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Resolved, That the editing of the Discipline shall be a part of the official duties of the Book Editor, who may secure such help as he may require. --Journal, 1916.
EDITOR EX OFFICIO
Copyright, 1916, by
To the Members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN : It is our privilege and duty to recommend to you this volume, which contains the DOCTRINES and DISCIPLINE of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which we believe are agreeable to the Word of God. Although the Word of God is the only sufficient rule of faith and practice, the Church, in the liberty given to it by the Lord, and following the example of other churches, ancient and modern, has modified its Discipline from time to time in order more fully to secure the end for which it was founded.
We believe that God's design in raising up the Methodist Episcopal Church in America was to aid in evangelizing the continent and “to spread scriptural holiness over these lands." Evidently God's blessing has been with us, and we have seen an extraordinary work extending throughout all the United States and Territories and throughout the British possessions in North America ; also the planting of successful Missions in South