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ABSTRACT OF PROCEEDINGS
FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION
Anderson County Missionary Baptist Association,
BEGAN AND HELD WITH
Anderson County, Texas, October 25th, 26th, and 27th. 1895.
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ABSTRACT OF PROCEEDINGS
FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION
Anderson County Missionary Baptist Association,
BEGAN AND HELD WITH
Anderson County, Texas, October 25th, 26th, and 27th. 1895.
THE NEXT SESSION
FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION
Anderson County Missionary Baptist Association,
BEGAN AND HELD WITH
Anderson County, Texas, October 25th, 26th,
and 27th. 1895.
The Anderson County Missionary Baptist Association convened with Elkhart Church, Anderson County, Texas, Thursday night before the Fourth Lord's Day in October 1895.
Introductory sermon was preached by Elder H. E. Chambers, the appointee, from James (?), 27th verse, to a large and attentive congregation after which the Association adjourned to meet at 9 o'clock a. m. Friday.
At 9 o'clock Friday morning the Association met persuant to adjournment. J. T. Ferguson, moderator in the chair. H. E. Chambers, secretary. Prayer by Elder U. W. Lunsford. The Moderator announced the Association ready for business. Elders N. S. Herod and Wm. Hill appointed to read letters.
Guiceland Church – N. S. Herod, C. A. Campbell and Jas. Howard.
Myrtle Springs Church – S. D. Box, W. F. Gray.
Evergreen Church – Elder J. T. Ferguson, J. H. Dickey and J. T. Blair.
Elkhart Church – Allen Montgomery, Lum McCracken and John Prewitt.
Denson Springs Church – J. T. Lively, J. D. Wise and J. W. Steadman.
Pine Grove Church – Elder Wm. Hill, D. F. Wilson and Lawson West.
Mt. Hope Church – Elder T. M. Conway and C. G. Odom.
Providence Church – J. W. Hardy, B. Masters and J. R. Luce.
Pleasant Grove Church – Elder S. P. Harris, B. F. Treadway and J. F. M. Allen.
Walston Springs Church – S. R. Denson, J. D. Crawford and W. J. Fincher.
Cedar Creek Church – J. E. Neal, Allen Callaway.
Antrim Church – E. T. McDaniel, Wm. Durnell and J. W. Miller.
Liberty Church – G. W. Starns, W. F. E. Hunt.
Lone Star Church – Jesse Gentry, Tom Cutler.
Mt. Harmony Church – G. M. Carroll, G. H. Walker and J. J. Taylor.
Friendship Church – David Douthitt, H. C. Ashly and Wm. Ray.
Sardis Church – M. W. Martin, E. T. Butler and B. W. Shattuck.
Petitionary letters were then called for when Sardis church presented herself by her messengers and letter of dismission from the Neches river Association. Said church on motion was duly received as a member of our body and the hand of fellowship extended to her messengers by the Moderator.
Committee on Preaching – Pastor and Deacons of the Elkhart Church and Brother M. W. Martin of Sardis.
The Association then went into the election of officers for the ensuing year, which resulted as follows:
Elder J. T. Ferguson, Moderator.
Elder H. E. Chambers, Secretary.
W. W. Featherston, Treasurer.
James E. Howard, Corresponding Secretary.
The Moderator then called for correspondence when Elder U. W. Lunsford and W. D. Williamson presented themselves from the Saline Association.
Elders R. E. Morris and J. C. Wingo from the Cherokee Association.
Elder T. J. Welch from the Neches river Association.
Elder W. D. Williamson, Jr.., Freestone county Association
Elder J. T. Smith, Tryon Association.
ASSOCIATIONAL STANDING COMMITTEES
Committee on Sunday Schools – R. E. Morris, M. W. Martin and J. F. M. Allen.
Committee on Associational Missions – T. M. Conway, S. R. Denson and Jesse Gentry.
Committee on State Missions – W. H. Caldwell, J. P. Wilson and H. M. Vanfleet.
Committee on Foreign Missions – J. C. Wingo, Wm. Hill and James E. Howard.
Committee on Home Missions – S. D. Box and J. T. Blair.
