May 28th, 2017 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, May 28th, 2017


Subject — Ancient and Modern Necromancy, Alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced

Golden Text: Matthew 6 : 13


“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” — Christ Jesus


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Responsive Reading: I Thessalonians 5 : 1-3; II Thessalonians 2 : 1-3; I Thessalonians 5 : 6, 28

1.     But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2.     For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3.     For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them.

1.     Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2.     That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3.     Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first.

6.     Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

28.     The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Psalm 71 : 1, 3 (to :), 16

1     In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

3     Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort:

16     I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD : I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.


2.     James 1 : 12-14, 16, 17, 21

12     Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13     Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14     But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

16     Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17     Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

21     Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.


3.     Genesis 39 : 2-4, 7, 8 (to 1st ,), 11-15, 19-23

2     And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

3     And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

4     And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

7     And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

8     But he refused,

11     And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

12     And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

13     And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,

14     That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:

15     And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.

19     And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.

20     And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

21     But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

22     And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.

23     The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.


4.     Galatians 6 : 7-9

7     Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8     For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9     And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.


5.     Matthew 4 : 1-11

1     Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

2     And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

3     And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4     But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

5     Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

6     And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

7     Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

8     Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9     And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10     Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11     Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.


6.     Galatians 5 : 16-18

16     This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

17     For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

18     But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.


7.     Galatians 5 : 1, 7

1     Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

7     Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     387 : 27-32

The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.


2.     17 : 8-11

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;

And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.


3.     16 : 15-19

In the phrase, "Deliver us from evil," the original properly reads, "Deliver us from the evil one." This reading strengthens our scientific apprehension of the petition, for Christian Science teaches us that "the evil one," or one evil, is but another name for the first lie and all liars.


4.     584 : 17-19 (to 2nd ;)

DEVIL . Evil; a lie; error; neither corporeality nor mind; the opposite of Truth; a belief in sin, sickness, and death; animal magnetism or hypnotism;


5.     102 : 1-8

Animal magnetism has no scientific foundation, for God governs all that is real, harmonious, and eternal, and His power is neither animal nor human. Its basis being a belief and this belief animal, in Science animal magnetism, mesmerism, or hypnotism is a mere negation, possessing neither intelligence, power, nor reality, and in sense it is an unreal concept of the so-called mortal mind.


6.     351 : 16-21

We cannot bring out the practical proof of Christianity, which Jesus required, while error seems as potent and real to us as Truth, and while we make a personal devil and an anthropomorphic God our starting-points, — especially if we consider Satan as a being coequal in power with Deity, if not superior to Him.


7.     104 : 13-18

Christian Science goes to the bottom of mental action, and reveals the theodicy which indicates the rightness of all divine action, as the emanation of divine Mind, and the consequent wrongness of the opposite so-called action, — evil, occultism, necromancy, mesmerism, animal magnetism, hypnotism.


8.     6 : 23-7

Jesus uncovered and rebuked sin before he cast it out. Of a sick woman he said that Satan had bound her, and to Peter he said, "Thou art an offence unto me." He came teaching and showing men how to destroy sin, sickness, and death. He said of the fruitless tree, "[It] is hewn down."

It is believed by many that a certain magistrate, who lived in the time of Jesus, left this record: "His rebuke is fearful." The strong language of our Master confirms this description. The only civil sentence which he had for error was, "Get thee behind me, Satan." Still stronger evidence that Jesus' reproof was pointed and pungent is found in his own words,— showing the necessity for such forcible utterance, when he cast out devils and healed the sick and sinning.

The relinquishment of error deprives material sense of its false claims.


9.     234 : 9-12, 25-3

We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers. Sin and disease must be thought before they can be manifested. You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second. Jesus declared that to look with desire on forbidden objects was to break a moral precept. He laid great stress on the action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.

Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one's belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.


10.     392 : 24 (Stand)-27

Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.


11.     393 : 8-15

Mind is the master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.


12.     252 : 7-14

When false human beliefs learn even a little of their own falsity, they begin to disappear. A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker.


13.     253 : 9-21

I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the understanding of your divine rights, your heaven-bestowed harmony, — that, as you read, you see there is no cause (outside of erring, mortal, material sense which is not power) able to make you sick or sinful; and I hope that you are conquering this false sense. Knowing the falsity of so-called material sense, you can assert your prerogative to overcome the belief in sin, disease, or death.

If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right. Matter can make no opposition to right endeavors against sin or sickness, for matter is inert, mindless.


14.     495 : 8 (classify)-24

...classify sickness and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick, "whom Satan hath bound," and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and sets the captive free physically and morally.

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. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.


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