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Italics and All Capital Letters
Italics and all capital letters not
appearing in the original are sometimes used in quotations, either to
emphasize, or to identify that portion of the quote directly applicable to the
point under discussion.
Prose Works is often referred to
as Mary Baker Eddy's Other Writings.
EOF is the abbreviation for Mary
Baker Eddy's Essays and Other Footprints, compiled by Richard Oakes.
DCC - Divinity Course & General
WKMBE - We Knew Mary Baker Eddy
Abbreviations for titles of Mrs. Eddy's writings are
those used in the Concordance to Miscellaneous Writings and Works Other than
Science and Health.
Mis. Miscellaneous Writings
Mis. Doc. Miscellaneous Documents
Ret. Retrospection and introspection
Un. Unity of Good
Pul. Pulpit and Press
No. No and Yes
Pan. Christian Science Versus Pantheism
Peo. The People's idea of God
My. The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Man. Church Manual
In 1889 when Mary Baker Eddy retired to Concord to
work on the 50th Edition of Science and Health, no one was found who could
preach in her place. At this critical juncture, Mrs. Eddy recommended that the
church be dissolved.
She states (Ret. p. 44), "No sooner were
my views made known, than the proper measures were adopted to carry them out,
the votes passing without a dissenting voice. This measure was immediately
followed by a great revival of mutual love, prosperity, and spiritual power.
The history of that hour holds this true record. Adding to its ranks and
influence, this spiritually organized Church of Christ, Scientist, in
Boston, still goes on. A new light broke in upon it, and more beautiful became
the garments of her who "bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace."
But after three years of spiritual formation alone
(and even though they were experiencing unprecedented prosperity) the students
began a campaign to reorganize-to again organize on the old legally chartered
Mrs. Eddy explained to William B. Johnson, Clerk of
The Mother Church: "If you organize again it will ruin the prosperity of our
church... Open the eyes of the church to these facts... If she again sells her
prosperity for a mess of pottage it is
not my fault. Their urge to reorganize, [she told
them] was not of God... and only harm can come from returning to a position
Mrs. Eddy's whole purpose was to design a Church that
would aid man in his great quest-the understanding and service of God, infinite
She saw that only suffering would teach them God's
will. Today, with the Church of Christ, Scientist's former great "prosperity"
gone, we see how right she was in her condemnation of the reorganizing of the
church in 1892. She might have said: "If all else fails, follow my directions."
We cannot afford to continue to ignore our Leader's
directions. The price is too high. The quiet catastrophe the hierarchy has
presided over for the past eighty years has headed the Christian Science
movement toward oblivion.
This book is a challenge to every loyal Christian
Scientist to pay close attention to the By-Law estoppels in Mary Baker Eddy's
Manual as she wrote it. We must seek to heal, to reach across the divide
and cause the Christian Science movement to flourish again. Blessed are we,
"insomuch as the consciousness of good, grace, and peace comes through
affliction rightly understood, as sanctified by the purification it brings to
the flesh,-to pride, self-ignorance, self-will, self-love, self-justification.
Sweet indeed are these uses of His rod" (Mis. 8:29).
MARY BAKER EDDY
"Once upon a time there were four people: named
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done
and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it,
but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's
job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody
wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what
Anybody could have."
This might have been a tale of what happened after
Mary Baker Eddy left the human scene. But it wasn't. At that time, when "There
was an important job to be done"-because those Mrs. Eddy had trusted betrayed
that trust-somebody DID do something. Somebody answered Mrs.
Eddy's plea: "Tell the truth about your Leader...(because) the truth in regard
to your Leader heals the sick and saves the sinner."
Immediately after Mrs. Eddy's passing, Frederick
Dixon, Editor of the Christian Science Monitor, admonished Board-member
Archibald McClellan that obedience to the Manual required termination of
the five-member Board since this Board was only installed by Mrs. Eddy to
transact the business of The Mother Church, and The Mother Church as a material
organization ceased to exist when Mrs. Eddy was no longer here. (The Manual
shows every function of The Mother Church required Mrs. Eddy's consent,
approval, or her signature in her own handwriting.) Mr. Dixon reports that
Board member McClellan stated emphatically that he had to obey Mrs. Eddy while
she was here, but he felt no compulsion to obey her when she was not here.
Having kicked off this sprint for obedience, Mr. Dixon returned to England,
after the "Great Litigation," leaving the Boston hierarchy to stew and simmer
in disobedience for the next eighty years. (The Carpenter "Precepts" contain
several rebukes and corrections Mrs. Eddy administered to Mr. McClellan.)
While we are on the subject of obedience the following
from Recollections of Mary Baker Eddy by James Gilman, seems
In speaking of obedience, (Mrs. Eddy) referred to
Mr. Nixon [an important early worker, not to be confused with Mr. Dixon] as
embodying a general feeling of unwillingness to obey her implicitly as a little
child [the same unwillingness the Board of Directors exhibited in regard to
obeying the Manual]. She represented him (Mr. Nixon) as being in the
attitude of mind to feel it beneath him to obey her because she was a woman.
"He would declare himself ready to obey God in whatever He might require of
him, but to obey a woman, bah!" Continuing, she said, "We understand God and
are ready to obey Him only so far as we understand and are ready to obey His
highest representative in mortal life. Our love for God and consequent
willingness to obey Him is never greater than our love for and willingness to
obey His highest demonstrator." [Two thousand years ago His highest
demonstrator was Christ Jesus. In modern times His "highest demonstrator" was,
is, Mary Baker Eddy.]
Valiant Warriors Arise to Defend Mary Baker
During the years that followed Frederick Dixon's
parley with Director McClellan-as the Manual-terminated Board of
Directors increasingly arrogated to themselves the mantle of authority on
Christian Science-a few valiant warriors, stalwarts, who, not counting the cost
to themselves, have done, and are continuing to do, their best to awaken the
field. They have courageously come forward to defend Mary Baker Eddy's
Manual By-Laws, to fight for a sacred cause against the injustice
standing in a holy place.
These intrepid soldiers of the cross, fighting "in the
trenches," persevered in their efforts to free the Christian Science movement
from the reign of ecclesiasticism that is harming it. Confronted with traitors
to the right of them, an apathetic field to the left of them, encountering
scorn, ridicule and severe persecution, they persevered. They knew they had
latched onto an issue that would not go away "until He whose right it is shall
Today, as the fires of spiritual thinking are stoked,
people are awakening, and are appalled at what has happened to the Christian
Science movement. Now instead of continuing on with weary resignation, many are
rising up in rebellion, demanding the umbilical cord to a dishonest Boston
regime be cut.
The Organizational Mother Church Outlived
Mrs. Eddy By Six Months
It can't be emphasized too strongly that THERE WAS NO
MATERIAL MOTHER CHURCH after Mrs. Eddy left the human scene. At the annual
meeting following her departure, no officer of The Mother Church could be
elected without her consent (Manual p. 25). Her Manual shows that
when she was no longer here The Mother Church assumed the status of a branch
church, though a glorified one, entitled "The First Church of Christ,
Scientist, Boston." Mrs. Eddy's Manual freed this Boston church to
manage only its own affairs as set forth in its Deed of Trust (ibid. p.
128). It also freed every individual Christian Scientist, as set forth in the
documentation which will follow later.
Item From Los Angeles Times, June 2,1992
A prominent article, entitled, "Christian Science in
Poor Health," appeared in the June 2, 1992 Los Angeles Times,
By 1892, Eddy reorganized the church in its present
form, with a powerful self-perpetuating Board of Directors whose members
choose their successors-a structure that today leaves church critics with
no direct power to change the church.
THIS IS INCORRECT. However, it is precisely what the
Board of Directors wants the Christian Science field to believe, when exactly
the opposite is true. The five-member Board was NOT self-perpetuating. It could
not replace a lost member without Mrs. Eddy's consent as can be readily seen by
turning to the Manual (p. 26, Sect. 5, Directors) and reading
what Mrs. Eddy wrote.
Mrs. Eddy left a final plea to all loyal Christian
Scientists: "I ask the help of others...that my students reprove, rebuke, and
exhort. A lie left to itself is not so soon destroyed as it is with the help of
truth telling." (My. 130:15)
Mrs. Eddy's Deeds of Trust
If Mrs. Eddy's Manual had been obeyed, the
organizational Mother Church which dissolved six months after Mrs. Eddy's
passing, would have taken on the status of a branch church and assumed its
legal title: "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston." It was
distinguished from all other branch churches by the preposition "The," namely,
"The First Church of Christ, Scientist." It had no power over any church other
than that one Boston church, as provided by Mrs. Eddy's Deed of Trust
concerning it. (Manual, pp. 128-135.) That first deed-the Deed of
1892-conveyed property on which to build the original Mother Church. (*This
deed states: "The congregation which shall worship in said church shall be
styled "The First Church of Christ, Scientist" (Man. p. 132, item 6).
This is in harmony with Mrs. Eddy's definition of "Church." (S&H. p.
583:12) In 1902 Mrs. Eddy began deeding to the four-member Board the property
she had purchased for the Extension.
It should be noted that on March 18, 1903, the first
two of the ten deeds needed to secure the property for the Extension were
conveyed from Mrs. Eddy to the four fiduciary directors. The March 17,
1902 deed did not count as it did not contain the restrictionary "further
trusts" provision. (Note: the Directors increased to five on February 7, 1902
and the March 17, 1902 deed had already been drafted and presented to Mrs.
Eddy. **See the author's If Mary Baker Eddy's Manual Were Obeyed, pp.
218-219 for a complete plan of properties.)
Mrs. Eddy's Step 1 and 2 to Eliminate
Because the Boston hierarchy has led most Christian
Scientists into believing that the Board of Directors was Mrs. Eddy's
successor, it can't be stressed too forcibly that The Mother Church was
entirely under Mrs. Eddy's jurisdiction; the BOARD OF DIRECTORS WAS
UNDER HER ABSOLUTE CONTROL. Nothing could operate without being subject to her
approval. (See Manual p. 18:15, which states, that the reorganized
church was "under her jurisdiction.") Mrs. Eddy was given absolute control of
"Mother's Church," as the By-Laws containing estoppels show. (It should
be noted, of course, that while twenty-nine functions could not continue
without her, many other functions of the church went unimpeded by virtue of not
having estoppel restraints with which to deal. "Estoppel" is a legal term for
STOPPING an action.) Nothing could operate without her approval, consent, or
her signature, as hereinafter explained. We should add here that ultimately
every function was subject to her permission. She could, of course, allow
something to go ahead which she saw was inappropriate since she was ready for
her followers to "learn by what they suffer." (Suffer = Allow things to take
And here it should also be noted that The Mother
Church was not under Mrs. Eddy's absolute control from 1892 until 1895 when the
first Manual appeared. For three years the re-organized church worked
out the issues of organization without the benefit of the Manual. They
operated under a modest form of cohesion with just a few pages of guidelines
which were never even reduced into pamphlet or book form. Mrs. Eddy's absolute
control, as we understand it today, must not be confused with the Historical
Sketch assertion of the church being "under her jurisdiction." This was later
amplified and expanded to include "absolute control" but that control had to
first be rescued out of the hands of First Members, the Executive Members, then
the General Association of Christian Science Teachers (twelve in number), then
it had to be withdrawn from the five Directors, then deposited with the four
Directors, then securely affixed into her own hand. Only then was it to be
turned over to the eternal jurisdiction of the Church Manual. Something
can be under our jurisdiction and still not be under our control.
Organizing "UNDER HER JURISDICTION" was Mrs. Eddy's
first step in her plan to terminate material organization. Mrs. Eddy never
wanted to re-organize. She warned the students repeatedly, "If you organize
again, it will ruin the prosperity of our Church." But when her students
insisted, she acquiesced, saying, "Suffer it to be so now...to complete our
Organizing "under her jurisdiction," and
writing the Church Manual, were steps 1 and 2 in her plan to eliminate
all centralized control.
Continued Organization is Death-knell to
Mrs. Eddy knew that continued organization would lower
the curtain on effectively promoting and extending the Science of the Christ
she had discovered and was teaching. In this Science, infinite good is found to
be the Mind of man, and the entire being is found in Mind, God. Mrs. Eddy
taught us that the mind we now have is the divine Mind (God) when free from
hypnotic suggestion, "animal magnetism," and aggressive mental suggestion. The
Science of the Christ cannot be materially organized anymore than can math,
music, or sunlight. Material organization can only hinder our learning this
The following quotations are just a few of the many
references in Mrs. Eddy's first edition of Science and Health which may help to
make clear her dread of organized religion. On pages 166-168, she states:
- We have no need of creeds and church organizations
to sustain or explain a demonstrable platform, that defines itself in healing
the sick, and casting out error...
- The mistake the disciples of Jesus made to found
religious organizations and church rites, if indeed they did this, was one the
Master did not make...
- Jesus paid no homage to diplomas, to forms of
church worship, or the theories of man, but acted and spake as he was moved by
Spirit, the Principle of being...
- He stood boldly up in the face of all accredited
evidences of personal sense, Pharisaical creeds, etc., and refuted them all
with his healing.
- Christ's church was Truth ("I am Truth and Life")
the temple for the worshipers of Truth is Spirit and not matter, even the
Principle of man and the universe that calls on those professing godliness, to
understand God, and to be absent from the body to be present with Him, and to
claim their right of membership by destroying sickness, sin, and death. Is
there any higher Christianity than this?...
- No time was lost by our Master in organizations,
rites, and ceremonies, or in proselyting for certain forms of belief: members
of his church must answer to themselves, in the secret sanctuary of Soul,
questions of the most solemn import.
