J 6 Separation or Continuity, Which?
all rights and privileges, then she must die. If our church
changes, then she cannot live—she will not deserve to live. Her
foundation principles for more than a century have been the
brotherhood of man. If the present constituency of the church will
not submit to the domination of our fathers' position and they re¬
fuse to live in the spirit of the creed, then the Methodist Episcopal
Church of to-day is already doomed.
We are confident she will be wise enough to escape such
The fathers of the Methodist Episcopal Church, if they were
alive, who fought so heroically for universal brotherhood, regard¬
less of color, would be astonished while reading certain portions
of the Bishop's book.
We say again, that if ever the Methodist Episcopal Church
recedes from her ancient faith anct sacrifices at the shrine of
prejudice, the Christian world will cease to hold her in high
esteem. The church, if she expects to be endorsed by God in
the future, must continue to wave one banner and cry
aloud, "Ho! every one that thirsteth come!" Three-fourths of
the Christian world are against race Christianity. If our church
desires to become the forerunner in this matter among the great
denominations that are composed of all races, it is with the
church to decide whether it will be the best thing to do. She
cannot deny the forgoing declarations without being regarded by
the world as a backslidden church or a church fallen from grace.
Each and every branch of the Christian Church should
oppose bitterly everything that is agitated with the end of
separating or dividing the Church of God. The progress of the
Kingdom of Christ in the world has already been hindered too
much on account of multiplied' denominations. It is not
division we need to hasten the glorious consummation of our