Church Building

The Christian Science church rises as the testimony that sin yields to an understanding of infinite good; that sickness is not able to abide in the light of the wholeness of Spirit; that sorrow and loneliness and heartache can be wiped away by the presence of divine Love; that poverty and lack and business troubles dissolve because the inexhaustibility of divine Principle is understood. It is because Christian Science heals that churches rise.

How does the membership of a Christian Science church know when it is ready to build an edifice? How does it know that as an organization it is ready to make the demonstration? When the question comes, Are we ready? the members can never decide by looking about to see if this member or that member is prepared; nor can they ever hope to build properly by taking a bird's-eye view of the financial status of its members. The question, Are we ready to build? can be answered only as each individual member asks himself, Am I ready to build? If he looks within himself and finds an honest answer to that question, the aggregate result of the ballot as a whole will show better than any other way whether the membership is ready to undertake building.

"In Christian Science churches"
November 3, 1923

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