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Art . V . —Evangelical Tracts No . I . The Genius of Christianity , By W . H . Furness . We wish to call the attentiou of our readers to this series of Tracts . The following announcement of his plan we give in 1 ; he Editor's own words , expressing our hope , that such encouragement will be afforded by the public , as will enable him to carry it fully into effect .
« ' Those who have engaged in the benevolent work of visiting the sick and the poor , —who are accustomed to observe family worship iu their houses—to supply their inmates with useful reading —to foster the religious sentiments of
their dependants—and , generally , to improve the opportunities which their station gives them of promoting Jjticty and goodness , will often have felt the want of suitable compositions . This want it is proposed to supply , in the series of Tracts of which this is the
commencement . The pieces published will be simple iu their language , affectionate in theii spirit , and practical and devotional in their tenor ; in other words , such as may be put into the hands of domestics , poor neighbours , and workmen , or such as are fit , ted to be read in the family circle , or such as may exhibit to Christians at large the essential truths of the gospel as they are held by those who believe that the Father alone is the true God .
As the sole object which he has in view is to do good , the Editor will be determined in the choice of what he publishes by a regard to the usefulness , rather than the originality of the compositions which he may have at his disposal . But while the series will , for the greater part , consist of reprints , it will also comprise original pieces . Iu order to be enabled to
carry into effect the design now commenced , the Editor respectfully and urgently solicits the aid of the friend ** of Christianity . By using the tracts for the purposes for which they are designed , by pointing out tracts or passages of works worthy of republication , and by furnishing original compositions fitted for the proposed objects , they may render him important aid .
* ' Communications addressed to the Editor of * Evangelical Tracts , ' to the care of T . Forrest , Printer , Market Street , Manchester , will receive attention . "
Art . VI . —The Gifts of the Spirit . Printed for R . B . Lusk , Greeqock . Pp . 24 . A rAMi'HLEi of lew pages , and bearing
a simple title , but which has prod need no small stir in the North ; the production of Mr . Erskiue , the author of several treatises of a Calvinistic character . The main object of this tract is to argue the probability of the continuance of the miraculous operations of the Spirit in the Christian Church . Our author is
not satisfied with the reasous commonly assigned for the belief that they have ceased to exist ; such as , that the purpose of them was merely to put God ' s seal and sanction upon the canon of scripture ; and that , therefore , when that
canon was completed , they ought to cease , as having answered their purpose ; and 2 ndly , that as they were in the primitive times enforced by the laying on . of the hands of the apostles , they necessarily ceased with the cessation of the apostolic office .
** I now see another use of the gifts , namely , for fcdifying the body of Christ , and demonstrating the oneness of the body on earth with the glorified Head in heaven . "—P . 5 . In proof of this view of the spiritual gifts he refers to the following passages : Rom . xii . 3—8 ; 1 Cor . xii ., xiii ., xiv . ; Eph . iv . 4—16 . ** If miracles were intended to have
ceased , I cannot but wonder at the following statements , and others , being made so indefinitely—1 mean so unlimitedly ; referring to Matt . xvii . 19 , 20 ; Mark xvi . 17 , 18 ; Luke x . 19 . The power is connected with faith , and not simply with the attestation of the truth . And that the gift of the Holy Ghost is not exclusively connected with the laying
on of the hands of the apostles , appears from Paul himself receiving it by the laying on of the hands of Ananias , Acts ix . 17 ; and from the falling of the Holy Ghost on the family of Cornelius , not by laying on of Peter ' s hands , * but while he was yet speaking , ' so that the cessation of the apo ^ olic office does not necessarily imply the cessation of miracles . " —P . 13 .
The application made of this doctrine is to certain pretensions to miraculous gifts , which , strange to say , have been recently made in the west of Scotland ; and which Mr . Erskine , in whose pamphlet we see proofs of a sincere sense of religion , and considerable cultivation of mind , believes to be well founded . Some particular examples are given iu the pamphlet which is next noticed .
66 Critical Notices . — Theological .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1831, page 56, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2593/page/56/