[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of May 3-9 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 318 - Finding Healing Within the Church

Questioner: A serious illness is a challenge to anybody, but to a devoted and faithful church worker it often seems not only a challenge but an injustice. He may wonder if his devotion is really worthwhile and even ask, "Why can't I find healing within the Church as the early Christians did?"Speaker: Well, he can. If we turn to the Bible, we can find some reassurance about this question of healing. James wrote (5:16), "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." Certainly there are no faltering doubts within that statement. Christ Jesus and his disciples proved it, and it's being demonstrated today in the lives of many men, women, and children.

Spiritual healing is not something that one is entitled to because of so many good points earned doing church work, important as that work is. Let me ask you: Do you believe that many people feel their church work is enough to bring healing?Questioner: I suppose they don't; but when they get sick, they do say, "If God loves me, as I've been told in church, how did He let this thing happen to me?"Speaker: Well, I think more is happening to a faithful, devoted church worker who is praising God than perhaps he realizes. If in retrospect he looks on his life, his character, he will find that there is a leaven of love at work, and he's becoming more Christian. But he needs to make stronger demands upon Christianity.

Words of Current Interest
May 11, 1968

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