Committee on Ministerial Support – T. J. Welch and E. T. McDaniel.
Committee on Temperance – N. S. Herod, J. T. Lively and B. W. Shattuck.
Committee on Finance – H. M. Vanfleet, J. T. Blair and Allen Calaway.
Committee on Executive Board – Wm. Hill.
Committee on Nominations – Jas. E. Howard, J. F. M. Allen and G. H. Walker.
At 11 o'clock a. m., preaching by Elder R. E. Morris, from Matthew XXVIII, 19th verse, to a large and attentive audience, and it is hoped much good was done. Association then adjourned to 2 o'clock p. m.
Association met at 2 o'clock p. m. pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Elder T. J. Welch. J. T. Ferguson, Moderator, in the chair, H. E. Chambers, Secretary. Moderator called for report of committees.
REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES
Report of Committee on Sunday Schools.
We, your committee on Sunday Schools, would from reading over church letters say that very little interest is manifested for Sunday schools in the bounds of our Association. Very few if any schools in existence. This should not be. The teaching of God's word to the young people results in much good. It prepares them to listen to God's called preachers and helps to accept Christ in their young age when more easily approached on the subject of religion. We believe that more conversions would have been reported from the various churches in the Association had there been more Sunday school work. We respectfully suggest that each pastor try to the best of his ability to have organized in each of his fields of work a Sunday school, or if not a regular Sunday school a Bible class for the purpose of instructing the young and old in the Word of God.
Respectfully submitted, R. E. MORRIS, Chairman
M. W. MARTIN,
J. F. M. ALLEN
Report of Committee on Foreign Missions.
Our Lord said concerning mission work: "The field is the world." Then the mission field is larger than the territory embraced by the Anderson County Association, larger than Texas, larger than America and is the exact size of all the continents, countries, islands, and habitable portions of this earth added together. The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions and no geographical lines should be set for mission operations except for
convenience only. A few years ago China, Japan, India and Africa, besides other portions of the world held their doors fast shut against the gospel of Jesus. Now there is but one government on the face of the earth that refuses the gospel preacher admission. God has opened these doors and his command is: "Go in and possess the land." Thousands of heathens are being converted to Christ through the preaching of Baptist missionaries. God is honoring in a marked and peculiar manner the missionary work of the Baptist in China, Japan, Rome, Mexico, Africa, and other heathen and papal lands. We deplore the apathy and indifference of our Association on this subject of Foreign missions and recommend: 1st. That the pastors of the churches of this body preach at least two sermons to each of their charges on Foreign missions and take a collection for the same. 2nd. That the pastors each be requested to secure from the Foreign Mission Board, at Richmond, Va., copies of our Mission Journal, (which will be sent free for distribution among our people.) We believe that if our people were well informed on this subject that instead of the letters coming so unanimously blank, blank, blankety blank! there would be a liberal offering to the Lord from all parts of our territory and the spiritual starvation that seems to have so alarmingly prevaled in our territory we would find God true to his promise to pour us out a blessing that our hearts would not be able to contain it. 3rd. We would recommend further that our Association co-operate with the organized missionary work of the Baptist General Convention of our State.
J. C. WINGO, Chairman
JAMES E. HOWARD
Collection taken amounting to $4.75.
On motion and second the Association adjourned to meet at 8 o'clock Saturday morning.
Preaching at 7:30 o'clock p. m. by Dr. J. C. Wingo, from Rev. VI, 17th verse, to a large and attentive congregation and we feel that his effort was supremely grand and hope that good was done on this occasion.
SECOND DAY'S SESSION.
Saturday morning at 8 o'clock the Association met persuant to adjournment. John T. Ferguson, Moderator, in the chair, H. E. Chambers Secretary. Prayer by Elder N. S. Herod. Minutes of preceeding day read and adopted. Rules of decorum read.
Report of Committee on Home Missions read and adopted after discussion and collection taken up amounting to $5.15.
Report of Committee on Home Missions.
