Qualifying for Membership

An individual who has studies Christian Science for a time learns that he must choose whom he would serve—whether Truth or error, Spirit or matter. He finds that if he would advance spiritually he must renounce reliance upon prestige, money, friends, drugs, and rely radically upon God; he finds himself at the parting of the ways; he finds that he cannot serve both matter and Spirit. At this point the student may falter, and delay his decision, and make little or no progress in spiritual understanding. What is the right course to pursue? Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 14), "We cannot 'serve two masters,'" She continues, "To be 'with the Lord' is to be in obedience to the law of God, to be absolutely governed by divine Love,—by Spirit, not by matter."

Experience has made clear that those students of Christian Science who fully accept Mrs. Eddy's teachings together with the Bible, who rely upon them and prove them daily by self-abnegation and prayer, make progress, gain spiritual discernment.

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