Evil to be Overcome

The Standard

Mr. Editor.

Will you permit me to say a few words in relation to a splendid sermon by Rev. O. P. Gifford, reported in The Standard of April 18? What appeals to me particularly in this sermon is the repeated statement that evil must be overcome by good. This seems to me so fully in accord with the teachings of the Saviour of men that it is always welcome, and it is somewhat surprising that preachers so rarely base their sermons upon this eternal fact. Dr. Gifford shows the power of love as a practical reality, and also calls attention to the fact that all Christian endeavor must be active and not passive. He points out the responsibility for evil and the necessity of overcoming it. His slight digression in which he condemns Christian Science for declaring the unreality of evil seems to me a misunderstanding on his part of the teachings of Christian Science. Christian Science teaches that evil is unreal, but in no flippant manner does it utter this doctrine. The aim is to overcome evil, and in thousands of instances the denial of the reality of evil has resulted in the destruction of evil. The denial is made for this purpose only. Christian Science shows that evil must not be thought, acted nor manifested in any way, and when this has been accomplished by an individual, it shows the practicality of this teaching.

July 18, 1903

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