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Full text of "Minutes of Annual Meeting, 1841"

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e U'ic '.'CI', uut.'iulkbcit 3 £ iti'n f)ci' 
unter uns g$raud;lict) unit, vcr; 
fammetten ficb. tic alrcn ©ruber 
nud) bicfed 3abr roiebev t<en Oft 
unb 2Befr, rem Subcn unb -Nor* 
ben, in idljrtidw SStfaimrttuflg* unb jtvar 
bep ©rtfer Sffiillnmi SOcfller in Werner* 
fet (Seugtnr tyennfnfoania, mo om 28. 
unb 29gf?en9Jla» 3<. £>. 1841. fclgenbt 
•jJunftc uorgelegt, unb in ernfttidje Sra'di 
guitg gfRommen rcorben finb : 

1. 06 es redit unb erfaubt wart nap) 
htm foangetio ftfbSDcitgtieber, 2otterie*B*t* 

re! tufciyfen? ' . , 

Stngefetjenr ba§ atSdne «rt sen epic! 
urn ©eifinn, n>o6eij anberc notbroenbig 
ferlteren miiffen* es u nr c d) t unb gdnjlict) 
uncrlaubt fen fur eineu ©ruber. 

2. Ob bie ©ruber bft#$uj}iMi&«n fl« 
nan nadi beni Gtytngetiuiti i^v.x 1 

SCngefebsn, naeb, fanner Unterttbung unb 
lleberlegiing, bafj bas ftufroafdien, tvie eS 
bis bieb> ben ten ©rubern gcubt njorben 
i<l, bem aBevt gemaf, feu* unb bafj bie lie* 
bungj fo weit itnr bis ji|t baben Icrncn fen* 
nen," tuf feine Xkife »abef[crt voerben ton? 

3. Ob bie ©ruber em 9icd;t baben, 
ftreunbe, bie nidrt 9Ritgtieb« finb, mit uns 
sum ?Cbenbmal)l bes£Srrn nieberuijni \\ 
laffen, vrenw 9iaum ba iff ? 

Mngefcben, baf„ intern roir ben recbten 
linterfd)ieb madien pifeben bem Slbeni* 
niabt unb ber ©cmeinfdwft tes Seibes unb 
©lutes ^Sfu 6l)#i, man ntcbte einju* 
voentcn baben f ennte, ftmmbe jum Slbepb* 
maid mmtaffen, roenrt 9iaum rorbanben i|r. 

4. Ob es fdiicflid) fet; fur Sebrer, beubeS 
beutfd? unb englifd) ju reben in SBerfftmm* 
lungen, roenn nur einige roemge englifcbc 
9)lM$ri«bcr, unb bie 9)vehrbeit ber (Semens 
be beutfd) finb? 

Sfrwefeben, bag es red)t unb unfrewicbr 

1 ifr, bas eoangelium jit nerfiinbigen alien 

SMfern fo »W roir eermoaen, bod) fo, baf; 

. in folcbem $att nid)t ju mete 3eit mit bem 

engrtfdxn aufgenommen roerben fottte. 

5. 06 ein ©ruber ubereinftimmenb mit 
bem e»angetium bie SBobltbat bes ©efe* 
fees fur unixrmogenbe ©djutbner in %m 
fprud) nebmen bitrfe ? 

9(ngefet)en, baf; es $d!(e gebm mag, ino 
bie SBerroicftung in Scbutbeii unb bie %oU 
gen bacon fcineSroegg bem eeangetium ge* 
m&% finb, unb roo bie ©emcinbe fotdje nictjf 
uls ©ruber batten {ennte, — unb baf, es 




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from time immemorial, 
old Brethren iissembleal.heni- 
selves this year again from 
Ea«t As West, & from NortH 
andiSonth in yearly meeting 
With Brother William Miller in Somek- 
BSt count) , Pennsylvania, where on the 
.'Hili of May A. D. 1841. the fol- 
:ts v, ere presented, and taken 
into serious consideration : 

1. Whether it would be right and al- 
io according to the Gospel for mem- 
■ buy lotter; -tickets ? 

Considered, that as a species of gamb- 
ling for gain's sake, whereby others must 
necessarily lose, it is wrong and not al- 
lowable at ail for a brother. 

2. Whether the Brethren practise feet- 
washing strictly according to the Gospel !- 

Considered, after much conversation <fc 

reflection, that feetwashing as practised 
hitherto by the Brethren is accordi 
the word, and that the mode, as far as ho 
could learn until now. could in no wise 
oved. 



