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MINUTES 



OF THE 



Upper Country Line 
Association 



HELD WITH THE 



Church at Reidsville 

Rockingham County, N. C. 
August 15th, 16th and 17th, 1908 



1908 

P. D. GOLD PUBLISHING COMPANY. 

WILSON. N. C. 



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PROCEEDINGS 
i. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder P. D. 
Gold from John 12:21. 

2. The association convened, amd, it having pleased the 
Lord in his wise providence to take from us our former 
clerk and dear brother, R. T. Williams, brother S. J. Hall 
was chosen clerk. 

3. The association was then opened by praise and prayer 
by Elder G. D. Roberson. 

4. Elder L. H. Hardy was chosen moderator. 

5. Elders O. J. Denny and W. A. Simpkins were ckosen 
to preach to the people this afternoon, and Elders J. A. 
Monsees, J. W. Wyatt and W. J. Heard to preach at night 
in the several churches of the town. 

6. Correspondents and visitors from sister associations 
and churches were invited to seats with us. The following 
were received : 

From Little River — Minutes and Elder* W. A. Simpkins, 
J. E. Adams and Brother S. D. Coly. 

From Black Creek — Minutes and Elder P. D. Gold and 
Brother O. L. Yelverton. 

From Fishers River — Minutes amd Elders J. A. Ashburn 
and G. O. Key. 

From White Oak — Minutes and Elder Isaae Jones. 

From MayO' — Minutes and Elders J. F. Spangler, J. W. 
Flinchum, Brother J. W. Hutchin and others. 

From Lower Country Line — Minutes and brethren H. E. 
Satterfield, J. A. Carver, H. J. Rogers, G. C. Farthing and 
D. R. Clayton. 

From Kehukee — Minutes and Elder G. D. Roberson. 

From Abotts Creek — Minutes and EldersP. W. Williard, 
W. M. Monsees. C. A. Davis, Brethren W. L. Bouldin and 
others. 

Durham Association (Colored) — Minutes. 

From Contentnea — Minutes and Elder D. A. Mewlborn, 
and Brother E. A. Stanfield. 

From Pig River — Minutes and Elder B. L. Stultz. 

From Smith's River — No intelligence. 

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From Staunton River — Minutes and Elders N. T. Oaks, 
E. C. Oaks, and Brethren W. H. Wilson, J. W. Tompkins 
and others. 

From New River — Minutes. 

Elders W. J. Heard and J. A. Monsees were present as 
visitors from the Echeconnee Association of Georgia, and 
Elders O. J. Denny, C. F. Denny and Brtheren J. H. Cowles, 
Levi' Harriss and others were visitors from the Primitive 
Baptist church in Greensboro. 

7. The messengers of Reidsville church with the modera- 
tor and clerk were chosen the committee of arrangements, 
and Brethren A. J. Lambeth and T. A. Stanfield the com- 
mittee of finance. 

8. The letters from the several churches composing this 
association .were read and their standing recorded in the 
statistical table. 

9. The circular letter written by Brother J. W. Gilliam 
was called for, read, received and ordered printed with these 
minutes . 

10. Petitionary letters were called for. One was handed 
in from Oak Grove Primitive Baptist church in Caswell 
county, N. C., with Brethren J. W. Wattington and R. H. 
Jones as messengers. This church was received and enrolled 
with our churches. 

11. The association adjourned until 9 o'clock a. m., on 
Monday with benediction by Elder W. J. Heard. 

The elders chosen filled their appointments on this after- 
noon and at night. 

SUNDAY MORNING AUGUST 16. 

Elders W. J. Heard, D. A. Mewborn, N. T. Oats, P. D. 
Gold, T. A. Monsees, Isaac Jones, B. L. Stultz, E. C. Oaks, 
C. F. Denny, G. O. Key, J. A. Ashburn, W. A. Simpkins, 
J. E. Adams, G. D. Roberson, and J. F. Spangler preached 
in the several churches of the town accordingly as they had 
been chosen to< do. The)^ filled their appointments acceptably 
and to the praise of the Lord. Bless His holy name for 
His unspeakable gift by Jesus Christ our Lord. 

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MONDAY MORNING AUGUST 17. 

The association met at 9 o'clock according to adjourn- 
ment, and after singing and prayer by Elder J. A. Ashburn, 
proceeded to business. 

2. Elders J. W. Flinchum and C. A. Davis, were chosen 
to preach this morning. 

3 Messengers appointed last year to visit sister associa- 
tions were called on to report. Some of tnerni attended and 
the rest were excused. 

4. Messengers were appointed to visit sister associations 
at their next session as follows : 

Little River— Elder T. W. Walker. 
Kehukee— Elder T. W. Walker. 

Mayo— Elder T. W. Walker, and Brother G. W. Carter. 
Contentnea — Elders T. W. Walker and L. H.. Hardy. 
White Oak— Elder T. W. Walker. 

Black Creek— Elders T. W. Walker and L. H. Hardy. 
Staunton River — Minutes. 
Pig River — Minutes. 

Lower Country Line— Brethren W. P. Warren, A. J. 
Lambeth and S. J. Hall. 
Fishers River — Minutes. 
Smiths River — Minutes. 
New River — Minutes. 
1 Durham Association (Colored) — Minutes. 

5. Brother G. W. Carter was requested to write a circular 
letter to be read at our next association on Saturday. 

6. It was agreed that our next associaion be held with 
the church at Gilliams, Alamance county. N. C, to begin 
at 11 o'clock a, m., on Saturday before the third Sunday in 
August 1909, and that Elder L. H. Hardy preach the in- 
troductory sermon and that Elder W. C. Jones be his 
alternate. 

7. It was agreed that a section meeting be held with the 
church at Lynch's Creek on Friday before the first Sunday 
in April 1909, and that Elders J. P. Johnson, Y. C. Chandler 
and B. B. McKinney be requested to attend. And that 
another be held with the church at Moon's Creek, Fri- 
day before the third Sunday in May 1909; and that Elders 

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W. C. Jones, B. B. MeKinney and T. W. Walker be re- 
quested to attend. 

8. The finance committee was called to report, which 
report is as follows : 

Received from the churches this year: 

For Minutes $28.00 

For Visiting- Ministers 37.15 

The report was-received and the committee discharged. 
Paid for printing for these minutes and mlailing 

them ... $18,00 

Clerks Fee ■ "..... 10.00 

Distributed among our visiting ministers. ........ 37.15 

and some other small amounts which were handed into the 
committee. 

Note — Several dollars of the money for minutes was 
made up by the messengers. Brother Gold giving $1.70 of 
this. Our churches should take notice of this and send in 
a sufficient amount to pay the expenses. If each member 
of each church would give just what he or she is willing 
to send to the association and when all is paid in let that be 
the amount sent. Then let the expenses be paid and any 
remainder be divided among our visiting ministers. 

9. Our clerk was instucted to have one thousand copies of 
these minutes printed and distributed among the churches 
composing this body and among the association with which 
we correspond, and that he receive ten dollars for his 
services. 

10. Some memorials and resolutions were read, adopted 
and ordered printed with these minutes. 

11. The minutes were read and approved by the associa- 
tion. 

12. The association adjourned by prayer and thanksgiv- 
ing by Elder P. D. Gold. 

L. H. HARDY, Moderator, Reidsville, N. C. 
S. J. HALL, Clerk, Cedar Grove, N. C. 

MAILING LIST TO THE CLERKS OF THE CHURCHES. 

Arbor, 63— J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C, R. 1. 

Big Meadow, 22 — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N, C. 

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Burlington, 19— C. B. Tillman, Burlington, N. C. 

Country Line, 9— Eider Y. I. Chandler, Fitch, N. C. 

Dan River, 23— J. T. Martin, Oregon, N. C. 

Gilliams' 16 — J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C. 

Harmony, 17 — W. A. Ward, Stainback. 

Lick Fork, 38— R. D. Harris, Mclver, N. C, R. 1. 

Lynch's Creek, 12 — W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C. 

McCray, 12 — J. Brooks, Burlington, N. C. 

Moons Creek, 14 — J. R. Travis, Gatewood, N. C. 

Fleasant Grove, 42— T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C. 

Prospect Hill, 39— S. J. Hall, Cedar Grove, N. C. 

Reidsville, 22— E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C. 

Wolf Island, 70— R. L. Sneed, Reidsville, N. C. 

Oak Grove, 6 — J. W. Wattington, Yanceyville, N. C. 



CIRCULAR LETTER. 

Dear Brethren, Composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 
Baptist Association: 

Having been chosen at our last association to prepare a circular 
letter to be read at this association for your consideration, I have 
endeavored to comply. 

Dear Brethren, when we have met to worship the Lord in an 
associated capacity, it should be the desire of each of us that the 
Lord will bless us with his mercy and grace, and be our great 
moderator and that he lead us in wisdom's ways, and grant us 
harmony and peace throughout our association. 

We read that "God is love." Therefore, if we be his children, it 
is reasonable that we love him, and also one another; for it is 
written "We love him because he first loved us," and we hope he 
has manifested himself to us as our father and a God full of mercy, 
grace, and truth; but who can not look upon sin with allowance. 

Hence in our case, because of our transgression, a ransom was 
prepared, and in due time our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, as 
saith the apostle "Appeared in the end of the world to put away 
sin by the sacrifice of himself.'' We now hope he hath visited us, 
quickened us into newness of life, turned us about, removed us in 
the spirit of our minds, and hath shown us our creatureship, sin, 
and undone condition; and hath granted unto us a glimpse of his 
holiness, and hath shone us Jesus as our mediator, as the only 
acceptable offering 'for our sins; and hath filled our hearts with 

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love and gratitude; and hath made us to feel to join in with the 
Psalmist David, saying, "The Lord hath done great things for 
us whereof we are glad." And thus he hath filled our hearts with 
praise; and hath granted us hope of eternal life by his resurrection 
from the grave, and of dwelling in his presence forever more. 

Therefore in considerations of these wonderful blessings and 
manifestations, let us endeavor to do all things decently and in 
order, preferring one above another, as saith the apostle; and 
thus let love and peace abound, and desire the guidance of the 
Lord in all we do. 

Respectfully submitted, this August, 15, 1908. 

JOHN W. GILLIAM. 

ELDER F. L. OAKLEY. 

We, the undersigned, as your committee appointed to draft reso- 
lutions of respect to the memory of Elder F. L. Oakley to be 
attached to our minutes, do submit the following: 

1 Resolved, that while at all times we should reverently bow 
to the providence of our heavenly Father, whose work is perfect, 
and whose gifts to the church whether great or small, are all good; 
yet we feel that in the removal by death of our beloved and highly 
esteemed brother, Elder F. L. Oakley, at his residence in Caswell 
county, N. C, on the first Sunday in January, 190S, we have 
parted with an able, much esteemed, and faithful minister of the 
gospel; one who has, as an under shepherd, passed in and out 
among us after a godly sort, good walk and godly conversation, for 
more than forty years, "feeding the flock," "knowing nothing among 
us only Jesus Christ and him crucified" as the only way or name 
given among men whereby we must be saved. 

While his labors as pastor extended from time to time to a 
number of churches in the Country Line Association, his visits 
reached our neighboring association, and of him we feel safe in 
saying , "He has fought the good fight," and his armor is laid by; 
and the blessed expression of "Well done, thou good and faithful 
servant, enter thou into the joys of thy Lord," is his. 

2. That a copy of these resolutions be attached to our minutes, 
and also that a copy be sent his widow, sister Oakley. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ELDER L. H. HARDY, 
JOHN W. GILLIAM 

Committee. . 



R. T. WILLIAMS. 

Whereas, it hath pleased the judge of the whole earth to remove 
by death our capable and efficient clerk, Brother R. T. Williams; 
and whereas we feel that the association has sustained a great 
loss by the death of Brother Williams; now therefore, be it 
resolved: 

1. That we bow in humble submission to the will of him that 
doeth all things well, is too wise to err and too good to be unkind. 

2. That we extend to the family of our deceased brother our 
profound sympa.hy, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to 
them, and that they be printed in our minutes and spread on our 
records. 

G. W. CARTER, 
R. L. SNEED, 

Committee. 



RESOLUTIONS OF THANKS. 
Resolved, that we extend our thanks to the several churches in 
Reidsville for the very generous loans of their church houses for 
our use during this session of our association. 

Resolved, that we extend our thanks to our friends who have so 
generously helped us in entertaining our congregation during this 
meeting. 

We very much regret that we were not able to supply all of them 
with the company they wished, and we pray the goodness of God 
on them. 

ELDER L. H. HARDY, Moderator. 
S. J. HALL, Clerk. 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



Upper Country Line 

Primitive 
Baptist Association 

Held with the Church at 

GILLIAM8, 

Alamance County, N. C*,. 

* Aug. 14=, 15 and 16, 1909 



IN QTEP 



OF THE 



Primitive 



Baptist Association 



Held with the Church at 



GILLIA 



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Aug. 14, 15 and 16, 190? 



PROCEEDINGS 



1. The introductory ssermon was preached by Elder L. H. Hardy, 
from Isa. 40, 15th verse. 

2. The Association convened and after praise and prayer by 
Elder P. D. Gold, the Association proceeded to business. 

3. Elder W. C. Jones was chosen moderator. 

4. Elders J. W. Gardner and J. E. Adams were chosen to 
preach to the people this afternoon. 

5. Correspondents and visitors from sister Associations and 
churches were invited to seats with us. The following were re- 
ceived: 

Little River— Elders J. E. Adams, W. A. Simpkins. 
Kehukee — Elder J. A. Shaw, and Minutes. - • - v 

Mayo — ' '- '" ' e " ' "'*"' 

White Oak — Elders Isaac Jones and E. E. Lunldy. 
Black Creek — W. M. Boykin, Elder P. D. Gold and Minutes. 
Staunton River— Elder N. T. Oaks, M. W. Pickerel. 
Lower Country — W. A. Warren, J. H. Gooch, G. C. Farthing and 
H. E. Satterfleld. 
Fisher's River — Minutes. 

Contentnea— Elder J. W. Gardner. ' "". * ""§ 

Smith's River— v < ■'* 

New River — 

Durham, col. — By Minutes. 
Abbott's Cr. — Elder C. A. Davis and W. L. Bauldin and others. 

6. The messengers of Gilliam's church, together with the mod- 
erator and clerk, were chosen the committee of arrangements, 
and brethren W. G. Dicks and T. W. Hopkins, the committee on 
finance. 



7. The letters from the several churches comprising this As- 
sociation were read and their standing recorded in the Statistical 
Table. 

8. The Circular Letter. Brother G. W, Carter failed to attend 
and was excused. 

9. Petitionary letters called for. None presented. 

10. The Association adjourned until 9 o'clock a. m. Monday, 
with benediction by L. H. Hardy. The elders that were chosen 
filled their appointments on this afternoon. 



SUNDAY MORNING. 

Elder P. D. Gold preached from John 14-12.; W. A. Simpkins, 
from Mat. 1-23. 



SUNDAY EVENING. 

Elder P. W. Williard, Ex. 28-36; Elder E. E. Lunday, Luke 
15-11-32. 



FOUR O'CLOCK P. M. 
Elder Isaac Jones, Tim. 4-2. 



MONDAY MORNING, AUGUST 16. 1900. 



1 The Association met according to adjournment and after 
praise and prayer by Elder C. A. Davis, proceeded to business. 

2. Elders J. A. Shaw and C. A. Davis were caoscn to preach this 
morning. 

3. Messengers who were appointed last year to visit sister As- 
sociations were called en to report. Some attended and those who 
did not were excused. 

4. Messengers were appointed to visit sister Associations at 
their next sessions as fellows. 

Little River— Elder W. C Jones and S. J. Kail. 

Kehukee — Elder L. H. Hardy. 

Mayo — Brother R. P. Summers and A. G. Lambeth. 

White Oak — Minutes. 

Black Creek — Minutes. 

Staunton River— Minutes and J. W. Gilliam. 

Lower Country Line— Elders T. W. Walker, W. C. Jones and A. 
J. Lambeth. 

Abbot's Creek — Minutes and R. L. Snead. 

Fisher's River — Minutes. 

Smith's River — Minutes. 
New River — Minutes. 

Durham, col. — Minutes. 

E;der W. C. Jones was requested to write a Circular Letter, 
to be read at our next Association en Saturdaj r . 

6. It was agreed that our next Association be beld with the 
church at Oak G.'ove, N. C, Caswell county, beginning on Satur- 
day before the 3rd Sunday in August 1910. Elder W. C. Jones and 
L. H. Hardy were chosen to preach the introductory sermon. 

7. It was agreed that a section meeting be held with the church 
at Harmony, and Elders B. B. McKinney and T. W. Walker to at- 
tend 2 Friday and Saturday and Sunday in April, 1910. 

Pleasant Grove— Elder W. C. Jones, J. P. Johnson and T. W. 
Walker on the 3rd Friday, Saturday and Sunday in April, 1910. 

8. The finance committee was called on to report which report 
is as follows: Received from the churches this year for minutes, 
$5S.80. 



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The report was received ana the committee was discharged. 

Paid for printing these minutes and mailing them to the church 
clerk, $18.00. 

Clerk fee, $10.00. 
Distributed among visiting ministers, $2S.OO. 

Distributed among the visiting ministers, $30.80. 

Our clerk was instructed to have 1,000 copies of these minutes 
printed and distributed among the churches composing this Asso- 
ciation, and among the Associations with which we correspond and 
that he receive ten dollars for his services. 

10. The minutes were read and adopted. 

11. The Association adjourned by prayer and remarks. 

W. C. JONES, Moderator. 
S. J. HALL, Clerk 



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RESOLUTION OF THANKS. 



Resolved, That we extend our thanks to the brethren and the 
community for the kindly manner in which we have been enter- 
tained during this meeting. 



MAILING LIST OF CHURCH CLERKS. 



Arbor, 63— J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C, R. No. 1. 
Bigmeadow, 22 — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington N. C. 
Burlington, 22— C. B. Tlllmon. Burlington, N. C. 
Country line, 9— Elder Y. I. Chandler, Fitch, N. C. 
Dan River 23— W. J. French Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 3. 
Gilliam's, 20 — J. W. Gilliam,, Altamahaw, N. C. 
Harmony, 20— W. A. Ward, Mebane N. C. R. F. D. No. — 
Lick Fork, 38— R. D. Harris, Mclver, N. C, R. No. 1. 
Lynch's Creek 12 — W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, R. No. 
McCray, 15 — J. Brooks, Burlington, N. C. 
Moon's Creek, 14 — J. R. Travis, Gatewood, N. C. 
Pleasant Grove 42— T. A. Standfield, Mclver, N. C. 
Prospect Hill, 39— S. J. Hall, Cedar Grove, N. C. 
Reidsville, 24 — E. R. Harris, Reidsvile, N. C. 
Wolf Island, 72— R. L. Sneed, Reidsville, N. C. 
Oak Grove, 7— J. W. Watlington, Yanceyville, N. C. 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



Upper Country Line 



PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 




H°ld with the Church at Oak Grove, 

Caswell County, N. C 

August 20, 21 and 22, 1910. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



Upper Country Line 



PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION 




Held with the Church at Oak Grove, 
Caswell County, N. C. 
August 20, 21 and 22, 1910. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



1st. The introductory sen" On was preached by EId-3*" 
W. C. Jones from Matt. 7 :20. 

2nd. The association convened and after praise and 
prayer by Elder P. D. Gold, the association proceeded to 
business. 

3rd. Elder L. H. Hardy was chosen moderator. 

4th. Elders E. *C. Oaks and Jno. S. Lewis were chosen to 
preach at the stand in the afternoon. 

5th. Correspondents and visitors from sister jssoeia- 
tions and churches were invited to seats with us. The fol- 
lowing were received : 

Little Kiver — Minutes. 
Kehukee — Elder J. A. Shawl 

Salem Association — Elders W. P. Willard, and brethren 
P. Neal and W. S. Boulden. 
Mayo— Elder J. P. Via. 

White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones. 
Black Creek— Elder P. D. Gold. 

Staunton River — Elder C. T. Evans and E. C. Oaks, and 
B. F. Evans. 

Lower Country Line — Brethren "W. A. "Vv bitfield and W. 
A. Warren and J. J. Lea. 

Fishers River, Contentnea, Smith's River, New Rive-, Ab- 
botts Creek and Durham Col. by Minutes. 
Baltimore, Elder J. T. Rowe. 

6th. It was agreed that our next association be held with 
the church at Lynch 's Creek, in Caswell county, N. C, be- 
ginning on Saturday before the third Sunday in August, 
1911. Elder L. H. Hardy was chosen to preach the intro- 
ductory sermon and Elder B. B. McKinney, his alternate. 

7th. It was agreed that a section meeting be held with 
the church at Wolf Island, and Elders L. H. Hardy, W. C. 
Jones, J. T. Johnson were appointed to attend on Friday, 
Saturday and 2nd Sunday in April 1911, and another at 
Gilliams. Elders L. H. Hardy, W. C. Jones, B. B. McKin- 
ney were appointed to attend on Friday, Saturday, and 1st 
Sunday in May, 1911, 



8th. The finance committee was called on to report, 
which report is as follows : 

Received from the churches $57.45 

Paid for printing and mailing minutes . . ' 18.00 

Clerk Fee 10.00 

Distributed among visiting ministers 29.45 

$57.45 $57.45 

9th. Our clerk was instructed to have 1000 of these min- 
utes printed and distributed among the churches composing 
this association, and among the associations with which we 
correspond and that he receive ten dollars for his services. 

10th. The minutes were read and adopted. 

11th. The association adjourned by prayer. 
S. J. HALL, Clerk. J. W. GILLIAM, Asst. Clerk. 

L. H. HARDY, Moderator. 



Sunday Morning. 

Elder J. A. Shaw preached from 1st John 3-8, and Elder 
Isaac Jones from Matt. 8-22. 

Sunday Evening. 

Elder P. D. Gold' preached from John 14-12 and Elder J. 
T. Rowe from Rev. 19-11. 

Five O'clock. '.?Jyk/\ 

Elder P. W. Willard preached from Mark 1-1. : • .1 

Monday Morning, August 22, 1910. 

1st. The association met according to adjournment, and 
after praise and prayer by Elder J. T. Rowe, proceeded to 
business. 

2nd. Elders C. T. Evans and J. P. Via were chosen to 
preach this morning. 

3rd. Messengers who were appointed last year to visit 
sister associations were called on to report. Some attended 
and those Who did not were excused. 

4th. Messengers were appointed to visit sister associa- 
tions at their next sessions as follows : 

Little River, Elder "W. C. Jones; Kehukee, Elder L. H. 
Hardy; Contentnea, Elder L. H. Hardy; Mayo,, E. R. Har- 
ris, G. M. Trent, G. W. Ca'ster ; White Oak, S. J. Hall ; Black 



Creek, Elder L. H. Hardy; Staunton River, 0. A. Howard, 
J. "W. Neal and E. R. Harris; Lower Country Line, W. R. 
Clayton, J. W. Neal, J. W. Gilliam; Salem, Elder W. C. 
Jones; Abbotts Creek, Fishers River, Smith's River, New 
River, Durham col., Minutes. 

5th. Brother J. W. Gilliam,, Jr., was requested to write 
a circular letter to be read at our next association on 
Saturday. 

6th. The messengers of Oak Grove church together with 
the moderator and Clerk, were chosen the committee of 
arrangements, and brethren T. J. Foster and A. J. Lambeth 
were chosen the committee on finance. 

7th. The letters from the several churches comprising 
this association were read and their standing recorded in 
the Statistical Table. 

8th. The circular letter by W. C. Jones was read and 
approved and ordered to be printed with minutes. 

9th. Petitionary letters called for, none presented. 

10th. The association adjourned until 9 o'clock a. m., 
Monday w)ith benediction by Elder W. C. Jones. The Elders 
that were chosen filled their appointments on this after- 
noon. 



CIRCULAR LETTER. 

Dear brethren ; Being appointed at our last association 
to write a circular letter to be read at this session, I now 
make the attemjpt, hoping that I may be able to write as 
the Spirit directs my mind for the good of all who may 
read it. The scripture that seems to be on my mind at this 
time recorded in John 14:6. Jesus had been telling his dis- 
ciples that he was going to leave them. Knowing that they 
were troubled about it he said to them,;: "Let not your 
heart be troubled;," assuring them, that if he went he 
would send the Comforter who would be with them, and 
that he would abide with them forever. 
■ Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life, makes no 
mistakes. The way that he lived was the will of the 
Father who does all things well; for all his works shall 
praise him.. 

This way is the way of salvation to all his children, who 
make manifest that Jesus is their salvation by following 
him/. 

This is the way which the world by wisdom has never 
known. It is a high way in which there is no sin. 

When one begins to enquire for the way of life it is 
proof that God is leading him, for no man can come to Him 
unless the Father which sent Jesus draws him. 

How blessed and glorious when the Father 
reveals Jesus to this seeking soul, who then realizes 
his great love which delivers them from, so great a death, 
and sheds abroad his love in their hearts by the Holy Ghost 
who unites and binds his children together in the dearest 
ties that have ever bound any people together: for Jesus 
is made of God unto them wisdom and righteousness and 
sanctification and redemption, 1st. Cor. 1 :30. 

Dear brethren, what a glorious blessing to have the fruit 
of the Holy Spirit. This makes us fit for the Master's use 
who places every 'member in the body so that each one is 
prepared for good service. 

We desire also to say something about the use of the 
members that compose this body, as every one is placed 
there to honor Jesus. We then that have hope that we are 
created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath 
before ordained that we should walk in them, should lay 
aside every weight and the sins that so easily beset us, 
and run with patience the race that is set before us. They 
that do this will be a comfort one to the other. 



First this applies to the under shepherds who are to feed 
the flock of God which he has purchased with his own blood, 
who are to go in and out before the sheep. Let us so live as 
we should wish to die. Let us do or say nothing that will 
offend a memiber of his church. For wje are told that it 
would be better that a millstone be hung about one and he 
be cast into the sea than that he offend one of the little 
ones. This not only embraces one but all the members. 

While we are filling the seats vacated by our fathers we 
shall soon go where they have gone. Let us do nothing by 
partially, but love in deed and in truth. 

I have written as my mind leads me. Brethren, pray 
for me. 

Your unworthy brother in hope, 

W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 



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MINUTES 



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UPPER COUNTRY LINE I 

Primitive Baptist Associr 'on 




HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

LYNCHES CREEK 

CASWELL COLJNTY. N. C. 

ON AUGUST 19, PO AND 21, 1911. 



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MINUTES 



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UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

Primitive Baptist Association 




HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

LYNCHES CREEK 

CASWELL COUNTY, N. C. 

ON AUGUST 19, 20 AND 21, 1911 = 



PROCEEDINGS. 
Saturday Morning. 

1st. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder L. 
H. Hardy, from Matt, viii ; 1, 2, 3, 4. 

2nd. The Association convened and after praise and 
prayer by Elder P. D. Gold the association proceeded to busi- 
ness. 

3rd. Elder L. H. Hardy was chosen moderator. 
4th. Elders S. P. Terry and C. F. Denny were chosen to 
preach to the people this afternoon. 

5th. Correspondents and visitors from sister associations 
and churches were invited to seats with us. The following- 
were received : — 

Little River— Minutes. 

Kehukee— Elder J. A. Shaw and minutes. 

Mayo — No communication. 

White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones and minutes. 

Black Creek— Elder P. D. Gold and minutes. 

Staunton River— Brethren A. C. Owens, John Williams and 

minutes. 

Lower Country Line— Brethren H. E. Saterfield, W. A. 

Warren, and A. V. Moore and others. 
Salem — Minutes. 
Fishers River— Not represented. 
Contentnea— Minutes. 
Smiths River— Elder A. D. Short. 
New River — Not represented. 
Abbotts Creek— Minutes. 
Durham (Col.) Minutes. 
Greensboro Church— Elders O. J. and C. F. Denny, and 

Brother J. H. Combs. 

6th The messengers of Lynches Creek Church together 
with the moderator and clerk, were chosen the committee of 
Arrangements, and Brethren J. W. Neal and A. J. Lambeth 
were chosen the Committee on Finance. 



7th. The letters from the several churches composing- this 
association were read, and their standing - recorded in the 
Statistical Table. 

8th. The circular letter, by Brother J. W. Gilliam, Jr. 
was read and ordered to be printed with these minutes. 

c )th. Petitionary letters were call for. None presented. 

10th. The church at Burlington, upon petition, was dis- 
missed by letter. 

11th. The association adjourned until nine A. M. on Mon- 
day with benediction by Elder Isaac Jones. 

Elder S. P. Terry preached from Matt, xiii; 33. and Elder 
C P. Denny preached from John vi ; 40. 

Sunday Morning. 

Elder P. D. Gold preached from II Cor. ii ; 15, 16, and 
Elder O. J. Denny preached from John v; 24, 25. 

Elder J. A. Shaw preached from II Cor. viii ; 9, and Elder 
Isaac Jones preached from Ruth i ; 16, 17. 

There was preaching" on Friday night, Saturday after- 
noon and night and Sunday nigJit by brethren I. Jones. A. D. 
Short, and W. C. Jones. 

Monday Morning, August 21st. 

1st. The association met according to adjournment, and 
after praise and prayer by Elder S. P. Terry, proceeded to 
business. 

2nd. Elders J. A. Shaw and P. D. Gold were chosen to 
preach to the people this morning - . 

3rd. Messengers who were appointed last year to visit 
sister associations were called on to report. Some attended, 
and those who did not were excused. 

4th. Messengers were appointed to visit sister associa- 
tions at their next sessions, as follows : — 

' Little River, Elder W. C. Jones and Brother S. J. Hall: 
Kehukee, Elder L. H. Hardy; Mayo, Elder W. C. Jones, 
Brethren A. J. Lambeth, T. A. Stanfield, E. R. Harris, and R. 
S. Sommers; White Oak, Elder W. C. Jones; Contentnea, Elder 
L. H. Hardy; Black Creek, minutes; Staunton River, Elder W. 
C. Jones, Brethren T. W. Rice, J. W. Neal, and C. A. Howard : 



Lower Country Line, Brethren A. G. Porterfield, W. P. War- 
ren, and S. J. Hall ; Abbots Creek, Fishers River, Smiths River, 
New River, and Durham (Col.), minutes. 

5th. Brother C. A. Howard was requested to write a cir- 
cular letter to be read on Saturday at our next association. 

6th. It was agreed that our next association be held with 
the church at Lickfork, to beg-in at eleven o'clock on Saturday 
before the third Sunday in August 1912. (No selections were 
made for preaching the introductory sermon). 

7th. It was agreed that a section meeting- be held with 
the church at Burlington on the third Sunday, Friday, and 
Saturday before in April 1912, and that Elders T. W. Walker 
and B. B. McKinney be requested to attend. That another 
section meeting - was appointed to be held with the church at 
Dan River on the fourth Sunday, Friday, and Saturday be- 
fore in April, 1912, and that Elders W. C. Jones and J. P. 
Johnson be requested to attend. 

8th. The finance committee was called on to report, which 
report is as follows : 

Received from the churches this year - - §59.65 
Received from the congregation - - - 32.50 



Clerk's Fee - - - - - - - - $10.00 

Printing and mailing minutes ... 17.00 

Gave vifeitinsr ministers - . - 65.15 



$92.15 



$92.15 
The report was received and the committee discharged. 

9th. Our clerk was instructed to have one thousand copies 
of these minutes printed and distributed among- the churches 
composing this association, and among the associations with 
whom we correspond, and that he receive ten dollars for his 
services. 

10th. The minutes were read and adopted. 

11th. The association adjourned by prayer by Elder 
Isaac Jones. 

S. J. Hall, Clerk. Cedar Grove, N. C. 

L. H. Hardy, Moderator. Reidsville, N. C. 



RESOLUTION OF THANKS. 

Resolved, That we extend our thanks to this community 
for their kindness to us during" our stay with them, and for 
their untiring - efforts to make us comfortable both on the meet- 
ing ground and in their homes. 

Resolved, That we extend our thanks to sheriff T. N. 
Fitch and his deputies, and to the Justices of the Peace in 
keeping order in our large congregation so that we have had 
the finest of order and our brethren in the ministry and the 
congregation have been blessed in speaking - and in hearing. 

We desire to thank and praise the Lord for His goodness 
to us in pouring out His unspeakable blessings on us. 

CIRCULAR LETTER. 

To the churches composing - the Upper Country Line Asso- 
ciation — Greeting - : 

Dear Brethren in Christie-Having - been appointed at our 
last association to write the circular letter to be read at this 
time, and notwithstanding my inability for such a task, I de- 
sire to proceed to write this letter as a token of fellowship in 
Christ Jesus, begotten in us by God, the Father, and manifest 
by the appearing of our Lord and Savior, for which we trust 
we are thankful to God, and desire to worship him, assembling 
ourselves together as often as expedient, desiring to assemble 
in the unity of the spirit and in the bond of peace. 

When appointed to this important task, I felt very heavily 
the unworthiness of the appointee and feel very much the same 
to-day, and I fear that I shall not be able to speak comfortably 
unto you, but one consoling - thought is, that they who know 
the least of God, have in this the most valuable of all know- 
ledge ; they who know most of him, know but little after all of 
His glorious perfection. Our God is a God of perfection, of 
light, of love, of peace and not confusion, he is the God of 
mercy, and in Him is the sinner's only plea. He that is our 
God is the God of salvation, and he seeketh such to worship 
Him as do worship Him in spirit and in truth. 



Having* not been assigned any special subject upon which 
to write, as was the custom more than a century ago, I take 
advantage of this opportunity to ask, for the consideration of 
all interested, why are our people, the Primitive Baptist, 
treated with such a large measure of contempt to-day? And I 
also offer for your consideration the reasons which follows; 
viz., the smallness of their number, their old fashion creed, their 
experience of grace, their want of education, and their pro- 
verbal deficiency in human polish. Hath God cast away his 
people? God forbid. Even so then at this present time, there 
is a remnant according to the election of grace, and, if by 
grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more 
grace. This declaration of the apostle Paul puts an end to 
the Pharisaicle doctrine of salvation by works, which has 
ever caused a dependence on works for salvation. We have 
the laws of Christ, as given in the New Testament, for our 
rule, and the apostles of Christ, as expounders of the laws of 
Christ to us; hence we protest against every practice for 
which there is no ''Thus saith the Lord" for it. The apostles 
demanded experience of grace — -.Peter said : But sanctify the 
Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an 
answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that 
is in you with meekness and fear. Now, we are told that wis- 
dom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom. We are also 
told that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. 
Also, again, All thy children shall be taught of the Lord and 
great shall be their peace. The wisdom of the world has 
never preached Jesus and him crucified, such wisdom is 
foolishness with God. He taketh them in their own craftiness. 

Brethren, we desire no new thing or custom, as the former 
customs and means of worship, practiced by Christ and his 
apostles, are good enough for us. We desire to stand in the 
"good old way" wherein the fathers have trod, and worship 
in the newness of the Spirit, rejoicing in Christ Jesus, putting 
no confidence in the flesh. 

Respectfully submitted. 

J. W. Gilliam, Jr. 



MAILING LIST TO CHURCH CLERKS. 

Arbor-- -63 Minutes, J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C, R. F. D. 1. 

Biff Meadow -..22 " Elder W. C. Jones. Burlington, N. C. 

Burlington- 22 " C. B. Tillman, Burlington, N. C, R. F. D. 8. 

Country Line 9 " T. H. Rudd, Union Ridge, N. C, R. F. D. 1. 

Dan River.-- -.23 " W. J. French, Reidsville, N. C, R. F. D. 3. 

Gilliams -20 " J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, R. F. D. 1. 

Harmony- 20 " J. I. Clayton, Efland, N. C, R. F. D. 1. 

Lick Fork 38 " Mrs. C. J. Terry, Reidsville, N. C, R. F. D. 5. 

Lynches Creek 12 " W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C, R. F. D. 2 

McCray.-- 15 " A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, R. F. D. 3 

Moons Creek 14 " J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., R. F. D. 5 

Pleasant Grove 42 " T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, R. F. D. 1. 

Prospect Hill 39 " S. J. Hall, Cedar Grove, N. C. 

Reidsville 25 " E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C. 

Wolf Island 5i " R. L. Sneed. Reidsville, N. C. 

Oak Grove 10 " R. H. Jones, Yancyville, N. C, R. F. D. 

MAILING LIST TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS. 

Staunton River 18 to A. C. Owens, Sycamore, Va. 

Kehukee 44 to Elder M. T. Lawrence, Robersonville, N. C. 

Black Creek 18 to Elder J. F. Farmer, Wilson, N. C. 

Contentnea 25 to B. D. Rowe, Aurora, N. C, R. F. D. 2. 

White Oak 18 to Elder C. C. Brown, Sneeds Ferry, N. C. 

Abbotts Creek 14 to Elder W. T. Broadway, Cooleemee, N. C. 

Salem 10 to W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Lower Country Line 15 to J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C. 

Smiths River 20 to Elder A. D. Short, Floyd, Va. 

Little River.- 21 to Elder J. A. T. Jones, McCullers, N. C. R. F. D. 

Mayo 20 to Elder A. L. Moore, Martinsville, Va. 

Fishers River 20 to Elder G. O. Key, Pilot Mountain, N. C. 

New River 20 to Elder P. G. Lester, Floyd, Va. 

Durham (Col.) 10 to Elder W. E. Slade, Greensboro, N. C. 



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Upper Country Line 
Primitive Baptists (Association 

Held With the Church At 

i^lck/ork i^nurcn 

Rockingham County, North Carolina 
AUGUST 17, 18, 19, 1912. 



Proceedings. 



SATURDAY MORNING. 

1st. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder 0. 
J. Denny from 1st, Cor. 15-55-56 and 57. 

2nd. The Association convened and after praise and 
prayer by Elder J. A. Shaw the Association proceeded to 
business. 

3rd. Elder L. H. Hardy was chosen moderator. 

4th. Elders G. Denny, J. A. Monsees were chosen to 
preach to the people this afternoon. 

5th. Correspondents and visitors from sister Associations 
and churches were invited to seats with us. The following 
were received: from Little River. 

Kehukee — Elder J. A. Shaw. 

Mayo— Elders G. M. Trent, J. P. Via, J. P. Spangler. 

White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones. 

Black Creek— Elder P. D. Gold and Brother C. B. Hall. 

Baltimore — Elder J. T. Rowe. 

.Staunton River — Eiders E. C. Oaks, J. E. Herndon, C. T. 
Evans, T. W. Walker and R. L. Dodson and others. 

Lower Country Line — 

Salem — Brother 0. W. Long and A. J. Apple. 

Pisher's River — Elder G. Denny and others. 

Contentnea — Elder J. P. Tingle. 

Smith's River — Minutes. 

New River — Minutes. 

Abott's Creeks — Minutes. 

Greensboro Church — Elder 0. J. Denny and Brother J. H. 
Combs and J. R. Jones. 

Durham — (Col.) Minutes. 

Whitewater — Elder J. R. Wilson. 

6th. The messengers of LickFork church together with 
the moderator and clerk were chosen the committee of ar- 
rangements and Brethren E. R. Harris and T. A. Standfield 
were chosen the committer on finance. 

7th. The letters from the ceveral churches composing this 
Aj^ociation were read and their standing recorded in the 
statistical table. 



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8th. The circular letter written by Brother C. A. Howard 
was received and ordered printed with our minutes. 

9th. Petitionary letters were called for. None present- 
ed. 

10th. The Association adjourned until nine o'clock Mon 
day morning with benediction by Elder P. D. Gold. 

Elder G. Denny preached from Is. 53-1 and Elder J. A. 
Monsees preached from Rev. 22-17 this afternoon. 

SUNDAY MORNING. 

Elder P. D. Gold preached from Eph. 4-15 and Elder J. T. 
Rowe preached from Isah. 32-1-2. 

Afternoon. 

Elder J. A. Shaw preached from John 1-1-43. and Elder 
Isaac Jones 'preached from Zech. 13-1 verse. 

MONDAY MORNING. 

1st. The Association met according to adjournment and 
after praise and prayer by Elder J. R. Wilson proceeded to 
business. 

2nd. Elders J. P. Tingle, J. R. Wilson were chosen to 
preach to the people this morning. 

3rd. ^Messengers who were appointed last year to visit 
sister Associations were called on to report. Some attended 
and those who did not were excused. 

4th. Messengers were appointed to visit sister Associa- 
tions at their next sessions as follows : 

Little River — By minutes. 

Kehukee — By minutes. 

Mayo — Brothers J. M. Harris and G. W. Carter. 

White Oak — Minutes. 

Contentnea — Brother T. A. Standfield. 

Black Creek— Brother S. J. Hall. 

Staunton River — Brothers J. M. Harris and W. T. Dix, 
and Elder B. B. McKinney. 

Lower County Line — Brethren A. J. Porterfield, W. P. 
Warren and S. J. Hall. 

Abbott's Creek — Minutes. 
■ Fisher's River — Minutes. 

Smith's River — Minutes. 

New River — Minutes. 



Durham — ( Col. ) — Minutes. 

oth. moiner ih. it. Harris was requested to write a circu- 
lar letter to be read on Saturday at our next Association. 

bth. It was agreed that our next Association be held with 
the church at Pleasant Grove in Caswell County to begin at 
10:30 o'cloeic on Saturday before the 3rd Sunday in August 
jL/i.j. And Eider W. C. Jones was chosen to preach the in- 
troductory and S. H. Hardy alternate. 

7th. It was agreed that a section meeting be held with 
the church at Prospect Hill on Friday, Saturday and 3rd 
iSunday in April 1913. Elders B. B. McKinney J. P. John- 
son and L. H. Hardy. 

And that another section meeting was appointed to be held 
with the church at Keidsvile on Friday, Saturday and the 
4th Sunday in April 1913. 

8th. The finance committee was called on to report which 
report is as follows : 

Received from the churches this year $50.10 

Received from the congregation 47.95 

$98.05 

Clerks fee $10.00 

Printing and mailing minutes 17.00 



$27.00 

The report was received and the committee discharged. 

9th. Our clerk was instructed to have 1,000 copies of these 
minutes printed and distributed among the churches com- 
posing this Association and among the Asociations with 
whom we corespond and that he receive $10.00 for his ser- 
vices. 

10th. The minutes were read and adopted. 

11th. The Association adjourned by prayer by Elder P. 
D. Gold. 

S. J. HALL, L. H. HARDY, 

Clerk. Moderator. 



MAILING LIST TO CHURCH CLERKS. 

Post Office. Minutes. 
j\rbor— J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C, R. F. D. No. 1.. . 83 
Big Meadow — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 



County Line— T. H. Rudd, Union Ridge, N. C, R. F. 

D. No. 1 18 

Dan River— W. J. French, Reidsville, N. C, R. F. D. 

No. 3 .'•; 40 

Gilliams— J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, R. F. D. No. 

% , 40 

Harmony— J. I. Clayton, Enand, N. C, R. F. D. No. 1 40 

Lick Fork— C. L. Apple, Ruffin, R. F. D. No. 1 58 

Lynches Creek.. W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C, 

R. F. D. No. 2 25 

MeCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, R. F. D. 

No. 3 30 

Moons Creek— J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., R. F. D. No. 5 25 
Pleasant Grove— T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, R. F. 

D. No. 1 60 

Prospect Hill— S. J. Hall, Cedar Grove, N. C 50 

Reidsville— E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island. .R. L. Sneed, Reidsville, N. C 100 

Oak Grove — R. H. Jones, Yancey ville, N. C, R. F. D. 

No. 1 20 



MAILING LIST TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS. 

Staunton River, 18 ; Kehukee, 44 • Black Creek, 18 ; Con- 
tentnea, 25; White Oak, 18; Abbott's Creek, 14; Salem, 10; 
Lower Country Line, 15; Smith's River, 20; Little River, 21; 
Mayo, 20; Fisher's River, 20; New River, 20; Durham, 
(Col.) 10. 



To the Brethren composing the Country Line Association 
being held with the church at Lickfork, N. C. : 

I was appointed last year to write a circular letter to be 
attached to the minutes but it has been hard for me to get 
my mind collected on any one subject long enough to write 
anything for 'publication, so I have decided as this is my 
home church to have read before the body some lines that 
1 wrote in the year 1907 but until recently did hot expect 
to have them read in public. They are as follows: 

"Why a Primitive Baptist?" For several months I have 
had impressions to write out why some thirty or more years 
ago I joined the Primitive Baptist church at Lickfork and 
this morning while alone I have decided to undertake the 



task that my friends and especially my family which have 
grown up since that time might read and know how I was 
lead as 1 hope by the Spirit of the Lord. At that time I was 
living in- Caswell Councy, N. C, near where I was raised, 
Some twelve miles from Danville, Ya., my present home 
engaged in farming and seiling goods in partnership with 
my brother and brother-in-law, and going. from the store 
to my residence, a distance about one hundred yards, about 
noon one day it occurred to me very suddenly that I was 
without friends, that tiiey had all turned against me and 
I here saw that I saw a sinner and before I knew it 1 was 
calling upon God to have mercy on me. This is a part of 
my travel that is hard to describe. I found myself walking 
past the house and I walked nearly a mile into a field of 
pines and then got down on my knees under the top of a 
•pine tree for the first time in my life and tried to call upon 
God 10 have mercy on me, a poor lost sinner, for such I 
felt myself to be. This craving for relief did 
not stop here, for twelve months or more I was continually 
calling upon the Lord in secret prayer often while at my 
daily occupation or on my bed at night to give me some 
relief and I well remember one night before going to sleep 
1 was getting alarmed at my condition and calling upon 
the Lord to relieve me and on awaking the next morning 
the best way I can describe it, my heart seemed to open 
like a book and was filled with praises to God and I was 
repeating this Scripture : ' ' Blessed Are They That Mourn 
for They Shall Be Comforted." "Blessed Are They That 
Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness for They Shall Be 
Filled," and at that time I felt full and running over. From " 
that time I had impressions to go to the church and offer 
for membership, but no special denomination or church 
presented itself, only the church of God. These impressions 
were so strong that I went to preaching at several places, 
but it seems that I got no food and I then went to Lickfork 
and Elder D. R. Moore preached. Up to this time no one 
knew my feelings and on this occasion the minister seemed 
to single me out and his whole discourse was to me and he 
told my feelings as well as I could myself, and I must con- 
fess that was the first sermon I ever heard preached. I 
had never been able to understand it before as then, and I 
thought surely from the reading of the Scriptures coupled 



with niy experience and the doctrine he preached that must 
be the church of God and from that time on there was a 
continual knocking at my heart to connect myself with 
this church and the impression was so strong that I soon 
offered. I was received and baptized by Elder James S. 
Dameron and my name is still registered on the church 
book at this place though I often feel to be a very unworthy 
member, not living up to the discharge of my duties as I 
would like to do, but I can't help loving this old church 
and its members and I feel sometimes that when I leave 
this world that I will be with Jesus and be like Him which 
will be enough. I have written the above to give my rea- 
sons for being what I am and to relieve my mind. 

C. A. HOWARD. 



RESOLUTIONS OF THANKS. 

RESOLVED, that we extend our sincere thanks to the 
friends and neighbors of this community for their very kind 
and untiring efforts to make us welcome during the time 
of our stay Avith them. 

RESOLVED, That we extend our thanks to the proprie- 
tors of the three warehouses in the city of Reidsville for 
their great kindness in furnishing us water during the meet- 
ing, and also to those who had the management of the water 
arrangement in their untiring efforts in keeping the water 
well supplied. 

RESOLVED, That we condemn the conduct of those who 
did so much walking and talking around our congregation 
on Sunday, and we feel that our officers were very negli- 
gent to their duty in allowing such conduct when it was 
in their power to have kept order if they had tried. 

RESOLVED, That we submit to the churches composing 
this association the question as to whether it is best for 
the association to continue to be held on Saturday, Sunday, 
and Monday as it is at present, or would it be the best to 
hold it on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after the 
second Sunday in August? 

We want the churches to consider these questions from 
the following standpoints 1 

1st. To rid the meeting of the terrible rabble that now 
attends on Sunday. 



2nd. To let the pastors get back to their regular appoint- 
ments for Saturday and Sunday, and 

3rd. To enable us to have some of our several ministers 
who may visit us at the Associations to be with and preach 
for our several churches on Sunday. We ask the churches 
to consider this matter and make their report to us at our 
session in 1913. 

RESOLVED, That we do heartily endorse the act of the 
Legislature of 1907 which incorporated our Association, and 
that we will ask our next State Legislature to amend that 
act so as to more closely define it and strengthen it by en- 
larging its powers. 

RESOLVED, That we do heartily condemn and forbid 
every species of traffic, photographing, and every thing that 
would be erected for the purpose of making money on, or in 
one mile of the Association ground during the entire time 
of its sitting. 

RESOLVED, That the churches be requested to state in 
their letters next year what is their mind about buying a 
tent for the use of the Association to use in the place of an 
arbor; and if they agree to buy one to say in their letters 
how much each church will pay on such a tent. 



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HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

Pleasant Grove, Caswell Co., N. C. 
August 16, 17 and 18, 19 13. 

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THE ROWERS COLLET 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

Primitive baptist Association 




HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

Pleasant Grove, Caswell Co., N. C. 
August 16, 17 and 18, l9t3. 



PROCEEDINGS SATURDAY MORNING. 



1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder W. C. Jones 
from Eph. 2:1. 

2. The Association convened, and after praise and prayer by 
Elder C. A. Davis, the Association proceeded to business. 

3. Brother E. R. Harris was chosen Moderator. 

4. Elders P. D. Gold and W. S. Flincham were chosen to preach 
to the people this afternoon. 

5. Correspondents and visitors from Sister Associations and 
churches were invited to seats with us. The following were re- 
ceived: 

From Little River — Elder J. E. Adams; From Kehukee — Eld. J. 
A. Shaw; From Mayo — Elders G. W. Trent and W. L. Flincham; 
From White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones; From Black Creek — Elder 
P. D. Gold; From Oakmulgee — Eld. W. J. Green; From Staunton 
River — Elder T. W. Walker; From Lower Country Line — By min- 
utes; From Salem — Elder C. A. Davis; From Fisher's River — By 
minutes; From Contentnea — Elder J. P. Tingle; From Smith's 
River Minutes; From New River — Elder P. G. Lester; From Ab- 
botts Creek — Elder Samuel McMillon; From Greenville Church; 
From Seven Miles — Elder W. M. Monsees; From Durham, Col. — 
minutes. 

