They had but one single bond of union; and that was the belief that every man ought to be guided in his actions, and in the interpretation of Scripture, by the light within his own soul.
Their history shows that they mainly used this light to guide them in the application of moral principles.
Upon the priesthood, in every form, they made unsparing warfare; believing that the gifts of the Spirit ought never to be paid with money.
They appointed committees to visit the sick, the afflicted, and the destitute, and to superintend marriages and funerals.
The farmer, the shoemaker, the physician, or the merchant, followed his vocation diligently, and whenever the Spirit moved him to exhort his brethren, he did so. The ‘First, and Fifth Day’ of the week, called by other denominations Sunday and Thursday, were set apart by them for religious meetings.
Women were placed on an equality with men, by being admitted to this free Gospel ministry, and appointed on committees with men, to regulate the affairs of the Society.
They abjured war under all circumstances, and suffered great persecution rather than pay military taxes.
They early discouraged the distillation or use of spirituous liquors, and disowned any of their members who distilled them from grain.
Protests against slavery were among their most earnest testimonies, and it was early made a rule of discipline that no member of the Society