South Carolina Presbytery & Methodist General Conference The S.C. Presbytery asserts that:
“Slavery has existed in the Church of God from the time of Abraham to this day. Members of the church of God have held slaves bought with their money, and born in their houses, and this relation is not only recognized, but its duties are defined clearly in both the Old and the New Testaments.”
With these words, and several separate resolutions, the body affirms the Christian right to own slaves. Then from the Methodist General Conference, meeting in Cincinnati, May 13: A resolution adopted disapproves “in the most unqualified sense, the conduct of two members of the General Convention, who are reported to have lectured in this city recently, upon and in favor or modern abolitionism.” Ayes 122, Nays ll
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