If the pastor of any one of the thirty-five churches in...

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If the pastor of any one of the thirty-five churches in this vicinity should take the position in his pulpit that the healing of the body would one day be one of the distinct departments of church work, his position would be regarded as little short of revolutionary. Many of them would not be allowed to retain their pulpits, others would soon feel themselves out of tune with their parishioners. And yet we are convinced that many of them, in the depths of their own being, feel that this work is coming. We make bold to say that as soon as that ultra-conservatism, characterized in the early days of Christianity as bigotry and prejudice, and which has always been the greatest enemy of any forward movement in church work,—as soon as this can be broken down so that the churches are led to look this question in the face, there will come a quickening among church people on the subject of saving the body to last its allotted time, as well as saving the soul for all time.

All that should be necessary to convince any reasoning person of the possibility of healing a bodily ailment without the intervention of medicine, is one clear and convincing example of such healing. And yet who does not believe that one such example has not been found? One single message transmitted over a wire settles the question as to an unlimited number of messages. One word flashed through space by wireless settles the question as to numberless thousands of words.

It is not necessary to argue the question as to whether God does the healing. So long as we may be convinced that God does not stand in the way of healing, it becomes a very fitting work for the church to do, once the church is convinced that it can be done. It is not even necessary to prove that all disease can be cured by this means in order to warrant the effort to cure those diseases which can be made to yield. If a missing lung cannot be restored, but the red blood can be made to course again in a palsied limb, has not a great work been accomplished, which may lead to a still greater work?

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