Christians?” I fcrijeve the proposition is true, for the fOlloWffg reasons: 1. Th#e is no waMnt for the exercise of such power in the oracles of God; and *j therefore, as Dr. Wylie says, the exercise of such power is “ usurpation.” 2. AU the Scripture testimony produc ed in my foregoing articles abundantly shows that the primitive church was based upon a diflerapt foundation; therefore the exercise of OTch power is implicitly pro hibited in the sacred oracles. 3. If the right be admitted, we must say either that it is possessed by one or ganized body; and none others are to ex % ercise it afterwards; or that all such organ izations have equal authority. If the for mer be true, then it foU#ws, that the Church of Rome, havingi^rst exercised this pow^Pholds it exclusively in her own hands, and are all bound to submit to her jurisdiction; but if the latter be the po sition assumed, then the Calvinistic creed, the Arminian creed, and all other conflict ing creeds hype equal force; and it fol lows, that the Divine Head of the church sanctions the authoritative establishment o('all kinds of doctrinal contradictions. 4. PS e assumption supposes that hup man authority can prescribe the conditions of salvation; or in Other words, that out of the sectarian church there is no salvation: for it will be admitted, that no church has authority to expel members for any thing else^than for such offences as would be sufficient to exclude them from the king dom of grace and glory; therefore if she may expel them for dissenting from par ticular articles of liter creed, in virtue of its having been established by her General Councils, it follows thatlaid Councils had authority to prescribe the terms on which human saltation shall depend. Thus, one church would have authority to damn a. man for tiling a Calvinist, and another would have equal authority to damn him j for being an Arminian^J^rhe poor soul must be beat to every point of the eom pass, it seems: and let him go wherever he may, hra meets a power which can ex ppl him from hea,vpPfor Jppheresy: H®* must he condemned, therefor#, no matter what opinions he may adopt.,. This eon elusion can only bewvaded by saying, that such expulsion is only expulsion from a sect, and that the expelled person remains in the church of Christ, as a true disciple, „ ,. * ^ the same as he was before, If this be ad mitted , it will prove most clearly, that the sects have no cmiirtilh authority, and that men may be true members of the church of Christ, independently of them aft. For the illustration of this matter, we* will state a case; In the periodical entitled “ The True Wesleyan,” which is the or gan of a new sect, who call themselves “ Wesleyan Methodists,” a plan of church government has been published, in which they propose to takfe out of their creed two or three articles of the old Church from which they seceded* and to add two or three other articles. TfcHteiaw of the Old Church is as follows: “ Wfhat shall be done with those minister! or preachers, *who hold and disseminate publicly or pri gfately, doctrines which are contrary to our >articles of religion! Ans. Let die same process be observed as in cases of gross * immorality.” Book of Discipline, p. 64. gNow if to disseminate publicly or private HPjr doctrines contrary tp these articles, be a crime that stands on a par with “ gross ^immorality,” it will equally expose per sons to the loss oi their souls; ana oi course the seceding brethren, if they did not deserve expulsion before, are adjudged now to deserve if, as much as they would jp>r “ gross immorality.” Yet it is assum es}, that they themselves have equal au thority to cast the articles lUvay, as use less lumber, that their fathers had to guard them by, such a penalty! And this exer cise of conflicting authority, it would seem, is all Metfiodisfti—pure Wesleyan Me thodism! One branch of the Church of Christ—one order of Methodists—have authority to damn men for the very same thing, for which another order have equal authority to bless and to save them! Al mighty God is not the author of such sec tarian contradictions, Will the Wesleyan Methodists guard their new modeled d&ed with a like | penalty to that which stands in the statute book of their Mother Church? If they will, let us pray tliat they may be the last creed-making power that shall ev er assemble to the end of the world,—and let all the people say, Amen. Here the question will present itself. Must w€ henceforth labor with entiling zeal, to break down all the sects! Just the contrary: this Js exactly the process that lias been going on for hundreds of 'y«&s, by the great mother and mistress of

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