- First, am I surely gaining a victory over matter,
and present with Spirit, present with Love and Truth, supping with them and
they with me, gaining this oneness with God, of which Jesus spake, thus rising
superior to personal sense, and conquering sickness, sin and death; am I caring
less and less for earthly pleasures or pains, and getting out with the sinner
and in with the saint?
- The true answer to these inquiries will set us all
right; they are the only signs significant of the burial of the body with
Christ, and its resurrection with God, Truth, compared with which rites and
ceremonies sink into insignificance. We have no record that forms of church
worship were instituted by our great spiritual teacher, Jesus of Nazareth, and
we learn the improbability of this, in the Science of God, that he taught and
demonstrated. Said he, "The time now is when they that worship the
Father should worship him in Spirit, and no longer in Jerusalem," (the wealth
and learning) "of our temples"; a magnificent edifice was not the sign of
The Real I of You is God (S&H
Mary Baker Eddy did not hesitate to go beyond all
preconceptions of the "I." Speaking of your real 'I,' she said the 'I'
signifies God and not man, Principle and not person. The I, your I, is
intelligence. (See also S&H 249:20.) "To admit oneself Soul," she said,
"sets one free to master the infinite idea. The belief that God [infinite good]
has a separate being leads to multitudinous errors [errors we experience in
Man is the phenomena of Soul, true identity,
intelligence. "When realizing Life as it is, namely, Soul, not sense, or the
personal man, we shall expand into Truth and self-completeness that embrace all
things" (First edition, p.223).
How can a Science that teaches us this great truth,
this divine reality, have anything to do with material organization? A
spiritual Science has nothing to do with five personalities called a Board of
Directors. "The final understanding that we are Spirit must come," said Mrs.
Eddy, "and we might as well improve our time in solving the so-called mysteries
of today on this Principle."
In Christian Science we find our happiness, our
paradise within us in the consciousness of heaven within us. "The
kingdom of heaven is within you" (Luke 17:21). We learn heaven is not a place
you go to, as Old Theology teaches. This brings to mind the experience of a
Sunday School teacher, who, finding the classroom hot and stuffy, decided to
move the children out to the sidewalk. Here he continued his teaching with,
"Now, who wants to go to heaven?" Au raised their hands except Horace.
Surprised, the teacher asked, "Horace, don't you want to go to heaven?" "Yes,"
replied Horace, "But I didn't know you wuz gettin' up a load right now!"
How God Answered Mrs. Eddy's Prayer-vs.-The Board's
Tooth Fairy Approach
After her "suffer it to be so now" reorganization in
1892, Mrs. Eddy prayed day and night for a God-directed way to lay off church
organization. She didn't want the Second Coming of the Christ to meet with the
same fate that befell the First Coming when, upon what the disciples understood
of Jesus' message, an organization, a church, came forth. Jesus' partially
understood message crystallized into a creed, and before long the principle
concern of the church was to sustain itself as an organization. This very thing
has happened to the Christian Science movement today, with little thought given
to what Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy taught. Her solution was Step 2, the
Are we today giving devoted thought to what our Leader
taught, namely: that our own "I" is God, Mind, when rightly viewed? (See
S&H 588:9). When will you and I see that the mind we now have is the divine
Mind, which is able to view all things rightly when free from hypnotic
suggestion, when not looking "through a glass, darkly"? There is only one Mind,
the God-Mind, infinite good. And that is your Mind now. This is what the
spiritual symbol of St. John's God-crowned woman in Revelation XII is telling
us, and "when each individual reflects this 'God-crowned woman' -reflects the
motherhood of Love within himself -what need is there to look to a
mother-authority external to himself? In 1908 therefore, Mrs. Eddy abolished
the communion season in The Mother Church (because it had become a communion
between branch and Mother), but she left the branches' communion service to be
a matter for each branch with its divine Principle, Love. Indeed by this time
she has made it legally impossible for The Mother Church, without her,
to exercise its maternal control... The textbook now is the mother and the
leader, and the personal revelator can depart. It remains for the students to
prove that Christian Science is the Science of inorganic being" (Mrs. Eddy's
Other Writings-John Morgan).
How God Led Mrs. Eddy to Make the Manual A
First, Mrs. Eddy bought the needed parcels of land for
the Extension. The answer for ending material organization, she knew, lay in
how she would deed this property to the FOUR Directors to whom ten years
previously she had deeded land for the original Mother Church.
There were thirteen deeds, ten of which had
restrictive clauses. Of these ten, the first nine were nearly identical in
wording with the last By-Law in the Manual, namely, Amendment of
By-Laws. p. 105. "No new Tenet or By-Law shall be adopted, nor any Tenet
or By-Law amended or annulled, without the written consent of Mary Baker Eddy,
the author of our textbook, Science and Health." (She substituted only
"the" textbook, for "our" textbook, since she had a premonition that the
Manual would some day be adjudicated in the courts of our land, where it
might not be the textbook of the lawyers taking part.) The TENTH deed
additionally held a non-modification, non-waiver clause. It seals
everlastingly her plan for the human race. It absolutely sets in concrete for
time and eternity that no one can in any way alter, modify, waive or effect a
change in any of the Manual's By-Law estoppel clauses. This
should be clear even to those who are programmed to speak no evil against God,
motherhood, and the Boston hierarchy.
You can no more organize the Science of being than you
can organize the sunlight. "God, infinite good, is ALL."
The thirteen Deeds of Trust were brought to light in
Michael Meehan's Proceedings in Equity during the 1919-1921 "Great
Litigation." But it seems that it took another sixty years of progress
Spiritward to gain the true meaning of what these deeds have all along been
telling us; and to see the spiritual greatness of Mary Baker Eddy's plan of
liberation for the human race.
Step 3-Mrs. Eddy Provided Ten More Deeds of
Ten years after Mrs. Eddy executed the 1892 Deed which
set up The First Church of Christ, Scientist, it was proposed that an Extension
to the original Mother Church be built. This proposal, Mrs. Eddy saw, would
hold the answer she had prayed for since the re-organization of 1892. She now
saw how she could use this proposal (to build an Extension) to gracefully and
legally, terminate church organization when she was no longer here to oversee
its every detail. She knew her third step must be a way to make the Church
Manual a LEGAL instrument (since a church manual, as an ecclesiastical
document, would have no chance of being taken seriously in a court of human
Mrs. Eddy's Manual Terminated Organizational
Mrs. Eddy's Manual as she left it, terminated
the material Mother Church since no officer to run "The Mother Church" could be
elected without Mrs. Eddy's consent. As stated in the Manual it should
be emphasized that no function of the organizational Mother Church could
continue without Mrs. Eddy's consent, approval, or her signature in her own
handwriting. At Mrs. Eddy's departure, The Mother Church building became more
like a special branch church, and assumed its legal title: "The First Church of
Christ Scientist, Boston." Remember here too, that it is the congregation which
shall worship in said church [that] shall be styled "The First Church of
Christ, Scientist" (Man. p. 132:4). It had no control over any other
branch church. This is set forth, as already mentioned, in Mrs. Eddy's 1892
Deed of Trust (Manual p. 128).
Today we hear the COPs (Committee on Publication)
blathering to the press: "The Mother Church is governed by the Church
Manual. The Manual guides the actions of the five-member Board of
Directors" (July 1992 Yankee). This COP obviously has never read the
relentlessly stuffy, woodenly earnest little volume called the Manual-
it's lack of humor doesn't invite avid interest-or else he is guilty of
what Mrs. Eddy abhorred. She said: "When anyone argues in justification of
error to cover it up against their honest convictions, it fills me with
righteous indignation beyond any other form of error" (DCC 182).
As stated earlier, at Mrs. Eddy's departure The Mother
Church assumed its legal title, "The First Church of Christ, Scientist' It had
more the status of a branch church, and when the Board of Directors of this
church assumed control of every Christian Science branch church in the world,
disaster followed, just as Mrs. Eddy expected. She was painfully aware that
"power corrupts," and we saw this happen after her departure. The Board of
Directors encouraged the tattling on teachers and practitioners who talked "too
freely." Heads began to roll when prominent Christian Scientists who, seeing
further spiritually than the Board of Directors, raised an outcry.
As the forces of ecclesiasticism kept adding notches
to their belt many of our best thinkers disappeared. Dissenters, those with
courage to speak the truth, were put on the rack, summarily excommunicated, or
disciplined and warned. This caused fear, "the weapon of tyrants," to reign. It
ended the wondrous progress Christian Science had been making.
During the same interview cited earlier, the Committee
on Publication was asked the question: "Can a Christian Scientist be
excommunicated?" The COP replied: "There are provisions in the Manual to
allow for excommunication of members. These are applied in rare instances only
after every effort is made to resolve differences through dialogue with the
member and sincere prayer."
Friends, it grieves me to point out that this is a
joke! In the first place, the Manual terminated the five-member Board
that would be doing the excommunicating. The Board of Directors (who simply
refused to acknowledge that they no longer existed!) did pounce on and
excommunicate those who were chiefly the best, wisest and most
spiritually-minded. The cruelty and mental suffering inflicted all too often
(not in "rare instances") caused many a Christian Scientist to spend his last
earthly days in pain and grief.
Dubbing themselves "The Highest Ecclesiastical Court
in The Land" the hierarchy proceeded with great "spiritual" haughtiness to
issue royal edicts. With lordly patronizing presumptuousness, they have
demanded that their injunctions be obeyed. End of "dialogue" and "sincere
prayer." (This assessment is done without any intention of hurting the Board's
feelings, and we trust that revealing this saga of misdeeds will not cause the
hierarchy to drown in a "Slough of Despond.")
But "all the darkness in the world cannot overcome the
light shed by a single candle." We are grateful for the champions of liberty
who have fed, and are continuing to feed, the flame of spiritual light, who
dare to put their faith in her who brought the Second Coming of the Christ. We
know that whatever hinders or threatens free thought is perilous, and we should
demonstrate its nothingness wherever it seems to appear. We all must eventually
demonstrate the nothingness of domination, selfishness and greed; they are
misconceptions that hinder thought from thinking scientifically.
The Shadow of a Great Rock In a Weary Land
"From first to last The Mother Church seemed type and
shadow of the warfare between the flesh and Spirit, even that shadow whose
substance is the divine Spirit, imperatively propelling the greatest moral,
physical, civil, and religious reform ever known on earth. In the words of the
prophet: 'The shadow of a great rock in a weary land"' (Pul. p.
Where Were the Other "Extension" Deeds?
One of the deeds concerning the Extension is shown on
p. 138 of the Manual. But since Mrs. Eddy had purchased thirteen parcels
of land where were the other vitally important deeds? Why had they been only
peeked at during the 1919-1921 "Great Litigation?" Why, through insidious
pressure from the hierarchy, has the field been tricked and trapped into never
investigating these deeds which only briefly, uncomprehendingly, surfaced
during the great lawsuit?
Why is the scandal-scarred Boston hierarchy, even
today, referring the sheep to the 73rd and 57th Manual,
incorrectly interpreting these as a basis for their claim to power? Reeling
from all the adverse publicity, we see here a hierarchy scrambling in a
last-ditch dishonest effort to keep itself in the saddle through its benighted
emissaries. Do YOU have the 73rd and 57th Manual? Those who are pushing
this crafty maneuver are well-aware that few have these early Manuals to
see for themselves what they actually say. The 73rd Manual refers
us to "subsequent" Manuals, not to "previous" Manuals.
Must We Learn the Hard Way?
In the matter of the pertinent deeds remaining so long
hidden, could it be that Christian Scientists had to learn the hard way that
turning to persons (to five personalities in Boston) for guidance- instead of
to divine Principle as All-in-all-leads to disaster? Could this be why Mrs.
Eddy's ten deeds that contain her vital, indispensable restrictive clauses-that
make the Manual a legal instrument and solve, at last, the problem that
has brought the great Christian Science movement to its knees- remained hidden
for over seven decades? "Time tells all tales true," Mrs. Eddy was fond of
saying. And today a new understanding is being born on the Boston hierarchy's
Mrs. Eddy's Ten Deeds Re-discovered
In 1980 the intrepid chairman of United Christian
Scientists-in search of a copy of Mrs. Eddy's signature when she was
eighty-nine years of age-was divinely led to the basement of the Court House
Annex on Beacon Hill, in Boston, Massachusetts. He states:
In the Court House, in the subterranean basement, I
found the Deed Book. Everything was there exactly as it appears in our
Manual. But it said: "See Deeds in Book (so and so)." I found the next
book under a quarter inch of dust that had gathered during all these decades.
Opening it, lo and behold! Here were ten more Deeds of Trust!
So it came to pass that in God's own time these deeds,
hidden since their brief airing during the "Great Litigation," will now play
the part Mrs. Eddy intended for them. They will fulfill Mrs. Eddy's prophecy
that "the Manual will be acknowledged as law by law," as we will
Mrs. Eddy's 1892 Deed of Trust
In her 1892 Deed of Trust Mrs. Eddy appointed four (4)
Directors to look after "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston"
(Manual p. 128). They had no power over any church other than this
church: The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, and church property.
They could appoint successors as long as necessary WITHOUT Mrs. Eddy's consent.
This 1892 Deed is limited to ONLY The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in
Boston. It does NOT pertain to THE MOTHER CHURCH which was Mrs. Eddy's church
while she was here in person to administer it.
After Mrs. Eddy's departure Christian Scientists had
no further excuse for localizing The Mother Church. "Mother" is defined in the
"Glossary" (S&H 592:16) as "God; divine and eternal Principle; Life, Truth,
and Love." "Church" is defined in the "Glossary" as "The structure of Truth and
Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle..." (ibid.