6. The messengers of Pleasant Grove church, together with the 
Moderator and Clerk were chosen the cemmittee of arrangements, 
and brethren G. W. Walker and S. J. Lambeth were chosen the 
committee on finance. 

7. The letters from the several churches composing this Asso- 
ciation were read and their standing recorded in the statistical 
table. 

8. The circular letter written by Brother E. R. Harris was read 
and ordered printed with our minutes 

9. Petitionary letters were called for. The church at New 
Hope, Rockingham county, was received into this Association. 

10. The Association adjourned until 9 o'clock Monday morning 
with benediction. 

Elder P. D. Gold preached from 103 Psalms 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 verses, 
and Elder G. W. Flincham preached from Mat. 1:21 verse. 



SUNDAY MORNING. 



Elder P. G. Lester preached from Rom. 8:10-11 veres, and Elder 
C. A. Davis preached from 119 Psalm 22 verse. Elder Samuel Mc- 
Millon preached from Levit. 15:2 verse. 



SUNDAY AFTERNOON. 



Elder W. J. Green preached from "What Think Ye of Christ? 
and Elder W. M. Monsees preached from John 14:2, and Elder 
Isaac Jones preached fro A Fount Open to House of David. 



MONDAY MORNING. 



1. The Association met accirding to adjournment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder P. G. Lester, proceeded to business. 

2. Elders P. D. Gold and J. A. Shaw were chosen to preach to 
the people this morning. 

3. Messengers who were appointed last year to visit Sister As- 
sociations were called on to report. Some attended, and those who 
did not were excused. 

4. Messengers were then appointed to visit sister Associations 
at their next sessions as follows: 

Little River — Minutes; Kehukee — Minutes; Mayo — R. S. Sum- 
ners, E. R. Harris and others; White Oak — Minutes; Contentnea — 
Minutes; Black Creek — Minutes; Staunton River — Bro. R. A. Cox; 
Lower Country Line — B. F. McKinney C. A. Howard and others; 
Abbotts Creek — Elder W. C. Jones; Fisher's River — Minutes; 
Smith's River— Bro. T. W. Rice; New River — Minutes; Durham — 
Col, Minutes. 

5. Brother T. A. Stanfield was requested to write a circular let- 
ter to be read on Saturday at our next Association. 

6. It was agreed that our next Association be held with the 
church at McCray, in Alamance county to begin at 10 o'clock on 
Saturday before the 3 Sunday in August, 1914, and Elder B. B. Mc- 
Kinney was chosen to preach the introductory sermon and Elder 
W. C. Jones, alternate. 



7. It was agreed that a section meeting be held with the church 
at Arbor on Friday, Saturday and 2nd Sunday in April, 1914. Elders 
W. C. Jones and B. B. McKinney were chosen to attend. And that 
another section meeting was appointed to be held with the church 
at Wolf Island on 2nd Sunday in May, 1914. Elders W. C. Jones 
and B. F. McKinney were chosen to attend. 

8. The finance committee was called on to report, which report 
is as follows: 

Received from the churches $47.30 

Received from the Congregation $30.15 

$77.45 
Paid (JlerKs *ee $10.00 

Paid for Printing and Mailing Minutes $17.00 $27.00 



$50.45 



The report was received and the committee discharged. 

9. Our Clerk was instructed to have 1 000 copies of these min- 
utes printed and distributed among the churches composing this 
association and among the associations with whom we correspond, 
and that he receive $10.00 for his services. 

10. The minutes were read and adopted. 

11. The Association adjourned by prayer. 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator. 
S. J. HALL, Clerk. 



MAILING LIST TO CHURCHES. 



Arbor— J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C, R. 1, 83; Big Meadow— W. C. 
Jones, Burlington, N. C, 65; Country Line — T. H. Rudd, Union 
Ridge, N. C, R. 1, 18; Dan River— W. J. French, Reidsville, N. C, 
R. 3, 40; Gilliams— J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, R. F. D., 40; 
Harmony— J. I. Clayton, Efland, N. C, R. 1, 40; Lick Fork— Ruffin, 
N. C, R. 1, 58; Lynches Creek— Wi R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. 
C, R. 2, 25; McCray— A. G. Porterfleld, Burlington, N. C, R. 3, '30; 
Moons Creek — J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., R. 5, 25; Pleasant Grove — 
T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, R. 1, 60; Prospect Hill— S. G. Hall, 
Cedar Grove, N. C, 50; Reidsville— E. R. Harriss, Reidsville, N. C, 
50; Wolf Island— R. L. Sneed, Reidsville, N. C, 100; Oak Grove—. 
Yanceyville, N. C, R. 1 20; New Hope— J. S. Nowls, Reidsville, N. 
C, R. 6, 15. 



MAILING LIST TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS. 



Staunton River 18; Kehukee 44; Black Creek 18; Contentnea 25; 
White Oak IS; Abbotts Creek 14; Salem 10; Lower Country Line 
20; Smith's River 20; Little River 20; Mayo 20; Fishers River 20; 
New River 20; Durham, Col. 10. 



RESOLUTIONS OF THANKS. 



RESOLVED, that we extend our sincere thanks to the friends 
and neighbors of this community for their very kind and untiring 
efforts to make us welcome during the time of our stay with them. 

RESOLVED, that we extend our thanks to the proprietors of the 
warehouses in the city of Reidsville for their great kindness in 
furnishing us water during the meeting, and also to those who had 
the management of the water arrangements in their untiring ef- 
forts in keeping the water well supplied. 



Brethren C. A. Howard T. A. Stanfield and S. G. Hall were chosen 
a committee to meet at our next Association and rearrange the 
running of this association from one church to another. 



CIRCULAR LETTER. 



(By E. R. Harris.) 

The Upper Country Line Primitive Baptist Association in session 
with the church at Pleasant Grove, Caswell county, N. C, August 
leth, 17th, and 18th, 1913; To the several churches of which this 
Association is composed, sends Christian Greetings. 

Dearly beloved in the Lord: — I find by referring to "circular let- 
ters of the past that it was understood that the minutes of the As- 
sociation furnish the churches with the proceedings of the body m 
session and the object of the circular letter is a Fraternal Greet- 
ing from the Association to the churches, and as I was appointed 
at our last Association to write the circular letter I have adopted 
this form for your consideration; not that we understand it is for 
the laying down of rules of order, or of establishing creeds or 
discussing disputed points of doctrine or anything calculated to 
bring confusion and discord into our midst. In the forty-eight years 



that I have been connected with the Baptists we have, with few 
exceptions, been blessed with able and sound ministry. Therefore, 
we have not suffered from the effects of progressiveness and other 
harmful things that some, of our less fortunate Brethren of other 
Associations have had to contend with; for which we should feel 
very thankful and often get down on our knees to our Heavenly 
Father and thank Him for his wonderful blessings. 

The Psalmist says, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for 
Brethren to dwell together in unity." 

To behold these blessings it is needful for us to have Faith, for 
without Faith it is impossible to please God, or for Brethren to 
dwell together in unity. Therefore, we are dependent on the Lord 
for all blessings; our prayers avail nothing without Faith, and we 
are not able to behold Him only through Faith, which is the gift 
of God. We read in the Scriptures that the effectual, fervent pray, 
er of a righteous man availeth much. 31ias subject to like passion 
as we ore, proyed that it might not rain i'oi a certain time and 
prayed again that it might rain. Both petitions were answered. 
The Lord gave him Faith, revealing His will; therefore, the effect. 
So the Spirit must reveal to our minds the will of God concerning 
that in which we are exercised. Therefore, we conclude that the 
blessing comes before the petition. Paul teaches that we know 
.not what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself maketh in- 
tercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered, and He 
that searcheth the heart knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit 
because He maketh intercessions for the Saints according to the 
will of God. So our prayers must accord with God's will and *or 
this to be, His will and purpose concerning us must be revealed to 
us, that we may hunger and thirst for that which he has in store 
for us; therefore the blessing preceeds the petition. "Blessed are 
the poor in spirit, for their's is the kingdom of Heaven." "Blessed 
are they that mourn for they shall be comforted, etc." Now, to 
have Faith to behold a risen, living Saviour, a salvation complete 
and full, enabling us to view the Church in unity of the Spirit, as 
the Psalmist says, "Behold it as being both good and pleasant, for 
where grace abounds over the abound-in gs of sin, there follows a 
manifestation of the unity of Spirit in the bonds of peace." It is 
this work of His Spirit that qualifies us to walk together as Breth- 
ren. May all our days be devoted to His service that we mav 
live to the praise of the glcry of His grace, and be kept by His 
power through Faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the 
last time. 



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INUTES 



OF THE 



Upper Country Line 

Primitive Baptist Association 



HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 



ALAMANCE COUNTY. X. C. 



AUGUST 15. 16 and 17, 1914. 

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THE FLOVJERS COU-tOTlON 




INUTES 



OF THE 



Upper Country Line 

Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

IS/IcCrays 

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N. C. 



AUGUST 15. 16 and 17, 1914. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



Saturday Morning. 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder B. 
B. Mc&innery from Phil. 2 :12. 

2. The Association convened and after praise and 
prayer by Elder P. D. Gold, the Association proceeded to 
business. 

3. Brother E. R. Harris was chosen Moderator. 

■±. Elders M. B. Martin and C. A. Davis were chosen to 
preach to the people this afternoon. • 

5. Correspondents and visitors from sister Associations 
and churches were invited to seats with us. The following 
were received: 

From Little River, minutes — J. E. Adams, R. E. Adams. 
From Kehukee, minutes. From Mayo — J. P. Via, Eld. G. M. 
Trent. From White Oak — Eld. Isaac Jones. From Black 
Creek, minutes/— Eld. P. D. Gold, and B-o. C. B. Hall. 
From Oakmulgee — Minutes. From Sta*nton River, minutes 
— R. H, Lewis. From Lower Country Line, minutes — Eld. 
T. Y. Monk and Bro. t H. E. Satterfield. From Salem, min- 
utes — Eld. P. W. Williard, C. A. Davis. From Fisher River 
— Minutes. From Contenea, minutes— E. A. Stanfield. From 
Smith's River — Minutes. From New River — Minutes. From 
Abbotts Creek, minutes — E. Sykes. From Seven Mile — Eld. 
W. M. Monsees. From Mountain — Eld. M. B. Martin. From 
Durham — Col. by minutes. I 

- 6. The messengers of McCrays church together with the 
Moderator and Clerk were chocen the committee of ar- 
rangements, and brethren T. A. Stanfield and A. J. Lam- 
beth were chosen the committee on finance. 

7. The letters from the several churches composing this 
Association were read and their standing recorded in the 
statistical table. 

8. The circular letter called for. The letter read, re- 
ceived and ordered printed with our minutes. 

9. Petitionary letters were called for — Montecela church 
and Greensboro church. 

10. The Association adjourned until 9 o'clock Monday 
morning with benediction. 

Elder M. B. Martin preached from Math. 15 :13. Elder 



C. A. Davis preached from Math. 7 :25 to 30. 

Sunday Morning. 

Elder P. D. Gold preached from Phil. 2 :12. Elder J. T. 
Rowe from Iah. 55 :10-11. 

Sunday Afternoon. 

Elder Isaac Jones preached from Salvation is of the Lord. 
Elder P. W. AVilliard preached from Rev. 221. 

Monday Morning. 

1. The Association met according to adjournment and 
after praise and prayer by Elder J. T. Rowe proceeded to 
business. 

2. Elders A. G. Morton and M. B. Martin were chosen to 
'preach to the people this morning - . 

3. Messengers who were appointed last year to visit sis- 
ter Associations were called on to report. Some attended 
and those who did not were excused. 

4. Messengers were then appointed to visit Associations 
at their next session as follows : 

Mttle Rivera— S. J. Hall. ! Kehukee — Minutes. Mayo- 
Brethren E. R. Harris and John Dye. White Oak — Minutes. 
Contentnea — Minutes. Black Creek — E. R. Harris. Staun- 
ton River — Eld. B. F. McKinney and Bro. R. A. Cox. Lower 
Country Line — Elders "W. C. Jones. G. M. Trent and others. 
Salem — Brother J. "W. Gilliam. Elder "W. C. Jones and 
others. Abbotts Creek — Eld. W. C. Jones. Fishers River — 
Minutes. Smith's River — Minutes. New River — Minutes. 
Mountain — Minutes and Eld. "W. C. Jones and E. R. Harris- 

5. Brother B. F. McKinney was requested to write a 
circular letter to be read on Saturday at our next Asso. 

6. It was agreed that our next Association be held with 
the church at Greensboro. Guilford county to begin at 10 
o'clock on Saturday and 3rd Sunday and Monday in Aug. 
1915. Elder C. F. Denny was chosen to preach the intro- 
ductory sermon and Elder B. F. McKinney his alternate. 

7. It was agreed that a, section meeting be held with the 
church at New Hope on Friday, Saturday and 2nd Sunday 
in Anril. 1915. Elders W. O. Jones and B. F. McKinney 
and B. B. McKinney were chosen to attend, and that an- 
other section meeting was appointed to be held with the 
church at Big Meadow on 4th Friday, Saturday and Sun/ 



day in April, 1915. \ 

8. The finance committee was called on to report, which 
report is as follows : 

Received from the churches .$57.65 

Received from the congregation ...... .$87.73 $145.36 

Paid Clerks fee ...................... .$10.00 

Paid for printing and mailing minutes. .$17.00 
The report wa,s received and the committee discharged. 
9. Our clerk was instructed to have 1,000 copies of 
these minutes printed and distributed among the churches 
eom'posing this Association, and among the Associations 
with whom we correspond, and that he receive $10.00 for 
his services. 

10. The minutes were read and adopted. 

11. The Association adjourned and prayer by Elder M. 
B. Martin, 

S. J. HALL. Clerk. E. R. HARRIS, Moderator. 

Mailing List to Churches. 

Arbor— J'. E. Simmons. Fitch. N. C. R 1. 83 

Big Meadow — W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C R. 1 65 

Country Line— T. H. Rudd. Union Ridge. N. C. R. 1 IS 

Dan River— 

Gilliams— J. W. Gilliam. Altamahaw, N. C. R. F. D. 40 

Harmony — J, I. Clayton, Efland. N. C. — 

Lick Fork- — 

Lynches Creek— W. R, Hawkins, Cedar Grove. X. C. R. 2, 25 

McCrays — 

Moons Creek — • 

Pleasant Grove — 

Prospect Hill— S. J. Hall. 1 Cedar Grove. N. G:, 50 

Reidsville— E. R, Harris. Reidsville, N. C. 50 

Wolf Island— Reidsville. N. C. 100 

Oak Grove— Yanceyville. N. C. 20 

New Hope— Reidsville. N. C. 15 

Mailing 1 List to Sister Associations. 

Little River. Kehukee. Mayo. White Oak, Black Creek, 
Oakmulgee, Staunton River. Lower Country Line. Salem, 
Fishers River. Contentnea, Smiths River, New River, Ab- 
botts Creek. Durham, Col. 



To the ministers and messengers that may compose the 
Upper Country Line Association, greeting : 

About two months before our last Association convened, 
I was made to feel that I would be appointed to write the 
next circular letter, and this was the subject that was pre- 
sented : "Let every man abide in the same calling wherein 
he was called." 1st Cor. 7:20. The apostle reminds us 
that we are to abide in the same calling, not another one. 

We know there are diversities of gifts, but of the same 
Spirit. Cor. 12:4. And in Rom. 12:4, "For as we have- 
many members in one body, and all members have not the 
-same office, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and 
every one members one of another." So in fine new testa- 
ment, Ave have this set forth that though we have many 
gifts, we are of one body, and that body (the church) is 
governed by the Head (Jesus.' So gift should say to an- 
other one, we have no need of thee, or how he 'should use 
his gift. We are not to be the judge : but let us magnify 
our own gift — our own calling — and stay within the bonds 
of our land. 

We notice that when Joshua took command of the Israel- 
ites they passed over Jordan and Canaan was allotted to 
them (the different tribes.) Boundary lines were given so 
each would know where his possession lay. This Canaan 
land is fa type of the church, and we, as members of Christ's 
mystical body, have our possessions — our calling. We have 
no legal right to cross over these boundary lines and tell 
some onee else how he should preach or what his field is. It 
becomes necessary sometimes, for us (naturally) to post our 
lands, saying, "Posted! Keep Off!" 

Now brethren, this should uot be the case in this gospel 
land of ours. Yet it is posted by the Head of the church, 
for each has his boundary lines. If eaich one had had 
the same calling, there would have been no need of this 
division in Canaan, and. if there had been no danger of 
some one getting outside his calling, there would not have 
been any use of Paul's admonition for them to "abide in 
the same calling wherein he was called." 

But we know that there are some not willing to abide in 
their calling — that! think they not only know their field, 
but their brethren's field. Even in the days of Joshua, the 
sons of Joseph were not contented with what Joshua had 
given them, but go to him again and say: "We are the 



sons of Joseph — we are a great people — this land is not 
enough for us." There seems to be a spirit of boasting 
over their ancestry. Because Joseph had been a great man 
— a ruler of Egypt — they wer to be looked up to — they 
were entitled to more. What did Joshua do? Yes, you are 
a great people — get you to the mountain country where 
there are giants and heavy timbers. To my mind that is to 
subdue those high exalted notions that live right in this 
old flesh of ours. -Joshua did not take from another and 
give to these, but just gave them some territory that had; 
not been taken u'p. To take up heavy timbered lands — in 
the mountain at that — is no easy task. Yet we know, by ex- 
perience, that we have some territory in this old land of 
ours, tbiat is very mountainous and is hard to possess, but 
by the command of our Spiritual Joshua, we can drive out 
these Canaauites, though they be in chariots of iron. Be- 
hold 'how pleasant it is to dwell together in unity. When 
we fight tjhe enemy jointly, we gain the victory. Judah in- 
vites Simeon to come into his lot and help cHrive out the 
enemy, then in turn, Judah goes into Simeon's lot and 
helps Simeon. 

They prevailed. "United we stand, divided we fall." 
Now dear brethren, I feel very little and unworthy to give 
the admonition thus given, but I hope it will be accpted in 
the same spirit it is given — in meekness. 

Let us all strive to abide in the "same calling" wherein 
we were called. 

With much love to the household of faith, 

T. A. STANFIELD. 
Mclver, N. C, Jan. 3, 1914. 

Resolutions of Thanks. 

Having been highly favored of the Lord in blessing us 
with ideal weather, able preaching and ample accommoda- 
tion, we desire to return thanks to God, and to the com- 
munity for their hospitality in entertaining our Association. 

S. J. HALL, 

Assistant Clerk. 
Resolved that the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association be urged by their ministers and 
deacons to contribute more liberally to the Association 
fund, so that our finance committee wilt not be embarrassed 



by having 1 to solicit funds from our congregations as they 
have in the past. ] 

S. J. HALL, 

Assistant Clerk. 
We, the committee, appointed to rearrange the running 
of the Upper Country Line Association find that we can- 
not better the running of it ; but recommend that in the 
event that this Association should fall in the same neigh- 
borhood too often, that a committee be appointed to say 
where it should go, or left to the messengers of the Asso- 
ciation to say. 

T. A. STANFIELD, 
S J, HALL, 
C. A. HOWARD. 



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Prilnitive Baptist Association 



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UPPER COUNTRY LINE 



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HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 



Greensboro 



Guilford County 



On August 14, 15 and 16, 1915 



PROCEEDINGS. 



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ED AY MOKKING. 

I. The introductory sermon was preaciied by Elder O. J. 
Lenny. 

Z. The association convened, and after praise and prayer 
the association proceeded to business. 

3. Eider 0. F. Denny was chosen moderator, S. B. Hall, 
clerk. 

4. Elders G. 0. Key and M. B. Martin were chosen to 
preach to the people this afternoon. 

5. Correspondents and visitors from sister associations, 
and churches were invited to^eats with us. The following 
were received: 

From Little River — J. E. Adams, Alex Wiggs. 

From Kehukee — J. A. Shaw. 

From Mayo, W. A. Goety, H. F. Kutchens, J. F. Via, Jas. 
Trent and Elder G. W. Trent. 

From White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones. 

From Black Creek— Elders J. C. Hooks, P. D. Gold and 
Bro. C. B. Hall, and Bro. C. W. Gold. 

From Baltimore — Elder Joshua Rowe. 

From Mt. Eno— Bro. H. G. Welborn. 

From Pig River — Elder J. W. "Wyatt. 

From Bear Creek — Elders H. M. Williams. 

From Oakmulgee — 

From Stanton River — Elders N. T. Oaks, C. T. Evans, 
Bro. W. H. Wilson. 

From Lower Country Line — W. A. Warren, H. E. Satter- 
field, J. A. Carver. 

From Salem— Elders P. W. Williard, G. A. Morton, J. A. 
Asfrburn and C. A. Davis and others. 

From Fisher's River — Elder G. 0. Key. 

From Contentnea— Elders G. M. Corbit, J. P. Tingle. 

From Smiths River — 
, From New River — Elder P. G. Lester. 

From Abbotts Creek — Brethren L. A. Wright, N. Tucker. 

From Durham,- (colored.') 

From Mountain — Elder M. B. Martin. 

6. The messengers of Greensboro Church, together with 
the moderator and clerk were chosen the Committee of 



Arrangements; and Brethren I. J. Harris, T. A. Stanfield 
were chosen the Committee on .binance. 

7. The letters from the several churches composing this 
association were read and their standing recorded in the 
Statistical Table. 

8. The circular letter called for, the letter read, re- 
ceived and ordered printed with minutes. 

9. Petitionary letters were called for. 

10. The association adjourned until 9 o'clock Monday 
morning with 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON. 

Elder M. B. Martin preached from, "Ye must be born 
again. 

Elder G. 0. Key preached from, "We are His workman- 
ship," etc. 

Elder P. G. Lester at 7:45 preached from "The Lord is 
my shepherd," etc. -, 

Elder J. A. Ashburn. 

SUNDAY MORNING. 

Elder P. D. Gold preached from, Matt. 13 chapter. 
Elder J. T. Rowe preached from Matt. 1 23rd verse. 

AFTERNOON. 

Elder Isaac Jones, "Blessed are they that know the joy- 
ful sound." ; 
Elder P. G. Lester Rev. 22 and 1st verse. 

MONDAY MORNING. 

1. The association met according to adjournment, and 

after praise and prayer by Elder , pro seeded to 

business. 

2. Elders J. C. Corbett, P. W. Williard, and J. C. Hooks, 
preached. 

3. The messengers who were appointed last year to visit 
sister associations were called on to report ; some attended, 
and those who did not were ^excused. 

4. Messengers were appointed to visit sister associations 
at their next sessions as follows . 

Little River- — Minutes. 
Kehukee — Minutes. 



Mayo — Minutes. 
Y\ nxie Ouk — jxmutes. 
Comcnoiea — ALmuies. 
Black Creek — ALinutes. 

Stan ion River — Eider J. W. Gilliam and Brother Tassitt. 
Lower Country Line — Elders J. VV. Giliain, B. F. Mc- 
Kinney. 

Abbotts Creek — Elder W. C. Jones. 

Fishers River — 

Smith River — 

New River — 

Salem — Elder J. W. Gilliam, Jr. 

Mountain — 

5. Brother "W. F. Pruitt was requested to write a cir- 
cular letter to be read on Saturday at our next associa- 
tion. 

6. It was agreed that our next association be held with 
the church at Dan River, Casweil County, to begin at 10 
o'clock on 'Saturday before the third Sunday in August, 
1916. c Elder J. W. Gilliam, Jr., was chosen to preach the 
introductory sermon, and Eider B. F. McKinney his alter- 
nate. 

7. It was agreed that a section meeting be held with 
the church at Monticello, beginning on Saturday before the 
second Sunday in April. Elders 0. J. Denny, W. C. Jones 
attend. 

And that another section meeting was appointed to be 
held with the. church at McCray on third Saturday and 
Sunday in May. Elder 0. J. Denny, Elder C. F. Denny 
and McKinney. 

8. The Finance Committee was called on to report, 
which report is as follows : 

Received from the churches $55.00 

Received from the congregation 40.85 



Total $95.85 

Allowed for printing minutes ■ $17.00 

Allowed for clerk's fee . 10.00 

For ministers 68.85 

The report was received and the committee discharged: 
9. The clerk was instructed to have 1,000 copies of these 
minutes painted and distributed among the churches com- 



posing this association, and among the associations with I 

whom we correspond and that he receive $10.00 for his 
services. 

10. MAILING LIST TO CHUSCHES. Minutes 

Arbor— J. E. Simmons, P. 0. Fitch, N. C, R. P. D. 1 62 

Big Meadow — VV C Jones, Burlington 25 

Country Line — T. H. Rudd, Union nidge, R. F. D. 1 .... 10 

Dan River — W. G. French, Reidsville, H. F. D. 3 40 

Grilliams— J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N.'C., R. P. D. 1 . . 40 

Harmony — -J. 1. Clayton, Efland, N. C. 30 

Lick Pork— C. L. Apple, Runin, R. P. D. 1 30 

Lynches Creek — W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C, 

R, P. D. 2 25 

McCrays— A. G. Porterlield, Burlington, N. C, R, P. D. 3 20 
Moons Creek— J. W. Neal, Danville, Ya., R. P. D. 5 .... 20 
Pleasant Grove— T. A. Stanneld, Mclver, N. C., R. F. D. 1 42 

Prospect Hill— S. J. Hall, Cedar Grove, N. C 50 

Reidsville— E. R. Harris, Reiclsville, N. C 50 ' 

Wolf Island— R. L. Sneed, Reidsville, N. C 50 

Oak Grove— R, H. Jones, Yanceyville, N. C, R. F. D. 1 15 
New Hope— P. A. Pascal, Reidsville, N. C, R, P. D. 6 . . 40 

Monticello — A. J. Lambeth, Brown Summit, N. C 20 

Greensboro — L. I. Harris, Greensboro, N. C 40 

CHURCHES, CLERKS AND THEIR POSTOFFICEB. 

Arbor — J. E. Simmons. 

Big Meadow — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 
Country Line — T. H. Rudd. 
Dan River— W. G. Dix. 
Gilliams — J. W. Gilliam, Sr. 
Harmony — J. I. Clayton, Efland, N. C. 
, Lick Fork— C. A. Howard, Danville, Va. 
Lynches Creek — -W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C. 
McCrays, Mrs. Ella F. Porterlield, Burlington, N. C. 
Moons Creek — J. W. Neal, Danville, Va. 
Oak Grove — 

Pleasant Grove — T. A. Stanneld. 
Prospect Hill— S. J. Hall, Cedar Grove, N. C. 
Reidsville — E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C. 
Wolf Island— R. L. Sneed. 
New Hope— J. S. Noles. 



Montieello — J. J. Lambeth. 

Greensboro — L. J. Harris, Greensboro, N. 0. 



r io the Messengers and Visitor who ALay Compose the 

Upper Country .Line Primitive rsaptist dissociation, 
Lear .brethren: — 

r>y request i shall endeavor to write a circular letter to 
be read m your hearing, if 1 iiave any suDject at all to 
base what i shall write upon, it will De .found in riomans, 
ibth chapter and 28th verse, and -we know that all tnings 
work together tor good to them that iove God; to them 
who are called according to his purpsoe. Now, we see the 
apostie in tiie- beginning of tins- ciiapter, • speaks plainly 
tnat there is therefore now no condemnation to them who 
are in Christ Jesus who walk' oiot after the flesh but after 
the spirit. This address was; .according to my mind to 
the church showing plainly that his children will not be 
eternally condemned (we hear the same' writer in speak- 
ing to the church at Rome "that, whom the Lord did 
foreknow He did predestinate ,to be conformed to the 
image of His Son, and those' He did call we hear (John) 
saying what manner of .lqve. hath the Lather bestow- 
. ed upon us that we should be called the sons of God. 
Ih this we see the love of God manifest proving that they 
are one in Christ and they have na confidence in the ilesh. 
Now We see all this is dQne according to His own purpose 
and grace which was given them in Christ before the world 
began, and they must be' quickened into divine life. We as 
poor finite creatures have .realized in our own personal 
experience that we knew nothing about God until we were 
quickened by- His spirit. We w;ere walking as aliens from 
Pirn and • strangers to his grace, roiling sin as a sweet 
morsel under, our tongue and- trampling His mercy under 
our • unhallowed feet, but God'-who is rich in mercy with 
His great love w>erewith he hath loved us even when we 
were dead in 1 masses and in sin has quickened, us to- 
' gether and made us to sit together in heavenly -in Christ. 
We notice the word "hath" has a particular meaning. Jesus 
says thine,, they were and thou -gavest them me and I 
believe that His children were with Him in the beginning 
dnd he purposed to give them to his son that he might 
redeem them and we see that fney are not redeemed with 



corruptible things such as -silver and gold, but by the pre'. 
ious blood of Christ, and Jesus had this glory with HiB 
Father even before the world was. and the aposiie< could 
willingly say that all things work together for good to theiri 
thu.i love God, etc. 

I well remember the next morning titer I w T as deih e 
of that heavy burden which bore me down about (4 years.) 
The text that I have mentioned in the outset came into mj* 
mind. I felt then that I did love God more than all the 
things on earth. These words also came in my mind- 
''Surely, goodness and mercy ha . i r < iiowed me all t 
of my life." This early one morning a rat the dawn of 
the rising sun it seemed that" it shone different fro. 'hat 
it did before, everything seemed to be praising the .Lord. 
Bretheren that was a time of rejoicing to me, may the 
Lord's blessings be with you all ir my prayer. 

Your brother in prayer,' 

V F. McKINNEV. 



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Upper Country Line 

Primitive baptist cAssociation 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

DAN RIVER 

Rockingham County, North Carolina 

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E. R. Harris, Moderator Reidsville, N. C 

Elder J. W. Gilliam, Clerk Altamahaw, N. C. 

R. L. Snead, Ass't Clerk Reidsville, N. C 



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Proceedings df the 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE ASSOCIATION 

Saturday Morning, August 19th, at 10 o'clock. 

1st. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J. 
iV. Gilliam from The General Epistle of Jude, 3rd verse, and 
,vas followed by Elder J. A. Shaw, of Kehukee Association, 
vho preached from Philippians, 2d Chapter, 9th and 10th 
rerses. 

2nd. After an intermission, the Association convened, and 
ifter praise and prayer by Elder P. D. Gold, of the Black 
Jreek ssociation, p/oceeded to business. On motion brother 
i. R. Harris was chosen Moderator, and Elder ,J. W. Gilliam, 
Jlerk, and brother R. L. Snead, Ass 't Clerk. 

3rd. Petitionary letters called for, but none received. 

4th. The Moderator appointed Elders E. C. Stone and 
Samuel McMillon to go to the stand and preach to the 
)»ople. 

5th. Messengers and visitors from sister Associations 
if ere invited to take seats with us, whereupon the fellow- 
*g were received: 

Prom Little River, Elder W. M. Monsess. 

Prom Black Creek, Elder P. D. Gold and Elder J. W. 
Wyatt, and C. B. Hall. 

Prom Fisher's River, Minutes. 

From Wite Oak, Elder Isaac Jones, and Minutes. 

Prom Mayo, Elders J. R. Wilson, J. F. Spangler, and G. 
1. Trent, and Bro. J. W. Moorefield, and Minutes. 

From Lower Country Line, Brother H. E. Satterheld, and 
linutes. s 

Prom Abbott's Creek, Eider Samuel McMillon, and Min- 

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From Contentnea, Elder J. P. Tingle, and brethren E. A. 

tanfield and J. T. Lewis and Minutes. 

From Pig River, Elder A. B. Philpot and Elder F. L. Egle- 
i>n, and brethren Thomas Eanes, J. W. Ramsey, and Allen 
gleton. 
\ From Smith's River. Not represented. 

From Stanton River, Elders W. R. Dodd and T. N. Oakes. 

From New River, Elder P. G. Lester. 

From Mill Branch, Brother L. 0. Hinsou. 

From Baltimore, Elder J. T. Rowe. 

From Bear Creek, Minutes. 



From Salem, Elder W. A. Gourley, and Minutes. 

From Mountain, Minutes. 

From Durham Association (Col) Minutes. 

6th. The Messengers of Dan River Church, together with 
the Moderator and Clerk, were chosen the Committee on 
Arrangements, and brethren R. S. Somers and W. F. Pruitt 
were appointed a Committee on Finance. 

7th. On motion, the Clerk was instructed to notify. Sister 
J. W. Neal of Moon's Creek Church, to take charge of cer- 
tain funds belonging to Moon's Creek Church which were 
left in her hands by the death of her husband, and to keep 
proper record of same. 

8th. Letters from the several churches composing the 
Association were read, and their standing was recorded in 
the statistical table of this minute. 

9th. The circular letter written by Bro. W. F. Pruitt was 
called for, read, received and ordered printed in our min- 
utes. 

10th. On motion the Association adjourned to meet Mon- 
day morning, August 21st, 1916, at 9 o'clock. 

E. R. HARRIS, 

Moderator. 
Elder J. W. GILLIAM, Clerk. 
R. L. SNEAD, Ass't Clerk. 



Monday Morning, August 21st, 1916. 

11th. The Association met according to appointment, and 
after praise and prayer by Elder P. D. Gold, of the Black 
Creek Association, proceeded to business. 

12th. The messengers who were appointed last year to 
visit Sister Associations were called upon to report. The re- 
ports were very satisfactory, and those who did not attend 
were excused. 

13. Messengers were appointed to visit Sister Associa- 
tions at their next session, as follows : 

Little River, Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Kehukee, Brother J. R. Smith. 

Mayo, Elder W. F. Pruitt and brother R, S. Somers. 

White Oak, Minutes. 

Contentnea, Brethren T. A. Stanfield and E. R. Harris. 

Black Creek, Minutes. 

Stanton River, Elder J. W. Gilliam. 



Lower Country Line, Elder B. P. McKinney, and brethren 
W. F. Pruitt and W. P. Warren. 

Abbott's Creek, Brother J. R. Smith. 

Fisher's River, Minutes. 

Smith's River, Minutes. 

New River, Minutes. 

Salem, Brethren J. A. Walker, W. F. Pruitt, R. P. Somers 
and P. A. Paschal. 

Mountain, Minutes. 

Durham Association (Col) Minutes. 

14th. Brother R. S. Somers was requested to write a Cir- 
cular Letter to be read on Wednesday, at our next Asso- 
ciation. 

15th. On motion it was agreed that our next Association 
be held with the Church at New Hope, Rockingham County, 
to begin at 10 o'clock on Wednesday before the third Sun- 
day in August, 1917, and continue three days, and Elder O. 
J. Denny be chosen to preach the introductory sermon, B 
F. McKinney as his alternate. 

16th. It was agreed that a Section Meeting he held with 
the Church at Gilliam's, beginning on Saturday before the 
fourth Sunady in May, 1917, and continue two days. Elders 
0. J. Denny and B. F. McKinney were chosen to attend. 

17th. It was agreed that a Section Meeting be held with 
the Church at Lynches' Creek, beginning on Friday before 
the second Sunday in April, 1917, and continue three days. 
Elders J. A. Herndon and W. C. Jones were chosen to at- 
tend. 

18th. The Finance Committee was called upon to report, 
which report was as follow :s 

Received from the Churches $52.90 

Received from Friends in the Congregation 10.80 

Total $63.70 

Expenditures 

For Printing and Postage $17.00 

Allowed Clerk for Services 10.00 

Amount given visiting brethren «, .y, .v. .*»-. • 36.70 



Total $63.70 

The report of the Finance Committee was received, and 



the Committee was discharged. 

19th. Ordered that our Clerk have one thousand of these 
minutes printed, and distributed with the Churches of this 
Association, and with the Sister Associations with whom 
we correspond. 

20th. Feeling that we have been wonderfully favored 
and blessed with able preaching: 

Therefore be it resloved, 

Mailing List to Churches No. Minutes 

Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C, Route No. 1 62 

Big Meadow — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington. N. C %o 

Country Line— T. H. Rudd, Union Ridge N. C, Route 1. .10 
Dan River— W. J. French, Reidsville, N. C, Route- 3. . . .40 

Gilliam's — J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, Route 1 40 

Miarmony— J. 1. Clayton, Efland, N. C 30 

Lick Fork— C. L. Apple, Reidsville, N. C, Route 6 30 

Lynches Creek— W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C, R 2. .25 
McCrays— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, Route 3.. 20 
Moons Creek — Mrs. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., Route 5.. 20 
Pleasant Grove— T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C., Route 1. .42 

Prospect Hill— S. J. Hall, Cedar Grove, N. C 50 

Reidsville — E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C t>0 

Wolf Island— R. L. Snead, Reidsville, N. C, 50 

Oak Grove— J. W. Watlington, Yancey ville, N. C, R 1 15 

New Hope— J. S. Nole, Reidsville, N. C, Route 6 40 

Monticello — A. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C 20 

Greensboro — L. I. Harris, Greensboro, N. C 40 



List of the Churches composing the Upper Country Line 
Primitive Baptist Association, with order of rotation since 
its organization: 

Churches When last held. 

Harmony 1907 

Reidsville 1908 

Gilliam's 1909 

Oak Grove 1910 

Lynches Creek 1911 

Lick Fork 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCrays 1914 

•**tnsboro 1916 



Dan River 1916 

New Hope, Appointed for . . . 1917 

Prospect Hill 

Wolf Island . 

Big Meadows 

Monticello ; . . . . 

Moods Creek 

Country Line 



Mailing- List to Sister Associations 

Little River, Kelmkee, Mayo, White Oak, Black Creek, 
Contentnea, Stanton River, Lower Country Line, Abbott "» 
Creek, Fishers River, Smith's River, New River, Salem, Pif 
River, Mountain, Durham Association (Col), Baltimore, 
Bear Creek, and Mill Branch. 



1st. That we return thanks to God for this and for many 
other blessings enjoyed. 

2nd. That we extend our thanks to the friends and neigh- 
bors of this community for their very kind and untiring 
efforts to welcome us during the tune of our stay with them. 

3rd. That we extend our thanks to the warehousemen 
for their kindness in furnishing tis with water during the 
Association, and for their untiring efforts in keeping same 
well suplied. 

4th. That we extend our thanks to the Sheriff and other 
o . . cers for keeping good order for us during the Associa- 
tion. 

5th. That we express our regrets that our brother and 
former Clerk, brother S. J. Hall, is too feeble to attend our 
Association. We miss his presence, his wise counsel, and 
his efficient services as Clerk, which position he has held for 
many years, and we pray the blessings of the Lord to rest 
upon him in his afflictions. 



PREACHING 

Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder E. C. Stone, Psalms 89 :15. 
Elder Samuel McMillon. Heb. 8 :6. 
Elder W. M. Monsess. John 6 :37. 
Elder J, R. Wilson. 2 Peter 1 :o. 



Sunday Morning : 

Elder P. D. Gold. 2 Cor. 3 :U. 

Elder J. A. Rowe. Isaih 55 : 10th and 11th. 

Elder P. G. Lester. Rom. 7 :24. 
Sunday Afternoon: 

Elder A. B. Philpot. Hosea 13 :14. 

Elder Isaac Jones. Gen. 28 :16. 

Elder R. L. Mabe. Rev. 22:16. 

Elder W. A. Gourley. Deu. 33 :29. 
Monday Morning 1 : 

Elder J. W. Wyatt. John 11:6. 

Note : The Clerk did not get a record of the preaching 
on Saturday night and Sunday night. 



CIRCULAR LETTER 

Very Bear Brethren : As it has been the custom of our 
A:-sociation to appoint some-one to write a circular letter oo 
be read, the Moderator at our last Session appointed me to 
this task, and I will try to discharge same, but I feel very 
sensibly my weakness, and I trust you will throw the man- 
tle of charity over my imperfections. 

I will try to write from a passage of Scripture which 
seems to be upon my mind, and may be found by reference 
to John 13:17. "If ye know these things, happy are ye if 
ye do them." The ye that is found in this scripture three 
times goes to show conclusively that it is addressed to a 
special people. Like all scriptures, it is written for the 
comfort and benefit of God's dear people, and for then- 
guidance while here in this world. We enjoy the saving 
efficacy that is produced by obedience while we stay in this 
world of sorrow and tribulation if we follow the admonition 
given, and that which was written afore time was written 
for our learning that we through patience andd comfort of 
the scriptures might have hope as one of the writers has put 
it. The apostle was, no doubt, calling special attention to 
the ordinance of foot-washing, which shows the great love 
and humility that always characterized his travel while in 
J his world. We see that great spirit of love in all that he 
did. There are many things that come in connection with 
rhis subject. I believe it is right for the saints to wash one 
another's feet, but my mind seems to lead to speak of other 
!hings. The subject presents itself with special reference 



'o our walk in life. I have thought a great deal on this 
subject, since I hav£ had a desire to walk in a way that I 
would have the answer of a good conscience towards God. 
James says, if we be a doer of the work Ave shall be blessed. 
that takes us off the stool of do-nothing. We are taught 
that we should abstain from meats fit for idols. I under- 
stand that means we are to let things alone that the Lord 
bays let alone, or leave off, or in other words we should not 
go into things that are condemned in the scriptures, but obey 
the .commands given— the things we shall be happy in doing. 
The Bible is a thorough furnisher to every good work. We 
are to leave off the things that we do not have a thus saitii 
the Lord for. We should not try to introduce new things, 
but rather be content with the old paths. Stand ye in the 
ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good 
way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. 
The old paths are good enough for all the house-hold of faith, 
and ye will be happy if ye do these things. Duty is import- 
ant, and 1 don't like to hear it lightly spoken of, because we 
find it taught in God's blessed book. In doing our duty, 
we should admonish those who go astray, but remember 
that we are poor dependant creatures. Leaving off all mal- 
ice, envy, and hatred, because this not well pleasing in the 
sight of Our Saviour. Luke saith, "Whosoever cometn 
to me and hearth my saying and doeth them, 1 will show 
you to whom he is like; he is like a man which built an 
house, and digged, and laid the foundation on a rock," etc. 
This doesn't mean to dive into things you know nothing 
about, but follow the plain paths of duty, such things as you 
feel our Savior has required at your hands, and ye will be 
happy. Obedience from a heart of love. Greater love hath 
no man than that a man lay down his life for his friends, 
and it becomes us to lay down our lives for our brethren. 
If God impresses one to go and preach, he will be happy if 
he goes in discharge of his duty. When he impresses his little 
cues to go to the church, they will be happy when they go. 
If it is to administer to the poor, or visit the sick, they will 
be happy in obedience. We are commanded to visit the 
fatherless and the widows in their afflictions, and to keep 
ourselves unspotted from the world. So it would seem 
that God has assigned us enough to keep us busy. 

Brethren, please look over my imperfections and pray for 



trie, and may the God of all grace keep you by his mighty 
power through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in 
the last time. 

Your little brother I hope, 

W. F. PRUITT. 



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MINUTES 



Of The 



11th Annual Session 



Of The 

| Upper Country Line 

1 Primitive Baptist Association 

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| HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

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NEW HOPE 

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 
AUGUST 15, 16 and 17, 1917 



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OFFICERS: 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator, Reidsville, N. C. 
J. W. GILLIAM, Jr.," Clerk, Altamahaw, N. C. 
R. L. SNEAD, Assistant Clerk, Reidsville, N. C. 




PROCBKDJNGS OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE ASSOCIATION 

Wednesday Morning, August 5th, at 10 o'clock 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder O. J. Den- 
ny from Rom. 5:19-20-21 and was followed by Elder L. H. Har- 
dy. 

2. After an intermission, the Association convened, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder P. D. Gold, proceeded to business. On 
motion Bro. E. R. Harris was chosen Moderator, and J. W. Gill- 
iam, Jr., Clerk, and Bro. R. L. Snead assistant clerk. 

3. Petitionary letters were called for, but none received. 

4. The Moderator appointed Elders T. B. Lancaster and C. A. 
Davis to go to the stand and preach to the people. 

5. Messengers and visitors from sister associations were in- 
vited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were re- 
ceived : 

From Little River — Not represented except by minutes. 

From Black Creek — Elder P. D. Gold and others, Minutes. 

From Fisher's River — By Minutes only. 

From White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones and Minutes. 

From Mayo — Elders J. F. Sprangler, G. M. Trent and others, 

Minutes. 
From Lower Country Line — They appointed Elders Gold and 

Isaac Jones and Minutes. 
From Abbott's Creek — By Minutes. 

From Contentnea — Bro. E. A. Stanfield and others, Minutes. 
From Pig River — Elder F. L. Egleton and Minutes. 
From Smith's River — Not represented — Minutes. 
From Staunton River — Elders W. R. Dodd and T. M. Oakes. 
From New River — By Minutes only. 
From Mill Branch — Not represented. 
From Baltimore — Not represented'. 
From Bear Creek — Minutes. 

From Salem: Elders P. W. Willard, (1 A. Davis and Minutes. 
From Mountain — Minutes only. 
From Durham Association (Col.) — Minutes. 

6. The messengers of New Hope church, together with the 
Moderator and Clerk, were chosen the Committee on Arrange- 
ments, and Brethren T. A. Stanfield and Andy Paschall were ap- 
pointed a committee on Finance. 

7. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association were- read, and their standing was re- 
corded in the statistical table of this minute. 

8. The circular letter written by brother R. S. Somers was 
called for, read, received, and ordered printed in our minutes. 



9. On motion the Association adjourned to meet Friday 
morning, August 17, 19*f, at 9 o'clock 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator, 
J. W. GILLIAM, Jr., Clerk, 

'".■■■■ i . r . '■■ R. L. SNEAD, Assistant Clerk. 

Friday Morning, August 17, 1917 

10. The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder P. D. Gold of Black Creek Association 
proceeded to business. 

11. The messengers who were appointed last year to visit 
Sister Associations were called upon to report. The reports were 
very satisfactory, and those who did not attend were excused. 

12. Messengers were appointed to visit Sister Associations at 
their next session, as follows: 

Seven Mile — Elder J. W. Gilliam, Jr. 
Little River — J. W. Gilliam, Jr., and others. 
Kehukee — ; 

Mayo — 
White Oak — 
Contentnea — 
, Black Creek — . ^ 

Staunton River — 
Lower Country Line — 

Abbott's Creek — J. W. Gilliam, Jr., and others. 
Fisher's River — 
Smith's River — 
New River — 

Salem — J. W. Gilliam, Jr., and others. 
Mountain — 
Durham Association (Col.) — Minutes. 

13. Brother R. L. Snead was requested to write a Circular 
Letter to be read on Wednesday, at our next association. 

14. On motion it was agreed that our next Asociation be held 
with the church at Moon's Creek, to begin at 10 o'clock on Wed- 
nesday before the third Sunday in August, 1918, and continue 
three days, and Elder J. W. Gilliam, Jr. was chosen to preach 
the introductory sermon, with Elder B. F. McKinney as his alter- 
nate. 

15. It was agreed that a Section meeting be held with the 
church at Lick Fork, beginning on Saturday before 1st Sunday in 
May, and continue two days. Elders B. B. McKinney and W. F. 
Pruitt and J. W. Gilliam, Jr., were chosen to attend. 

16. It was agreed that a section Meeting be held with the 
church at Prospect Hill, beginning on Saturday before 4th Sun- 
day in May, and continue two dyas .Elders J. A. Herndon, J. W. 



Gilliam, Jr., and B. P. McKlnney were chosen to attend. 

17. The Finance Committee was called upon to report, whose 

report was as follows: 

Received from churches . $63.30 

Received from friends in the congregation 23.65 

\ 

Total ---y\ $86.95 

v EXPENDITURES: 

For printing and postage $25.00 

Allowed Clerk for Services 10.00 

Amount given visiting brethren 51.95 



Total $86.95 

The report of the Financ* Committee was received, and the 
••mmittee was discharged. 

18. Ordered that our Clerk have one thousand of these mia- 
utes printed and distributed with the churches of this Associa- 
tion, and with the sister Associations with whom we correspond. 

19. Feeling that we have been favored with able preaching, 
and blessed in many other ways to richly enjoy the Association 
now drawing rapidly to a close. Be it resolved, therefore: 

1. That we return thanks to God for these blessings enjoyed. 

2. That we extend our thanks to the brethren, friends and 
neighbors of this community for their very kind welcome and 
splendid hospitality during our stay with them. 

3. That we extend our thanks to the warehousemen for their 
kindnes in furnishing us with water during the Association, and 
especially for their untiring efforts in keeping same well supplied. 

4. That we extend to the Sheriff and other County officers our 
thanks for their good efforts in maintaining order for us during 
the Association. 

Mailing List to Churches No. Minutes. 

Arbor, J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C, R. No. 1 62 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Lime — T. H. Rudd, Union Ridge, N. C, R. No. 1 10 

Dan River — Elder W. F. Pruitt, Ruffin > N. C 40 

Gilliam's — J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, R. No. 1 40 

Harmony — J. I. Clayton, Efland, N. C 30 

Lick Fork — C. L. Apple, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 6 30 

Lynches Creek — W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove N. C, R. No. 2 25 

McCrays — A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, R. No. 3 20 

Moons Creek — Mrs. J. W* .Neal, Danville, Va., R. No. 5 20 

Pleasant Grove — T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, No. 1 v 45 

Prospect Hill — W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C.,___^~ V ____50 

Reidsville — E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. _______50 

Wolf Island — R. L. Sneed, Reidsville, N. C __50 

Oak Grove — J. W. Watlington, Yanceyville, N. C, R. No. 1 15 



New Hope — J. S. Nole, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 6 50 

Monticello — J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C 20 

Greensboro — L. I. Harris, Greensboro, N. C 40 

List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primi- 
tive Baptist Association, with order of rotation since its organiza- 
tion: 

Churches When last held 

Harmony 1907 

Reidsville 1908 

Gilliam's 1909 

Oak Grove 1910 

Lynches Creek . 1911 

Lick Fork 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCrays 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan River 1910 

New Hope 1917 

Moons Creek 1918 

Prospect Hill 

Wolf Island 

Big Meadows 

Monticello 

Moons Creek 

Country Line 

Mailing List to Sister Churches 

Little River, Kehukee, Mayo, White Oak, Black Creek, Con- 
tentnea, Staunton River, Lower Country Line, Abbott's Creek, 
Fishers River, Smith's River, New River, Salem, Pig River, 
Mountain, Durham Association (Col.), Baltimore Bear Creek, 
and Mill Branch. 

