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Extract from the Minutes of 1825.
Extract from the Christian Adrocate. “The Conference do unanimously protest against «The Conference of 1825 had by special minute, an opinion which has on this occasion been insinua. unanimously protested against the opinion that ted in certain quarters, viz. that the system of dis the system of discipline peculiar to Wesleyan cipline peculiar to Wesleyan Methodism directs or Methodism directs or requires an official interrequires an official interference on the part of its ference on the part of its Ministers and Pastors, Ministers and Pastors, in such cases as that which IN REFERENCE TO THE CONDUCT OF INDIVIDUAL led to the recent proceedings at York. The Con- MINISTERS IN THEIR CIVIL CAPACITY. The Conference, on the contrary, solemnly declares that ference, on the contrary, solemnly declares that Mr. Thomas Hill, through the whole of this busi Mr. * * * *, through the whole of this business, ness, has acted on his own individual responsi- has acted on his own individual responsibility, and bility, and had no sanction whatever from the had no sanction or authority whatever from the religious Society to which he belongs, or from religious Society to which he belongs, or from the the rules and usages by which that Society is LAWS and usages by which that Society is governgoverned."
ed.' This is common sense, and this was Wesleyan law and usage until the year 1834, when it was argued that a Wesleyan Minister could do nothing as a man, and on his own individual responsibility
as a citizen, but that," &c. It will be observed that the words italicized in the preceding extract from the Minutes are omitted in the professed quotation of the passage by the Advocate ; and the words which we have given in capitals in the second column, are not in the Minutes, but are foisted in by the Advocate, to give the passage a different sense, and to make it appear that the Conference of 1825 had renounced all control over its Preachers, in reference to their conduct as individuals in their civil capacity. With equal hardihood, it asserts that the Conference of 1834 assumed the entire control over individual Preachers in their civil capacity, as the following comparative view will show. Extract from the Minutes of 1834, p. 104, 105.
Extracts from the Christian Advocate. “That the first decision of the District meeting * * "Until the year 1834, when it was argued (Article 7)—which, without requiring from Mr. that a Wesleyan Minister could do nothing as a Stephens any unreasonable sacrifice of the right of man, and on his own individual responsibility private judgment, or any public renunciation of as a citizen, but that all his opinions, persuahis peculiar opinions, ONLY demanded his resigna- sions, and conscientious convictions, belonged to tion of the office of Secretary to the Church sepa the Conference; which had power to exercise suration Society, and his entire abstinence, until the preme dominion over the understanding, and social direction of the Conference could be obtained, from influence of its members. It was DECREED that all-overt acts of hostility against the Religious Es the political question of the union between Church tablishment of our country has the approbation of and State was a doctrine of the Body; as much so the Conference.
· as JUSTIFICATION BY FATH, and the WITNESS “The Conference now requires from Mr. Ste- OF THE SPIRIT." phens a distinct pledge, NOT IN REFERENCE TO “All freedom of thought and action, in political ANY PECULIARITIES OF PRIVATE OPINION, but of matters, was notoriously annihilated by the Con. his readiness to meet, as a Wesleyan Methodist ference of 1834"! Minister, the wishes of his brethren, and to consult the peace and good order of the Connexion by strictly refraining from all future proceedings, similar in character and spirit to those which have been so justly offensive in the past year, and to devote himself wholly to his proper work and calling; and on giving this pledge, Mr. Stephens shall be restored to his place in our Body."
And thus it is that the Association and its agents endeavour to persuade the igno. rant, that Methodism as it is, is not Methodism as it was. . .
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