Channels of Good

Christian Scientists are frequently confronted with calls to engage in activities other than those named in the Church Manual. Error, apparently, knows of no more successful method of defeating the purposes of Truth than to tempt its exponents to employ their energies in a manner not directly promotive of spiritual progress. This temptation presents itself in most alluring forms. It may appear under the guise of civic duty as a promising opportunity for the promotion of the general welfare, as aiding a righteous movement, as advancing good government, as an occasion to improve one's social standing—these and a host of other equally attractive causes are put forth to lure Christian Scientists from the straight course provided by our Leader for all who really desire to progress spiritually through aiding their fellow-men.

Christian Scientists, who are awake to the subtlety of evil's ways, are not misled by these attempts. Recognizing as worthy of one's devotion only that which advances mankind spiritually, they turn more completely to Spirit, relying more and more upon the prayer of understanding to perform the healing and regeneration of which the world is so greatly in need. Mrs. Eddy wonderfully illuminates the situation in "The People's Idea of God" (p. 1): "Every step of progress is a step more spiritual. The great element of reform is not born of human wisdom; it draws not its life from human organizations; rather is it the crumbling away of material elements from reason, the translation of law back to its original language,—Mind, and the final unity between man and God."

Unity Among Brethren
June 2, 1923

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