PREACHING 

Wednesday afternoon: 

1st — Elder T. B. Lancaster. , 

2nd — C. A. Davis. 

3rd — Elder F. L. Egleston at 5 o'clock p. m 
Thursday morning: 

1st — Elder P. D. Gold 

2nd — E. C. Stone. 

3rd — -Elder Isaac Jones. 
Thursday Afternoon: 

1st — Elder P. W. Willard. 

2nd — Elder Isaac Jones. 



2nd — N. T. Oakes 
3rd — Elder J. W. Flinchum. 
4th — Elder J. F. Spangler at 5 o'cltek p. m. 
Friday Morning: 

1st — Elder F. L. Egleton 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

To the Churches and Brethren composing the Upper Country 
Line Association, in session with the Church at New Hope, Rock- 
ingham County, Greeting: 

Our Moderator at our last Association appointed me to write 
the Circular Letter. It is in much weakness that I attempt to do 
so at this time, and I trust that the brethren will bear with me 
while I try to stir up their pure minds by putting them in remem- 
brance of our certain duties. 

In the general Epistle of Jude, 21st verse, "Keep yourselves 
in the love of God, looking for the Mercy of our Lord Jesus 
Christ unto eternal life." The phrase "In the love of God," has 
two significations. First, his love to us as follows. We love Him 
because He first loved us, the love of God having shed abroad in 
our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us. We are 
persuaded that nothing shall be able to separate us from the love 
of God which is in Christ Jesus the Lord. We know nothing of 
the Lord or His dealings with men until He made it manifest un- 
to us — the kindness and love of God appeared, manifesting the 
love of God. Secondly, Our love to God. Love begets love. He 
that is begotten loveth him that begetteth. ■ Those who are not 
born of God have not the love of God in their hearts. John says 
If you love God keep His commandments. Again, he that loveth 
God keepeth His commandments. This teaching does not imply 
that the person within himself is able to perform what is com- 
manded without divine aid. The true principle is taught by the 
apostle Paul when he said, "Work out your own salvation with 
fear and trembling, for it is God that worketh in you both to will 
end to do of His own good pleasure," etc. 

Brethren we get from this lesson that God so loved us that He 
gave His own Son for us, putting away sin by the sacrifice of him- 
self, and hath forever perfected them that are sanctified by His 
spirit, in regeneration we are led to know him whom to know is 
life eternal. He manifests himself in love and mercy, which 
leadeth us to repentance. Then it is through the operation of 
His spirit that we have been thus changed, or translated from the 
kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His dear Son. What 
mercy and love! He takes from us the heart of stone and gives 
us a heart of flesh which which is susceptible of instruction. 
Brethren, should we not abide in good works, having been killed 
to the love and practice of sin by the operation of His spirit in 



our souls. We are commanded to let our lights so shine that 
they may see our good works and gloryfy our Father (who hath 
done so much for us) who is in heaven. Let us all remember 
that scripture, "If any man love the world, the love of God is not 
in him." Then, love not the world nor the things of the world. 
May the Lord bless us with such spiritual blessings as we stand 
in need of from day unto day. Amen. 

Your brother in hope, 

R. 8. SOMERS. 

(The first mianuseript for the Minutes was lost ia the mails 
and this minutes has beem compile* f-raaa the most a«ewrate data 
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UPPER COUNTRY LINE 



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1 ASSOCIATION 

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HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

MOON'S CREEK 

CASWELL COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 
AUGUST 14, 15, AND 16, 1918 

OFFICERS: 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator 

Elder J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk, 

Altamahaw, N. C.| 
T. A. STANFIELD, Asst. Association Clerk 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
UPPER COUNTRY LINE ASSOCIATION 



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Wednesday Morning, August 14th, at 10 O'clock 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder 
J. W. Gilliam from 1st Cor. 22nd, and was followed by 
Elder C. A. Davis, who preached from Matthew 13th, 
33, 34th verses. 

2. After an intermission, the Association convened, 
and after praise and prayer by Elder L. H. Hardy, 
proceeded to business. On motion Bro. E. R. Harris 
was chosen Moderator. The clerk called to his assist- 
ance brother T. A. Stanfield. 

3.' Petitionary letters were called for. None re- 
ceived. 

4. The Moderator appointed Elders McMillon and 
N. T. Oakes to go to the stand and preach to the people. 

5. Messengers and visitors from sister associations 
were invited to take seats with us, whereupon the fol- 
lowing were received : 

From Little River — Eld. J. E. Adams and Bro. Mod 
Adams. . 

From Black Creek — Eld. W. M. Monsees. 

From Fisher's River — Not represented except by 
minutes. 

From White Oak — Eld. L. H. Hardy. Also minutes. 

From Mayo — Eld. J. F. Spangler. Also minutes. 

From Kehukee — Eld. E. C. Stone. Also minutes. 

From Lower Country Line — Represented by Eld. L. 
H. Hardy, by request. Also minutes. 

From Abbott's Creek — Eld. Samuel McMillon. Also 
minutes. 

From Contentnea — Represented by Eld. L. H. Hardy, 
by request and minutes. 

From Pig River — Eld. F. L. Eggleton and Bro. Mick 
Minter and T. H. Eanes. Also minutes. 

From Smith's River — Not represented except by* 
minutes. 

From Staunton River — Eld. N. T. Oakes, Eld. J. R. 
Wilson, and Ernest Williams. 

From New River — Not represented, except by min- 
utes. 

From Mill Branch— Not represented. 



From Baltimore — Represented by Eld. L. H. Hardy, 
by request. 

From Bear Creek — Not represented. 

From Salem — Eld. C. A. Davis. Also minutes. 

From Mountain — Eld. Ben Martin. 

From Maine Conference — Eld. F. W. Keene. 

From Duffaw Association, Texas — Eld. J. S. New- 
man. 

From Durham Association (Col.) — Minutes. 

6. The messengers of Moon's Creek Church, to- 
gether with the Moderator and Clerk and assistant 
clerk, were chosen the committee on Arrangements, 
and Brethren J. A. Walker and W. A. McKinney and 
Green Dix, were appointed a Committee on Finance. 

7. Letters from the several churches composing the 
Upper Country Line Association were read, and their 
standing recorded in the statistical table of this minute. 

8. The Circular Letter appointed to be written by 
Brother R. L. Snead was called for, but not written. 
He was excused by the association. 

9. On motion the Association adjourned to meet Fri- 
day morning, August 18th, 1918, at 9 o'clock. 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator 

ELD. J. W. GILLIAM. Asso. Clerk. 

T. A. STANFIELD, Asst. Asso. Clerk. 



Friday Morning, August 16th, 1918 

10. The Association met according to appointment, 
and after praise and prayer by Elder F. W. Keene of 
Maine, proceeded to business. 

11. The messengers who were appointed last year 
to visit sister associations were called upon to report. 
The reports of those attending were very satisfactory, 
and those who did not attend were excused. 

12. Messengers were appointed to visit sister asso- 
ciations at their next session, as follows: 

Seven Miles — Minutes. 
Little River — 

Kehukee— Eld. J. W. Gilliam 

Mayo — Bro. R. S. Somers, John Dye, and G. W. Rice, 
White Oak — Minutes. 
Contentnea — Minutes. 
Black Creek — Minutes 

Staunton River— Bro. W. G. Dix and Eld. J. W. Gil- 
liam. 



Lower Country Line — Eld. JT. W. Gilliam and W. P. 
Warren. 
Abbott's Creek — Minutes. 
Fisher's River — Minutes. 
Smith's River — Minutes 
New River — Mnutes 
Salem — R. S. Somers and Jno. Dye. 
Mountain— Minutes. 
Durham Association (Col.) — Minutes. 
Pig River — Minutes. 

13. Brother James A. Walker was requested to 
write a Circular Letter to be read on Wednesday, at 
our next Association. 

14. On motion it was agreed that our next Associa- 
tion be held with the church at Monticello, to begin at 
10 o'clock on Wednesday before the third Sunday in 
August, 1919, and continue three days, and Elder W. 
F, Pruitt was appointed to preach the introductory 
sermon with Elder ,B. F. McKinney as his alternate. 

15. It was agreed that a section meeting be held 
with the church at Harmony, beginning on Saturday 
before 3rd Sunday in April and continue 2 days. 
Elders W. F. Pruitt and J. A. Herndon.of Durham were 
chosen to attend. 

16. It was agreed that a section meeting be held 
with the church at Dan River, beginning on Friday be- 
fore 4th Sunday in April and continue for 3 days. Eld- 
ers J. W. Gilliam and B. F. McKinney and B. B. Mc- 
Kinney were chosen to attend. 

17. The Finance Committee was called upon to re- 
port, whose report was as follows: 

Received from churches $ 85.29 

Received from friends in the congregation 21.17 

Total $106.46 

DISBURSEMENTS. 

For printing and postage , ,__ $ 20.00 

Allowed Clerk for Services . 10.00 

Total $ 30.00 

To visiting preachers , $ 76.46 

The report of the Finance Committee was received, 
and the committee was then excused. 

18. Ordered that our Clerk have one thousand of 
these minutes printed, and distributed with the 



churches of the Association, and with the sister asso- 
ciations with whom we correspond. 

19. Feeling that our brethren have been blessed in 
preaching and in hearing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus 
Christ, and that in many ways we have been enabled to 
richly enjoy the Association now drawing to a close, 
be it resolved, therefore : 

First, That we return thanks to God for these bless- 
ings enjoyed, realizing that every gift and every bless- 
ing is directly from the hand of the Lord ; 

Second, That we extend our thanks to the brethren 
and sisters and friends for their very kind welcome and 
splendid hospitality during this Association ; 

Third, That we extend to the warehousemen of Dan- 
ville our gratitude for furnishing us with good water 
during the Association, and especially for their efforts 
in keeping same well supplied; 

Fourth, That we extend to the Sheriff and County 
Officers our thanks for their good efforts in maintain- 
ing order for us during the Association. 



MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No Minutes 

Arbor, J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C, R. No. 1 62 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 25 

Country Line — T. H. Rudd Union Ridge, N. C, R. 1 15 

Dan River — Elder W. F. Pruitt Ruffln, N. C. R 45 

Gilliams— Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C. R, 1 40 

Harmony — J. I. Clayton Efland, N. C. R 30 

Lick Fork — C. L. Apple, Reidsville, N. C. R. 6 ._- . 30 

Lynches Creek — W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C. R. 2 25 

McCray — A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C. R. 3 25 

Moon's Creek — Mrs. J. W, Neal, Danville, Va. R. 5 25 

Pleasant Grove — T. A. Stanfleld Mclver, N. C, R. 1 50 

Prospect Hill — W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 55 

Reidsville — E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C. 55 

Wolf Island — R. L. Sneed, Reidsville, N. C 55 

Oak Grove — J. W. Watlington, Yanceyville, N, C, R, 1 20 

New Hope — J. S. Nole, Reidsville, N. C, R. 6 55 

Montioello — J. J. Lambeth, Elon College^ N, C. 25 

Greensboro — L. I. Harris, Greensboro, N. C, 40 



Primitive Baptist Association, with order of rotation since its 
organization: 

Ha:*np.ny *---» ^ 1907 

ReKsville — — , -. 1908 

Gil/am's _— ^ ■-, -1 -.1909 

Pair Grpve ^ „ ,»«.«-- ,-^n-.-- , ,-1910 

Lyr 3hes Creek , .- -1911 

Liei Fork „ — . 1912 

Plesant Grove im ; ^.-.„-,„- 11 ,„-._-, — ,1913 

McCray , ,'-, —- , —1914 

Gre nsboro —, — _ 1915 

Dar. River _„, , , , -1916 

Nev Hope —-,__, — _- 191? 

M,0( n's Creek ,„.-, „-,--,, ... -1918 

Pre pect Hill, , , ,.,«.. 

Wo £ Inland --_ — __. rr „«^„ 

Big Meadows __. ,„•-, 

MorticelLo ,_„ _-—__,_—— 1919 

Country Line „, .—_ - 



MAILING LIST TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS 

Little River, Kehukee, Mayo, White Oak, Black Creek, Con- 
tent nea, Staunton River, Lower Country Line, Abbott's Creek, 
Fisher's River, Smith's River, New River, Salem, Pig River, 
Morntain, Durham Association (Col.), Baltimore, Bear Creek, 
and Mill Branch. 



PREACHING 

Wednesday afternoon: 

1. Elder N. T, Oakes; Text Matthew 2:7, S, and 9. 

2. Elder Samuel McMillp.n; Psalms 2:4. 

3. Elder J. R. Wilson; Matt. 25:34, 

4. Elder Ben Martin at 3 p, m.; John 10th chapter. 
Thursday morning: 

1. Elder L. H. Hardy; 1st Petex 2;1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, 

2. Elder J, S, Newman; 1st chap, Isa, 18 and 19th vs. 

3. Elder F. W. Kpene; 10th of John 9th vs. 
Thursday evening: 

1. Elder C, E, Stone; Isa. 52:7. 

2, Elder F. L. Eggleton; 1st Cor, 15:40, 41, and 42. 
Friday morning: 

1. Elder J, E. .Adams; 1st Cor, 1:18, 19.. 

2, Elder w. M, Monsee^j; Romany 8„1, 

8. Etoer J. F. epangter; Matt. 1:21, 2&> and *8. 



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MINUTES I 



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Of The 

13th Annual Session lj 

of the S? 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE | 

I PRIMITIVE BAPTIST |j 

ASSOCIATION S 

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HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT tfi 

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MONTICELLO !S 

GUILFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA ffi 

AUGUST 13, 14, AND 15, 1919 £ 

OFFICERS: Bj 

E- R. HARRIS, Moderator, Reidsville, N. C. Hi 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Asso. Clerk, Altamahaw, N. C. 3j 
T. A. STANFIELD, Asst- Asso. Clerk, Mclver, N. C. ffi 

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION 



Wednesday Morning', August 13th, at 10 O'clock. 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder W. F. 
Pruitt from John 11:25-26, and was followed by Elder G. O. 
kee, who preached from Titus 2:11-12. 

2. After an intermission, the Association convened, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder L. H. Hardy, proceeded to business. 
On motion Brother E. R. Harris was chosen moderator. The 
clerk called to his assistance Brother T. A. Stanfield. 

3. Petitionary letters called for. None received. 

4. The Moderator appointed Elders C. A. Davis and J. S. Mor- 
rison to go to the stand and preach to the people. 

5. Messengers and visitors from sister associations were in- 
vited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were 
seated: 

From Little -Rivar — Represented by Minutes only. 

From Black Creek — Elders P. D. Gold, J. C. Hooks and C. B. 
Hall. 

From Fisher's River — Elders J. S. Morrison, G. O. Kee and 
Brother J. S. Hall. 

From White Oak — Elders L. H. Hardy and Isaac Jones. 

From Mayo Elders W. Flinehum, J. F. Spangler, J. A. Ward, 

and G. M. Trent. 

From Kehukee — Represented by minutes. only. 

From Lower Country Line — B^ T Elders Jones, Gold, Hardy and 
Bro. J. H. Gooch, minutes 

From Abbott's Creek— Represented by minutes only. 

From Contentnea — Bro. E. A. Stanfield, also minutes. 

From Pig River — Elder F. L. Egleton. 

From Smith's River — Not represented. 

From Staunton River — Represented by minutes. 

From New River — Elder F. C. Reynolds. 

From Mill Branch — Not represented. 

From Baltimore— Not represented. 

From Bear Creek — Not represented. 

From Salem_^_Elder C. A. Davis and Brother. C. T. Hudgins. 

From Mountain — Elder Ben Martin; represented by minutes. 

From Maine Conference — Not represented. 

From Duff aw Association, Texas — Not represented. 

From Warwick — Brother R. Lester Dodson. 

From Durham Association (colored) — Minutes. 

6. The messengers of Monticello Church, together with the 

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Moderator, Clerk, and Asst. Clerk were chosen a Committee on 
arrangements and Brethren Geo. W. Brooks and J. A. Walker 
..were appointed a Committee on Finance. 

7. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association were read, and their standing recorded 
in the statistical table of this minute. 

8. Circular Letter, appointed to be written by Brother James 
A. Walker, was called for, whereupon it was presented, read, 
and ordered printed in our minutes. 

9. On motion the Association adjourned to meet Friday morn- 
ing, August 15th, at 9 o'clock. 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator 

ELD. J. W. GILLIAM, Asso. Clerk. 

T. A. STANFIELD, Asst. Asso. Clerk. 



Friday Morning, August 15th, at 9 O'clock 

10. The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Leader Isaac Jones proceeded to business. 

11. The messengers who were appointed last year to visit sis- 
ter associations were called upon to report. The reports of 
those attending were very satisfactory, and those who did not 
attend were excused. ?! ^ **'?] £$| 

12. Messengers were appointed to visit sister associations at 
their next sitting as follows: 

Seven Miles— No one— Minutes. 
Little River — No one — Minutes. 
Kehukee — No one — Minutes. 

Mayo Bro. John Dye and John Delaney; Minutes. 

White Oak — Brethren S. R. Harris and W. F. Pruitt. 

Contentnea — Brother T. A. Stantteld and J. W. Gilliam. 

Black Creek — Minutes. 

Staunton River 4 — Elder W. F. Pruitt and W. D. Dix. 

Lower Country Line — Elders W. C. Jones and W. F. Pruitt. 

Abbott's Creek — Minutes. 

Fisher's River— Elder W. F. Pruitt and Minutes. 

Smith's River— Minutes. 

New River — Minutes. 

Salem — Elder W. C. Jones and Brother W. D. Dix and E. R. 

Harris. 

Mountain — Minutes. 

Pig River—Minutes. ~. ' -' r . 

Durham Association (colored) — Minutes. 

13. Brother I. E. Neal was requested to write the Circular 
Letter to be read on Wednesday, at our next Association. 

14. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be 



held with the Church at Prospect Hill to begin at 10 o'clock 
on Wednesday after 2nd Sunday, and continue three days. 

15. It was agreed that a section meeting be held with the 
Church at Big Meadows, beginning on Friday before 4th Sun- 
day in April and continuing three days. Elders W. F. Pruitt 
and J. W. Gilliam were chosen to attend. 

16. It was agreed that a section meetin g be held with the 
Church at Reidsville, beginning on Saturday before 4th Sunday 
in May, and continue two days. Elders O. J. Denny, J. W. Gil- 
liam, J. F. Spangler were chosen to attend. 

17. The Finance Committee was called upon to report, the 
report being as follows: 

■Received from the Churches $140.70 

Received from friends in the congregation 30.90 

Total funds received '_$171.60 

DISBURSEMENTS 

To visiting preachers $119.60 

For printing and postage 37.00 

Allowed Clerk for Services 15.00 

Total of funds disbursed $171.60 

The report of the Finance Committee was received, and the 
Committee was then excused. 

18. Ordered that our Clerk have one thousand of these min- 
utes printed, and distribtued with the Churches of this Asso- 
ciation, and among the sister associations with whom we cor- 
respond. 

19. Feeling that our brethren have been blessed in preach- 
ing and in hearing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, anl 
in many ways we have been enabled to richly enjoy the Asso- 
ciation now drawing to a close, be it resolved, therefore: 

First. That we return thanks to God for these blessings en- 
joyed, realizing that every gift and e r ery blessing comes from 
the Lord; 

Second, That we extend our thanks to the brethren and sis- 
ters and friends for their very kind hospitality during this As- 
sociation. 

Third, That we extend our gratitude to the warehousemen of 
Reidsville and Greensboro for the splendid supply of fresh wa. 
ter furnished the Association during these three days; 

Fourth, That we extend to the Sheriff and County Officers our 
thanks for their efforts in maintaining order for us during th# 

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MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes. 

Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C. R. No. 1 6 2 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones. Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line T H. Rudd. Union Ridge. N. C R. No. 1__ 15 

Dan River — Elder W. F. Pruitt. Ruffin. N. C R. No. 1 40 

Gilliams — Elder J. TV. Gilliam. Altamahaw. N. C. R. No. 1__ 40 

Harmony — J. I. Clayton. Efland, N. C. R 30 

Lick Fork — C. L. Apple. .Reidsville, N. C. No. 1 30 

Lynches Creek — W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove. N. C. R. No. 2 25 

McCray — A. G. Pcrterneld, Burlington. N. C. R. No. 3 25 

Moon's Creek — Mrs. J. W. Neal. Danville, Va. R. No. 5 25 

Pleasant Grove — T. A. Stanneld. Mclver, N. C R. No. 1 50 

Frospec-t Hill — W' D. Blalock, Prosnect Hill. N .C 55 

Reidsville — E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C 55 

Wolf Island John R. Smith, Reidsville, N. C. R. No. 5__ 55 

Oak Grove — J. W. YVatlington, Yanc?yville. N. C. R. No. 1 20 

New Hope — J. S. Nole. Reidsville, ,N. C. R. No. 6 55 

Monticello — J. J. Lambeth. Elon College. N. C 25 

Greensboro — L. I. Harris. Greensboro, N. C 40 



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List of titc Cnnrelies composing the Upper Country Line 

Primitive Baptist Association, with order of rotation 

of sessions since its organization: 

Harmony 1907 

Reidsville 190S 

Gilliam's 1909 

Oak Grove 1910 

Lynches Creek . 1911 

Lick Fork 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCray 1914 

Greensboro . 1915 

Dan River 1916 

New Hope 1917 

Moons Creek 1918 

Monticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1 

Wolf Island 

•Big Meadows * 

Country Line . 

Bush Arbor 



DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Abbott? Creek — A. L. Owens. Salisbury. N. C IS 

Black Creek — Eld. J. F. Farmer. Wilson. N. C IS 

Contentnea — Eld. J. P. Tingle. Grantsboro. N. C 25 

Fishers River Eld. F. P. Stone. Francisco. N. C. R. 1 30 

Kehukee — Eld. Sylvester Hassell. YVilliamston. N. C. 3 8 

Little River — Eld. J. A. T. Jones. .McCullers. N. C 2 

Mayo — Eld. E. M. Barnard.. Peter's Creek. Va 20 

Mill Branch— C. W. Brown, Tabor. N. C 17 

New River — Eld. P. G. Lester, Floyd. Va . 20 

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Salem — W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C 18 

Smith's River — Eld. Q. D. Weeks, R. 2, Willis, Va IS 

Staunton River— R. L. Dodson, Ringgold, Va 18 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C 20 

White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, .N. C._ 22 

Abbotts Creek — Clerk Not Known 21 



PREACHING 

Wednesday Afternoon: 

1. Elder J. S. Morrison; Text Rev. 14:7. 

2. Elder C. A. Davis; Text Gen. 1:2-3. 

3. At 5 p. m. Elder F. L. Egleton; Text Heb. 4:9. 
Thursday Morning: 

1. Elder L. H. Hardy: Text Matt. 16:13-19. 

2. Elder P. D. Gold; Text 1st. Chap Heb. 

3. Elder C. B. Hall; Text Gen. 2:21-22. 
Thursday Afternoon: 

1. Elder Isaac Jones; Text Daniel 2:44. 

2. Elder J. C. Hooks; Text Ephesians 1:1-10. 

3. Elder Ben Martin; Text 1 Cor. 15:5 7. 

Thursday Afternoon at 5 p. m. Elder R. Lester Dodson; Text 
23 Chap. 2nd Sam. 5 vs. 

Elder John Ward; Text Rom. 1;16. 
Friday Morning: 

1. Elder J. W. Flinchum; Text John 17:1-2. 

2. Elder J. F. Spangler; Text Matt. 1:22-23. 

3. Elder Isaac Jones; Text Gen. 42:8. 



CIRCULAR LETTER 

To the Messengers, Ministers, Brethren and Visitors composing 
the Upper Country Line Association: 

I would have been glad had you placed this duty on some 
one more competent to perform it; but you did not do so. so in 
my feeble way I'll try. 

Something more than nineteen hundred years ago an Angel 
of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph, of the seed of David 
and said concerning, Mary, his wife, "And she shall bring forth 
a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his 
people from their sins." Matt. 1:21. 

The coining of this babe had been foretold hundreds of years 
before. Moses had testified of him, saying: "The Lord thy God, 
will raise up unto thee, a prophet from the midst of thee, of 
thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken." David 
had beheld him as my Lord sitting on the right hand of the 
Lord. David had- seen him as the stone cut out of the moun- 
tains Avithout hands which should smite the beast and break in 
pieces his kingdom. 

Isaiah had spolven of him as the wonderful Councilor, the 
mighty God. the everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. 

Jeremiah beheld him as "the Lord of our righteousness," and 
Malachi had viewed him as the sun of righteousness arising 
with healing in his wings. 

We further find in Matt. 1:25 that Mary did bring forth a 
son and his name was called Jesus. 

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The wise men of the East were guided to Him by the star 
Gods star, which stood over the blessed babe in the manger, 
and old Simeon, that faithful servant of God, when he had seen 
him and embraced him, exclaimed, now let thy servant depart 
in peace for mine eyes have seen thy salvation. His life while 
here from His humble bitrh in the maDger, to His ignominious 
death upon the cross was not one of rejoicing, a humble man 
of God, occupying the humbler walks of life. Isaiah speaks of 
Him as a man of ..sorrows and acquainted with grief; but, has 
He the power to save His people from their sin? He had tho 
power, while here, to heal the sick, to restore the sight to the 
blind, to cure the maimed and the halt, to raise the dead to life, 
and to preach the gospel to the poor, and He declares to the 
unbelieving Jews that. "I am the way, the truth and the life. 
We hear Him say, "He who believeth on me,, believeth on Him 
that sent me," that "I and my Father are one," and that He 
hath all power, both in Heaven and in earth. 

When the humble thief on the cross, who, I believe, repre_ 
sents all of God's people who possess that wisdom from on 
high and that God given faith to know Jesus Christ the Lord, 
begged to be remembered by Him "when thou comest into thy 
kingdom," He had the power to promise a blessed inheritance 
which is incorruptible and undefiled. 

He has the power to lay down his life and power to take it 
up again, the power to ascend on high, the power to rise a vic- 
torious conqueror over death, hell and the grave, and He hath 
the power to save his people from their sins. 

Brethren, if He is purs and we are his He hath the power 
not only to save us from our sins; but the power to save us 
with an everlasting salvation, and that is enough. 

Humbly submitted in love. 

J. A. WALKER. 



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MINUTLS 



OF THE 



FOURTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THL 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

PROSPECT HILL, CA5WLLL COUNTY, N. C. 

AUGUST 11, 12 and 13, 1920 



OFFICERS { 

{ 

E. E. HARRIS, Moderator, Reidsville, N. C. ♦ 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk, Altamahaw, N. 0. . j 
T. A. STANFTELD, Assistant Clerk, Melver, N. C, R, Xo. 1 



Proceedings of the Upper Country Line 
Association 



WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 11th, 10:00 O'CLOCK 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder L. H. Hardy, 
from Songs of Solomon, 6 chapter, 13 verse. 

2. After an intermission, the Association convened, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder Joshua Rowe, proceeded to business. On 
motion E. R. Harris was chosen moderator. The clerk called to his 
assistance Brother T. A. Stanfield. 

3. Petitionary letters were- called for. None received. 

4. The moderator appointed Elders C. A. Davis and Leonard 
Stephenson to go to the stand and preach to the people. 

5. Messengers and visitors from sister associations were invited to 
take seats with ns, whereupon the following were seated : 

From Little River — Elders L. H. Stephenson, J. E. Adams and B. J. 
Thigpen and wife. 

From Black Creek — Elders J. W. Wyant, S. B. Denny and Brother 
W. H. Burch. 

From Fisher 'a River — Not represented. 

From White Oak — Elders Isaac Jones and L. H. Hardy. 

From Mayo — Brethren J. W. Moorefield and H. F. Hutehins. 

From Kehukee — Elders J. A. Shaw and E. C. Stone. 

From Lower Country Line — Elder T. Y. Monk and Brethren W. A. 
Warren, J. H. Gooch and H. E. Satterfield. 

From Abbott 's Creek — Not represented. 

From Contentnea — Brother E. A. Stanfield. 

From Pig River — Not represented. 

From Smith 's River — Not represented. 

From Staunton River — Not represented. 

From New River — Not represented. 

From Mill Branch — Not represented. 

From Baltimore — Elder Joshua Rowe. 

From Bear Creek — Not represented. 

From Salem — Elder C. A. P/avis and Brother J. W. Hudgins. 

From Mountain — Elder Ben Martin. 

From Durham Association (colored) — Minutes. 

Maine Conference — Elder F. W. Keene. ' 

Warwick Association — Elder John McConnel. 
Yisiti7ig Associations 

Danville Association, Ind. — Elder W. H. Sehenek. 

Roaring River — Elder W. R, Craft. 

Lot's Creek Association, Ga. — Elder M. L. Riner. 

Alabama Association — Elder N. B.' Parker. 



6. The messengers of Prospect Hill Church, together with the 
moderator, clerk and assistant clerk, were chosen a Committee on 
Arrangements, and brethren J. J. Lambeth and John R. Smith were 
appointed a Committee on Finance. 

7. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper Country 
Line Association were read and their standing recorded in the statisti- 
cal table of this minute. 

S. Circular Letter, appointed to be written by Brother I. E. Neal, 
was called for, whereupon it was presented, read and ordered printed 
in our minutes. 

9. On motion the Association adjourned to meet Thursday morn- 
ing, August 12th, at 9 o'clock. 

E. R. Harris, Moderator, 

Elder J. W. Gilliam, Association Clerk, 

T. A. Stanfield, Assistant Association Clerk. 

THURSDAY MORNING, AUGUST 12th, 9:00 O'CLOCK 

10. The Association met according to appointment, and after praise 
and prayer by Elder L. H. Hardy, proceeded to business. 

11. The messengers who were appointed last year to visit sister 
Associations were called upon to report. The reports of those attending 
were very satisfactory, and those who did not attend were excused. 

12. Messengers were appointed to visit sister Associations at their 
next sitting as follows: 

Seven Miles — Minutes. 

Little River — Minutes. J. W. Gilliam and E. R. Harris. 

Keh ukee — Minutes. 

Mayo— Minutes. Elder W. P. Pruitt and J. W. Delancy, T. W. 
Rice and J. H. Dye. 

"White Oak — Minutes. Elder B. F. McKinney. 

Contentnea— Minutes. 

Black Creek— Minutes. Brother T. A. Stanfield, Elder B. F. 
McKinney and Brother W. P. Warren. 

Staunton River — Minutes. Elder W. F. Pruitt and Brother W. D. 
Dix. 

Lower Country Line — Minutes. Elder W. F. Pruitt and Brother 
E. R, Harris. 

Abbott 's Creek — Minutes. 

Fisher 's River — Minutes. 

Smith 's River — Minutes. 

New River — Minutes. 

Salem — Minutes. Elders J. W. Gilliam and W. F. Pruitt and 
Brethren E. E. Harris and A. G. Porterfield. 

Mountain — Minutes. 

Pig River — Minutes. Brethren W. D. Dix and T. W. Rice. 

Durham Association (colored)- — Minutes. 

13. Brother W. D. Blalock was requested to write the Circular Letter 
to be read on Saturday at our next Association. 

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14. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be held 
witli the church at Wolf Island, to begin at 10 o 'clock on Saturday 
before the third Sunday in August, 1921, and continue three days. 

15. The churches composing the Association agreed to discontinue 
the section meetings. This action was taken in order that churches of 
the Association desiring to organize a union for purpose of preaching 
and correspondence, fifth Sundays and Saturdays before, might do so. 
Pleasant Grove asked for a meeting fifth Sunday and Saturday before 
in August, 1920, so that the churches so desiring might come together 
and so organize. 

16. The Finance Committee was called upon to report, the report 
being as follows: 

Received from the churches $158.00 

Received from friends in the congregation 16.90 

Total funds received $174.90 

Disbursements 

To visiting preachers $114.90 

For printing and postage 45.00 

Allowed clerk for services 15.00 

Total of funds disbursed $174.90 

The report of the Finance Committee was received and the com- 
mittee was then excused. 

17. Ordered that our clerk have one thousand of these minutes 
printed and distributed with the churches of this Association and 
among the sister Associations with whom we correspond. 

18. Whereas, our brethren have been highly favored in preaching 
and in hearing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to richly 
enjoy the Association now drawing to a close, be it therefore resolved: 

First. That we return thanks to God for these blessings enjoyed. 

Second. That we extend crur thanks to the brethren and sisters 
and friends for their splendid hospitality during this Association. 

Third. That we extend our thanks to those in charge of supplying 
drinking water for the Association. 

Fourth. That we extend to the sheriff and county officers our 
thanks for their efforts in maintaining order for us during the Asso- 
ciation. 

Resolution of Respect 

Resolved, First. That in the death of Elder P. D. Gold our Asso- 
ciation has lost a sound and faithful correspondent. 

Second. That while we deeply mourn his departure, we believe 
he has gone from the land of the dying to the land of the living, and . 
we desire to be reconciled to the will of our heavenly Father in calling 
him home. 

(Ordered by the Association. — Clerk.) 



MAILING LT/ST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes 

Arbor— J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C, E. No. 1 60 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line — T. H. Eudd, Union Eidge, N. C, E. No. 1 15 

Dan Eiver— Elder W. F. Pruitt, Euffin, N. C, E. No. 1 . 40 

Gilliams— Elder J. W. Gilliam. Altamahaw, N. C, E. No. 1 40 

Harmony— J. I. Clayton, Efland, N. C, E 30 

Lick Fork— C. L. Apple, Eeidsville, N. C, E. 1 30 

Lynches Creek— W. E. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C, E, No. 2 . . . . 25 

McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, E. No. 3 25 

Moon 's Creek — Mrs. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., E. No. 5 25 

Pleasant Grove— T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, E. No. 1 50 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 50 

Eeidsville— E. E. Harris, Eeidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. E. Stone, Eeidsville, N. C, E. No. 3 55 

Oak Grove— J. W. Watlington, Yanceyville, N. C, E, No. 1 20 

New Hope— J. S. Nole, Eeidsville, N. C, E. No. 6 50 

Montieello — J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C 25 

Greensboro— L. I. Harris, Greensboro, N. C 35 

650 

List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 
Baptist Association, with order of rotation of sessions since the Country 
Line Association divided into Upper and Lower Country Line Asso- 
ciations in 1906, as follows: 

Harmony 1907 

Eeidsville 1908 

Gilliams 1909 

Oak Grove 1910 

Lynches Creek 1911 

Lick Fork 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCray 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan Eiver 1916 

New Hope 1917 

Moon 's Creek 1918 

Montieello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island "1921 

Big Meadows 

Country Line 

Bush Arbor 

DISTEIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Abbott's Creek — A. L. Owens, Salisbury, N. C 18 

Black Creek— Elder J. F. Farmer, Wilson, N. C 18 



* Appointed to be held. 



Contentnea— Elder J. P. Tingle, Grantsboro, N. C 20 

Fisher's River — Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco, N. C, E. No. 1 . . . . 25 

Kehukee — Elder Sylvester Hassell, Williamston, N. C 30 

Little River— Elder J. A. T. Jones, McCullers, NV C 20 

Mayo — Elder E. M. Barnard, Peter 's Creek, Va 20 

New River— Elder P. G. Lester, Floyd, Ya 20 

Salem— W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C 18 

Smith's River— Q. D. Weeks, R. No. 2, Willis, Va 18 

Staunton River — R. L. Dodson, Ringgold, Va. . , 18 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, N. C 20 

Mountain 15 

Pig River 15 

Seven Miles 1.5 

Mill Branch— W. C. Brown, Tabor, N. C 20 

Durham (colored) 20 

350 
PREACHING 
Wednesday afternoon — 

1. Elder C. A. Davis. Text: Isaiah (56:2. 

2. Elder Leonard Stephenson. Text: I John 5:20, 21. 

3. Elder Ben Martin. Text Rev. 22: 1. 

At 5:00 o 'clock— Elder H. F. Hutehens. Text: Ezra 6: 4. Followed 
by Elder S. B. Denny. Text: Romans 10: 14, 15. 

At 7:30 o 'clock— Elder 'E. C. Stone. Text: Math. 3: 12. 
Elder T. Y. Monk. Text : II Cor. 12 : 2. 
Thursday Morning — 

1. Elder Joshua Rowe. Text: Math. 28: 19, 20. 

2. Elder F. W. Keen. Text: Song 6f Solomon 2:1. 

3. Elder J. A. Shaw. Text : I John 3 : 8. 
Thursday Afternoon — 

1 Elder Isaac Jones. Text: Zech. 13:1. 

2. Elder John McConnel. 

3. Elder W. H. Schenek. 

At 5 p. m— Elder W. R. Craft. 
Friday Morning — 

1. Elder J. E. Adams. 

2. Elder J. W. Wyatt. 

RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE ASSOCIATION 

Whereas, the doctrine of "Conditional Time Salvation'' has divided 
the churches of several of the southern states, and whereas, said doctrine 
is near on the borders of our own churches, and whereas, we fear that 
the same results would be here as has been in the churches of our sister 
states; therefore, resolved, by the Upper Country Line Association: 

That we do declare that we do object to said doctrine or any 
other form of Arminianism being preached in our midst. 



MINISTERS 

List of ordained ministers in the Upper Country Line Association, 
with their postofhces: 

Elder B. B. McKinney, Mclver, N. C, R, No. 1. 
Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 
Elder O. J. Denny, Winston-Salem, N. C. 
Elder W. F. Pruitt, Ruffin, N. C, R. No. 1. 
Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, R. No. 1. 
Elder B. P. McKinney, Prospect Hill, N. C. 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

To the ministers, messengers, brethren and visiting brethren of the 
Upper Country Line Association — Greetings: 

When I was requested to write the circular letter to be read at this 
Association I felt to be the least of anyone present and requested that 
the brethren excuse me, but ihej did not seem so disposed. I am yet 
made to wonder why I, the least of all, was called upon for this duty. 

Jesus said (in the 14th chapter of St. John, 27th verse): "Peace 
I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, 
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be 
afraid. ' ' 

It is glorious to realize how high above the ways of this world is 
the way of the Lord God of Heaven. When I would do good evil is 
present with me; there is sin mixed with what I do. But His good 
and perfect way is different. He says : ' ' My peace I give unto you, 
not as the world giveth give I unto you. ' ' This gift is perfect, it is 
good and without sin, as high above our giving as the heavens are 
above the earth. It is given not because of any merit on our part, 
but because of His great love for us, if indeed we are His. 

I have long since been made to realize that in me dwelt no good 
thing, and that if 1 was saved it was by the free and unmerited grace 
of God. How sweet is that peace when Jesus speaks it to the poor 
tempest-tossed soul who has realized that his own arm is too short to 
save himself, and feeling justly condemned in the sight of the all 
wise and all powerful God not spoken in the worldly way, but in the 
Lord 's way that is good, perfect and without sin. 

While that peace abides there is no storm within that peaceful 
breast. All is love, rejoicing and sweet praise to His holy name. 

Yet the times of doubts and fears return and we question whether 
or not the Lord has dealt with us, feeling that surely I have deceived 
the people of the true and living God. Again and again we are of 
the desire deep down in our poor, hearts that if we are deceived He 
will reveal the truth unto us. But at the times which seemeth best to 
Him we are again given a glimpse as it were olf the Lord and His 
goodness to us. 

Brethren, I ask that you cast the mantle of charity over my imper- 
fections and remember me in prayer. May the God of grace and power 
be with and keep you all. 

Your brother in hope, 

I. E. Neal. 
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MINUTES 



OF THE 

FIFTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

WOLF ISLAND, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N. C. 
AUGUST 20, 21 AND 22, 1921 




OFFICERS 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator, Reidsville, N. C. 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk, Altamahaw, N". C. 
T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk, Mclver, N. C, R. No. 1. 



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ARTICLES OF FAITH 



We, the messengers of the several churches composing the Upper 
County Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of our brethren 
and friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of faith upon 
which we unite and will endeavor with the help of the Lord to main- 
tain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, Un- 
changeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, 
mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in His Word, 
under the character of Father. Son, and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God had made known His mind 
and will to the children of men in His Word which Word we believe 
to be of divingf authority and contains all things necessary to be 
known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehended or 
contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, for 
a purpose of His own glory, did elect a certain number of men and 
angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, eternal, and 
unconditional on the creature's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he was good and up- 
right, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and up- 
right state, and being the head and representative of the whole hu- 
man race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all of them in 
the same ruined state with himself, and they partakers of and ex- 
posed to the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as a 
fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to truly re- 
pent of his sins, or to believe in Christ, except he be drawn by the 
Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe that in God's own- appointed time and way the 
elect will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that it is 
impossible that they utterly refuse the call, but shall be willing by 
divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only by 
the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by 
faith. 

8. We believe that God 's elect will be converted and born again 
by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that those that are called by grace and born 
again will persevere in holiness and never fall finally away. 

10. We believe that it is the duty incumbent on all God 's people 
to walk religiously in the old covenant way of seeking life and the 
favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty from the principle of love. 



11. We believe baptism and the Lord's supper are gospel ordi 
nances, both belonging to the converted or true believer. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters of 
discipline, and that Associations, Councils and Conferences of minis- 
ters or churches, are not to impose on the church the keeping, hold- 
ing, or maintaining any principle or practice contrary to the church's 
judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both of 
the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is ever-lasting 
and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the 
ordinances unless he is called and comes under the imposition of hand:? 
by the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union and 
satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith and order, 
we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein each church 
ought to be represented by their messengers to advise with each 
r>1 lier in conference. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

3. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speflk at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the subject 
under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any other brother. 

4. Xo messenger shall absent himself from the Association while 
in conference without permission. 

5. Xo messenger shall speak more than three times on the same 
subject without permission from the Association. 

6". Messengers shall keep strict order while' the business of the 
Association is being transacted. 

7. Xo messenger shall be interrupted while speaking, unless he 
violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. Xo messenger shall address another in any other term or 
appelation than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association shall 
be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the Association 
requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before the 
Association until all the other messengers are through speaking, when 
he- may give his views, after, any messenger, having a right to speak, 
may reply to any new matter introduced by the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the Asso- 
ciation shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems proper. 






PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
UPPER COUNTRY LINE ASSOCIATION 



SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 20th, 10:00 O'CLOCK 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder C. B. Hall, 
Psalm S9:19, followed by Elder S. J. Reich, Gen. 28:11; Elder E. L. 
Cobb, Acts 8:26. 

2. After au intermission, the Association convened and after 
praise and prayer by Elder Lee Hanks proceeded to business. On 
motion E. R. Harris was choseoi as moderator. The Association clerk 
called to his assistance Bro. T. A. Stanfield. 

3. Petitionary letters were called for but none received. 

i. The Moderator appointed Elders M. B. Martin and J. W. 
Flinchum to go to the stand and preach to the people. 

5. Messengers and visitors from sister Associations were invited 
to take seats with us, whereupon the following were seated: 

From Little River — Minutes. Not otherwise represented. 

From Black Creek— Elders C. F. Denny, E. L. Cobb, J. W. Wyatt, 
and Brother W. H. Burch. No minutes. 

From Wisher's River — No minutes. Not represented otherwise. 

From White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones. Minutes. 

From Mayo — Elders J. F. Spangler, J. P. Via, G. M. Trent, S. R. 
Biggs and others. No minutes. 

From Kehukee — Not represented. No minutes. 

From Lower Country Line — Brethren W. A. Warren, W. K. Moore, 
and Elder E. C. Oakes and others. Minutes. 

From Abbott's Creek — Brethren E. Sykes, G. H. Cornelison, and 
Elder W. R. Gallimore and others. No minutes. 

From Contentnea Brothers E. A. Stanfield, H. L. Brake, R. D. 

Pate. No minutes. 

From Pig River — Elder B. Y. Jessie. No minutes. 

From Smith River — No minutes. Not represented. 

From Staunton River — Brethren W. G. Terry, J. H. Butcher, and 
Elder C. T. Evans. No minutes. 

From New River — No minutes. Not represented. 

From Mill Branch — No minutes. Not represented. 

From Baltimore — Elder Joshua Rowe. 

From Bear Creek — No minutes. ■ Not represented. 

From Salem— Elders C. A. Davis, P. W. Williard, S. J. Reich, C. T. 
Hudgins. Minutes. 

From Mountain — Elder Ben Martin. Minutes. 

From Maine Conference — Elder F. W. Keene. 



From Old Upper Conoochee Association in Georgia Elder Lee 

Hanks. 

From Durham Association (Colored) — Minutes. 

6. The messengers of Wolf Island church, together with the 
Moderator, clerk, and assistant clerk were chosen a committee on 
Arrangements, and brother John B. Smith and Elder W. C. King were 
appointed a Committee on Finance. 

7. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association were read, and their standing recorded in 
the statistical table of this minute. 

the statistical table of these minutes. 

8. Circular Letter, appointed to be written by Brother W. D. 
Blalock was called for, whereupon it was presented, read, and ordered 
printed in our minutes. 

9. On motion the Association adjourned to meet Monday morn- 
ing, August 22nd, at 9 o'clock. 

E. B. HABBIS, Moderator 

Elder J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk 

T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Association Clerk 

MONDAY MOBXING, AUGUST 22nd, 9:00 O'CLOCK 

10. The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder Joshua Bowe, proceeded to business. 

11. The messengers who were appointed last year to visit sister 
Associations were- called upon to report. The reports of those at- 
tending were very satisfactory, and those who did not attend were 
excused. 

12. Messengers were appointed to visit sister Associations at 
their next sitting as follows: 

Seven Mile* — Minutes. No appointment. 

Little River — Minutes. No appointment 

Kehukee — Minutes. No appointment. 

Mayo — Minutes. Elders W. F. Pruitt and W. M. Monsees. 

White Oak— Minutes. Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Contentnea — Minutes. No appointment. 

Black Creek — Minutes. No appointment. 

Staunton Biver — Minutes. Elders W. M. Monsees, O. J. Denny, 
W. F. Pruitt, and Brother W. G. Dix. 

Lower Country Line — Minutes. Elders 0. J. Denny, W. M. Mon- 
sees, W: C. Jones, and Brother \V. P. Warren. 

Abbott 's Creek Minutes. Elder W. C. Jones. 

Fisher's Biver — Minutes. No appointment. 

Smith's Biver— Minutes. EldeT W. F. Pruitt and Brother W. D. 
Dix. 



New River — Minutes. No appointment. 

Salem — Minutes. Elders J. W. Gilliam, O. J. Denny, W. C. Jones, 
W. F. Pruitt, W. M. Monsees; Brothers T. A. Stanfield and J. II. 
Combs. 

Mountain — Minutes. No appointment. 

Pig River — Minutes. No appointment. 

Durham Association, (Colored) — Minutes. 

13. On motion is was agre-ed that our next Association be held 
with the church at Bush Arbor to begin at 10:00 o'clock on Saturday 
before the third Sunday in August, 1922, and continue three days. 

1-4. The Finance Committee was called upon to report, the re- 
port being as follows: 

Received from the churches $126.05 

Received from friends in the congregation 14.00 

Total funds received $140.00 

Disbursements 

To visiting preachers $ 73.55 

For printing and postage 45.00 

Allowed clerk for services 15.00 

All other expenses 6.50 



Total funds disbursed IU40.00 

The report of the Finance Committee was received and the com- 
mittee was then excused. 

15. Ordered that our clerk have one thousand of these minutes 
printed and distributed with the churches of this Association and 
among the sister Associations with whom we correspond. 

16. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in preaching 
the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and many have been blessed to 
hear same and enjoy the Association now drawing to a close, be it 
therefore resolved: 

First. That we return thanks to God for the blessings enjoyed. 

Second. That we extend our thanks to the brethren and friends 
for their generous hospitality in taking care of the Association. 

Third. That we extend thanks to the officers for keeping order 
during the Association. 

MINISTERS 

List of ordained ministers in the Upper Country Line Association, 
with their postoffices: 

Elder B. B. McKinney, Melver, N. C, R. No. 1. 
Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 



Elder O. J. Denny, Winston-Salem, N. 0. 
Elder W. F. Pruitt, Euffin, N. C, E. No. 2. 
Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, B, No. 1 
Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 
Elder W. M. Monsees, Reidsville, N. C. 
Elder W. C. King, Union Eidge, N. C., E. No. 1 
Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, Va., E. No. 3. 

PEEACHING 

Saturday Afternoon — 

1. Elder Ben Martin. Text: Psa. 8:4. 

2. Elder J. W. Flinchum. No special text. 

At 5.00 o 'clock — Elder B. V. Jessie. No special text. 
At 7:00 o'clock— Elder H. F. Hutchins. 

Sunday Morning 

1. Elder Lee Hanks. Text: Eom. 5:19. 

2. Elder Joshua Eowe.'Text: Isa. 35:10. 

Sunday Afternoon — 

1. Elder Isaac Jones. I Cor. 2:2. . 

2. Elder C. A. Davis. Deu. 32:2. 

3. Elder F. W. Keene. Heb. 6:17. 

At 5:00 o'clock— Elder J. W. Wyatt. 1 John 3:1. 
At 7:00 o'clock— Elder E. C. Oakes, Psalm; Eider 8. E. Biggs. 
No special text. 

