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article VIII 3Guidance of Members

Article VIII Section 1    A Rule for Motives and Acts.  Section 1.  Neither animosity nor mere personal attachment 6should impel the motives or acts of the members of The Mother Church. In Science, divine Love alone governs man; and a Christian Scientist 9reflects the sweet amenities of Love, in rebuking sin, in true brotherliness, charitableness, and forgiveness. The members of this Church should 12daily watch and pray to be delivered from all evil, from prophesying, judging, condemning, counseling, influencing or being influenced 15erroneously.

Article VIII Section 2    To be Read in Church. Sect. 2. The above Church Rule shall be read in The Mother 18Church and in the branch churches by the First Reader on the first Sunday of each month. On Communion day the Church Tenets are to 21be read.

41:1Article VIII Section 3    Christ Jesus the Ensample. Sect. 3. He who dated the Christian era is the Ensample in 3Christian Science. Careless comparison or irreverent reference to Christ Jesus is abnormal in a Christian Scientist, and is prohibited. When it is 6necessary to show the great gulf between Christian Science and theosophy, hypnotism, or spiritualism, do it, but without hard words. The wise 9man saith, “A soft answer turneth away wrath.” However despitefully used and misrepresented by the churches or the press, in return employ 12no violent invective, and do good unto your enemies when the opportunity occurs. A departure from this rule disqualifies a member for 15office in the Church or on the Board of Lectureship, and renders this member liable to discipline and, possibly, dismissal from The Mother 18Church.

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