Church Attendance

Probably every community in which there is located a Christian Science church or society has developed a far greater interest in the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy than is indicated by the number of people who attend Christian Science services. The large attendance at nearly every Christian Science lecture is an indication that those interested in this subject are not by any means limited to those who are usually to be seen at the Sunday services and Wednesday evening testimony meetings. Indeed, even the lectures do not reveal all who may be studying the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and the other writings of Mrs. Eddy, in conjunction with the Bible. But just as we know that "a belief in Truth is better than a belief in error" (Science and Health, p. 297), so do we know that interest in Christian Science, even though not yet manifested by church attendance, is better for the individual than old disdain or complete apathy on the subject.

Those, however, who have experienced the many blessings of regular church attendance know that it offers a means for spiritual growth that can never be so fully attained without it. And while the charity which our Leader has urged upon Christian Scientists in their attitude towards all mankind will protect us from the mistake of criticizing our friends or relatives whose interest in the healing truth may not yet be evidenced in church attendance, yet that same charity can also prompt us to be ever lovingly ready to point out the advantages of such attendance when the opportunity is presented. We can know that the right way in which this is to be done will be shown us with each opportunity.

Destroying Sin
August 2, 1924

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