THE KING’S BUSINESS
O C T O B E R 1955
A reunion for class number one see page 46
Recently the Bible Institute of Los Angeles announced the purchase of 50 acres just outside the downtown congested area. Plans are now going forward for the Immediate construction of a 3 million dollar campus. Here are two of the letters the school has received commenting on this forward step for Christian education.
I had you in my will, but I know you need the money more now than any other time. So I sold your shares and am sending you my endorsed check. I know the Lord will bless your new undertaking and my mite will help too. Glendale, Calif. Rena Bosker Sirs: Please accept the gift of a $10 money order which is to go toward the building of the new campus. It is a small gift compared to the large free educational gift Biola gave me . I will never forget what Biola has done for me in educating and establishing me in the Christian faith. I believe the purchasing of the new campus is a wise move and certainly it is the leading of the Lord. My prayers go with the work and I know He will make all things possible. APO, New York Pfe. Loy Chiu
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• Dr. Theron Chastain, a graduate of BIOLA and Executive Secretary of American Baptist Home Mission Society, will direct missionary observations on our air-cruise through Alaska. • Rev. Wm. H. Walker, Director of the Central American Mission, and Rev. Benjamin Morales, President of the Spanish American Baptist Seminary, will direct our Central American tour. • Dr. and Mrs. J. Lester Hamish, Temple Baptist Church, Los Angeles, will assist on the air cruise to Alaska.
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Letter from a Leper Couple "Dear Friends:
"MDEIMDM THETIME” is the theme of 2nd International Congres onProphecy to be held November 6-13, 1955 in Calvary Baptist Church, New York City |N THE FALL OF 1952, the first International Congress on Prophecy was convened under the auspices o f the Am e rica n Association fo r Jewish Evangelism. Standing room was at a premium in many o f the sessions. Since 1952, there has been a marked acceleration in the race for supremacy among the nations or East and West. Apostasy in the spiritual realm is on the increase. For millions the future is bewil dering. It is a day o f con fusion and fear. To declare God’s message for the present hour, the sec ond International Congress on Prophecy will meet N o vember 6-13 this year, again at Calvary Baptist Church, New York. Under the leadership o f Dr. V . R. Edman, president o f Wheaton College, out standing Bible scholars have been invited to give fresh in terpretation o f God’s plan for this atomic age: D r . W illiam C ulbertson D r . A lva J. M c C lain D r . W ilbur M. S mith J udge W . R. W allace D r . W illiam F. K err D r . E. S chuyler E nglish R ev . H ermon B. C entz D r . M. R. D e H aan D r . C hester T ulga D r . J. P almer M untz D r . J ohn F. W alvoord D r . A llan A. M ac R ae D r . J ohn S. W imbish and many others. For Advance Program Write to DR. A. B. MACHLIN, Director Dept. K WINONA LAKE, INDIANA This ad is made possible through the courtesy o f DeMoss Agency, Inc., Albany, New York.
“This is the first time that we commu nicate with you. We can assure you that it is the great suffering of our lives that is forcing us to write this letter. It has been a few years since we became ill with this horrible disease of leprosy and we have been on this rocky isolated island of Spinaloga, the leper colony on the island of Crete. Leprosy, unfortunately, attacked the limbs of our bodies and especially our eyes. We need to undergo surgery, but we do not have the necessary money. We want to buy some instruments so that we may be able to walk and to move around a little bit, but we cannot do that either. For two solid years now we have been lying in bed without being able to move. On top of all these great trials of our illness, misfortune struck another hard blow at us, and that is that our little home in the town of Volos where our eight children used to live has been com pletely destroyed by the recent earth quakes. We lost everything we had, and so now our eight children are in the streets exposed to the elements of nature. 'Poverty and suffering are their constant companions and we, their parents, are unable to offer them anything or even to see them because we are in this far away leper colony. This is why we ask you to help us as much as you can so that we may be able to rescue our chil dren from certain death. Whatever you do for us the Lord will give it back tc you a thousandfold. “My dear brothers and sisters, the cross that we bear is very heavy indeed. I am without any feet and almost without eyes and now the home of our children has been destroyed. Life has become unbear able. This leper colony is certainly in debted for what you have done for it and may God bless you. Won’t you do some thing now for us and our children? My wife and I close this letter expecting a favorable reply from you. Please help us before it is too late. Leper John Sfindourakis.” Note: Nothing need be said concerning the above pathetic appeal. The Lord Jesus had a special interest in the lepers. Won’t you do the same? Please send your con tributions for these lepers and others like them to: American Mission to Greeks, Inc., Rev. Spiros Zodhiates, General Sec retary, Dept. K, P.O. Box 423, New York 36, N.Y. Our Canadian friends are invited to write to: 90 Duplex Ave., Toronto 7, Ontario. Film on Greece Available If you wish to see with your eyes the leper colony of Spinaloga and other aspects of the Lord’s work, in Greece, write for a booking of the 30-minute 16 mm. color-sound film, "Man of Macedonia." It is sent out on a free-will offering basis. 4
