William D. McCrackan, M.A., member of the board of lectureship of The Mother Church, the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, United States of America, gave two very interesting lectures on Christian Science in the Masonic Hall, Jeppe street, on the evenings of the 12th and 16th of October. The hall was well filled with eager listeners on both occasions, and the lecturer received a sympathetic hearing. At the close of his addresses he was greeted with expressions of hearty approval. On the first evening J. L. van der Merwe, mining commissioner, in introducing the lecturer said in part,—

On behalf of the Christian Science organizations in the Union of South Africa, I have great pleasure in extending to you all a hearty welcome. We are here this evening to listen to a lecture upon Christian Science. Now, Christian Science is not a new religion. It is the religion of the Bible. It starts with the God of the Bible as the only cause and intelligence. It teaches us how to understand and demonstrate the truth of what the God of the Bible has said about Himself: "I am the Lord, and there is none else." This was later on emphasized by Jesus in his reply to one of the scribes, who asked him, "Which is the first commandment of all?" Jesus answered, you remember, "The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord." This is true from all eternity; it was true when Jesus uttered it; it is true now that Christian Science is demonstrating it.

Christian Science teaches that there is only one way to understand the truth of the Bible, and that is by demonstrating, by living it. Now it is evident one person cannot live for another. It is an individual work. To live the truth of the Bible means reformation. In Christian Science, reformation is the taking up of the cross; it is the going through Gethsemane; it is the climbing of Calvary; it is the overcoming of all materiality; it is the way that leads to the understanding of God, when we shall see Him as He is.

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