It was seconded by Moses Hull, and adopted. But the vote was not full, and White stated that he hoped that a matter of such importance would not be passed without some discussion. On this suggestion, Loughborough, by a motion, opened the way for a reconsideration of the matter. This led to the question whether White's proposal was not a creedóand a creed they would not tolerate. Hull felt that it was not a creed or articles of faith, but merely a pledge to do one thing: "Keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." James White then led into a discussion of the involvements in the light of the fears sustained by some.
James said, in part: "I would like to hear remarks on this point. It will certainly be doing like those around us; and certain individuals will say that we are following Babylon; and this may be an objection in their minds" (RH, Oct. 8, 1861).
Loughborough suggested that if this were true, they would be patterning after the other churches by building meetinghouses."We call the churches Babylon not because they covenant together to obey God," but for other reasons.
Cornell could not see that adopting such a covenant was "patterning after the churches."