The paragraph headed "Payment for Prayer," in your...

Dundee (Scot.) Advertiser

The paragraph headed "Payment for Prayer," in your issue of the 15th inst., is a remarkable instance of what prejudice can do in the way of making the ordinary man hopelessly illogical. In the case in question a Christian Scientist was pain five shillings a week by a relative, who could perfectly well afford it, of a sick woman for his services in attempting to heal her. To say that it is unchristian to accept money for attempting to heal the sick by spiritual instead of by physical means, is to place one's self in direct contradiction to the teaching both of Christ Jesus and of Paul. This is perfectly evident to anybody who will stay to think for a moment. Absolutely apart from the direct authorization of the Bible on the subject, lies the fact that the clergy are paid for their spiritual ministrations, and the medical profession for their material ministrations. The consequence is that the jury have arrived at the extraordinary conclusion that it is only wrong to accept payment when the attempt is made to combine the efforts of clergy and doctor, in accordance with the distinct command of the Founder of Christianity to preach the gospel and to heal the sick.

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January 22, 1910

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