583:12). Church is something the Christian Scientist IS. Church is not an
edifice the Christian Scientist enters and prays to "become.
A Tale of Two Boards
Four-member Board and Five-member Board NOT
Contrary to what the earlier-mentioned Los Angeles
Times article states, Mrs. Eddy's Manual TERMINATED the five-member
Board of Directors of The Mother Church when she was no longer here. This has
to be repeated ad infinitum because the field has been so thoroughly
impregnated with the false notion that the Board of Directors is Mrs. Eddy's
successor. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!
Page 27:1 of the Manual states: "The business
of The Mother Church shall be transacted by its [five-member]
Christian Science Board of Directors." But six months after Mrs. Eddy
passed on, the organizational Mother Church ended since NO office of The Mother
Church could be filled without Mrs. Eddy's consent and approval. The
five-member Mother Church Board of Directors is not her successor. They had NO
RIGHT OF SUCCESSORSHIP.
Here remember that when the church reorganized in
1892, it "reorganized under her jurisdiction." This gradually gave Mrs. Eddy
absolute power to terminate the organizational Mother Church and its
five-member Board at any time. This termination took place December 3 and was
confirmed in June of 1911 when no officer of The Mother Church could be elected
without Mrs. Eddy's "approval," or "consent ...given in her own handwriting"
(Manual p. 25-26). Also, when a member of the five-member Board passed
on a year later, he could not be replaced without Mrs. Eddy's personal approval
(ibid. p. 26, Sect. 5).
Who or What is Mrs. Eddy's Successor
Here the question may be asked: Who or what IS Mrs.
Eddy's "successor"? The Board of Directors was NOT her successor. Mrs. Eddy
indicates that her successor is "the Church Universal and Triumphant"
(Manual p. 19:6). "Uni" means one. There is only one infinite being.
"There is but one I, or Us" (S&H 588:11). It is our real "I." This I
functions as individual and indivisible Mind. It is your real Mind here and
now, when it is freed from hypnotic suggestion and awakened out of the
Why is it "tri-umphant"? Because its threefold,
triune, tri-unity, Principle, Life, Truth and Love eternally constitutes our
true being, so that (in reality) we dwell in "the consciousness of Love
forever" (S&H 578:17). This "marvelous [tri]-unity of man with God [is]
shadowed forth in scientific thought" (Un. 5:24). This has been made
clear by our Leader, and we find our Leader in her writings.
Mrs. Eddy's "successor" will be revealed by man, "the
image and likeness of the Father-Mother God..." (My. 347:2). Mrs. Eddy
speaks of her successor as a revelation-"will reveal my successor"-
rather than a person since Science and Health is her successor; and as we
spiritually assimilate what is in Science and Health-we become the revelation.
We EACH make ourselves Mrs. Eddy's successor in proportion to our
"understanding and demonstration of divine Truth, Life, and Love, healing and
saving the world from sin and death; thus to reflect in some degree the Church
Universal and Triumphant" (Manual p. 19)
Obedience to Mrs. Eddy's Manual means obeying
the Manual as she wrote it, not as the five-member Board of Directors
disobediently paid the lawyers to interpret it-to interpret it in such a way as
to make the Manual-terminated Mother Church Board of Directors Mrs. Eddy's
successors at her passing. This was done, not in a blaze of glory, but in a sly
surreptitious way. At Mrs. Eddy's passing the Board simply announced to the
press that they were Mrs. Eddy's successors. That settled it. Few were aware of
the treachery being perpetrated, and so, unwittingly, became a part of the
ecclesiastical soap opera that has continued to the present day.
A Third Step Toward Terminating Organization:
The Temporary Fifth Director
In 1902 Mrs. Eddy asked in essence, that temporarily
(while she was present with us to govern The Mother Church, her Church,
"Mother's Church") a fifth Director be appointed. This temporary Board
was appointed to TRANSACT THE BUSINESS OF THE MOTHER CHURCH under Mrs. Eddy's
jurisdiction. To distinguish this temporary Board from the LEGAL four-member
Board that would care for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, when
Mrs. Eddy was no longer here, Mrs. Eddy added a fifth Director, namely,
Archibald McClellan. Adding a fifth Director was- 28 -another step in
Mrs. Eddy's plan to terminate organization at her passing. This temporary
five-member Board did NOT have the right to appoint successors. (See Manual,
26, Sect 5.) It could not fill a vacancy on "THAT" Board without
Mrs. Eddy's approval. Note: "THEY SHALL FILL A VACANCY ON THAT BOARD
AFTER THE CANDIDATE IS APPROVED BY THE PASTOR EMERITUS" (Man. p. 26).
By terminating (when she was no longer here) the five-member Board who
transacted the business of The Mother Church, we can see how Mrs. Eddy was
laying plans for terminating all centralized control.
Again, the five-member Board had to do with The Mother
Church ONLY. Note: "The business of The Mother Church shall be transacted by
ITS (five-member) Christian Science Board of Directors" (Manual p. 27).
Because the field has been so thoroughly indoctrinated with the WRONG
belief that the Board of Directors is Mrs. Eddy's successor, it cannot be
impressed too vigorously that, AFTER MRS. EDDY'S PASSING, THERE NO LONGER WAS A
LOCALIZED, MATERIAL "MOTHER" CHURCH, since no officer could be elected without
her (the Pastor Emeritus') consent.
The Only By-Law the Board of Directors Wanted
The above mentioned By-Law (Manual p. 26.
Directors, Sect. 5) regarding the termination of the five (5) member Board,
when Mrs. Eddy was no longer here to give her approval, was the only By-Law the
Directors pleaded with Mrs. Eddy to change. But she firmly declared that God
had dictated that By-Law estoppel. (Mrs. Eddy, discerning her Board of
Directors' thoughts, frequently chided and rebuked them for seeing her, as we
today might say, "with one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel." She
urged them to hold her in thought as vigorous, valiant, and victorious over the
This estoppel that the five-member Board complained
about (along with the other estoppels) was, of course, Mrs. Eddy's God-given
answer concerning how to set the Christian Science movement free from material
organization. When with her By-Law estoppel clauses she terminated all central
control, she set every Christian Scientist free to follow her teachings as
given in her writings, the Second Coming of the Christ.
Once more, it must be clear that from a strictly legal
standpoint the Mother Church activities, which the Manual's estoppels
forbade, came to a halt six months after Mrs. Eddy's passing, when at- 30 -the
annual meeting in June, 1911, no officer of The Mother Church could be elected
without Mary Baker Eddy's consent. The church then assumed its legal title,
namely, "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston," with power only over
the Boston Church and its property, as given to it in the Deed of Trust,
Manual, p. 128. Then the following year, in June of 1912, a member of
the five-member Board passed on and could not be replaced without Mrs. Eddy's
'You Find Me in My Writings'
What and where is our Leader? Mrs. Eddy said,
"Those who look for me in person or elsewhere than in my writings, lose me
instead of find me" (My. 120:2). We find our Leader only in her writings.
But wait! Mrs. Eddy tells us: My book is not
all you know of me (My 133:22). What did she mean? Here Mrs. Eddy
I have a secret to tell you and a question to ask. Do
you know how much I love you and the nature of this love? No: then my SACRED
SECRET is incommunicable, and we live apart. But, yes: and this inmost
something becomes articulate, and my book is NOT all you know of me. But
your knowledge with its magnitude of meaning uncovers my life, even as your
heart has discovered it. The spiritual bespeaks our temporal history.
As we become real and consecrated warriors giving
ourselves wholly and irrevocably to the great work of establishing the truth
necessary for the salvation of the world, we grow in the spiritual
understanding of her books and her life. This adds a new dimension to what
we know of her. Reading between the lines we see her life is depicted in
the chapter "Atonement and Eucharist" in Science and Health.
In a conversation with a spiritually-minded dear
friend, he decoded Mrs. Eddy's cryptic prophecy and "sacred secret"
substantially as follows:
"If we know how much she loves us then we know
something that we have learned other than what is in her books-we have found
her elsewhere than in her writings. But where? In our qualification for church
membership it says: 'The BIBLE, together with Science and Health and other
works by Mrs. Eddy, shall be [our] only textbooks for self-instruction in
Christian Science' (Manual 34).
"While Miscellany 120:2 tells us we find her
only in her writings, yet here she tells us she has 'a sacred secret,' namely,
'my book is NOT ALL you know of me.' Where else do we find her? Where else do
we learn about our Leader other than in her writings? Obviously in the Bible!
There is our answer to the great Bliss Knapp controversy raging today: Is she
fulfilling Bible prophecy?-'Am I not fulfilling the prophecy of the
woman of the Apocalypse?' she is asking. 'I have a secret', she is telling
us, and affirming, 'If you know my love for you, you will know it too.'"
So it is not only in our Leader's writings that we
find her, we find her in the sacred Scriptures. And on the previous page
(My. 132:12) she tells us: 'Oh, may this hour be prolific, and at this
time and in every heart may there come this benediction: Thou hast no longer to
appeal to human strength, to strive with agony.' Then, Mrs. Eddy states
unequivocally, 'I AM THY DELIVERER.'"
Only the Christ can say that! But she came as close to
saying that as anyone possibly could. 'I AM THY DELIVERER.' The Second
Coming of the Christ which she brought is our 'deliverer.' [Those of us who
have experienced wonderful healings in Christian Science through reading the
textbook, or through the work of Christian Science practitioners, know what
this means-we are grateful for this Second Coming of the Christ that Mrs.
Eddy's writings brought. We know what was our 'deliverer.']
"Mrs. Eddy's statement, 'I am thy Deliverer,' is truly
a revelation because in all Christian history the only deliverer, redeemer, was
Jesus Christ. But here Mary Baker Eddy is telling all mankind: I am thy
deliverer. Jesus said the Comforter would complete his work on earth, and
reveal 'ALL' Truth. The woman, as Jeremiah prophesied: 'shall compass a man.'
Her work completes that of Christ Jesus. It is now through Mary Baker Eddy that
mankind receives eternal salvation through her completion of the work of Christ
Jesus, as he himself said the Comforter, Science, would do."
Mary Baker Eddy's work is a continuation or extension
of the work of Christ Jesus. Through Mary Baker Eddy, primitive Christianity
has been extended into this Age. Its new name is Science. Today, salvation is
the product of understanding the joint demonstration which Christ Jesus and
Mary Baker Eddy equally share. Salvation instantaneously occurs when the work
Christ Jesus initiated and Mary Baker Eddy completed is understood as one
undivided and uninterrupted process. The Christ of Jesus brings God down to
individual man in Christianity and the Christ of Mary Baker Eddy elevates
individual man up to God in Science. One Christ with a dual function. These two
complimentary processes equate to ONE salvation, or God and man ONE."
Mrs. Eddy states we can read her books, but if we
don't know the love she has for us, then her 'secret' is unknown. And her
'secret' is that she is the Christ to this age. She is 'the second witness that
stands before the God of the whole earth.' We don't find that in her writings.
But here Mrs. Eddy- 34 -is saying-she has actually put it here in writing-if
you know how much I love you...this inmost something becomes articulate, and my
book is not all you know of me.
"Of course, it is not all. There is much more that we
know about her, and we have learned it in the Bible. The Bible is full
of the prophecies of the woman who would bring the Second Coming of the
"So here, on page 133 of Miscellany, is
a plainspoken, straight to the heart appeal to the spiritually minded, that
if we know how much she loves us, if we feel her love for us, then we know more
about her than what her books contain. And the only place we learn about Mrs.
Eddy other than in her writings, is in the Bible. The Scriptures are full of
prophecies of the coming of "the woman." And in the entire Scriptures, from
Genesis through Revelation, the real issue is not whether Mrs. Eddy is the
woman of the Apocalypse. The real issue is: Does Mary Baker Eddy represent the
ideal woman who appeared in the first day of creation with God? Have we been
attacking the problem from the wrong end of the book? Might we not call this an
excavation-shoveling away the debris of the centuries to reveal reality?"
Mrs. Eddy's Writings Include the Manual
Returning now to Mrs. Eddy's writings: These writings
include the Manual as she wrote it and left it for us with its
estoppels. (Remember, in the Manual, estoppels are those clauses that
stopped an action when Mrs. Eddy was no longer here to supervise.) Looking from
today's perspective we can see that the Manual estoppels were Mrs.
Eddy's only reason for writing a Manual. She said she considered her
Manual second only to Science and Health in importance. She wrote and
copyrighted the Manual. (See Manual p. 104:3.) Therefore we find
our Leader in her Manual with its By-Law estoppels. We do not find her
in the legal fraternity's interpretation of the Manual, namely, their
finding that "The old lady cannot rule from the grave." Loyal Christian
Scientists know that "Eternity (not the legal profession) awaits our
Today, many at "headquarters" are in a high dudgeon
over the ferreting out of "who done it?"-who caused the present embarrassing
exposures? Some plaintive voices from the chicken coop are calling; "T'aint no
one here but us long-time supporters of our great Leader, Mary Baker Eddy."
"Hypocrisy is ever the homage vice plays to virtue." It's time to start cutting
our spiritual teeth.
Continued Organization Retards Spiritual
Remembering that she insisted her Manual was
second only to Science and Health in importance, it should be obvious from all
Mrs. Eddy has written derogating organization, how strongly she felt that
"continued organization retards spiritual growth." And her Manual for
all "eternity" definitely prevents five personalities from sinking the divine
Principle of her great discovery and revelation in personality. No one knew
better than Mrs. Eddy that "there was never a religion or philosophy lost to
the centuries except by sinking its divine Principle in personality" (My.