Monday Morning — 

1. Elder P. W. Williard. 

2. Elder J. F. Spangler. Text: Heb. 10:7-23." 

RESOLUTION 

Be it resolved that we, the ministers and messengers composing 
the Upper Country Line Association, do hereby rescind the Resolution 
of our last session regarding the preaching of Conditional Time Sal- 
vation, and in lieu thereof that we advise our churches, members and 
ministers, to adhere to scriptural teachings and that we labor to 
unify and preserve peace and order, earnestly endeavoring to avoid 
unscriptural teachings in our midst which tends to the dividing of 
our fellowship. 

Submitted by Elder O. J. Denny for the consideration of the 
Association. Moved and seconded that we adopt same, and that we 
print same in our minutes. The motion was carried unanimously. 
( Association Clerk.) 

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MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minuter 

Arbor— J. E. Simmons, Fitch, N. C, R. No. 1 60 

Fig Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line— T. 11. Rudd, Union Ridge, N. C, R. No. 1 15 

Dan River— Elder W. F. Pruitt, Ruffin, N. (?., R, No. 1 40 

Gilliams— Elder ,T. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. G, R. No. 1 40 

Harmony— W. A. Ward, Cedar Grove, N. C 30 

Lick Fork— C. L. Apple, Reidsville, N. C, R. 1 30 

Lynches Creek — W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C, R. No. 2 . . . . 25 

McCra> — A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C., R, No. :: 25 

Moon 's Creek— Mrs. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., R, No. 5 25 

Pleasant Grove— T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, R, No. 1 50 

Prospect Hill— W. 1 ). Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 50 

Reidsville— E. R, Harris, Reidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. R. Stone, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 3 55 

Oak Grove— J. W. Watlington, Yanceyville, N. C, R. No. 1 20 

New Hope— ,T. S. Nolo, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. <i 50 

Montieello— J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C 25 

Greensboro — L. I. Harris, Greensboro, N. 35 

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List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 

Baptist Association, with order of rotation of sessions since the Coun- 
try Line Association divided into Upper and Lower Country Line 
Associations in 1906, as follows: 

Harmony 1907 

Reidsville 1908 

Gilliams 1909 

Oak Grove 1910 

Lynches Creek 191 1 

Lick Fork 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCray 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan River 1916 

New Hope 1917 

Moon 's Creek 1918 

Montieello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor *1922 

Country Line 

* Appointed to lie held 

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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Big Meadows 

Abbott 's Creek — A. L. Owens, Salisbury, N. C 18 

Black Creek— Elder C. F. Denny, Wilson, N. C 18 

Contentnea — Elder J. P. Tingle, Grantsboro, N. C 20 

Fisher's River— Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco, N. C, R. No. 1 25 

Kehukee — Elder Sylvester Hassell, Williamston, N. C, 30 

Little River— Elder J. A. T. Jones, Meddlers, N. C 20 

Mayo— Elder E. M. Barnard, Peter 's Creek, Va 20 

New River— Elder P. G. Lester, Floyd, Va 20 

Salem— W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C 18 

Smith 's River— Q. D. Weeks, R. No. 2, Willis, Va 18 

Staunton River — R. L. Dodson, Ringgold, Va 18 

Lower Country Line— J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, N. C 20 

Mountain — Mitchell Rictor 15 

Pig River— Elder E. S. Blackenship, Boon 's Mills, Va 15 

Seven Miles — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, N. C 15 

Mill Branch— W. C. Brown, Tabor, N. C 20 

Durham (colored) — S. A. Bass, Durham, N. C 20 

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MINUTES 



OF THE 



SIXTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
PRIMITIUE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

HELD 1PITH THE CHURCH AT 

bUSR ARBOR, CAS1DELL COUTIT1J, Tl. C. 

AUQUST 19, 20 and 21, 1922 




OFFICERS | 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator, Reidsville, N. C. )| 

1 ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, As9ociation Clerk, Altamahaw, N. C. H 

| T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk, Mclver, N. C, R. No. 1. ]| 






1922 

A. D. PATE & COMPANY 

BURLINGTON. N. C. 



T «f FLOWERS COLLECT 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 



We, the messengers of the several churches composing the 
Upper Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of our 
brethren and friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of 
faith upon which we unite and will endeavor with the help of the 
Lord to maintain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, 
Unchangeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, good- 
ness, mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself 
in His Word, under the character of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
and will to the children of men in His Word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all things necessary 
to be known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehended 
or contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, 
for a purpose of His own glory, did elect a certain number of 
men and angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, 
eternal, and unconditional on the creature's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he was good and 
upright, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and 
upright state, and being the head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all of 
them in the same ruined state with himself, and they partakers 
of and exposed to the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as 
a fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to truly re- 
pent of his sins, or to believe in Christ, except he be drawn by 
the Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe that in God's own appointed time and way 
the elect will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and 
that it is impossible that they utterly refuse the call, but shall be 
willing by divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only 
by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and ap- 
plied by faith. 

8. We believe that God's elect will be converted and born 
again by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that those that are called by grace and born 
again persevere in holiness and never fall finally away. 

10. We believe that it is the duty incumbent on all God's 
people to walk religiously in the old covenant way of seeking 
life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty from the 
principle of love. 



11. We believe baptism and the Lord's supper are gospel 
ordinances, both belonging to the converted or true believer. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters 
of discipline, and that Associations, Councils and Conferences of 
ministers or churches, are not to impose on the church the keeping, 
holding, or maintaining any principle or practice contrary to the 
church's judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, 
both of the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is ever-lasting 
and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administer 
the ordinances unless he is called and comes under the imposi- 
tion of hands by the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union 
and satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith 
and order, we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein 
each church ought to be represented by their messengers to ad- 
vise with each other in conference. 



RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the sub- 
ject under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any other 
brother. 

4. No messenger shall absent himself from the Association 
while in conference without permission. 

5. No messenger shall speak more than three times on the 
same subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of 
the Association is being transacted. 

7. No messenger shall be interrupted while speaking, un- 
less he violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. No messenger shall address another in any other term 
or appelation than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association 
shall be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the 
Association requires. 



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10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before 
the Association until all the other messengers are through speak- 
ing, when he may give his views, after, any messenger, having a 
right to speak, may reply to any new matter introduced by the 
Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the 
Association shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems 
proper. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION 



SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 19th, 10 O'CLOCK. 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder Ben F. 
McKinney, Text: Acts 2:1-2; followed by Elder O. J. Denny, 
Text: Matt. 13:24. 

2. After an intermission, the Association convened and af- 
ter praise and prayer by Elder F. W. Keene, proceeded to busi- 
ness. On motion Brother E. R. Harris was chosen as Moderator. 
The Association Clerk called to his assistance, Elder T. A. Stan- 
field. 

3. Petitionary letters were called for. None received. 

4. The Moderator appointed Elders J. M. Lewis and H. F. 
Hutchens to go to the stand and preach to the people. 

5. Messengers and visitors from sister Associations were 
invited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were 
seated: 

From Little River — Minutes. Brother W. C. Rowe, Brother 
J. T. Phelps and wife. 

From Black Creek — Minutes. Elder C. F. Denny, W. H. 
Burch, Kany Field, Charles Gold, Elder E. L. Cobb, and others. 

From Fisher's River — Not represented. 

From White Oak — Minutes. 

From Mayo — Minutes. Elders J. M. Lewis, J. F. Spangler, 
and others. 

From Kehukee — Minutes. 

From Lower Country Line — Minutes. Brothers J. H. Gooch, 
H. E. Satterfield, Dr. Hall, and others. 

From Abbott's Creek — No minutes. Brother Eugene Walser 
and wife. 



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From Contentnea — Minutes. Brothers E. A. Stanfield, H. 
L. Brake, and others. 

From Pig River — Not represented. 

From Smith River — Not represented. 

From Staunton River — Not represented. 

From New River — Not represented. 

From Mill Branch — Minutes. 

From Baltimore — Not represented. 

From Bear Creek — Elder Green Morton. 

From Salem — Minutes. Elder C. A. Davi9. 

From Mountain — Elder Ben Martin. 

From Maine Conference — Elder F. W. Keene. 

From Durham Association (Colored). — Minutes. 

From Seven Mile — Minutes. 

6. The messengers of Bush Arbor church, together with the 
Moderator, clerk and assistant clerk, were chosen a committee 
on Arrangements, and Brethren William McKinney and W. T. 
Ward were appointed a committee on Finance. 

7. Letters- from the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association were read, and their standing recorded 
in the statistical table of this Minute. 

8. Motion: Resolved that the several churches of this As- 
sociation instruct their messengers to our next session to change 
time to the 4th Saturday, Sunday and Monday in July of each 
year for the Association to meet. 

9. On motion the Association adjourned to meet Monday 
morning, August 21st, at 9 o'clock. 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator, 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk, 

T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Association Clerk. 

MONDAY MORNING, AUGUST 21, 9:00 O'CLOCK. 

10. The Association met according to appointment and- af- 
ter praise and prayer by Elder J. F. Spangler, proceeded to 

business. 

11. The messengers who were appointed last year to visit 
sister Associations were called upon to report. The reports of 
those attending were very satisfactory, and those who did not 
attend were excused. 

12. Messengers were appointed to visit sister Associations 
at their next sitting as follows: 

Seven Mile — Minutes. Elder W. M. Monsees. 

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Little River — Minutes. Elders W. C. King, W. C. Jones, 
and W. P. Warren. 

Kehukee — Minutes. Elder W. M. Monsees. 

Mayo — Minutes. Brothers W. G. Dix and T. W. Rice. 

White Oak — Minutes. Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Contentnea — Minutes. Elders W. M. Monsees, J. W. Gil- 
liam and B. F. McKinney. 

Black Creek — Minutes. Elder W. M. Monsees, W. C. Jones, 
and B. F. McKinney. 

Staunton River — Minutes. Brothers R. A. Cox, G. W. Dix, 
and T. W. Rice. 

Lower Country Line — Minutes. Elders W. M. Monsees, J. 
W. Gilliam, B. F. McKinney, and W. C. Jones. 

Abbott's Creek — Minutes. Elders W. M. Monsees, C. L. 
Saunders, T. W. Rice, and G. W. Dix. 

Fisher's River — Minutes. 

Smith's River — Minutes. 

New River — Minutes. 

Salem — Minutes. Brothers J. H. Combs, J. W. Delancy, J. 
H. Dye, and Elder W. C. Jones. 

Mountain — Minutes. 

Pig River — Minutes. Brother T. W. Rice. 

Durham Association (colored) — Minutes. 

13. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be 
held with the Church at Big Meadows, to begin at 10 o'clock, on 
Saturday before the third Sunday in August 1923, and continue 
three days. Elder T. A. Stanfield to preach the introductory 
sermon, and Elder W. M. Monsees, his alternate. 

14. The Finance Committee was called upon to report, the 
report being as follows: 

Received from the churches $136.55 

Received from friends in the congregation 50.42 

Total funds received $186.97 

Disbursements 

To visiting preachers $134.97 

For printing and postage 37.00 

Allowed clerk for services 15.00 

Total funds disbursed $186.97 

The report of the Finance Committee was received and the 
Committee was then excused. 



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15. Ordered that our clerk have one thousand of these 
minutes printed and distributed with the churches of this 
Association and among the sister Associations with whom we 
correspond. 

16. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in 
preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and many have 
been blessed to hear same and enjoy the Association now draw- 
ing to a close, be it therefore resolved: 

First. That we return thanks to God for the blessings en- 
joyed. 

Second. That we extend our thanks to the brethren and 
friends for their generous hospitality in taking care of the As- 
sociation. 

Third. That we extend thanks to the officers for keeping 
order during the Association. 

Resolved, That this Association advises the churches of this 
Association to declare non-fellowship for W. A. Simpkins, 
former pastor of Raleigh Church, and all who follow him in his 
disorder as reported by Raleigh Church. Read and adopted by 
the Upper Country Line Association, present session. 

MINISTERS 

List of the ordained ministers in the Upper Country Line 
Association, with their postoffices: 

Elder B. B. McKinney, Mclver, N. C, R. No. 1. 

Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 

Elder O. J. Denny, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Elder W. F. Pruitt, Ruffih, N. C, R. No. 2. 

Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, R. No. 1. 

Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

Elder W. M. Monsees, Reidsville, N. C. 

Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C, R. No. 1. 

Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, Va., R. No. 3. 

Elder T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, R. No. 1. 

PREACHING 

Saturday Afternoon 

1. Elder J. M. Lewi9. Text: Be ye followers of me, etc. 

2. Elder H. F. Hutchins. Rom. 7:24. 

At 5 :0Q o'clock — Postponed on account of rain. 

7:00 o'clock — Elder Gourley, Eph. 2:3-4. 

Followed by Elder Green Morton— no special text. 

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Sunday Morning — 

1. Elder F. W. Keene, Lev. 14:1-7. 

2. Elder C. F. Denny, Isiah 40:1-8. 

3. Elder Ben Martin, Gen. 2:21-22. 

Sunday Afternoon — 

1. Elder C. B. Hall, Songs of Sol. 3:3-5. 

2. Elder C. A. Davis, Job. 26th chapter. 

At 5:00 o'clock — Elder E. L. Cobb, Matt. 19:6. 
Followed by Elder E. C. Oakes, Rom. 1:16. 
At 7:00 o'clock — Brother David Spangler. 
Followed by Elder Corbett. 

Monday Morning — 

1. Elder Green Morton, Ps. 26:16. 

2. Elder J. F. Spangler, Isa. 46:9-11. 

3. Elder C. B. Hall — no special text. 



MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 



No. Minutes 



Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Yanceyville, N. C, R. 2 60 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line 15 

Dan River— W. T. Ward, Ruffin, N. C, R. No. 2 40 

Gilliam's — Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, R. No. 1. 40 

Harmony — W. A. Ward, Cedar Grove, N. C 30 

Lick Fork— C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 5 30 

Lynches Creek — W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C. R. No. 2 25 

McCray — A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, R. No. 3 25 

Moon's Creek — Mrs. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., R. No. 5 . . . . 25 

Pleasant Grove — Elder T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, Route 1 50 

Prospect Hill — W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 50 

Reidsville — E. R. Harris. Reidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. R. Stone, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 3 55 

Oak Grove— J. W. Watlington, Yanceyville, N. C, R. No. 1. 20 

New Hope— J. S. Nole, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 6 50 

Monticello — J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C 25 

Greensboro — L. I. Harris, Greensboro, N. C 38 

653 

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List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line 
Primitive Baptist Association, with order of rotation of sessions 
since the Country Line Association divided into Upper and Lower 
Country Line Associations in 1906, as follows: 

Harmony t 1907 

Reidsville 1908 

Gilliam's 1909 

Oak Grove 1910 

Lynches Creek 1911 

Lick Fork 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCray 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan River 1916 

New Hope 1917 

Moon's Creek 1918 

Monticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows — Appointed to be held 1923 

Country Line 

DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Abbott's Creek — A. L. Owens, Salisbury, N. C 18 

Black Creek — Elder C. F. Denny, Wilson, N. C 18 

Contentnea — Elder J. P. Tingle, Grantsboro, N. C 20 

Fisher's River — Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco, N. C, R. No. 1 -25 

Kehukee — Elder Sylvester Hassell, Williamston, N. C 27 

Little River — Elder J. A. T. Jones, McCullers, N. C 20 

Mayo — Elder E. M. Barnard, Peter's Creek, Va 20 

New River — Elder P. G. Lester, Roanoke, Va 20 

Salem — W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C 18 

Smith's River— Q. D. Weeks, Willis, Va., R. No. 2 18 

Staunton River — R. L. Dod>on, Ringgold, Va 18 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C 20 

White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, N. C 20 

Mountain — Mitchell Rictor 15 

Pig River — Elder E. S. Blackenship, Boon's Mill, Va 15 

Seven Mile — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, N. C 15 

Mill Branch — W. C. Brown, Tabor, N. C 20 

Durham (colored)- — S. A. Bass, Durham, N. C 20 

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MINUTES 

OF THE 

Seventeenth Annual Session 

OF THE 

Upper Country Line 
1 PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

BIG MEADOWS, CHATHAM COUNTY, N. C. 

August 18, 19 and 20, 1923 



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OFFICERS 



E. R. HARRIS, Moderator, Reidsville, N. C. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk, Altamahaw, N. C, R.l 

ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Mclver, N. C. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

We, the messengers of the several churches composing the 
Upper Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction (<f our 
brethren and friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of 
faith upon which we unite and will endeavor with the help cf the 
Lord to maintain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, 
Unchangeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, good- 
ness, mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in 
His Word, under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
and will to the children of men in His Word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all things necessary 
to be known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehended 
or contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, 
for the purpose of His own glory, did elect a certain number of 
men and angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, 
eternal, and unconditional on the creature's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he was good and 
upright, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and 
upright state and being the head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all of 
them in the same ruined state with himself, and they partakers 
of and exposed to the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as 
a fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to truly re- 
pent of his sins, or to believe in Christ, except he be drawn by 
the Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe that in God's own appointed time and way 
the elect will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and 
that it is impossible that they utterly refuse the call, but shall be 
willing by divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only 
by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and ap- 
plied by faith. 

8. We believe that God's elect will be converted and born 
again by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that those that are called by grace and born 
again persevere in holiness and never fall finally away. 

10. We believe that it is the duty incumbent on all God's 
people to walk religiously in the old covenant way of seeking life 
and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty from the 
principles of love. 

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11. We believe baptism and the Lord's supper are gospel 
ordinances, both belonging to the converted or true believer. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters of 
discipline, and that Associations, Councils and Conferences of 
ministers or churches, are not to impose on the church the keeping, 
holding, or maintaining any principle or practice contrary to the 
church's judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both 
of the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting and 
the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the 
ordinances unless he is called and comes under the imposition of 
hands by the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union and 
satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith and 
order, we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein each 
church ought to be represented by their messengers to advise with 
each other in conference. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the subject 
under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any other 
brother. 

4. No messenger shall absent himself from the Association 
while in conference without permission. 

5. No messenger shall speak more than three times on the 
same subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of 
the Association is being transacted. 

7. No messenger shall be interrupted while speaking, unless 
he violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. No messenger shall address another in any other term or 
appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association shall 
be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the Association 
requires. 

10. The moderator shall not speak on any question before the 
Association until all the other messengers are through speaking, 
when he may give his views, after, any messenger, having a right 

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to speak, may reply to any new matter introduced by the 
Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the 
Association shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems 
proper. 

PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder T. A. 
Stanfield, Text: Psa. 35:10; followed by Elder C. A. Davis. No 
special text. 

2. After an intermission, the Association convened and after 
praise and prayer by Elder C. F. Denny, proceeded to business. 
On motion Brother E. R. Harris was chosen as Moderator. The 
Association Clerk called to his assistance Elder T. A. Stanfield. 

3. Petitionary letters called for. None received. 

4. The Moderator appointed Elders J. E. Adams and W. R. 
Craft to go to the stand and preach to the people. 

5. Messengers and visitors from sister Associations were 
invited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were seated: 

From Little River — Elder J. E. Adams, Elder Jesse Barnes, 
and Bro. J. T. Phelps. Also minutes. 

From Black Creek— Elders C. F. Denny, J. W. Wyatt and 
others. 

From Fisher River — Not represented, except by minutes. 

From White Oak — Minutes only. 

From Mayo — Minutes. Elders J. F. and D. B. Spangler and 
Bro. I. H. Spangler. 

From Kehukee — Minutes only. 

From Lower Country Line — Minutes only. 

From Abbots Creek — Bros. H. W. and E. G. Johnson and Eu- 
gene Walser. 

From Contentnea- — Minutes only. 

From Pig River— Elder J. B. Wade and Bro. G. R. Minter. 

From Smith River — Minutes only. 

From Staunton River — Not represented. 

From New River — Minutes only. 

From Mill Branch — Minutes only. 

From Baltimore — Not represented. 

From Bear Creek — Not represented. 

From Salem — Minutes. Elder C. A. Davis. 

From Mountain— Minutes. Elder M. B. Martin. 

From Maine Conference — Elder F. W. Keene. 

From Seven Mile — Minutes only. 

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From Zion Association — R. S. Creed, visitor. 
From Durham Asso. (Colored.) — Minutes only. 

6. The messengers of Big Meadows Church, together with the 
Moderator, Clerk, and Assistant Clerk were chosen a committee on 
arrangements, and Brethren John Delancy and W. P. Warren were 
appointed a committee on Finance. 

7. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association were read, and their standing recorded 
in the statistical table of this Minute. 

8. On motion the Association adjourned to meet Monday 
morning, August 20th, at 9 o'clock. 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator, 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk, 

ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Ass't Asso. Cl'k. 

MONDAY MORNING, AUGUST 20, 9:00 O'CLOCK 

9. The Association met according to appointment and after 
praise and prayer by Elder F. W. Keene proceeded to business. 

10. The messengers who were appointed last year to visit 
sister Associations were called upon to report. The reports of 
those attending were very satisfactory, and those who did not at- 
tend were excused. 

11. Messengers were appointed to visit sister Associations at 
their next sitting as follows: 

Seven Mile — Minutes. 

Little River — Minutes. 

Mayo— Minutes. E. R. Harris, T. W. Rice, W. G. Dix and 
J. H. Combs. 

Kehukee — Minutes. 

White Oak— Minutes. 

Contentnea — Minutes. 

Black Creek— Minutes. Elder W. C. Jones. 

Staunton River — Minutes. W. G. Dix and A. H. Dickerson. 

Lower Country Line — -Minutes. Elder W. C. Jones and W. P. 
Warren. 

Abbott's Creek — Minutes. Bro. J. M. Dennis. 

Fisher's River — Minutes. 

Smith's River — Minutes. 

New River — Minutes. 

Salem— Minutes. Elder J. W. Gilliam, J. H. Combs, Elder W. 
C. Jones, W. P. Warren, T. W. Rice, J. M. Dennis, J. W. DeLancy 
and H. T. Oakley. 

Mountain — Minutes. 

Pig River— Minutes. Bro. T. W. Rice and W. G. Dix. 

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Durham Association (Colored) — Minutes. 

12. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be 
held with the church at Country Line, Caswell County, N. C, to 
begin at 10 o'clock, on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July, 
1924, and continue three days. 

13. The Finance Committee was called upon to report, the 
report being as follows: 

Received from the churches $128.93 

Received from friends in the congregation 14.00 

Total funds received $142.93 

Disbursements 

To visiting preachers $ 90.93 

For Printing and postage 37.00 

Allowed Clerk for services 15.00 

Total funds disbursed $142.93 

The report of the Finance Committee was received and the 
Committee was then excused. 

14. Ordered that our Clerk have one thousand of these minu- 
tes printed and distributed with the churches of this Association 
and among the sister Associations with whom we correspond. 

15. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in preach- 
ing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and many have been 
blessed to hear same and enjoy the Association now drawing to a 
close, be it therefore resolved: 

First. That we return thanks to God for the blessings en- 
joyed. 

Second. That we extend our thanks to the brethren and 
friends for their generous hospitality in taking care of the Asso- 
ciation. 

Third. That we extend thanks to the officers for keeping or- 
der during the Association. 

MINISTERS 

Elders in our Association, and addresses: 
Elder B. B. McKinney, Mclver, N. C, R. No. 1. 
Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 
Elder O. J. Denny, Winston-Salem, N. C. 
Elder W. F. Pruitt, Ruffin, N. C, R. No. 2. 
Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C., R. No. 1. 
Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 
Elder W. M. Monsees, Wilson, N. C. 

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Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C, R. No. 1 
Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, Va., R. No. 3. 
Elder T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, R. No. 1. 

PREACHING 

Saturday Afternoon — 

1. Elder J. E. Adams. 

2. Elder W. R. Craft. Rom. 4 chapt. 

3. Elder Jesse Barnes. Matt. 9:9. 
7:00 o'clock— J. W. Wyatt. Isa. 26:1. 

Sunday Morning — 

1. Elder C. F. Denny. Isa. 61:1-3. 

2. Elder F. W. Keene. Songs of Sol. 2:14. 
Sunday Afternoon — 

1. Elder J. B. Wade. No special text. 

2. Elder M. B. Martin. Zech. 13:7. 

At 5:00 o'clock— Elder J. W. Wyatt. Psa. 102:4-7. 
At 7:00 o'clock — Bro. John DeLancy. No special text. 
Elder J. W. Gilliam. Luke 24:25-26. 
Monday Morning — 

T. Elder J. M. Lewis. 2nd. Tim. 4:1-2. 
2. Elder C. A. Davis. Isa. 55:1. 

MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes 

Arbor— J. E. Simmons, Yanceyville, N. C, R. 2 60 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line : . . . 15 

Dan River— W. T. Ward, Ruffin, N. C, R. No. 2 40 

Gilliam's— Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, R. No. 1.... 40 

Harmony — W. A. Ward, Cedar Grove, N. C 30 

Lick Fork— C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 5 30 

Lynches Creek— W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C., R. No. 2 25 

McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, R. No. 3 '• 25 

Moon's Creek— Mrs. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., R. No. 5 25 

Pleasant Grove— Elder T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, Route 1 50 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 50 

Reidsville— E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. R. Stone, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 3 55 

Oak Grove— J. W. Watlington, Yanceyville, N. C, R. No. 1 20 

New Hope— J. S. Nole, Reidsville, N. C., R. No. 6 50 

Monticello— J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C 25 

Greensboro — I. E. Neal, Greensboro, N. C 38 

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List of churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 
Baptist Association, with order of rotation of sessions since the 
Country Line Association divided into Upper and Lower Country 
Line Associations in 1906, as follows: 

Harmony 1907 

Reidsville 1908 

Gilliam's 1909 

Oak Grove 1910 

Lynches Creek 1911 

Lick Fork 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCray 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan River 1916 

New Hope 1917 

Moon's Creek 1918 

Monticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

Country Line — Appointed to be held 1924 

DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Abbott's Creek— A. L Owens, Salisbury, N. C 18 

Black Creek— Elder C. F. Denny, Wilson, N. C 18 

Contentnea — Elder J. P. Tingle, Grantsboro, N. C 20 

Fisher's River— Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco, N. C, R. No. 1 25 

Kehukee — Elder Sylvester Hassell, Williamston, N. C 27 

Little River— Elder J. A. T. Jones, McCullers, N. C 20 

Mayo — Elder E. M. Barnard, Peter's Creek, Va 20 

New River — Elder P. G. Lester, Roanoke, Va. 20 

Salem — W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C 18 

Smith's River— Q. D. Weeks, Willis, Va., R. No. 2 18 

Staunton River — R. L. Dodson, Ringold, Va 18 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, N. C. 20 

Mountain — J. M. Rector, Baywood, Va 15 

Pig River— Elder E. S. Blackenship, Boon's Mill, Va 15 

Seven Mile — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, N. C 15 

Mill Branch— W. C. Brown, Tabor, N. C 20 

Durham (colored) — Bro. Joe Graves, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 5 20 

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MINUTES 

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Eighteenth Annual Session 

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UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

Primitive Baptist Association 



HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

COUNTRY LINE, CASWELL COUNTY, N. C. 
July 26, 27 and 28, 1924 



OFFICERS 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator, Reidsville, N. C. 
i ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk, Altamahaw, N. C. 
ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assist. Clerk, Mclver, N. C. 

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ARTICLES C«F FAITH 

We, the messengers of the several churches composing the 
Upper Country Line Association, agree, for £he satisfaction of 
cur brethren and friends, to publish an abstract of the princi- 
ples of faith upon which we unite and will endeavor with the 
help of the Lord to maintain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, 
Unchangeable, of infi nite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, good- 
ness, mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in 
His Word, under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His 
mind and will to the children of men in His Word which Word 
we believe to be of divine authority and contains all things nec- 
essary to be known for the salvation of man. The same is com- 
prehended or contained in the books of the Old and New Test- 
aments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, 
for the purpose of His own glory, did elect a certain number of 
men and angels to eternal life, and that this election is partic- 
ular, eternal, and unconditional on the creature's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he was good and 
upright, but by his own transgressions he fell from the good and 
upright state and being the head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all 
of them in the same ruined state with himself, and they par- 
takers of and exposed to the miseries which sprang from his 
disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man, 
&s a fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to 
truly repent of his sins, or to believe in Christ, except he be 
drawn by the Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe that in God's own appointed time and way 
the elect will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and 
that it is impossible that they utterly refuse the call, but shall 
be willing by divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only 
by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and ap- 
plied by faith. 

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8. We believe that God's elect will be converted and born 
again by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that those that are called by grace and born 
again persevere in holiness and never fall finally away. 

10. We believe that it is the duty incumbent on all God's 
people to walk religiously; not in the old covenant way of seek- 
ing life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty from 
the principles of love. 

11. We believe baptism and the Lord's supper are gospel 
ordinances, both belonging to the converted or true believer. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in mat- 
ters of discipline, and that Associations, Councils, and Confer- 
ences of ministers or churches, are not to impose on the church 
the keeping, holding, or maintaining any principle of practice 
contrary to the church's judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both 
of the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlast- 
ing and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has the right to administer 
the ordinances unless he is called and comes under the imposi- 
tion of hands by the presbytery. 

1Q. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union 
and satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith 
and order, we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein 
each church ought to be represented by the messengers to ad- 
vise with each other in conference. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise 
from his seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of 
his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the sub- 
ject under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any 
other brother. 

4. No messenger shall absent himself from the Associa- 
tion while in conference without permission. 

5. No messenger shall speak more than three times on the 
same subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business 
of the Association is being transacted. 

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7. No messenger shall be interrupted while speaking, un- 
less he violates the rides of this decorum. 

5. No messenger shall address another in any other term 
or appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association 
shall be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the 
Association requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before 
the Association until all the other messengers are through speak- 
ing, when he may give his views, after, any rrtessenger, having 
a right to speak, may reply to any new matter introduced by 
the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of \he rules of 
the Association shall be dealt with by the Association as it 
deems proper. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder W. C. 
King, 1st Cor. 2:1-2, followed by Eider J. F. Spangler, 1st Cor. 
2 : 5 th. 

2. After an intermission, the Association convened and after 
praise and prayer by Elder F. W. Keene, proceeded to business. 
On motion, Bro. E. R. Harris was chosen as moderator. The 
Association clerk called to his assistance Elder T. A. Stanfield. 

3. Petitionary letters called for. None received. 

4. The moderator appointed Elder J. P. Tingle and Elder 
E. C. Oakes to go to the stand and preach to the people. 

5. Messengers and visitors from sister Associations were in- 
vited to fake seats with us, whereupon the following were seated: 

From Little River — Minutes. 

From Black Creek — Elder J. W. Wyatt, D. C. Vanhoy and J. 
E. Watson; also minutes. 

From Fisher River — Minutes. 
From White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones; also minutes. 

From Mayo — Elder J. F. Spangler, G. M. Trent, D. G. Trent 
and others; also minutes. 

From Kehukee — Minutes. 

From Lower Country Line — Brethren H. E. Satterfield, W. A. 
Warren and others; also minutes. 

From Abbott's Creek — Minutes. 



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From Contentnea — Elder J. P. Tingle; also minutes. 

From Pig River — Bros. G. R. Minter and Red Crumpton; 
also minutes. 

From Smith River — Not represented. 

From Staunton River — Bros. J. H. Butcher, H. M. Yarboro 
and B. F. Evans and others; no minutes. 

From New River — Not represented. 

From Mill Branch — Minutes. 

From Baltimore — Not represented. 

From Salem — Minutes; correspondence suspended pending ac- 
tion of their next meeting. 

From Mountain — Elder M. B. Martin. 

From Hunting Quarter Church — Elder L. H. Hardy, visitor. 

From Main Conference — Elder F. W. Keene. 

From Seven Mile — Not represented. 

From Durham — Association (colored) — No minutes received. 

6. The messenger of the Country Line Church together with 
the moderator, clerk and assistant clerk, were chosen a commit- 
tee on arrangements, and Brehren W. A. McKinney and W. S. 
Rice were appointed a committee on finance. 

7. Letters from several churches composing Upper Country 
Line Association were read, and their standing recorded in \he 
statistical table of this minute. 

To Whom It May Concern: 

This is to certify that we, the ministers and messengers 
composing the Upper Country Line Association, in session at 
our annual conference with the church at Country Line, Cas- 
well County, N. C, July 28, 1924, do hereby recognize the rep- 
resentatives, W. G. Dix, T. W. Rice and those in common in- 
terest and fellowship with them as the true church in Gos- 
pel order now at Dan River, Rockingham County, N. C. 

E. R. Harris, Mod. 
Elder J. W. Gilliam, Clerk. 
Resolved: That our clerk be authorized to revise the list 
of our elders as heretofore published in our minutes by dorp- 
ping the name of said W. F. Pruitt, Ruffin, N. C, who by reas- 
on of disorder has no standing as a member of the church nor 
elder in our Association. Read and adopted. 

E. R. Harris, Moderator. 
J. W. Gilliam, Jr., Ass'n Clerk. 
Resolved: That we go on record in this minute as approv- 
ing and commending the action of our orderly brethren and sis- 

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ters at Dan River Church, Rockingham County, identified as 
W. G. Dix, T. W. Rice and others in common interest and fel- 
lowship with them, and at Oak Grove Church, Caswell County, 
identified as Brother and Sister Robert H. Jones, and those in 
common interest and fellowship with them, in withdrawing from 
and declaring non-fellowship for one J. R. Wilson and his dis- 
orderly followers at either and both of these churches; and, 

Resolved further, that we consider our Association or any 
other regularg Primitive Baptist Association would act un- 
wise and do violence to the cause of discipline, and order, and 
to the best salutary interest among our several churches and 
Associations, and would be guilty of disorder to knowingly re- 
ceive into fellowship, seat in their church conferences or Asso- 
ciations, or hold as pastor or assistai t pastor of any of our 
churches, or continue as editor or as associate editor of any of 
our religious papers, one who has been dismissed from fellowship 
their home churches. 

Resolved; That we suspend correspondence with any and 
all Associations with whom we correspond who hold in their 
fellowship, correspond with or preach in their churches W. F. 
Fruitt, J. R. Wilson, and others in common interest and fellow- 
ship with them, pending action of said Association in withdraw- 
ing fellowship from these parties unless they be restored by 
their home church. 

8. On motion the Association adjourned to meet Monday 
morning, July 2 8th, at 9:00 o'clock. 

E. R. Harris, Moderator. 

Elder J. W. Gilliam. Association Clerk. 

Elder T. A. Stanfield, Assist. Asso. Clerk. 



MONDAY MORNING, JULY 28, 9:00 O'CLOCK. 

9. The Association met according to appointment and after 
praise and prayer by Elder W. R. Dodd, proceeded to business. 

10 The messengers who wore appointed last year to visit 
sister Associations were called upon to report. All reports care 
fully noted, and those who could not attend were excused. 

11. Messengers were appointed to visit sister Associations 
fit t nei ' r next sitting as follows: 

Seven Mile — Minutes. 

Mayo — Minutes. 

Kehukee — Minutes. 

White Oak — Minutes. 

Contentnea — Miniztes, Elder T. A. Stanfield. 

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Black Creek — Minutes, Elder B. F. McKinney. 

Stanton River — Minutes, Brethren R. A. Cox, W. G. Dix and 
Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Lower Country Line — Minutes; Elders W. C. King, B. F. Mc- 
Kinney and Brother W. P. Warren. 

Abbott's Creek — Minutes, Brother J. M. Dennis. 

Fisher's River — Minutes, Brother J. R. Jones. 

Smith's River — Minutes. 

New River — Minutes, T. W. Rice. 

Salem — Correspondence susupended, pending action at their 
next sitting. 

Mountain — Minutes. 

Pig River — Minutes, Brethren R. A. Cox, W. G. Dix, and T. 
W. Rice and Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Durham Association (Colored) — Minutes. 

12. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be 
held with the Church at Harmony, to begin at 10:00 o'clock 
on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July, 1925, and con- 
tinue three days, and Elder B. F. McKinney is requested to 
preach the introductory sermon, and Elder W. C. Jones, alternate. 
Six miles north of Mebane, N. C, the nearest R. R. station. 

13. The finance committee was called upon to report; the 
report being as follows: 

Received from the churches $120.9 

Received from friends in the congregation . . _ 40.9 6 

Total funds received $181.86 

DISBURSEMENTS 

To visiting preachers $101.86 

For printing and postage and expenses in mailing min- 
utes, lights, officers, clerk fee, etc . . 60.00 

Total funds disbursed . $161.86 

The report of the finance committee was received and the com- 
mittee was then excused. 

14. Ordered that our clerk have one thousand of these min- 
utes printed and distributed with the churches of this Associa- 
tion and among the sister Associations with whom we corres- 
pond. 

15. Whereas; our brethren have been well favored in preach- 
ing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and many have been 

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blessed to hear same and enjoy the Association now drawing to 
a close, be it therefore resolved: 

First. That we return thanks to God for the blessings 
enjoyed. 

Second. That we expend our thanks to the brethren and 
friends for their generous hospitality in taking care of the 
Association. 

T"hird. That we extend thanks to the officers for keeping 
order during the Association. 

Fourth. That we extend thanks to the warehousemen and 
the Board of Trade of Mebane, N. C., for furnishing ice water 
for the Association. 

Fifth. That we extend thanks to Home Light Company, 
Mr. Edgar King, Union Ridge, N. C, R. F. D., salesman, for 
electric lights during the Association. 

MINISTERS 

Elders in our Association, and addresses: 

Elder B. B. McKinney, Mclver, N. C, Route No. 1. 

Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 

Elder O. J. Denny, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, Route No. 1. 

Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

Elder W. M. Monsees, Wilson, N. C. 

Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C, Route 1. 

Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, Va., Rou*te No. 3. 

Elder T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N. C, Route No. 1. 

PREACHING. 

Saturday Afternoon — 

1. Elder J. P. Tingle — Did not get his text. 

2. Elder E. C. OakesrDid not get his text. 
Sunday Morning — 

1. Elder L. H. Hardy — Text, 1 Peter 1:3-5. 

2. Elder F. W. Keene — Text: "I will be as the dew unto 
Isreal." 

3. Elder H. F. Hutchens — Text: John 20:28. 
Sunday Afternoon — 

Elder Isaac Jones — Text: No special text. 

2. Elder J. W. Wyatt — Text: Psa. 23:1-3. 

3. Elder J. F. Stigall — Text: Isa. 40:10 11. 

4. Elder W. R. Dodd — Text: No text in particular. 

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Monday Morning — 

1. Elder D. B. Spangler — Text: Heb. 8:1. 

2. Elder G. P. Staples — Text 5:32 

N. B. — I did not get texts of those who preached at night. 

MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes 

Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Yanceyville, N. C, R. 2 60 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 

Country Line — Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C 

Dan River — W. G. Dix, Ruffin, N. C., Rout,-. No. ? 

Gilliam's — Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N C., R. No 1 

Harmony — W. A. Ward, Cedar Grove, N. C 30 

Lick Fork — C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, N. G, R. No. 5 . 
Lynch's Creek — W. R. Hawkins, Cedar Grove, N. C, R. 
McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C. R No. 3 . 
Moon's Creek — Mrs. J. W Neal, Danville, Va., R. No. 5 
Pleasant Grove — Elder T. A. Stanfield, Mclver, N C, R. 

Prospect Hill — W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 

Reidsville — E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C 

Wolf Island — J. R. Stone. Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 3 ... 
Oak Grove — Robt. H. James, Yanceyville, N. C., R. No. 1 

New Hope, J. S. Nole, Reidsville, N. O, R. No. 6 

Monticello — J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C. ..... 

Greensboro — I. E. Neal, Greensboro, N. C 



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List of churches composing the Upper Country Line Prim- 
itive Baptist Association, with order of rotation of sessions since 

the Country Line Association divided into Upper and Lower 
Country Line Associations in 1906, as follows: 

♦Harmony 1907-1925 

Eeidsville . 1908 

Gilliam's .•••• 1909 

Cak Grove , 1910 

Lynch's Creek ..... 1911 

Lick Fork , 1912 

Pleasant Grove m . 1913 

McCray . 1914 

Greensboro , . . . 1915 

Dan River 1916 

New Hope 1917 

Moon's Creek 1918 

Monticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

Country Line 1924 

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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

.Abbott's Creek — A. L. Owens, Salisbury, N. C. . . 
Elack Creek — Elder C. F. Denny, Wilson, N. C. 
Contentnea — Elder J. P. Tingle, Grantsboro, N. C. . 
Fisher's River — Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco, N. C, R. No 
Kehukee — Elder Sylvester Hassell, Williamston, N. C 
Little River — Elder J. A. T. Jones, McCullers, N. C. 
Mayo — Elder E. M. Barnard, Peter's Creek, Va. 

New River — Elder P. G. Lester, Roanoke, Va 

Salem — W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C 

Smith's River — Q. D. Weeks, Willis, Va., R. No. 2 

Staunton River — R. L. Dodson, Ringold, Va 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C. ... 
White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, N. C. ... 

Mountain — J. M. Rector, Baywood, Va 

Pig River — Elder E. S. Blackenship, Boon's Mill, Va 
Seven Mile — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, N. C. 

Mill Branch — W. C. Brown, Tabor, N. C 

Durham (colored) — Bro. Joe Graves, Reidsville, N. C., R. 5 



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MINUTES 

— OF THE — 
NINETEENTH ANNUAL SESSION 

— OF THE — 

Upper Country Line 

Primitive Baptist 

Association 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

HARMONY, ORANGE COUNTY, N. C. 
July 25, 26 and 27, 1925 



Officers 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator, Reidsville, N. C. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk, Altamahaw, N. C. 

B. L. HURDLE, Assistant Clerk, Reidsville, N. C. 

ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk, Mclver, N. C. 

Printed by "The Lone Pilgrim" press, Selma, N. C. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

We, the messengers of the several churches composing the 
tjpper Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of 
tmr brethren and friends, to publish an atxstract of the princi- 
ples of faith upon which we unite and will endeavor with the 
help of the Lord to maintain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, 
Unchangeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, good- 
ness, mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in 
His Word, under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
-iahd will to th-3 children of men in His Word which Word we 
believe to be of divine authority and contains all things nec- 
essary to be known for the salvation of man. The same is com- 
prehended or contained in the books of the Old and New 
Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, 
for the purpose of His own glory, did elect a certain number of 
men and angels to eternal life, and that this election is partic- 
ular, eternal, and unconditional on the creature's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he v/as good and 
upright, but by his own transgression he fell from the good 
■and upright state and being the head and representative of the 
whole human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved 
all of them in the same ruined state with himself, and they 
partakers of and exposed to the miseries which sprang from his 
disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man, 
as a fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to 
truly repent of his sins, or to believe in Christ, except he be 
drawn by the Holy Spirit. 

G. We believe that in God's own appointed time and way 
the elect will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and 
that it is impossible that they utterly refuse the call, but shall 
be Willing by divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only 
by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and ap- 
plied by faith. 

8. We believe that God's elect will be converted and bcrn 
again by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that those that are called by grace and bOi.2\ 
&gain preserve in holiness and never fall finally away. 

■ 10. We believe that it is the duty incumbent on all God's 
people to walk religiously; not in the old covenant way of seek- 
ing life ftnd the favor ai the Lord by it. but only as a duty 

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from the principles of love. 

11. We believe baptism and the Lord's supper are gospel 
ordinances, both belonging to the converted or true believer. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters 
©f discipline, and that Associations, Councils, and Conferences 
of ministers or churches, are not to impose on the church the 
keeping, holding, or maintaining any principle of practice con- 
trary to the church's judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both 
€>f the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting 
and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has the right to administer 
the ordinances unless he is called and comes under the imposi- 
tion of hands by the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union 
and satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith 
and order, we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein 
each church ought to be represented by the messengers to ad- 
vise with each other in conference. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1, The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise 
from his seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of 
his speech. 

8. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the sub- 
ject under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any 
other brother. 

4. No messenger shall absent himself from the Association 
while in conference without permission. 

5. No messenger shall speak more than three times on the 
same subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of 
the Association is being transacted. 

7. No messenger shall be interrupted while speaking, unless 
he violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. No messenger shall address another in any other term 
or appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association 
shall he enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the 
Association requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before 
the Association until all the other messengers are through speak- 
ing', when he may give his views, after, any messenger, having 

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a right to speak, may reply to any new matter introduced by 
the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the 
Association shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems 
proper. 

PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder B, F. 
McKinney, 1st Cor. 2:l-7th. 

2. After an intermission the Association convened and after 
praise and prayer by Elder Isaac Jones proceeded to business,. 

First business — Roll call of churches, with absentees marked. 
On motion, Bro. E. R. Harris was chosen as moderator. 
The Association clerk called to his assistance Bro. B. L. Hurdle, 

3. Petitionary letters called for. None received. 

4. The moderator appointed Elder D. V. Spangler and Elder 
H. F. Hutchens to go to the stand and preach to the people. 

5. Messengers and visitors from sister Association were in- 
vited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were 
seated, from: 

Little River — Bro. J. P. Temple, visitor and minutes. 

Black Creek — Minutes and Bro. D. M. Morris, Elder- J. W. 
Wyatt, Elder E. L. Cobb and others. 
Fisher's River — Minutes, and Bro. J. D. Key. 

White Oak— Minutes and Elder Isaac Jones. 

Mayo — Minutes, and Elders D. V. Spangler and H. F. Hut- 
chens and Bro. J. M. Compton. 

Kehukee — Minutes. 

Lower Country Line — Minutes, and Bro. H. E. Satterfield, W» 
A. Warren, Elder C. B. Hall and Bro. J. H. Gooch. 

Abbott's Creek — Minutes. 

Contentnea — Minutes. 

Pig River— Bros. G. R. Minter and T. H. Eanes. 

Smith's River — Not represented. 

Staunton River — Minutes and' Bro. J. H. Butcher and Sisters 
Butcher and Abbott. 

New River — Not represented. 

Mill Branch — Not represented. 

Baltimore — Eld. Joshua T. Rowe. 

Agreed to renew correspondence with Salem Association, 

Salem — Bro. J. W. Turner; no minutes. 

Mountain — Minutes, and Elder M. B. Martin, visitor. 

Roaring River Association — Elder W. R. Craft, visitor, 

Maine Conference — Elder F. W. Keene. 

Seven Mile — Not represented. 

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Zion — Minutes. 

Durham Association (colored). 

Mount Enon Association (Florida — Elder M. L. Gilbert. 

6. The Pastor, Eld. W. C. Jones, of Harmony Church, toa 
gether with the moderator, clerk, and assistant clerk were chosen! 
a committee on arrangements, and Brethren Willie Hawkins and, 
J. J. Lambeth were appointed a committee on finance. 

7. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper- 
Country Line Association were read, and their standing recorded; 
in the statistical table of this minute. 

8. On motion the Association adjourned to meet Monday L 
July 27th, at 9 o'clock. 

E. R. Harris, Moderator. 

Elder J. W. Gilliam, Asso. Clerk, 

B. L. Hurdle, Assist. Asso. Clerk*. 



MONDAY MORNING, JULY 27TH, 9:00 O'CLOCK 

9. The Association met according to appointment, and afte^ 5 - 
praise and prayer by Elder Joshua T. Rowe proceeded to business,. 

10. The messengers who were appointed last year to visits 
sister Associations were called upon to report. All reports were 
carefully noted, and those who could not attend were excused, 

11. Messengers were appointed to visit sister Associations at 
their next sitting as follows: 

Little River — Minutes. 

Black Creek — Minutes, Elder B. F. McKinney. 

Fisher's River — Minutes, Bros. J. R. Jones, J. M. Dennis. 

White Oak— Minutes, Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Mayo — Minutes, Bros. R. S. Somers, W. G. Dix. 

Kehukee — Minutes, Bro. T. W. Rice. 

Lower Country Line — Minutes, Bro. J. M. Dennis, Elder W. G\ 
Jones, Elder R. F. McKinney, Elder J. W. Gilliam, Bro. W. $\ 
Warren. 

Abbott'sCreek— Minutes, Bro. J. M. Dennis, Elder W. C. Jones*. 
Elder J. W. Gilliam. 
Contentnea — Minutes. 

Pig River — Minutes, Elder J. W. Gilliam and Bros T. W. Rice 
and W. G. Dix. 

Smith's River — Minutes. 

Staunton River— Minutes, Bros. W. G. Dix, T. W. Rice, E. R,. 
Harris and Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

New River — Minutes. 

Mill Branch — Minutes. 

Baltimore — Minutes. 

Salem — Minutes, Bros. J. H. Dyer, J. W. Delancey, J. M. Dennis 

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and Elder J. W. Gilliam. 
Mountain — Minutes . 
Seven Mile — Minutes. 

12. On motion it was agreed- that our next Association be 
held with the church at Reidsville, N. C, to begin at 10 o'clock 
on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July, 1926, and con- 
tinue three days, and Elder J. W. Gilliam is requested to preach 
the introductory sermon and Elder B. F. McKinney alternate. 

13. — The Finance Committee was called upon to report; the 
report being as follows: 

Contribution from the churches $123.07 

Contribution from friends in the congregation 95.49, 

Total funds received $..218.56, 

DISBURSEMENTS 

To Sister Neal for afflicted Sister Herndon $ 25.00* 

Water and ice 40.00, 

To officers 10.00. 

To printing, postage and mailing 1,000 minutes 37.00 : 

To Association clerk for service 15.00 ( 

To visiting ministers 91.56; 

Total disbursements $218.56 

The report of the Finance Committee was received and the 
committee was then excused. 

14. Ordered that our clerk have 1,000 of these minutes 
printed and distributed with the churches of this Association and 
among the sister Associations with whom we correspond. 

15. Whereas; our brethren have been well favored in preach- 
ing the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and many have been 
blessed to hear and understand same, and enjoy the Association 
now drawing to a close, be it therefore resolved: 

First. That we return thanks to God for the blessings enjoyed. 

Second. That we extend our thanks to the brethren and 
friends for their generous hospitality in taking care of the 
Association. 

Third. That we extend thanks to the officers for keeping 
order. 

Note of thanks — Resolved that we extend special thanks to 
our Bro. B. F. McKinney for his untireing efforts in arranging; 
for water, and the g-eneral comfort of this Association. 

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MINISTERS 

Elders in our Association and their addresses: 

Elder B. B. McKinney, Reidsville, N. C. Star Route. 

Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 

Elder O. J. Denny, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C. Route No. l v 

Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

Elder W. M. Monsees, Wilson, N. C. 

Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C. Route No. 1; 

Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, Va. Route No. 3. 

Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidsville, N. C. Star Route. 

VISITING ELDERS AT THIS SESSION 

Elder Isaac Jones, White Oak Association. 

Elder P. W. Keene, Maine Conference. 

Elder M. L. Gilbert, Mount Enon Association (Florida),. 

Elder J. W. Wyatt, Black Creek Association. 

Elder H. F. Hutchens, Mayo Association. 

Elder T. Y. Monk, Lower Country Line Association. 

Elder Jim Spencer, Black Creek Association. 

Elder E. L. Cobb, Black Creek Association. 

Elder D. V. Spangler, Mayo Association. 

Elder E. C. Oakes, Lower Country Line Association. 

Elder W. R. Craft, Roaring River Association. 

Elder M. B. Martin, Mountain Association. 

Elder J. T. Collier, Black Creek Association. 

Elder C. B. Hall, Lower Country Line Association. 

PREACHING 

Introductory Sermon— Elder B. F. McKinney— Text: I Cor 2ih%^ 
Saturday Afternoon — 

1. Elder D. V. Spangler— Text: Luke 2. 

2. Elder H. F. Hutchens— Text : Nahum 1:7. 

3. Elder Jim Spencer — Text: Isaiah 11:6. 
At 5 O'Clock— 

Elder T. Y. Monk— Text: II Cor. 12:2. 
Sunday Morning — 

1. Elder Isaac Jones— Text: Titus 2:11. 

2. Elder E. L. Cobb— Text: John 5:2-11. 

3. Elder Joshua T. Rowe— Text: Heb. 12:1-3. 
Sunday Afternoon — 

1. Elder F. W. Keene — Text: Songs of Solomon 2:14 s 

2. Elder J. W. Wyatt— Text: I Peter 4:11. 

3. Elder M. L. Gilbert— Text: I Peter 4:11. 
At 5 O'Clock— 

1. Eider W. R. Craft— Text: II Tim. 4:1-4. 

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^Sanday Night at the House — 

1. Elder W. C. Jones— Tort: Isaiah 41:1-2. 

2. Bro. J. W. Delancy — Ne special text. 
-Monday Morning — 

1. Elder M. B. Martin — Text: Songs of Solomon 4:5. 

2. Elder J. T. Collier— Text: Acts 10:26. 

3. Elder C. B. Hall— Text: I Cor. 13:13. 

List of churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 

^Baptist Association, with order of rotation of sessions since the 
Country Line Association divided into Upper and Lower Country 
Line Associations in 1906, as follows: 

**Reidsville 1908-1926 

'^ilHam's 1909 

X>ak Grove 1910 

Lynch's Creek 1911 

Lick Fork 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

-McCray 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan River 1916 

Xew Hope 1917 

Moon's Creek 1918 

Monticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

^Country Line * 1924 

: Harmony '. 1907-1925 



'"* Appointed to be held. 

MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes 
-Arbor— J. E. Simmons, Yanceyville, N. C, R. 2 60 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line— Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C IS 

Dan River— W. G. Dix, Ruffin, N. C, Route No. 2 40 

'Gilliam's— Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, R. No. 1.... 40 

Harmony— W. A. Ward, Cedar Grove, N. C 30 

Lick Fork— C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 5 30 

^Lynch's Creek — Wm. Warren, Corbett, N. C 25 

McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, R. No. 3 25 

-^oo-n's Creek—Mrs. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., R. No. 5 25 

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Pleasant Grove— Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidsville, N. C, 

Star Route 50 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 50 

Reidsville— E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. R. Stone, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 3 5* 

Oak Grove— Robt. H. James, Yanceyville, N. C, R. No. 1„._ 20 

"New Hope— J. S. Knowles, Reidsville. N. C, R. No! 6 50 

Monticello— J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C 25 

Greensboro — I. E.-Neal, Greensboro, N. C 38 

653 
DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Abbott's Creek— A. L. Owens, Salisbury, N. C 18 

Black Creek— Elder E. L. Cobb, Wilson, N. C 18 

Contentnea — H. L. Brake, Rocky Mount, N. C 20 

Fisher's River— Elder F. P. Stone, Fransisco, N. C, R. No. 1_ 25 

Kehukee— Elder B. S. Cowin, Williamston, N. C 27 

Little River— Robt. Smith, Benson, N. C. 

Mayo— S. G. Dobbins, Claudville, Va 20 

New River — Elder P. G. Lester, Roanoke, Va... 20 

Salem— W. L. League, Winston-Salem, N. C 18 

Smith's River— Eld. J. D. Cockram, Stuart, Va 18 

Staunton River— R. L. Dodson, 147 Broad St., Danville, Va 18 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, N. C 20 

Mountain — J. M. Rector, Baywood, Va.... 15 

Pig River — Elder E. L. Blankenship, Boon's Mill, Va 15 

Seven Mile — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, N. C 15 

Mill Branch— W. C. Brown, Tabor, N. C 20 

Durham (colored) — Bro. Joe Graves, Reidsville, N. C., R. 5.... 20 

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TWENTIETH ANNUAL SESSION 

— OF THE — 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION 



HELD WITH THE CHURCH 
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RulDSVILLE, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N, C. 
July 24, 25 and 26, 1926 

OFFICERS 

E. R. MARRIS, Moderator, Reidsville, N. C. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk, Altamahaw, N. C. 

ELDER T. A. STANFIELI), Assistant Clerk, Reidsville, N. C. 



Articles of Faith 

We, the messengers of the several churches composing the 
Upper Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of 
our brethren and friends, to publish an abstract of the princi- 
ples of faith upon which we unite and will endeavor with the 
help of the Lord to maintain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, 
Unchangeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, good- 
ness, mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in 
His Word, under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His m'nd 
and will to the children of men in His Word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all things necessary to 
be known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehended 
or contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, for 
a purpose of his own glory, did elect a certain number of men 
and angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, 
eternal and unconditional on the creature's part. 

i. We believe that when God made man he was good and 
upright, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and 
upright state, and being the head and representative of the whole 
hu^ian race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all 
of them in the same ruined state with himself, and they were 
partakers of, and exposed to, the miseries which sprang from 
h s disobed'enoe. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as a 
fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to truly re- 
pent of his sins, or believe in Christ, except he be drawn by the 
Holy Spirit. 

G. We bel'eve in God's own appointed time and way the 
elect will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that 
L is impossible that they can utterly refuse the call; but shall 
be willing by divine grace to receive mercy, 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only 
by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and ap- 
plied by faith. 

8. We believe that God's elect will be converted and born 
again by the effctual working of the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that those that are called by grace and born 
again by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

10. We believe it to be a duty incumbent on all God's people 
to walk religiously in all God's works, not in the old covenant 
way of seeking life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only 
as a duty from a principal of love. 

11. We believe baptism by immersion, and the Lord's sup- 
per are gospel ordinances, both belonging to the converted or 



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true believer. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters 
of discipline and that associations, councils and conferences cf 
ministers or churches, are not to impose on the church, the 
keeping, holding or maintaining of any principal or practice con- 
trary to the church's judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead,- both 
of the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment c-f the wicked is everlasting 
and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administei 
the ordinances unless called and comes under the imposition r.f 
hands by the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union 
and satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith 
and order, we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein 
each church ought to be represented by the messengers to ad- 
vise with each other in conference. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise 
from his seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his 
speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the sub- 
ject under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any 
other brother. 

4. No messenger shall absent himself from the Association 
while in conference without permission. 

5. No messenger shall speak more than three times on the 
same subject without permission from the Association. 

0. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business cf 
the Association is being transacted. 

7. No messengers shall be interrupted while speaking, unless 
he violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. No messengers shall address another in any other term 
or appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association 
shall be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the 
Association requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before 
the Association until all the other messengers are through speak- 
ing, when he may give his views, after any messenger, having 
a right to speak, may reply to any new matter introduced by 
the Moderator. 



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11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the 
Association shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems 
proper. 

PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J. W. 
Gilliam, 1st Peter 1:1-5 verses and Elder 0. J. Denny, Rom. 
5:6, 7, 8 and 9 and Rom. 6: last verse. 

2. After an intermission the Association convened and after 
praise and prayer by Elder F. W. Keene, proceed to business. 

(a) Moved that the Clerk call the roll of churches and 
mark all absentee messengers, which was agreed. 

(b) Moved that we elect Deacon E. R. Harris Moderator, 
which was done. 

(c) Moved that the Committee on Arrangements for 
Preaching shall consist of the Moderator of the Association, 
the Association Clerk, and the Messengers from Reidsville 
Church, which was agreed. 

(d) Moved .hat the Moderator appoint all necessary com- 
mittees, which was agreed, and the following appointed, to-wit: 

Committee on Finance J. J. Lambeth, C. S. Delancy 

Committee to Distribute Minutes T. W. Rice, W. D. Blalock 

(e) Moved ihat the Clerk be allowed to call an assistant, 
which was agreed, and Elder T. A. Stanfield was called to his 
assistance. 

3. Petitionary letters were called for. None received. 

4. Messengers and visitors from corresponding associations 
were invited to take seats with us, whereupon the following 
were seated: 

Little River — Elder Everett Jones. 

Black Creek — Elder J. W. Wyatt and Minutes. 

Fishers River — Elder G. 0. Key and Minutes. 

White Oak — Elder Isaac Jones and Minutes. 

Mayo — Elders H. F. Hutchens, J. F. and D. V. Spangler, J. A. 
Fagg and others. 

Kehukee — Minutes. 

Lower Country Line — Bros. H. E. Satterfield, W. A. Warren, 
Elder E. C. Oakes and others, and Minutes. 

Abbott's Creek— Elder Sam McMillian, L. A. Wright, T. L. 
Maness, C. B. Owens and Elder H. S. Williams. 

Contentnea— Bro. E. A. Stanfield, Elders J. P. Tingle, A. M. 
Crisp and Minutes. 

Pig River — J. W. Ramsey, T. H. Eanes and others. 

Smith's River — Elders J. D. Cockram, L. I. Gilbert. 



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Staunton River — Brethren J. H. Butcher, T. J. Wood, Elders 
W. R. Dodd, J. E. Herndon, and Minutes. 

New River — Not represented. Minutes. 

Mill Branch — Not represented. 

Baltimore — Not i-epresented. 

Salem — Elder C. A. Davis, Bro. W. L. Teague, and others and 
Minutes. 

Mountain — Not represented. Minutes. 

Maine Conference — Elder F. W. Keene. 

Seven Mile — Not represented. 

Zion — Not represented. Minutes. 

Durham — (Colored) Minutes. 

5. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association were read, and their standing re- 
corded in the statistical table of this minute. 

6. On motion the Association adjourned to meet again Mon- 
day morning, July 26, 1926, at 9 o'clock. 

E. R. HARRIS, Moderator. 
J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 

MONDAY MORNING, JULY 26, 9:00 O'CLOCK 

7. The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder L. H. Hardy proceeded to business. 

8. The messengers who were appointed last year to visit 
sister Assocaitions were call upon to report. All reports were 
carefully noted, and those who could not attend were excused. 

9. Messengers were appointed to visit sister Associations at 
their next sitting as follows: 

Little River— Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Black Creek— Elder J. W. Gilliam, Elder B. F. McKinney. 

Fisher's River — Minutes. 

White Oak— Elders, J. W. Gilliam, M. B. Martin. 

Mayo— Elder O. J. Denny, Bro. W. G. Dix. 

Kehukee— Elder T. A. Stanfield. 

Lower Country Line — Elders J. W. Gilliam, O. J. Denny, M. 
B. Martin, B. F. McKinney, W. P. Warren, and others. 

Abbott's Creek — Elders J. W. Gilliam, W. C. Jones, and others. 

Contentnea — J. M. Dennis, Elders M. B. Martin, W. M. Maness, 
T. A. Stanfeild. 
Pig River — Minutes. 

Smith's River — Minutes. 

Staunton River— Elders J. W. Gilliam, B. F. McKinney, O. J. 
Denny, E. R. Harris. 

New River — Minutes. 

Mill Branch — Minutes. 

Baltimore — Minutes. 

Salem— Elders J. W. Gilliam, W. C. Jones, J. M. Dennis, J. R. 
Jones 



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Mountain — Minutes 
Seven Mile — Minutes. 
Durham — (Colored) Minutes. 

10. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be 
held with the Church at Gilliam's Alamance County, N. C, to 
begin at 10 o'clock on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in 
July 1927, and continue three days, and Elder B. F. McKinney 
be requested to preach the introductory sermon, and Elder B. B. 
McKinney to be his alternate. 

11. The Finance Committee made the following report to the 
Association: 

Contributions from the churches $127.70 

Contributions from the friends in the congregation 26.35 

Totals funds received $154.11 

RECOMMENDATION FOR DISTRIBUTION 

For printing, postage, and mailing 1,000 Minutes $ 37.00 

For the Clerk's services 15.00 

For visiting ministers 102.11 

Total Disbusements , $154.11 

Moved that the report of the Finance Committee be received 
and ths Committee excused, which was agreed. 

12. Moved that our Clerk have 1,000 of these Minutes print- 
ed and distributed with the churches of this Association and 
among the Sister Associations with whom we correspond, which 
was agreed. 

13. Whereas: our brethren have been well favored in preach- 
ing the Gcspel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and many have been 
blessed to hear and understand same, and enjoy the Association 
now drawing to a close, be it therefore resolved: 

(a) That we return thanks to God for the blessings enjoyed. 

(b) That we extend thanks to the brethren, sisters, and 
friends who have extended such generous hospitality in taking 
care of the Association. 

(c) That we extend thanks to the Warehousemen: the owners 
and operators of the Pinnix and Union Warehousees for the use 
of the warehouses for the general convenience and comfort of 
the Association. 

MINISTERS 

Elders in our Association and their addresses: 
Elder B. F. McKinney, Reidsville, N. C, Star Route. 
Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 
Elder O J. Denny, Winston-Salem, N. C. 



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Eider J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, RouLe No. 1. 

Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

Elder W. M. Monsees, Wilson, N. C. 

Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C. Route No. 1. 

Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, Va. Route No. 3. 

Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidsyille, N. C. Star Route. 

Elder M. B. Martin, Altamahaw, N. C. Route No. 2. 

VISITING ELDERS AT THIS SESSION OF OUR 
ASSOCIATION 

Elder C. A. Davis, Salem Association. 

Elder Isaac Jones, White Oak. 

Elder L. H. Hardy, Hunting Quarters Church. 

Elder J. F. Spangler, Mayo. 

Elder J. W. Flinchum, Mayo. 

Elder D. V. Lpar.gler, Mayo. 

Elder J. W. Wyatt, Black Creek. 

Elder J. E. Herndon, Staunton River. 

Eider J. A. Fagg, Mayo. 

Elder G. O. Key, Fisher's River. 

Elder H. F. Hutchens, Mayo. 

Elder W. R. Dodd, Staunton River. 

Elder J. F. Sligall, Pig River. 

Elder J. P. Tingle, Contentnea. 

Elder Everett Jones, Little River. 

Elder J. D. Cockram, Smith River. 

Elder Samuel MoMillian, Abbott's Creek. 

Elder E. L. Cobb, Black Creek. " 

Elder S. J. Reich, Salem Association. 

Elder J. T. Cox, Mayo. 

Elder E. C. Oakes, Lower Country Line. 

Elder A. M. Crisp, Contentnea. 

Elder G. M. Trent, Mayo. 

Elder H. S. Williams, Abbott's Creek. 

Elder L. J. Gilbert, Smith River. 

Elder F. W. Keene, Maine Conference. 

PREACHING 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J. W. Gilliam 
from Est. Peter 1:1-4. 
Saturday Afternoon — 

1. Elder J. A. Fagg— Text: Matt. 9:1. 

2. Elder G. 0. Key— Text: The foundation of God standeth 
sure, etc., and II Tim. 2:19. 

At 5 O'Clock— 

1. Elder J. D. Cockram— Text: John 5:25-28. 



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At 8 O'Clock— 

1. Elder H. F. Hutchenst-Text: Ex. 11:7. 

2. Elder D. V. Spangler— Text: Rom. 8:1-2. 
Sunday Morning, 10 O'Clock — 

1. Elder Isaac Jones — Text: In that day shall a fountain be 
opened. 

2. Elder L. H. Hardy— Text: Eph. 1:1-6. . ' 

3. Elder J. F. Spangler— Text: Prov. 8:22-24. 
Sunday Afternoon — 

1. Elder Samuel McMillian— Text: St. Mark 4:3-8. 

2. Elder E. L. Cobb— Did not get text. 

3. Elder J. W. Flinchum— Text: 1st Cor. 2:1. 
At 5 O'Clock— 

1. Elder W. R. Dodd— Text: Heb. 11:1-2. 

2. Elder H. S. Williams— Text: II Tim. 4-2. 

3. Elder Ben Martin — Text: As many as are led by the 
Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 

At 8 O'Clock— 

1. Elder J. W. Wyatt— Text: Col. 1-16. 

2. Elder F. W Keene— Text: Ex. 13:13. 
Monday Morning, at 10:30— 

1. Elder J. F. Stigall— Did not get text. 

2. Elder J. P. Tingle— Did not get text. 

3. Elder C. A. Davis— Did not get text. 

List of churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 
Bapt'st Associa.ion, with order of rotation of sessions since the 
Country Line Association divided into Upper and Lower Country 
Line Associations in 1906, as follows: 

*Gilliam's , 1909-1927 

Oak Grove 1910 

Lynch's Creek 1911 

Lick Fork 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCray 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan River 1916 

New Hope = 1917 

Moon's Creek 1918 

Monticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

Country Line 1924 

Harmony 1907-1925 

Reidsville 1908-1926 

* Appointed to be held. 



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MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes 

Arbor— J. E. Simmons, Yanceyville, N. C, R. 2 60 

Dig Meadows— Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

CjunLry Line — Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C 15 

Dan River— W. G. Dix, Ruffin, N. C, Route No. 2 40 

G.lliam's— Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C., R. No. 1... 40 

Harmony— W. A. Ward, Cedar Grove, N. C 30 

Lick Fork— C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 5 30 

Lyneh's Creek— Wm. Warren, Corbet, N. C 25 

McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, R. No. 3 25 

Moon's Creek— Mis. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., R. No. 5 25 

Pleasant Grove— Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidsville, N. C, 

Star Route 50 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 50 

Reidsville— E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. R. Stone, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 3 55 

Oak Grove— Robt. H. James, Yanceyville, N. C, R. No. 1 20 

New Hope— J. S. Knowles, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 6 50 

Monticello — J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C 25 

Greensboro — -I. E. Neal, Greensboro, N. C 38 

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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Abbott's Creek— A. L. Owens, Salisbury, N. C 18 

Black Creek— Elder JE. L. Cobb, Wilson, N. C... 18 

Contentnea — H. L. Brake, Rocky Mount, N. C 20 

Fisher's River— Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco, N. C, R. No. 1„ 25 

Kehukee— Elder B. S. Cowin, Williamston, N. C 27 

Little River — Robt. Smith, Benson, N. C. 

Mayo— S. G. Dobbins, Claudville, Va 20 

New River — Elder P. G. Lester, Roanoke, Va 20 

Salem— W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C 18 

Smith's River— Elder J. D. Cockram, Stuart, Va 18 

Staunton River — R. L. Dodson, 147 Broad St., Danville, Va 18 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, N, C , 20 

White Oak— Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, N. C 20 

Mountain — J. M. Rector, Baywood, Va 15 

Pig River — Elder E. L. Blankenship, Boon's Mill, Va 15 

Seven Mile — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, N. C 15 

Mill Branch— W. C. Brown, Tabor, N. C 20 

Durham (colored) — Bro. Joe Graves, Reidsville, N. C, R. 5 20 

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MINUTES 

OF THE 

TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH 
AT 

GILLIAM'S, ALAMANCE COUNTY, 
NORTH CAROLINA 

July 23, 24 and 25, 1927 



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OFFICERS 

DEACON E. R. HARRIS, Moderator Reidsville, N. «. 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Assistant Moderator Hurdle Mills, N. 0. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk Altamahaw, N. C. 

ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk Reidsville, N. C. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

We, the messengers of the several churches compo'sing the Upper 
■Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of our brethren 
.and friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of faith upon 
which we unite and will endeavor with the help of the Lord to' main- 
tain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, Un- 
•changeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, 
mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in His Word, 
under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
and will to the children of men in His Word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all things necessary to 
'be known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehended or 
•contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, for 
a purpose of his own glory, did elect a certa-in number of men and 
angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, eternal 
and unconditional on the creature's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he was good and up- 
right, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and 
upright state, and being the head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being hia natural offspring, he involved all of them 
in the same ruined state with himself, and they were partakers of, 
and exposed to, the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as a 
fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to 1 truly repent of 
his sins, or believe in Christ, except he be drawn by the Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe in God's own appointed time and way the elect 
will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that it is im- 
possible that they can utterly refuse the call; but shall be willing by 
•divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only by 
the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by 
faith. 

8. 'We believe that God's elect will be converted and born again 
by the effectual working of thel Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that those that are called by grace and born again 
t>y the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

10. We believe it to be a duty incumbent on all God's people 
to walk religiously in all God 's works, not in the old covenant way 
of seeking life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty 
from a principal of love. 

11. We believe baptism by immersion, and the Lord's supper 
are gospel ordinances, both belonging to the converted or true be 
licver. 



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12. We believe that every church is independent in matters 
of discipline and that associations, councils and conferences of" 
ministers or churches, are not to impose on the church, the keeping, 
holding or maintaining of any principal or practice contrary to the 
church 's judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both of 
the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting and: 
the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the 
ordinances unless called and comes under the imposition of hands by~ 
the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union and: 
satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith and order, 
we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein each church 
ought to be represented by the messengers to advise with each other- 
in conference. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise from his 
seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the subject 
under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any other brother. 

i. No' messenger shall absent himself from the Association while 
in conference without permission. 

5. No messenger shall speak more than three times on the same- 
subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of the 
Association is being transacted. 

7. No messengers shall be interrupted while speaking, unless he 
violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. Xo messengers shall address another in any other term or 
appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association shall 
be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the Association 
requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before the 
Association until all the other messengers are through speaking, when 
he may give his views, after any messenger, having a right to speak,, 
may reply to any new matter introduced by the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the Asso- 
ciation shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems proper. 



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PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder B. F. McKin- 
ney, from Isa. 10:10; followed by Elder B. B. McKinney, from Luke 
10:21. 

2. After an intermission for dinner, the Association convened, 
and after praise and prayer by Elder Frederick W. Keene, proceeded 
to business. 

(a) Moved that the Clerk call the roll of the churches and 
.mark all absentee messengers, which was agreed. 

(b) Moved that we elect a Moderator for this session, where- 
upon Deacon E. E. Harris was elected, and given the permission to 
appoint an assistant, and he chose Elder B. F. McKinney as his as- 
sistant. 

(c) Moved that the Committee on Arrangements shall con- 
.sist of the ModeratoT, the Assistant Moderator, the Association Clerk, 

the Assistant Association Clerk, and the Messenger from Gilliam's 
Church, which was agreed. 

(d) Moved that the Moderator appoint any necessary com- 
jnittees, which was agreed, and the Moderator appointed on Com- 
mittee of Finance Brethren J. J. Lambeth and W. D. Blalock. 

(e) Moved that the Clerk be allowed to call an assistant, 
which was agreed, and Elder T. A. Stanfield was called to his assist- 
ance. 

3. Petitionary Letters were called for, but none received. 

4. Messengers and visitors from corresponding associations were 
invited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were seated, 
to-wit: 

Little Eiver: Minutes — Elder E. C. Jones. 

Black Creek: Minutes— Elders J. W. Wyatt, H. F. Hutchens, 
^nd E. L. Cobb. 

Fisher's Kiver: Minutes. 

White Oak: Minutes — Elder Isaac Jones. 

Mayo: Minutes — Elders J. F. and D. V. Spangler. 

Kehukee: Minutes — Elder N. H. Harrison. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Bros. W. A. Warren and H. E. 
Satterfield, and Elder E. C. Oakes, and others. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes. 

Contentnea: Minutes. 

Pig 1 River: Elders G. F. Dyer, J. B. Wade, J. F. Stigall. Brother 
■George Minter, and others. 

Smith's River: Minutes. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Brothers J. H. Butcher, John F. Wil- 
liams, and Sister Butcher. 

New River: Minutes. 



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Mill Branch: Not represented. 

Baltimore Association: Represented by Elder L. H. Hardy. 

Salem: Minutes — Elder C. A. Davis and Brother J. M. Dennis,. 
Elder W. A. Gourley and Sister Bessie X. Idol. 

Mountain Association: Minutes. On motion Elder M. B. Martin 
was requested to 1 correspond with the Moderator or Clerk of the 
Mountain Association to know their pleasure in correspondence, 
whether with us, or those affiliated with the J. R. Wilson disorder,, 
as Lee Hanks. 

Maine Conference: Elder F. W. Keene. 

Seven Mile: Not representd. 

Zion: Minutes. 

Durham Association: (Col.) Minutes. 

Elder L. H. Hardy, Huntings Quarters Church. N. C. 

From Ormond Church, Fla., visitor Elder S. S. Pickett. 

5. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper- 
Country Line were received, read, and their standing recorded in- 
the statistical table of this minute. 

6. On motion the Association adjourned to' meet again Mon- 
day morning, July 25, 1927, at 9 o'clock. 

DEACON E. R. HARRIS, Moderator. 

ELDER B. F. MeKINNEY, Assistant Moderator. 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM. Association Clerk. 
ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk. 

MONDAY MORNING, JULY 25, 1927, AT 9 O'CLOCK 

7. The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder S. S. Pickett, proceeded to business. 

8. The Messengers who were appointed last year to visit sister 
Associations were called upon for a report. All reports were care- 
fully noted, and those who could not attend were excused. 

9. Messengers who took appointment to visit sister Associations 
at their next sitting are as follows: 

Little River: Minutes. 

Black Creek: Minutes— Elders M. B. Martin, T. A. Stanfield, 
and B. F. McKinney. 

Fisher's River: Minutes. 

White Oak: Minutes— Elders M. B. Martin, J. W. Gilliam, B. F. 
McKinney, and Brother J. H. Dye. 

Mayo: Minutes — Brothers G. W. Dix and T. W. Rice. 

Kehukee: Minutes. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes— Elders J. W. Gilliam, W. C. 
King, and B. F. McKinney. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes — Elders M. B. Martin, T. A. Stanfield, 
and B. F. McKinney. 

Pig River: Moved that we ask for direct correspondence, and 



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Elder J. W. Gilliam, and Brothers Dix and Bice took appointments. 

Smith's 1 Biver: Minutes. 

Staunton Biver: Minutes — Elder J. W. Gilliam, and Brothers 
G. W. Dix, T. W. Bice, and B. A. Cox. 

New Biver: Minutes. 

Mill Branch: Minutes. 

Baltimore — Elder L. H. Hardy appointed as our correspondent. 

Salem: Minutes — Elder J. W. Gilliam, and Brethren G. W. Dix 
and B. A. Cox. 

Mountain — Investigation regarding their preaching those in fel- 
lowship with the Wilson Disorder to be made and reported by Elder 
M. B. Martin. 

Seven Mile: Minutes. 

Durham (colored): Minutes. 

10. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be held 
with the Church at Oak Grove, in Caswell County, North Carolina, to 
begin at 10 o 'clock on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July 
1928, and continue three days. Elder T. A. Stanfield was requested 
to preach the introductory sermon and Elder B. E. McKinney to be 
his alternate. 

11. The Finance Committee made the following report to the 
Association: 

Contribution from the churches $140.50 

Contribution from friends in the congregation 68.23 

Total contribution from the Churches $208.73 

Becommendation for disbursements: 

For printing, postage, and mailing 1,000 copies.— $ 36.00 

For printing 500 Church Letter Beports 2.50 

For Lumber for seats, lighting exp., bal. on cost 

of hauling water and ice, etc 32.50 

For the Clerk's service 15.00 

For visiting ministers 112.08 

To the credit of the Asso. in hand of Clerk 10.65 

Total as above listed $208.73 

Moved that the report of the Finance Committee be received and 
the Committee excused, which was agreed. 

12. Moved that the Clerk have 1,000 of these Minutes printed 
and distributed with the churches of our Association and among Sis- 
ter Associations with whom we correspond, which was agreed. 

13. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in preaching 
the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and- many have been blessed to» 
hear and enjoy same, and now that our Association is drawing to a 
close, be it resolved: 

(a) That we return thanks to God for the blessings enjoyed; 



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(b) That we extend thanks to the brethren, sisters, and 
friends who' have rendered assistance in taking care of the Association; 

(c) That we extend thanks to the warehousemen of Burling- 
ton, N. C, for furnishing ice and water for the people in attendance. 

MINISTERS 

Elders in our Association and their addresses: 

Elder B. B. McKinney. Eeidsville, N. C, Star Route. 

Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 

Elder 0. J. Denny, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, Route #1. 

Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

Elder W. M. Monsees, Reidsville. N. C. 

Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C, Route #1. 

Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, Va., Route #3. 

Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidsville, N. C, Route A. 

Elder M. B. Martin. Altamahaw, N. C, Route #2. 

CORRESPONDING AND VISITING ELDERS AT THIS SESSION 
OF OUR ASSOCIATION 

Elder N. H. Harrison, Kehukee Association. 

Elder George Dyer, Pig River Association. 

Elder L. H. Hardy, Hunting Quarters Church, N. C. 

Elder Frederick W. Keene, Maine Conference. 

Elder H. F. Hutchens, Black Creek Association. 

Elder J. W. Wyatt, Black Creek Association. 

Elder J. F. Stigall, Pig Eiver Association. 

Elder E. C. Oakes, Lower Country Line Association. 

Elder A. L. Holloway. Lower Country Line Association. 

Elder; E. L. Cobb, Black Creek Association. 

Elder S. S. Pickett, Ormond Church, Fla. 

Elder J. F. Spangler, Mayo Association. 

Elder D. V. Spangler, Mayo Association. 

Elder W. A. Gourley. Salem Association. 

Elder E. C. Oakes, Little River. 

Elder J. B. Wade, Pig Eiver. 

Elder C. A. Davis, Salem. 

PREACHING 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder B. F. McKinney 
from Isa. 40:10; and he was followed by Elder B. B. McKinney, from 
Luke 10:21. 

Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder H. F. Hutchens — did not get his text. 

Elder J. F. Stigall — Did not get his text. 

At 4 O'clock: 



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1. Elder E. C. Jones— Gen. 1:3. 

2. Elder C. A. Davis— Isa. 53:1. 
At 7 O'clock: 

Elder E. C. Oakes — Did not get his text. 
Elder A. L. Holloway — General expositions. 
Sunday Morning at 10 O'clock: 
Elder N. H. Harrison— I Tim. 6:15. 
Elder L. H. Hardy— Gen. 22:14. 
Sunday Afternoon: 

Elder Isaac Jones— "I saw in the hand of him that sat upon the 
throne, ' ' etc. 

Elder E. L. Cobb— Eph. 2:8. 

At 4:30: 

Elder George Dyer — John 12:24. 

D. V. Spangler— John 6:68. 

At; 7 O'clock: 

Elder J. W. Wyatt— Isa. 32:1-3. 

Elder J. B. Wade— Did not get his text, 

Monday Morning: 

Elder F. W. Keene— Joshua 2:18. 

Elder S. S. Pickett— Matt. 17:8. 

Elder J. F. Spangler— John 5:25-29. 

LIST OF CHURCHES AND ROTATION 

List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 

Baptist Association, with order of rotation of sessions since the 
Country Line Association divided into Upper and Lower Country Line 
Associations in 1906, as follows: 

*Oak Grove 1910-1928 

Lynches Creek 1911 

Lick Fork 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCray's 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan River 1916 

New Hope 1917 

Moon 's Creek 1918 

Monticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

Country Line 1924 

Harmony 1907-1925 

Reidsville 1908-1926 

Gilliam's 1909-1927 

*Appointed to be held. 



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MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 



No. Minutes 



Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Yaneeyville, N. C, R. 2 60 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line — Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C 15 

Dan River— W. G. Dix, Ruffin, N. C, Route No. 2 40 

Gilliam's — Elder J. W. Gilliam. Altamahaw, N. C, R. No. 1 40 

Harmony— W. A. Ward, Cedar Grove. N. C 30 

Lick Fork — C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 5 30 

Lynch 's Creek — Wm. Warren, Corbett, N. C 25 

McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, R. No. 3 25 

Moon's Creek— Mrs. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., R. Xo. 5 25 

Pleasant Grove— Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidsville, N. C, Star Rt 50 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blalock. Prospect Hill, N. C 50 

Reidsville— E. R, Harris, Reidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. R. Stone, Reidsville, N. C, R. No 1 . 3..- 55 

Oak Grove— Robt. H. James, Yaneeyville, N. C. R. Xo. 1 20 

New Hope — J. S. Knowles, Reidsville, X. C, R. Xo. 6 50 

Monticello— J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, X. C '. 25 

Greensboro — I. E. Xeal, Greensboro. X. C 38 



653 



DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Abbott's Creek — A. L. Owens, Salisbury, X. C 18 

Black Creek— Elder E. L. Cobb, Wilson, X. C 18 

Contentnea — H. L. Brake, Rocky Mount, X. C 20 

Fisher's River— Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco. X. C, R. Xo. 1 25 

Kehukee— Elder B. S. Cowin, Williamston, X. C 27 

Little River — Robt. Smith, Benson, X. C. 

Mayo— S. G. Dobbins, Claudville, Ya 20 

Xew River — Elder P. G. Lester. Roanoke, Va 20 

Salem— W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, X. C 18 

Smith's River— Elder J. D. Cockram, Stuart, Va 18 

Staunton River — R. L. Dodson, 147 Broad St., Danville, Va 18 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, X. C 20 

White Oak— Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, X. C 20 

Mountain — J. M. Rector, Baywood, Va 15 

Pig River — Elder E. L. Blankenship, Boon's Mill, Va 15 

Seven Mile — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, X. C 15 

Mill Branch— W. C. Brown, Tabor, X. C 20 

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MINUTES 

OF THE 

TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL SESSION 
OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH 
AT 

OAK GROVE, CASWELL COUNTY, 
NORTH CAROLINA 

July 21, 22, and 23, 1928 



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OFFICERS 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk Altamahaw, N. C, R. 1 

ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk Reidsville, N. C, R. A 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

We, the messengers of the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of our brethren 
and friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of faith upon 
which we unite and will endeavor; with the help of the Lord to main- 
tain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, Un- 
changeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, 
mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in His Word, 
under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
and will to the children of men in His Word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all things necessary to 
be known for the salvation of) man. The same is comprehended or 
contained in, the books of the Old and New Testaments. 

3. We believe that God' before the foundation of the world, for 
a purpose of his own glory, did elect a certain number of men and 
angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, eternal 
and unconditional on the creature 's part. 

4. We believe that when Go'd! made man he was good and up- 
right, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and 
upright state, and being the' head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all of them 
in the same ruined state with himself, and they were partakers of, 
and exposed to, the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as a 
fallen creature to keep the law* of God perfectly, or to truly repent of 
his sins, or believe in Christ, except he be drawn by the Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe in God's own appointed time and way the elect 
will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that it is im- 
possible that they can utterly refuse the call; but shall be willing by 
divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only by 
the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by 
faith. 

8. We believe that God 's elect will be converted and born again 
by the] effectual working ofj the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that those that are called by grace and born again 
by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

10. We believe it to be a duty incumbent on all God's people 
to walk religiously in all God's works, not in the old covenant way 
of seeking life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty 
from a principle of love. 

11. We believe baptism by immersion, and the Lord's supper 
are gospel ordinances, both belonging to the converted or' true be- 
liever. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters 
of discipline and that associations, councils and conferences of 
ministers or churches, are\ not to impose on the church, the keeping, 
holding or maintaining of any principle or practice contrary to the 
church's judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both of 
the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

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14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting and 
the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the 
ordinances unless called and comes under the imposition of hands by 
the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union and 
satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith and order, 
we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein each church 
ought to be represented by the messengers to advise with each other 
in conference. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise from his 
seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the subject 
under consideration and shall in no, way reflect on any other brother. 

4. Xo messenger shall absent himself from the Association whilt- 
in conference without permission. 

5. Xo messenger shall speak more than three times on the same 
subject without permission from the Assocition. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of the 
Association is being transacted. 

7. Xo messengers shall be interrupted while speaking, unless he 
violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. Xo messengers shall address another in any other term or 
appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association shall 
be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the Association 
requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before the 
Association until all the other messengers are through speaking, when 
he may give his views, after any messenger, having a right to' speak, 
may reply to any new matter introduced by the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the Asso- 
ciation shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems proper. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION— SESSION, 1928 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder T. A. Stan- 
held, from Isa. 38:1-6; followed by Elder B. F. McKinney, from 2nd 
Thno'. 2:19. 

2. After an intermission for dinner, the Association convened. 
and after praise and prayer by Elder X. H. Harrison proceeded to 
business. 

(a) Moved that the Clerk call the roll of the churches and 
mark all absentee messengers, which was agreed. Absentees marked 
(*) in statistical table. 

(b) Moved that we elect a Moderator for this session, where- 
upon Elder B. F. McEanney wag elected. 



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(e) Moved that the Committee on Arrangements shall con- 
sist of the Moderator, the Assistant Moderator, the Association Clerk, 
the Assistant Association Clerk, and the Messengers from Oak Grove 
Church, which was agreed. 

(d) Moved that the Moderator appoint any necessary com- 
mittees, which was agreed, and the Moderator appointed on Commit 
tee of Finance Brethren Elder W. C. King and Deacon J. E. Xeal. 

3. Petitionary Letters were called for, none received. 

4. Messengers and visitors from corresponding associations were 
invited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were seated, 
to- wit: 

Little River: Minutes — Brother G. H. Roberts. 

Black Creek: Minutes — Elders J. W. Wyatt, Hutchens, and R. 
E. Adams. 

Fisher's River: Minutes. 

White Oak: Minutes — Elder Isaac Jones. 

Mayo: Minutes — Elders J. F. and D. V. Spanger and James Trent. 

Kehukee: Minutes — Elder N. H. Harrison and wife, Brother H. 
L. Travathan and wife. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes— Dr. H. E. Satterfield, J. M. 
O 'Bryant, F. D. Long, and others. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes — Brother G. H. Cornelerson and Brother 
E. Sykes. 

Contentnea: Minutes — Elder J. P. Tingle and Brother T. G. 
Trayathan and wife. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elder J. F. Stigall, Brother G. E. Mintor. 
Elder J. B. Wade, Brother A. W. Plunket, and others. 

Smith's River: Minutes — Elder J. D. Cochran. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Brothers J. H. Hutcher, M. W. 
Pickerel, Floyd Williams, and Brother B. F. Evans. 

New River: Minutes — Brother H. M. Beamer. 

Mill Branch: Minutes. 

Baltimore Association: Not represented. 

Salem: Minutes — Elder C. A. Davis, and Sister Bessie Idol. 

Mountain Association: Correspondence report by Elder M. B. 
Martin, see Upper Country Line Minute, 1927, page 4. Report re- 
ceived, and moved that we suspend correspondence with Mountain As 
sociation until they drop the J. R. Wilson disorder. 

Maine Conference: (Elder F. W. Keene of the Maine Conference 
has joined our Association, uniting with the Church at Gilliam 's by 
letter). 

Seven Mile: Not represented. 

Zion: Not represented. 

Durham Association, (Col.): Minutes. 

Hunting Quarter's Church, by Elder L. H. Hardy and wife. 

Received a file of Minutes from Brother J. W. Jones, Clerk of 
the Bear Creek Association, session of 1927, and moved to mail him 
a file of Minutes. 

5. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper Coun- 
try Line were received, read, and their standing recorded in the 
statistical table of this) minute. 



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6. On motion the Association adjourned to meet again Monday 
morning, July 23, 1928, at 9:00 o'clock. 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator. 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 
ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Association Clerk. 

MONDAY MORNING, JULY 23, 1928, AT 9 O'CLOCK 

7. The Association met according to appointment, and after praise 
and prayer by Elder Isaac Jones, proceeded to business. 

8. The Messengers, who 1 were appointed last year to visit sister 
Associations, were called upon for a report. All reports were care- 
fully noted, and those who could not attend were excused. 

9. Messengers, who took appointment to visit sister Associations 
at their next sitting, are as follows: 

Little River: Minutes — Elder F. W. Keene. 

Black Creek: Minutes — Elder M. B. Martin, Elder F. W. Keene. 

Fisher's River: Minutes. 

White Oak: Minutes— Elders F. W. Keene, M. B. Martin, B. F. 
McKinney. 

Mayo: Minutes — Brothers W. G. Dix and T. W. Rice. 

Kehukee: Minutes— Elders B. F. McKinney, F. W. Keene, and 
Elder T. A. Stanfield. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam, W. C. King, 
B F. McKinney, W. C. Jones, and F. "W. Keene. 

Abott's Creek: Minutes— Elders J. W. Gilliam, T. A. Stanfield, 
M. B. Morton, and Brother T. W. Rice. 

Pig River: Minutes — Brethren T. W. Rice and W. G. Dix, and 
Elders B. F. McKinney and J. W. Gilliam. 

Smith's River: Minutes. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Elder J. W. Gilliam and Elder K. W. 
Keene. 

New River: Minutes. 

Mill Branch: Minutes. 

Baltimore: Minutes — Sister Anna Watlington. 

Salem: Minutes — Elders W. C. Jones, T. A. Stanfield, and Brother 
J. H. Dye. 

Mountain: Minutes — Correspondence suspended. 

Seven Mile: Minutes. 

Durham Association (Col.) Minutes. 

(Insert) On motion it was agreed to insert the following Letter 
of Correspondence, to-wit: 

The Upper Country Line Primitive Baptist Association, now con- 
vened in session with the Church at Oak Grove meeting-house, in 
Caswell County, North Carolina, on July 21, 22, and 23, 1928, doth send 
greetings and Christian salutations to our sister Associations and 
Meetings with whom we correspond. Once again we have been favored 
to meet and greet, and receive your correspondence, which we greatly 
enjoy, and for which we desire to be thankful to the Lord, and we 
earnestly solicit a continuation of your correspondence, to the end 
that we may be edified and comforted and built up in the faith once 
delivered to the saints. In this blessed faith we desire to worship God, 
and to be keptj by his mighty power through faith unto salvation, 



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ready to be revealed in the last time. Our next session will convene 
with the Church at Lynches Creek meeting house, beginning on Satur- 
day before the fourth Sunday in July, 1929, and continue three days, 
at which time we hope to receive your correspondence again. 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Asso. Clerk. 

10. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be held 
with the Church at Lynches' Creek, in Caswell County, North Caro- 
lina, to begin at 10:00| o'clock on Saturday before the fourth Sunday 
in July, 1929, and continue three days. Elder B. F. McKinney was 
requested to preach the introducto'ry sermon and Elder W. C. King 
to be his alternate. 

11. The Finance Committee made the following report to the 
Association: 

Contributiou from the churches $154.00 

Contribution from friends in the congregation 84.20 

To the credit of the Association in hand of her Clerk 10.65 

Total funds available for distribution $248.85 

Recommendation for disbursements: 

For printing, postage, and mailing 1,000 copies... .$42. 00 

For Clerk 's' service 15.00 

For officers of the Civil Law 12.00 

For expenses incurred in preparing seats, fur- 
nishing water, lights^ etc 20.00 

For visiting ministers 149.20 

Left in the hands o'f} the Clerk 10.65 

Total distributions as above named $248.85 

Moved that the 1 report of the Finance Committee be received and 
the Committee excused, which was' agreed. 

12. Moved that the Clerk have 1,000 copies of these Minutes 
printed and distributed with the churches of our Association and 
among sister Associations with whom we correspond, which was agreed. 

13. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in preaching 
the Gospel of the Lord Jesus' Christ, and many have been blessed to 
hear and enjoy same, land now that our Association is drawing to a 
close, be it resolved: 

(a) That we return thanks to Go'd foi J the blessings enjoyed; 

(b) That we extend thanks to the brethren, sisters, and friends 
for having been so kind) .and hospitable in caring for the Association; 

(c) On motion the Association adjourned to meet next year 
(1929) with Lynches' Creek Church on Saturday before 1 the fourth 
Sunday in July, 1929. 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator. 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Asso. Clerk. 

MINISTERS 

Elders in our Association and their addresses: 
Elder W. F. Keene, Raleigh, N. C, 501 Cleveland St. 
Elder B. B. McKinney, Reidsville, N. C, Route A. 
Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 



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Elder O. J. Denny. Winston-Salem, X. C. 
Elder J. AY. Gilliam. Altamahaw, X. C. 
Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, X. C. 
Elder W. M. Monsees, Eeidsville. X. C. 
Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, X. C, Eoute #1. 
Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, A'a., Route #3. 
Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidville, X. C. Route A. 
Elder M. B. Martin, Burlington. X. C, Route #2. 
Elder John R. Smith, Reidsville, X. C. Route #5. 

CORRESPONDING AND VISITING ELDERS AT THIS 
SESSION OF OUR ASSOCIATION 

Elder X. H. Harrison, Kehukee Association. 

Elder C. A. Davis, Salem Association. 

Elder E. C. Oakes, Lower Country Line Association. 

Elder J. F. Spangler, Mayo Association. 

Elder D. V. Spangler. Mayo Association. 

Elder H. F. Hutchens, Black Creek Association. 

Elder L. H. Hardy. Hunting Quarters Church. 

Elder R. E. Adams. Black Creek Association. 

Elder J. F. Stigall, Pig River Association. 

Elder C. Thompson, of Texas. (Did not get name of his Asso.) 

Elder J. C. Sykes, Fnion Association. Texas. 

Elder Isaac Jones, White Oak Association. 

Elder J. W. Wyatt. Black Creek Association. 

Elder J. P. Tingle. Contentnea Association. 

Elder J. D. Cockram, Smith 's River Association. 

Elder J. 0. Pruitt, Mayo Association. 

Elder J. AY. Flinchum, Mayo Association. 

Elder T. W. Walker, Staunton River Association. 

Elder Roy Monk, Lower Country Line. 

Elder G. M. Trent, Salem Association. 

Elder D. A. O'Briant, Salem Association. 

Elder AY. R. Dodd. Staunton River Association. 

DEACON E. R. HARRIS. MODERATOR, RESIGNS 

Be It Resolved, That whereas our beloved Moderator, Deacon E. R. 
Harris, who has faithfully and. efficiently served as Moderator of this 
Association for many years, and whose distinguished service, able 
counsel, and timely advice cm matters requiring the consideration of 
this Association have won for him the confidence, love, and high 
esteem of all our brethren, and now that he feels that he can't serve 
us longer, owing' to advanced age and afflictions, that we accept his 
resignation with sincere regrets, and that we extend to Brother Harris 
the hearty appreciation of the brethren, sisters, and friends of this 
Association for his faithful service, and pray the blessings of God's 
grace upon him in his afflictions and declining age. 

RESOLUTIONS OF THANKS 

Resolved that we extend thanks to Mr. Edgar King, of the Home 
Light Co., Burlington, X. C, for furnishing the Association with a light 
plant for this session, which was a fine service and highly appreciated. 

Resolved that we extend thanks to Mr. Jim White and Mr. R. W. 



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Wilson for furnishing water for the Association, and to Producer's 
Warehouse of Danville, Va., for ice, and to all others' who showed 
kindness and hospitality to our brethren, sisters, and friends. 

PREACHING- 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder T. A. Stanfield 
from Isaiah 38:1-6; and he was followed by Elder B. F. MeKinney 
from 11 Tim. 2:9; and followed by Elder B. B. MeKinney, no special 
text; followed by Elder F. W. Keene, Eph. 2:22. 

Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder J. F. StigaU— Text Jer. 10:14-16. 

Elder J. D. Cockram — Jude 1-3. 

Elder J. F. Spangler— Heb. 10:9-14. 

At 4:00 O'clock: 

Elder C. Thomas — Failed to get his text. 

At 8:00 O'clock: 

Elder M. B. Martin— Text, Acts S:32. 

Elder W. C. King— Text, Isa. 40:1. 

Sunday Morning— 10:00 O'clock: 

Elder Isaac Jones — Text, Zee. 13:1. 

Elder N. H. Harrison— Text, Bom. 3:8-10. 

Elder C. A. Davis— Text, Isa. 32:1. 

Elder W. B. Dodd — General remarks. 

Sunday After at 2:00 O'clock: 

Elder J. C. Sykes— Text, Heb. 2:10. 

Elder L. H. Hardy — Xo special text. 

Elder J. W. Wyatt— Text, Psa. 23:1-2. 

At 4:00 O'clock: 

Elder G. M. Trent— Text, Isa. 32:1. 

Elder V. D. Spangler— Text, I Cor. 15:10. 

At Night, 8:00 O'clock: 

Elder H. F. Hutchens— Text, Matt. 25:14. 

Elder Buy Monk— Text, Luke 2:10-11. 

Monday Morning: 

Elder B. E. Adams— Text, II Sam. 17:19. 

Elder E. C. Oakes— Text, Acts 8:35. 

Elder J. O. Pruitt— Text, Psa. 34:19. 

Elder J. W. Flinehison— Text, Bev. 22:13. 

LIST OF CHURCHES AND ROTATION 
List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 
Baptist Association, with order of rotation of sessions since the Coun- 
try Line Asso'ciation divided into Upper anil Lower Country Line 
Associations in 1906, as follows: 

-Lynches Creek 1911-1929 

Lick Fork .' 1912 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCray 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan River 1916 

New Hope 1917 

Moon 's Creek 1918 

Monticello 1919 



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Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

Country Line 1924 

Harmony 1907-1925 

Reidsville 1908-192(3 

Gilliam's 1909-1927 

Oak Grove 1910-1928 

"Appointed to be held. 

MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes 

Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Yanceyville, N. C, R. 2 60 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line — Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C 15 

Dan River— Mrs. L. K. Wilson, Ruffin, N. C, Route No. 3 40 

Gilliam 's — Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. Or, R. No. 1 40 

Harmony— W. A. Ward, Cedar Grove, N v C 30 

Lick Fork— C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, N. O, R. No. 5 , 30 

Lynch 's Creek — Wm. Warren, Corbett, N. C 25 

McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, R, No. 3 25 

Moon's Creek— Mrs. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., R. No. 5 25 

Pleasant Grove— Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidsville, N. G, Star Rt 50 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 50 

Reidsville— E. R. Harris, Reidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. R. Stone, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 3 55 

Oak Grove— Robt. H. James, Yanceyville, N. G, R, No. 1 20 

New Hope— J. S. Knowles, Reidsville, N. C, R. No. 6 50 

Monticello<— J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C 25 

Gieensboro — I. E. Neal, Greensboro, N. C 38 

653 
DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Bear Creek— J. W. Jones,^ Peachland, N. C 20 

Abbott's Creek— A. L. Owens, Salisbury, N. C 18 

Black Creek— Elder E. L. Cobb, Wilson, N. C 18 

Contentnea — H. L. Brake, Rocky Mount, N. C 20 

Fisher's River— Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco, N. G, R. No. 1 25 

Kehukee— Elder B. S. Cowin, Williamston, N. C 27 

Little River — Robert Smith, Benson, N. C. 

Mayo— S. G. Dobbins, Ciaudville, Va 20 

New River — Elder P. G. Lester, Roanoke, Va 20 

Salem— W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C 18 

Smith's River— Elder J. D. Cockram, Stuart, Va 18 

Staunton River— R. L. Dodson, 147 Broad St., Danville, Va 18 

Lower Country Line— J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder; Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, N. C 20 

Mountain — J. M. Rector, Baywood, Va 15 

Pig River — Elder E. L. Blankenship, Boon's Mill, Va 15 

Seven Mile — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, N. C 15 

Mill Branch— W, C. Brown, Tabor, N. C : 20 

Durham (colored) — Brother Joe Graves, Reidsville, N. C, R. 5 20 

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MINUTES 

OF THE 

TWENTY-THIRD ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH 

AT 

LYNCHES' CREEK, CASWELL COUNTY, 
NORTH CAROLINA 

July 27, 28 and 29, 1929 




OFFICERS 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk Altamahaw, N. C. 

ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk Reidsville, N. C. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION— SESSION, 1929 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder B. F. McKin- 
ney, from I Tim. 1:1-16; followed by Elder W. C. King, from John 
17:6; followed by Elder D. V. Spangler, Text: Eph. 5:25-27. 

After an intermission for dinner, the Association convened, and 
after praise and prayer by Elder Isaac Jones, proceeded to business. 

(a) Moved that the Clerk call the roll of the churches and 
mark all absentee messengers, which was agreed. Absentees marked 
(*) in the statistical table. 

(b) Moved that we elect a Moderator for this session, where- 
upon Elder B. F. McKinney was re-elected. 

(c) Moved that the Committee on Arrangements shall con- 
sist of the Moderator, the Association Clerk, the Assistant Clerk, and 
the Messengers from Lynches' Creek, which was agreed. 

(d) Moved that the Moderator appoint any necessary com- 
mittees, which was agreed, and the Moderator appointed on Committee 
of Finance: Elder W. C. King and Brother I. E. Neal. 

3. Petitionary Letters were called for; none received. 

4. Messengers and visitors from Corresponding Associations were 
invited to' take seats with us, whereupon the following were seated, 
to-wit: 

Little River: Minutes — Elder T. F. Adams, Brother S. L. Ogburn, 
and Elder E. C. Jones. 

Black Creek: Minutes — Elder H. F. Hutchens, visitor. 

Fisher's River: Minutes. 

White Oak: Minutes — Elder Isaac Jones. 

Mayo: Minutes — Elders J. F. and D. V. Spangler. 

Kehukee: Minutes. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Elders Cyrus Adams and E. C. 
Oakes, Brothers Knox Moore, J. M. O'Briant, Arthur Adams, F. D. 
Long, and W. R. Blalock. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes — 'Brother C. B. Owens and wife. 

Contentnea: Minutes — Elder J. P. Tingle. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elder Randolph Purdue, Brothers G. R. 
Mintor, and H. M. Lawrence. 

Smith's River: Minutes. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Elder T. W. Walker and Brother Jack 
Wood and Sister Wood, and Brother M. Pickerel. 

New River: Minutes — Elder Golden Harris. 

Mill Branch: Minutes— Elder D. A. O'Briant, representing. 

Baltimore Association: 

Salem: Minutes— Elders G. M. Trent and D. A. O'Briant. 

Mountain Association: Correspondence suspended in 1928 until 
such a time when they may satisfy us they have dropped the J. R. 
Wilson disorder and their correspondents. 

Visitor— Brother Keene Spitler, of Bethel Church, 11332 South 
Street, Chicago, Illinois. 

Seven Mile: Minutes. 

Zion: Minutes. 

Durham Association, (Col.): Minutes. 

Hunting Quarter's Church: 

Bear Creek: Minutes. 

5. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper Coun- 



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try Line were received, read, and their standing recorded in the 
statistical table of this Minute. 

6. On motion the Association adjourned to meet again Monday 
morning, July 29, 1929, at 9:00 o'clock. 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator. 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 
ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk. 

MONDAY MORNING, JULY 29, 1929, AT 9:00 O'CLOCK 

7. The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder Randolph Purdue, proceeded to business. 

8. The Messengers, who were appointed last year to visit sister 
Associations, were called upon for a report. All reports were carefully 
noted, and those who could not attend were excused. 

9. Messengers, who took appointment to visit sister Associations 
at their next sitting, are as follows: 

Little River: Minutes — Elder M. B. Martin. 

Black Creek: Minutes — Elders M. B. Martin and B. F. McKinney. 

Fisher's River: Minutes — Elder W. C. Jones. 

White Oak: Minutes— Elders M. B. Martin, F. W. Keene, B. F. 
McKinney, and J. W. Gilliam. 

Mayo: Minutes— Brother W. G. Dix, Elder J. R. Smith, and 
Brother T. W. Rice. 

Kehukee: Minutes. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam, W. C. Jones, 
T. A. Stanfield, M. B. Martin, and Brother T. W. Rice and others. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam, F. W. Keene, 
M. B. Martin, and Brother T. W. Rice. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam, B. F. McKinney, F, 
W. Keene, and Brothers W. G. Dix and T. W. Rice. 

Smith 's River: Minutes — Brother T. W. Rice. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Elders Gilliam, Keene, Smith, and 
Brothers W. G. Dix and T. W. Rice. 

New River: Minutes. 

Mill Branch: Minutes — Elders Gilliam, Smith, Keene, and Martin. 

Contentnea Association: Minutes — Elders T. A. Stanfield and F. 
W. Keene. 

Baltimore: Minutes — Sister Anna Watlington. 

Salem: Minutes — Elder W. C. Jones and Brother J. H. Dye. 

Mountain: Correspondence suspended. 

Seven Miles: Minutes. 

Durham Association (Col.): Minutes. 

(Insert). On motion it was agreed to insert the following Letter 
of Correspondence, to-wit: 

The Upper Country Line Primitive Baptist Association, now con- 
vened in session with the Church at Lynches' Creek meeting house, 
in Caswell County, North Carolina, on July 27, 28, and 29, 1929, doth 
send greetings and Christian salutations to* our sister Associations and 
Meetings with whom we correspond. Another year has passed, and 
again many of us have been favored to meet and greet, and receive 
your correspondence, which we greatly enjoy, and for which we de- 
sire to be grateful to the Lord, and we earnestly solicit a continua- 



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tion of your correspondence, to the end that our fellowship may be 
strengthened, and that brotherly love may continue, and may the 
mind of Christ be our guide, and the comforts of the Spirit our strong 
consolations. Our next session will convene with the Church at Lick 
Fork, Rockingham County, beginning on Saturday before the fourth 
Sunday in July, 1930, and continue three days, at which time we hope 
to receive your correspondence again. 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator. 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Asso. Clerk. 

10. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be held 
with the Church at Lick Fork, Rockingham County, North Carolina, 
to begin at 10:00 o'clock on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July, 
1930, and continue three days. Elder J. W. Gilliam was requested 
to preach the introductory sermon and Elder B. F. McKinney to be 
his alternate. 

11. The Finance Commitee made the following report to* the 
Association: 

Contribution from the churches $141.90 

Contribution from friends in the congregation 49.65 

To the credit of the Association in the hand of the Clerk 10.65 



Total funds available for distribution $202.20 

Recommendation for disbursements: 
For printing, postage, and mailing 1,000 

copies of this Minute $ 42.00 

For Clerk's service 20.00 

For Officers of the Civil Law 15.00 

For expenses incurred in preparing seats, 

furnishing water, lights, etc 15.00 

For Visiting ministers 105.20 

Left in the hand of the Clerk 5.00 



Total distribution as above named $202.20 

Moved that the Finance Committee report be received and the 
Committee excused, which was agreed. 

12. Moved that the Clerk have 1,000 copies of these Minutes 
printed and distributed with the Churches of our Association and 
among sister Associations with whom we correspond, which was 
agreed. 

13. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in preaching 
the Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and many have been blessed to 
hear and enjoy same, and now that our Association is drawing to a 
close, be it resolved: 

(a) That we return thanks to God for the blessings enjoyed; 

(b) That we extend thanks to the brethren, sisters, and 
friends for having been so kind and hospitable in caring for the 
Association; 

(c) On motion the Association adjourned to meet next year 
(1930) with Lick Fork Church on Saturday before the fourth Sun- 
day in July, 1930. 



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Resolved, further, that this Association extend special thanks to 
Mr. Edgar King, Manager of the Home Light Sales Agency, for the 
splendid lights furnished during this session. Mr. King, who is a 
brother of Elder W. C. King, has furnished electric lights for each 
session of our Association for the past several years, and this has 
been a great favor to the Association, and has added much to the 
enjoyment of all who attend these Associations. We feel especially 
grateful to' Mr. King for this kindness. 

IN MEMORIAM 

Whereas, in the passing of Brother Dr. H. E. Satterfield of the 
Roxboro Church of the Lower Country Line Primitive Baptist Asso- 
ciation, and because of the many strong ties of friendship and love 
which exist between this Association and our own, and especially be- 
cause of the love and fellowship manifested by our dear brother 
Satterfield toward his brethren generally, and particularly because of 
the fact that Dr. Satterfield had been a beloved member of both the 
Upper and the Lower Country Line Associations, having joined first 
at Prospect Hill church in this association, and later moved his mem- 
bership to Roxboro Church in the Lower Country Line, and most 
especially because of the fact that quite a large number of his close 
relatives were members of this Association, therefore be it resolved 
by this Association, now in session at Lynches' Creek, in Caswell 
County, that, in the passing of Dr. Satterfield, this Association and 
the Lower Country Line, have lost one of their most highly esteemed 
and mo'st generally beloved brethren; a brother whose character was 
beyond repute, and who's generous spirit and untiring interest were 
at all times made manifest toward his brethren, counting no sacrifice 
on his part, either in time or money, and seeking at all times their 
comfort and pleasure. Dr. Satterfield attended many of our cor- 
responding Associations, and was a brother whose connsel and good 
judgment was at all times in demand. He seemed to possess the 
ability to hold the confidence and love of all his brethren. His death 
brings sadness to our hearts, but pleasant memories of this beloved 
brother will linger long with us. We extend sympathy and love to Jhis 
dear companion and sister, and may the Lord bring us into a fuller and 
more complete reconciliation to His will. 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator. 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Asso. Clerk. 

MINISTERS 

Elders in our Association and their addresses: 

Elder F. W. Keene, Raleigh, N. C, 501 Cleveland St. 

Elder B. B. McKinney, Reidsville, N. C, Route 7. 

Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 

Elder O. J. Denny, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, Route 1. 

Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

Elder W. M. Monsees, Reidsville, N. C. 

Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C, Route 1. 

Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, Va., Route 3. 



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Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidsville, N. C, Route 7. 
Elder M. B. Martin, Burlington, N. C, Route 2. 
Elder John R. Smith, Reidsville, N. C, Route 5. 

CORRESPONDING AND VISITING ELDERS AT THIS SESSION 
OF OUR ASSOCIATION 

Elders Golden Harris,, Isaac Jones, G. W. Hill, G. M. Trent, J. F. 
Spangler, D. A. O 'Briant, H. F. Hutchens, D. V. Spangler, Randolph 
Purdue, E. C. Jones, A. L. Holloway, T. F. Adams, E. C. Oakes, 
J. A. Herndon, J. P. Tingle, Cyrus Adams, F. W. Walker, G. M. 
Corbett. 

PREACHING 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder B. F. McKinney 
from I Tim. 1:1-16; and he was followed by Elder W. C. King, from 
St. John 17:6; followed by Elder D. V. Spangler, Text: Eph. 5:25-27. 

Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder G. M. Trent— Did not get text. 

Elder H. F. Hutchens— II Phil. 12:13. 

At 5:00 O'clock: 

Elder J. P. Tingle— Text, I John 1:7-10. 

Elder T. W. Walker— Text, Isa. 33:20. 

At 8:00 O'clock: 

Elder Golden Harris — Did not get text. 

Elder E. C. Jones— Psa. 19:7. 

Sunday Morning — 10:00 O'clock: 

Elder Isaac Jones, II Tim. 4:1. 

Elder Randolph Purdue — Text, Songs of S. 8:8. 

Elder J. F. Spangler — Text, He is of one mind, etc. 

Elder O. J. Denny— Text, Rev. 7:1-40. 

At 2:00 P. M.: 

Elder T. F. Adams— Text: Psalm 89:8. 

Elder A. L. Holloway— Text, Josh. 3:14. 

Elder G. W. Hill— Text, Rev. 19:6. 

At 4:00 P. M.: 

Elder D. A. O 'Briant— Text, Isa. 26:1. 

Elder E. C. Oakes — Text, No special text. 

At 8:00 P. M.: 

Elder J. A. Herndon— Text, John 17:17-18. 

Elder Cyrus Adams— Text, Eph. 3:1-7. 

Elder J. W. Gilliam — Text: Without controversy great is the 
mystery of godliness, etc. 

Monday Morning — 10:00 O'clock: 

Elder F. W. Keene — Text, As the apple tree is among the trees 
of the woods, etc. 

Elder M. B. Martin — Text, I lead in the way of righteousness 
and amidst the paths of judgment, etc. 

Elder G. M. Corbett — Text: I am God and change not, etc. 

Elder W. C. Jones— Text, Matt. 5:5. 

LIST OF CHURCHES AND ROTATION 

List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 
Baptist Association, with order of sessions since the Country Line 



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Association divided into Upper and Lower Country Line Associations 
in 1906, as follows: 

'Lick Fork 1912-1930 

Pleasant Grove 1913 

McCray 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan River 1916 

Xew Hope 1917 

Moon 's Creek 1918 

Mkraticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

Country Line 1924 

Harmony 1925-1907 

Reidsville 1926-190S 

Gilliam's 1927-1900 

Oak Grove 1928-1910 

Lynches ' Creek 1929-1911 

* Appointed to be held. 

MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

Xo. Minutes 

Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Yanceyville, X. C, B. 2 60 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, X. C 25 

Country Line — Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, X. C 15 

Dan River— Mrs. L. K. Wilson, Buffi n, X. C, Eoute Xo. 3 40 

Gilliam's— Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw. X. C, E. Xo. 1 55 

Harmony— Mrs. T. W. Wilson, Cedar Grove, X. C 30 

Lick Fork — C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, X. C, E. Xo. 5 30 

Lynches' Creek — William Warren, Corbett, X. C. 25 

McCraj — A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, X. C, E. Xo. 3 25 

Moon's Creek — Mrs. J. W. Xeal, Danville, Ya., B. Xo. 5 25 

Pleasant Grove— G. W. Walker, Eeidsville, X. C, E. Xo. 7 50 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, X. C 50 : 

Eeidsville— E. E. Harris, Eeidsville, X. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. E. Stone, Eeidsville, X. C. E. Xo. 3 55 

Oak Grove— Eobt. H. Jones, Yanceyville. X. C, E. Xo. 1 20 

Xew Hope — J. S. Knowles, Eeidsville, X C, E. Xo. 6 50 

Montieello — J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, X. C 25 

Greensboro — I. E. Xeal, Greensboro, X. C 38 



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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Boar Creek— J. W. Jones, Peachland, X. C 20 

Abbott's Creek— Ira F. Freeman, Steed, X. C IS 

Black Creek— Elder E. L. Cobb, Wilson, X. C , 18 

Contentnea— H. L. Brake, Rocky Mount, X. G 20 

Fisher's River — Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco', X. C, Xo. 1 25 

Kehukee— Elder B. S. Cowin, Williamston, X. C 27 

Little Eiver — Elder L. H. Stephenson, Willows Springs, X. C, E. 1 



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Mayo— S. G. Dobbins, Claudville, Va 20 

New Eiver — Elder J. M. Dickson, Floyd, Va 20 

Salem— W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C 18 

Smith's Eiver — Elder J. D. Cockram, Stuart, Va 18 

Staunton River— R. L. Dodson, 147 Broad St., Danville, Va 18 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, N C 20 

Pig River — Elder E. L. Blankenship, Boon's Mill, Va 15 

Seven Mile — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, N. C 15 

Mill Branch— W. C. Brown, Tabor, N. C 20 

Durham (colored) — Brother Joe Graves, Reidsville, N. C, R. 5.... 20 



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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

We, the messengers of the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of our brethren 
acd friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of faith upon 
which we unite and will endeavor with the help of the Lord to 1 main- 
tain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, Un- 
changeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, 
mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in His Word, 
under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
and will to' the children of men in His Word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all things necessary to 
be known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehended or 
contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, for 
a purpose of his own glory, did elect a certain number of men and 
angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, eternal 
and unconditional on the creature 's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he was good and up- 
right, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and 
upright state, and being the head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all of them 
in the same ruined state with himself, and they were partakers of, 
and exposed to, the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as a 
fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, ot to truly repent of 
his sins, or believe in Christ, except he be drawn by the Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe in God's own appointed time and way the elect 
will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that it is im- 
possible that they can utterly refuse the call; but shall be willing by 
divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only by 
the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by 
faith. 

8. We believe that God's elect will be converted and born again 
by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 



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9. We believe that those that are called by grace and born again 
by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

10. We believe it to be a duty incumbent on all God's people 
to walk religiously in all God's works, not in the old covenant way 
of seeking life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty 
from a principle of love. 

11. We believe baptism by immersion, and the Lord's supper 
are gospel ordinances, both belonging to' the converted or true be- 
liever. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters 
of discipline and that associations, councils and conferences of 
ministers or churches, are not to impose on the church, the keeping, 
holding or maintaining of any principle or practice contrary to the 
church 's judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both of 
the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting and 
the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the 
ordinances unless called and comes under the imposition of hands by 
the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union and 
satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith and order, 
we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein each church 
ought to be represented by the messengers to advise with each other 
in conference. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who> shall rise from his 
seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the subject 
under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any other brother. 

4. No messenger shall absent himself from the Association while 
in conference without permission. : 

5. No messenger shall speak more than three times on the same 
subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of the 
Association is being transacted. 

7. No messengers shall be interrupted while speaking, unless he 
violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. No messengers shall address another in any other term ot 
appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association shall 
be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the Association 
requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before the 
Association until all the' other messengers are through speaking, when 
he may give his views, after any messenger, having a right to speak, 
may reply to any new matter introduced by the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the Asso- 
ciation shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems proper. 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION 
OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH 
AT 

LICK FORK, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, 
NORTH CAROLINA 

July 26, 27 and 28, 1930 




OFFICERS 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator Hurdle Mills, N. O. 

ELDER J. W. GTLLIAM, Association Clerk Altamahaw, N. C. 

ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk Reidsville, N. C. 






PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION— 1930 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J. W. Gil- 
liam, from 1st Cor. 1:26-29; followed by Elder B. F. McKinney, from 
I John 1:3; followed by Elder O. J. Denny, I John 3:1. 

2. After an intermission for dinner, the Association convened, 
and after praise and prayer by Elder E. F. Pierce of Little River 
Association, proceeded to business. 

(a) Moved that the Clerk call the roll of the churches and 
mark all absentee messengers, which was agreed. Absentees marked 
(*) in the statistical table. 

(b) Moved that we elect a Moderator for this Session, 
whereupon Elder B. F. McKinney was re-elected. 

(c) Moved that the Committee on Arrangements shall con- 
sist of the Moderator, the Association Clerk, the Assistant Clerk, 
and the Messengers from Lick Fork Church, which was agreed. 

(d) Moved that the Moderator appoint any necessary com- 
mittees, which was agreed, and the Moderator appointed on Commit- 
tee of Finance, Elder W. C. King and Brother I. E. Neal and Brother 
C. L. Saunders. 

3. Motion: Resolved that Petitionary Letters be called for, 
which was done, and none received. 

4. Messengers and visitors from Corresponding Associations were 
invited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were seated, - 
to-wit: 

Little River: Minutes — Elder E. F. Pierce and Brother C. O. 
Langley. 

Black Creek: Minutes— Elders E. L. Cobb, J. W. Wyatt and H. 
F. Hutchens. 

Fisher's River: Minutes — Elder G. 0. Key, Sister Fagg, and. 
others. 

White Oak: Minutes— Elder E. F. Pollard and Brother F. W. 
Rhodes. 

Mayo: Minutes — Elders J. F. and D. V. Spangler, and Brother 
J. F- Hutchens. 

Kehukee: Minutes — Moved to continue correspondence by Min. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Brothers J. M. O'Briant, and W. 
A. Whitfield, and others. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes — Brothers M. W. Maness, C. B. Owens, 
and L. A. Wright. 

Contentnea: Minutes — Elder Jas. S. Corbitt and Brother E. A_ 
Stanfield. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elder Randolph Purdue, Brothers J. D.- 
Wood, W. H. Simmons, G. R. Minter, J. W. Ramsey, and others. 

Smith's River: Minutes — 



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Staunton Kiver: Minutes — Brothers J. H. Butcher, Floyd Wil- 
liams, and J. W. Bryant. 
New Biver: Minutes — 
Mill Branch: Minutes — 

Baltimore — Elder 0. J. Denny, representing: 
Salem: Minutes— Elders G. M. Trent and D. A. O'Briant. 
Seven Mile: Minutes — 
Zion: Minutes — 
Bear Creek: Minutes — 
Durham Association (Col) Minutes. 

5. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper Coun- 
try Line were received, read, and their standing recorded in the 
statistical table of this Minute. 

6. On motion the Association adjourned to meet again Monday 
morning, July 28, 1930, at 9:00 o'clock. 

ELDEK B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 
ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk. 

MONDAY MORNING, JULY 28, 1930, AT 9:00 O'CLOCK 

7. The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder E. L. Cobb of the Black Creek Associa- 
tion proceeded to business. 

8. The Messengers, who were appointed last year to visit sister 
Associations, were called upon for a report. All reports were care- 
fully noted, and those who could not attend were excused. 

9. Messengers, who took appointment to visit sister Associa- 
tions at their sitting, are as follows: 

Little River: Minutes — Elders F. W. Keene and M. B. Martin. 

Black Creek: Minutes — Elders O. J. Denny and T. A. Stanfield; 
Elders M. B. Martin and W. C. King. 

Fisher's Biver: Minutes — Elders O. J. Denny and B. F. McKm- 
ney. Also Elder John R. Smith. 

White Oak: Minutes — Elders M. B. Martin and F. W. Keene. 

Mayo: Minutes — Elder John B. Smith and Brothers T. W. Rice 
and G. W. Dix. 

Kehukee: Minutes — 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Elders B. F. McKinney, M. B. 
Martin, and W. C. Jones. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes — Elders O. J. Denny, F. W. Keene, M. 
B. Martin, and J. W. Gilliam. 

Big River: Minutes— Elders T. A. Stanfield and F. W. Keene; 
Brothers G. W. Dix, J. H. Dye, John Delancy, and T. W. Rice. 



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Smith Eiver: Minutes — Elder O. J. Denny. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam, F. W. Keene, 
and M. B. Martin, and Brother T. W. Rice. 

New River: Minutes. 

Mill Branch: Minutes— Elders T. A. Stanfleld and F. W. Keene. 

Contentnea: Minutes — Elders T. A. Stanfield and F. W. Keene. 

Baltimore: Minutes. 

Salem: Minutes — Elders 0. J. Denny and J. W. Gilliam; Brothers 
G. A. Porterfield, G. W. Dix, and J. H. Dye. 

Seven Mile: Minutes. 

Durham Association (Col.): Minutes. 

10. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be held 
with the Church at Pleasant Grove meeting house, in Caswell County, 
North Carolina, to begin at 10:00 o'clock on Saturday before the 
fourth Sunday in July, 1931, and continue three days. Elder T. A. 
Stanfield was requested to preach the introductory sermon, and Elder 
B. F. McKinney was requested to be his alternate. 

On motion it was agreed to insert the following Letter of Cor- 
respondence, to-wit: 

The Upper Country Line Primitive Baptist Association, now con- 
vened with the Church at Lick Fork meeting house, in Rockingham 
County, North Carolina, on July 26, 27, and 28, 1930, doth send 
greetings and Christian Salutations to our sister Associations and 
Meetings with whom we correspond, as follows: 

Since receiving your correspondence last year, quite a few of 
our corresponding Elders (many of our oldest and ablest gifts in the 
ministry) have fallen asleep, and we shall not have the privilege of 
meeting them here, or seeing their faces in the flesh again. We shall 
miss them in our solemn assemblies — their able counsel and untiring 
interest; these were able gifts in the ministry of the word, and their 
long years of faithful and unselfish service — counting no sacrifice on 
their part when the good of the cause is at stake; their humble, yet 
bold and unwavering defence of the doctrinal truths of God our 
Saviour, as believed by Old School, or Primitive Baptist with re- 
ference to total depravity, eternal election, predestination, salvation 
wholly and exclusively by the grace of God, final perseverance of the 
saints unto glory, and the resurrection of the dead — contending 
earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. We count it a 
great mercy to have known these brethren, whom we look upon as 
fathers in Israel, and we feel now that they are worthy of special 
mention in this minute, as follows: 

Elder L. H. Hardy of Atlantic, N. C, corresponding from Hunt- 
ing Quarters Church, formerly of the White Oak Association. At 



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the time the Country Line divided into Upper and Lower Country 
Line Associations in 1906, Elder Hardy held his membership with this 
Association, and was her Moderator, and continued to serve the 
Upper Country Line for several successive terms, serving well, and 
made an excellent Moderator. He served as Pastor for a number 
of years several churches in this Association, including this Church — 
Lick Fork. Elder Hardy was certainly one of our ablest and best 
gifts in the ministry. He traveled extensively in many of the states 
of the Union, and, also, in Canada, and was recognized as one of the 
ablest preachers and writers of his generation. He was a firm be- 
liever in the absolute predestination of all things, and was strictly 
opposed to any conditional doctrines among us; 

Elder Isaac Jones of Maple Hill, N. C, of the White Oak Asso- 
ciation, who served his Association long and ably as Moderator, and 
correspondant, was one of the most highly esteemed ministers of the 
Primitive Baptist faith in the United States, and in the language 
of our late and highly esteemed Elder P. D. Gold, "Elder Isaac 
Jones is the favorite preacher among us, from the mountains to the 
sea-shore. ' ' He came to us for about fifty years as correspondant 
from the White Oak Association, and his preaching and doctrine 
was always received by us as the very truth, and the common people 
heard him gladly. Elder Jones traveled extensively, but principally 
in North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, but traveling oc- 
casionally through the Southern, Northern and Western states. He 
was a firm believer in the absolute predestination of all things, and 
would frequently say in his preaching that he loved to use the word 
' ' absolute, ' ' for it meant certain, fixed, sure — unconditional. Elder 
Jones served many churches as pastor in the bounds of the White 
Oak Aassoeiation. 

Elder C. A. Davis of the Salem Association, one of our very 
best gifts, and one of the favorites among our preachers. Elder 
Davis served several churches as pastor, but found time to travel 
considerably, and visited our association fairly regularly from time 
to time, and was always well received. This able brother was sound 
in the doctrine, and held fast the same doctrine, being graciously 
taught of God, and was held in high esteem by all his brethren; 

Elder Samuel McMillon, of High Point, N. C., the beloved 
Moderator of the Abbott's Creek Association, and one of the out- 
standing gifts among our preachers, coming to us as Correspondant 
from the Abbott's Creek Association for many years. Elder Mc- 
Millon served several churches in the bounds of the Abbott's Creek 
Association, Salem Association, and Bear Creek Association, and 
visited quite a few of our Associations in North Carolina, Virginia, 
and South Carolina. Elder McMillon and Elder Isaac Jones loved 



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each other dearly, holding fast the same doctrine, and being strictly 
opposed to conditionalism; 

Elder J. W. Flinchum of the Mayo Association, one of our best 
ministers, and most highly esteemed gifts. This able servant of God 
served several of the churches of his Association with much honor, 
and was greatly beloved by all. He was certainly a predestinarian 
Baptist, and had grown bolder as he grew older, contending earnestly 
for the same faith, and fell asleep at the close of his last discourse, 
dying in Macedonia meeting house, a church he loved most tenderly 
and served faithfully for many years; 

The passing of Elder J. J. Hall of the Lower Country Line As- 
sociation has just come to our attention today. Elder Hall has 
been the most outstanding gift of the Lower Country Line associa- 
tion for many years, serving churches in his home Association. Elder 
Hall was an absolute predestinarian Baptist, preaching a doctrine 
that was strong and substantial, 'and leaving no one to guess as to 
what he believed. .He was greatly beloved by his churches, and 
highly appreciated as an able, sound, and excellent gift by this 
Association. We mourn the passing of these worthy and excellent 
gifts, and are now reminded that few of us appreciated these 
men of God as we ought. May the Lord continue to raise up others 
of like faith and doctrine, and guide his dear people in the way of 
truth and righteousness for his own dear name sake; and, 

Notwithstanding our many sorrows and tribulations through 
which we feel the Lord has brought us since we last met, we are 
again privileged, and count this a great mercy, to meet together, 
and receive your correspondence again, and for which we desire to 
thank the Lord, and may all such occasions as this prove a strengthen- 
ing of the ties which have brought us together. 

Our next Session will convene with the Church at Pleasant Grove 
in Caswell County, N. C, beginning on Saturday before the fourth 
Sunday in July, 1931, and continue for three days, at which time 
we hope to receive your correspondence again. 

ELDER B. F. McKINNET, Moderator. 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 

IN MEMORIAM 

Whereas, in the passing of our Brother, Elder Wm. M. Monsees 
of the Greensboro Church, of the Upper Country Line Association, 
the Primitive Baptist Church has lost a worthy good brother. Elder 
Monsees has lived in the bounds of this Association for ten years, 
or more, and for the greater part of this time held his membership 
with the Church in Reidsville, N. C. While Elder Monsees never 
served Churches in this Association, he was well known, and highly 






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esteemed by our brethren. We feel that in his passing the Associa- 
tion has lost one of her highly esteemed and useful gifts. Elder 
Monsees travelled extensively in Eastern North Carolina, and served 
one or more churches as pastor. He died at his brother's home in 
Durham, N. C, last winter, and his remains were laid to rest in the 
Mount Lebanon Church burying ground, a few miles out of the city. 

ELDER B. F. MeKINNEY, Moderator. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Clerk. 



"A REQUEST" 



First, That any Church composing the Upper Country Line Asso- 
ciation who has one or more ministerial gifts whom she has liberated 
to the exercise of his gift shall report same to the Association, 
furnishing the full name and address of the gift, or gifts; 

Second, That any information covering the full status of her 
gifts, including their name and address, shall be furnished the Asso- 
ciation in each annual report. 



11. The Finance Committee made the following report to the 
Association: 

Contributions from the Churches $135.95 

Contributions from other sources 164.30 

In the Hands of the Clerk 5.00 



Total funds available $305.25 

Recommendation for disbursements: 

For printing, postage, and mailing 1,000 copies 

of this Minute $ 42.00 

For water, ice, lights, lumber, and general sun- 
dry expenses, as directed and paid by the committee 194.35 

For Clerk's fee 20.00 

Left in hand of the Clerk for contingent expenses 5.00 

For visiting ministers for expenses - 43.90 



Total disbursements $305.25 

Moved that the Finance Committee report be received and the 
Committee excused, which was agreed. 

12. Moved that the Clerk have 1,000 copies of these Minutes 
printed and distributed with the Churches of our Association, and 
among Sister Associations with whom we correspond, which was- 
agreed. 



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13. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in preaching 
the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and many have been blessed 
to hear and enjoy same, and now that our Association is drawing to 
a close, be it resolved: 

(a) That we return thanks to God for the blessings enjoyed; 

(b) That we extend thanks to all our brethren, sisters, and 
friends who have shown kindness and hospitality in caring for our 
Association, and her friends; 

(c) That the Association now stands adjourned to meet 
next year (1931) with Pleasant Grove Church on Saturday before 
the fourth Sunday in July. 

Resolved, further, that this Association extend special thanks to 
Mr. Edgar King, Manager of the Home Light Sales Agency, for the 
splendid lights furnished during this session. Mr. King, who is a 
brother of Elder W. C. King, has furnished electric lights for each 
session of our Association for the past several years, and this has 
been a great favor to the Association, and has added much to the 
enjoyment of all who attend these Associations. We feel especially 
grateful to Mr. King for this kindness. 

MINISTERS 

Elders in our Association and their addresses: 

Elder Frederick W. Keene, Raleigh, N. C, 501 Cleveland St. 

Elder B. B. McKinney, Reidsville, N. C, Route No. 7. 

Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C. 

Elder O. J. Denny, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, Route No. 1. 

Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C, Route No. 1. 

Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, Va., Route No. 3. 

Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidsville, N. C, Route No. 7. 

Elder M. B. Martin, Burlington, N. C, Route No. 2. 

Elder John R. Smith, Reidsville, N. C, Route No. 5. 

CORRESPONDING AND VISITING ELDERS AT THIS SESSION 
OF OUR ASSOCIATION 

Little River: Elders E. F. Pierce and L. H. Stephenson. 

Black Creek: Elders E. L. Cobb, J. W. Wyatt and H. F. 
Hutchens. 

Fisher's River: Elder G. 0. Key. 

White Oak: Elder E. F. Pollard. 

Mayo: Elders J. F. and D. V. Spangler, J. 0. Pruitt, and Jack 
Pullum. 






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Lower Country Line: Elders E. C. Oakes and W. R. Monk. 
Contentnea: Elder Jas. S. .Corbett. 

Pig River: Elders Randolph Purdue, John Pete Helms, and J. 
F. Stigall. 

Salem: Elders G. M. Trent, D. A. O'Briant and G. W. Hill. 
Staunton River: Elder W. R. Dodd. 

PREACHING 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J. W. Gilliam, 
from 1st Cor. 1:26-29; followed by Elder B. F. McKinney, from I John 
1:3; followed by Elder O. J. Denny, from John 3:1. 
Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder J. F. Stigall, Text: Ezk. 36:26. 

Elder G. 0. Key, Text: Isa." 26:1st. 
At 4:30 O'clock: 

• Elder E. F. Pollard, Text: 2nd Tim. 4:1-2. 
At 8 O'clock: 

Elder J. S. Corbett, Text: Did not get text. 

Elder Jack Pullum, Text: Did not get text. 
Sunday Morning: 

Elder Randolph Purdue, Text: John 10:16. 

Elder E. L. Cobb, Text: Matt. 16:13-19. 

Elder J. F. Spangler, Text: Isa. 53:3. 
At 2 P. M.: 

Elder D. V. Spangler, Text: John 10:1-5. 

Elder John Pete Helm, Text: Jude 3 vs. 

Elder E. F. Pierce, Text: Isa. 55:1. 

Elder H. F. Hutchens, Text: 1st Sam. 17:29. 
At 4:30 P. M.: 

Brother William Stadler, Text: Matt. 16:16-18. 
At 8:00 O'clock: 

Elder J. W. Wyatt, Text: 1st John 3:1st. 

Elder D. G. Staples — No special text. 
Monday Morning at 10 O'clock: 

Elder E. C. Oakes, Text: We speak that which we do know, etc. 

Elder W. R. Monk, Text: I Cor. 2:2. 

Brother Harris, of Kehukee, Text: 1st John 1:1. 

Elder Cyrus Adams, Text: Rev. 22:1-3. 

Elder G. W. Hill— No special text. 

Elder W. R. Dodd, closing remarks. 

LIST OF CHURCHES AND ROTATION 

List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 
Baptist Association, with order of sessions since the Country Line 



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Association divided into Upper and Lower Country Line Associations 
in 1906, as follows: 

*Pleasant Grove 1913-1931 

McCray 1914 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan Eiver 1916 

New Hope 1917 

Moon 'a Creek 1918 

Monticello ' 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

Country Line 1924 

Harmony 1925-1907 

Eeidsville 1926-1908 

Gilliam's 1927-1909 

Oak Grove 1928-1910 

Lynches ' Creek 1929-1911 

Lick Fork 1930-1912. 

*Appointed to be held. 

MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes 

Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Yanceyville, N. C, E. 2 60 

Big Meadows— Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line — Elder W. C. King, Union Eidge, N. C 15 

Dan Eiver— Mrs. L. K. Wilson, Euffin, N. C, Eoute No. 3 40 

Gilliam 'a— Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, E. No. 1 55 

Harmony— Mrs. T. W. Wilson, Cedar Grove, N. C 30 

Lick Fork— C. L. Saunders, Eeidsville, N. C, R. No. 5 30 

Lynches' Creek — William Warren, Corbett, N. C 25 

McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, E, No. 3 25 

Moon's Creek— Mrs. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., E. No. 5 25 

Pleasant Grove— G. W. Walker, Eeidsville, N. C, E. No. 7 50 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 50 

Eeidsville— E. E. Harris, Eeidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. E. Stone, Eeidsville, N. C, E. No. 3 55 

Oak Grove— Robt. H. Jones, Yanceyville, N. C, E. No. 1 20 

New Hope— J. S. Knowles, Eeidsville, N C, E. No. 6 50 

Monticello— J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, N. C 25 

Greensboro — I. E. Neal, Greensboro, N. C 38 

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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES. TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Bear Creek — J. W. Jones, Peachland, N. C 20 

Abbott's Creek, Ira F. Freeman, Steed, N. C 18 

Black Creek— Elder E. L. Cobb, Wilson, N. C 18 

Contentnea — H. L. Brake, Rocky Mount, N. C 20 

Fisher's River — Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco, N. C, No. 1 25 

Kehukee— Elder B. S. Cowin, Williamston, N. C 27 

Little River— Elder L. H. Stephenson, Wil. Springs, N. C, R.I.. 20 

Mayo— S. G. Dobbins, Claudville, Va 20 

New River— Elder J. M. Dickson, Floyd, Va 20 

Salem — W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, N. C 18 

Smith's River — Elder J. D. Cockram, Stuart, Va 18 

Staunton River — R. L. Dodson, 147 Broad St., Danville, Va 18 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder Isaac Jones, Maple Hill, N. C 20 

Pig River — Elder E. L. Blankenship, Boon's Mill, Va 15 

Seven Mile — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, N. C 15 

Mill Branch— W. C. Brown, Tabor, N. C 20 

Durham (Colored) — Brother Joe Graves, Reidsville, N. C, R. 5.. 20 



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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

We, the messengers of the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of our brethren 
and friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of faith upon 
which we unite and will endeavor with the help of the Lord to main- 
tain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, Un- 
changeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, 
mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in His Word, 
under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
and will to the children of men in His Word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all things necessary to 
be known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehended or 
contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, for 
a purpose of his own glory, did elect a certain number of men and 



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angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, eternal 
and unconditional on the creature 's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he was good and up- 
right, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and 
upright state, and being the head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all of them 
in the same ruined state with himself, and they were partakers of, 
and exposed to, the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as a 
fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to truly repent of 
his sins, or believe in Christ, except he be drawn by the Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe -in God's own appointed time and way the elect 
will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that it is im- 
possible that they utterly refuse the call; but shall be willing by 
divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only by 
the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by 
faith. 

8. We believe that God's elect will be converted and born again 
by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that all God's children are called by grace and 
born again by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

10. We believe it to be a duty incumbent on all God's people 
to walk religiously in all God's works, not in the old covenant way 
of seeking life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty 
from a principle of love. 

11. We believe baptism by immersion, and the Lord's supper 
are gospel ordinances, both belonging to the converted or true be- 
liever. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters 
of discipline and that associations, councils and conferences of 
ministers or churches, are not to impose on the church, the keeping, 
holding or maintaining of any principle or practice contrary to the 
church 's judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both of 
the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting and 
the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the 
ordinances unless called and comes under the imposition of hands by 
the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union and 



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satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith and order, 
we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein each church 
ought to be represented by the messengers to advise with each other 
in conference. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise from his 
seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. EA^ery brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the subject 
under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any other brother. 

4. No messenger shall absent himself from the Association while 
in conference without permission. 

5. No messenger shall speak more than three times on the same 
subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of the 
Association is being transacted. 

7. No messengers shall be interrupted while speaking, unless he 
violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. No messengers shall address another in any other term or 
appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association shall 
be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the Association 
requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before the 
Association until all the other messengers are through speaking, when 
he may give his views, after any messenger, having a right to speak, 
may reply to any new matter introduced by the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the Asso- 
ciation shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems proper. 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION 
OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH 

AT 

PLEASANT GROVE, CASWELL COUNTY, 
NORTH CAROLINA 

July 25, 26 and 27, 1931 



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OFFICERS 

ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk Altamahaw, N. C. 

ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk Reidsville, N. C. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION— 1931 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder T. A. Stan- 
field, from Isaiah 22:20-25; followed by Elder B. F. McKinney, from 
no special text; followed by Elder B. B. McKinney, from Eph. 3:8. 

2. After an intermission for dinner, the Association convened, 
and after praise and prayer by Elder J. F. Stigall of the Pig River 
Association, proceeded to business. 

(a) Moved that the Clerk call the roll of the churches, and 
mark all absentee messengers, which was agreed. Absentees marked 
(*) in the statistical table. 

(b) Moved that we elect a Moderator for this Session, which 
was agreed, and Elder B. F. McKinney was put in nomination and 
elected. 

(c) Moved that the Committee on Arrangements shall con- 
sist of the Moderator, the Association Clerk, the Assistant Clerk, 
messengers from the church entertaining the Association, and one mes- 
senger appointed by the Moderator, which was agreed; and Brother 
C. L. Saunders was appointed. 

(d) Moved that the Moderator appoint any necessary com- 
mittees, which' was agreed, and the Moderator appointed a committee 
on Finance, the Committee being made up of the following brethren, 
tc-wit: Brother I. E. Neal, J. J. Lambeth and J. D. Simmons. 

3. Motion: Resolved that the Moderator call for Petitionary 
Letters, which was done, and none received. 

4. Messengers and visitors from Corresponding Associations 
were invited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were 
seated, to-wit: 

Little River: Minutes — Elder E. F. Pierce and Brother C. 0. 
Langley, visitor. 

Black Creek: Minutes— Elders H. F. Hutchens, J. W. Wyatt, S. 
P>. Denny and Brother W. H. Burch. 

Mayo: Minutes — Elders D. V. Spangler, J. F. Spangler, W. B. 
Stadler, Jack Pullem and Brother Jerry Lewis. 

Kehuly?e: Correspondence by Minutes — Elder Jaby Harris, visitor. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Brothers W. F. Long, I. C. Cham- 
bers; Elders A. L. Holloway, Roy Monk, E. C. Oakes, L. J. Chandler, 
and others. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes — Brothers A. L. Wright, W. E. Mabe, 
J. W. Bondurant, C. B. Owens, and others. 

Contentnea: Minutes — Brother E. A. Stanfield. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elders Randolph Purdue and J. F. Stigall; 
Brothers H. M. Lawrence and G. R. Mintor, and others. 

Smith's River: Minutes — Elder B. H. Martin. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Brothers J. F. Williams, J. H. Butcher, 
•and J. E. Dodson; also Elder W. R. Dodd. 



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Represented by Minutes Only- 
Fisher ' s River, White Oak, New River, Mill Branch, Baltimore, 
Salem, Seven Miles, Zion, Bear Creek, and Durham Association (Col.) 
5. Letters from the several churches composing the Upper Coun- 
try Line were received, read, and their standing recorded in the sta- 
tistical table of this Minute. 

To the Messengers of the Churches composing the UPPER COUN- 
TRY LINE ASSOCIATION, convened with the Church at Pleasant 
Grove meeting house in Caswell County, North Carolina, on this the 
25th day of July, A. D., 1931, Greeting: 

Brother Moderator and Brethren: I beg leave to submit for the 
consideration of this body, or association, at this time, some mattters 
about which we feel deeply interested, and which are causing many 
of our brethren very serious concern, and we sincerely desire of you 
a patient hearing and a prayerful consideration of same, to the end 
that we may be found contending earnestly for the faith once deliv- 
ered to the saints — the doctrine of God our Saviour, His Apostles and 
Prophets, as revealed in the scriptures of the Old and New Testa- 
ments — the Bible. 

1st, Let me say, that departures from the true faith, apostacy, 
and a manifest tendency on the part of some to remove the ancient 
landmarks our fathers have set (Prov. 22:28), together with that 
manifest desire on the part of the tried children of God to stand ye 
in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good 
way, and walk therein (Jer. 6:16); and, notably, because, also, as 
history clearly proves, an increased tendency, from year to year, to 
introduce new things, for which we have no thus sayeth the Lord (viz. 
Tract Societies, Sunday Schools, Church Schools, Bible Societies, Mis- 
sion Societies, Protracted Meetings, Conditionalism, Two or more Sal- 
vations, Limited Predestination, etc.), all of which are comparatively 
new doctrines among Old School or Primitive Baptist, and some of 
which are still breeding trouble in our near bounds, and especially 
among some of our sister Associations and correspondents, threaten- 
ing open division, and causing much unrest and trouble among the 
Churches; and, feeling that the interest of the Church would be best 
served, for the good of all concerned, and desiring to be clearby un- 
derstood on all points of doctrine (with no desire to take advantage 
of a brother's slips or make him an offender for a word) our people 
have, from time to time, felt it safest and best, to re-affirm their 
position on the doctrine, so that any departures from same might be 
apparent to all. 

"Experience teaches that creeds are a necessity. Every man 
who has principles gives utterance to them; and every association, 
secular er religious, which stands for anything, will in some way or 



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other, make formal declaration of what it holds. Sects rejecting 
creeds have been organized, but they have invariably and inevitably 
been' moved to set up some sort of a platform to distinguish them 
from all others. And this is a creed. There can be no Christian or- 
ganization without one.'' — Sanford's Cyc. page 225. 

Primitive Baptist are not ashamed of their articles of faith ; there 
is nothing about them they wish to hide or cover up; and while they 
do not claim that their articles stand on par with the scriptures (the 
inspired word of God) they are intended to represent a concise, abrid- 
ged, and condensed summary of what they believe the scriptures to 
teach. Elder Hassell says, on page S37 of his Church History, "Prim- 
itive Baptists stand by their Articles; they read them, they believe 
them to be true, and they preach the doctrine contained in them; 
and hope that themselves and their successors will continue to do 
so even to the end of the world. And this they do with pleasure, 
though well aware that such a course is disapproved by nearly all 
other professed Christians in America. While some denominations 
have creeds more or less orthodox, yet it is lamentably true that 
they are almost universally disregarded by the ministers and mem- 
bers of nearly all the religious sects and societies in the land. Evi- 
dently the tendency for the last hundred years, especially in the Uni- 
ted States, has been to leave the ancient landmark of salvation by 
grace and move in the direction of salvation by works. Human ef- 
forts, human means, human passions and human zeal are greatly re- 
lied on for the conversion of the world by vast multitudes of pro- 
fessors, who almost entirely ignore the wisdom, power, goodness and 
mercy of God in the salvation of men. In this awful day of degen- 
eracy, Baptist should adhere the more steadfastly to the Apostles' 
doctrine, whieh induces to fellowship in Christ, to communion and 
prayers; in order that the distinction between the church and the 
world might appear greater than ever before, if possible." 

