In a recent issue of your esteemed paper there appeared...

Portland (Maine) Express-Advertiser

In a recent issue of your esteemed paper there appeared the following: "Since Christian Science and other cults claim the power of healing, its teachers take the place of the professional healers." "The Emmanuel movement does not profess to practise medicine. It regards such a claim as the height of folly and ignorance."

Christian Scientists do not give medical treatment, medical advice, diagnose physical ills, recommend medical, dietetic, or hygienic theories or practice. If Jesus and his immediate disciples were on earth today, they probably would "take the place of the professional healers" to some extent, but they most assuredly would not practise medicine. Christian Scientists are endeavoring to follow the Master's command by perpetuating his words and works in accordance with his declaration: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." That the doing of these works was not to be confined to his immediate disciples is also clearly indicated in the statement, "Neither pray I for these [the disciples] alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word."

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