An Essential Integrity

Christ Jesus made one of his most dramatic statements when he told the chief priests and elders of the people that "the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you."  Matt. 21:31; He was striking out against ritualism and hypocrisy in many forms. It is part of the modern trend of thought to uncover and denounce hypocrisy, to forsake the ritualistic way of worship, and to examine public as well as private morals. "There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed,"  10:26; and this is a healthy attitude.

Christian Science unfolds the scientific nature of religion and shows that in any scientific process it is utterly self-defeating to be dishonest in any way. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help." And she adds: "Hidden sin is spiritual wickedness in high places. The masquerader in this Science thanks God that there is no evil, yet serves evil in the name of good."  Science and Health, p.453;

April 4, 1970

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