A Seattle clergyman goes out of his way to assert of a...

The Spokesman-Review

A Seattle clergyman goes out of his way to assert of a very considerable portion of Spokane's best citizenship that they are "without the hope of salvation" and are "being led down to hell"—all because they have found in Christian Science the present salvation they failed to find elsewhere. While thinking persons generally know this denunciation to be untrue, there may still be those who will accept the statement without question because it was made by a professed teacher and preacher.

When the disciple John said to the Master, "We saw one casting out devils in thy name, . . . and we forbade him, because he followeth not us," Jesus replied: "Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part." What a marked difference in the spirit shown by the great Teacher! Christian Science does not deny the great work of Jesus the Christ, but declares the paramount necessity of following his teaching and practice. It accepts his declaration that he was the Son of God. He manifested God to the world, as recorded in that wonderful seventeenth chapter of John. Not only this, but he declared that his brethren, his followers, should manifest God, and gave them the further promise that they should do even greater works than he himself had done.

Christian Science emphasizes the point that practice rather than profession, knowledge rather than mere belief, is requisite to the true Christian life and salvation. Because the adherents of this faith are approximating in a degree full obedience to the command both to preach and to heal, they are not proclaiming themselves the only chosen vessels by loudly berating those who follow not with them. While speaking with authority to every form of evil, they become more humble, for they realize that of themselves they can do nothing. Mere belief counts for little; it is the knowledge of the truth that makes free. We say in the words of Paul, "I know whom I have believed."

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