During the course of his sermon, as reported in a recent...

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During the course of his sermon, as reported in a recent issue, a clergyman made some statements about the teachings of Christian Science, which were his opinions of what Christian Science teaches, rather than the actual facts of the teachings of this science of Christianity.

It will always remain the privilege of ministers of the gospel to tell their congregations many things about Christian Science that are not true, but when they see the wisdom of getting at the facts of the Christian Science teachings, and of giving these facts to the hungering hearts of their hearers—and some ministers are doing this to-day—their sermons will heal and save and bless those who have ears to hear and hearts to understand. The Christian church of this and every land must approximate the healing power of Christ, as has been taught and practiced in Christian Science ever since its discovery by Mrs. Eddy in 1866.

Christian Scientists do not affirm, nor is there anything in the teachings of Christian Science that would rightfully cause them to "affirm that they are by nature perfect in soul and body," as this minister asserts. Christian Science does stand on the Bible teachings about man: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him." John states, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God." Paul declared that "we are the children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ." Man in God's likeness must be spiritual, perfect, and true. On page 476 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy states, "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick."

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