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The Primitive Christian — Offering #12


We give the report of the A M. as held by the "Old order brethren" near Brookville, O., as abridged, from a synoptical report given in the Dayton Daily Journal :


Monday night the Committee on Arrangement, which consisted of Abram Flory of Montgomery county, Aaron Frantz of Clark County, George B. Seiler of Preble county, Jacob Metzger of Indiana, Jacob Flory of Indiana, Christian Flory of Kansas, Solomon Stamy of Iowa, Jacob Price of Pennsylvania, Isaac Pfoutz and A. H. Senseny of Mansfield, prepared the business of the conference arranging a series of queries to be presented to the meeting.  The meeting was opened with a prayer by Elder Frantz, who read after the custom of these Pentecostal Conferences the 15th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.  Elder Metzger then spoke briefly, saying the purpose of these meetings was to set as an example before the church the actions of the apostles of Jerusalem.  Elder Metzger, who was one of the oldest of the elders there, a reverend white haired and white bearded man was appointed Foreman or Moderator, to conduct the business of the meeting.  Elder Frantz was chosen Reading Clerk, and Elder Samuel Kinsey of the Vindicator, Recording Clerk.


A petition was presented from the delegates of several of the States requesting a revision of the minutes of the church, which was granted.  The Council desired it understood it was not opposed to mission work, but to mission boards, and preaching was desired according to the former methods of the church.  A committee to revise the minutes was appointed to report next year, and another committee was appointed to provide plans at this meeting for bringing business of the churches before the Council.  This also was to report at the next yearly meeting.  Five periodical papers presented petitions asking that only one paper be permitted to represent the church.  Referred to a committee to examine and report.

fashionable moustaches.

In the afternoon one of the first subjects that came up was a query as to what was meant in one of the restrictions of the church by a "fashionable moustache," the wearing of which was condemned.  This subject was discussed with the same sober earnestness that characterized all the proceedings.  The presence of a moustache was taken to indicate pride and display, which, according to Matthew, and one of the rites of the church, was not to be permitted.  The fashion of wearing the hair parted on the side of the head was alike condemned.  It was asked if a member who had worn a moustache,when admitted to the church, found himself conscientiously opposed to removing it, what was the opinion of the council?  Another elder said that all Christian churchmen would feel themselves bound to conform to the rules of the church to which they belonged.  Final action was taken respecting this subject, and it was sustained by the council.  The subject of quarterly meetings was discussed with great earnestness and at considerable length, members from the West denouncing quarterly meetings as a form that occasioned much trouble, and through which had crept a great many of the innovations that had led the church into worldly customs—These brethren advocated special meetings when the need was felt, but there was no Scripture, they said, for quarterly meetings.  Members of the church from the East argued with earnestness that they had experienced a benefit from these quarterly meetings, and, desired that they should be continued.  Mediators advised that all should do as they pleased, and those sections who wanted should continue quarterly meetings, but not to be called such.  The question was finally "laid down;" one of the members suggested it be "tabled," but corrected himself, this expression not being used in the church.  It was finally thus disposed, and another motion was also adopted discontinuing all District meetings, and to [be] adopted at the next year's meeting the plan of 1848, as recorded in the church minutes.

house painting, etc.

Further discussion was held on a question regarding house painting, the Church objecting to the painting of a house in stripes or various colors, advocating one plain color.  The same objection was made to the use of any but plain furniture, or the raising of tobacco by any member of the church, and the Foreman said that no Christian Housekeeper, designating the church member, would sanction any violation of these rules affecting any but members of this church who were bound as such to conform to the rules.  It was decided to hold the next Pentecostal meeting in May, 1883 at Carrel's Grove, Indiana.  The meeting adjourned at 4 o'clock until Wednesday morning, when a few remaining matters are to be acted on.


[Comment:  Interesting reading, seeing as it came just shortly after the 1881 split.   The next posting is the Annual Meeting of the German Baptist Church, which itself split shortly thereafter into what is now the Church of the Brethren and the Ashland Brethren.]

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