In a recent issue of the Advocate you made editorial...

Daily Advocate,

In a recent issue of the Advocate you made editorial mention of a minister's attack on Christian Science while addressing the Gospel Missionary Society of New Britain. I have no doubt that this gentleman is perfectly sincere in doing this sort of thing; that he believes his church is doing the Master's service in the only right way; that the other sixty odd denominations, including the Christian Science denomination, in this country are wrong, and that his address was scholarly and from his standpoint perfectly logical; but is he healing the sick as the great Nazarene commanded? Is he obeying the command to "judge not, that ye be not judged"? Does he know of a single Christian Scientist dissatisfied with his or her present condition of peace, joy, and health, brought about through what they believe to be the power of the redemptive Christ, or the Redeemer, or this spiritual truth which Jesus promised we should know and which should make us free? Has this clergyman objection to our receiving peace, joy, health, gifts of the Spirit or God, where we formerly were ill, and in many cases unhappy, and perhaps skeptical? Or does he object that we gained this freedom, which we claim is every man's birthright, through the teaching of Christian Science? ... Those of us who have received benefits through Christian Science cannot be persuaded that we are not benefited, though against the prevailing medical and theological opinion. And again, another strange thing, those of us who now are Christian Scientists were in almost every case opposed to it, laughed at it, ridiculed our friends who defended it, before we knew what it was. Like this brother, we thought we knew, and we thought it was wrong, if not worse. So you see we can thoroughly appreciate the good man's position and sympathize with him. If he only knew that God really is "a very present help in trouble," in all kinds of trouble, physical, mental, or moral; that He is the source of "every good and perfect gift," as Christian Science proves, he would resort to no other source for help. But until he "understands" how this can be done he will continue to "preach" reliance on God and "practise" the old way, as we all did formerly. Have faith, but add to your faith, knowledge, or understanding, is the Scriptural command.

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August 3, 1907

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