In reply to all the clergyman's contentions as to the...

Fayette County Union

In reply to all the clergyman's contentions as to the reality of disease I quote John, who says: "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." If disease is, God made it. Disease is an evil. Did God make evil? If God made evil, disease, and wished man to be sick, would Jesus, who came to do the will of his Father, have healed all manner of disease among the people? He cast out evils, devils, disease, by his word. "He sent his word, and healed them."

Jesus never, so far as Scripture records, diagnosed a disease, discussed its symptoms, gave drugs, or performed surgical operations. His position was that expressed by Paul to the Hebrews: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword." Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." They have not passed away; neither has his command to "heal the sick," nor his promise, "These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils ... they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Jesus cast sickness and sin out together. The command to "them that believe" did not separete preaching and healing the sick. The psalmist signs of Him "who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases."

Allow me to call the gentleman's attention to the scientific definition of church as given in the textbook of the Christian Science denomination, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy (p. 583): "The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick." No organization that does not measure up in some degree to these requirements is rightly called "church." The Christian Science church "proves its utility" by its healings.

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Extracts from Letters
June 7, 1919

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