While we know that the preaching of the Gospel is not confined to this Association, nor even to the United States, but extends to every nook and corner of the world, wherever there is a human being. The commission to preach the Gospel is "go teach it to every creature." We also believe there is a great destitution existing in our midst. We also realize that the House Mission Board has greatly helped us to send the gospel to those destitutions. Therefore we would recommend you to cooperate with our Southern Convention, because it pays you more money back than you pay them, thereby we will help to send the Gospel to millions of the destitute.
Respectfully submitted, S. D. BOX, Chairman
J. T. BLAIR
Report of Committee on Ministerial Support.
The Lord Jesus has placed the preaching of the Gospel in the hands of the Church. The Church is the only organized body in the world that is to do this grand work. This she does through the living ministery. The living ministery is worthy of temporal support. "Who goeth a warfare at his own charges?" "Who planteth a vineyard and eateth not of the fruit thereof?" Or, "who feedeth a flock and eateth not the milk of the flock?" These scriptures plainly teach that the minister of Christ's Gospel should be supported by ample financial contributions from the Churches. Paul says: "If we have sown unto you Spiritual things, (preached the gospel,) is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things" – i.e. receive a temporal support. "Even so hath the Lord ordained
that they who preach the Gospel shall live of the Gospel." The New Testament rule, they law, is, "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store as they Lord has prospered him." "Every one of you" – none are excepted. "As the Lord hath prospered him" – i.e. an equalization of the burden. This is God's plan for the support of the ministery.
Respectfully submitted, T J. WELCH, Chairman.
E. T. McDaniel.
Report of Committee on Temperance received and read and after discussion was laid over until 2 p. m., after which Association adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock p.m. At 11 o'clock a. m. preaching by Elder R. E. Morris, from Rev. XXII, 16 verse, to a large and attentive audience, and we fell that the pure word of God was preached in spirit and truth.
At 2 o'clock p.m. Association met persuant to adjournment. Bro. Furguson, the Moderator, being sick Elder Wm. Hill was chosen Moderator pro tem. H. E. Chambers, Secretary. Prayer by Bro. N. S. Herod. Report of Committee on Temperance was taken up and adopted after discussion.
Report of Committee on Temperance.
Report of Committee on Temperance is the moderate use of the blessings that God hath placed here for our benefit. The word of God says: "Be ye temperate in all things." Intemperance is just the opposite, the immoderate use of said blessings. In this cataloguge of blessings we, your committee would recommend as far as practicable total abstinance from the use of tobacco, the morphine habit and use of alcoholic stimulants and especially the last mentioned in as much as habits are more than apt to become fixtures with us, becoming so very, very hard to leave off when contracted. And while we believe that intoxication is the starting point of most all the crimes in existence, we insist that as long as such an evil exists we as a Christian people can promise nothing in our future safety for the rising generation. Therefore we recommend that each man
claiming to be a child of God, from henceforth urge Temperance to all men in all things and total abstinance from that which intoxicates.
Respectfully submitted, N. S. HEROD, Chairman.
J. T. LIVELY,
B. W. SHATTUCK.
Report of Committee on Associational Missions received, read and adopted as follows:
Report of Committee on Associational Missions.
We your Committee on Associational Missions would say that it is the duty of Christians to lend a helping had to the support of the Gospel and carry out the command of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we love church priveleges let us show to the world that we desire their salvation by sending them to the Gospel. Brethren the spirit of Christ is the true element that inspires the heart of his children, as much as you know the work in the Lord is not in vain, so let us prove our faith by our works.
Respectfully submitted, T. M. CONWAY, Chairman.
S. R. DENSON,
Report of Committee on State Missions.
We your Committee on State Missions submit the following report: Next to our Associational Missions the work of State Missions lies near our hearts and should have our hearty support. The thousands of Germans, Bohemians and other Foreigners that are coming to our state seeking homes among us, and many Mexicans and Negroes already among us, with their false systems of religion will make impressions on our children and turn away them from the truth if we do not use God's means for their salvation. They are God's creatures and their souls are precious in His sight as the souls of others and it is our duty to give them the Gospel of Christ, and besides this there are a great many of our own people that are destitute of the Gospel of Christ and the cry comes to us, "come over and help us." Therefore we earnestly ask that our Association co-operate with
the Executive Board of our State Missions in this grand and glorious work.
