Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
Sooner or later the eyes of sinful mortals must be opened to see every error they possess, and the way out of it; and 12they will “flee as a bird to your mountain,” away from the enemy of sinning sense, stubborn will, and every im‐perfection in the land of Sodom, and find rescue and refuge 15in Truth and Love.
Every loving sacrifice for the good of others is known to God, and the wrath of man cannot hide it from Him. 18God has appointed for Christian Scientists high tasks, and will not release them from the strict performance of each one of them. The students must now fight their 21own battles. I recommend that Scientists draw no lines whatever between one person and another, but think, speak, teach, and write the truth of Christian Science 24without reference to right or wrong personality in this field of labor. Leave the distinctions of individual char‐acter and the discriminations and guidance thereof to 8 8:1the Father, whose wisdom is unerring and whose love is universal.
3 We should endeavor to be long-suffering, faithful, and charitable with all. To this small effort let us add one more privilege — namely, silence whenever it can substi‐6tute censure. Avoid voicing error; but utter the truth of God and the beauty of holiness, the joy of Love and “the peace of God, that passeth all understanding,” recom‐9mending to all men fellowship in the bonds of Christ. Advise students to rebuke each other always in love, as I have rebuked them. Having discharged this duty, coun‐12sel each other to work out his own salvation, without fear or doubt, knowing that God will make the wrath of man to praise Him, and that the remainder thereof He will 15restrain. We can rejoice that every germ of goodness will at last struggle into freedom and greatness, and every sin will so punish itself that it will bow down to the command‐18ments of Christ, — Truth and Love.
I enjoin it upon my students to hold no controversy or enmity over doctrines and traditions, or over the miscon‐21ceptions of Christian Science, but to work, watch, and pray for the amelioration of sin, sickness, and death. If one be found who is too blind for instruction, no longer cast 24your pearls before this state of mortal mind, lest it turn and rend you; but quietly, with benediction and hope, let the unwise pass by, while you walk on in equanimity, 27and with increased power, patience, and understanding, gained from your forbearance. This counsel is not new, 9 9:1as my Christian students can testify; and if it had been heeded in times past it would have prevented, to a great 3extent, the factions which have sprung up among Scientists to the hindrance of the Cause of Truth. It is true that the mistakes, prejudices, and errors of one class of thinkers 6must not be introduced or established among another class who are clearer and more conscientious in their convic‐tions; but this one thing can be done, and should be: let 9your opponents alone, and use no influence to prevent their legitimate action from their own standpoint of ex‐perience, knowing, as you should, that God will well 12regenerate and separate wisely and finally; whereas you may err in effort, and lose your fruition.
Hoping to pacify repeated complaints and murmurings 15against too great leniency, on my part, towards some of my students who fall into error, I have opposed occa‐sionally and strongly — especially in the first edition of 18this little work — existing wrongs of the nature referred to. But I now point steadfastly to the power of grace to overcome evil with good. God will “furnish a table in 21the wilderness” and show the power of Love.