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as black as that of my good friend, President J. C. Price, of
Livingstone College. Where the Almighty God and Father of
us all does not draw the color line, it seems to me that neither
the Methodist nor any other Christian Church should attempt
to do it. Theodore L. Cuyler.
The visible church is designed by its Divine Head as a
nursery for the Church of the redeemed in heaven, and should,
therefore, be governed by the spirit which reigns in that higher
fellowship. Will the color line be drawn there ? Will those of
different races be confined each in his own suite of apartments in
the Father's house ? If so, they should worship apart in this
-world. But, if there are to be no division walls in the Celestial
City, such walls should not separate pilgrims on their way
thither. A. P. Peabody.
I hold that no one has a right to invite any class of people,
•white or colored, into a church and then withhold from them
any honors to which their ability and character might entitle
them. There are a quarter of i< million colored men in the
Methodist Episcopal Church. There is no difficulty, I suppose,
about their being made preachers or presiding elders, and I do
not believe there would be any difficulty about their being made
bishops. There certainly ought not to be. Nevertheless, it
would be an outrage to refuse them any honorable position on
account of their color, and I do not believe that the Methodist
Episcopal Church would be guilty of such an error and blunder.
As to the wisdom of the colored members withdrawing from the
Methodist Episcopal Church because they have not yet had any
bishops elected from their number, that appears to me utterly
unwise. In the Methodist Episcopal Church they have equal
rights; they stand side by side with their white brethren ; they