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(b) His statement should be positive, not negative (what he does believe and none of what he does not believe).

(c) He is not required to tell the reasons for his belief, unless he is specially questioned with regard to these.

(d) He should elaborate the later and practical, not the earlier and theoretical, portions of his theological system.

(e) He may well conclude each point of his statement with a single text of Scripture proof. III. T HE D UTY O F T HE C OUNCIL :

1. It should not proceed to examine the candidate until proper credentials have been presented.

2. It should in every case give to the candidate a searching examination, in order that this may not seem invidious in other cases.

3. Its vote of approval should read: ?We do now set apart,? and ?We will hold a public service expressive of this fact.?

4. Strict decorum should be observed in every stage of the proceedings, remembering that the Council is acting for Christ the great head of the church and is transacting business for eternity.

5. The Council should do no other business than that for which the church has summoned it, and when that business is done, the Council should adjourn sine die.

It is always to be remembered, however, that the power to ordain rests with the church and that the church may proceed without a Council or even against the decision of the Council. Such ordination, of course, would give authority only within the bounds of the individual church. Where no immediate exception is taken to the decision of the Council, that decision is to be regarded as virtually the decision, of the church by which it was called. The same rule applies to a Council?s decision to depose from the ministry. In the absence of immediate protest from the church, the decision of the Council is rightly taken as virtually the decision of the church.

In so far as ordination is an act performed by the local church with the advice and assistance of other rightly constituted churches, it is justly regarded as giving formal permission to exercise gifts and administer ordinances within the bounds of such churches. Ordination is not,

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