November 29th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2015


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


GOLDEN TEXT: PSALM 34 : 4


“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”



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RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 34 : 7-9, 11, 16-18

7.     The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

8.     O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

9.     O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

11.     Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

16.     The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17.     The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18.     The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Psalm 91 : 1, 9-11

1     He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

9     Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10     There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11     For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.


2.     Psalm 71 : 1 (to :), 3-5

1     In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust.

3     Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

4     Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

5     For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.


3.     II Kings 18 : 1, 3, 7, 17 (to 1st .), 28-32

1     Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.

3     And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.

7     And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

17     And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rab-shakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem.

28     Then Rab-shakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria:

29     Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:

30     Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

31     Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern:

32     Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us.


4.     II Kings 19 : 1, 2, 6, 8 (to ,), 9 (he sent), 10 (Let), 14-19, 35-37 (to :)

1     And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.

2     And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

6     And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.

8     So Rab-shakeh returned,

9     …he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying,

10     …Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

14     And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

15     And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

16     LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.

17     Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands,

18     And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.

19     Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.

35     And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

36     So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

37     And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword.


5.     Job 5 : 8, 12, 13, 15, 19

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

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.

15     But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.

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


6.     II Thessalonians 2 : 16, 17

16     Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

17     Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.


Science and Health


1.     472 : 24 (All)-26

All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made.


2.     473 : 4-10

The Science of Mind disposes of all evil. Truth, God, is not the father of error. Sin, sickness, and death are to be classified as effects of error. Christ came to destroy the belief of sin. The God- principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.


3.     469 : 13 (The)-20

The exterminator of error is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind, and that the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind — called devil or evil — is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality. There can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and if mortals claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, sin would be unknown.


4.     243 : 25-6

Truth has no consciousness of error. Love has no sense of hatred. Life has no partnership with death. Truth, Life, and Love are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God.

Sickness, sin, and death are not the fruits of Life. They are inharmonies which Truth destroys. Perfection does not animate imperfection. Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being,

He does not produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but is illusion, the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing nor obeying error in any form.


5.     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.


6.     102 : 16-5

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. The Apostle Paul refers to the personification of evil as "the god of this world," and further defines it as dishonesty and craftiness. Sin was the Assyrian moon-god.


7.     234 : 9-16

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. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule; but avoid casting pearls before those who trample them under foot, thereby robbing both themselves and others.


8.     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.


9.     571 : 10-19

Who is telling mankind of the foe in ambush? Is the informer one who sees the foe? If so, listen and be wise. Escape from evil, and designate those as unfaithful stewards who have seen the danger and yet have given no warning.

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.


10.     447 : 20-22, 24-27

Expose and denounce the claims of evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them. … To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove its unreality.


11.     28 : 32-10

There is too much animal courage in society and not sufficient moral courage. Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad. They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course. If they keep the faith, they will have the crown of rejoicing.

Christian experience teaches faith in the right and disbelief in the wrong. It bids us work the more earnestly in times of persecution, because then our labor is more needed.


12.     454 : 5-13

The understanding, even in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path, — the path which leads to the house built without hands "eternal in the heavens." Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is enthroned. That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.



Love is the liberator.