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Inspiration versus Formulas

From the October 1967 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, gives specific instructions for the healing work in Christian Science. Not only in the chapter entitled "Christian Science Practice" in the textbook, Science and Health, but elsewhere throughout her writings she gives directives which are helpful in the redemption of mankind.

One such directive in the Manual of The Mother Church reads, "No member shall use written formulas, nor permit his patients or pupils to use them, as auxiliaries to teaching Christian Science or for healing the sick."Man., Art. VIII, Sect. 9; Then she directs attention to her books for whatever may be needed in healing or teaching.

We all may have our favorite passages from the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings, but we should be careful that we do not fall into the habit of using them in the sense of a formula—a prescribed or set form of words. Many statements by our Leader may be applied in various situations, and always with inspiration, but never as formula.

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