In these days when there is so much need of spiritual...

Edmonton (Alberta) Bulletin

In these days when there is so much need of spiritual comfort, when people are rightly turning for solace to the promises of Christianity, large numbers are finding this consolation and healing through the teachings of Christian Science. It should be readily conceded by all thinking people that Christian Scientists have the right to enjoy these much needed blessings, even though they may have left the denominations of their fathers. When so doing, however, Christian Scientists cannot be correctly regarded as apostates, although this was implied in the address of a visiting evangelist, as recently reported. The religious teachers among the Jews regarded Christ Jesus as an apostate, but history has fully shown that they were mistaken. If these teachers had been truly practicing the precepts of Moses, they would have had no quarrel with Jesus, but would have received him with open arms. So in proportion as the Christian churches of to-day are true to the teaching and practice of Christ Jesus they will warmly welcome Christian Science.

This gentleman is reported to have said: "There is no ... 'absent treatment' which wins souls to God." This, of course, contradicts the teaching of Scripture and seriously discredits the practice of Christ Jesus. One instance may be sufficient to prove this. In St. John's gospel it is related that Jesus healed a nobleman's son by absent treatment, and the direct result was that the nobleman and his whole family accepted the teachings of Christ Jesus. "Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend," so this beautiful narrative runs. "And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unot him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house."

The evangelist indicated that the Christian Science movement has prospered in spite of the fact that it has not established missions. But this statement may be somewhat misleading. It is true that Christian Scientists in propagating the gospel of Christ follow a plan suited to their own denominational requirements, and different from that of other denominations, but this need not produce unfavorable comment. Wherever the Christian Science church is found it is not only preaching the gospel, but also healing the sick. And so it will be readily seen that the Christian Science churches throughout the world—all branches of The Mother Church, in Boston, Massachusetts—are working quite as diligently as the missions established by other denominations.

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