Am I Ready for Church Membership?

How often this question is raised when one hears from the Reader's desk in a Christian Science church the announcement of an admission of new members. And we should not be surprised, when such a forward step is proposed, if, as in Job's time, Satan comes also. It would seem that its first whispered suggestion generally is, I am not good enough!

In order to deal with this objection intelligently, let us first understand what this institution called The Mother Church and its branches is, and why it is. In the Church Manual, by Mary Baker Eddy, under the caption "Historical Sketch." we read the following (p. 17): "At a meeting of the Christian Scientist Association. April 12, 1879. on motion of Mrs. Eddy, it was voted,—To organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing."

November 6, 1943

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