In a recent issue of the publication Treuga Dei a...

Treuga Dei

In a recent issue of the publication Treuga Dei a clergyman finds fault with the fact that practitioners of the religious teaching of Christian Science accept payment for their work. According to his opinion this is exactly in opposition to Jesus' words, "Freely ye have received, freely give." Are Jesus' words in Matthew 10:8, as handed down to us in the original, "freely ye have received, freely give," intended to convey that Jesus for the acceptance of payment for practicing his mission? Jesus gave instructions to give God's gift freely to others. His command to the apostles in sending them out was quite in accordance with the methods of itinerant teachers of that time. The apostles were to take with them neither money nor provisions, but to find their maintenance, which they could not do without, among the people with whom they practiced their mission. Do we not read in Matthew, "The workman is worthy of his meat," and in Luke, "The labourer is worthy of his hire"? To-day all kinds of work, which has been demanded and accomplished, are paid for with money. There really is no reason why a Christian Scientist who has renounced everything and is devoting himself entirely to his religion, should not be accorded the same right which holds good with regard to other kinds of work.

September 8, 1928

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