John Wesley had a principle of always going to the source of the gossip to find if it was true. It was in a document called, “Six Articles for Covenant” that he used when he met with other men in 1752. And every man who joined his group called, “Methodist” would hang the “Six Articles of Covenant” on the wall. Here is what this Covenant said:
- That we will not listen or willingly inquire after ill concerning one another.
- That if we do hear any ill of each other, we will not be forward to believe it.
- That as soon as possible we will communicate what we hear by speaking or writing to the person concerned.
- That until we have done this, we will not write or speak a syllable of it to any other person:
- That neither will we mention it after we have done this, to any other person;
- That we will not make any exception to any of these rules unless we think ourselves absolutely obliged in conference.