By Althea S. Miller
Now Is The Day O ur first-born was graduating from high school. The event was a triumph of God’s grace because the boy had been put to bed for seven months in his jun ior year and no one thought he’d ever graduate from anything! To celebrate a special way Daddy and Mother took Bob and his “ best girl” out to dinner. W e liked the idea so much we de cided to make it a fam ily tradi tion. Upon announcement that the same treat would be given all graduates from here on out the Lord w illing, the “ green-eyed monster” took sudden leave of a couple under-graduates. Now a horrible thought struck David. “ I’ll never get to be taken out like that. You’ll both be dead by the time I graduate.” The “ old folks” burst into hearty laughter, and when he had caught his breath Daddy said: “ I thought m y life just began this year. I know we look old to the youngsters but never dreamed we look thqt old. Isn’t this fellow entering high school this fa ll?” “ Sure I am. But four years is a long time.” “W e know it is to you, son. And it is possible that our Father God w ill call one or both of us home before you are finished high school. But we’re not likely to die from old age within four years.” “ The Bible says that all life is but a vapour,” Mother added. “ Not even 14-year-olds like your self can be sure of seeing the light of another day, David. W e are admonished to ‘Boast not thy self of tomorrow; for thou know- est not what a day may bring forth’ (Prov. 27:1). Nor is sal vation promised for tomorrow. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says: ‘ . . . now is the day of salvation.’ I praise God that you are saved, but in your youth I pray you ’ll take to heart the command of Psalm 90:2: ‘So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.’ Live for the Lord today as though it were your last and you ’ll he living in God’ s wisdom.”
THE KING'S BUSINESS
Official publication of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Inc. Louis T. Talbot, Chancellor S. H. Sutherland, President • Ray A. Myers, Chairman of the Board
Vol. 46, No. 10
Dedicated to the spiritual development of the Christian home
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ARTICLES IN CHRIST IS LIFE — Life for a Young H ea rt...................................... 10 CULTS OF OUR DAY: U N IT Y— Dr. Louis T. Talbot ........................ 11 TWO KINDS OF CHRISTIANS — Ruth Paxson ....................................... 16 UP THE HOLLERS IN KENTUCKY — Dorothy C. Haskin ................... 17 HOW BIOLA WAS FOUNDED ..................................................................... 21 PAUL ROOD AND HIS MINISTRY OF SILENCE .................................. 22 POEMS ......... ................... ............................................................................. 24 A NEW VOICE IN COSTA RICA ................................................... ............ 28 A NEW YOUTH CENTER IN DEEP WELL .............................................. 29 A REUNION FOR CLASS NUMBER ONE *...... - ..................................... 46 FEATURES UNDER THE PARSONAGE ROOF — Althea S. Miller ........................ 4 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK ....................................................................... 6 PEOPLE — A monthly column of names in the news ........................ 7 HYMNS YOU LOVE — Phil Kerr ................................................................ 8 READER REACTION ...................................................................................... 9 THEOLOGICALLY THINKING — Gerald B. Stanton ............................. 25 DR. TALBOT'S QUESTION BOX ................................................................... 26 TALKING IT OVER — A psychologist answers — Clyde Narramore.. 27 BOOK REVIEWS — Donald G. Davis ........................................................ 30 ADVERTISERS' INDEX ..................................................................................... 50 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION YOUNG PEOPLE'S TOPICS — Chester J. Padgett ............................... 33 SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS — Homer A. Kent, Allison Arrowood .. 36 OBJECT LESSONS — Elmer L.Wilder ........................................................ 43
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In conjunction with the Bible Institute of Los Angeles' campaign to build a brand new $3 million campus The King's Business is devoting most of this issue to some of the more interesting sidelights of this great training institution. One of these interesting items is the story of the first graduating class that we feature on this month's cover. For the story of this class and its reunion see pages 46-49.