Respectfully submitted, W. H. CALDWELL, Chairman.
J. P. WILSON,
H. M. VANFLEET.
Report of Committee on Finance.
Committee on Finance respectfully submits the following report.
Associational Purposes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$17.25.
Minutes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.60.
Foreign Missions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.00.
Home Missions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.00.
Buckner's Orphan Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.75.
Total, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , $34.60.
Respectfully submitted, H. M. VANFLEET, Chairman.
J. T. BLAIR,
T. M. CONWAY.
On motion and second Association adjourned to meet Sunday morning at 8 o'clock.
Preaching Saturday night by Elder T. J. Welch, from Matt. I, 5th verse, to a large concourse of people, who seemed to be deeply interested upon the subject of religion.
THIRD DAY'S SESSION
Sunday morning at 8 o'clock a. m. the Association met persuant to adjournment, Elder J. T. Furguson, Moderator, in the chair, H. E. Chambers, Secretary. Prayer by Elder E. K. Lively. Minutes of yesterday read and approved. Rules of decorum read.
Report of Committee on Nominations received, read and adopted.
Report of Committee on Nominations.
We your Committee on Nominations would recommend the following named brethren compose the next Executive Board for the Anderson County Association for the ensuing year: T. M. Conway, G. W. Walker, Wm. Hill, M. W. Martin, J. F. M. Allen, S. R. Denson, G. W. Starns,
N. S. Herod, John Dickey, Wm. Durnell, and W. W. Featherston. To preach the introductory sermon, Jas. E. Howard, alternate, S. P. Harris. To preach the missionary sermon, N. S. Herod, alternate, T. M. Conway.
Respectfully submitted, JAS E. HOWARD, Chairman.
J. F. M. ALLEN,
G. H. WALKER.
To balance on hand Nov. 1, 1894. . . . $105.40.
Rec'd, of Executive Board, Mar. 5, '95. 5.25.
Credit Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $110.65
By amt. paid Buckner's Orphan Home. 6.05.
By Home Missions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75.
By Foreign Missions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.20.
For Minutes and Secretary's Fees. . . . . 35.60.
Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45.60.
To balance on hand Oct. 20, 1895. . . . 65.05.
Received by letter Oct. 25, 1895,
For Minutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.60.
For Associational purposes. . . . . . . . . 17.25.
For Home Missions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.00.
For Foreign Missions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.00.
For Buckner's Orphan Home. . . . . . . . 3.75.
Collected Oct. 25, 1895.
For Home Missions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.15.
For Foreign Missions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.75.
For State Missions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.05.
Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111.60.
Respectfully submitted, W. W. FEATHERSTON, Treasurer.
Report of the Executive Board.
We have not employed any missionary for the last year for these
reasons: 1st. Our means were limited, that being the case and our territory being small, we thought in our judgement best to hold the money over to the ensuing year and put both years together, then use it by employing a man that is able to set forth the doctrines of the Bible and go around and preach to the broken down churches as far as our means would extend.
Respectfully submitted, WM. HILL, Chairman.
Treasurer's report was received, read and adopted. (See report.)
Report of the Executive Board was received, read and adopted. (See report.)
On motion and second Corresponding Secretary was authorized to draw on treasurer for expenses for stationary.
Moved and seconded that Secretary have articles of faith printed in the minutes.
Moved and seconded that the Secretary superintend the printing and distributing of the minutes and he have such number printed as is in his judgment sufficient, and that he receive $10 for his services.
RESOLVED. That we tender to the citizens of Elkhart and people of that vicinity the thanks of this Associations for their kindness and hospitality in entertaining the messengers and visitors attending this body.
RESOLVED. That the executive board of this Association meet with Walston Spring church on Friday night before the fifth Sunday in Dec. 1895.
On motion and second the Association adjourned to meet at Pleasant Grove church, Cherokee county, Texas, on Thursday night before the fourth Lord's day in Oct. 1896.
Sunday at 11 o'clock a. m. the missionary sermon was preached by Elder J. C. Wingo, from Matt. XXVIII, 19th and 20th verses, to a large concourse of people. The attention paid the preacher was perfect. After the sermon a collection was taken up for missions amounting to $11.85, after which a hymn was sung and parting hand taken.
