Loyalty

ACCORDING to the tenth chapter of John's Gospel, Jesus, illustrating the necessity for loyalty to his teachings, declared, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." In his explanation of the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, as recorded in this chapter, he emphasizes the fact that there is but one door. Desiring to save his followers from being deceived by false teachings, the great Teacher unfolded the divine plan of salvation to which all merely human theories, and dogma must give place. Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, who followed in the Master's footsteps, gives us a helpful definition of loyalty where she says on page 50 of "Retrospection and Introspection," "By loyalty in students I mean this,—allegiance to God, subordination of the human to the divine, steadfast justice, and strict adherence to divine Truth and Love."

Members of The Mother Church, having found refuge within its fold, are equipped to help save other seekers after Truth from the thieves that would climb up some other way; that would blind them to the right door. They let it be understood that the literature which helps the seeker to gain an understanding of Christian Science points definitely tko the one shepherd and one fold. The Master's beautiful illustration of the sheep which know the voice of their shepherd serves to show the necessity of being to discern between that which quickens their response to the guidance of the one divine Mind and that which dulls or lessens this response.

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