Excerpt from The Ecclesiastical Principles and Polity of the Wesleyan Methodists: Comprising a Full and Impartial Account of All Their Ordinances, Institutions, Laws, Regulations, and General Economy, Carefully Compiled and Classified From Mr. Wesley's Journals, the Minutes of Conference, and Other Valuable, Scarce, and Authentic Recor When the laws are numerous and stringent, and when the code has not been promulgated entire and at once, but has grown up slowly, and been subjected to many additions, alterations, and emendations, the difficulty of becoming acquainted therewith is grievously augmented, and the liability of offending against its statutes, becomes so easy as to afford a ready solution to that mystery of expulsion from the pasture grounds of Methodism, which has of late years so fearfully obtained: so that, if law and order be of any importance at all, it becomes a matter of the greatest moment, that the means of instruction should be supplied by which not only the laity, but also the officers and ministers, may fully instruct themselves in the strict letter of the code by which they govern, and by the principles of which they consent to be governed. In these pages the Author has endeavoured to digest, under their proper heads, all the numerous laws and regulations which, from the earliest period to the present time, have been put forth by the Conference; at the same time placing before his readers every interesting particular of an historical and legal nature, found in the recognized authorities of Methodism, so far as relates to its ecclesiastical polity and general economy. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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