So ended the Fifth Annual Session of the Anderson County Association,
in peace and harmony. J. T. FURGUSON, Moderator.
H. E. CHAMBERS, Secretary.
Elder T. M. Conway, Rusk, Cherokee county Texas; Elder S. P. Harris, Ghent, Cherokee county, Texas; Elder H. E. Chambers, Palestine, Texas; Elder E. K. Lively, Palestine, Texas; Elder J. T. Furguson, Priscilla, Houston county, Texas; Elder James E. Howard, Grapeland, Houston county, Texas; Elder Wm. Hill, Alder Branch, Anderson county, Texas.
H. M. Vanfleet, Palestine, Texas; C. A. Campbell, Grapeland, Texas; S. B. Mullins, Alder Branch, Texas; J. T. Blair, Priscilla, Texas.
At a conference meeting of the ---------- Baptist church of Christ held on the ---------- day of ---------- the following brethren -------------------------------- were chosen messengers to your body. And this is our statistical report: Received by baptism -----; Received by letter -----; Received by restoration -----; Dismissed by letter ------; Excluded ------; Died ------; Total membership ------; Pastor ------; Postoffice ------; Day of meeting, -----; Amount paid for Home missions -----; Amount paid for Ministerial Relief Fund -----; Amount paid for Buckner's Orphan Home -----; Amount paid for Association purposes -----; Amount paid Pastor -----. State whether you have a Sabbath school or not. If you have, report number of teachers and pupils enrolled. The clerks of the churches are urgently requested to conform to the above model as far as they can in sending up their annual report.
CONSTITUTION OF THE ANDERSON COUNTY ASSOCIATION.
ARTICLE 1.–The name of this body shall be the Anderson County Association.
ARTICLE 2.–The Association shall be composed of members chosen by the different churches in our union, who shall be entitled to a seat on producing letters from their respective churches, certifying their appointment, the number baptized, received by letter and restored; also those dismissed by letter, excommunicated, and dead, since the last Association, and the present number in fellowship, which shall be read, and the name of the delegates enrolled.
ARTICLE 3. The grand and leading object of the union shall be to promote a united effort among the churches, and to extend and encourage the preaching of the pure Gospel within the bounds of the Association by all reasonable and Scriptural means.
ARTICLE 4. Each church and individual member shall have the privilege to send up contributions to the Association, for the promotion of preaching the Gospel, and for the purposes of general benevolence.
ARTICLE 5. In order to the union of the churches composing this Association, the same steps that are laid down in the 18th chapter of Matthew - (for the settlement of individual offenses) shall be taken for the settlement of difficulties which may arise between any of the churches composing this Association; moreover, should any of the churches in the opinion of this body depart from the principles of the Gospel upon the failure of the Association in her efforts to reclaim such erring church, this body shall drop any such church from her union.
ARTICLE 6. That upon questions of faith or practice, upon which there may be a difference of opinion among the members of any of our churches composing this body, the same may be referred to the Association by way of query, for its opinion or judgment, which shall have no other effect than a simple recommendation to said church or churches.
ARTICLE 7. The Association shall have an annual meeting, holding its session from day to day until the business is disposed of.
ARTICLE 8. There shall be elected by ballot (or otherwise) on the first day of each annual meeting, a Moderator, Clerk, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer, who shall hold their respective offices until their successors are elected.
ARTICLE 9. Each church shall be entitled to three delegates to represent her in this Association.
ARTICLE 10. This association may hold adjourned meetings at any time or place, or a call meeting, at the discretion of the Moderator.
ARTICLE 11. Any church, esteemed sound in doctrine by this body may be received by letter and delegates; provided it was constituted in
accordance with the rules of our organization.
ARTICLE 12. This Association shall elect by ballot (or otherwise) at each annual meeting an Executive Board of not less than seven or more than ten members, who shall hold their office until their successors are elected. They shall act for the Association during its recess, and shall not do anything contrary to the objects and intentions of the same. They shall have the exclusive right to employ missionaries in the bounds of the Association; to order the disbursement of monies for the payment of contracts made by them not contrary or inconsistent with the objects for which this Association was organized. They shall meet every three months, or oftner if necessary, during the Association year. Four members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. They shall make their own by-laws and elect their own president. They shall keep a record of all their proceedings and report in writing to the Association at each annual convention.
