Designating as a weapon of the devil a religion which...

Polk County Leader

Designating as a weapon of the devil a religion which enables its adherents to do the works which Jesus did and which he taught his followers to do, cannot be justified. And yet a minister is reported in the columns of a recent issue of your paper to have so classed Christian Science in his Thanksgiving Day sermon, if by what he called "Eddyism" he meant Christian Science. Both Matthew and Luke tell us, in much the same language, that the Master instructed his twelve disciples to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Afterwards he sent out seventy of his followers with the mandate to heal the sick. Mark, in his account of the direction to the twelve to preach the gospel, records Jesus as saying: "And 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." History shows that healing by spiritual means was practiced in the Christian church for about three hundred years after Jesus' time, when the art was lost. Through the understanding of Christian Science, the healings performed by Jesus and his followers in the early part of the Christian era are being repeated to-day.

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them," said the great Nazarene. Christian Scientists are willing that their religion be judged by this test. Such a great number of people have been cleansed of sin, healed of disease after the failure of all other means, and lifted out of other troubles, that convincing proofs of its efficacy are easy to obtain. Moreover, any sincere seeker for the truth, by earnest study of the Scriptures and of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, may bring into his own experience the blessings which come from an understanding of Christian Science, and may prove for himself its uplifting, regenerating, and healing effects.

"Peace, be still"
May 14, 1927

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