Forasmuch as Almighty God, by His grace, has been pleased, as we hope, to call us out of darkness into His marvelous light, and we all having been regularly baptized on profession of our faith in Christ Jesus, and have given ourselves to the Lord and to each other in a Gospel church way, to be governed and guided by a proper discipline, agreeable, as we believe, to the word of God; we, therefore, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by His assistance, covenant and agree to keep up the discipline of the church of which we are members in the most brotherly love and affection toward each other , while we endeavor, punctually, to observe, the following rules; in brotherly love to pray for each other, to watch over one another for good; and if need be, in the most tender and affectionate manner, to reprove each other if we discover anything amiss in a brother or sister, to take the direction given by our Lord in Matthew 18th chapter, and not be whispering and backbiting ; we also agree, if not providentially hindered , to attend our church meetings, and especially not to absent ourselves from communion service without a lawful excuse; and not to neglect the defraying of the expenses of the church, and not to depart from the fellowship of the church without a regular dismission. These things we covenant and agree to observe and keep sacred in the name and by the assistance of the HOLY TRINITY.
1 Samuel 26:9 (KJV)
And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD'S anointed, and be guiltless?
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