The Lectures

An orthodox minister of the gospel, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Bartlesville, the Rev. J. G. Harshaw, introduced Virgil O. Strickler to a large audience in the Odeon Theater. He said:—

We are assembled here to listen to a lecture on Christian Science. My part of the program is to introduce the speaker, and I offer no apology as a Methodist preacher for performing this pleasant duty. John Wesley declared long ago: "I desire a league, offensive and defensive, with every soldier of Jesus Christ." I believe that the true Christian Scientist is a soldier of Jesus Christ, and I am here to receive that inspiration which comes from the shoulder touch of comrades in a great cause for the well-being of humanity on this earth. Furthermore, I believe that divine healing belongs with the preaching of the gospel, as it did in the beginning. When the heart of John the Baptist was growing weary and impatient in Herod's prison at the slow working of the gentle Jesus, he sent two of his disciples to inquire, "Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?" Jesus replied, "Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, . . . and the poor have the gospel preached to them." This is practical Christianity. The multitudes today, as in the days of Christ, are weary, worried, and full of fear, and theological theories will not satisfy or give peace. Only God can heal and give peace to the sick and troubled soul.

October 10, 1914
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