Furthermore, since such great ignorance of the Kingdom of Christ holds sway over all everywhere, so that its power and its salutary effect upon its men and the fact that apart from it everything is harmful and destructive can hardly be explained, taught, and presented convincingly in one or two sermons, no matter how careful and accurate they are, there must first be sent out to all the churches of the realm evangelists who are appropriately learned and motivated for the Kingdom of Christ. They must announce assiduously, zealously, and in a timely fashion to the people everywhere the good news of the Kingdom. And they should teach from the Gospel, with strength and energy, whatever pertains to the Kingdom of Christ and whatever it is necessary to believe and do for present and future happiness.
In delegating these men, utmost care will have to be taken that none are sent out except those from whose whole life and manner of devotion it is obvious that they are not in any way considering or seeking their own interests in this office but only those things which pertain to the glory of Christ and the repair of the churches. Therefore, it will not be sufficient at all to have heard from them only one or two worthy sermons, just as it will not be at all possible to judge someone suitable for this office from the fact that he seems skilled and acceptable at preaching. Their whole lives, their habits of behavior and special interests, must be inquired into and explored, to see how strong a talent and a will they have for restoring the Kingdom of Christ.
In this regard, the rule of the Holy Spirit expressed in the letters to Timothy and Titus concerning this very thing, namely, what sort of ministers are to be put in charge of churches, should be very religiously considered; and with this as a standard, everything should be demanded of them which was also demanded of those who were first sent out to lay the foundations of the churches (I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9). Strict and exacting care should be taken that those who have the duty of laying these foundations by preaching the gospel greatly excel in their knowledge and zeal for the Kingdom of Christ those whose task it is to build the superstructure once the foundations have been laid (I Cor. 3:10). Their examination ought to be committed to individuals outstanding for their holiness, both resolute for and knowledgeable in the mysteries of the Kingdom of Christ.
It will be useful to prescribe to these examiners a suitable scheme for a canonical examination which is derived from the precepts of the Holy Spirit, which those charged to examine individuals should follow so as not to inflict on the churches for this most holy office any whom they have discovered not to have sufficiently, as a gift from the Lord, a strong talent and will for the reestablishment of his Kingdom. Certainly no one has sufficiently explored such gifts of Christ if he has only once or twice heard someone giving good answers on Christian doctrine, and promising to do faithful work in the ministry. From their previous life, as I have said, and their real fruits of piety, concerning which there should be weighty testimony of pious men and of the churches where the individual has lived or even ministered for some time, it must be established how much of a faculty and what gifts the Lord has given to each for the restoration of his Kingdom, and also with how great a desire and zeal he has inflamed the individual for this very thing. For those who neglect this supreme diligence and severity in investigating and testing the preachers of the gospel, as the Holy Spirit has commanded in so many places and so scrupulously, these indeed make sport of Christ the King and impiously betray the salvation of his elect.
In order that the preaching of these evangelists may be rather uniform and harmonious and in order that the true foundations of religion may be laid out by them in a like manner, it would be quite helpful to prescribe for them, in clear and definite terms, an outline of the principal dogmas of Christ, of those especially which are debated at this time, and also of the method of reading and explaining the Sacred Scriptures in the churches, and about the catechism and private instructions; likewise, concerning the true use of the sacraments, and the universal communion of the Church, and the discipline both of life and manners, then also penance and the other practices, as we have already briefly delineated them.