As an onlooker, being neither Christian Scientist nor...

Manchester (Eng.) Chronicle

As an onlooker, being neither Christian Scientist nor Presbyterian, I ask your indulgence in the discussion between the Rev. W. Rigby-Murray and the Christian Scientist, Mr. Bonnin. Whatever Christian Science is or is not, I think it is carrying out much nearer the teachings of Christ than are the Christian churches in general, if only in the matter of healing the sick. Now the Christian churches cannot get away from the emphasis that Christ laid upon the act of healing. I think that Christian Science puts the Christian Trinitarian churches to shame, for why are they not going forth, in their boasted gospel preaching, and healing the sick, which is the greatest object they, as Christ's followers, could be engaged in? He that offends in one point of the law is guilty of all, was the teaching of the apostle James; then the churches are guilty, and weighed in the balance are found wanting.

If the churches paid more attention to healing the sick than they do, they would be nearer the mark as Christ's followers. But what can be expected from Christians who have lost faith in the power of healing, who maintain that it was only transmitted to the then apostles, and died with them? If Christian Science is a departure from the faith once delivered to the saints, what of the Trinitarian believers, who all along the line have fallen away from their Master's pathway?

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