An Appeal to the Methodist Episcopal Church Volume 3
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...as president, has no right to refuse to do the proper duties of the chair; and the proper duties of the chair extend to all proper conference business; and all business, which is not contrary to the Discipline, and which is in accordance with the genius of lIethodism, is proper conference business. Bishop Hedding has defined proper conference business to be, " such business as is specified in the Discipline, either by express provision, implication, or inference;" and in such matters he said he was under obligation to put all questions to the vote. It is true, the doctrine of conference rights must be understood with some restrictions and limitations. An annual conference has no right to travel out of its proper sphere. This is admitted on all hands. The question in dispute is, what is its proper sphere! Here we must refer to the charter. W'hatever is prohibited there, should of course be avoided; and whatever is enjoined there, should be attended to. And if any matters are left optional with the Conference, it is for the Conference, not the bishop, to say, whether they shall be attended to or not. Now, what are the facts in the case'! I answer: The Discipline nowhere says, "thus far shalt thou go and no farther." There are several items of business laid down, in answer to the question, "What is the method wherein we usually proceed in the yearly conferences'! " But nothing is laid down in'the positive form; but admitting this were the fact, there is no intimation given, that the Conference may not as properly attend to any other business as to those items. Indeed, the business of the conferences is seldom, if ever done in the order there brought to view. It is well known that various items...
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