Working for the Church

Not long ago a member of a branch church was reproaching himself for not working more for the church, and on being asked how he worked for the church he replied, "Oh, I work for the readers and the board, and the ushers, to know they cannot make mistakes." While the motive was a kindly one, the work in itself was as grave a mistake as one could make, first in its interference with God's government, and next in the presumption involved in working for another unasked, thus taking from the individual the privilege of a choice of helpers.

To work for the church is not to work for persons, but to know that the evil influences which would overthrow the various institutions or fortresses represented by the church have no power whereby to accomplish evil purposes. In the second book of Chronicles we read, "Now, my God, ... let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place," the house of God; while in the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. VIII, Sect. 5), we find a rule for prayer in church as follows: "The prayers in Christian Science churches shall be offered for the congregations collectively and exclusively."

Having Other Gods
May 6, 1916

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