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The teachings of Christian Science are not Christian or biblical. Consider some of the following false teachings found in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (and the pages where the information can be found), written by Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy: There is a denial of the Trinity. “Life, Truth, and Love constitute the triune Person called God—that is the triply divine Principle, Love. They represent a trinity in unity, three in one,–the same in essence, though multi-form in office: God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of sonship; divine Science or the Holy Comforter” (Page 331). There is a denial of the divinity of Jesus Christ. “The Jew who believes in the First Commandment is a monotheist; he has one omnipresent God. Thus the Jew unites with the Christian’s doctrine that God is come and is present now and forever. The Christian who believes in the First Commandment is a monotheist. Thus he virtually unites with the Jew’s belief in one God, and recognizes that Jesus Christ is not God, as Jesus himself declared, but is the Son of God. This declaration of Jesus, understood, conflicts not at all with another of his sayings: “I and the Father are one,”—that is, one in quality, not in quantity (Page 361). There is a denial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “They who earliest saw Jesus after the resurrection and beheld the final proof of all that he had taught, misconstrued that event…Jesus’ students, not sufficiently advanced fully to understand their Master’s triumph, did not perform many wonderful works, until they saw him after his crucifixion and learned that he had not died…Jesus’ unchanged physical condition after what seemed to be death…” (Pages 45-46). There is a denial of Jesus’ atoning work. “Wisdom and Love may require many sacrifices of self to save us from sin. One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient to pay the debt of sin. The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner’s part. That God’s wrath should be vented upon His beloved Son, is divinely unnatural. Such a theory is man-made” (Page 23). The Bible teaches that God is Triune (Matthew 28:19; John 14:7-18), that Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1; 5:22-23; Colossians 2:9), that Jesus Christ rose from the dead as proof that our salvation is complete (Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15), that Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). It has been noted that Christian Science is neither Christian nor scientific. Those in its churches need to hear the truths of the Bible.
One of the dictionary definitions of “memorial” is: “A written statement of facts presented to a sovereign, a legislative body, etc., as the ground of, or expressed in the form of, a petition or remonstrance.” With that in mind, the Book of Reports and Memorials itself describes memorials as “formal requests to the convention to address specific issues” (Book of Reports and Memorials, “Foreword”). It is a term that has been associated with conventions of our church body for decades. For information’s sake, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod uses the same terminology. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod uses the term overture.
Pastor Timothy J. Winkel
2651 Shettler Road
Muskegon, MI 49444
Telephone: 231 777 3011