The first Christian Science church from 1879 to 1889
was a democratic church. What the majority voted for, ruled. But when they
RE-organized in 1892, that changed. She took over lock, stock, and barrel. It
was no longer democratic. Twelve students met with Mrs. Eddy, and as mentioned
before, "RE-organized UNDER HER JURISDICTION." The Mother Church then became a
theocracy; Mrs. Eddy-the Christ Mind-was given absolute control which
she used to gradually turn it all over to the eternal jurisdiction of the
Once more, it is absolutely critical to understand
that no church officer of The Mother Church could be elected without Mrs.
Eddy's approval. Page 25 of the Manual shows that the President must
have Mrs. Eddy's approval. The Clerk, the Treasurer, and the Committee on
Publication could NOT continue after the consent of Mrs. Eddy "in her own
handwriting" could no longer be obtained. At Mrs. Eddy's passing, The Mother
Church assumed its legal title. It became "The First Church of Christ,
Scientist, Boston," and continued to be governed by the Church Manual.
It is a fact that the deed of 1892 caused the Church to exist, but the
Church Manual regulates "how" that created Church would exist throughout
all time and on into eternity.
Remember it's "the congregation which shall worship in
said Church shall be styled 'The First Church of Christ, Scientist"'; and
"Church" is "The structure of Truth and Love" that constitutes our real being,
our consciousness (S&H 583:12). Thus the true Church goes on forever.
The Church Manual dictates the way the Boston
Church ONLY is to function or NOT function. The Church Manual to this
day governs the Church created by the September 1, 1892 deed.
How was the property of this beloved and magnificent
edifice of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist" to be maintained? The
original little church and the Extension in Boston will continue to draw
countless thousands of loyal Christian Scientists who stare up at these
beautiful symbols -"Our prayer in stone"-with reverential awe. What was Mrs.
Eddy's provision for them? Her Publishing Society Deed of Trust has in it a
stipulation that provided for the upkeep of the property of The First Church of
Thus after Mrs. Eddy's passing, when there was no
longer a Mother Church to which members could belong and pay a per capita
tax to maintain the church property in Boston, Mrs. Eddy provided that
surplus funds from the Publishing Society were to be turned over to the
treasurer of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, for the maintenance of the
Boston church property-the original little church and the Extension.
Board of Directors Breaks Mrs. Eddy's Publishing
As long as Mrs. Eddy's Publishing Society Deed was
honored (before the "Suit in Equity," also called "The Great Litigation"), the
profits turned over to the Treasurer of The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
were huge. But a change came after Mrs. Eddy's Publishing Society Deed of Trust
was broken. Despotic control of ecclesiasticism, masquerading as the Christian
Science organization, began at once to put freedom through the shredder,
demanding the Boston Board be allowed to govern the thoughts of Christian
Scientists and keep us in the wilderness forever.
This infamy resulted in sharply reduced revenues from
the Publishing Society. Pioneering creative thinkers were no longer free to
break through the inherited mold of scholastic theology and "keep abreast of
the times." Our greatest and best thinkers were shunned as prophets without
honor. Had The Christian Science Monitor continued, as under Mrs. Eddy's
supervision, it would have continued to "spread undivided the Science
that operates unspent," and to bless "all mankind." Instead it has failed to
prevent the mental pollution from mass media communications that is today
contaminating the minds of untold millions. In addition, it has all but stopped
spiritual healing. Today we must, through deeper consecration to what is in our
textbook, recapture the great light that shone from Mary Baker Eddy's
consciousness. She taught us Spirit is the ONLY. Spirit is what is really
there, but it looks like matter; so we have to dematerialize
it-de-materialize our concept of Spirit, omnipresent infinite good.
"The Manual Will Save the Cause"
Why did Mrs. Eddy tell Prof. Hering, "The Manual
will save the Cause"? Why did she write (My. 230:1): "...eternity
awaits our Church Manual" which Revelation 12 tells us is destined to
rule "with a rod of iron"? Why did Mrs. Eddy insist the By-Laws "were impelled
by a power not one's own"? (Man. iii). Why did she insist that
every By-Law was "inspired," that "I wrote the Manual just as I wrote
Science and Health"?
"The Manual Will Be Acknowledged As Law By
Again, why did she tell other students: "The Manual
will be acknowledged as law by law"? (The Cross and Crown, p.322).To
reiterate, the answer to this question lies with the restrictive clauses in the
deeds concerning the land for the Extension-land Mrs. Eddy bought and deeded to
the same legal FOUR (4) member Board to whom she had previously given
the property on which to build the original Mother Church.
The Manual Shows a Second Deed of Trust
To repeat, pages 136-138 of the Manual show a
second deed. What does this deed concern? It pertains to one of the ten
parcels of land, mentioned earlier, on which to build the Extension to the
original Mother Church building. The first deed, in 1892, conveyed land for the
Church edifice. The second deed, in 1903, conveyed land for Church
purposes. What was/is the "purpose" of the Extension? To legally box the
Directors into strict compliance and performance after Mrs. Eddy's passing-to
begin at once to dematerialize and disorganize, the centralized material
The Extension could serve no higher or more important
"purpose." (See "Pond and Purpose" Mis. 203.)The second deed (Man. p.
136) was one of the ten by which Mrs. Eddy conveyed the ten parcels of land
she purchased on which to build the Extension. This deed was given to the same
four Directors of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, as the 1892 Deed on
the previous page of the Manual. But it speaks of "FURTHER" trusts,
namely: "this property is conveyed on the further trusts that no new
Tenet or By-Law shall be adopted, nor any Tenet or By-Law amended or annulled
by the grantees unless the written consent of said Mary Baker G. Eddy...be
The Ten Deeds Hold the Key
Why is the hiding of these pertinent documents one of
the most important factors in the drastic decline of Mary Baker Eddy's great
Christian Science movement? Why is it causing a high-ranking member of the
forbidden ecclesiastical hierarchy to sanctimoniously intone to church members:
"We'll want to think together about whether our movement is in danger of being
The reason, of course, is disobedience to the
Manual's estoppel By-Laws. We see now why these ten Deeds of Trust which
for so long were deviously and fraudulently concealed by the Boston hierarchy,
hold the key to Mrs. Eddy's statement that the Manual will "be
acknowledged as law by law," because in each one of those ten Deeds of Trust
given to the four-member Board, is a "FURTHER" trust; namely, as found in the
sample deed (one of the ten) at the end of the Manual, p. 136 and 137,
which states: "...this property is conveyed on the FURTHER trusts that no new
Tenet or By-Law shall be adopted, nor any Tenet or By-Law amended or annulled
by the grantees unless the written consent of said Mary Baker G. Eddy, the
author of the textbook, Science and Health...be given therefore."
This stipulation, appearing in every one of the ten
Deeds of Trust, makes the Manual a legal instrument, legally enforcing
precisely the same stipulation which appears on Manual page 105, under
"Amendment of By-Laws, Sect. 3," which reads: "No new Tenet or By-Law shall be
adopted, nor any Tenet or By-Law amended or annulled, without the written
consent of Mary Baker Eddy, the author of our textbook, Science and Health."
The only way the Board could have ignored the estoppel would have been to
refuse to accept the deeds to the land.
Interlocking of Deeds With Manual Estoppel
Whether the Directors were aware of it or not, their
acceptance of this deeded land legally bound the Directors to obey the estoppel
clauses in the Manual. Why? Because the "FURTHER TRUSTS" in the
real estate deeds interlocked with the last estoppel in the Manual,
which reads, as already quoted twice: "No new Tenet or By-Law shall be
adopted, nor any Tenet or By-Law amended or annulled without the written
consent of Mary Baker Eddy, the author of our textbook, Science and
This stipulation legally bound the Directors then in
office, and their successors-remember it is the "Manual of the First
Church of Christ, Scientist"-to obey the Manual as Mrs. Eddy wrote it.
Among other By-Laws, it bound them to obey the plainly stated By-Law on page
26, Sect. 5, which states unequivocally that the five-member Board which
transacted the business of The Mother Church could not fill a vacancy on
that Board without Mrs. Eddy's approval. When she was no longer here,
The Mother Church assumed its legal title under its four member Board
which had control ONLY over the Boston Church.
Today, with the sad division staining the ongoing
history of the Christian Science movement, it is a question of "Do we obey Mary
Baker Eddy's Manual as she wrote it, or do we obey a self-appointed
Board of five Directors, who hired lawyers to interpret the Manual in
such a way as to leave them (the five-member Board) in power after Mary
Baker Eddy's divinely-dictated Manual terminated their positions?
Terminated Organizational "Mother Church" Becomes
"The First Church of Christ, Scientist"
Under Article XXXV, "For The Mother Church Only," Mrs.
Eddy writes: "The Church Manual of The First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Boston, Mass., written by Mary Baker Eddy and copyrighted is
adapted to The Mother Church only... This Manual shall not be
revised without the written consent of its author" (Manual 104). The ten
Deeds of Trust legally enforce this By-Law. After Mrs. Eddy's passing and there
no longer was a localized "Mother Church," The Mother Church became something
you had in your heart, and the property assumed its legal title: The First
Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, having the status of a branch church.
Again remember, it was "the congregation, which shall worship in said church
shall be styled 'The First Church of Christ, Scientist."'
The Disobedient Board of Directors'
Illegal, Spurious and Misleading 89th
The 88th Manual was the last one put out by
Mrs. Eddy. But when she refused to write a By-Law transferring her power to the
FIVE (5)-member Board, one of the Directors, Archibald McClellan and Mrs.
Eddy's publisher, secretly, without authority from Mrs. Eddy, had the Plimpton
Press print a Manual that would be ready to go to the field at Mrs.
Eddy's passing. Immediately upon Mrs. Eddy's departure, the plates of this
altered Manual, the 89th, were pulled from the safe, printed and sent
surreptitiously to all Christian Science Reading Rooms to replace Mrs. Eddy's
88th, and last, Manual.
In their attempt to erase the shadows of Mary Baker
Eddy, this 1911, 89th Manual, put out by the five-member Board, removed
Mrs. Eddy's name as head of the church, defiantly replacing it with their own
names, with the five-member Board of Directors, which the Manual, if
OBEYED, had terminated. (Her name was restored in 1924 only because of pressure
from the field.)
In their spurious 89th Manual, this Board-
which, again, remember, Mrs. Eddy's By-Laws specifically and legally
terminated-decided they must have dominion over every Christian Science church
in the world; and to make sure nothing- 46 -would knock the wheels off their
bandwagon, they infamously, shamefully, added the three words on pages 120 and
127: "AND BRANCH CHURCHES." Under it they wrote: "Republished from the
Sentinel." But in the Sentinel it says only: "Present order of the Services in
The Mother Church." It does NOT add: "and branch churches." As before noted,
the Manual states, page 104, Art. XXXV: "For The Mother Church
In the same interview quoted earlier, the COP was
asked yet another question by the press: "When was the last time Mrs. Eddy
revised the Manual?" The COP, either through ignorance or fearful of
losing his job if he answered truthfully, quibbled: "Mrs. Eddy made her last
revision to the Manual not long before she died in December, 1910. This
last edition-the 89th-came off the press early in January 1911. This edition is
the final version and is the one that is still in use today" (Yankee,
This, of course, as previously explained, is a
complete fabrication! To this type of intentional or witless unintentional
falsehood, Mrs. Eddy would have responded: "When the Discoverer of Christian
Science in this age must deal with sinning, so-called Christian
Scientists, [then] those who know their Leader as she is [as the one
scripturally prophesied to bring the promised Comforter] must be- 47 -awake
to the delusions of malicious animal magnetism that would make Jerusalem a
waste and desert place. Take up those transgressors in our midst who would undo
the work of their Leader... Waken to the need of this hour that those who
would set aside the Manual of The Mother Church with its JUST By-Laws see
the sinfulness of their ways." (Preserved by Carpenter Foundation.) It appears
that for the Boston hierarchy's ecclesiastical dictatorship the trip to the
spiritual world may be one of history's most undisciplined and slowest
"Tell the Truth Concerning the Lie."-Mary Baker
In strong language Mrs. Eddy condemned the practice of
only denouncing error in general, "saying nothing, in particular, of error that
is damning men [leading them to falsely believe the Manual-terminated
Board of Directors is Mrs. Eddy's successor]. They [those that try to argue in
justification of error to cover it up, against their honest convictions, which
Mrs. Eddy once said filled her with righteous indignation beyond any
other form of error] are sticklers for a false, convenient peace, straining at
gnats and swallowing camels. The unseen wrong to individuals and society [the
wrong of flagrantly disobeying Mrs. Eddy's Manual estoppel By-Laws] they
are too cowardly, too ignorant, or too wicked to uncover, and excuse themselves
by denying that this evil exists. This mistaken way, of hiding sin in order to
maintain harmony, has licensed evil, allowing it first to smoulder, and then
break out in devouring flames [as it has today]. All that error asks is to be
let alone" (My. 210:21). But when error is let alone and has its way
unchallenged, we are eventually confronted with chaos on an unimaginable
Lack of Principle in Christian Science
One of the saddest consequences of disobedience to
Mrs. Eddy's Manual is that the Directors in Boston have seeming control
of, or at least great influence over, the so-called "Christian Science
Schools." And, until the extraordinary web of lies and deceit spun by this
ecclesiastical hierarchy crumbles, it will continue to deprive the children
enrolled in these venerable schools of a true estimate of her who brought the
Second Coming of the Christ.
Instead of spiritually educating students to be
powerful leaders in Christian Science through an understanding of the woman of
prophecy, and training young people to become leaders in explaining the Second
Coming of the Christ, young people are taught the official Boston line about
the ingeniously contrived legal settlement concerning the Board of Directors.
