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THE INDIVIDUAL'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHURCH

From the April 1950 issue of The Christian Science Journal


RECENTLY a member of a small Christian Science Society said to a friend in another city that what the society needed was more members to do some of its work. The friend helpfully pointed out that the real need was for more alertness, consecration, and devotion in the present membership. He went on to say that today's Scientists are called on to maintain that pioneer spirit which brought such success to the Christian Science movement at its beginning. Until all know and have accepted the Christ, Truth, as presented in Christian Science, this zeal must be shared by each church member.

During the recent war it was inspiring to Christian Scientists from overseas to see how many of the Christian Science churches in England, especially in London, had been protected. In spite of the repeated air attacks and constant blackouts, these churches were continuing to carry out their mission of healing and regeneration. Moreover, they were expanding their activities to care for the service people from many other countries.

Our churches today, everywhere, need the protection of consecrated prayer. The thrusts of error may not seem as material as the bombs of war, but they are just as much fraught with destructive intent. The arguments of apathy, disunity, and selfishness must and can be met only with constant alertness, unity, individual consecration. The efforts of error to disrupt church activity through these arguments point to the continuing need for organization. Without The Mother Church and the branch churches there would be no Christian Science movement. Organization provides unity and continuity for the movement, and the devotion, love, and spiritual growth which the individual member demonstrates, are the strength of the organization.

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