Now, my brethren, the subject of this address is in no wise in- 
tended to disclaim any articles of our faith, as published in the prev- 
ious minutes of this association, but rather to point out more clearly 
and unmistakably the doctrine of this association with reference to 
our position on certain controverted questions of dispute, upon which 
some of the corresponding associations are much troubled at this 
time, and which may lead to open division and break of fellowship 
among the churches and associations, and, furthermore, this address 
is not intended as a declaration of non-fellowship to any of our cor- 
respondence, but to serve notice to all of the doctrine of this asso- 
ciation, as touching upon the decree of God, His purpose, predesti- 
nation, and providence; also, as pertains to obedience and good works 
of His creatures, holding fast, as we believe the ancient doctrines, 
as declared by those of like precious faith in the Old London Con- 



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fession of Faith, declared by Elder Hassell to be the most excellent 
expression of the teaching of the scriptures ever published by unin- 
spired men, which confession was signed by the Ministers and Mes- 
sengers of upward of one hundred congregations of baptised believers 
in England and Wales (denying Arminianism) in 1689, and was later 
adopted by the Philadelphia Association in 1742, and was later, dur- 
ing the eighteenth century, either adopted or re-affirmed by all the 
Predestinarian Baptist Associations in the United States, including 
the Kehukee Association, in 1765, this Association being the oldest 
Primitive Baptist Association in North Carolina, and the fourth old- 
est in the United States, and Elder Hassell states in his History 
concerning them, page 662, ''the majority of these churches (com- 
posing the Kehukee Association) were descendants of the English 
General Baptist at first, but before they united in an associated ca- 
pacity, they were thoroughly established in the doctrine of grace, and 
adopted the London Articles of Faith of 1689," extracts from which 
Confession we insert to prove the consistency of our position and 
contention on certain controverted questions of doctrine disturbing 
many of our people at this time, as follows: London Confession, Chap- 
ter three, of God's decree, section one, "God hath (Isa. 46:10; Eph. 
1:11; Heb. 6:17; Bom. 9:15, IS) decreed in Himself from all eternity, 
by the most wise and holy counsel of His will, freely and unchange- 
ably, all things whatsoever come to pass; yet so as thereby is God 
neither the author of sin (James 1:15, 17; 1 John 1:5), nor hath 
fellowship with any therein; nor is violence offered to the will of the 
creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken 
away, but rather (Acts. 4:27, 28; John 19:11) established, in which 
appears His wisdom in disposing all things, and power and faithful- 
ness (Num. 23:19; Eph. 1:3-5) in accomplishing His decree; section 
two, ' ' Although God knoweth whatsoever may or can come to pass 
upon all (Acts 15:18) supposed conditions, yet hath He not decreed 
anything (Bom. 9:11, 13, 16, 18), because he foresaw it as future, 
or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions"; Chapter 
five, Divine Providence, section one, ' ' God, the Creator of all things, 
in His infinite power and wisdom, doth (Heb. 1:3; Job. 38:11; Isa. 
46:10-11; Psa. 13:5-6) uphold, direct, dispose and govern all creatures 
and things, from the greatest even to the (Matt. 10:26, 30, 31) least, 
by His most wise and holy providence, to the end for which they 
were created, according unto His infallible fore-knowledge and the 
free and immutable counsel of His (Eph. 1:11) own will; to the 
praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness 
and mercy"; second, "Although in relation to the foreknowledge and 
decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pass (Acts 2:23) 
immutably and infallibly, so that there is not anything befalls any 
(Prov. 16:23) by chance or without His providence; yet by the same 



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providence he ordereth them to fall out according to the nature of 
second causes, either (Gen. 8:22) necessarily, freely or contingently"; 
thirdly, "God in His ordinary providence (Acts 27, 31, 44; Isa. 55:10,. 
11) maketh use of means; yet is free (Hosea 1:7) to work without 
(Bom. 4:19, 21), above and (Daniel 3:27) against them at His pleas- 
ure"; fourthly, "The Almighty power, unsearchable wisdom and in- 
finite goodness of God so far manifest themselves in His providence, 
that His determinate counsel (Rom. 11:32-34; 2 Sam. 24:1; 1 Chron. 
21:1) extendeth itself even to the first fall, and all other sinful ac- 
tions both of angels and men (and that not by a bare permission); 
which also He most wisely and powerfully (2 Kings 19:28; Psa. 76:10) 
boundeth, and otherwise ordereth and governeth, in a manifold dis- 
pensation to His most holy (Gen. 1:20; Isa. 10:6, 7, 12) ends; yet 
so as the sinfulness of their acts proeeedeth only from the creatures, 
and not from God, who being most holy and righteous, neither is 
nor can be the author or (Psa. 1:21; John 2:16) approver of sin; 
* * * * * Of Good Works, Chapter 16, section one, Good works are 
only such as God hath (Micah 6:8; Heb. 13:21) commanded in His 
holy word, and not such as without the warrant thereof are devised 
by men, out of blind zeal (Matt. 15:9; Isa. 19:13), or upon any pre- 
tense of good intentions. N. B. (We believe that God has wrought 
all the works of His children in them (Isa. 26:12), and they as His 
workmanship, are created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which 
God hath before ordained that they should walk in them (Eph. 2:10), 
and that their ability to do good works is not of themselves, but 
wholly of the spirit, and according as God works in them both to 
will and to do of His own good pleasure (Phil. 2:13), and that as 
the branches are in the vine, so are His children in Him, and have 
their fruits unto holiness and the end everlasting life (Rom. 6:22), 
and that it is of God that His children are in Christ, who, of God, is 
made unto them, wisdom, righteousness, santification, and redemp- 
tion, and hence God not only puts them in this way, which is Christ, 
but they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation 
ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5), and "that the 
perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, 
but upon the immutability of the decree of (Rom. 8:30; Rom. 9:11, 
16) election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God 
the Father, upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus 
Christ (Rom. 5:9, 10; John 14:19) and union with Him, the (Heb. 
6:17, 18) oath of God, the abiding of His Spirit and the (1 John 3:9) 
seed of God within them, and the nature of the (Jer. 22:40) cove- 
nant of grace, from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibil- 
ity thereof", and in our conclusion, join with Elder Hassell in saying 
that, "while the sinner has destroyed himself, all his salvation, 



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from first to last, is of the pure, unmerited, almighty and unchanging 
grace of God.'' — H. History, Page 942. 

Now, upon the subject of obedience, our faith lays hold on 
Christ -Jesus, the Saviour of sinners — the obedient one, for strength 
and every necessary help in time of need, confessing that of myself 
I can do nothing, but all things through Christ that strengthneth 
me. When God works the will, He, also, works the strength, and 
obedience always follows. David said unto the Lord, "When thou 
saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, 
will I seek (Psa. 27:8), and again, Paul declares, having received 
grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations 
(Rom. 1:5), his obedience, saying, So, as much as in me is, I am 
ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also (Rom. 1:15), 
and we believe, as God has said, My word shall not return unto me 
-void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall pros- 
per in the thing whereunto I send it (Isa. 55:11); and when Jesus 
was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death, we hear his words, 
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; neverthe- 
less, not as I will, but as thou wilt (Matt. 26:39); hence, concerning 
His people (the children of obedience) He says, Thy people shall 
be willing in the day of thy power (Psa. 110:3), and all the prom- 
ises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of 
God by us (2 Cor. 1:20). All obedience is based on love — God's 
love toward us, which causes our love toward Him, and with His 
mind in us, His will and pleasure becomes our will and pleasure — 
acquiescence, — obedience. 

Submitted by Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Moved, Brother Moderator, that this address be inserted in this 
year 's Minute, and that such portion of same as relates to our po- 
sition on the doctrine of God's Decree, His Purpose, Predestination, 
Providence, Good Works, and Obedience be inserted in our Articles 
of Faith, which was passed by the Messengers on Saturday without 
a dissenting vote. (X. B.) On Monday Brother E. R. Harris moved 
the address be printed in our Minute, and let the churches approve, 
or disapprove and notify by next letter, which was passed by the 
Messengers present on Monday. 

6. On motion the Association adjourned to meet again Monday 
morning, July 27, 1931, at 9:00 o'clock. 

ELDER B. F. McKIXXEY, Moderator. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 
ELDER T. A. STAXFIELD, Assistant Clerk. 



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MONDAY MORNING, JULY 27, 1931, AT 9:00 O'CLOCK 

7. The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder Roy Monk of the Lower Country Line 
Association, proceeded to business. 

S. The Messengers, who were appointed last year to visit sis- 
ter Associations, were called upon for a report. All reports were 
carefully noted, and those who could not attend were excused. 

9. Messengers taking appointment to visit corresponding Asso- 
ciations at their next sitting, are as follows: 

Little River: Minutes — Elders M. B. Martin. F. W. Keene, and 
J. W. Gilliam. 

Black Creek: Minutes — Elders B. F. McKinney, F. W. Keene, M. 
B. Martin, and T. A. Stanfield. 

Fisher's River: Minutes — Elders J. R. Smith and B. F. McKinney. 

White Oak: Minutes— Elders M. B. Martin, F. W. Keene. and 
J. R. Smith. 

Mayo: Minutes — Brothers W. G. Dix, R. S. Somers, and Elder 
J. R. Smith. 

Kehukee: Minutes. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Elders W. C. Jones, J. W. Gilliam, 
B. F. McKinney, W. C. King, M. B. Martin, and Brothers W. A. 
McKinney and E. R. Harris. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes— Elders W. C. Jones, M. B. Martin, 
and W. C. King. 

Pig River: Minutes — Brother W. G. Dix, Elders F. W. Keene, 
T. A. Stanfield, J. W. Gilliam, and J. R. Smith. 

Smith River and Xew River: Minutes. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Elders F. W. Keene and 'J. R. Smith; 
Brothers W. G. Dix, J. H. Dye, and A. B. Dabbs. 

Mill Branch: Minutes— Elders T. A. Stanfield, F. W. Keene, and 
J. R. Smith. 

Contentnea: Minutes — Elders T. A. Stanfield and F. W. Keene. 

Baltimore: Minutes. 

Salem: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam and W. C. Jones; Brothers 
J. H. Dye, W. A. McKinney, and W. G. Dix. 

Seven Mile: Minutes. 

Durham Association (Col.): Minutes. 

10. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be held 
with the Church at McCray meeting house, in Alamance County, 
North Carolina, to begin at 10:00 o'clock on Saturday before the 
Fourth Sunday in July, 1932, and continue three days. Elder W. C. 
King was requested to preach the introductory sermon, and Elder 
B. F. McKinney was requested to be his alternate. 



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MINUTES OF THE UPFER COUNTRY 



On motion it was agreed to insert the following Letter of Cor- 
respondence, to-wit: 

The Upper Country Line Primitive Baptist Association, now con- 
vened with the Church at Pleasant Grove meeting house, in Caswell 
County, Xorth Carolina, on July 25, 26, and 27, 1931, doth send 
greetings and Christian Salutations to our sister Associations and 
Meetings with whom we correspond. Our Churches have all reported 
that peace and fellowship reigns in our midst, and our people seem 
content with the faith once delivered to the saints. We stand on 
the ancient doctrines of the Church, and would not remove the land- 
marks our fathers have set. We believe that God is the same yes- 
terday, today, and forever; that he rules supreme in the army of 
heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can say 
unto him, Jehovah, what doest Thou?; that there is a time to every 
purpose under the heaven, and that all things are in the hands of 
him with whom we have to do, who has declared Himself to be 
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, 
which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty; that 
He, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times 
the things not yet done, saying my counsel shall stand and I will 
do all of my pleasure, assures us in his word, that as I have thought, 
so shall it come to pass, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand, 
hence we desire to stand fast in this ancient doctrine, and have no- 
compromise to make with conditionalism. We commend these sacred 
truths to you, and may the God of all our mercies make our cor- 
respondence a blessing to each of us. 

Our nest Session will convene with the Church at McCray meet- 
ing house, in Alamance County, Xorth Carolina, beginning on Sat- 
urday before the fourth Sunday in July, 1932, and continuing three - 
days, at which time we hope to receive your correspondence again. 



ELDER B. F. McKIXXEY, Moderator 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM. Association Clerk. 



"A STANDING REQUEST" 



First, That any Church composing the Upper Country Line Asso- 
ciation who has one or more ministerial gifts whom she has liberated 
to the exercise of his gift shall report same to the Association, 
furnishing the full name and address of the gift, or gifts. 

Second, That any information covering the full status of her 
gifts, including their name and address, shall be furnished the Asso- 
ciation in each annual report. 



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11. The Finance Committee made the following report to the 
Association: 

Contributions from the Churches $131.40 

Contribution from other sources 3S.15 

In the hands of the Clerk 5.00 

Total funds available - - $174.55 

Recommendation for disbursements: 

For printing, postage, and mailing 1,000 copies • 

of this Minute - $ 42.00' 

For water, ice, lights, lumber, and general expenses, 

as directed and paid by the Committee 31.00 

For Clerk's fee - 20.00 

Left in the hand of the Clerk for contingent expenses 5.00 

For visiting ministers for expenses 76.55 

Total disbursements $174.55 

Moved that the Finance Committee's report be received and 
the Committee excused, which was agreed. 

12. Moved that the Clerk have 1,000 copies of these Minutes 
printed and distributed with the Churches of our Association, and 
among Sister Associations with whom we correspond, which was 
agreed. 

13. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in preaching 
the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and many have been blessed 
to hear and enjoy same, and now that our Association is drawing 
to a close, be it resolved: 

(a) That we return thanks to God for the blessings enjoy- 
ed during this association; 

(b) That we extend thanks to all our brethren, sisters, and 
friends who have shown kindness and hospitality in caring for our 
Association, and her friends; 

(c) That the Association now stands adjourned to meet next 
year (1932) with the Church at McCray meeting house on Saturday 
before the fourth Sunday in July. 

Resolved, further, that this Association extend special thanks to 
Mr. Edgar King, Manager of the Home Light Sales Agency, for the 
splendid lights furnished during this Session. Mr. King, the Man- 
ager of this Agency, has manifested a very fine spirit toward our 
people, having furnished the electric lights for every session for 
several years, which was so much needed and has been so much en- 
joyed. We tender to Mr. King not only the thanks of the Associa- 
tion for these courtesies, but wish for him a large measure of suc- 
cess in his business, and hope our people will not forget him. 






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MINISTERS 

Elders in our Association and their addresses 

Elder Frederick W. Keene, Raleigh, X. C., 501 Cleveland St. 

Elder B. B. McKinney, Beidsville, N. C, Route No. 7. 

Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, North Carolina. 

Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, North Carolina, Route No. 1. 

Elder B. F. McKinney, Hurdle Mills, North Carolina. 

Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, North Carolina, Route No. 1. 

Elder J. P. Johnson, Danville, A'irginia, Route No. 3. 

Elder T. A. Stanfield, Reidsville, North Carolina, Route Xo. 7. 

Elder M. B. Martin, Burlington, North Carolina, Route Xo. 2. 

Elder John R. Smith, Reidsville, Xorth Carolina, Route Xo. 5. 

CORRESPONDING AND VISITING ELDERS AT THIS SESSION 
OF OUR ASSOCIATION 

Little River: Elder E. L. Pierce. 

Black Creek: Elders F. H. Hutchens, J. W. Wyatt, and S. B. 
Denny. 

Fisher's River: 

White Oak: 

Mayo: Elders J. F. Spangler, D. V. Spangler, Jack Pullum, J. 
O. Pruitt, and W. B. Stadler. 

Lower Country Line: Elders A. L. Holliway, Roy Monk, Cyrus 
Adams, and E. C. Oakes. 

Pig River: Elders Randolph Purdue and J. F. Stigall. 

Salem: Elders G. W. Hill, D. A. 'Briant, and G. M. Trent. 

Staunton River: Elders W. R. Dodd and T. W. Walker. 

PREACHING 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder T. A. Stanfield, 
from Isa. 22:20-25; followed by Elder B. F. McKinney, from no spec- 
ial text; followed by Elder B. B. McKinney, from Eph. 3:8. 
Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder H. B. Martin, Text: Matt. 3. 

Elder H. F. Hutchens, Text: John 9:1-4. 

Elder E. F. Pierce, Text: Psa. 77:19-20. 
At 8:00 O'clock: 

Elder Roy Monk, Text: Rom. 8:35. 
Sunday Morning at 10:00 O'clock: 

Elder J. F. Stigall, Text: "I will build up," &c. 

Elder Randolph Purdue, Text: Rom. S:2S. 

Elder J. F. Spangler, Text: Heb. 10:18. 
At 2:00 P. M.: 

Elder A. L. Holloway, Text: Rev. 7:14 



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Elder D. V. Spangler, Text: Rev. 21:9. 

Elder J. W. Wyatt, Text, Psa. 118:6-7. 
At 4:30 P. M.: 

Elder S. B. Denny, Text: Bom. 8:18. 

Elder W. B. Stadler, did not get his text. 
Monday Morning at 10:30 O'clock: 

Elder Joby Harris, Text: Matt. IS: 1-6. 

Elder D. A. 'Briant, Text: Isa. 40:1. 

Elder G. W. Hill, no special text. 

Elder W. R. Dodd spoke, no special text. 

Elder F. W. Keene, Text: Exodus 25:21-22. 

Elder M. B. Martin, Text: Zech. 13:7. 

LIST OF CHURCHES AND ORDER OF ROTATION 
List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primi- 
tive Baptist Association, with order of sessions since the Country 
Line Association divided into Upper and Lower Country Line Asso- 
ciations in 1906, as follows: 

*McCray 1914-1932 

Greensboro 1915 

Dan River 1916 

New Hope 1917 

Moon 's Creek 1918 

Montieello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

Country Line 1924 

Harmony 1925-1907 

Reidsville 1926-1908 

Gilliam's 1927-1909 

Oak Grove 1928-1910 

Lynches ' Creek 1929-1911 

Lick Fork 1930-1912 

Pleasant Grove 1931-1913 

*Appointed to be held next year. 

MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes 

Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Yanceyville, N. C, R. 2 60 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line — Elder W. C. King, Union Ridge, N. C 15 

Dan River— Mrs. L. K. Wilson, Ruffin, N. C, R, No. 3 40 

Gilliam's— Elder J. W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, R. No. 1 .... 70 
Harmony— Mrs. T. W. Wilson, Cedar Grove, X. C 30 



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Lick Fork — C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, N. C, R. Xo. 5 30 

Lynches' Creek — William Warren, Corbett, X. C 25 

McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, X. C, R. Xo. 3 25 

Moon's Creek— Mrs. J. W. Xeal, Danville. Ya,, R. Xo. 5 10 

Pleasant Grove— G. W. Walker, Reidsville, X. C, R. Xo. 7 50 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blaloek, Prospect Hill, X. C 50 

Reidsville— E. R. Harris, Reidsville, X. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. R. Stone, Reidsville, X. C, R. Xo. 3 55 

Oak Grove— Robt. H. Jones, Yanceyville. X. C, R. Xo. 1 20 

Xew Hope — J. J. Somers, Reidsville, X. C, R. Xo. 6 50 

Monticello— J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, X. C 25 

Greensboro — I. E. Xeal, Greensboro, X. C 38 



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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Bear Creek— J. W. Jones, Peachland, X. C 20 

Abbott's Creek— Ira F. Freeman, Steed, X. C 18 

Black Creek— Elder E. L. Cobb, Wilson, X. C 18 

Contentnea — H. L. Brake, Rocky Mount, X. C 20 

Fisher 's River— Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco, X. C, Xo. 1 25 

Kehukee— Elder B. S. Cowin, Williamston, X. C 27 

Little River— Eld. L. H. Stephenson, Wil'w Springs, X. C, R. 1.. 20 

Mayo— Elder S. A. Thompson, Stuart, Ya 20 

New River— Elder J. M. Dickinson, Floyd, Ya 20 

Salem— W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, X. C 18 

Smith's River— Elder J. D. Cockram, Stuart, Ya 18 

Staunton River — R. L. Dodson, 147 Broad St., Danville, Ya 18 

Lower Country Line— J. H. Gooeh, Stem, X. C 20 

White Oak— Elder L. E. Bryant, R. 1, Beulahville, X. C 20 

Pig River — Elder E. L. Blankenship, Boon's Mill, Ya 15 

Seven Mile — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, X. C 15 

Mill Branch— W. C. Brown, Tabor, X. C 20 

Durham (Col.) — Bro. Joe Graves, Reidsville, X. C, R. 5 20 



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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

We, the messengers of the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of our brethren 
and friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of faith upon 
which we unite and will endeavor with the help of the Lord to main- 
tain. 



LINE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 13 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, Un- 
changeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, 
mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in His Word, 
under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
and will to the children of men in His Word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all things necessary to 
be known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehended or 
contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, for 
a purpose of his own glory, did elect a certain number of men and 
angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, eternal 
and unconditional on the creature's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he was good and up- 
right, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and 
upright state, and being the head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all of them 
in the same ruined state with himself, and they were partakers of, 
and exposed to, the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as a 
fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to truly repent of 
his sins, or believe in Christ, except he be drawn by the Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe in God's own appointed time and way the elect 
will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that it is im- 
possible that they utterly refuse the call; but shall be willing by 
divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only 
by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by 
faith. 

8. We believe that God 's elect will be converted and born again 
by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that all God's children are called by grace and 
born again by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

10. We believe it to be a duty incumbent on all God's people 
to walk religiously in all good works, not in the old covenant way 
of seeking life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty 
from a principle of love. 

11. We believe baptism by immersion, and the Lord's supper are 
gospel ordinances, both belonging to the converted or true believer. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters of 
discipline and that associations, councils and conferences of ministers 
or churches, are not to impose on the church, the keeping, holding or 
maintaining of any principle or practice contrary to the church's 
judgment. 



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14 MINUTES OF THE UPPER COUNTRY 



13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both of 
the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wieked is everlasting and 
the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the 
ordinances unless called and comes under the imposition of hands by 
the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union and 
satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith and order, 
we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein each church 
ought to be represented by the messengers to advise with each other 
in conference. 



RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise from his 
seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the subject 
under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any other brother. 

4. Xo messenger shall absent himself from the Association while 
in conference without permission. 

5. Xo messenger shall speak more than three times on the same 
subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of the 
Association is being transacted. 

7. Xo messengers shall be interrupted while speaking, unless he 
violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. Xo messengers shall address another in any other term or 
appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association shall 
be enrolled by the »lerk and called over as often as the Association 
requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before the 
Association until all the other messengers are through speaking, when 
he may give his views, after any messenger, having a right to speak, 
may reply to any new matter introduced by the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the Asso- 
ciation shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems proper. 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH 
AT 

McCRAY, ALAMANCE COUNTY, 
NORTH CAROLINA 

July 23, 24 and 25, 1932 




OFFICERS 

, ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator Burlington, N. C, Route 3 

» ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk Altamahaw, N. C. 

» ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Clerk Reidsville, N. C. 

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION— 1932 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder W. C. King, 
from 1st Cor. 3:11 verse; followed by Elder B. F. McKinney. 

2. After an intermission for dinner, the association convened, 
and after praise and prayer by Elder Randolph Purdue, proceeded to 
business. 

(a) Moved that the Clerk call the roll of the churches, that 
the letters from the several churches be brought forward in the 
order called, and all absentees marked, which was agreed. Note: 
Absentees marked (*) in the statistical table. 

(b) Moved that we elect a Moderator for this Session, 
which was agreed, and Elder B. F. McKinney was put in nomination 
and elected. 

(e) Moved that the Committee on Arrangements shall con- 
sist of the Moderator, the Association Clerk, the Assistant Clerk, and 
the Messengers from McCray Church, which was agreed. 

(d) Moved that the Moderator appoint any necessary com- 
mittees, which was agreed, and the Moderator appointed a Committee 
on Finance, the Committee being made up of the following brethren, 
to-wit: Brother A. H. D. King, Brother J. D. Simmons, and Elder 
W. C. King. 

3. Motion: Moved that the Moderator call for Petitionary 
Letters, which was done, and none received. 

4. Correspondence from sister Associations called for, and in- 
vited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were seated, 
to-wit: Little River: Minutes — Elder E. F. Pearce, Elder E. C. Jones, 
C. O. Langdon, and Elder Floyd Adams. 

Black Creek: Minutes — Elders J. T. Collier, H. F. Hutchens, and 
Brother W. H. Burch. 

Mayo: Minutes — Elders J. F. and D. V. Spangler, J. P. Pullam, 
and J. O. Pruitt; also Brothers Stowe and others. 

Kehukee: Minutes — (Correspondence by Minutes only). 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Elders E. C. Oakes, Roy Monk; 
Brothers W. E. Snipes, F. D. Long, J. M. O'Briant, A. P. Clayton, 
and others. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes — Brothers A. L. Wright and 0. R. 
Hilliard. 

Contentnea: Minutes only. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elders Randolph Purdue, J. F. Stigall, and 
John Woods; also Brother H. M. Lawrence and others. 

Smith's River: Minutes only. 

Staunton River: Minutes only. 



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Visitors: Elders S. J. Pretty and H. V. Snow, of West Virginia. 

New River: Minutes only. 

Salem: Minutes— Elders D. A. 'Briant and G. W. Hill; Brothers 
W. L. Teague and J. M. Dennis, and others. 

Fisher's River: Minutes — Elder J. S. Morrison. 

White Oak: Minutes— Elders W. W. Eoberts and E. F. Pollard; 
also Brother Quinn and others. 

Represented by Minutes only: Mill Branch, Baltimore, Seven 
Mile, Zion, Bear Creek, and Durham Association — (Colored). 

5. The Letters from our churches were read and are recorded 
in our statistical table. 

On motion, the articles submitted in the Address to our 1931 
Session, convened with the Church at Pleasant Grove in Caswell Coun- 
ty, and submitted to the Churches for their approval. (For full text 
of Address see pages 2-6 of 1931 Minutes — address submitted by 
Elder J. W. Gilliam, and on motion by Deacon E. R. Harris of Reids- 
ville Church, said address was referred to our Churches for approval, 
and approved by a majority of our Churches) is hereby ordered in- 
serted, to constitute a part of our Articles of Faith, and that inser- 
tion shall begin on page -4, line 17, taking the last three words in 
this line, beginning with the word ''our'', and continuing to close 
of said address, see Minutes 1931, which was agreed. 

6. Moved that the Association adjourn to meet again Monday 
morning, July 25, 1932, at 9:00 o'clock, which was agreed. 

Signed: ELDER B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, JR , Association Clerk. 
ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Assistant Asso. Clerk. 

MONDAY MORNING, JULY 25, 1932, AT 9:00 O'CLOCK 

7. The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder G. W. Hill of the Salem Association, 
proceeded to business. 

8. The Messengers, who were appointed last year to visit sister 
Associations, were called upon for a report. All reports were care- 
fully noted, and those who could not attend were excused. 

9. Messengers taking appointment to visit corresponding Asso- 
ciations at their next sitting are as follows: 

Little River: Minutes — Elders F. W. Keene and M. B. Martin, 
Black Creek: Minutes— Elders T. A. Stanfield, F. W. Keene, and 
W. C. King. 



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Fisher's Kiver: Minutes — 

White Oak: Minutes — Elders M. B. Martin and F. W. Keene. 

Mayo: Minutes— Brothers W. T. Rice, G. W. Dix, and Elder 
John E. Smith. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Elders W. C. King, John B. 
Smith, M. B. Martin, W. C. Jones, and others. 

Abbott's Creek: Minutes — Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elders Gilliam, Stanfield, Smith, and 
Brothers Dix and Rice. 

Smith River: Minutes — Elder J. W. Gilliam. 
New River: Minutes — Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Elders F. W. Keene, Smith, Brothers 
Rice and Dix_ 

Mill Branch: Minutes — Elder F. W. Keene. 
Contentnea: Minutes — Elder T. A. Stanfield. 

Salem: Minutes — Elders Gilliam, W. C. Jones and F. W. Keene,. 
Brothers Dix and Rice, and Elder John R. Smith. 

Represented by Minutes only: Kehukee, Baltimore, Seven Miles,, 
Durham, (Colored •. 

10. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be held 
with the Church at Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, to 
begin at 10:00 o'clock on Saturday before the Fourth Sunday m 
July, 1933, and continue three days. Elder W. C. King was requested 
to preach the introductory sermon, and Elder T. A. Stanfield was. 
requested to be his alternate. 

On motion it was agreed to insert the following Letter of Cor- 
respondence, to-wit: 

The Upper Country Line Primitive Baptist Association, now con- 
vened with the Church at McCray meeting house, in Alamance Coun- 
ty, North Carolina, on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of July, 1932, doth 
send greetings and Christian salutations to our sister Associations- 
and Meetings with whom we correspond. Our Churches have all re- 
ported that peace and fellowship reigns in our midst, for which we 
feel to thank the Lord. We stand on the ancient doctrines of the 
Church, and would not remove the landmarks our fathers have set. 
We believe that our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, 
and we join with the Psalmist in saying, "All thy works shall 
praise thee, Lord, and thy saints shall bless thee." Our God is 
of one mind, and who can turn Him, saying, as 1 have thought so 
shall it come to pass, and as I have purposed so shall it stand. Again- 



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He says, My word shall not return unto me void, and where the word 
of a King is, there is power. The Scriptures tell us, that He doeth 
His will in the Army of Heaven and among the inhabitants of the 
earth. We believe that He sits on no precarious throne, nor borrows 
leave to be, and we are ready to say with the Apostle, For we know 
that all things work together for good to them who love God, who 
are the called according to His purpose. We believe that the Grace 
of God never fails in the accomplishment of His will, and we have 
no compromise to make with the doctrines of conditionalism. We 
commend these sacred truths to you, and may the God of all our 
mercies make our correspondence a blessing to each of us. 

Our next Session will be held with the Church in Greensboro, 
Guilford County, North Carolina, beginning on Saturday before the 
fourth Sunday in July, 1933, and continue three days at which time 
we hope to receive your corrspondence again. 

ELDEE B. F. McKINNEY, Moderator. 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 

11 The Finance Committee made the following report to the 
Association: 

Contributions from the Churches $ 97.82 

Contributions from other sources 24.30 

In the hands of the Clerk 4.00 

Total funds available $126.12 

Recommendation for disbursements: 

For printing, postage, and mailing 1,000 copies of 

this Minutes $ 37.50 

For water, ice, lights, and general expense 24.00 

For Clerk's fee 20.00 

Left in the hands of the Clerk for contingent 

expenses 4.00 

For visiting ministers, their expenses in traveling 40.62 

Total disbursements $126.12 

Moved that the Finance Committee ? s report be received and the 
'Committee excused, which was agreed. 

12. Moved that the Clerk have 1,000 copies of these Minutes 
printed and distributed with the Churches of our Association, and 
among Sister Associations with whom we correspond, which was 
agreed. 



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13. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in preaching 
the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and many have been blessed 
to hear and enjoy same, and now that our Association is drawing to 
a close, be it resolved: 

(a) That we return thanks to God for the blessings en- 
joyed during this Association; 

(b) That we extend thanks to all our brethren, sisters, and 
friends who have shown kindness and hospitality in caring for our 
Association and her friends; 

(b-2) Resolved that the Association go on record in this 
Minute with a special note of thanks to the Suiith-Duglass Co., Inc., 
Danville, Va., for trucks and hands to haul water to the Association, 
and that a special letter of appreciation be written them by our 
Association Clerk, which was agreed. 

(e) That the Association now stands adjourned to meet 
nest year (1933) with the Church in Greensboro, Guilford County r 
on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July. 

"A STANDING REQUEST" 

First, That any Church composing the Upper Country Line Asso- 
ciation who has one or more ministerial gifts whom she has liberated 
to the exercise of his gift shall report same to the Association, 
furnishing the full name and address of the gift, or gifts. 

Second, That any information covering the full status of her 
gifts, including their name and address, shall be furnished the Asso- 
ciation in each annual report. 

CORRESPONDING AND VISITING ELDERS AT THIS 
SESSION OF OUR ASSOCIATION 

Little River: Elders E. F. Pearce, E. C. Jones, and Floyd Adams.. 

Black Creek: Elders H. F. Hutchens and J. T. Collier. 

White Oak: Elders W. W. Roberts and E. F. Pollard. 

Mayo: Elders J. F. and D. V. Spangler, H. C. Freeman, Jack. 
Pullam, J. A. Ward, W. B. Stadler, and J. 0. Pruitt. 

Fisher's River: Elder J. S. Morrison. 

Lower Country Line: Elders E. C. Oakes and W. R. Monk. 

Pig River: Elders J. F. Stigall, Randolph Purdue, and John 
Woods. 

Salem: Elders G. W. Hill and D. A. O 'Briant. 






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New Eiver: Elder Golden Harris. 

From West Virginia, as Visitors: Elder S. J. Pretty and H. V. 
.Snow. 

PREACHING 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder W. C. King, from 
1st Cor. 3:11; followed by Elder B. F. McKinney, 2nd Tim. 2:19; 
followed by Elder J. W. Gilliam, Isa. 46:9-10. 

Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder J. A. Ward, Text: Matt. 16:18; Elder E. F. Pollard, Text: 
Matt. 28:19; Elder J. T. Collier, no special text; Elder H. V. Snow, 
no special text. 

At 5 P. M.: 

Elder E. C. Jones, text: 2nd Cor. 12:9. 

At 8 P. M.: 

Elder S. J. Pretty, Isa. 55:11; Elder W. B. Monk, text from 
Kevelations. 

Sunday Morning — At 10 O'clock: 

Elder Bandolph Purdue, no special text; J. F. Stigall, text: 2nd 
Cor. 4:1-10; Elder E. F. Pearce, text, no special text; closed with a 
few remarks from Elder John Woods. 

At 2 P. M.: 

Elder D. V. Spangler, text: 1st Cor. 13th chapter; Elder J. F. 
Spangler, text: Acts 13:37; Elder J. W. Wyatt, text: 1st Sam. 
-26:31. Elder L>. A. 'Briant was appointed to follow, but closed 
with a few remarks. 

At 5 P. M.: 

Elder W. W. Boberts, text: Heb. 10:31; Elder J. S. Morrison,- 
text: Mark 14:50. 

At S O'clock: 

Elder E. C. Oakes— did not get text; Elder M. B. Martin, did 
not get text. 

Monday Morning at 10 O'clock: 

Elder H. F. Hutehens, text: Job. 14:13-14; Elder G. W. Hill, 
text: Isa. 26:12; Elder Floyd Adams, text: Mark 16:15-18; Elder 
J. O. Pruitt, text: Jonah 2:2. 

LIST OF CHURCHES AND ORDER OF ROTATION 

List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 
Baptist Association, with order of the Sessions since the Country 



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Line Association divided into Upper and Lower Country Line Asso- 
ciations in 1906, as follows: 

*Greensboro 1915-1933 

Dan River 1916 

New Hope .: 1917 

Moon 's Creek 1918 

Monticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

Country Line 1924 

Harmony 1925-1907 

Reidsville - 1926-1908 

Gilliam's 1927-1909 

Oak Grove 1928-1910 

Lynches Creek 1929-1911 

Lick Fork 1930-1912 

Pleasant Grove -- 1931-1913 

McCray - 1932-1914 

* Appointed to be held next year. 

MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes 

Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Yanceyville, N. C, Route 2 60 

Big Meadows — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line — Dot King, Yanceyville, N. C, Route 2 15 

Dan River— Mrs. L. K. Wilson, Ruffin, N. C, Route 3 40 

Gilliam's— Elder J. W, Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, Route 1 70 

Harmony— Mrs. T. W. Wilson, Cedar Grove, N. C 30 

Lick Fork— C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, N. C, Route 5 30 

Lynches' Creek — William Warren, Corbett, N. C 25 

McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, Route 3 25 

Moon 's Creek — Mrs. J. W. Neal, Danville, Va., Route 5 10 

Pleasant Grove— G. W. Walker, Reidsville, N. C, Route 7 50 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, N. C 50 



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Reidsville— E. B. Harris, Eeidsville, X. C _ 50 

Wolf Island— J. B. Stone, Eeidsville, N. C, Route 3 55 

Oak Grove — Bobt. H. Jones, Yanceyville, X. C, Eoute 1 20 

New Hope — J. J. Somers, Eeidsville, X. C, Eoute 6 50 

Monticello— J. J. Lambeth, Elon College, X. C . 25 

Greensboro — I. E. Xeal, Greensboro, X. C 38 



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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Bear Creek — J. W. Jones, Peachland, X. C 20 

Abbott 's Creek — Ira F. Freeman, Steed, X. C 18 

Black Creek— Elder E. L. Cobb, Wilson, X. C 18 

Contentnea— H. L. Brake, Rocky Mount, X. C 20 

Fisher 's River — Elder F. P. Stone, Francisco, X. C, Eoute 1.... 25 

Kehukee— Elder B. S. Cowin, Williamston, X. C 27 

Little Eiver — Eld. L. H. Stephenson, Wil'w Springs, X. C, 

Eoute 1 20 

Mayo — Elder S. A. Thompson, Stuart, Va 20 

New Eiver — Elder Golden Harris, Indian Valley, Va 20 

Salem — W. L. Teague, Winston-Salem, X. C 18 

Smith 's Eiver — Elder J. D. Coekram, Stuart, Va. 18 

Staunton Eiver — E. L. Dodson, 147 Broad St., Danville, Va 18 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, X. C 20 

White Oak— Elder L. E. Bryant, Eoute 1, Beulahville, X. C 20 

Pig Eiver— Elder E. L. Blankenship, Boon's Mill, Va 15 

Seven Miles — Elder L. A. Johnson, Benson, X. C 15 

Mill Branch— M. Mears, Tabor, X. C 20 

Durham (Col.)— Bro. Joe Graves, Reidsville, X. C, Eoute 5 .... 20 

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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

We, the messengers of the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of our brethren 
and friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of faith upon 
which we unite and will endeavor with the help of the Lord to 
maintain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, Un- 
changeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, 
mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in His 
Word, under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
and will to the children of men in His word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all things necessary to 
be known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehended or 
contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, for 
a purpose of his own glory, did elect a certain number of men and 
angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, eternal 
and unconditional on the creature 's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he was good and up- 
right, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and 
upright state, and being the head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all of them 
in the same ruined state with himself, and they were partakers of, 
and exposed to, the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as a 
fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to truly repent of 
his sins, or believe in Christ, except he be drawn by the Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe in God's own appointed time and way the elect 
will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that it is im- 
possible that they utterly refuse the call; but shall be willing by 
divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only 
by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by 
faith. 

8. We believe that God's elect will be converted and born again 
by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that all God's children are called by grace and 
born again by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

10. We believe it to be a duty incumbent on all God's people 
to walk religiously in all good works, not in the old covenant way 



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of seeking life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty 
from a principle of love. 

11. We believe baptism by immersion, and the Lord's supper are 
gospel ordinances, both belonging to the converted or true believer. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters of 
discipline and that associations, councils and conferences of ministers 
or churches, are not to impose on the church, the keeping, holding or 
maintaining of any principle or practice contrary to the church's 
judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both of 
the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting and 
the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the 
ordinances unless called and comes under the imposition of hands by 
the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union and 
satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith and order, 
we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein each church 
ought to be represented by the messengers to advise with each other 
in conference. 

EXPOSITION OF THE DOCTRINE 

An Exposition of the Doctrine relating to God 's Decree, His 
Purpose, Predestination, Providence, Good Works, and Obedience, as 
approved by a majority of our Churches in the Upper Country Line 
Association in their Church Conferences in 1932, and now authorized, 
forms or constitutes a part of the Articles of Faith of this Associa- 
tion, as follows to-wit: 

Our position and contention on certain controverted questions 
of doctrine disturbing many of our people at this time is as follows: 
London Confession, Chapter three, of God 's decree, section one, 
"God hath (Isa. 46:10; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 6:17; Eom. 9:15, 18) decreed 
in Himself from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of 
His will, freely and unchangeably, all things whatsoever come to 
pass; yet so as thereby is God neither the author of sin (James 
1:15, 17; 1 John 1:5), nor hath fellowship with any therein; nor is 
violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or 
contingency of second causes taken away, but rather (Acts 4:27, 28; 
John 19:11) established, in which appears His wisdom in disposing 
all things, and power and faithfulness (Num. 23:19; Eph. 1:3-5) in 
accomplishing His decree; section two, "Although God knoweth 



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whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all (Acts 15:18) supposed 
conditions, yet hath He not decreed anything (Eom. 9:11, 13, 16, 18), 
because he foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to 
pass upon such conditions"; Chapter five, Divine Providence, section 
one, "God, the Creator of all things, in His infinite power and wisdom, 
doth (Heb. 1:3; Job. 38:11; Isa. 46:10-11; Psa. 13:5-6) uphold, direct, 
dispose and govern all creatures and things, from the greatest even 
to the (Matt. 10:26, 30, 31) least, by Hs most wise and holy provi- 
dence, to the end for which they were created, according unto His 
infallible fore-knowledge and the free and immutable counsel of His 
(Eph. 1:11) own will; to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, 
justice, infinite goodness and mercy"; second, "Although in relation 
to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things 
come to pass (Acts 2:23) immutably and infallibly, so that there is 
not anything befalls any (Prov. 16:23) by chance or without His 
providence; yet by the same providence he ordereth them to fall out 
according to the nature of second causes, either (Gen. 8:22) neces- 
sarily, freely or contingently"; thirdly, "God in His ordinary pro- 
vidence (Acts 27, 31, 44; Isa. 55:10, 11) maketh use of means; yet 
is free (Hosea 1:7) to work without (Rom. 4:19, 21), above and 
(Daniel 3:27) against them at His pleasure"; fourthly, "The Al- 
mighty power, unsearchable wisdom and infinite goodness of God 
so far manifest themselves in His providence, that His determinate 
counsel (Rom. 11:32-34; 2 Sam. 24:1; 1 Chron. 21:1) extendeth itself 
even to the first fall, and all other sinful actions both of angels and 
men (and that not by a bare permission) ; which also He most wisely 
and powerfully (2 Kings 19:28; Psa. 76:10) boundeth, and otherwise 
ordereth and governeth, in a manifold dispensation to His most holy 
(Gen. 1:20; Isa. 10:6, 7, 12) ends; yet so as the sinfulness of their 
acts proceedeth only from the creatures, and not from God, who be- 
ing most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or 
(Psa. 1:21; John 2:16) approver of sin; ***** Of Good Works, 
Chapter 16, section one, Good works are only such as God hath 
(Mieah 6:8; Heb. 13:21) commanded in His holy word, and not 
such as without the warrant thereof are deAdsed by men, out of blind 
zeal (Matt. 15:9; Isa. 19:13), or upon any pretense of good inten- 
tions. N. B. (We believe that God has wrought all the works of His 
children in them (Isa. 26:12), and they as His workmanship, are 
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before 
ordained that they should walk in them (Eph. 2:10), and that their 
ability to do good works is not of themselves, but wholly of the 
spirit, and according as God works in them both to will and to do 
of His own good pleasure (Phil. 2:13), and that as the branches are 
in the vine, so are His children in Him, and have their fruits unto 



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holiness and the end everlasting life (Rom. 6:22), and that it is of 
God that His children are in Christ, who, of God, is made unto them, 
wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, and hence God 
not only puts them in this way, which is Christ, but they are kept 
by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be re- 
vealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5), and "that the perseverance 
of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the 
immutability of the decree of (Rom. 8:30; Rom. 9:11, 16) election, 
flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father, upon 
the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ (Rom. 
5:9, 10; John 14:19) and union with Him, the (Heb. 6:17, 18) oath 
of God, the abiding of His Spirit and the (1 John 3:9) seed of God 
within them, and the nature of the (Jer. 22:40) covenant of grace, 
from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof", 
and in our conclusion, join with Elder Hassell in saying that, "while 
the sinner has destroyed himself, all his salvation, from first to last, 
is of the pure, unmerited, almighty and unchanging grace of God." 
— H. History, Page 942. 

Now, upon the subject of obedience, our faith lays hold on 
Christ Jesus, the Saviour of sinners — the obedient one, for strength 
and every necessary help in time of need, confessing that of myself 
I can do nothing, but all things through Christ that strengtheneth 
me. When God works the will, He, also works the strength, and 
obedience always follows. David said unto the Lord, When thou 
saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, 
will I seek (Psa. 27:8), and again, Paul declares, having received 
grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations 
(Rom. 1:5), his obedience, saying, So, as much as in me is, I am 
ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Borne also (Rom. 1:15), 
and we believe, as God has said, My word shall not return unto me: 
void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall pros- 
per in the thing whereunto I send it (Isa. 55:11); and when Jesus 
was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death, we hear his words, 
my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; neverthe- 
less, not as I will, but as thou wilt (Matt, 26:39); hence, concerning 
His people (the children of obedience) He says, Thy people shall 
be willing in the day of thy power (Psa, 110:3), and all the prom- 
ises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of 
God by us (2 Cor. 1:20). All obedience is based on love — God's 
love toward us, which causes our love toward Him, and with His 
mind in us, His will and pleasure becomes our will and pleasure — 
acquiescence, — obedience. 

Submitted by Elder J. W. Gilliam. 



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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise from his 
seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the subject 
under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any other brother. 

4. No messenger shall absent himself from the Association while 
in conference without permission. 

5. No messenger shall speak more than three times on the same 
subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of the 
Association is being transacted. 

7. No messengers shall be interrupted while speaking, unless 
he violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. No messengers shall address another in any other term or 
appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association shall 
be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the Association 
requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before the 
Association until all the other messengers are through speaking, when 
he may give his views, after any messenger, having a right to speak, 
may reply to any new matter introduced by the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the Asso- 
ciation shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems proper. 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH 
AT 

GREENSBORO, GUILFORD COUNTY 
NORTH CAROLINA 

July 22, 23 and 24, 1933 

THE 1934 SESSION WILL BE HELD (D. V.) WITH THE CHURCH 

AT DAN RIVER, IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY 

JULY 22nd, 23rd and 24th. 



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OFFICERS 

ELDER W. C. KING, Moderator 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk, 

ELDER T. A. STANFTELD, Assistant Clerk 



Union Ridge, N. C. 

Altamahaw, N. C. 

Reidsville, N. C. 



THE FLOWERS COLLECT 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

ASSOCIATION— 1933 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder W. C. King, 
from Phillip 2:12-17; followed by Elder T. A. Stanfield, from Acts 
10:13 verse; followed by Elder F. W. Keene, Songs of Solomon 8:5. 

2. After an intermission for dinner, the association convened, 
and after praise and prayer by Elder D. V. Spangler, proceeded to 
business. 

(a) Moved that the Clerk call the roll of the churches, that 
the letters from the several churches be brought forward in the order 
called, and all absentees marked, which was agreed. Note: Absentees 
marked (*) in the statistical table. 

(b) Upon motion to elect a Moderator, it was agreed that 
the Church entertaining the Association should choose the Moderator, 
who shall be a regularly ordained Elder of this Association. This 
change in method of electing Moderators is intended to provide op- 
portunity by the different Churches to use their own Pastors, or in 
case they have no regular Pastor, or are being served by an Elder 
who is member of a Sister Association, then that Church may select 
a Moderator from among the Elders of this Association, which was 
agreed. Elder W. C. King was chosen to preside at this Session. 

(c) Moved that the Committee on Arrangements shall con- 
sist of the Moderator, the Association Clerk, the Assistant Clerk, and 
the Messengers from Greensboro Church, which was agreed. 

(d) Moved that the Moderator appoint any necessary com- 
mittees, which was agreed, and the Moderator appointed a Committee 
on Finance, the Committee being made up of the following brethren, 
to-wit: Brethren I. E. Neal, W. D. Lambeth and J. D. Simmons. 

3. Motion: Moved that the Moderator call for Petitionary Let- 
ters, which was done, and none received. 

Moved, That the Upper Country Line Association suspend cor- 
respondence with all sister Associations that have dropped correspond- 
ence with us, which was agreed. 

Moved, That the Upper Country Line Association drop from her 
list of correspondence the Mayo Association, which disbanded and 
came to a close at her October Session, 1932, which was agreed. 

Moved, That the Upper Country Line seat messengers from the 
Lower Mayo, and that correspondence with the Lower Mayo be taken 
up at this Session, which was agreed. 

Resolved, That we suspend correspondence for the present with 
all Associations that are divided, which was agreed. 

"WE ENTER OUR PROTEST" 

We note with serious regret a tendency among our Sister Asso- 
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that such tendency will destroy orderly correspondence, and will mark 
out the way to disintegrate into small factions, the loss of identity 
and respect among the great body of orderly Associations, and consti- 
tutes nothing less than criticism on orderly correspondence. We see 
nothing to be gained by such a course, but much to be lost. When 
any Church or Association raises bars against the principles, order, 
and doctrine of the Old Baptist Church, correspondence should cease 
until they set their house in order. The identity of our Church is in 
the doctrine and order of our Church, and such identity will not shine 
forth when mixed with heresy and disorder. Those in the doctrine 
and order of the Church do not wish to sit with those in open opposi- 
tion to the same, and Churches and Associations trying to entertain 
both sides will, no doubt, soon find their orderly correspondence will 
quit them. Why not stand on order and doctrine — they go hand-in- 
hand, and there is nothing else worth standing for. 

By the Clerk. 

Adopted. 

4. Correspondence from sister Associations called for, and in- 
vited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were seated r 
to-wit: 

Little River: Minutes. 

Black Creek: Minutes — Elders E. L. Cobb and S. B. Denny and 
Brother W. H. Burch. 

Lower Mayo: Minutes — Elders W. B. Stadler, D, V. Spangler, 
J. W. Wyatt, and J. F. Spangler. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Elder W. B. Monk, A. P. Clayton,. 
F. D. Long, and Elder M. D. Teasley. 

Contentnea: Minutes — Elder W. B. Kearney and W. A. LeNeane 
and Brother W. H. Hodges and others. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elder J. F. Stegall, Brother H. M. Lawrence 
and others. 

Smith's River: Minutes — Elder Emmit Stone and Brother S. E. 
Terry and others. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Brother J. W. Midkiff and others. 

New River: Minutes — Elder Golden Harris, Brother H. E. Phil- 
lips and others. 

White Oak: Minutes— Elders W. R. Gurganus and W. W. Rob- 
erts; Bro. G. R. Sheppard and others. 

Bear Creek: Minutes — Elder Oscar Broom and Bro. J. W. Jones. 

Visitors seated: Elder H. V. Snow of Elkhorn Association of 

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Church, also Elder Jabie Harris of Martin County and Elder Walter 
Beasley from Conner's Grove Church in Stokes County. 

5. Moved that the Association adjourn to meet again Monday 
morning, July 24, 1933, at 9:00 o'clock, whiqh was agreed. 

Signed: ELDER W. .C. KING, Moderator. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 

MONDAY MORNING, JULY 24, 1933, AT 9:00 O'CLOCK 

6. The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder T. F. Adams, proceeded to business. 

7. Messengers, who were appointed last year to visit sister 
Associations, were called upon for a report. All reports were care- 
fully noted, and those who could not attend, as agreed, were excused.. 

8. Messengers taking appointment to visit corresponding Asso- 
ciations at their next sitting are as follows: 

Little River: Minutes — Elders M. B. Martin and F. W. Keene. 

Black Creek: Minutes— Elders T. A. Stanneld, F. W. Keene, and 
W. C. King. 

White Oak: Minutes — Elders F. W. Keene and M. B. Martin. 

Lower Mayo: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam, F. W. Keene, and 
J. R. Smith. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Elders W. C. King, F. W. King, 
J. W. Gilliam, and M. B. Martin. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam, W. C. King, and F, 
W. Keene. 

Smith River: Minutes — Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

New River: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam and F. W. Keene. 

