"Alertness to Duty"

In the Manual of The Mother Church (p. 42), in the By-law headed "Alertness to Duty," Mrs. Eddy tells us: "It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged,—and justified or condemned."

The members of our Christian Science churches recognize the importance of individual faithful obedience to this command. The question, "What is the best way to defend ourselves against aggressive mental suggestion?" is often asked by those about to join our ranks. A simple illustration may be useful. When water in sufficient quantity is poured on a fire, it will speedily extinguish the flames. In the same way we can pour our knowledge of the power of good upon an erroneous belief, and this knowledge will finally annihilate it. Indeed, the understanding and demonstration of good is the only extinguisher of the belief of evil.

"Go through the gates"
August 20, 1927

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