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XX. Of the one Oblation of Christ,
finished upon the Cross. The offering of Christ once made, is that perfect redei:ption, propitiation, and satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual: and there is none other satis
action for sin but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifice of masses in the which it is commonly said that the priest doth offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, is a blasphemous fable, and dangerous deceit. XXI. Of the Marriage of Ministers.
The ministers of Christ are pot commanded by God's law cither to vow the estate of single life, or to abstain from marriage; therefore it is lawful for them, as for all other christians, to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge the same to serve best to godliness. XXII. Of the Rites and Ceremonies
of Churches. It is not necessary that rites and
ceremonies should in all places be the same, or exactly alike: for they have been always different, and may be changed according to the diversi. ty of countries, times, and men's manners, so that nothing be ordained against God's word. Whosoever, through his private judgment, wil. lingly and purposely doth openly break the rites and ceremonies of the church to which he belongs, which are not repugnant to the word of God, and are ordained and approvcd by common authority, ought to be rebuked openly, that others may fear to do the like, as one that offendeth against the common order of the Church, and woundeth the consciences of weak brethren.
Every particular Church may ordain, change, or abolish rites and ceremonies, so that all things may be done to edification.
XXIII. Of the Rulers of the United
States of America. The President, the Congress, the General Assemblies, the Governor's, and the Councils of State, as the Delegates of the People, are the Rulers of the United States of America, according to the division of power made to them by the Constitution of the United States, and by the Constitutions of their respectivo States. And the said States are a Suvereign and Independent Nation, and ought not to be subject to any foreign jurisdiction.
XXIV. Of Christian Jen's Goods.
The riches and goods of christians are not common as touching the right, title, and possession of the sanie, as some do falsely boast. Notwithstanding, every man ought, of such things as he possesseth, liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his ability. XXV. Of a Christian Man's Oath.
As we confess that vain and rash swearing is forbidden christiau nen by our Lord Jesus Christ and James his apostle; so we judge that tho christian religion doth not prohibit, but that a man may swear when the
magistrate requireth, in a cause of faith and cbarity, so it be done according to the prophet's teaching, in justice, judgment, and truth.
SECTION III, Of the General and Yearly Confer.
ences, It is desired that all things be considered on these occasions, as in the immediate presence of Goil: That every person speak freely whatever is in his heart.
Quest. 1. How may we best improve our time at the conferences ?
Answ. 1. While we are convers. ing, let us have an especial care to set God always before us.
2. In the intermediate hours, let us redeem all the time we can for private exercises.
3. Therein let us give ourselves to prayer for one another, and for a blessing on our labour.
Of the General Conference. Quest. 1. Who shall compose the Geocral Conference, and what are
the regulations and powers belonging to it?
Ansio. 1. The General Conference shall be composed of one member for every five members of each Annual Conference, to be appointed either by seniority or choice, at the discretion of such annual conference: Yet so that such representatives shall have travelled at least four full callender years from the time that they were received on trial by an annual conference, and are in full connection at the time of holdingthe conference.
2. The General Conference sball meet on the first day of May, in the year of our Lord 1812, in the city of New-York, and thenceforward on the first day of May once in four years perpetually, in such place or places as shall be fixed on by the General Conference from time to time: But the general Saperintend. ants, with or by the advice of all the anpual conferences, orif there be no general Superintendant, all the annual conferences respectively shall have power to cal a General Con