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brought to trial, and the crime be such as is expressly forbidden by the word of God, sufficient to exclude a person from the kingdom of grace and glory, let the minister or preacher who has the charge of the circuit, expel him. If the accused person evade a trial, by absenting himself, after sufficient notice given him, and the circumstances of the accusation be strong and presumptive, let him be esteemed as guilty, and be accordingly excluded. Witnesses from without, shall not be rejected.
2. But in cases of neglect of duties of any kind, imprudent conduct, indulging sinful tempers or words, or disobedience to the order and discipline of the church: First, let private reproof be given by a preacher or leader; and if there be an acknowledgment of the fault, and proper humiliation, the person may remain on trial. On a second offence, the preacher or leader may take one or two faithful friends. . On a third offence, let the case be brought before the society or a soleet num:
ber, and if there be no sign of real humiliation, the offender must be out off,
3. If a member of our church shall be clearly convicted of endeavouring to sow dissentions in any of our societies, by inveighing against either our doctrines or discipline, such person so offending, shall be first reproved by the senior minister or preacher of his circuit, and, if he afterwards persist in such pernicious practices, he shall be expelled the society.
4. Nevertheless, if in any of the above-mentioned cases the minister or preacher differ in judgment from the majority of the society, or the select nuinber, concerning the innocence or guilt of the accused person, the trial, in such case, may be referred by the minister or preacher, to the ensuing quarterly meeting.
5. If there be a murmur or complaint from any excluded person, in any of the above-mentioned instànces, that justice has not been done, he shall be allowed an appeal to the next quarterly meeting; except sueh
as absent themselves from trial, after sufficient notice is given them : and the majority of the ministers, travelling and local preachers,exhorters, stewards and leaders present, shall finally determine the case.
After such forms of trial and expulsion, such persons shall have no privileges of society. or of sacraments in our church, without contrition, confession, and proper trial. ,
SECTION VIII. of the Sale and Use of Spirituous
Liquors. Quest. What directions shall be given concerning the sale and use of spiritous liquors ?
Answ. If any member of our society retail or give spirituous liquors, and any thing disorderly be transacted under his roof on this account, the preacher who has the oversight of the circuit shall proceed against him as in the case of other immoralities; and the person accused shall be cleared, censured, suspended or excluded, aecording to his conduct, as on other charges of immorality.
"SACRAMENTAL SERVICES, &c.
SECTION 1. The Order for the Administration of
the Lord's Supper. The Elder shall say one or more of these
: sentences. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matth. v. 16.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal : but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth por rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. Matth. vi. 19, 20.
Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them; for this is the law and the prophets. Matth. vii, 12.
Not erery one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the king. dom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matth. vi. 21.
Zaccheus stood forth, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor : and if I have done any wrong to any man, I restore to him fourfold. Luke xix. 8.
He that soweth little, shall reap little : and he that soweth plenteously shall reap plenteously. Let evory man do according as he is disposed in his heart; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix. 6,7,
While we have time, let us do good unto all men, and especially unto them that are of the houshold of faith. Gal. vi. 10.
Godlines with contentment is great gain; for we bronght nothing into ihe world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1 Tim. vi. 6, 7.
Charge them who are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute, laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they inay attain eternal life. 1 Tim, vi. 17, 18, 19.
God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works and labour that procecdeth of love ; which love