Last Sunday afternoon [June 28] about three hundred people attended the lecture on "Christian Science" given in Assembly Hall by Frank H. Leonard of Brooklyn, under the auspices of the Christian Science Society of Madison. In introducing the speaker, Richard L. Remnitz said:—

When a force for righteousness appears in the world we inquire whence it comes. When Christ came he arrested the attention of the Hebrew people, and all classes of the race inquired of him. With almost Christlike power the word is being demonstrated to-day, and mankind are seeking to know whence the power. When Christ came he healed the sick without medicine, and they marveled. In healing the sick he drove out sin, and they marveled. He triumphed over sin, over sickness, and over death. He demonstrated their impotence to oppose Spirit. He gave the same power to his disciples, and he even told them that they would do greater works. His works were raising the dead, healing the sick, casting out sin, preaching the kingdom of God to poor and rich.

Christ Jesus was the great practitioner. He despised the sham of good profession but inaction. When he said that unless we accepted the kingdom of heaven as a little child we should not enter therein, he meant it. He was a doer of the word. There was no patience in him for pharisaism. For many hundreds of years mankind have listened to a theology of inaction; men have not had the courage to submit themselves wholly to God and to do His will to the uttermost. In New York city I heard a minister of the gospel say to other ministers of orthodox churches, who were all deploring what they called spiritual stagnation in the churches, that the membership was not gaining as it should, with one exception. The exception was the Christian Science Church. "Why is it that our gain is not what it should be?" he asked. "It seems to me that we lack the spirit of the Master. What shall we do to get it, and to get it more abundantly?"

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September 12, 1908

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