Considering this rampant dishonesty, is it surprising that these revered, time
honored schools are concerned about lack of enrollment? If Christian Science
schools defended her whom they acknowledge as their Leader there would be no
need for concern about enrollment.
If any schools in the world should be renowned for the
daunting depth and breadth of their scholarship, for powerful insight, for
vigor in defense of Truth and individual freedom, it should be Christian
Science schools. But sadly, this is not the case. It were well if the faculty
daily reminded themselves of Mrs. Eddy's instruction: "When anyone tries to
argue in justification of error to cover it up against their honest
convictions, it fills me with righteous indignation beyond any other
form of error." Mrs. Eddy's statement deserves to be repeated over and over
Surely in these schools, children should be taught
that we progress in Christian Science when our lives are dedicated to Truth,
and are focused, disciplined. But as usual, when things sound easy, it often
turns out there is one part we didn't hear.
The March Forward
Having said that, let's rejoice in a fact that's not
lost in all this doom and gloom, namely how the exposing and clobbering of the
machinations of the Boston hierarchy by the disenchanted, disillusioned church
membership has been in accordance with her Church Manual provisions.
(see Art. I, Sec. 9.)9.) We can't recall too often that after Mrs. Eddy's
passing there was no "Mother" church. This, of course, gradually, gracefully,
left only Christian Science SOCIETIES to go on forever. The Manual
sets no restrictions on "Christian Science Societies." They can continue as
long as needed.
Why would the time come when even branch churches
would cease to exist? Answer: Because the Manual provided that Readers
in branch churches must be members of The Mother Church (Manual p.
32, sect. 6). And also to form a branch church, four of the Christian
Scientists must be members of The Mother Church (Manual p. 73:2).
What does this mean? This was Mrs. Eddy's method of
phasing out all material organization including branch churches. Why? How?
After December, 1910, certainly by June, 1911 there was no "Mother" church
since no officer could be elected without Mrs. Eddy's consent or permission
given in her own handwriting. So, in order to qualify for readership in a
branch church today, one would have to be at least ninety-four years of age or
older. This is so, because if you were twelve in 1910, (the age you could join)
and June, 1911 ended The Mother Church's existence, today you would be about
ninety-four. Right? Thus the Manual eliminated all organization,
recommending that we "meet in unity, (in "Societies") preferring- 51 -one
another and demonstrating the divine Principle of Christian Science" (Mis.
Organization with its man-made laws was FINISHED!
With mathematics, for example, we would not attempt to
thrust in personal beliefs and opinions. We are content to observe the facts of
the subject as they prove themselves; and remember, when learning music or math
we are only removing our own ignorance on the subject.
"Catholicism - Protestantism - Christian
True equality of man and woman will not be realized
until one holds in consciousness true pictures of God's two witnesses, Jesus
and Mary Baker Eddy. Most of Christendom has acknowledged God's manhood, but
even Christian Scientists in general have yet to acknowledge God's womanhood.
So the warfare against womanhood continues as graphically depicted in Mrs.
Eddy's own handwriting in a notebook she kept. The short article is entitled
Catholicism - Protestantism - Christian Science. It says in part:
Each religion defined by what the words include is
right; but fatally wrong and wronged in its interpretation by the world, the
flesh, and the devil..
The woman has cast into these three measures of
iniquity, the leaven that is fermenting them. Therefore they, inherent in
mortal mind, take vengeance on their destroyer... Not one of these three
religions- misused-is the Rock, on which Christ, Truth, builds the church
against which the gates of hell cannot prevail. And the last one is named the
final one; therefore, it holds the MOST RELENTLESS WAR AGAINST THE
Mrs. Eddy foresaw that so-called Christian Scientists
who failed to see her as the woman of prophecy would be the ones that would
"hold the most relentless war against the woman."
It is recorded that when Mary Baker Eddy's followers
wanted to inscribe on the wall at the entrance to the Mother Church building:
"Within these walls you will hear Truth proclaimed," Mrs. Eddy emphatically
stated, "No! The time may come when Truth will NOT be proclaimed within these
walls." It is also recorded that on her one and only drive to view the Mother
Church building with its Extension, she suddenly had a clear vision of
the evil that would befall this great symbol of Spirit and of spiritual Truth.
So dire and penetrating was the vision, it gave her a severe physical problem
to meet. (Told to the author by Mr. Carpenter, Sr.)
Mrs. Eddy was well aware that the Number One priority
of the Anti-Christ would be to bury her. As the Discoverer, Founder,
demonstrator, and Leader of Christian Science, she became the main target in
her lifetime; and she knew that after she was no longer personally present to
do the required spiritual knowing and realization, the enemy's campaign to
destroy all memory of her would be stepped up.
"Mother Church"-vs.-"Smother Church"
That she accurately foresaw this priority of the
"enthroned antagonist" is amply proven by the actions of the entrenched
Consider just a few of the actions of the enthroned
assailant; we can see how right she was:
- Upon Mrs. Eddy's leaving, the campaign to demean,
denigrate, and destroy all memory of her began immediately with an announcement
to the press that the Board-which the Manual By-Laws had
terminated-would be Mrs. Eddy's successor.
- Girding for an all-out assault on Mrs. Eddy's
authority, a "new" Church Manual was immediately issued. This new
Manual, the 89th- the only one sold in Christian Science Reading Rooms
since 1911-totally undermined Mrs. Eddy's inspired intent, as we have
- When the Board was unwilling to obey the By-Laws as
Mrs. Eddy wrote them, legal opinion was allowed to overrule these God-impelled
- As the ecclesiastical juggernaut rolled on, Mrs.
Eddy's picture was removed from the final uncopyrighted edition of
Science and Health. Pictures of Mrs. Eddy were removed from Christian Science
Reading Rooms, as well as books presenting her in a favorable light. (Recently,
in order for the "church" to qualify for the $97 million dollar Bliss Knapp
bequest, a few books favorable to Mrs. Eddy are being restored.)
- Wholesale excommunications and the threat of them,
silenced many of the more spiritually minded Christian Scientists capable of
leading the movement forward.
- The beautiful granite Memorial Marker at Bow, New
Hampshire (Mrs. Eddy's birthplace), was dynamited. Reason: The Board noted that
too many people were visiting it.
- Her home at Concord was sold for use as an insane
asylum. Here Mrs. Eddy had spent nearly two decades tirelessly laboring for
humanity; here she issued 380 editions of Science and Health, all of her 88
Manuals, all editions of Christ and Christmas, nearly all of what
we have in her wonderful Prose Works, besides writing thousands of
letters, and carrying on endless other duties.
Mrs. Eddy Did Not Remove Her Picture
That Mary Baker Eddy did not remove her picture as the
frontispiece to Science and Health can be seen from the following facts:
The 1910 December Christian Science Sentinel
carried the following "SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT":
FROM THE PUBLISHER OF MRS. EDDY'S WORKS. THE CHRISTIAN
SCIENCE TEXTBOOK, "SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES."-This work
contains IMPORTANT CHANGES and ADDITIONS by the author [changes added
after the final copyrighted 1906 edition], also a PHOTOGRAVURE PORTRAIT
of Mrs. Eddy, together with a facsimile of her signature.
This announcement ran in the early December, 1910,
issue of the Sentinel at the time Mary Baker Eddy left the human
Alice Orgain, who began her writings on Mary Baker
Eddy in the late 1920s, asked the Board of Directors for proof that Mrs. Eddy
herself had her picture removed. The archives of the Mother Church were
meticulously searched, but no trace could be found explaining why her
picture had been removed. The Board of Directors finally told Alice
Orgain that Mrs. Eddy must have orally instructed that her picture be
I am told that today, if visitors to the Mother Church
Archives ask concerning the removal of Mrs. Eddy's picture, they are quickly
shown letters by both Frye and Dickey purporting to be directives from Mrs.
Eddy to remove her picture. These letters are obvious forgeries.
They were not there in the 1920s. Nor do they hold up
historically since for over forty years Mrs. Eddy's own handwritten approval
was absolutely required for any changes in Science and Health. Why in this
vital case should that standard he changed? In Mrs. Eddy's definition of
"veil". (S&H 506:2X) she says: .."The great Nazarene, as meek as he was
mighty, rebuked the hypocrisy, which offered long petitions for blessings upon
material methods, but cloaked the crime, latent in thought, which was ready to
spring into action and crucify God's anointed."
The Uncopyrighted 1907 Edition-Attorneys Consulted
"Christian Science is not copyrighted..." (Ret.
75:2) Mm. Eddy did not copyright the 1907 edition of Science and Health in
which she had made cardinal, all-important changes--such as to her definition
of God on which her whole divine Science depended. (See my book, Humanity s
Divinity, p. 277.)
She had consulted her attorneys, and was informed by
them that a work containing her picture over her signature would, from a legal
standpoint, protect her writing, so a further copyright was not necessary. She
had reduced her divine metaphysics to a ..system," and it did not need
copyrighting any more than the multiplication table in mathematics needs
copyrighting. (Advanced students in Christian Science are today beginning to
see this "system". that has seven synonyms for God which operate through the
Word, Christ, Christianity, and Science, just as in mathematics the ten digits
operate through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; OT as in
music the seven notes operate through tone, rhythm, melody, and harmony.)
- Perhaps the greatest wrong done Mrs. Eddy was the
breaking of her Publishing Society Deed of Trust, and the taking over by the
self-appointed hierarchy. This was the publishing medium Mrs. Eddy had set up
for the propagation of Christian Science throughout the world, as she
- To compound the injury done to both Mrs. Eddy and
her followers, the hierarchy instituted the grossly damaging "Authorized
Literature" policy of 1916. Obviously their intent was to control what was
published in the Christian Science periodicals. This deplorable strategy kept
the field frozen where it was in 1910 instead of being kept abreast of the
- The Christian Science Monitor steadily
refused to take ads for books favorable to Mary Baker Eddy, while it "reviewed"
books extremely false and detrimental to her.
These items constitute only the tip of the iceberg!
These and many other demeaning actions were followed by the Board's
imprisonment of Science and Health via the imposition of copyright. Only
through the successful legal action of the United Christian Scientists and
their courageous chairman was Science and Health set free. Mrs. Eddy did not
copyright her final edition of Science and Health. The Board deceitfully,
craftily, renewed a copyright on the 1906 edition when it expired and passed it
off as a copyright on the uncopyrighted final edition. The final 1910 edition
contained far-reaching vital changes.
Mrs. Eddy Never Sought The Applause
"The kind of domination rampant today cannot tolerate
having what it considers the 'spectre' of Mary Baker Eddy. She is an
embarrassment to them and an obstacle to the respectability they seek in the
realm of mainline religions and academia. [As with Jesus, so it was with Mrs.
Eddy. Her mission was to vindicate a Principle, NOT a person. While the highest
ambition of those who usurped her place seems to be the applause of men.]
"A recent letter of resignation in Boston dutifully
denounced the Knapp book and spoke of the dread felt when hearing Christian
Science referred to recently as a cult, all supposedly because of the Knapp
book-which, by the way, tells the truth about Mary Baker Eddy, when read by
those who know that Christian Science can only grow and prosper in the field
among humble individuals aflame with spiritual understanding, and the Love
which alone can heal" (The Banner).
Mrs. Eddy was not unaware that a massive campaign was
being plotted to destroy her and her work. However she wrote: "A siege of the
combined centuries, culminating in fierce attack, cannot demolish our
strongholds. The forts of Christian Science garrisoned by God's chosen ones,
can never surrender" (My. 127:21). Today's requirement is that we heed Mrs.
Eddy's admonition to speak louder and more often in defense of the truth about
her. There are countless good men in the world. We only wish they had louder
The Enemy's First Priority: To Hide Mrs.
Eddy's True Identity
In a letter to Mr. Edward Kimball, CSB, Mrs. Eddy
"For the world to understand me in my true light
and life would do more for our Cause than aught else could. [Why? Because
if we see that she demonstrated that infinite good (God) was her Mind,
then we too, can learn-through her teaching-that infinite good is our Mind
also, here and now.] This I learn from the fact that the enemy tries harder
to hide these two things, than to win any other points. Also Jesus' life
and character in their first appearing were treated in like manner. And I
regret to see that loyal students are not more awake to this great demand in
their measures to meet the enemies' tactics. (DCC 112; see also page
109, letter to Judge Hanna.)
"All the people need to love and adopt Christian
Science," Mrs. Eddy said, "is a TRUE SENSE OF ITS FOUNDER. In proportion as
they have it, will our Cause advance" (WKMBE 1 p.40). Why? Because then
they will be motivated to search, to learn the truth about themselves as having
the Mind of God here and now-the same Mind that Mrs. Eddy had when she wrote
Science and Health. There is only one Mind. "All is infinite Mind [your Mind]
and its manifestation."
"All Is Infinite Mind" Manifested
Mildred LeBlond, CSB, wrote: "When Mrs. Eddy announced
that, 'all is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation,' she did something
for the human race it cannot ever escape, and which will do more to lift the
human race out of fears and limitations than any statement ever made by
anyone." Yes! It was this very statement that was used by the practitioner who
healed my mother of blindness, my father on his deathbed, and my little brother
of double hernia. I was seven years old, but I can still hear my parents
repeating this statement with the conviction that it would heal them.
As I have testified before, my mother's sight was
restored in three treatments. Then my father asked for treatment and was healed
the same day, in one treatment. When my parents spoke to the practitioner about
my little brother's condition, she said, "You know what healed you, just keep
knowing All is Infinite Mind manifested." The next day it was found that
the little truss he had been wearing was no longer needed. That same statement
in Science and Health-understood by the practitioner- had healed him,
too. Those three, almost instantaneous, healings in Christian Science have been
the watershed experience of my life.
