14 Separation or Continuity, Which?.
THE HISTORY OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
| HE Methodist Episcopal Church from the very begin-
■* ning demonstrated to the world that its principles
■were as broad as Christendom itself, and has come through
storms to maintain them. Bishop Foster's book is without a
doubt, out of accord with the very wisdom and spirit of the
church. Yea, contrary to its principles, out of harmony with a
century of history.
It is conceded by all who know anything about American
Methodism, that the Methodist Episcopal Church is without a
superior in its means and measures, to accomplish the great end,
of the highest good to all men for whom Christ died.
Its gigantic means and well-nigh infinite measures have been
the admiration of all good people. One of the measures which
makes this church prominent among all other churches is that
which has enabled her to successfully prophesy before many
people and nations the rights of all men. She has invited into
■fellowship all the sons and daughters of Adam and has
preached to them the glorious Gospel of the Son of God, without
regard to race, color, previous condition or servitude. She has
claimed that every man in her is equal, be he rich or poor,
white or black. Her motto has been, " Men to the front
regardless of color.'' The general principles which should
.guide Christians in their relations to each other as individuals are