Constructive Thoughts on Church Membership

Nowhere is the spirit of truth and love more indispensable than in our branch churches, for as true brotherhood is demonstrated in the Christian Science organization the spirit of unity, the unity of Spirit, will awaken and unify the nations of the world.

In his first epistle Peter wrote, "Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous." In their eagerness to see their church progress, church members sometimes feel regretful when prosperity and unity are not apparent in their midst. Casting around for the reason, they may be tempted to believe that the trouble comes mostly through certain members. Should they entertain this view, they would be forgetting their own obligation as witnesses to God and man. Primarily, the deceiving, disrupting error is mortal mind and not persons. Evil is no part of church, nor yet of church member—taking member in the high and holy sense in which membership is to be regarded. Church and church member are to be seen as one, entirely apart from discord, whatever form it may assume, and always under the government of divine Principle. From this standpoint, members can expose and frustrate the attempt of error to veil from them the fact of the everlasting oneness of Mind and its ideas.

October 22, 1938

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