Qualifying for Church Membership

What impels the average individual to make application for membership in a Christian Science church? Possibly, in the large majority of cases, gratitude for some specific case of healing would be found to be the persuasive animus prompting the individual to take this progressive step in Christian Science. It is, however, possible that one may contemplate joining a Christian Science church with an impulse which is mainly selfish. The prospective member may say: I wish to join because I know how much it will do for me; or, I think it may help in my healing.

Without realizing the subtle, selfish motives which prompt his step, the applicant for membership in the Christian Science church may make application in apparent good faith, and yet be deceiving himself and those upon whom falls the responsibility of approving his membership. An understanding of the definition of Church, as Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has given it, is necessarily an important qualification for church membership.

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