Brooks - BX9338 .B7 1813 v2

CARTWRIGHT. 141 be proper to give the substance of them, which was as follows : 1. That in reforming the church, it is necessary to reduce all things to the apostolic institution. 2. That no man ought to be admitted into the ministry, who is not capable of preaching. 3. That popish ordinations are not valid. And only canonical scripture ought to be publicly read in the church. 4. That equal reverence is due to all canonical scripture, and to all the names of God ; there is, therefore, no reason why the people should stand at the reading of the gospel, or bow at the name of Jesus. 5. That it is as lawful to sit at the Lord's table, as to kneel or stand. 6. That the Lord's supper ought not to be administered in private; nor should baptism be administered by women or lay-persons. 7. That the sign of the cross in baptism, is superstitious. 8. That it is reasonable and proper, that the parent should offer his own child in baptism, without being obliged to say I will, I will not, I believe, &c. 9. That it is papistical to forbid marriages at certain times of the year ; and to give licenses for them at those times, is intolerable. 10. That the observation of Lent, and fasting on Fridays and Saturdays, is superstitious. 11. That trading or keeping markets on the Lord's day, is unlawful. 12. That in ordaininc, ministers, the pronouncing of those words, Receive the Holy Ghost, is both ridiculous and wicked.. These were the dangerous and seditious doctrines, which Mr. Cartwright occasionally touched upon in his public lectures, but evidently without the least designofpromoting discord. However, those who sought his ruin, having already deprived him of his lecture and professorship, procured his expulsion from the university. This was undoubtedly a short and easy method of refuting his opinions ! The pretended occasion of his expulsion was, indeed, looked upon as a crime of no small magnitude. Mr. Cartwright, a senior fellow of the college, was only in deacon's orders. Whitgift was no sooner informed of this, Strype's Annals,vol. i. p. 589.