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Should Christians Beware Of Christian Science?

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3      History repeats itself. The Pharisees of old warned
         the people to beware of Jesus, and contemptuously called
         him “this fellow.” Jesus said, “For which of these
6      works do ye stone me?” as much as to ask, Is it the
         work most derided and envied that is most acceptable to
         God? Not that he would cease to do the will of his Father
9      on account of persecution, but he would repeat his work
         to the best advantage for mankind and the glory of his
         Father.
12    There are sinners in all societies, and it is vain to look
         for perfection in churches or associations. The life of
         Christ is the perfect example; and to compare mortal
15    lives with this model is to subject them to severe scrutiny.
         Without question, the subtlest forms of sin are trying to
         force the doors of Science and enter in; but this white
18    sanctuary will never admit such as come to steal and to
         rob. Through long ages people have slumbered over
         Christ’s commands, “Go ye into all the world, and preach
21    the gospel;” “Heal the sick, cast out devils;” and now
         the Church seems almost chagrined that by new discoveries
         of Truth sin is losing prestige and power.
24    The Rev. Dr. A.J. Gordon, a Boston Baptist clergyman,
         said in a sermon: “The prayer of faith shall save the
         sick, and it is doing it to-day; and as the faith of the Church


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1      increases, and Christians more and more learn their duty
         to believe all things written in the Scriptures, will such
3      manifestations of God’s power increase among us.” Such
         sentiments are wholesome avowals of Christian Science.
         God is not unable or unwilling to heal, and mortals are not
6      compelled to have other gods before Him, and employ
         material forms to meet a mental want. The divine Spirit
         supplies all human needs. Jesus said to the sick, “Thy
9      sins are forgiven thee; rise up and walk!” God’s pardon
         is the destruction of all “the ills that flesh is heir to.”
         All power belongs to God; and it is not in all the vain
12    power of dogma and philosophy to dispossess the divine
         Mind of healing power, or to cast out error with error,
         even in the name and for the sake of Christ, and so heal
15    the sick. While Science is engulfing error in bottomless
         oblivion, the material senses would enthrone error as om-
         nipotent and omnipresent, with power to determine the
18    fact and fate to being. It is said that the devil is the ape
         of God. The lie of evil holds its own by declaring itself
         both true and good. The path of Christian Science is be-
21    set with false claimants, aping its virtues, but cleaving to
         their own vices. Denial of the authorship of “Science
         and Health with Key to the Scriptures” would make a
24    lie the author of Truth, and so make Truth itself a lie.
         A distinguished clergyman came to be healed. He said:
         “I am suffering from nervous prostration, and have to eat
27    beefsteak and drink strong coffee to support me through
         a sermon.” Here a skeptic might well ask if the atone-


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1      ment had lost its efficacy for him, and if Christ’s power to
         heal was not equal to the power of daily meat and drink.
3      The power of Truth is not contingent on matter. Our
         Master said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are
         heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Truth rebukes
6      error; and whether stall-fed or famishing, theology needs
         Truth to stimulate and sustain a good sermon.
         A lady said: “Only He who knows all things can esti-
9      mate the good your books are doing.”
         A distinguished Doctor of Divinity said: “Your book
         leavens my sermons.”
12    The following extract from a letter is a specimen of
         those received daily: “Your book Science and Health is
         healing the sick, binding up the broken-hearted, preach-
15    ing deliverance to the captive, convicting the infidel, alarm-
         ing the hypocrite, and quickening the Christian.”
         Christian Science Mind-healing is dishonored by those
18    who take it up from mercenary motives, for wealth and
         fame, or think to build a baseless fabric of their own on
         another’s foundation. They cannot put the “new wine
21    into old bottles;” they can never engraft Truth into error.
         Such students come to my College to learn a system which
         they go away to disgrace. Stealing or garbling my state-
24    ments of Mind-science will never prevent or reconstruct
         the wrecks of ‘”isms” and help humanity.
         Science often suffers blame through the sheer ignorance
27    of people, while envy and hatred bark and bite at its heels.
         A man’s inability to heal, on the Principle of Christian


