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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
  14           STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.
        
in relation to christian temperance?  Who has led the van and who is
now leading the van of christian education?  Is it not, now,  the
friend of prison reform and  the unrelenting foe of social  evils?
What has it done towards the organization of our young people and
the utilization of the inactive forces of the church? We will let the
Epworth League and the Society of Christian Endeavor answer.  Who
furnishes the leaders of the Womens Christian Temperance Union?
Their names may be found on the Methodist class-book, and were
almost on a General Conference roll.  What preachers were they who
furnished a gospel that saved the Master in Columbia and the Slave
on the Santee?  What church was it that licensed the Master to
preach and the Slave to exhort and sent one to the great-house and
the other to break the bread of life in the cabin?
     Methodism is superior to all other denominations in giving the
colored  man  an opportunity  of exercising  his  gifts,  graces  and
usefulness.
    It was the first to baptize  him  and  receive him  into christian
fellowship on equal terms and conditions with others--Nov. 30, 1858.
    It was the first to make him a leader of his fellows aud a co-ordi-
nate shepherd of a flock of Christ.
    It was the first to recognize his divine call to be a teacher and a
preacher in the church of God and to give him license to teach and
to preach.
     It was first to ordain him to the holy office a christian minister
and gave him authority to marry his brothers and  his sisters  and to
bury the dead of his race.
     Richard Allen was ordained by Bishop Asbury, 1799.
     African Methodism was the first to elect and ordain a man Gen-
eral Superintendent of the church of God, or Bishop.
     Richard Allen was ordained the first Negro Bishop in America,
by the A. M. E. Church, April 11, 1816, at Philadelphia, Penn.
    The M. E. Church was the first to start a Sunday School for
colored children; 1790, in Charleston, S. C., by Bishop Asbury.
    The M. E. Church was the first to start a Mission to the slaves
on the plantations, in South Carolina, in 1827.




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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