ARTICLE 13. No alteration of amendment to this constitution shall be made until it shall first be adopted by a majority of the Association and published in the minutes, and then passed by two-thirds of the Association at the next session.
RULES OF DECORUM.
RULE 1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer.
RULE 2. The Moderator shall be considered a judge of order and shall have the right to call order at any time.
RULE 3. Any member not satisfied with his decision may appeal to the Association on the same day, but at no time thereafter.
RULE 4. But one member shall speak at a time, who shall address the Moderator.
RULE 5. The Moderator, when addressed by a member, shall signify the same by naming the person.
RULE 6. No member shall be interrupted while he is speaking, unless he departs from the subject, or uses words of a personal character. Every motion made and seconded shall come under the consideration of
the Association, unless withdrawn.
RULE 7. Every subject taken up by the Association shall be decided or withdrawn before another is offered.
RULE 8. When a question is taken up, after allowing time for the discussion of the same, the Moderator shall take the voice of the Association upon the subject, in the way usually adopted by deliberative bodies.
RULE 9. The Moderator shall arise to pronounce the decision.
RULE 10. Any member wishing to retire, shall first obtain permission from the Moderator.
RULE 11. No member shall speak more than twice on the same subject, without permission from the Association, or more than once until every member wishing to speak shall have had an opportunity to do so.
RULE 12. The appellation of brother shall be used in the Association by members in all cases.
RULE 13. The names of the delegates shall be called as often as the Association shall direct.
RULE 14. The Moderator shall be entitled to all the privileges of speaking, upon calling upon some one to the chair, but shall not vote upon any question unless the Association be divided.
RULE 15. Upon the reception of a church into the Association, the Moderator shall extend to each of the delegates the right hand of fellowship.
RULE 16. No person shall be entitled to a vote in the Association but regular members sent as delegates from the churches composing this body.
RULE 17. Any member violating these rules shall be reproved by the Moderator, on the day such breach shall have been made.
RULE 18. It shall be the duty of the clerk, immediately after the election of officers, to read the Articles of Faith and Rules of Decorum, and to read the letter every morning before entering on business.
ARTICLES OF FAITH
1. OF THE SCRIPTURES.–We believe the Holy Bible was written by
men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasurer of Heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct creeds and opinions should be tried. 2d Timothy iii. 16, 17; 2d Peter i. 21; 2d Timothy iii. 15; Proverbs xxx. 5, 6; Roams ii. 12; Phillipians iii. 16; 1st John iv. 1; Isaiah viii. 20.
2. ON THE TRUE GOD.–There is one, and only one true and living God, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness; worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; revealed under the personal and relative distinctions of the Father, the sun and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption. 2nd John iv. 24; Exodus xv. 11; Mark xii. 30; Matthew xxviii. 13; John x. 300; Ephesians ii. 18.
3. OF THE FALL OF MAN.–Than man was created in a state of holiness under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are sinners, no by constraint, but choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, wholly given to the gratification of the world, Satan and their own sinful passions, therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse. Genesis i. 3; Exodus xviii. 19, 20.
4. OF THE WAY OF SALVATION.–That the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God who took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the law by his personal obedience, and made atonement for our sins by his death. Being risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in Heaven and uttering in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections in every way qualified to be a suitable and all-sufficient Saviour. Ephesians ii. 5; John iii. 16; Philipions ii. 6, 7; Isaiah xlii. 21; Isaiah liii. 4, 5; Hebrews i. 8; Hebrews vii. 25.
5. OF JUSTIFICATION.–That the great Gospel blessing, which Christ of his fulness bestows on such as believe in Him, is justification; that justification; consists in the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life, and principles of righteousness which we have done, but solely through his own redemption and righteousness; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every blessing needful for time and for eternity. John i. 16; Acts xiii. 39; Romans v. 9; Romans iv. 4, 5; Romans v. 17; Romans v. 19; Romans v. 1, 2.
6. OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION.–That the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial and obedient faith, and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth except his own voluntary refusal to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ, which refusal will subject him to an aggravated condemnation. Isaiah iv. 1; Romans xvi. 26; John v. 40; John iii. 19.
7. OF GRACE IN REGENERATION.–That in order to be saved we must be regenerated or born again. That regeneration consists of giving a holy disposition to the mind, and is affected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel, and that its proper evidence is found in the holy fruit which we bring forth in the glory of God. John iii. 3; 2 Corinthians v. 17; John iii. 8; Peter i. 22-25; Ephesians v. 9.
8. OF GOD'S PURPOSE OF GRACE.–That election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which he regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's soverign goodness, being infinitely wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and prompts humility, prayer, praise trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it is ascertained by its effects in all who believe the Gospel; is the foundation of Christian assurance, and then to ascertain it with regard to ourselvs demands and deserves our utmost diligence. Mark i. 15; John xvi. 8; Luke xviii. 13;
Romans x. 9-11.
9. OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS.–That such only are real believers as endures unto the end; and there persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare, and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. 2 Timothy i. 8-9; Thess. 13-14; Exodus xxiii. 18-19; 1 Corinthians iv. 7; 2 Timothy ii. 10; 1 Thess. i. 4-10; Roems viii. 28-30; Peter i. 10-11.
10. HARMONY OF THE LAW AND GOSPEL.–That the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy just and good, and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy law, is one great end of the Gospel, and the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church. 1 Thess. iv. 3; Proverbs iv. 18; John ii. 29; Phillip. ii. 12-13.
11. OF A GOSPEL CHURCH.–That a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ governed by his laws and exercising the gifts, rights and priveleges invested in them by his word; that its only proper offices are bishops or pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus. John viii. 31; John ii. 19; Romans viii. 28; Philipians i. 6.
12. ON BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER.–That Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; to show forth in a solmen and beautiful emblem our faith in a crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its purifying power that it is pre-requisite to the privelege of a church relation, and the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the use of bread and wine, and to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, proceded always by a solemn self-examination. Romans viii. 31; Romans vii. 12; Romans viii. 7-8; Romans viii. 2-4.
13. OF THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH.–That the first day of the week is the Lord's day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and recreations by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by prepartion for that rest which remaineth for the people of God. 1st Corinthians i. 1-13; Acts ii. 41-42; 1 Corinthians xi. 2; Matthew xxviii. 20; Ephesians iv. 7; Phillipians i. 1.
14. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT.–That Civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the prince of the kings of the earth. – Acts viii. 36-39; Matthew xxviii. 19; Romans vi. 4; Acts ii. 41-42; 1st Corinthians xi. 26; 1st Corinthians xi. 28.
15. OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED.–That there is a radical and essential difference between the rightous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the spirit of our God are truly righteous in his esteem, while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction bolds among men both in and after death. Acts xx. 7; Exodus xx. 8; Isaiah lviii. 13-15; Psalms cxviii. 15; Hebrews x. 24-25; Hebbrews iv. 3-11.
16. OF THE WORLD TO COME.–That the end of this world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that solemn seperation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of man in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.– Romans xiii. 1-7; Matthew xxii. 24; Matthew xxxiii. 10.
