"Let our pulpits do justice to Christian Science,"...

Evening Ledger

"Let our pulpits do justice to Christian Science," writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 141 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." This fair demand made by the great Leader of a great religious movement has been partially heeded by the pulpits of to-day, to the extent that ministerial misrepresentations of Christian Science and of its Discoverer and Founder, Mrs. Eddy, are now rarely heard, and an occasional voice of courageous honesty from the pulpit indicates a tardy recognition of Christian Scientists as fellow-Christians. But in some quarters there is still much, very much, need of pondering the words of wise Gamaliel to his coreligionists, swayed as they were by bigoted prejudice against the early Christians: "And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; haply ye be found even to fight against God."

Long ago our common Master, Christ Jesus, laid down the rules by which all human activity should be tested, in these words: "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit." Those who undertake to follow the meek and mighty Nazarene cannot possibly escape this test. Jesus also said, "By their fruits ye shall know them." The fruits of the religious system which Mrs. Eddy named Christian Science are multiplying throughout the earth; and they are good fruits. Its grateful beneficiaries testify to reformed lives, to healing from sin and from sickness, to release from the bondage of fear, from despondency, from the so-called hereditary ills of mind and body; in fact, these testimonies include deliverance from every ill "that flesh is heir to."

The great majority of Christian Scientists were once members of the older denominations, and were highly regarded by former pastors and fellow-members. They are people of intelligence, and live consistent, Christian lives. The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is their constant study. They stand well as citizens. They are entitled to ready credence when they bear witness to an enlarged and enriched Christian salvation through the study and practice of Christian Science.

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