9. Right hand of fellowship: five minutes.
10. Charge to the candidate: fifteen minutes. 11 . Charge to the church: fifteen minutes.
12. Doxology: five minutes.
The tenor of the N. T. would seem to indicate that deacons should be ordained with prayer and the laying on of hands, though not by council or public service. Evangelists, missionaries, ministers who serve as secretaries of benevolent societies should also be ordained since they are organs of the church, set apart for special religious work on behalf of the churches. The same rule applies to those who are set to be teachers of the teachers, the professors of theological seminaries. Philip, baptizing the eunuch, is to be regarded as an organ of the church at Jerusalem. Both home missionaries and foreign missionaries are evangelists and both, as organs of the home churches to which they belong, are not under obligation to take letters of dismissal to the churches they gather. George Adam Smith, in his Life of Henry Drummond, 265, says that Drummond was ordained to his professorship by the laying on of the hands of the Presbytery: ?The rite is the same in the case whether of a minister or of a professor. The Church of Scotland recognizes no difference between her teachers and her pastors, but lays them under the same vows and ordains them all as ministers of Christ?s gospel and of his sacraments.?
Rome teaches that ordination is a sacrament, and ?once a priest, always a priest,? but only when Rome confers the ordination. It is going a great deal further than Rome to maintain the indelibility of all orders, at least of all orders conferred by an evangelical church. At Dover in England, a medical gentleman declined to pay his doctor?s bill upon the ground that it was not the custom of his calling to pay one another for their services. It appeared however that he was a retired practitioner and upon that ground he lost his case. Ordination, like vaccination, may run out. Retirement from the office of public teacher should work a forfeiture of the official character. The authorization granted by the Council was based upon a previous recognition of a divine call. When, by reason of permanent withdrawal from the ministry and devotion to wholly secular pursuits and there remains no longer any divine call, all authority and standing as a Christian minister, should cease also. We therefore repudiate the doctrine of the ?indelibility of sacred orders,? and the corresponding maxim: ?Once ordained, always ordained? although we do not, with the
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