"Honor to whom honor is due"

On page 148 of "Miscellaneous Writings" there appears an extract from a letter by Mrs. Eddy which she has also used as a foreword to the Church Manual. It is clear, from a study of this paragraph, that Mrs. Eddy regarded the rules and by-laws embodied in the Manual of The Mother Church as of inspired origin; that they are necessary "to maintain the dignity and defense of our cause," and "requisite to demonstrate genuine Christian Science."

All of this being conceded to be the truth about these by-laws, also the further fact that they are permanent and unchanging in their provisions, it is of course impossible that they should be neglected by Christian Scientists, or that any of them should become "a custom more honored in the breach than the observance." As to the manner in which these by-laws may be made most useful to Christian Scientists, we may well profit by Mrs. Eddy's answer to the question so often asked by those eager to gain and understanding of Christian Science, in which she says: "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit. Adhere to the divine Principle of Christian Science and follow the behests of God, abiding steadfastly in wisdom, Truth, and Love" (Science and Health, p. 495).

Those who have studied thoroughly the rules and by-laws of The Mother Church, and have imbibed the spirit, have seen that compliance with both the letter and the spirit of these rules is necessary to the steady and stately progress of Christian Science and the growth of the individual Christian Scientist. There is not one of them but was intended to promote Christianity and brotherly love, to safeguard the purity of the religion of Christian Science and insure the genuineness of all that officially bears its name, as well as to perpetuate the organization which Mrs. Eddy founded for the continued promulgation and practice of this Science.

Law a Power
November 13, 1915

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