I retyped this today for work, and I just found it intersting. Read it for yourself! This is by no means all the guidelines we have, but this is one document. I’m not sure if it’s official or just a compilation taken from the Book of Discipline, but either way, it’s rules we’re to go by.

General Rules of Methodist Societies
It is therefore expected of all who continue therein that they should continue to evidence their desires of salvation,

First: By doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind, especially that which is most generally practiced, such as:
• The taking of the name of God in vain.
• The profaning the day of the Lord, either by doing ordinary work therein or by buying or selling.
• Drunkenness: buying or selling spirituous liquors, or drinking them, unless in cases of extreme necessity.
• Slaveholding: buying or selling slaves.
• Fighting, quarreling, brawling, brother going to law with brother, returning evil for evil, or railing for railing, the using many words in buying or selling.
• The buying or selling goods that have not paid the duty.
• The giving or taking things on usury – i.e., unlawful interest.
• Uncharitable or unprofitable conversation, particularly speaking evil of magistrates or of ministers.
• Doing to others what we know is not for the glory of God, as:
• The putting on of gold and costly apparel.
• The taking such diversions as cannot be used in the name of the Lord Jesus.
• The singing those songs, or reading those books, which do not tend to the knowledge or love of God.
• Softness and needless self-indulgence.
• Laying up treasure upon earth.
• Borrowing without a probability of paying, or taking up goods without a probability of paying for them.

Secondly: By doing good; by being in every kind merciful after their power; as they have opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all men:
• To their bodies, of the ability which God giveth, by giving food to the hungry, by clothing the naked, by visiting or helping them that are sick or in prison.
• To their souls, by instructing, reproving, or exhorting all we have any intercourse with; trampling under foot that enthusiastic doctrine that we are not to do good unless our hearts be free to it.
• By doing good, especially to them that are of the household of faith or groaning so to be; employing them preferably with others; buying one of another, helping each other in business, and so much toe more because the world will love its own and them only.
• By all possible diligence and frugality, that the gospel be not blamed.
• By running with patience the race which is set before them, denying themselves, and taking up their cross that men should say all manner of evil of them falsely, for the Lord’s sake.
• It is expected of all who desire to continue in these societies that they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation,

Thirdly: By attending upon all the ordinances of God; such are:
• The public worship of God.
• The ministry of the Word, either read or expounded.
• The Supper of the Lord.
• Family and private prayer.
• Searching the Scriptures.
• Fasting or abstinence.

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