Christian Scientists have a priceless heritage in the writings of their Leader, Mary Baker Eddy. An equally valuable heritage is the organization which Mrs. Eddy established—The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. Both the writings and the organization are the result of spiritual revelation and represent the unfoldment which came to one who was spiritually alert to hear the voice of Truth, to record it, and then to protect what Truth revealed. Mrs. Eddy says in "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 85), "Guard yourselves against the subtly hidden suggestion that the Son of man will be glorified, or humanity benefited, by any deviation from the order prescribed by supernal grace."

Christ Jesus was giving a similar warning when he said (Matt. 16:6), "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." The Master desired that his doctrine be preserved in its purity, as he had received it from God.

One way of guarding ourselves against deviation from the divinely prescribed order of Christian Science is to confine our study of this Science to the Bible and our Leader's last revisions of her works and to the Christian Science publications which are authorized under the Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy. Literature purporting to provide class instruction in Christian Science or short cuts to healing or personal interpretations of Science are not worth one moment of our attention. If we adopt them as of value, we are departing from "the order prescribed by supernal grace."

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December 10, 1955

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