May 31st, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY MAY 31, 2015


SUBJECT — ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED


GOLDEN TEXT: PSALM 71 : 1


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



RESPONSIVE READING: Job 5 : 8, 9, 11-13, 19, 21, 23, 24

8.     I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

9.     Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number:

11.     To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

12.     He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

13.     He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

19.     He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

21.     Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

23.     For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

24.     And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Job 28 : 28 (Behold)

28     …Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.


2.     Proverbs 2 : 6 (to :), 8

6     For the LORD giveth wisdom:

8     He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.


3.     Deuteronomy 11 : 16

16     Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them.


4.     Judges 13 : 2, 3, 24

2     And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.

3     And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.

24     And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.


5.     Judges 15 : 20

20     And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.


6.     Judges 16 : 4-10, 16-21

4     And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

5     And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.

6     And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.

7     And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

8     Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.

9     Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known.

10     And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound.

16     And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;

17     That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a rasor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

18     And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.

19     And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.

20     And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

21     But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.


7.     Proverbs 7 : 1, 5, 27

1     My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

5     That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

27     Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.


8.     Matthew 4 : 23

23     And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.


9.     Matthew 5 : 1, 2, 8

1     And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2     And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

8     Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.


10.     Luke 21 : 8, 9, 17, 18, 34-36

8     And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

9     But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

17     And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

18     But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

34     And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

35     For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

36     Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.


11.     Romans 16 : 17-20

17     Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

18     For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

19     For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

20     And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.


Science and Health


1.     295 : 5-8

God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.


2.     526 : 15-17

God pronounced good all that He created, and the Scriptures declare that He created all.


3.     93 : 13-17

Good never causes evil, nor creates aught that can cause evil.

Good does not create a mind susceptible of causing evil, for evil is the opposing error and not the truth of creation.


4.     234 : 9-12, 17-21, 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.

If mortals would keep proper ward over mortal mind, the brood of evils which infest it would be cleared out. We must begin with this so-called mind and empty it of sin and sickness, or sin and sickness will never cease.

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.


5.     100 : 1-11

MESMERISM or animal magnetism was first brought into notice by Mesmer in Germany in 1775. According to the American Cyclopaedia, he regarded this so-called force, which he said could be exerted by one living organism over another, as a means of alleviating disease. His propositions were as follows :

"There exists a mutual influence between the celestial bodies, the earth, and animated things. Animal bodies are susceptible to the influence of this agent, disseminating itself through the substance of the nerves."


6.     101 : 21-25, 29-31

The author's own observations of the workings of animal magnetism convince her that it is not a remedial agent, and that its effects upon those who practise it, and upon their subjects who do not resist it, lead to moral and to physical death.

In no instance is the effect of animal magnetism, recently called hypnotism, other than the effect of illusion.


7.     375 : 11-20

The Christian Scientist demonstrates that divine Mind heals, while the hypnotist dispossesses the patient of his individuality in order to control him. No person is benefited by yielding his mentality to any mental despotism or malpractice. All unscientific mental practice is erroneous and powerless, and should be understood and so rendered fruitless. The genuine Christian Scientist is adding to his patient's mental and moral power, and is increasing his patient's spirituality while restoring him physically through divine Love.


8.     102 : 16-2

The mild forms of animal magnetism are disappearing, and its aggressive features are coming to the front. The looms of crime, hidden in the dark recesses of mortal thought, are every hour weaving webs more complicated and subtle. So secret are the present methods of animal magnetism that they ensnare the age into indolence, and produce the very apathy on the subject which the criminal desires. The following is an extract from the Boston Herald:

"Mesmerism is a problem not lending itself to an easy explanation and development. It implies the exercise of despotic control, and is much more likely to be abused by its possessor, than otherwise employed, for the individual or society."

Mankind must learn that evil is not power. Its so-called despotism is but a phase of nothingness. Christian Science despoils the kingdom of evil, and pre-eminently promotes affection and virtue in families and therefore in the community.


9.     103 : 18-28

As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind. It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth. It is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious form of hypnotism ultimates in moral idiocy. The truths of immortal Mind sustain man, and they annihilate the fables of mortal mind, whose flimsy and gaudy pretensions, like silly moths, singe their own wings and fall into dust.


10.     186 : 28-29

Mortal mind is ignorant of self, or it could never be self-deceived.


11.     324 : 7-15

Unless the harmony and immortality of man are becoming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea of God; and the body will reflect what governs it, whether it be Truth or error, understanding or belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore "acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace." Be watchful, sober, and vigilant. The way is straight and narrow, which leads to the understanding that God is the only Life.


12.     452 : 12-17

When error confronts you, withhold not the rebuke or the explanation which destroys error. Never breathe an immoral atmosphere, unless in the attempt to purify it. Better is the frugal intellectual repast with contentment and virtue, than the luxury of learning with egotism and vice.


13.     571 : 15-19

At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.



Love is the liberator.