Without any desire or intention to speak disparagingly...

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Without any desire or intention to speak disparagingly of the religious beliefs of another, I wish to say that Christian Science is in no way similar to Russellism or Seventh Day Adventism, and that such a classification would indicate that the speaker was not correctly informed regarding the teachings of Christian Science. If the critic honestly "believes in taking the plain statements in the Bible to mean just what is stated," then he is compelled to indorse the teachings of Christian Science in their entirety, for they are in perfect accord with the Holy Scriptures. Jesus commanded his followers to "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils," and on another occasion said, "These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." The Apostle James also said: "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." In obedience to these Scriptural commands Christian Science is to-day bringing relief to thousands of hopeless invalids, as well as to untold numbers held in the bondage of sin. It would seem from Jesus' statement that he measured one's understanding of spiritual truth by one's ability to heal; and the church which is to-day endeavoring to obey the Master's commands in their entirety is certainly not misleading any one; nor can its healing works be considered dangerous.

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