A recent issue contained statements by an evangelist in...

Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise

A recent issue contained statements by an evangelist in regard to Christian Science, one of which characterized this teaching as a leech and a parasite upon Christianity. One definition of the word leech is "a professor of the art of healing." It is quite certain that our friend did not use the word in this sense; for if he realized the art of healing to be an essential element of present-day Christianity, and if he knew that in this respect Christian Scientists are obeying the Master's injunction to heal the sick, he could find no fault with their lives. Christian Science accepts the Master's teaching, "This is life eternal, that they might know thee," and the knowledge of God gained from Jesus' words and works is the life of the Christian Scientist. One of the tenets of this religion, as given on page 497 of the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, is as follows: "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life."

The speaker is quoted as having further affirmed that "if Mrs. Eddy's followers would give half the time and study and put half the effort into working for Jesus Christ that they do in studying her doctrines, they would be most effective Christians." Christian Scientists spend much time in the prayerful study of the Bible as interpreted in Christian Science. As a matter of fact, they are unique among Christian denominations on account of their earnest daily study of God's Word; and the Scriptural truth thus gained is made practical in the overcoming of sin and sickness, sorrow and despair, not only in their own lives, but also in the lives of others. Is not this working for Jesus the Christ and effective Christianity in the light of the commands, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel," "Heal the sick"? Are not these the "Signs following" which our Saviour designated as the test of true discipleship?

September 11, 1915

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