3. Whether the Brethren have aright 
to admit friends, who arc not members, 
to sit down with us at the Lord's supper, 

e is room ! 
Considered, that, making a proper 
tinctton betv, een the supperand the cran- 
mimiiJn of the body and blood of Jesus. 
Christ, there could be no objection to 
admit friends to the supper, when there 
is room. 

4. Whether it is proper fur teachers 
to speak both german and english in mee- 
tings, when there are only a few english 
members, the majority of the church be- 
ing german ? 

Considered, that it is right and ourdib 
ty, to preach the Go3pel to every nation 
as far as we are able, yet so. that insuch 
a case not too much time ought to be ta- 
ken up in english. 

5. Whether a brother, consistently 
with the Gospel, can take the ben- 

the law for insolvent debtors? 

Considered, that there may be cases. 
where the invoiviug at first and the con- 
sequences thereupon are not at all com- 
patible with the Gospel, and where thti 
church could, not hold such as brethren, 



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gdile ge6cn mag, wc ein SBrubcr burd) Uns 
gliicf in fotd)e llmfrdnbe fcmmeit fnnn, 
unb reerni cr aufriditig rodte in feincr Gr* 
r'ldrung, fo mod)te felbft ber Sfnfprud) fur 
bie 2BoljttI;af. bes @efe§eS ;u entfdjulbigtn 
fenn. 3n alien fo(d)M fallen bat inbeffen 
bie ©emeinbe bie ©adje ju untcrfucben/ unb 
nadj SSefinben ju urtheilen, unb roenn bie 
©emeinbe feine Durd)fid)t hat, rote in ans 
bem fatten 2£e!tefre »en anbevn ©emeins 
ben ju ipiilfe ju rufen. 

6. 06 0Rita,Ueb« ocr ben Stall) ber ®;t 
meinbe ge6rad)t unb geridjtet roerben fens 
net: fiir ein 23erond)en, auf ausmdrttges 
3eugni§ aflein? 

%na.tftl)tn, baf, reenn ein ©erucftt (@es 
fdjren) w'oanben iff, b.ijj ein "-Sruber uncrs 
bcnt(id) roanbbjj obet ein QScrbredjen began* 
<\cn {jtAtt d tie ^fiid)t iji bee ©emeinbe, 
alid)e 33ruber an ben Ovt ju fenben, n>o 
bflji ©erud)t feinen Urfprung genemmen 
hat, itm bie 2ad)e ju unterfud)en. -23cnn 
nid;ts gefunben wirb, bast bee 95efd)ulbig* 
unti ©runb gibt, unb bai> SOtttglieb leugnet 
fDkl)e nacfy einer gtnauen llnterfud)ung, fo 
fonnte man rueiter nidjtu titun. gctlte ins 
beffen einiget 2Serbad)t in ben SONtgliebem 
«roecft roerben burd? bag allgemeinc 33es 
traaen be« Qiefcbulbigteii, fo mag bie @cs 
meinbe foldhem SQJirglieD ratben, nid)t jum 
£ffd) bes.fpSrrn btnmjunahen, bis bie @a* 
die aufgefiart ifi jum "Sergnugen ber @vs 
meinbe. Sf&er ein ?Jcitglieb gdnjfid) d'usjus 
fdydejjcn auf ausrodrtiges Seugnife allcm, 
fcurbe nid)t fur rccrjt unb billig angefeben 
nad) txm (£t>angclium. 
*7. Ob es DJtitgliebet'n erlaubt roerben 
mag, -^atentsiKedito ;u criangen unb juoers 
i'aufen fttrihre eigene (Jrfinbungen ? 

'.'Ingefehcn, baf; es nid)t ratbfarn ifr fur 
SlJlitglieber, patent * Dtedire aufjunetymen 
unb ju wrfaufen. 

8. Ob ein Seller bas Kedrt hat, bai 
93rob ber ©emcinfdr/aft «i 6red>en einer 
fVanf en ^Serfon, bie nidjt Sftittjlieb ber ©es 
,meinbe iff ? 

2Cngefe!)en, baft ein Secret feine Soils 
mad)t bat in .6em Gyana/:iium, fo!d)e$ ( ui 
t;;un, fonbern ban cr eine foKbe ecele auf 
tr,? Sr6armen ©Ortes in Cijrifro JSfUf.u. 
auf bie ijebingungen unb SSer(;eiffungert 
tieS Sjiangelium'g meifen follte. 

9. Ob ein Ciener ('Jjcfud.'bruber) 3 c «g s 
nig geben mag ju bemy n»ao ein Setyrerges 
rebet l^at, rodljrenb ein obejt meljrerc Seljrer 
gegcnrodvtig finb, bie md)t geretcr beben, 

, ilni jitmiXtbcn ann'erbern'.' 