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1      Science, substantiates his ignorance of its Principle and
         practice, and incapacitates him for correct comment.
3      This failure should make him modest.
         Christian Science involves a new language, and a higher
         demonstration of medicine and religion. It is the “new
6      tongue” of Truth, having its best interpretation in the
         power of Christianity to heal. My system of Mind-heal-
         ing swerves not from the highest ethics and from the spirit-
9      ual goal. To climb up by some other way than Truth is
         to fall. Error has no hobby, however boldly ridden or
         brilliantly caparisoned, that can leap into the sanctum
12    of Christian Science.
         In Queen Elizabeth’s time Protestantism could sentence
         men to the dungeon or stake for their religion, and so
15    abrogate the rights of conscience and choke the channels
         of God. Ecclesiastical tyranny muzzled the mouth lisping
         God’s praise; and instead of healing, it palsied the weak
18    hand outstretched to God. Progress, legitimate to the
         human race, pours the healing balm of Truth and Love
         into every wound. It reassures us that no Reign of Terror
21    or rule of error will again unite Church and State, or re-
         enact, through the civil arm of government, the horrors of
         religious persecution.
24    The Rev. S. E. Herrick, a Congregational clergyman of
         Boston, says: “Heretics of yesterday are martyrs to-day.”
         In every age and clime, “On earth peace, good will to-
27    ward men” must be the watchword of Christianity.
         Jesus said: “I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven


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1      and earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise
         and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”
3      St. Paul said that without charity we are “as sound-
         ing brass, or a tinkling cymbal;” and he added: “Charity
         suffereth long, and is kind; . . . doth not behave itself
6      unseemly, . . . thinketh no evil, . . . but rejoiceth in the
         truth.”
         To hinder the unfolding truth, to ostracize whatever
9      uplifts mankind, is of course out of the question. Such an
         attempt indicates weakness, fear, or malice; and such
         efforts arise from a spiritual lack, felt, though unacknowl-
12    edged.
         Let it not be heard in Boston that woman, “last at the
         cross and first at the sepulchre,” has no rights which man
15    is bound to respect. In natural law and in religion the
         right of woman to fill the highest measure of enlightened
         understanding and the highest places in government, is
18    inalienable, and these rights are ably vindicated by the
         noblest of both sexes. This is woman’s hour, with all its
         sweet amenities and its moral and religious reforms.
21    Drifting into intellectual wrestlings, we should agree to
         disagree; and this harmony would anchor the Church in
         more spiritual latitudes, and so fulfil her destiny.
24    Let the Word have free course and be glorified. The
         people clamor to leave cradle and swaddling-clothes. The
         spiritual status is urging its highest demands on mortals,
27    and material history is drawing to a close. Truth cannot
         be stereotyped; it unfoldeth forever. “One on God’s


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1      side is a majority;” and “Lo, I am with you alway,” is
         the pledge of the Master.
3      The question now at issue is: Shall we have a prac-
         tical, spiritual Christianity, with its healing power, or
         shall we have material medicine and superficial religion?
6      The advancing hope of the race, craving health and holi-
         ness, halts for a reply; and the reappearing Christ, whose
         life-giving understanding Christian Science imparts, must
9      answer the constant inquiry: “Art thou he that should
         come?” Woman should not be ordered to the rear, or
         laid on the rack, for joining the overture of angels. Theo-
12    logians descant pleasantly upon free moral agency; but
         they should begin by admitting individual rights.
         The author’s ancestors were among the first settlers of
15    New Hampshire. They reared there the Puritan standard
         of undefiled religion. As dutiful descendants of Puritans,
         let us lift their standard higher, rejoicing, as Paul did,
18    that we are free born.
         Man has a noble destiny; and the full-orbed significance
         of this destiny has dawned on the sick-bound and sin-
21    enslaved. For the unfolding of this upward tendency to
         health, greatness, and goodness, I shall continue to labor
         and wait.




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