The Rev. Mr. —, in speaking at the Pentecostal conference...

The Yorkshire Post

The Rev. Mr. —, in speaking at the Pentecostal conference at Sunderland, expresses himself as being quite sure that the healing in Christian Science, which he describes as "wonderful," was done through the devil. He also states that all diseases come from this aforesaid devil, and sometimes with the consent of God. Evidently he does not recognize the teachings of Christ Jesus on this subject, or he would hardly have committed himself to these statements.

The attack of the reverend gentleman on Christian Science healing is exactly the same as that which the rabbis hurled at Christ Jesus nineteen hundred years ago. It would have been as futile for them to deny his healing power as it would be for this critic to deny the healing power of Christian Science today, and so they accounted for it by declaring that "he casteth out devils through Beelzebub." Jesus' reply was clear and concise, showing that if Satan caused disease and then healed the same disease, he would be working against himself ; but, he said, "if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you."

The clergyman's proposition that the devil causes disease, sometimes with the permission of God, would make infinite good a partner in the creation of evil, which is, of course, an impossibility ; and again, if infinite good could permit disease, it would be for a good purpose, and so it would be quite wrong to try to heal it. Under such circumstances, all healing systems would be working against God in a great many cases, and Christ Jesus himself, the great Physician, would have been found destroying that which God permitted. Such statements, however, have neither Biblical authority nor reason, and are based merely on the fervid imagination of some individuals.

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