Staunton River: Minutes — Brother T. W. Rice, Elders F. W. Keene 
and J. W. Gilliam. 

Mill Branch: Minutes— Elders T. A. Stanfield and F. W. Keene. 

Contentnea: Minutes — Elders T. A. Stanfield and W. C. King. 

9. On motion it was agreed that our next Association be held 
with the Church at Dan River, in Rockingham County, North Caroli- 
na, to begin at 10:00 o'clock on Saturday before the Fourth Sunday 
in July, 1934, and continue three days. Elder J. R. Smith was re- 
quested to preach the introductory sermon, and Elder J. W. Gilliam 
was requested to be his alternate. 

The Upfter Country Line Primitive Baptist Association is en- 
joying peace and quiet among her Churches, and she desires to be 
in peace with her Correspondence. This Association will endeavor, 
the Lord willing, to stand firm in the doctrine and order of God's 
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the same judgment. This Association will endeavor to make the stay 
of our brethren, friends, and correspondence pleasant when they come 
to see us, sparing no efforts to furnish necessary comforts; but, the 
Association forbids the operation of cold drink stands, the sale of 
cigarettes, cigars and confectioneries, and the operation of photo- 
grapher 's stands, and any and all kinds of trafficing within Five 
Hundred Yards of the place of meeting, and will seek prosecution 
of all offenders — see Statute passed by the Legislature in 1933. 

By the Clerk. 

On motion it was agreed to insert the following Letter of Cor- 
respondence, to-wit: 

The Upper Country Line Primitive Baptist Association, now con- 
vened with the Church at Greensboro, in Guilford County, North 
Carolina, on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of July, 1933, doth send greetings 
and Christian salutations to our sister Associations and Meetings 
with whom we correspond. 

Our Churches have again reported that peace and quiet reigns 
in our midst, for which we feel deeply grateful to the Father of all 
our many blessings. He sends his rain upon the just and upon the 
unjust, and we, too, many of us, can witness with the Prophet Jere- 
miah who said, ' ' I know, Lord, that the way of man is not in him- 
self; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." To be kept 
as the the apple of His eye, and not suffered to go astray, is this not 
sufficient to make us praise the Lord for his great mercy. Then, may 
we ask, is it too much to believe that all our times are in his hands, 
and all events at his command. Not a sparrow shall fall without him, 
and the very hairs of your head are all numbered. But, the Psalmist 
said, "many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord deliv- 
ereth him out of them all. ' ' Jonah said, ' ' I cried by reason of my 
affliction unto the Lord, and He heard me. ' ' And to the House of 
Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, has our God not de- ' 
clared that I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction? But, alas! 
there is salvation in none other; there is none other name given 
whereby we must be saved. We know of but one way, and Jesus says 
"I am the way, the truth, and the life". "A hard saying, and who 
can hear it"? Did Christ preach a popular doctrine? No, we say He 
did not. In his preaching, from his first public utterance, Ave hear 
him declaring the purpose of God, the will of God, the love of God, 
the predestination of God, his power, his mercy and grace, his faith- 
fulness, a finished and complete salvation for all the elect family of 
God, and his judgments upon the wicked, and how they shall be cast 
into hell. Does the world love these doctrines today? No, the world, 
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me before they hated you; they have persecuted me, and they will 
persecute you". Did he preach to please men? Did the apostles com- 
promise on any gospel truth? We say nay! But, we hear the Apostle 
saying, "If God be for us, who can be against us", and again, "who 
shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?" However, certain 
ones said then, and they are saying the same things today, "this is 
an evil sect everywhere spoken against ' ', and they accuse them of 
being selfish, narrow, contracted, and much behind the times in their 
doctrine and manner of life; that they would save some and send 
others to hell without a chance; that they preach a licentious doc- 
trine and make God the author of sin; but, none of these things or 
false charges move a genuinely true Old Baptist from standing in 
the way, and enquiring for the old paths, and walking therein. May 
our people be given heavenly wisdom to consider, and may they not 
covet the idols of Baal, but be content to trust in the God of Elijah, 
and rejoice in our Lord Jesus Christ, having no confidence in the flesh. 
Our next Session will be held with the Church at Dan Eiver, in 
Rockingham County, North Carolina, beginning on Saturday before 
the Fourth Sunday in July, 1934, and continue three days, at which 
time we hope to receive your correspondence again. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 

10. The Finance Committee made the following report to the 
Association: 

Contribution from the Churches $ S9.05 

Contribution from other sources 38.00 

In the hands of the Clerk 3.00 

Total funds available $130.05 

Recommendation for disbursements: 
For printing, postage, and mailing 1,000 copies of 

this Minute $ 40.00 

For water, ice, lights, and general expense 25.17 

For Clerk's fee 15.00 

Left in the hand of the Clerk for contingent expenses 3.00 

For visiting ministers, their expenses in traveling 46.38 

Total disbursements $130.05 

Moved that the Finance Committee 's report be received and the 
Committee excused, which was agreed. 

11. Moved that the Clerk have 1,000 copies of these Minutes 
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among sister Associations with whom we correspond, which was 
agreed. 

12. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in preaching 
the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and many have been blessed to 
hear and enjoy same, and now that our Association is drawing to 
a close, be it resolved: 

(a) That we return thanks to God for the blessings enjoyed 
during this Association; 

(b) That we extend thanks to all our brethren, sisters, and 
friends who have shown kindness and hospitality in caring for our 
Association and her friends; 

(c) That the Association go on record in this Minute with 
a special note of thanks to the proper parties for their generosity 
and kindness in tendering for the use of the Association the Guilford 
Battle Ground, or such parts of same, as have been used during this 
Association, and that the Clerk be directed to write a letter of thanks 
to the proper officials, which was agreed. 

(d) That the Association now stands adjourned to meet next 
year (1934) with the Church at Dan River, in Rockingham County, 
on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July. 

"A STANDING REQUEST" 

First, That any Church composing the Upper Country Line Asso- 
ciation who has one or more ministerial gifts whom she has liberated 
to the exercise of his gift shall report same to the Association, furn- 
ishing the full name and address of the gift, or gifts. 

Second, That any information covering the full status of her 
gifts, including their name and address, shall be furnished the Asso-' 
ciation in each Annual Report. 

CORRESPONDING AND VISITING ELDERS AT THIS 
SESSION OF OUR ASSOCIATION 

Little River: Elders E. C. Jones and T. F. Adams. 

Black Creek: Elders E. L. Cobb and S. B. Denny. 

White Oak: Elders R. W. Gurganus, Hill Edwards and W. W. 
Roberts. 

Contentnea Asso.: Elder W. B. Kearney. 

Lower Mayo: Elders J. F. and D. V. Spangler, J. W. Wyatt, W. 
B. Stadler, J. P. Pullium, W. H. Freeman, and Ollie Pruitt. 

Lower Country Line: Elders W. R. Monk and M. D. Teasley. 

Pig River: Elders J. F. Stigall. 



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Salem: Elders G. W. Hill and D. A. O'Briant. 

New River: Elder Golden Harris. 

Smith River — Elder Emmit Stone. 

Smithwiek's Creek Church: Elder H. F. Hutchens. 

Conner s Grove Church, in Stokes County: Elder Walter Beasley. 

Bear Creek: Elder Oscar Broom. 

Elk Horn Association, West Ya.: Elders H. V. Snow, Jabie Harris. 

PREACHING 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder W. C. King, from 
Phillip 2:12-17; followed by Elder T. A. Stanfield, from Acts 10:13; 
followed by Elder F. W. Keene, Songs of Solomon 8:5. 

Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder Emmit Stone, Text: Did not get text; followed by Elder 
D. A. O'Briant, Text: Did not get text; followed by Elder Jack Pul- 
lam, Text: Did not get text. 

At S:00 P. M.: 

Elder H. V. Snow, Text: Jude 1:2; followed by Elder W. B. 
Kearney, Text: John 6:38-39; followed by Elder W. B. Stadler, Text: 
Luke 22:32. 

Sunday Morning — At 10:00 O'clock: 

Elder J. F. Spangler, Text: Isa. 40:1-2; followed by Elder S. B. 
Denny, Text: 1st Peter 2:9; followed by Elder J. F. Stigall, Text: 
Heb. 10th Chapter; followed by Elder D. V. Spangler, Text: Ex. 3:8. 

At 2:00 P. M.: 

Elder W. R. Gurganus, Text: Matt. 4:4; followed by Elder Gold- 
en Harris, Text: Rev. 15:3; followed by Elder E. L. Cobb, Text: John 
5:25; followed by Elder J. W. Wyatt, Text: Ezk. 37:1-4. 

At 8:00 P. M.: 

Elder G. M. Trent, Text: Isa. 32:1; followed by Elder E. C. Jones, 
Text: 1st John 1:1. 

Monday Morning — At 10:00 O'clock.: 

Elder W. R. Monk, Text: 2nd Cor. 12:4; followed by Brother O. 
C. Hawkins, Text: John 9:26-28; followed by Elder Oscar Broom, 
Text: Romans 8:17; followed by Elder W. W. Roberts, no special 
text; followed by Elder Ollie Pruitt, Text: Romans 8:37-38; followed 
by T. F. Adams, Text: Psalm 89:14-15. 

LIST OF CHURCHES AND ORDER OF ROTATION 

List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 
Baptist Association, with order of Sessions since the Country Line 



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Associations in 1906, as follows: 



*Dan Eiver - 1916-1934 

Xew Hope 1917 

Moon - s Creek 1913 

Monticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows - 1923 

Country Line - 1924 

Harmony 1925-1907 

Eeidsville 1926-1903 

Gilliam's - 1927-1909 

Oak Grove 1928-1910 

Lynches Creek 1929-1911 

Lick Fork 1930-1912 

Pleasant Grove 1931-1913 

McCray - 1932-1914 

Greensboro - ~ 1933-1915 

"Appointed to be held. 

MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

Xo. Minutes 

Arbor — J. E. Simmons, Tanceyville, X. C, Boute Xo. 2 60 

Big Meadow— Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, X. C 25 

Country Line — Dot King, Yanceyville, X. C, Eoute Xo. 2 15 

Dan Eiver— Mrs. L. K. Wilson, Euffin, X. C, Eoute Xo. 3 45 

Gilliam's— Elder J. TV. Gilliam, Alt amah aw, X. C, Eoute Xo. 1 65 

Harmony— Mrs. T. W. Wilson, Cedar Grove, X. C 20 

Lick Fork — C. L. Saunders, Eeidsville, X. C, Eoute Xo. 5 35 

Lynches Creek — William Warren, Corbett, X. C 25 

McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, X. C, Eoute Xo. 3 25 

Moon's Creek — Mrs. Belle Xeal, Danville, Ya., Eoute Xo. 5 10 

Pleasant Grove— G. W. Walker, Eeidsville, X. C, Eoute Xo. 7 55 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blalock, Prospect Hill, X. C 50 

Eeidsville— Charlie Delancy, Eeidsville, X. C 50 

Wolf Island— J. E. Stone, Eeidsville, X. C, Eoute Xo. 3 55 

Oak Grove — Eobert H. Jones, Yanceyville, X. C, Eoute Xo. 1 20 

Xew Hope — J. J. Somers, Eeidsville, X. C, Eoute Xo. 6 30 

Monticello — H. W. Lambeth, Brown Summit, X. C, Eoute Xo. 1 45 
Greensboro — I. E. Xeal, Greensboro, X. C, General Delivery .... 38 

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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATIONS 

Bear Creek — J. W. Jon'.-;, Peachland, N. C 20 

Black Creek— Elder E. L. Cobb, Wilson, X. C 18 

Contentnea— Elder J. B. Mewbern, Snow Hill, N. C, R. 4 .... 20 

Little River— Eld. L. H. Stephenson, Willow Springs, X. C, R. ] 20 

Lower Mayo — Elder F. v. Spangler, ' '■■ seade, '.'a 20 

River — Elder Golden Harris, Indian Valley, Va 20 

Smith River— Elder S. L. Moran, Pilot, Va 18 

Staunton River— Elder W. R, Dodd, Fry Fork, Va 20 

Lower Country Line — J. IF Gooch, Stem, X. C - I 

White Oak— Elder L. F. Bryan, Benlahville, X. C, Route No. 1 - 

Pig River— Elder E. L. Blankenship, Boon's Mill, X. C 15 

Mill Franc!, — M. Mears, Tabor, Forth Carolina 2'J 

Durham ''Col.; — Joe Graves, Reidsville, X. C, Route Xo. 5 20 



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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

We, the messeng rs of tl several churches composing the Upper 
Country Fine Association, agree, for the satisfaction of our bn 
and friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of faith upon 
which we unite and will endeavor with the help of the Ford to 
maintain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, Ex- 
changeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, go o 
mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed FFimself in Hi.s 
Word, under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
and will to the children of men in His word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all thing3 neeess' 

be known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehende 
contained in the books of the Old and Xew Testaments. 

'■'>. "We believe that God before the foundation of the world, for 
a purpose of his own glory, did elect a certain number of men and 
angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, eternal 
and unconditional on the creature's part. 

4. We believe that when God made man he was good and up- 
right, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and 
upright state, and being the head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all of them 
in the same ruined state with himself, and they were partakers of r 
and exposed to, the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 






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5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as a 
fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to truly repent of 
his sins, or believe in Christ, execpt he be drawn by the Holy Spirit. 

6. We believe in God's own appointed time and way the elect 
will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that it is im- 
possible that they utterly refuse the call; but shall be willing by 
divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only by 
the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by 
faith. 

8. We believe that God's elect will be converted and born again 
by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

9. We believe that all God's children are called by grace and 
born again by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

10. We believe it to be a duty incumbent on all God's people to 
walk religiously in all good work's, not in the old covenant way of 
seeking life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty 
from a principle of love. 

11. We believe baptism by immersion, and the Lord's supper are 
gospel ordinances, both belonging to the converted or true believer. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters of 
discipline and that associations, councils and conferences of ministers 
or churches, are not to impose on the church, the keeping, holding or 
maintaining of any principle or practice contrary to the church's 
judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both of 
the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting and ; 
the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the 
ordinances unless called and comes under the imposition of hands by 
the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union and 
satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith and order, 
we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein each church 
ought to be represented by the messengers to advise with each other 
in conference. 

EXPOSITION OF THE DOCTRINE 

An Exposition of the Doctrine relating to God's Decree, His 
Purpose, Predestination, Providence, Good Works, and Obedience, as 
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Association in their Church Conferences in 1932, and now authorized, 
forms or constitutes a part of the Articles of Faith of this Associa- 
tion, as follows to-wit: 

Our position and contention on certain controverted questions 
of doctrine disturbing many of our people at this time is as follows: 
London Confession, Chapter three, of God's decree, section one, 
"God hath (Isa. 46:10; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 6:17; Rom. 9:15, 18) decreed 
in Himself from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of 
His will, freely and unchangeably, all things whatsoever come to 
pass; yet so as thereby is God neither the author of sin (James 
1:15, 17; 1 John 1:5), nor hath fellowship with any therein; nor is 
violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or 
contingency of second causes taken away, but rather (Acts 4:27, 28; 
John 19:11) established, in which appears His wisdom in disposing 
all things, and power and faithfulness (Num. 23:19; Eph. 1:3-5) in 
accomplishing His decree; section two, "Although God knoweth 
whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all (Acts 15:18) supposed 
conditions, yet hath He not decreed anything (Rom. 9:11, 13, 16, 18) 
because he foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to 
pass upon such conditions"; Chapter five, Divine Providence, section 
one, ' ' God, the Creator of all things, in His infinite power and wisdom, 
doth (Heb. 1:3; Job. 38:11; Isa. 46:10-11; Psa. 13:5-6) uphold, direct, 
dispose and govern all creatures and things, from the greatest even 
to the (Matt. 10:26, 30, 31) least, by His most wise and holy provi- 
dence, to the end for which they were created, according unto His 
infallible fore-knowledge and the free and immutable counsel of His 
(Eph. 1:11) own will; to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, 
justice, infinite goodness and mercy"; second, "Although in relation 
to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things 
come to pass (Acts 2:23) immutably and infallibly, so that there is 
not anything befalls any (Prov. 16:23) by chance or without His 
providence; yet by the same providence he ordereth them to fall out 
according to the nature of second causes, either (Gen. 8:22) neces- 
sarily, freely or contingently"; thirdly, "God in His ordinary pro- 
vidence (Acts 27, 31, 44; Isa. 55:10, 11) maketh use of means; yet 
is free (Hosea 1:7) to work without (Rom. 4:19, 21), above and 
(Daniel 3:27) against them at His pleasure"; fourthly, "The Al- 
mighty power, unsearchable wisdom and infinite goodness of God 
so far manifest themselves in His providence, that His determinate 
counsel (Rom. 11:32-34; 2 Sam. 24:1; 1 Chron. 21:1) extendeth itself 
even to the first fall, and all other sinful actions both of angels and 
men (and that not by a bare' permission) ; which also He most wisely 
and powerfully (2 Kings 19:28; Psa. 76:10) boundeth, and otherwise 
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(Gen. 1:20; Isa. 10:6, 7, 12) ends; yet so as the sinfulness of their 
acts proceedeth only from the creatures, and not from God, who be- 
ing most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or 
(Psa. 1:21; John 2:16) approver of sin; * * * * * Of Good Works, 
Chapter 16, section one, Good works are only such as God hath 
(Micah 6:8; Heb. 13:21) commanded in His holy word, and not such 
as without the warrant thereof are devised by men, out of blind zeal 
(Matt. 15:9; Isa. 19:13), or upon any pretense of good intentions. 
N. B. " We believe that God has wrought all the works of His children 
in them (Isa. 26:12), and they as His workmanship, are created in 
Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that 
they should walk in them (Eph. 2:10), and that their ability to do 
good works is not of themselves, but wholly of the spirit, and accord- 
ing as God works in them both to will and to do of His own good 
pleasure (Phil. 2:13), and that as the branches are in the vine, so are 
His children in Him, and have their fruits unto holiness and the end 
everlasting life (Bom. 6:22), and that it is of God that His children 
are in Christ, who, of God, is made unto them, wisdom, righteousness, 
sanctification, and redemption, and hence God not only puts them in 
this way, whicli is Christ, but they are kept by the power of God 
through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time 
(1 Peter 1:5), and "that the perseverance of the saints depends not 
upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of 
(Bom. 8:30; Bom. 9:11, 16) election, flowing from the free and un- 
changeable love of God the Father, upon the efficacy of the merit and 
intercession of Jesus Christ (Bom. 5:9, 10; John 14:19) and union 
with Him, the (Heb. 6:17, 18) oath of God, the abiding of His Spirit 
and the (1 John 3:9) seed of God within them, and the nature of the 
(Jer. 22:40) covenant of grace, from all which ariseth also the cer- 
tainty and infallibility thereof", and in our conclusion, join with 
Elder Hassell in saying that, "while the sinner has destroyed himself, 
all his salvation, from first to last, is of the pure, unmerited, almighty 
and unchanging grace of God." — H. History, Page 942. 

Now, upon the subject of obedience, our faith lays hold on Christ 
Jesus, the Saviour of sinners — the obedient one, for strength and 
every necessary help in time of need, confessing that of myslf I can 
do nothing, but all things through Christ that strengthened me. 
When God works the will, He, also works the strength, and obed- 
ience always follows. David said unto the Lord, When thou saidst, 
Seek ye my face ; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I 
seek (Psa. 27:8), and again, Paul declares, having received grace and 
apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations (Rom. 1:5), 
his obedience, saying, So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach 
the gospel to you that are at Borne also (Bom. 1:15), and we believe, 



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as God has said, My word shall not return unto me void, but it shall 
accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing 
whereunto I send it (Isa. 55:11); and when Jesus was exceedingly 
sorrowful, even unto death, we hear his words, O my Father, if it be 
possible, let this cup i^ass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as 
thou wilt (Matt. 26:39); hence, concerning His people (the children of 
obedience) He says, Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy 
power (Psa. 110:3), and all the promises of God in him are yea, and 
in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (2 Cor. 1:20). All obedience 
is based on love — God's love toward us, which causes our love toward 
Him, and with His mind in us, His will and pleasure becomes our 
will and pleasure — acquiescence, — obedience. 

Submitted by Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

N. B. — The above expression of the Doctrine was adopted by the 
Churches of our Association in 1932, and ordered inserted as part of 
our Articles of Faith. Signed: J. W. Gilliam, Clerk. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise from his 
seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the subject 
under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any other brother. 

4. No messenger shall absent himself from the Association while 
in conference without permission. 

5. No messenger shall speak more than three times on the same 
subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of the 
Association is being transacted. 

7. No messengers shall be interrupted while speaking, unless 
he violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. No messenger shall address another in any other term or 
appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association shall 
be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the Association 
requires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before the 
Association until all the other messengers are through speaking, when 
he may give his views, after any messenger, having a right to speak, 
may reply to any new matter introduced by the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the Asso- 
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MINUTES 

OF THE 
TWENTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

UPPER COUNTRY LINE 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH 
AT 

DAN RIVER, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY 
NORTH CAROLINA 

July 21, 22, 23, 1934 

AND 

ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE 1935 SESSION 

TO BE HELD (D. V.) WITH THE CHURCH AT 

NEW HOPE, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY 



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OFFICERS 

ELDER T. A. STANFIELD, Moderator 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk 
ELDER W. C. KINO, Assistant Clerk 



Reidsville, N. C. 

Altamahaw, N- C. 

Union Ridge, Nj C. 



ME FLOWERS COLLECWX 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE UPPER COUNTRY LINE 
ASSOCIATION— 1934 

1. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder John E. 
Smith, from 2 Tim. 3:16; followed by Elder J. W. Gilliam, from 
Luke 24:46-47. 

2. After an intermission for dinner, the association convened, 
and after praise and prayer by Elder D. V. Spangler, proceeded to 
business. 

(a) In exercising privileges conferred upon the Churches 
by the Association in 1933 (see 1933 minutes, page 1, sub. sec. "b"), 
the Church at Dan Eiver chose Elder T- A. Stanfield of Pleasant 
Grove Church to preside as Moderator. The Clerk, Elder Gilliam, 
called to his assistance Elder W. C. King of Bush Arbor Church. 

(b) Moved that the Committee on Arrangements shall con- 
sist of the Moderator, the Association Clerk, the Assistant Clerk, and 
the Messengers from Dan River Church, which was agreed. 

(c) Moved that the Moderator appoint all necessary com- 
mittees, which was agreed, and the Moderator appointed a Committee 
on Finance as follows, to-wit: Brethren I. E. Neal, John Simmons 
and T. W. Rice. 

(d) Roll call of our churches in the Upper Country Line 
Association. 

(e) Moved that the Moderator call for Petitionary Letters, 
which was done, and none received. 

(f) Moved that our resolution of 1933, page 1, suspending 
correspondence for the present time with all associations that are 
divided, be continued by this session, which was agreed. 

"WE SOUND AN ALARM" 

We feel deeply grieved to see Sister Associations being torn and 
rent, and dividing into factions, with subsequent loss of identity and 
honor as orderly Baptists. The long honored and well guarded name 
of Primitive Baptist will soon mean little to anybody' professing the 
name, when our House is divided against itself, with subsequent loss 
of respect. Old School, Predestinarian, or Primitive Baptist have re- 
quired a "Thus sayeth the Lord" when departures from the "Old 
Paths ' ' have been forced upon her. Genuinely true ' ' Old Baptists ' ' 
are the same today, and they are ever ready to preserve the doctrine 
and order of the Lord's House. From time to time, there has been 
a going out from us, but they went out that they might be made man- 
ifest that they were not all of us (1st John 2:19) and such departures 
may still be expected; but, what is the trouble with our people today? 
Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then 
is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? (Jer. 8:22). 
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jealousy, preacher-rule, declarations of non-fellowship for individual 
brethren unsupported by the action of the Church, a disposition to 
rule or ruin, preacher councils, declaration of non-fellowship for 
brethren or churches without gospel labor or investigation, and the 
closing of our church doors on brethren against whom no charges have 
been preferred, and a tendency on the part of many (and this weak- 
ness affects the ministry as well as the lay-members) to be followers 
of men rather than lovers of God. Brethren, let us return to our 
first love. Is it not time for all of us to stop and consider? Should 
we not look over each other for good and not for evil? Preacher 
rule should cease among us, and we should get back to church-discip- 
line. Doctrine and order go hand-in-hand, and it becomes our churches 
to see to it that we have a sound and faithful ministry, and their 
good name should be defended and upheld by the churches. 

By the Clerk. 

3. Correspondence from sister Associations was called for, and 
they invited to take seats with us, whereupon the following were 
seated, to-wit: 

Lower Mayo: Minutes — Elders W. B. Stadler. D. V. Spangler, 
J. F. Spangler, J. W. Wvatt and Jack Pulliam and others- 
Lower Country Line: Minutes — Bro. A. J. Hill, Messenger, and 
Brethren G. L. Rue and F. D. Long. 

Contentnea: Minutes — Sisters Henry Brake, Lewis, and Bobbins. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elders J. F. Stigall, Randolph Purdue, J. D. 
Wood, and others. 

Smith River: Minutes — Elder Emmitt Stone and others- 

Staunton River: Minutes — Elder W. R. Dodd and Brethren Floyd 
Williams, R. L. Dodson, J. W. Bryant and others. 

White Oak: Minutes— Elder W. R. Gurganus; brother T. H. Ed- 
wards and Sister Isaac Jones. 

Bear Creek: Minutes — Sister H. S. AVilliams. 

Seven Mile: Minutes — Elder M. F. Westbrook. 

Salem: Minutes— Elders D- A. "Briant, G. W. Hill and G. M. 
Trent; and Brother and Sister J. M. Denny and others. 

Seated as Visitors: Elder H. S. Williams and Bro. B. I. Harrison, 
from the Abbott 's Creek Association. 

4. Moved that the Association adjourn until Monday morning, 
to reconvene at 9 o'clock, which was agreed. 

Signed: ELDER T. A. STAXFIELD, Moderator.. 
ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Asso. Clerk. 



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MONDAY MORNING, JULY 23, 1934, AT 9:00 O'CLOCK 

5- The Association met according to appointment, and after 
praise and prayer by Elder D. A. O 'Briant, proceeded to business- 

X. B. The following resolution was read by the Clerk and adopted 
by the Association, to-wit: 

Resolved, That the Upper Country Line Association shall stand 
separate and apart, and not affiliate with the disorders of the Kehukee 
Association. 

At this point our ''Letter of Correspondence'' was read by the 
Clerk and adopted by the Association and ordered inserted, which 
follows: 

The Upper Country Line Primitive Baptist Association, now 
eonvened with the Church at Dan River, in Rockingham County, North. 
Carolina, on the 21, 22 and 23 of July, 1931, doth send greetings and 
Christian salutations to our sister Associations and Meetings with 
whom we correspond. 

Our Churches have again reported that peace and quiet reigns in 
our midst, for which we hope we feel thankful to the Father of all 
our mercies. The Lord has said "My peace I give unto you: not as 
the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, 
neither let it be afraid.'' Blessed thought! And we read again, Thou, 
Child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go 
before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of 
salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, through 
the tender mercy of our God; whereby the day spring from on high 
hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the 
shadow of death, to guide our feet unto the way of peace. May we 
not feel to say with the Psalmist, ''Peace be within thy walls, and 
prosperity within thy palaces, for my brethren and companions sake, 
I will now say, Peace be within thee.'' 

Brethren, the Upper Country Line Association is standing fast 
in the doctrine of Election and Predestination, the preservation of 
the Saints unto Glory, the Eesurrection of the body, and the final 
glorification of all the Church of God. We believe that not a sparrow 
shall fall without him, and the very hairs of your head are all num- 
bered- The Lord has said by the prophet Isaiah, "I am God, and 
there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and 
from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My 
counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure". The Apostle tells 
us that we are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, 
ready to be revealed at the last time. Jesus says, none shall be able 
to pluck them out of my hand, etc., and that he will say, behold L 
and the children thou has given me. Then may we not sav with con- 



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fidence "If the Lord be for us, who can be against us"? And, again, 
"who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?" "It is God 
that justifieth, who is he that condemneth?" It is Christ that died, 
yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of 
God, who also niaketh intercession for us. The Apostle continues, 
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor 
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate 
us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus the Lord." And 
the Apostle assures us that the promises of God are not yea and nay, 
but in him are yea, and in him Amen. 

Brethren, we are aware of the wide-spread divisions among our 
associations in different parts of the country. Some have apparently 
divided over doctrine and order, and some for the lack of doctrine 
and order. Doctrine and order go hand-in-hand, and will stand to- 
gether; or, fall, when either is departed from. Truth will not mix 
with error, and there is no middle ground between the two. Christ 
has said, he that is not for me, is against me. Super-government over 
the Churches, (a sort of preacher rule), userpation of powers by our 
Associations which the Churches should not delegate nor allow, the 
declaration of non-fellowship against brethren and churches by in- 
dividuals and groups, the closing of doors of our churches to brethren 
against whom no charges have been preferred, and no action taken, 
the undue influence of the ministry, or certain members of same 
against other brethren or minister to deprive them of recognition 
among our Churches and Associations, when proper Church labor has 
not been bestowed, and the disposition of some members to bolt 
against the mind and the wisdom of the Church, or Churches — can 
Ave not find many of our present day ills represented in the above 
suggestions? Is it not gross disorder for brethren to declare non- 
fellowship for brethren, when no charges have been preferred nor 
action taken by the Churches concerned? What is correspondence 
worth among Associations, when one group userps authority to declare 
non-fellowship, enforcing the adoption of such non-fellowship reso- 
lutions upon certain churches, and such gross disorder is winked at 
by orderly correspondence? The Upper Country Line Association 
feels duty bound to enter her protest. 

Our next Session will be held with the Church at New Hope, 
six miles East of Eeidsville, in Rockingham County, North Carolina, 
beginning on Saturday before the Fourth Sunday in July, 1935,, and 
continue three days, at which time we hope to receive your corres- 
pondence again. 

ELDER J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 

Adopted by the Association- 



LINE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



6. Messengers who were appointed last year to visit sister As- 
sociations were called upon for a report. All reports were carefully 
noted and those who could not attend, as agreed, were excused. 

7. Messengers taking appointments to visit corresponding Asso- 
ciations at their next sitting are as follows: 

Little River: Minutes — Elders M. B. Martin and F. W. Keene. 

White Oak: Minutes— Elders M. B. Martin and F. W. Keene. 

Lower Mayo: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam, John R. Smith, F. 
W. Keen, T. A. Stanfield and Brethren T. W. Rice and others. 

Lower Country Line: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam, W. C. King, 
T. A. Stanfield and Brother T. W. Rice. 

Pig River: Minutes — Elders J. W. Gilliam, F. W. Keene, John E. 
Smith and Brother T. W. Rice. 

Smith River: Minutes — Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

Staunton River: Minutes— Elder J. W. Gilliam, T. A. Stanfield 
and Brother T. W. Rice. 

Salem: Minutes— Elders T. A. Stanfield, F. W. Keene, J. W. Gil- 
liam and Brother J. H. Dye. 

8. On motion it was agreed that our next Association will be 
held with the Church at New Hope, six miles East of Reidsville, in 
Rockingham County, North Carolina, beginning at 10:00 o'clock on 
Saturday morning before the Fourth Sunday in July, 1935, and con- 
tinue three days. Elder J. W. Gilliam was requested to preach the 
introductory sermon, and Elder W. C. King was requested to be his 
alternate. 

The Upper Country Line Primitive Baptist Association is enjoy- 
ing peace and quiet among her Churches, and she desires to be in 
peace with her Correspondence. This Association will endeavor, the 
Lord willing, to stand firm in the doctrine and order of God's House, 
and we respectfully hope our Correspondence will exercise the same 
judgment. This Association will endeavor to make the stay of our 
brethren, friends, and correspondence pleasant when they come to see 
us, sparing no efforts to furnish necessary comforts; but, the State 
of North Carolina, by statute, protects the Associattion against the 
operation of cold drink stands, the sale of cigarettes, cigars and con- 
fectioneries, and the operation of photographer's stands, and any 
and all kinds of traficing within Five Hundred Yards of the place 
of meeting, and will seek prosecution of all offenders — see Statute 
j>assed by the Legislature in 1933. 

By the Clerk. 



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9. The Finance Committee made the following report to the 
.Association: 

Contribution from the Churches $110.80 

Contribution from other sources 38.60 

In the hands of the Clerk 2.00 

Total funds available $151.40 

Recommendation for disbursement: 

For printing, postage, mailing 1,000 copies of this Minute.—$ 58.50 

For Officers, water, ice, lights, and general expenses 16.00 

For Clerk's fee 20.00 

Left in the hands of the Clerk 2.00 

Contribution to visiting ministers to aid in taking- 
care of their expenses in traveling 54.90 

Total disbursements $151.40 

Moved that the Finance Committee's report be received and the 
Committee excused, which was agreed. 

10. Moved that the Clerk have 1,000 copies of these Minutes 
printed and distributed to the Churches of our Association, and among 

sister Associations with whom we correspond, which was agreed. 

11. Whereas, our brethren have been well favored in preaching 
the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and many have been blessed to 
hear and enjoy same, and now that our Association is drawing to a 
close, be it resolved: 

(a) That we return thanks to God for the blessings enjoyed 
during this Association; 

(b) That we extend thanks to all our brethren, sisters, and 
friends who have shown kindness and hospitality in caring for our 
Association and her friends; 

(c) That the Association now stands adjourned to meet next 
year (1935) with the Church at Xew Hope, in Rockingham County, 
JNTorth Carolina, on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July. 

Signed: ELDER T. A. STAXFIELD, Moderator. 
J. W. GILLIAM, Association Clerk. 



LINE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



"A STANDING REQUEST" 

First, That any Church composing the Upper Country Line Asso- 
ciation who has one or more ministerial gifts whom she has liberated 
to the exercise of his gift shall report same to the Association, furn- 
ishing the full name and address of the gift, or gifts; 

Second, That any information covering the full status of her 
gifts, including their name and address, shall be furnished the Asso- 
ciation in each Annual Report. 

CORRESPONDING AND VISITING ELDERS AT THIS SESSION 
OF OUR ASSOCIATION 

From White Oak: Elder R. W- Gurganus. 

Lower Mayo: Elders D. V. Spangler, J. F. Spangler, J. W. Wyatt, 
J. 0. Pruitt, W. B. Stadler and Jack Pulliam. 

Lower Country Line: Elder Other Hawkins. 

Pig River: Elders J. F. Stigall, Randolph Purdue and J. D. Wood. 

Seven Mile: Elder M. F. Westbrook. 

Staunton River: Elders W. R. Dodd, Posey Ashworth and (?) 
Thomas (did not get his initials). 

Smith River: Elder Emmitt Stone. 

Abbott's Creek: Elder H. S. Williams. 

Salem: Elders D. A. O 'Briant, G. W .Hill and G. M. Trent. Also 
most of the preachers from the Upper Country Line were present. 

PREACHING 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder John R. Smith, 
from 2 Tim. 3:16; followed by Elder J. W. Gilliam, from Luke 
24:46-47. 

Saturday Afternoon: 

1. Elder J. F. Spangler: Rom. 5:19; Elder Jack Pulliam, Text: 
Isa. 14:24; Elder Emmitt Stone: Psa. 89:15. 

At 8:00 P. M.: 

Elder W. B. Stadler, Text: 1 John 5:7; Elder F. W. Keene, Text: 
"So foolish and helpless was I," etc. 

Sunday Morning: 10:00 O'clock: 

Elder J. D- Wood, Text: Rom. 9:9-24; Elder M. F. Westbrook: 
Psa. 50:10, 11 and 12; Elder Randolph Purdue, Text: John 14:6; Eld- 
er R. W. Gurganus, Text, Isa. 40:11. 






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At 2:00 P. M.: 

Elder J. F. Stigall, Text: Col. 2:9; Elder W. E, Dodd, Text: 
Psa. 23:1-3; Elder G. M. Trent, Text: Isa. 40:1; Elder H. S- Williams, 
Text: Exo. 28:34-35; Elder J. W. Wyatt, Text: Heb. 12:1-18. 

At 5:00 P. M.: 

Elder J. O. Puitt. Sorry Clerk failed to get his text; I think 
Elder Puitt was followed by Elder Other Hawkins or Elder Ben 
Martin, but the Clerk was called away and failed to get text. 

At 8:00 P. M-: 

Elder Posey J. Ashworth (The Clerk was not on the grounds at 
night and failed to get text). 

Elder D. V. Spangler, closed the night service, using no special 
text. 

Monday Morning: 10:00 O'clock: 

Elder D. A. O 'Briant, Text: John 14:6; Elder G. W. Hill, Text: 
"The power of God", etc.; Elder D. V. Sj>angler closed the services 
with a short but appropriate discourse, thus ending one of the best 
sessions in the history of the Upper Country Line Association. 

LIST OF CHURCHES AND ORDER OF ROTATION 

List of the churches composing the Upper Country Line Primitive 
Baptist Association, with order of Sessions since the Country Line 
Association divided in 1906, as follows: 

*New Hope 1917-1935 

Moon 's Creek 1918 

Monticello 1919 

Prospect Hill 1920 

Wolf Island 1921 

Bush Arbor 1922 

Big Meadows 1923 

Country Line 1924 

Harmony 1925-1907 

Beidsville 1926-190S 

Gilliam's 1927-1909 

Oak Grove 1928-1910 

Lynches Creek 1929-1911 

Lick Fork 1930-1912 

Pleasant Grove 1931-1913 

McCray 1932-1914 

Greensboro 1933-1915 

Dan Eiver 1934-1916 

* Appointed to be held. 



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MAILING LIST OF CHURCHES 

No. Minutes 

Arbor — J. D. Simmons, Altamahaw, N. C, Route No. 2 60 

Big Meadow — Elder W. C. Jones, Burlington, N. C 25 

Country Line — Dot King, Yanceyville, N. O, Route No. 2 .... 15 

Dan River— Mrs. L. K. Wilson, Ruffin, N. C, Route No. 2 45 

Gilliam's— Elder J..W. Gilliam, Altamahaw, N. C, Route No. 1 65 

Harmony— Mrs. T. W. Wilson, Cedar Grove, N. C 20 

Lick Fork — C. L. Saunders, Reidsville, N. C, Route No. 5 35 

Lynches Creek — William Warren, Corbett, N. C 25 

i McCray— A. G. Porterfield, Burlington, N. C, Route No- 3 25 

•moon's Creek— Mrs. Belle Neal, Danville, Va., Route No. 5 .... 10 
Pleasant Grove— G. W. Walker, Reidsville, N. C, Route No. 1 55 

Prospect Hill— W. D. Blaloek, Prospect Hill, N. C 50 

Reidsville — Charlie Delaney, Reidsville, N. C 50 

Wolf Island— J- R. Stone, Reidsville, N. C, Route No. 3 55 

Oak Grove — Robert H. Jones, Yanceyville, N. C, Route No. 1 20 

New Hope— J. J. Somers, Reidsville, N. C, Route No. 1 30 

NjMonticello — H. W. Lambeth, Brown Summit, N. C, Route No. 1 45 
Greensboro — I. E. Neal, Greensboro, N. C, General Delivery .... 38 

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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO ASSOCIATION 

Bear Creek— J. W. Jones, Peachland, N. C 20 

Black Creek— Elder E. L. Cobb, Wilson, N. C 18 

Contentnea— Elder J. E. Mewbem, Snow Hill, N. C, R, 4 .... 20 
Little River— Eld. L. H. Stephenson, Willow Springs, N. C.,R,1 20 

Lower Mayo — Elder D. V. Spangler, Cascade, Va 20 

New River — Elder Golden Harris, Indian Valley, Va 20 

Smith Paver— Elder S. L. Moran, Pilot, Va IS 

Staunton River— Elder W. R. Dodd, Dry Fork, Va 20 

Lower Country Line — J. H. Gooch, Stem, N. C 20 

White Oak— Eld. L. E. Bryan, Beulahville, N. C, Route No. 1 20 

Pig River — Elder E. L. Blankenship, Boon's Mill, Va 15 

Mill Branch— M. Mears, Tabor, North Carolina 20 

Durham (Col.) — Joe Graves, Reidsville, N. C, Route No. 5 .... 20 

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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

We, the messengers of the several churches composing the Upper 
Country Line Association, agree, for the satisfaction of our brethren 
and friends, to publish an abstract of the principles of faith upon 
which we unite and will endeavor with the help of the Lord to 
maintain. 

1. We believe in the being of God as Almighty, Eternal, Un- 
changeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, 
mercy and truth, and that this God has revealed Himself in His 
Word, under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that Almighty God has made known His mind 
and will to the children of men in His word which Word we be- 
lieve to be of divine authority and contains all things necessary to 
be known for the salvation of man. The same is comprehended or 
contained in the books of the Old and Xew Testaments. 

3. We believe that God before the foundation of the world, for 
a purpose of his own glory, did elect a certain number of men and 
angels to eternal life, and that this election is particular, eternal and 
unconditional on the creature 's part. 

■4. We believe that when God made man he was good and up- 
right, but by his own transgression he fell from that good and up- 
right state, and being the head and representative of the whole 
human race, they being his natural offspring, he involved all of them 
in the same ruined state with himself, and they were partakers of, 
and exposed to, the miseries which sprang from his disobedience. 

5. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of man as a 
fallen creature to keep the law of God perfectly, or to truly repent of 
his sins, or believe in Christ, except he be drawn by the Holy Spirit- 

6. We believe in God's own appointed time and way the elect 
will be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that it is im- 
possible that they utterly refuse the call; but shall be willing by 
divine grace to receive mercy. 

7. We believe that justification in the sight of God is only by 
the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by 
faith. 

8. We believe that God's elect will be converted and born again 
by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit, 

9. We believe that all God's children are called by grace and 
born again by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. 

10. We believe it to be a duty incumbent on all God's people to 
walk religiously in all good works, not in the old covenant way of 



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seeking life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty 
from a principle of love. 

11. We believe baptism by immersion, and the Lord's supper are 
gospel ordinances, both belonging to the converted or true believer. 

12. We believe that every church is independent in matters of 
discipline and that associations, councils and conferences of ministers 
or churches, are not to impose on the church, the keeping, holding or 
maintaining of any principle or practice contrary to the church's 
judgment. 

13. We believe in the general resurrection of the dead, both of 
the just and the unjust, and final judgment. 

14. We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting and 
the joys of the righteous eternal. 

15- We believe that no minister has a right to administer the 
ordinances unless called and comes under the imposition of hands by 
the presbytery. 

16. Lastly, we believe that for the mutual comfort, union and 
satisfaction of the several churches of the aforesaid faith and order, 
we ought to meet in an association capacity wherein each church 
ought to be represented by the messengers to advise with each other 
in conference. 

EXPOSITION OF THE DOCTRINE 

An Exposition of the Doctrine relating to God's Decree, His 
Purpose, Predestination, Providence, Good Works, and Obedience, as 
approved by a majority of our Churches in the Upper Country Line 
Association in their Church Conferences in 1932, and now authorized, 
forms or constitutes a part of the Articles of Faith of this Associa- 
tion, as follows to-wit: 

Our position and contention on certain controverted questions 
of doctrine disturbing many of our people at this time is as follows: 
London Confession, Chapter three, of God's decree, section one, 
"God hath (isa. 46:10; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 6:17; Rom. 9:15, IS) decreed 
in Himself from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of 
His will, freely and unchangeably, all things whatsoever come to 
pass; yet so as thereby is God neither the author of sin (James 
1:15, 17; 1 John 1:5), nor hath fellowship with any therein; nor is 
violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or 
contingency of second causes taken away, but rather (Acts 4:27, 28; 
John 19:11) established, in which appears His wisdom in disposing 
all things, and power and faithfulness (Num. 23:19; Eph. 1:3-5) in 
accomplishing His decree; section two, "Although God knowetli 
whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all (Acts 15:18) supposed 



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conditions, yet hath He not decreed anything (Eom. 9:11, 13, 16, 18) 
because he foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to 
pass upon such conditions"; Chapter five, Divine Providence, section 
one, ' ' God, the Creator of all things, in His infinite power and wisdom, 
doth (Heb. 1:3; Job. 38:11; Isa. 46:10-11; Psa. 13:5-6) uphold, direct, 
dispose and govern all creatures and things, from the greatest even 
to the (Matt. 10:26, 30, 31) least, by His most wise and holy provi- 
dence, to the end for which they were created, according unto His 
infallible fore-knowledge and the free and immutable counsel of His 
(Eph. 1:11) own will; to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, 
justice, infinite goodness and mercy"; second, "Although in relation 
to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things 
come to pass (Acts 2:23) immutably and infallibly, so that there is 
not anything befalls any (Prov- 16:23) by chance or without His 
providence; yet by the same providence he ordereth them to fall out 
according to the nature of second causes, either (Gen. 8:22) neces- 
sarily, freely or contingently''; thirdly, ''God in His ordinary prov- 
idence (Acts 27, 31, 41; Isa. 55:10, 11) maketh use of means; yet 
is free (Hosea 1:7) to work without (Eom. 4:19, 21), above and 
(Daniel 3:27) against them at His pleasure"; fourthly, "The Al- 
mighty power, unsearchable wisdom and infinite goodness of God 
so far manifest themselves in His providence, that His determinate 
counsel (Eom. 11:32-34; 2 Sam. 24:1; 1 Chron. 21:1) extendeth itself 
even to the first fall, and all other sinful actions both of angels and 
men (and that not by a bare permission) ; which also He most wisely 
and powerfully (2 Kings 19:28; Psa. 76 : 10 J boundeth, and otherwise 
ordereth and governeth, in a manifold dispensation to His most holy 
(Gen. 1:20; Isa. 10:6, 7, 12) ends; yet so as the sinfulness of their 
acts proeeedeth only from the creatures, and not from God, who be- 
ing most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or 
(Psa. 1:21; John 2:16) approver of sin; * * * * * Of Good Works,- 
Chapter 16, section one. Good works are only such as God hath 
(Micah 6:8; Heb. 13:21) commanded in His holy word, and not such 
as without the warrant thereof are devised by men, out of blind zeal 
(Matt. 15:9; Isa. 19:13), or upon any pretense of good intentions. 
N. B. "We believe that God has wrought all the works of His children 
in them (Isa. 26:12), and they as His workmanship, are created in 
Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that 
they should walk in them (Eph. 2:10), and that their ability to do 
good works is not of themselves, but wholly of the spirit, and accord- 
ing as God works in them both to will and to do of His own good 
pleasure (Phil- 2:13), and that as the branches are in the vine, so are 
His children in Him, and have their fruits unto holiness and the end 
everlasting life (Eom. 6:22), and that it is of God that His children 



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are in Christ, who, of God, is made unto them, wisdom, righteousness, 
sanetification, and redemption, and hence God not only puts them in 
this way, which is Christ, but they are kept by the power of God 
through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time 
(1 Peter 1:5), and "that the preservation of the saints depends not 
upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of 
(Bom. 8:30; Bom. 9:11, 16) election, flowing from the free and un- 
changeable love of God the Father, upon the efficacy of the merit and 
intercession of Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:9, 10; John 14:19) and union 
with Him, the (Heb. 6:17, 18) oath of God, the abiding of His Spirit 
and the (1 John 3:9) seed of God within them, and the nature of the 
(Jer. 22:40) covenant of grace, from all which ariseth also the cer- 
tainty and infallibility thereof ' ', and in our conclusion, join with 
Elder Hassell in saying that, ' ' While the sinner has destroyed himself, 
all his salvation, from first to last, is of the pure, unmerited, almighty 
and unchanging grace of God." — H. History, Page 942. 

Now, upon the subject of obedience, our faith lays hold on Christ 
Jesus, the Saviour of sinners — the obedient one, for strength and 
every necessary help in time of need, confessing that of myself I can 
do nothing, but all things through Christ that strengtheneth me. 
When God works the will, He, also works the strength, and obed- 
ience always follows. David said unto the Lord, When thou saidst, 
Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I 
seek (Psa. 27:8), and again, Paul declares, having received grace and 
apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations (Rom. 1:5), 
his obedience, saying, So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach 
the gospel to you that are at Rome also (Rom. 1:15), and we believe, 
as God has said, My word shall not return unto me void, but it shall 
accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing 
whereunto I send it (Isa. 55:11); and when Jesus was exceedingly 
sorrowful, even unto death, we hear his words, my Father, if it be 
possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as 
thou wilt (Matt. 26:39); hence, concerning His people (the children 
of obedience) He says, Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy 
power (Psa. 110:3), and all the promises of God in him are yea, and 
in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (2 Cor. 1:20)- All obedience 
is based on love — God's love toward us, which causes our love toward 
Him, and with His mind in us, His will and pleasure becomes our 
will and pleasure — acquiescence, — obedience. 

Submitted by Elder J. W. Gilliam. 

N. B. — The above expression of the Doctrine was adopted by the 
Churches of our Association in 1932, and ordered inserted as part of 
our Articles of Faith. Signed: J. W. Gilliam, Clerk. 



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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise from his 
seat and address the Moderator in the beginning of his speech. 

3. Every brother speaking shall adhere strictly to the subject 
under consideration and shall in no way reflect on any other brother. 

4. Xo messenger shall absent himself from the Association while 
in conference without permission- 

5. Xo messenger shall speak more than three times on the same 
subject without permission from the Association. 

6. Messengers shall keep strict order while the business of the 
Association is being transacted. 

7. Xo messengers shall be interrupted while speaking, unless 
he violates the rules of this decorum. 

8. Xo messenger shall address another in any other term or 
appellation other than the title of brother. 

9. The names of the members composing the Association shall 
be enrolled by the clerk and called over as often as the Association 
recjuires. 

10. The Moderator shall not speak on any question before the 
Association until all the other messengers are through speaking, when 
he may give his views, after any messenger, having a right to speak, 
may reply to any new matter introduced by the Moderator. 

11. Any member who shall violate any of the rules of the Asso- 
ciation shall be dealt with by the Association as it deems proper. 



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