The evangelist now campaigning in our city is quoted to...

The Scranton (Pa.) Times

The evangelist now campaigning in our city is quoted to the effect that there might be a convert "to Mrs. Eddy and not to Jesus Christ." In making such an assertion the gentleman simply manifests his entire ignorance of the position Mrs. Eddy held toward mankind and in relation to Christian Science. In a communion message to the members of her church in 1899 (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 129) Mrs. Eddy wrote: "Lean not too much on your Leader. Trust God to direct your steps. Accept my counsel and teachings only as they include the spirit and the letter of the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the teachings and example of Christ Jesus." In her Message to The Mother Church for 1901 (p. 34) Mrs. Eddy said, "Follow your Leader only so far as she follows Christ," which admonition was specifically repeated in a similar message the following year.

Thus it will be seen that Mrs. Eddy pointed all men directly to the Bible and to the Saviour's words, as well as to the significance of his works, for guidance in their spiritual progress. Her consistent effort was to take out of religious teaching the elements of human personality, popularity, opinion, and leadership, so that there might remain only "pure religion and undefiled." That her wise work in this direction has borne fruit is evidenced by the remarkable progress Christian Science is making, progress based on the healing and regenerating work it is doing.

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June 24, 1916

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