"What thou needest to know," Mrs. Eddy declared, "is
that mortal mind has translated the body and its functions into matter, and
immortal Mind gives back the original with its functions preserved and
harmonious, but not as not in matter, but as and of Mind." (Dear
Reader, this instruction has a deep spiritual meaning, not only for the
churched, but also for the un-washed. It simply means everyone and every thing
will always be recognizable to us in the stage of growth we have arrived
Mrs. Eddy Must Be Seen Rightly - Professor
In a letter to his pupils, Professor Herman S. Hering,
CSB, wrote: "It is of first importance to see Mrs. Eddy rightly as the woman of
prophecy referred to in the Apocalypse, as the one through whom the Comforter
came, the second coming of the Christ."
"Thou Art the Woman!" - Ira O. Knapp
Before continuing with Professor Hering's letter,
let's examine Ira O. Knapp's sudden illumination. In a class, he saw Mrs. Eddy
"rightly" when she was explaining the twelfth chapter of Revelation. He
spontaneously exclaimed: "Thou art the Woman!" Mrs. Eddy discerning his
spiritual thought did not rebuke him anymore than Jesus rebuked Peter two
thousand years ago when Peter, "with his usual impetuosity," cried: "Thou art
the Christ..." Precisely so did Mrs. Eddy discern Ira Knapp's assertion,
knowing that: "flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father
which is in heaven." Through a lightening flash of spiritual insight both Peter
and Ira O. Knapp realized that the great Truth which was being taught and which
was leading them God-ward was the Mind of Christ. Ira Knapp was referring to
the God Mind Mrs. Eddy was letting use her to bring forth Truth. His statement
had nothing to do with a fleshly form those in the class saw as Mary Baker
Eddy, which, of course, correctly seen is Spirit, since "Spirit is ALL"
but ignorantly seen, as matter, it is just part of the Adam-dream that we have
to be awakened from.
Perhaps we are still too close to the advent of Mary
Baker Eddy to see clearly. But in years to come, Ira O. Knapp's statement:
"Thou art the Woman," will be just as immortal as Peter's exclamation to Jesus:
"Thou art the Christ!" Unity of Good, p. 49:8 states: "The more I
understand true humanhood, the more I see it to be sinless,-as ignorant of sin
as is the perfect Maker." When the veil that human birth has cast over us is
removed, when the hypnotic suggestion that makes us believe we are mortals with
matter bodies, is finally dislodged, overcome, we will realize our
If Christian Science isn't teaching us this, what IS
it teaching? If Mrs. Eddy's writing is not teaching us that the Mind
"infinitely above" our ignorant mortal SENSE of things, is our Mind here and
now, when rightly seen, what good is it to us?
Professor Hering's Letter Continues:
(That was a digression.) We continue with Professor
Hering's letter (of 1938): "Unless we see that this revelation came through
Mrs. Eddy under divine inspiration, and see it as the inspired Word of God, we
are not seeing Christian Science rightly. Jesus and Mrs. Eddy were the two
witnesses and must be seen as such. Just as Jesus in the flesh must be seen as
the one who established the first coming of the Christ, back of whom was the
divinely royal man (S&H 313:5), so Mrs. Eddy in the flesh must be seen as
the one who established the second coming of the Christ, back of whom was the
divinely royal woman, the God-crowned woman of the 12th chapter of the
(See S&H 118:6.) She saw the "marvelous unity of
man with God shadowed forth in scientific thought" (Un.
Mrs. Eddy's Preparation for Removing
To paraphrase Science and Health, p. 494:5: Is it not
a species of infidelity to believe that so great a work as Mary Baker Eddy's
was done for herself or for God, who needed no help?... But mortals did need
this help, and Mrs. Eddy, manifesting the Mind of God-the Mind "infinitely
above" the uneducated human mind-infinitely above a fleshly sense of
herself-brought the Second Coming of the Christ. She tells us that it was not
her human self but "the divine power of Truth and Love, infinitely above
me"-infinitely above a mortal sense of self, "which dictated Science and
What prepared Mrs. Eddy (then Mrs. Glover) to receive
this divine revelation-the Second Coming of the Christ? She states, "God had
been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final
revelation..."(S&H p. 107:3).
This "gracious preparation" actually consisted of
nearly forty years of sheer unmitigated physical suffering and endless
disappointments. In 1866 "the world was dark... The senses could not prophesy
sunrise or starlight. Thus it was when the moment arrived of the heart's bridal
to a more spiritual existence. When the door opened, I was waiting and
watching; and, lo, the bridegroom came! The character of the Christ was
illuminated by the midnight torches of Spirit. My heart knew its Redeemer...I
had touched the hem of Christian Science..." Ret. 23:10). It was
With her Godlike character and using her
lightening-fast Mind of Christ, she was able to complete the work of Christ
Jesus on earth and to fulfill the biblical prophesies concerning her divine
Her revelation and discovery teaches mortals how to
remove the veil, "the covering cast over all people" that makes people seem
like matter bodies. The woman in the Apocalypse is a symbol of your real divine
selfhood, as it was and is a symbol of Mrs. Eddy's true being and of her great
This is so, or nothing in Science and Health would be
true about you. Mrs. Eddy revealed your true identity, your divine identity as
a God-being here and now. For forty years she worked indefatigably to reduce to
human apprehension her divine metaphysics; to reduce to a system the
divine Science her God-Mind discovered. (See S&H 471:30.) Jesus and Mary
Baker Eddy instructed us how to let that Mind be in us that was also in them
(the Mind that was Mind to Jesus and to Mrs. Eddy).
Our Leader never considered recognition of her place
in Bible history as either deification or personality worship. She discovered
the Science of being that we au have to "LEARN." She has nearly one hundred
fifty references to "learn" and "learning" in the textbook.
Jesus is not deified by acknowledging his place in
scriptural prophecy, and neither is Mary Baker Eddy deified because she
completed his work on earth and brought the promised "Comforter." She is not
deified because she fulfilled the many biblical prophesies concerning the
"woman"-the "woman (that) shall compass a man" Jer. 31:22 - that shall
encompass Jesus' teaching, as promised by Jesus. Remember he prophesied that
"the Comforter...shall teach you ALL things, and bring to your remembrance
("compass") whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26). Do we say, "Yes, I
believe this," but in our heart do we want a king, a Board of Directors (five
mortals) to rule over us, and to be successors to her who brought the Second
Coming of the Christ?
Today, in the gathering twilight, we hear the constant
drumbeat of the universal news reports of Boston's decline. As Mrs. Eddy
foresaw: "An unjust, unmerciful and oppressive priesthood must perish, for
false prophets IN THE PRESENT as in the past stumble onward to their doom;
while their tabernacles crumble with dry rot. God is not mocked" (Pul.
Mrs. Eddy also perhaps knew that prophecy cannot be
broken (John 10:35). It "is history written in advance." We have already cited
Revelation 12:12 as pertaining to the present era which warns: "the devil is
come down unto you with great wrath because he knoweth that he hath but a short
Because humanity everywhere is breaking new spiritual
ground, we are heartened to feel that "short time" is almost over, and that it
will shortly come to pass that all mankind will realize who it was that walked
among us in the last century and the first decade of this.
A cold hungry winter looms high on the hierarchy's
horizon now that the tides of Truth have unleashed forces that can't be
stopped; no longer will spiritual education languish as the fraying
exposure-ridden Boston regime engulfs itself in a morass of double talk and
eventually returns to its crypt.
"Church organization often looks like a great
substantial fort. It looks strong and indestructible from the outside, but when
you go through the gate almost everyone inside is dead."
Marching on in Spiritual
As we grow "equal to the march triumphant, God will
give to all His soldiers of the cross the proper command, and under the banner
of His love, and with the 'still, small voice' for the music of our march, we
all shall take step and march on in spiritual organization."
Remember; Mrs. Eddy knew: "There was never a religion
or philosophy lost...except by sinking its divine Principle in personality"
"MRS. EDDY'S PLACE"
In 1938 the Board set up a committee to investigate
Mrs. Eddy's own assessment of herself as representing the spiritual idea
typified by the woman in the Apocalypse. 57 pages were prepared on the subject.
Then in 1943 Mrs. Eddy's place in fulfillment of Bible Prophecy was clearly set
forth in the Christian Science Sentinel and Journal in the
following six points. (Since these six points are familiar to most Christian
Scientists, the author has taken the liberty of injecting interpolations.)
1. Mrs. Eddy, as the Discoverer and Founder of
Christian Science, understood herself to be the one chosen of God to bring the
promised Comforter to the world, and therefore, the revelator of Christ, Truth,
in this age.
2. Mrs. Eddy regarded portions of Revelation (that is,
Chapter 12) as pointing to her as the one who fulfilled prophecy by giving the
full and final revelation of Truth; her work thus being complementary to that
of Christ Jesus. [Jesus prophesied that the "Comforter," will guide you into
ALL truth, and "bring ALL things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said
unto you." Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy, in bringing the first and second coming
of the Christ-even though they were "the Spirit of Truth"-had to come in
fleshly forms else how could we be taught?]
3. As Christ Jesus exemplified the fatherhood of God,
she (Mrs. Eddy) revealed God's motherhood; she truly represents in this age the
spiritual idea of God typified by the woman in the Apocalypse. (See S&H
565:13-22.) [This is also made clear in Science and Health pages 560-562 with
even a modicum of spiritual sense. The "man child" (Rev. XII:5) is a symbol for
the purely spiritual and mental Christ in distinction from the man Jesus who
came as a corporeal Savior or as Christ, Jesus.]
4. Mrs. Eddy considered herself to be the
"God-appointed" and "God-anointed" messenger to this age, the woman chosen by
God to discover the Science of Christian healing and to interpret it to
mankind; she is so closely related to Christian Science [the product of her
God-Mind] that a true sense of her is essential to the understanding of
Christian Science; in other words, the revelator cannot be separated from the
revelation [they are one]
5. This recognition of her status enabled her to
withstand the opposition directed against her by "the dragon" (malicious animal
magnetism); she was touchingly grateful to those who saw her as the woman of
prophecy and who therefore trusted, obeyed, and supported her in her mission.
[A few of Mrs. Eddy's helpers were truly spiritually minded, but many were
bulbs of small wattage and what Mrs. Eddy characterized as "stuffed shirts and
trained monkeys." Only because she leaned completely on infinite good (God) was
she able to complete Jesus' work on earth and bring to mankind the Comforter he
[Dear Reader: Do you see Mary Baker Eddy as fulfilling
St. John's Revelation, chapters 10 and 12, the woman of prophesy, and trust
her? Or do you trust those who for eighty years have infamously
denigrated her and tried to separate her from her great discovery and
6. This same recognition [of Mrs. Eddy as "the woman
of prophecy"] is equally vital to our movement, for demonstration is the result
of vision; the collecting of this indisputable evidence of our Leader's own
view of herself and of her mission marks a great step forward. [Here it should
be remembered that Carolyn Noyes, C.S.D. wrote that all Mrs. Eddy's loyal
students recognized that Mrs. Eddy was the fulfillment of St. John's
prophecy in Revelation XII. (See Mis. Doc. 227.) This wide recognition
of Mrs. Eddy as fulfilling prophecy accounts for the marvelous healing work
done during her time and the decades immediately following. So far as the world
is concerned there is no Christ evident here and now until the Word becomes
flesh, until there is an individual to show it forth. Mrs. Eddy speaks of
Jesus' parable "foretelling the second appearing IN THE FLESH of the Christ,
Truth" (S&H p. 118)]. Wisely utilized, this evidence will stimulate and
stabilize the growth of Christian Scientists today and in succeeding
generations; it will establish unity in the Field with regard to the vital
question of our Leader's relation to scriptural prophecy.
Mary Baker Eddy reminds us "The Scriptures and
Christian Science reveal 'the way,' and personal revelators will take their
proper place in history, but will not be deified" (Mis. p. 308).
"Where Are the 57 Typewritten Pages?"
Where are the 57 typewritten pages prepared by the
Committee that included Albert Gilmore, W. Stuart Booth, Violet Ker Seymour,
Duncan Sinclair, and George Shaw Cook? Why have those 57 pages remained hidden
by subsequent Boards obviously hostile to Mary Baker Eddy? Why has this 57-page
document-so important in unifying the field with regard to how Mrs. Eddy's
followers regard her- never been made public? On this issue of Mary Baker
Eddy's fulfillment of scriptural prophecy, no genuine Christian Scientist can
remain in the closet and fail to make a choice. "Choose Ye"-to stand with your
Leader's own recognition and assessment of herself-just as Jesus urged his
disciples to stand with his own recognition of himself.
Perhaps some of the "57 pages" would contain the
following pertinent material:
Jesus said: "When the Comforter is come
...when the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into ALL truth," the
truth people in his day were not yet ready for as they were just coming out of
mythology. Similarly, Mrs. Eddy states: "The Science of physical harmony, as
now presented to the people in divine light, is radical enough to promote as
forcible collisions of thought as the age has strength to bear (Un. 6:10). She
had to veil much that she wrote about. But today change, often unexpected, is
the overwhelming phenomenon of our age, and we are seeing more clearly our way
to the finish line. Mrs. Eddy's discovery and revelation is a "final"
revelation (S&H 107:5). "There will be no third coming," Mrs. Eddy
In a letter Mrs. Eddy wrote to her devoted students,
the Millers, she said: "Today, it is a marvel to me that God chose me for this
mission, and that my lifework was the theme of ancient prophecy and I the
scribe of His infinite way of salvation" (May 27, 1902).
