Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
Strangers, Ordination of.
The laws of the early Church forbade the ordination of strangers in any Church to which they did not belong, for the reason that it was the custom generally to ordain such only as were known to all the people, and of whose life and character they were satisfied.
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Strangers, Ordination of.'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/s/strangers-ordination-of.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.