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tended the proceedings of the evening , and on the encouragement which they afforded to the friends of Uuitarian Christiauity in Calcutta , to proceed with firmness and zeal in the prosecution of the high and important purposes for which they were united . The nieetlng was then closed by a short extempore prayer by Mr . Adam .
We observed that a distinguished foreign . traveller , Couut Vidua , was present , besides several other gentlemen of respectability . The auditors appeared to be much interested in the proceedings .
Synod of Ulster . Important Discussion on the Subject of Trinitarianism . Cookstown , June 27 i \ % 2 % . The interesting discussion , on the subject of introducing such restrictive
laws into the discipline of the Synod of Ulster as will effectually check the progress of Anti-Trinitarian principles in that body , came on to-day * by the introduction of a number of resolutions , which had been prepared on the previous evening , at a meeting of some Trinitarian members of the body .
Mr . MoRULL ( Bailibay ) rose to move these resolutions . He said he would not detain the house with a recapitulation of the reasons which induced him to bring forward the motion he was about to propose for the adoption of Synod . These reasons he had before stated . He would now only say , 'that his object was to secure peace and unity to the Synod of Ulster ; and although he would sacrifice much for the Obtain
ing of those objects , yet there were things which he could not give up , to obtain a temporary , but dangerous and insecure , repose for this body . He could not give up his Bible ; he could not give up his reliance for salvation on the Lord Jesus Christ , to procure this unity . He had heard an unfortunate expression yesterday , of a gentleman in that assembly , who had quoted the example of Jesus in allowing Judas to remain with him even when he knew he was about
to betray him into the hands of his enemies ; but if that gentleman found the example of Judas a good illustration of the situation in which that gentleman stood towards the Synod of Ulster , it is not to be expected he ( Mr . Morell ) would pin his faith on his sleeve . Mr . Morell then moved the following resolutions r
1 . " That many of the evils that now unhappily exist in the Synod of Ulster , have arisen from the admission of persons , as preachers of the Gospel , who are ignorant of the truth as it is in Jesus , unrenewed in the spirit of their minds , and , consequently , destitute of that zeal which is necessary for the dissemination of the Gospel of Christ .
2 . " That while we are individually bound to use all scriptural means to guard against the continuance of these evils , it is also our duty , as a church , to adopt such regulations as may , with the Divine blessing , prove effectual to prevent the introduction of ministers unenlightened by the Spirit of God , and to advance spiritual religion in our church courts and congregations , ;
3 . " That before any person be recognized as a candidate for the ministry in the church , he shall be enjoined to present himself at an annual meeting , previously to his entering a theological class , before a Committee of the Synod , who shall examine him respecting his
personal religion , his knowledge of the Scriptures , and especially his views of the doctrines of the Trinity , Justification by Faith , and Regeneration by the Spirit ; and his motives for offering himself as a candidate for the sacred office of a minister of the gospel . l
4 . " That students , after having finished their theological course , and their trials in the Presbytery , shall again present themselves for a similar examination before the same Committee ; and it shall be the duty of that Committee to ascertain their soundness in the faith , by requiring from them a statement of their views of the doctrines contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith .
5 . "That if any person thus licensed shall afterwards be found not to preach the doctrines of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ , or to avow any principles in opposition to those doctrines , he shall not be continued in fellowship with the ministers of this body .
6 , * ' Should any person be licensed or ordained in opposition to the above -regulations , such license or ordination shall not be deemed valid by this body . " Mr . Carlile moved , that the resolutions be adopted . On various grounds
he approached the subject with deep feeling , and , in the outset , he acknowledged the difficulties that surrounded him . He was placed amidst so many conflicting elements , that he was scarce- * ty able clearly to see his way . He had not his own individual views to consult
Intelligence . ' -Synod of Ulster . 579
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1828, page 579, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2563/page/67/