July 23rd, 2017 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017


Subject — Truth

Golden Text: Psalm 119: 160


“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”


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Responsive Reading: Psalm 145: 17-21; Psalm 33: 4

17.     The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

18.     The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

19.     He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

20.     The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

21.     My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

4.     For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Psalm 86: 11

11     Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.


2.     Deuteronomy 18: 15, 19-22

15     The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

19     And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

20     But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

21     And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?

22     When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.


3.     I Kings 22: 2, 5-9, 13-17, 28, 34 (to:)

2     And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

5     And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to day.

6     Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.

7     And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might inquire of him?

8     And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

9     Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.

13     And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.

14     And Micaiah said, As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.

15     So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.

16     And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord ?

17     And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.

28     And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you.

34     And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness:


4.     John 8: 11 (And Jesus said) only, 12 (I am)

11     And Jesus said ...

12     ...I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


5.     John 18: 37 (To this end)

37     To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.


6.     John 8: 26-32

26     I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

27     They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

28     Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

29     And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

30     As he spake these words, many believed on him.

31     Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32     And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


7.     II Corinthians 8: 7, 21

7     Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

21     Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.


8.     II Corinthians 13: 5-8

5     Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

6     But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

7     Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

8     For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.


9.     John 17: 1 (to 3rd,), 17

1     These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,

17     Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     293: 28-31

Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.


2.     272: 3-7 (to;)

The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek. In the soil of an "honest and good heart" the seed must be sown;


3.     147: 6-13

Late in the nineteenth century I demonstrated the divine rules of Christian Science. They were submitted to the broadest practical test, and everywhere, when honestly applied under circumstances where demonstration was humanly possible, this Science showed that Truth had lost none of its divine and healing efficacy, even though centuries had passed away since Jesus practised these rules on the hills of Judaea and in the valleys of Galilee.


4.     126: 22-8

I have set forth Christian Science and its application to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them. I have demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in "the straight and narrow way" of Truth.

If Christendom resists the author's application of the word Science to Christianity, or questions her use of the word Science, she will not therefore lose faith in Christianity, nor will Christianity lose its hold upon her. If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including man, then everything entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.


5.     127: 23-29

There is no physical science, inasmuch as all truth proceeds from the divine Mind. Therefore truth is not human, and is not a law of matter, for matter is not a lawgiver. Science is an emanation of divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual, and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance, — the Comforter which leadeth into all truth.


6.     555: 6-15, 32-2

An inquirer once said to the discoverer of Christian Science: "I like your explanations of truth, but I do not comprehend what you say about error." This is the nature of error. The mark of ignorance is on its forehead, for it neither understands nor can be understood. Error would have itself received as mind, as if it were as real and God-created as truth; but Christian Science attributes to error neither entity nor power, because error is neither mind nor the outcome of Mind.

Truth fosters the idea of Truth, and not the belief in illusion or error. That which is real, is sustained by Spirit.


7.     184: 3-8, 12-17

Truth makes no laws to regulate sickness, sin, and death, for these are unknown to Truth and should not be recognized as reality.

Belief produces the results of belief, and the penalties it affixes last so long as the belief and are inseparable from it.

Truth, Life, and Love are the only legitimate and eternal demands on man, and they are spiritual lawgivers, enforcing obedience through divine statutes.

Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmonious and eternal.


8.     372: 25-32

"Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." In Christian Science, a denial of Truth is fatal, while a just acknowledgment of Truth and of what it has done for us is an effectual help. If pride, superstition, or any error prevents the honest recognition of benefits received, this will be a hindrance to the recovery of the sick and the success of the student.


9.     560: 30-4

Ignorance of the divine idea betrays at once a greater ignorance of the divine Principle of the idea — ignorance of Truth and Love. The understanding of Truth and Love, the Principle which works out the ends of eternal good and destroys both faith in evil and the practice of evil, leads to the discernment of the divine idea.


10.     448: 9-11, 28-32

When needed tell the truth concerning the lie. Evasion of Truth cripples integrity, and casts thee down from the pinnacle.

It is Christian Science to do right, and nothing short of right-doing has any claim to the name.

To talk the right and live the wrong is foolish deceit, doing one's self the most harm.


11.     449: 3-6, 13-16 (to;)

A grain of Christian Science does wonders for mortals, so omnipotent is Truth, but more of Christian Science must be gained in order to continue in well doing.

You should practise well what you know, and you will then advance in proportion to your honesty and fidelity, — qualities which insure success in this Science;


12.     495: 14-20

When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not.


13.     418: 5-11, 20-22

Stick to the truth of being in contradistinction to the error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter. Plead with an honest conviction of truth and a clear perception of the unchanging, unerring, and certain effect of divine Science. Then, if your fidelity is half equal to the truth of your plea, you will heal the sick.

Truth is affirmative, and confers harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this simple rule of Truth, which governs all reality.


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