A Complete Demonstration of Church Membership

The questions are sometimes asked, Why should it be necessary to unite with both a branch church and The Mother Church? Why is not membership in either one or the other sufficient identification with the Christian Science movement? One who thus questions has not as yet perceived the proper relation of the branch churches to The Mother Church. The Mother Church is as the parent vine, the branch churches being its branches. The latter can in no sense take the place of the former; neither can they be separated from it. And the one is necessary to the completeness of the other.

Christian Science is the second coming of Christ: it is the Comforter, which Jesus promised would come again, when he said, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." When Christian Scientists realize this, their loving desire is to share it. It is then that they band themselves together in churches. Mrs. Eddy tells us in the Church Manual (p. 17) that the purpose of the Christian Science church is to "reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing." If The Mother Church could geographically cover the entire world, there would be no need for branch churches; but as this is a physical impossibility, the need of the field must be met through the formation of branch churches, which necessarily operate under local forms of government, but always in perfect consonance with the Manual of The Mother Church.

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