THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH

Authorities agree that the term evangelical means literally, "according to the gospel." Etymologically the word evangelist means good-messenger, a bringer of good tidings from God; hence those who accept these good tidings are evangelical believers. In the widest sense the Bible is the true evangel. Sometimes the writers of the four Gospels are called the evangelists, and from the first all Protestants styled themselves evangelical, because they claimed that their tenets were derived solely from the Bible.

To the question, Is Christian Science evangelical? we may pertinently quote from our Leader's words. She says (Science and Health, p. 110), "In following these leadings of scientific revelation, the Bible was my only text-book." It thus appears that in her teaching Mrs. Eddy rested upon the same authority as did the founders of Protestantism, and with the outcome that she was led to perceive the same great truths as did they. With regard to the total depravity of mortals, the necessity of turning toward and relying upon God for deliverance, the great need of faith and practical works as the evidence and means of being justified before God, the free and universal applicability to all mankind of the life and teachings of Christ Jesus,— all these tenets accepted by the churches calling themselves evangelical are fully covered by the churches calling themselves are fully covered by the teachings of Christian Science.

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