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with the Congregational Committee , and has nothing whatever to do frith church privileges . His Majesty ' s Government pay us stipends , and I dare say tnejr do hot to this hoar know that they are members of the Presbyterian Church . ( A laugh . ) Mr . Cooke then read the following amendment : ^—i . ¦¦ •* That many of the evils that ilow unhappily exist in the General Synod of Ulster , have arisen from the admission tff persons holding Arian sentiments , Contrary to the accredited standards of this body , as founded on the word of
God ; from the occasional admission of Others , who , though nominally holding In Sound Words and profession the form of godliness , were yet deniers of the power thereof , and , consequently , desti * tute of that zeal which is necessary to the dissemination of the gospel .
2 . " That white we are individually bound to use all scriptural means to guard against the continuance of these 4 vtts , 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 id our church courts aud congregations .
3 . " That before any person be recognized as a candidate for the ministry , he shall , previously to eutefing a theo * logical class , "be enjoined to present Mitttfelf at our annual meeting , to be examined by a Committee of this Synod , his
re . ^ elctihg personal religion , his knowledge of the Scriptures , especially his views Of the doctrines of the Trinity , Original Sin , Justification by Faith , and Regeneration by the Holy Spirit ; and likewise as to his motives for offering himself as a candidate for the sacred
office of the ministry ; and that should any such examinant be found opposed to those doctrines , or appear to be destitute
From a desire to commence reporting the interesting proceedings of the Ulster Synod , ( on which we must postpone any coiriitfents , ) we have been obliged to curtall the reports of the Meeting ' s of Societies seut during this month , and to omit gome other communications . W futtore the Monthly Repository Will be under the conduct of one responsible Editor . We have gte&t pleasure in expressing otir belief that the arrangement which
ha * fortunately been fornied > will W appreciated ad ft desW ^ s ; arid that the neW Editor wiM meet with efficient assistance and co deration , hi the awakened zeal and fmbli * apirft of those with whom it tn&iirty Ue « to fciVe variety and value to the page * of the periodical connected with thtft religions denomination . . « . « A steady Nb neon form 1 st ' su % gem the de > otitig of Sfc Bartholomew ' s Day , whett the 2000 were cast out foi » owMtnW * ake > W the petit Ca ^ or * felfofotri liberty ; * ndi that upprojn iatie s « tm 6 tirbe pteartwd on thai ' daV ( StftoWi W& 2 « w of Attest ) by t > i » s « ittmf Min ' wtchi of mlt tetiowmtiom .
of vital godliness , he shall , in no case , be recognized as a candidate for the ministry in this Synod . 4 . ' That Students , after having , finished their theological course , and their ti * ia ? 6 iu the Presbyterv , 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 liceused be afterwards found not to preach the doctrines of the Trinity , Original Sin , and Justification by Faith , and Regeneration by the Holy Spirit , or to avow atiy principles in opposition to these doctrines , he shall not be continued in fellowship with this body .
6 . " Persons who are already preachers in this body , but have not been licensed according to these regulations , shall , previously to ordination , be required to undergo a similar examination . 7 . " Should any person be licensed or ordained in opposition to these regulations , such license or ordination shall not be deemed valid by this body .
8 . " The Committee for these examinations shall Annually be appointed in open Synod . ' * [ We shall pursue this Report in our next Number ; at preseut stating the result , which was on a division as follows : 99 Ministers voted " Pass . " 40 Elders do . do .
139 " Pass . " 40 Ministers voted t ( Not Pass . " 17 Elders do . do . 57 " Not Pass . " Majority for the Amendment , 82 . ]
584 Correspondence .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1828, page 584, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2563/page/72/