Persuasive Preaching

Christian Science differs from other religious teachings in several respects. The point of difference most generally recognized is the fact that Christian Science furnishes present proof of its teachings by means of healing the sick. Christian Scientists accept Christ Jesus as their Way-shower and endeavor to be consistent Christian way-goers by following his example and obeying his instructions so far as they are able. Before Christ Jesus sent forth the twelve disciples he first told them where to go; then added, "And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils." He explained that the kingdom of God is not a locality, but is the government of God, good, in individual consciousness. "The kingdom of God is within you," he said.

Christian Scientists, therefore, in their endeavor to follow the Exemplar, accept his instructions as an individual charge. When they declare that "the kingdom of heaven is at hand," they speak with the conviction born of demonstration. Even as the Master associated the casting out of evils and the healing of sickness with the kingdom of heaven, so Christian Science offers persuasive preaching in practical proof of its doctrine as well as an appeal to reason. Mrs. Eddy writes pointedly of this in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 201), "The best sermon ever preached is Truth practised and demonstrated by the destruction of sin, sickness, and death."

Items of Interest
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May 20, 1933

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