A strong church

When I was in a junior symphony years ago, the director informed us that "an orchestra is only as good as its poorest player." I've sometimes wondered: Is a church only as good as its weakest member?

That depends. If we think of church as merely a human organization, having its source in mortals, located in a physical place, then perhaps our church might be thought to be only as good as its weakest member. What is needed is a change of viewpoint.

Christian Science attributes all power to God. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health, "The revelation of Truth in the understanding came to me gradually and apparently through divine power." Science and Health, p. 109; The definition of "Church" revealed to her through divine power is this: "Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.

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The risen Christ
December 4, 1978

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