"One thing is needful"

The prominent place which the healing work of Jesus and his immediate followers occupies in the New Testament record of our Master's earthly career, justifies the emphasis given by Christian Science to the need of similar work today, and those persons who have criticised the amount of space which our periodicals devote to testimonies of healing should bear this in mind. The fact that Jesus gave so much attention to this work, and commanded his followers to do the works that he was doing, leaves no room for doubt as to his estimate of the importance of spiritual healing as an integral part of his gospel, an essential of the Christian life. His answer to John's messenger certainly showed that by his "mighty works" he hoped to establish the truth of his claim to be the Messiah.

That Christian Science is Apostolic Christianity must be established by practical results obtained in healing the sick and reforming the sinful, and it is our duty to make known these fruits of its teachings. No matter how pious Christian Scientists may be, or how regularly they attend the services in our churches, they differ but little from other good people unless they are able to show forth in their lives some measure of the healing gospel commended and commanded by our Master.

Law and Testimony
February 11, 1905

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