One of the most frequently used words in the English language is the word yes. However, we often use it without giving very much thought to what we are giving assent to or admitting as true. Christian Scientists know that problems in human experience arise from the so-called mortal consciousness saying "Yes" to that which is a lie and has no place in spiritual reality, whereas all that can be properly affirmed as true is spiritual reality—God and His creation. In this light our use of the word yes becomes highly important.

The Apostle Paul must have sensed the fact that his professed followers did not fully understand what their assent to the Christian teaching really meant, for he put this soul-searching question to them (Rom. 6:16): "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Does not Paul's question apply with equal force to the professing Christians of today? Surely when we say "Yes," or in any other way acquiesce in any proposition that comes before us, we have, in the words of Paul, yielded ourselves servants to obey it, whether for good or for evil. This being true, it becomes a matter of first importance that we establish for ourselves without question the validity of every proposition to which we give our consent.

April 15, 1950

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