Branch Church Membership

Probably there are few, if any, Christian Scientists who unite with a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, who do not approach such membership with great expectation of good to be gained therefrom. They have been healed of disease through the gentle ministration of Christian Science; they have seen discord dissolved into its native nothingness; they have had a sense of lack replaced by an evidence of God's plenty; in various ways they have had proof that this new-old truth stands for all that is harmonious and right, for all that is true and loving. They therefore desire to unite themselves with the church which stands for such exemplification of the healing power of the Christ.

From all this they may have concluded that henceforth their lives and their experiences—especially so far as association with those of like faith is concerned—will never express anything but that which is heavenly in nature and activity. Perhaps they have come to believe that the uniting with a Christian Science church will be the beginning of a blissful experience wherein they will walk forward with the other members in complete agreement on all questions. Indeed, they would probably cry out in amazement were any one to suggest that any sense of disagreement can occur among a body of Christian Scientists.

What they have read and heard and felt of this wonderful Science has convinced them that since there is but one Mind and all its ideas are governed thereby, the logical conclusion must follow that there could be no room for disagreement. They are so sure that this perfect unity is already understood by them and by other Christian Scientists that they may even approach the first business meeting which it is their privilege to attend, with the fixed belief that if an election is to occur, the first ballot must of necessity elect unanimously those who are to be chosen to office; for, say they, would not any other result deny the truth of Christian Science?

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December 29, 1923

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