theatres, horse-races, circuses, dancing parties, patronizing dancingschools, taking such other amusements as are obviously of a misleading or questionable moral tendency, and all acts of disobedience to the Order and Discipline of the Church,
Baptism. 36. The proper subjects for baptism are infants, and believing adults who have not been baptized in infancy.
37. The mode of baptism is by sprinkling or pouring; but should any candidates for baptism prefer another mode, the officiating minister may comply with their request. Wherever practicable let the ordinance be administered in the public congregation. Let the minister, when receiving persons on trial for membership, particularly inquire whether they have been baptized, and if not, let that rite be administered as soon as practicable
The Lord's Surper. 38. Let those persons that do not desire to receive the Lord's Supper kneeling receive it either sitting or standing.
39. Let no person who is not a member of our Church be habitually admitted to the Lord's Supper without examination, and some token given by the minister.
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.
In the public administration of the Lord's Supper nonalcoholic wines shall be used wherever possible.
On Marriage. 41. Members of our Church sometimes marry with careless, unawakened persons. This has produced bad effects; they have either been hindered for life, or have turned back to perdition. To discourage this practice let every minister enforce the Apostle's caution,—“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (2 Cor. vi. 14); and let them exhort all to take no step in so weighty a matter without earnest prayer to God and consultation with judicious Christian friends.
42. 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.
43. In general, no young woman should marry without the consent, much less without the knowledge, of her parents or natural guardians. Nevertheless, there may be exceptional cases, as when they refuse to allow her to marry at all; or when they refuse to allow her to marry any Christian. But even in such cases she should seriously consult with those competent to give godly counsel.
44 While the New Testament gives no specific directions in regard to dress, yet its spirit is manifestly against the use of costly or gaudy apparel, and the wearing of needless ornaments; therefore, let all our ministers discourage in the Church whatever, in this respect, is contrary to Christian simplicity; and in order to do this, let them read the thoughts upon dress at least once a year, in every society where such counsels seem to be needed.
OF THE MINISTRY.
Of the examination of those who think they are moved by
the Holy Ghost to preach. 45. In order that we may try those who profess to be moved by the Holy Ghost to preach, let the following questions be asked, namely :-
1. Do they know God as a pardoning God? Have they the love of God abiding in them! Do they desire nothing but God ? And are they holy in all manner of conver. sation ?
2. Have they gifts as well as grace for the work ? Have they a clear, sound understanding; a right judgment in the things of God; a just conception of salvation by faith? And has God given them an acceptable way of speaking ? Do they speak justly, readily, clearly?
3. Have they fruit? Are any truly convinced of sin, and converted to God by their preaching ?
46. As long as these three marks concur in any one, we believe he is called of God to preach. These we receive as sufficient proof that he is moved by the Holy Ghost.
47. With the consent of the Local Preachers' Meeting or of the Quarterly Official Board, the Superintendent of the Circuit may license such persons to exhort. After sufficient proof of their gifts and usefulness they may be further received as Local Preachers on trial, and on expira
tion of three months' trial, should their examination by the Local Preachers' Meeting, or Quarterly Official Board, be satisfactory, they shall receive license as Local Preachers.
Of Rules of Conduct for a Minister or Probationer for
the Ministry. 48. Rule 1. Be diligent. Never be unemployed; never be triflingly employed ; never trifle away time, neither spend any more time at any place than is strictly necessary.
49. Rule 2. Be serious. Let your motto be “ Holiness to the Lord.” Avoid all lightness, jesting, and foolish talking.
50. Rule 3. Converse sparingly, and conduct yourselves prudently, with women. (1 Tim. v. 2.)
51. Rule 4. Take no steps towards marriage without first consulting with your brethren.
52. Rule 5. Believe evil of no one without good evidence; unless you see it done, take heed how you credit it. Put the best construction on everything. You know the judge is always supposed to be on the prisoner's side.
53. Rule 6. Speak evil of no one; because your word, especially, would eat as doth a canker. Keep your thoughts within your own breast till you come to the person concerned.
54. Rule 7. Tell every one under your care what you think wrong in his conduct and temper, and that lovingly