The astonishing letter in a recent issue, signed "Pro Bono Publico,"...


The astonishing letter in a recent issue, signed "Pro Bono Publico," must surely fail to receive sympathy from any thoughtful reader. Christian Science churches give one or two lectures during the year; and knowing that, due to lack of a comfortable auditorium in the city, Third Avenue United Church Edifice is frequently used for public gatherings of divers kinds, they asked permission to use it; and this was kindly conceded. The only desire of the Christian Scientist is to uplift the Christ, Truth, "who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies." It is not, and never will be, his aim to interfere by human will or propaganda with other sincere Christian bodies. He would recommend that all should submit such serious matters as church membership to God, and that movements in this regard, as in all others, be divinely directed.

No one who listened to the earnest address would regard Christian Science as a modern ism. Such a statement shows misunderstanding of Mrs. Eddy's great message to mankind. It will be helpful here to turn to the Master's example. It cannot but be seen that his theology destroyed sin and healed the sick by the same process or law. Instead of directing people to other agencies, he turned their thought to the Father, whom he called "my God, and your God," and he declared that only those are rightly classed as his disciples who love one another and so understand his word that they are enabled to emulate him in his works as he directed. Certain of his own day refused to be turned to God by his teaching, and these he could not help. Let us pray to be saved from this dire state of rebellion, and rather pray with all humility: "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."

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"Arise! Shine!"
July 2, 1927

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