— and that tSiere may be cases, where T- 
brotlier by misfortune may be brought to 
such extremity, and if he were honest in 
his declaration, his application for the 
benefit of the law mig;!it even be excusa- 
ble ; In all such cases however the church 
lias to investigate the matter, and judge ^* 
accordingly, and if the church is at a 
loss, to call in; as in other cases, the as- . 
sistaoce of elders from other churches. ' 

6. Whether members may be brought , 
before the council of the church, and be 
judged for a crime, only on testimony 
fiom without, i. e. from persons, that are . 
not members of the church . ;? 

Considered, that when there is some 
report abroad of a brother walking disor- 
derly, or having committed a crime, it is 
the duty bf the church, to send somebre- ' 
thren to the place, where the report has 
originated, to investigate the matter If 
nothing be found establishing the charge, 
and the member denying the same after 
a close examination, nothing more can 
be done. If there should however some 
suspicion be created in the members by 
the general conduct of the accused, thj 
church may advise such a member not lo 
approach the Lord's table, until the mat- 
ter is cleared up to the satisfaction of the 
church. But to disown entirely a mem- 
ber on testimony only from without, was 
not considered right and just according- 
to the Gospel. 



7. Whether members may be permit- 
ted to obtain and sell patent-rights for 
their own inventions! 

Considered, that it is not adviscable 
for members to take out and sell patent- 
rights. 

P. Whether a teacher has a right to 
break the bread of communion to a sick 
person, that is not a member of the 
church ■ 

Considered, tha.ta teacherhas not any 
authority in the Gospel to do so, but that 
he should direct such a soul to the mercy 
of God in Christ Jesus, and to the terms 
and promises of the Gospel. 



& Whether a deacon (visiting brother) 
may give testimony to what a teacher has 
said, while there is one or more teachers 
present, that have not spoken, ;u: 
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5(.ngcfeben, bag cr incite, roenn ba;u 
mtfgeforbert. 

10. £56 eirt 5Racbfelger 3£fu poiirifd)eit 
SSerfammtungen 6et>roobnen biirfe? l 

Stngefebm, bag ea gar nid)t gejiemenb 
* «fi fur Srtiber, bic ber SS3eIt abgefagt ba* 
ben. ' 

11. 06 el cinem Siitglieb bcr Slni/t 
G> 1) r i ft i anfrdnbig fee, al8 ©efdmorner 
(3ur»mann) ju bicnen in ben ©ecicljteit 
tmferes Sanbes? 

2(ng,e|ehen, bag e§ am Oeffrn rodre, gar 
nid)t ju bicnen, fel6(r in burgcrtidien, feis 
ncsroegS aber in pcinlicbcn (QEriminafs) 
fallen. ' 

12. 5Bftg ju tfjun ift mit cinem 33ruber 
ober 9)citg(ieb, bag in cine anberc ©emeinbe 
jiebt, o()ne einSeugnig »on feinerSQttrgu'eb* 
Kbaft mitjubringen* unb \>&, roenn ibm ein 
foists abgeforbert roirb, baburd) fid; belei* 
bigtfiif)(t? 

Stngefeljen, bag, rote offers! r-or bicfem enf* 
fdjicben roorben, cs erforberlid) ill furSJiits 
gticber, bie von ciner ©emcinbe in bie antes 
re jicben, cin Scugnig ober Certificat mit« 
:ubringen, roie fie franben in bcr ©emcinbe, 
I'on roannen fie famen, unb bag fie nicbt 
belcibigt fii!)(cn foilten, roenn barnad) ge« 
■ fragt roirb. (gcilten fie fid) fortrodhrcnb 
rocigern, cin Scugnig fid? ju r-erfdjaffen, fo 
bdtte bie ©emeinbe, in roctcfye fie gejogen 
finb, ba» 9ted)t, fid) ibrcs' granbes ju ear* 
fid)crn, ebe fte fold;e uoUig file SWitglieber 
nufnimmr. 

IS. Ob cin Q3rubcr ober Stfiifglicb liber* 
einfrimmenb mit bent (Jr-angebo geridjret 
rocrben tonne, c!;ne cin SSerhor ju I;aben 
»or bcr ©emeinbe, mit bem SKedjr fid) feU 

ber ju »ertl)eibigen ? _. : 

Stngefefyen, bag fein 93ruber fur irgenb 
fine Q3efd)ulbigung for ben fliatb. ber"@cs 
meinbe gebr«d)t roerben fottte, obne bag t& 
' iimi t'ori;cr angefagt roorben ift, unb obne 
bie Ijreflbeit ju l;aben, Oenm 2>erI;or bcr 3<u* 
gen gegenrodrtig ju fenn, roie aud) fid) fcU 
ber ju pertbeibigen nad) bem Sr-angelio. 