Ivimy Gwalter, CSB, wrote: "[Prophecy] comes to
glorious fulfillment in the advent of Mary Baker Eddy, who in fulfillment of
prophecy, typifies the spiritual idea symbolized by the woman in the twelfth
chapter of the Apocalypse...Mrs. Eddy's discovery was not the product of human
reason but of divine revelation. She speaks of herself as a scribe ['under
orders'] whose orders came from heaven. (See Mis. p.311.) But she was
more than a person transcribing a heavenly message. Her spiritual stature
transcends mortal measurements. She is one with the revelation; through her the
revelation speaks" (Mary Baker Eddy: A Centennial Appreciation p.
Albert F. Gilmore, CSB, wrote: "Her works furnish
positive proof of her position as the revelator -the woman representative-of
the Christ in this age, through whom the prophecy of the 'second coming' has
been fulfilled. There is abundant proof that Mrs. Eddy was definitely aware of
her unique work..." [She knew Jesus' parable of the leaven which a woman hid in
three measures of meal foretold "the second appearing in the flesh of
the Christ, Truth." (S&H 118:7)]. (C.S. Journal Nov. 1939, p.
Because Mrs. Eddy was well aware of her divine mission
she warned: "No greater mistake can be made than to disobey or delay to obey a
single message of mine. God does speak through me to this age. This I discern
more clearly each year of my sojourn with you" (DCC 113).
"When a student loses the true sense of me, and what I
do, he is at the threshold of the plunge so many make into darkness, believing
that darkness is a greater light" (DCC 184).
"(1892) I thank God for your faith in Him and your
true sense of me. Why? Because in over one quarter of a century I have never in
one single instance seen these fail to carry a student safely on in growth and
prosperity. But in every single instance the loss of these mental conditions
has wrecked the student...Yes, you may give me the title that God has given,
viz. Discoverer and Founder. It will do much towards steadying the minds in the
present and future. Only I beg of you to be temperate in using it, be
wise as the serpents that it will cause to hiss...A moderate reminder of
this great point of history is needed and will be so long as time lasts. 1. It
shows the advent of God's expressed motherhood. 2. It shows the fact that
destroys the falsehood. 3. It is God's order of showing to the human race the
divine dispensation of Christian Science. Will you see, can you see me as I
am?" (Mary Baker Eddy's Six Days of Revelation, p. 412, Richard Oakes).
In her Memoirs, Sue Harper Mims records Mrs.
Eddy's statement "...when my students become blinded to me as the one through
whom Truth has come to this age, THEY GO STRAIGHT DOWN."
We have seen this happen today as the death throes
assail the once mighty Boston colossus. Of course, to a large extent, the
Christian Science movement has "gone straight down" because too many Christian
Scientists have acquiesced in the Board of Directors' poorly disguised swindle
of our rights in their claim to be Mrs. Eddy's successor. The instantaneous
healings that took place during Mrs. Eddy's time-and for a few decades longer
on the momentum she built up-have temporarily almost disappeared.
Nevertheless, her discovery and revelation is
continuing to transform the universe, as Mrs. Eddy knew it would. (See Mis.
372:5.) A small instance of this would be: if sixty years ago you told someone,
"It's all in the mind," it would have been hailed as ridiculous. Today, people
who have absolutely no spiritual training, know nothing of Christian Science,
look you straight in the eye and say: "It's all in the mind, you know!" This is
Knapp's Book Comes Under Heavy Fire
Gathering More Woes for Hierarchy
Bliss Knapp's book The Destiny of The Mother Church
is currently adding still more to the woes of the beleaguered
exposure-racked Boston hierarchy as this hierarchy drifts irretrievably toward
"the bottomless abyss of self-damnation" (My. 200:24).
Mr. Knapp's book contains a chapter concerning Mrs.
Eddy as fulfilling Bible prophecy regarding the woman of the Apocalypse. This
was the view accepted by all loyal Christian Scientists during Mrs. Eddy's time
and actually until about 1950. This stir and confrontation today shows how
convincing has been the monstrous lie, and how far afield the interlopers-the
enemy in our midst have led the entire Christian Science movement with regard
to Mrs. Eddy as our forever Leader, and her fulfillment of scriptural prophecy
in bringing the Second Coming of the Christ.
Mr. Knapp states in WKMBE I, p. 57, "Mrs. Eddy,
in her human experience, represented the woman of the Apocalypse, for as Mrs.
Eddy states in Science and Health (p. 565) the Christ idea was represented
first by man and, according to the Revelator, last by woman."
Perhaps foreseeing the furor that today is raging over
Mr. Knapp's book (which heralds Mary Baker Eddy as the woman who has fulfilled
scriptural prophecy), Mrs. Eddy prophetically wrote to Mr. Knapp:
My beloved Student: I call you mine
conscientiously for God has given you to me and sometime the world will
know this better even than it does now.
Disaster Stalks in Wake of Not Seeing Mrs. Eddy
Yes, had Christian Scientists sincerely, en masse,
acknowledged Mrs. Eddy as fulfilling Jesus' prophecy to St. John, instead
of being beguiled by Boston's siren wiles to acknowledge THEM, the Board of
Directors, as their Leader, it would not have been necessary for the fraudulent
Boston hierarchy to announce, June 8th: "We will want to think together about
whether our movement is in danger of being lost." (Reported in The New London
Day, June 9, 1992, as previously noted.)
Neither would the establishment media finally find the
Boston hierarchy front-page news, with dozens of reporters barking at the
Board's heels. As all the unraveling threads of the burgeoning scandal are
being tied together, "the truth concerning the lie," as Mrs. Eddy urged, is
being told, and presently the Christian Science movement will be revitalized
and universally recognized as it carries on its great healing mission.
The world is learning fast, with all the media
exposure today being given to Bliss Knapp's book; and Mrs. Eddy's prophecy
regarding him is definitely being fulfilled. His book seems to be a catalyst in
bringing to world notice Mrs. Eddy's fulfillment of scriptural prophecy.
All must finally come to see that Christian Science is
true, that it is Truth itself and was revealed and given to the world by its
Discoverer and Founder, who was the one, the only person who knew enough to
In the waning days of the twentieth century the covers
are pulled back on the Boston behemoth that has for so long been the object of
dread among the sheep. Let us hope that today's disclosures and exposures mark
the last episode in this sorry spectacle. "Only as we recognize the revelator,
can we understand and obey the revelation. As the prophecies of Jesus and of
John were fulfilled through (Mary Baker Eddy), so must we, her followers, do
our part in fulfilling her prediction for the twentieth century." (See Pul.
How the Christian Science Movement Will Revive
"Entirely separate from the belief and dream of
material living [from the belief of a material Christian Science church
organization] is the Life divine"-reality. Material organization was necessary
only in the beginning because, among other things, people were programmed to go
to a church on Sunday, etc.
What is the real need? Obviously understanding.
Jesus made this point clear when he said, "Ye shall know the truth [gain
understanding]." Only understanding can free us from the thralldom of believing
that matter is anything other than Spirit incorrectly viewed. Spirit is ALL, so
what looks like matter has to be Spirit misconceived.
When you actually realize this, you are letting your
"light [understanding] so shine before men that they may see your good works"
and glorify the truth you are manifesting-not a religion or a church
organization that promotes it.
Christian Scientists, who have digested what is in
their textbook, should be a light in their own everyday world. Only by letting
their "light so shine before men that they may see your good works" can the
Christian Science movement be revived. "The time for thinkers has come"
(S&H vii), and if we keep our mind and awareness on the truth of being we
can benefit everyone our thoughts rest upon. This individual knowing and
realization of divine reality is truly the only way to revive the Christian
Science movement. You and 1, as Christian Scientists, are always "alone with
our own being and with the reality of things" (Message, 1901. 20:8). Are
we benefiting all that our thoughts rest upon by keeping our minds "So filled
with Truth and Love that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them"? (My.
210). If so, we are doing our part in reviving the Christian Science
We, as Christian Scientists, have been given all the
instruction, all the tools necessary to bring heaven down to earth-to realize
heaven's everpresence, because of infinite good's omnipresence. Are we today
using the truth we have been taught? It has absolutely nothing to do with
material church organization, but everything to do with dematerializing Spirit,
that is, viewing correctly what looks like matter. Matter is an incorrect view
of Spirit. Mrs. Eddy and Jesus "beheld in Science the perfect man who appeared
to [them] where sinning mortal man appears to mortals" (S&H 476:32).
Jesus said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you."
What greater gift can you give to anyone than to behold them as they actually
are in reality? -behold them as God, infinite good, individually expressed.
What we are looking at is always something that identifies God. This must be so
since God, infinite good, is ALL. The more the world awakens to these great
spiritual facts the sooner the Christian Science movement will revive.
The secret of Christian Science is that God (infinite
good) appears as you and me. If God is Au, and your Life is ageless, endless,
birthless, deathless, and is the reflection of God, then in reality did you not
also appear on the first day of creation in Genesis I:1? If "Principle and its
idea is one" (S&H 465:17) and you are one with that one, then can it be
otherwise? This, again, is why Mrs. Eddy could say: "The more I understand true
humanhood, the more I see it to be sinless-as ignorant of sin as is the perfect
Maker" (Un. 49:8); This tells us that the Mind we now have-when free
from hypnotic suggestion-is the Mind of God (infinite good), and why we can
"know that [we] have sovereign power to think and act rightly..." (Pul.
"The scientific man and his maker are here; and you
would be none other than this man, if you would subordinate the fleshly
perceptions to the spiritual sense and source of being" (Un. 46:9).
To gain the power inherent in our consciousness we
must occupy thought with spiritual concepts. We must argue with our sense
of things, since there is nothing "out there." Mrs. Eddy in answering, "Is
anything real of which the physical senses are cognizant?" said: "Everything is
as real as you make it, and no more so" (Un. 8:5). It is only our
sense of things that needs correcting. And it is only through mighty
wrestlings with hypnotic suggestion "that we sail into the unfathomable sea of
possibilities." Does this teaching of the Science of being have anything to do
with five mortals in Boston who aspire to be "the tender guardians of our
journey heavenward"? Or, are the textbook and the Bible our "tender guardians"?
"Choose ye this day whom ye will serve."
Daisette McKenzie, CSB, who knew Mrs. Eddy, conceded:
"Perhaps we sometimes read Science and Health without a thought about the
author. May we not rather realize that we are not only reading the Word of God,
but that our communion with [infinite good] is through the message written by
[infinite good's] scribe?... Mrs. Eddy stated, 'It was not myself [my corporeal
body] but the divine power of Truth and Love, infinitely above me, which
dictated Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.' The prophecy of the
Apocalypse was fulfilled. A woman had brought forth a child [a textbook and a
Manual] that was to 'rule all nations with a rod of iron'; i.e.,
unchanging Principle [the truth about ourselves as having the Mind of infinite
good here and now, when rightly viewed, and not influenced by hypnotic
While Mrs. Eddy was editor of the Christian Science
Journal and later while she supervised it, there were often statements
definitely indicating that Mrs. Eddy's place in scriptural prophecy was
comprehended and appreciated by her and her faithful followers.
Paul Stark Seely in Mary Baker Eddy: A Centennial
Appreciation, avers: "Hers was a God-ordered mission-symbolized in
Revelation as a woman clothed with the sun. the radiance of spiritual
truth-inspired by deific Mind to proclaim the message which, Christ Jesus said,
'will guide you into ALL truth.'
"Micah and Zechariah foresaw that two messengers would
appear to further and fulfill this divine purpose. The first, Christ Jesus, by
the spoken word and mighty proofs of the healing power of God's Word... That
the divine purpose demanded a subsequent revelation of truth the Master made
clear in these prophetic words: 'I will pray the Father, and he shall give you
another comforter, that he may abide with you forever.'
"John, in the twelfth chapter of Revelation,
reiterates Micah's prophecy that she who travaileth shall bring forth that
revelation of eternal truth which shall rule all peoples... Christ Jesus, the
first of Truth's great messengers to mankind, foretold by the prophets, spake
to men as no man had ever spoken... Mrs. Eddy, who had made his teaching her
own through the years of study, prayer, and self-immolation, became qualified
to be the subsequent messenger of Truth, foreseen by the prophets."
Judge Hanna and Isaiah 54
Nearly a hundred years ago Editor Judge Hanna realized
that Isaiah's Chapter 54 was a prophecy of the Second Coming of the Christ that
Mary Baker Eddy brought. He wrote it in an article.
Mrs. Eddy praised the article, but cautioned him that
the time had not yet come for him to say the wonderful things he had written.
Why? Because the great red dragon, envy and revenge, seemed very much in the
"Do not say blandly that I represent the second
appearing of the Christ. That assertion will array mortal mind against us," she
warned. [Mrs. Elizabeth Earl Jones was told that in the latter 1880's Mrs. Eddy
had said it would be at least fifty years before mankind would be ready for
this type of information. It was approximately fifty years later that the "Six
Points" were published in The Christian Science Sentinel and Journal.]
Mrs. Eddy saw that while infinite Love had inspired Judge Hanna to write
it, still it would be a prompting by malicious animal magnetism to publish
it at that time, when spiritual ignorance largely prevailed.
As previously explained, the Bliss Knapp flap
currently going up Boston's chimney exposes how far astray the "transgressors,"
the self-appointed ecclesiastical hierarchy, has led otherwise loyal Christian
Scientists. Mr. Knapp points out that Mrs. Eddy could rely on the obedience
only of those who understood her divine status. Mrs. Eddy confided in very few.
She never allowed any reference to her place in Bible prophecy to be made
unwisely to the general public. She taught that "A lack of wisdom betrays Truth
into the hands of evil as effectually as does a subtle conspirator" (My. 128).