NAME OF CHURCHES; COUNTY; POSTOFFICE; CLERKS; PASTORS; NAMES OF MESSENGERS; Days of Meeting; Rec'd by Letter; Rec'd by Baptism; Dis. By Letter; Restored; Excluded; Deaths; Total Members; Ass'n Minutes; Ass'n Missions; Ass'n Purposes; Home Missions; Foreign Missions; Buckner's Or. Home; Total
Antrim.; Houston; Sheridan.; J F Darnell.; J T Furguson.; E P McDaniel, W M Durnell, J W Miller.; 3rd; 4; 1; 3; -; 3; 1; 25; $1.50; -; $1.25; -; -; -; $2.75
Cedar Creek.; Anderson; Palestine; A Callaway.; E K Lively.; J E Neil, A Calloway.; 1st; 1; -; -; -; 8; 1; 34; 50; -; -; -; 50; -; -; 1.00
Denson Springs.; Anderson; Denson Sps; J W Steadman.; O Jones.; J T Lively, J T Wise; 4th; 3; 3; -; 2; 3; -; 38; -; -; 1.25; -; -; -; 1.25
Evergreen.; Houston; Priscilla.; J T Blair.; J T Furguson; J T Furguson, J T Blair; 2nd 5; 2; 4; -; -; -; 44; -; -; 1.00; -; -; $1.55; 2.55
Elkhart.; Anderson; Elkhart.; M Selman.; Wm Hill.; A Montgomery, L McCrocken, J T Prewitt; 2nd; 1; -; 3; -; -; -; 41; -; -; 1.50; -; -; -; 1.50
Friendship.; Anderson; Elkhart.; H C Ashley; J T Furguson.; H C Ashley, D Douthitt, Wm Ray; 1st; -; -; 4; -; 1; -; 20; 1.25; -; -; -; -; -; 1.25
Guiceland.; Houston; Grapeland.; J J Guice.; J T Furguson.; N S Herod, C A Campbell, Jas E Howard; 2nd; 5; 2; 4; -; -; 1; 48; 1.25; -; .80; -; -; -; 2.05
Liberty.; Anderson; Alder Br.; J W Buster; S R Harris.; G W Starns, W F E Hunt.; 4th; -; -; -; -; -; 1; 11; -; -; 1.60; -; -; -; 1.60
Myrtle Springs.; Anderson; Elkhart.; S D Box.; E K Lively.; S D Box, W F Gray.; 2nd; -; -; -; -; -; 13; 1.50; -; 3.00; -; -; -; 4.50
Mt. Hope.; Cherokee; Rusk; B C Perry; L A Bagley.; C G Odom, T M Conway.; 3rd; 1; -; -; -; 4; -; 46; -; -; 2.00; -; -; .60; 2.60
Mt. Harmony.; Anderson; Alder Br.; G M Carroll.; Wm Hill.; G M Carroll, G H Walker, J J Taylor.; 3rd; -; -; -; -; -; -; 25; -; -; 1.00; $1.00; $1.00; 1.00; 4.00
Pleasant Grove.; Cherokee; Ghent.; B F Treadaway; Wm Hill.; S P Harris, B T Treadaway, J F M Allen.; 4th; -; 1; 4; -; 4; -; 87; 1.25; -; -; .50; -; -; 1.75
Pine Grove.; Anderson; Alder Br.; D Wilson.; J P Harris.; Wm Hill, L F Wilson, Lawson West.; 2nd; 1; -; 1; -; 1; 1; 19; 1.00; -; 1.25; -; -; -; 2.25
Providence.; Anderson; Alder Br.; J R Luce.; E K Lively.; J W Hardy, B Masters, R R Luce.; 3rd; 1; -; 4; 2; 1; 1; 44; .75; -; -; -; -; -; .75
Lone Star.; Houston; Grapeland.; G Brimberry.; J T Furguson.; J Gentry, Tom Cutler.; --; 2; 5; -; -; 3; -; 49; 1.00; -; -; -; -; .60; 1.60
Walston Springs.; Anderson; Palestine; W J Fincher; Wm Hill; S R Denson, J D Crawford, W J Fincher.; 2nd; -; 3; 4; -; 3; -; 30; -; -; 2.10; -; -; -; 2.10
Sardis.; Cherokee; Rusk.; B W Shattuck.; Wm Hill.; M W Martin, E T Butler, B W Shattuck.; 1st; -; -; -; -; -; -; 48; -; -; 1.50; -; -; -; 1.50
(Totals of number columns) 25; 17; 31; 4; 31; 6; 623; 10.00; -; 18.25; 2.00; 1.00; 3.15; 35.00
Order of Business.
1. Reading Letters from the Churches.
2. Call for Petitionary Letters.
3. Election of Officers.
4. Call for Correspondence.
5. Appointment of Standing Committees.
6. Reports from Standing Committees.
7. Reports from Select Committees.
8. Reports from Corresponding Secretary.
9. Treasurer's Report.
10. Motions and Resolutions.