"Alertness to Duty"

(Manual, Art. VIII, Sect. 6)

At the present time there is an evident need for all Christian Scientists to beware of giving assent or credence to any of the erroneous propaganda which clamors for their attention. Printed matter, the intent of which is to deceive, is repeatedly sent to Christian Scientists, especially to those whose names and addresses are in The Christian Science Journal. It should be remembered that no assertion is true or authentic merely because it has been put in print; nor should any argument be accepted merely because it is boldly or artfully presented. For a pertinent precept from our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, see "Miscellaneous Writings" 119:3, and the context of this citation.

All communications sent by this Board to Christian Scientists are duly authenticated or issued over our signature. Christian Scientists should not accept as genuine any communication for which no one assumes responsibility. In this connection an excerpt from the statement of this Board which appeared on page 672 in the Christian Science Sentinel of April 24, 1926, and in The Christian Science Journal for June, 1926, is timely and helpful:

"In more than one instance recently, anonymous communications have been mailed from Boston by individuals who evidently intended that the mailing from Boston should convey a false impression. And we are informed that many Christian Scientists have inferred from the Boston date line and the Boston post mark, that one of these communications had some official sanction. Of course, it should be considered that anybody can get anything printed at Boston and almost anything mailed at the Boston Post Office. Furthermore, when speaking of 'the man of integrity,' 'the upright man,' our Leader has said, 'In all his pursuits, he knows no path but the fair, open, and direct one, and would much rather fail of success than attain it by reproachable means' (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 147). Therefore, Christian Scientists should not give any credence to printed matter for which no one assumes responsibility, and should expect that all communications from The Christian Science Board of Directors, or from any one acting for The Mother Church, will be duly attested."

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Speedy Healing
March 3, 1928

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