While the sermon subject, "Is Christian Science Christian?"...


While the sermon subject, "Is Christian Science Christian?" announced by a local clergyman in your recent issue, furnished the occasion for a public attack on the honest religious convictions of others, there can be but one answer to the question and that one a most emphatic "Yes." Webster defines the word "Christian,"—the adjective,—as "following Christ's precepts and example." Since Christian Science is based solely on the Bible, and particularly on the words and works of Christ Jesus, Christian Scientists are always happy to have their teachings judged by that standard. In accepting the spiritual interpretation of the Scriptures as taught by the Master, Christian Science ignores no part or portion of the Bible. The commands of Christ Jesus to his followers for all time were to preach the gospel, cast out devils (evil), and heal the sick. And he said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." He not only taught by healing, but he also healed by teaching. To John's messengers the only proof he offered of his being the Christ was to call their attention to these works of healing. Christian Science teaches the necessity of obeying all of Jesus' commands, and of emulating him in all his ways. Since Christian Scientists have been doing these mighty works of healing and regeneration for over fifty years, with an ever increasing measure of success, Christian Science is essentially Christian.

With her usual clarity Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has epitomized the present situation on page 55 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," in the following words: "Perhaps the early Christian era did Jesus no more injustice than the later centuries have bestowed upon the healing Christ and spiritual idea of being. Now that the gospel of healing is again preached by the wayside, does not the pulpit sometimes scorn it? But that curative mission, which presents the Saviour in a clearer light than mere words can possibly do, cannot be left out of Christianity, although it is again ruled out of the synagogue."

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