B. SEYMOUR’S DOCTRINES AND DISCIPLINE
MINISTER’S MANUAL (1915)
INTRODUCTION
Seymour’s Doctrines and Discipline minister’s manual draws on his sermons
and articles previously published in the Apostolic Faith newspaper, the Afri-
can Methodist Episcopal (ame) Church’s Book of Discipline, on the Anglican
Church’s 39 Articles of Religion (with modifications), and additional apostolic
letters and doctrinal statements. It is important for a number of reasons.
It summarizes Seymour’s theological, social, and racial beliefs and docu-
ments how and why he changed his views on tongues, the baptism with the
Holy Spirit, marriage and divorce, and other topics. It further explains why
Seymour rejected Parham’s unique theological views (e.g., annihilationism,
conditional immortality, British Israelism) and other theological traditions
(e.g., Oneness, Calvinism). It also documents Seymour’s views on race re-
lations, his condemnation of white discrimination and prejudice, who was
to blame for the conflicts, and his justification for black-white racial equality
and reconciliation. It shows that although Seymour chose to move from a
congregational to an Episcopal-style polity, he still promoted an integrated
ministry. It also explains why he reserved the top three leadership posts for
people of color. Finally, it reveals that Seymour drew on black and white
Protestant traditions to articulate a Pentecostal theology that aYrmed his-
toric Protestantism and the reported outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Azusa
Street and elsewhere around the world.
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