"The dire results of proclaiming herself as the womanhood counterpart to the
manhood of Jesus would have been incalculable then if debated in public, as
would still be so today. Only by understanding the divine and human coincidence
can Christian Scientists rightly perceive Mrs. Eddy as the woman in the
Apocalypse," writes a friend.
Mrs. Eddy was "light-years," eons, ahead of even her
students. They shone by borrowed light -their Leader's heavenly light. The
marvelous healings of Mrs. Eddy's students were brought about through the
reflected light of her consciousness, and this wondrous spiritual light
continued for about forty years after Mrs. Eddy left the human scene. In Jesus'
time the disciples healed in the "name" of Jesus, meaning by the reflected
light of his consciousness. Today we have to work harder to accomplish healing;
we have to learn the Science of our being, and only to the extent that
we actually realize Truth, do we heal.
The period we are now passing through was prophesied
in Rev. 12:12 and 17: "The devil is come down unto you, having great
wrath, because he knoweth he hath but a short time....And the dragon was wroth
with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her
E. Kimball Caught Between Rock and Hard
Unbelievable hatred and animosity lay in wait to
pounce on every word uttered by Mrs. Eddy's students. It is important to see
this, and why Mrs. Eddy could not correct Mr. Kimball when he said she
did not teach that she was the woman of the Apocalypse. It was too early
to teach this. He was trying to protect her, when answering questions from the
press regarding a lawsuit brought against Mrs. Eddy by a disloyal, treacherous
Unfortunately, since that time, those hostile to Mrs.
Eddy, unwilling to slink away and lick their wounds, have tried to use Mr.
Kimball's statement to bolster their incorrect contention that Mrs. Eddy did
not fulfill scriptural prophecy. It must be remembered that in this seething
sea of hatred toward her and her discovery and revelation, she had to use great
wisdom in dealing with the public, in what she said, or what she counseled her
student to say. (See Miscellaneous Writings, 253 :1621, for the "types
and shadows of this hour.")
More on Judge Hanna;
More on Mrs. Eddy's Statement, "I am Thy
Returning to Editor Judge Hanna's article, Mrs. Eddy
commended his proposed editorial question and answer: "Must the 'Spirit of
Truth,' or the 'Comforter' that Jesus said should come, be personalized or
individualized? Undoubtedly. There could be no fulfillment of prophecy
otherwise." The Virgin Mary in fulfilling prophecy had to come as a person.
Jesus in fulfilling prophecy had to come as a person. In the same way Mary
Baker Eddy had to come as a person in order to fulfill the many Bible
prophecies concerning the "woman." (See S&H 118:7.) Therefore, Editor Hanna
asked: "Must the Woman of the Apocalypse be personalized to mankind?" and
The woman standing in the sun (Rev. 12) is a
scriptural symbol of the one who Jesus said would bring the Comforter and
"reveal ALL Truth."
Jesus' true identity-as scripturally prophesied -was
not realized by the mortals he walked among. Neither was Mrs. Eddy's true
identity- as scripturally prophesied-realized as she walked among her fellow
mortals (and her enemies have done their best to keep her true identity
James Gilman in his Recollections of Mary Baker
Eddy writes: "The substance of fresh thought that she wanted added was that
Christian Science was a modern thought and was appropriately expressed in
modern surroundings. 'There is too much looking backward two thousand years.
They will find,' she said, 'that there is aWay here in Concord as
well as in Palestine"' (p.81).
Previously, in this account, we quoted Mrs. Eddy's
statement (My. 132:15): "I AM THY DELIVERER." Mrs. Eddy, knowing that
she had brought the Second Coming of the Christ, could say, "I am thy
Deliverer." Mrs. Eddy's writing assimilated, understood, demonstrated, is our
"deliverer." We no longer have to strive with agony. The Christ Science she
discovered and put in writing for all to learn, is our "deliverer." She has
revealed that, rightly viewed, we are divine beings here and now. She has
aroused and showed us how to awaken from the Adam-dream that condemns us to
till the ground of sense testimony when all the while we have been given
dominion and "sovereign power."
To Judge Hanna, Mrs. Eddy wrote: "Ponder in thought
your infinite harmonious Christ expressing selfhood, and claim it as you. Drink
in its perfection, its moral beauty, its integrity, worth, its unspeakable
safety. [You are as safe as 2+2=4 (which is infinite and ever-present) because
in reality you are a mental and spiritual being here and now, and you will find
it to be so when you awaken from the Adam-dream, the mesmerism, the hypnotism
that has held you in bondage to matter all your days. How do you awaken
yourself? Keep declaring the truth. "When you affirm that which is true
although to human reasoning and sight it is not true at all, you will bring it
to pass because it is already the fact."] All the truth and beauty of God's
creation," Mrs. Eddy continued, "is yours and you... In that hour of prayer,
discard all your sense of selfhood-all that is involved in the belief of birth,
heredity, association, time, decay, death.
"By the grace and authority of God close your thought
firmly against the interference of mortal beliefs. Hold yourself open to the
plan of God and closed to the plots of Satan. Rise into the spiritual forces of
your own being and your destiny.
"This magnificent spiritual exercise of treating
yourself in devoted prayer and praying for yourself will keep you in the secret
place which is unknown to the senses and open to all that heaven holds for you.
And safe! The secret place of right understanding of yourself-(infinite good)
reflected-is as safe as eternity."
Keeping Abreast of the Times
A Peek into the Future
We all pass through three stages: youth, middle age,
and "you're looking good!" In the same way mankind historically has passed
through two world-wide changes and is now well into a third great universal
social change which in turn, according to Scripture, will be followed by a
fourth and final change.
The first universal wave of change that we know of was
launched thousands of years ago by the invention, or development of
In an interesting article published by World
Monitor, June, 1992, Alvin and Heide Toffler speak intelligently of TODAY'S
THIRD WAVE. The second great wave of change came with the Industrial
Revolution, which triggered a vast need for an immense (unskilled) labor force,
and workers flooded into the United States from all over the world to "earn a
living by the sweat of their brow." In this second great change with its many
industries and factories the melting pot ideal arose from the need to
homogenize the workers. This is in sharp contrast to a whole society that is
now (as the third great change takes place) becoming more heterogeneous
Today a third wave-the greatest techno-social
transformation since the industrial revolution-is sweeping the earth. Gone is
the smokestack and assembly line society; the jobs they supplied are gone
forever. In this third world-wide, all-reaching change, gone is the need for
unskilled workers. The misery-producing joblessness this great change brings up
will surely fulfill the Bible prediction: "Through great tribulation we enter
"Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is
dominion, not subjection... Man [meaning you] created by God was given dominion
over the whole earth. [This is slowly coming to pass.] The notion of a material
universe is utterly opposed to the theory of man evolved from Mind... Error
tills the whole ground in this material theory, which is entirely a false view,
destructive to existence and happiness" (Mary Baker Eddy, S&H 518:1;
Here let us recall that the Bible (in the Adam dream
narrative) speaks of man being cursed to earn his bread by the sweat of his
brow. "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread..." (Genesis 3:19). This
cruel era, in which man lacked understanding of his oneness with infinite good
(God), is ending, thanks to the spiritual education brought by the prophets,
Christ Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy, and many lesser lights who have continually
enlarged mankind's vision and comprehension of his present divinity.
Being well into this third world-shaking wave of
change in which unskilled workers are becoming obsolete, a completely new way
of educating people is called for. This brings to mind another Bible prophecy:
namely, "And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his
brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me [Mind, Spirit, Soul,
Principle, Life, Truth, Love] from the least of them unto the greatest"
Pointing in this direction, the Tofflers say that
spreading swiftly across the United States, Europe, Japan, etc., the Third Wave
economy's primary resources are educated brain-power, innovative creativity,
rapidly learned and unlearned skills, organizational transience and
post-bureaucratic forms of authority through phone and fax, or computerization,
on vast, globe-encircling electronic infrastructure, on computer, data base,
and above all, on new attitudes, and ever-newer and ever-changing skills.
In the initial changes that are in the offing, and
tending toward "a more spiritual adhesion and devotion," is the fading out of
what was formerly the standard industrial family unit, namely, a working
father, a stay-at-home mother with two children. It may not be seen today by
the general public, but the changes taking place point to Jesus' prophecy: "For
behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren
and the wombs that never bare, and the paps that never gave suck... And call no
man your father upon the earth, for one is your Father, which is in heaven
(Luke 23:29; Matt. 23:9). Of interest also at this juncture in human history is
Mrs. Eddy's statement: "Matrimony, which was once a fixed fact among us, must
lose its present slippery footing, and man must find permanence and peace in a
more spiritual adherence" (S&H p. 65:25).
After the third universal change now taking place
world consciousness will enter the wholly spiritual era prophesied by St. John:
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first
earth were passed away... And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,
Behold the tabernacle of God is with men... And God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain [or unemployment]: for the former things
are passed away."
"The baptism of Spirit," writes Mary Baker Eddy, "or
final immersion of human consciousness in the infinite ocean of Love, is the
last scene in corporeal sense. This omnipotent act drops the curtain on
material man and mortality. After this, man's identity or consciousness
reflects only Spirit, good, whose visible being is invisible to the physical
senses: eye hath not seen it, inasmuch as it is the disembodied individual
Spirit-substance and consciousness termed in Christian metaphysics the ideal
man-forever permeated with eternal life, holiness, heaven. This order of
Science is the chain of ages, which maintain their obvious correspondence, and
unite all periods in the divine design. Mortal man's repentance and absolute
abandonment of sin finally dissolves all supposed material life or physical
sensation, and the corporeal or mortal man disappears forever. The encumbering
mortal molecules, called man, vanish as a dream; but man born of the great
Forever, lives on, God-crowned and blest." -Mary Baker Eddy (Mis.
In a talk given on October 15, 1931 at Fifteenth
Church of Christ, Scientist, New York City, Mrs. Francis Thurber Seal told of
Mrs. Eddy confiding in her concerning the finishing touches she was putting on
the Church Manual and how it was the most important work of her life since
finishing Science and Health because it included the provisions for the
termination of the government of the Mother Church .
Mrs. Eddy told Mrs. Seal that after more than
thirty years of demonstration and constant study of her revelation, as a final
culminating step she had shut herself away from the world and spent months in
silent communion with God in order to bring forth this conception of church
government. She said the Church Manual (with its estoppels) was equally
necessary to what was in Science and Health. It was the completion of the
government of the Mother Church. Mrs. Seal said, "I can still see the look of
far away vision as Mrs. Eddy said, 'When it is completed it will be the most
perfect form of government the world has ever seen.' Then, after a long pause,
she continued, 'And the world will not be able to see it for a long time to
In My. 230:1, Mary Baker Eddy states,
"Notwithstanding the sacrilegious moth of time, eternity awaits our Church
Manual, which will maintain its rank as in the past, amid ministries aggressive
and active, and will stand when those have passed to rest."
Valiant Warriors Arise to Defend Mary Baker Eddy
The Organizational Mother Church Outlived Mrs. Eddy By
Item From Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1992
Mrs. Eddy's Deeds of Trust
Mrs. Eddy's Step 1 and 2 to Eliminate Organization
Continued Organization is Death-knell to Learning
The Real I of You is God (S&H 588:9)
How God Answered Mrs. Eddy's Prayer -vs.- The Board's
Tooth Fairy Approach
How God Led Mrs. Eddy to Make the Manual A Legal
Step 3 - Mrs. Eddy Provided Ten More Deeds of
Mrs. Eddy's Manual Terminated Organizational Mother
The Shadow of a Great Rock In a Weary Land
Where Were the Other "Extension" Deeds?
Must We Learn the Hard Way?
Mrs. Eddy's Ten Deeds Re-discovered
Mrs. Eddy's 1892 Deed of Trust
A Tale of Two Boards - Four-member and Five-member
Board NOT the Same
Who or What is Mrs. Eddy's Successor?
A Third Step Toward Terminating Organization: The
Temporary Fifth Director
The Only By-Law the Board of Directors Wanted Changed
'You Find Me in My Writings'
Mrs. Eddy's Writings include the Manual
Continued Organization Retards Spiritual Advancement
Board of Directors Breaks Mrs. Eddy's Publishing
"The Manual Will Save the Cause"
"The Manual Will Be Acknowledged As Law By Law"
The Manual Shows a Second Deed of Trust
The Ten Deeds Hold the Key
Interlocking of Deeds With Manual Estoppel
Terminated Organizational "Mother Church" Becomes "The
First Church of Christ, Scientist"
The Disobedient Board of Directors' illegal, Spurious
and Misleading 89th Manual
"Tell the Truth Concerning the Lie"-Mary Baker
Lack of Principle in Christian Science Schools
The March Forward
"Catholicism - Protestantism - Christian Science"
"Mother Church" -vs.- "Smother Church"
Mrs. Eddy Never Sought The Applause of Men
The Enemy's First Priority: To Hide Mrs. Eddy's
"All Is infinite Mind" Manifested
Mrs. Eddy Must Be Seen Rightly - Prof. Hering
"Thou Art the Woman!" - Ira O. Knapp
Prof. Hering's Letter Continues:
Mrs. Eddy's Preparation for Removing the Veil
Marching on in Spiritual Organization
"MRS. EDDY'S PLACE"
"Where Are the 57 Typewritten Pages?"
Knapp's Book Comes Under Heavy Fire Gathering
More Woes for Hierarchy
Disaster Stalks in Wake of Not Seeing Mrs. Eddy
How the Christian Science Movement will Revive
Judge Hanna and Isaiah 54
Kimball Caught Between Rock and Hard Place
More on Judge Hanna and Mrs. Eddy's Statement, "I am
Keeping Abreast of the Times - A Peek into
"Tell the truth concerning the lie."
- Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and
Founder of Christian Science
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