14. 2Begcn bem ©ebraud) ftarfer @e* 
trdnfe rourbe esS angefeben, bag es cin gros 
fccS Ucbet ift, roeldje's ju Safier unb gSerkcs 
d)cn, jur iBcrftorung beg ^riebene unb SScrs 



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10. Whether a follower of Jesus 
attend political meetings i 

Considered, that it h not becoming at 
all for brethren, who have renounced th 3 
world. 

11. Whether it is becoming for a 
member of the church of Christ to act as 
juror in the courts of our country.? 

Considered, that it would be best not 
to serve at all even in civil - , but by no 
means in criminal cases. 

12. What is to be done with a brother 
or member, who removes into another 
church, without bringing a certificate of 
membership along, and who being asked 
for it, is offended by the request? 

Considered, that, as it has been deci- 
ded often heretofore, it is requisite for 
members, that remove from one church 
into another, to bring a testimony or cer- 
tificate along of their standing in the 
church, from whence they came, and 
that they ought not be offended at being 
asked for the same. Should they refuse 
still to procure a certificate, the church 
to which they came, would have a right, 
to ascertain their standing, before recei- 
ving them to full membership. 



13. Whether a brother or member 

could be judged consistently with the 

Gospel, without having a hearing beforf 

the church with privilege to defend him- 

elf? 



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Considered, tliat no brother ought to 
be brought before the council of the 
church for any accusation, without hav- 
ing previous information thereof, & with- 
out having the privilege of being present 
at the hearing of the witnesses, and also 
of defending himself according to Gospel. 



niogcne!, unb 511m 9Serberben 1'eibcS unb 
in Seele fiihrt, unb bag ©tieber ber @e* 
meinbe (Sbrifri won bem (Mraud) bar-on 
iH'frcbcii fclltcn atiogenoiimien aBSWebijin. 



14. Concerning the use of ardent spir- 
its it was considered, that it is a great 
evil, leading to vice and crime, to do 
struction of peace and property, and ti> 
the ruin of body and soul, and that mem- 
ber^ of the church of Christ ought to re- 
frain from the use of it except as medi- 
cine. 



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15. Sic ndtfjfie jjdf)rlid}e Serfammluno. 
fcetreffenb, fo rear Slnfprucfji gemad^t root* 
ben. ror biefem ton ber gvoataras®emeinbe 
in biefem <2uut, unD biefe§ 3ahr »eii ber 
9Jfot>iccon»©cmeiribe in Chic, unb son bcr 
<Pfeiff.rMs@«meinfce in jKarntanb/ unb — 
mil fcin ?fnfpruf!i tiefesmat son SroatAs 
ra gemacrjt raurbe, — fo fcfcbfofen bit iBrii* 
ber, in jabrliitcr iBerfammlung fidi ju wr« 
, fammeln, geliebt e? ®Dtt, ndcbftes 3d)r, 
duf^ftngfteri I s 10. piit unferrt Snibern 
nn bcr ^feifftjef in Warnlanb, jur 2>«« 
quernlntfeit ber ofitii!;en ©emeinben, mit 
ber?i(>fiibr> uns aufs fblgenbe Sohr, menu 
fie ihren Mnfprucb roieberhoten, mit unfern 
83iubern in Ohio ju oerfammeln. 
• llnterfir-riebm oon 

JDanici (Berber* 

3Dav>i& Pfautv 

£ bftfrian Jiang, 

Daniel 21rnol5, 

(Seorg ^oorff 

21t>riU>am 5?anf, 

jtobanneo ^art/ 

3ob«nneo prcie, 

JDaniel Keidjcr?/ 

^cinrid? ^urtj. 



lu. In regard to the next yearly mi'i-- 
ting, application having been made here- 
tofore from Swatara-church in this state, 
and this year from Mohiccon- church in 
Ohio, and from Pipecreek-church in Ma- 
ryland, — no application being made this 
year from Swatara. — the Brethren con- 
cluded to meet, God Willing, in annual 
meeting next year on Pentecost 164:2. 
with our Brethren at Pipecreek in Mary- 
land, in accommodation of the Eastern 
churches, with the intention of meeting 
the year following, if the application is 
repeated, with our Brethren in Ohio. 

Signed by 

Daniel Gekber, 
David Pfoutz, 
Christian Long. 
Daniel Arnold, 
George Hoke, 
Abraham Yakut, 

John Hart, 
John Price, 
Daniel Reichard, 
Henry Kurtz. 






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