The Standard in Christian Science

Loyal Christian Scientists regard Mary Baker Eddy as the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. They also understand that the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, contains the final and complete revelation of Truth in this age. Naturally, therefore, they accept Science and Health, in conjunction with the Bible, as the one and only standard for Christian Science teaching and practice. Furthermore, in the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. IV, Sect. 1), referring to the applicant for membership, the By-Law continues as follows: "The Bible, together with Science and Health and other works by Mrs. Eddy, shall be his only textbooks for self-instruction in Christian Science, and for teaching practising metaphysical healing."

In the light of the foregoing it is obvious that any member of The Mother Church who believes that he has progressed beyond Mrs. Eddy in the understanding of Christian Science, or that his statement of its teachings is an improvement on her statement of it, is surely mistaken. He is treading on dangerous ground and is following a path which can only lead to eventual discredit. An awakening to this fact and willingness to retrace his steps in humility and obedience will be necessary to re-establish him upon the firm ground of loyalty and of usefulness to the Cause of Christian Science.

Liberation through Right Thoughts
July 12, 1941

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