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The Editors are not unaware of their responsibility, seriously augmented by the circumstances of the times. But their course is marked out by a light above the brightness of the sun. The teaching of the New Testament in regard to the Pastoral Office, they can never consent to suppress; nor will they ungratefully ignore the benefits conferred on the Methodist people by their long-tried and scriptural discipline. Those who have latterly assailed the cause of Christ, as it has been long established among us, are doubtless aware of the weakness of their position : hence their lamentable modes of warfare. Argument we are willing to meet: angry declamation shall not call us out. We desire the consolations of peace ; but we cannot betray truth and conscience. “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
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