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i 'j ometimes we are asked: “Why do you feel so strongly that B io l a ’ s ktask is unfinished? The school has had nearly 50 years of profitable ” ministry in training young men and women for Christian work and its influence reaches to many lands. Why such furor now about progress?” Has it occurred to these inquirers that since B io l a was founded two great world wars have intervened and the world’s thinking has turned upside down with the advent of the atom bomb and jet plane? The Latins had a common saying: “ The times are changed and we are changed with them.” Outwardly the young people of today do not resemble the young people of 50 years ago. Yet no one would say that their potential for God was less than in those days. Rather, it is more. These conditions shake the foundations of character, and stronger faith in God and clearer understanding of spiritual things are required to stand up to the challenge of such a world as this. The equipment for Christian service must keep abreast of the times. Of course, the message of the gospel is unchanged; B io l a ’ s teaching of the Word of God is not altered. But though there are so many outward changes,’ we are well aware that the inner needs of the hearts and lives of young men and women are exactly the same as those of 50 and 25 years ago. So the first thing that impresses one about this “ unfinished business” is that young lives themselves are unfinished. Many young people who have given their hearts to Christ and are truly saved are wondering what to do with their lives. But whether they go abroad preaching the Word or stay at home to minister in a local church, they, like their predecessors, need to give themselves to an intensive study of the Word of God and related subjects. They too must have the experience referred to in 1 Pet. 5:10: “ But the God of all grace . . . make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” Then the task is unfinished because the reaping is not finished. There is an unharvested, over-ripe field of grain awaiting the harvester in every land of the earth. It was so in Christ’s day, and He Himself pointed it out to His disciples as they beheld the literal grain fields of Palestine. As long as the man in the shop next to me, and the woman in the house next to you, has never had the claims of Christ presented to him or her, our task is unfinished. But, above all, our task is unfinished because our King has not returned. If He were here, our work and responsibility would be over and we should enter the joy of our Lord. We are to “ occupy,” to be carrying on His work up to the very end. He said plainly: “ Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). B io l a has been going in obedience to this command since its first graduation and by God’s grace will continue to go until its last, until the last soul is won and the last tribe is reached, and the Bride of Christ is complete. We long for His return. But, since we do not know when He will return we must not sit down with folded hands. Our task is by no means finished. We await an “ oncoming tidal wave of students,” some of the finest Christian young people of our land and lands across the seas, who will be coming here to train for Christian service. This issue is devoted to our vision and venture. But these plans are to be henceforth and forever always related to our calling and our unfin ished task: To fit young men and women to “ . . . preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand. But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (2 Cor. 10:16, 17).
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IN CHRIST IS LIFE
Life For a Young Heart A well-known magazine some time back held a contest to find the person who could write the best love letter. Thou sands of letters came in and after some weeks the judges announced the winner. The letter they selected was as sweetly tender as a lover’s touch. It wasn’t until later that it was discovered that the writer was a lonely spinster school teacher who had never been in love. That’s often the way with life. In an abstract way we can know all about something without ever experiencing it. This lonely woman had dreamed about love. She knew the warm words of love. But she had never experienced love. I think any young person can understand the heart of this woman. Youth feels things with a carefree abandonment. And this is the way it should be. But there are times when youth wants something more than feelings and dreams. The time comes when every young person wants reality. And there’s probably no area in a young person’s life where he wants reality more than in the area of religion. He has a thorough-going dislike for sham and pretense. He doesn’t want to pretend in a corner of his mind that religion works while knowing good and well that it never has worked for him. I finished college some four years ago and I recall vividly this desire for experiencing reality on the part of the students I knew. How then is a person to experience the reality of the Christian faith? I would suggest this. Instead of just specu lating about a philosophy for life why not make a down-to- earth experiment and find out if Christianity is what it claims to be? There’s no point speculating about Christianity any more than there was in the lonely spinster speculating about love. Unfortunately the spinster may have had no control over the situation she was in. But it is delightfully true that each of us can experience the reality of a new life in Jesus Christ. You’ve tried other ways to find a deep inner satisfaction and they haven’t worked. You want life to have real, full-orbed meaning. And if Christ is what He claimed to be (I don’t mean ideas about Christ but Christ Himself) then He alone can give you the kind of life you want. Recall that in John 10:10 Jesus said, “ I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” And in John 14:6 He said, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Isn’t this the kind of life you really want? I think so. And it can be yours by simply making the experiment of trusting Jesus Christ. — L.H. ( If you desire more help on what it means to become a Chris tian, you are invited to write The Editors, The King’s Business, 5 58 So. Hope St., Los Angeles 17, Calif.)
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A t You r Bo o k sto re o r S TAND ARD PU B L ISH ING .Cincinnati 31, Ohio
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CULTS OF OUR DAY
U N IT Y Many Christians do not realize the amazing story of the beginnings of this religious cult which carries on an around-the-clock ministry
B y Louis T . Talbot
S ixteen miles southeast o f Kansas City, in Jackson County at Lee’s Summit, Mo., on a magnificent 1,109-acre farm is the headquarters o f one o f the most fantastic religious cults in the world, called "Unity School o f Christianity.” This plant, once estimated at $2 million but now more likely worth $5 million, looks more like a well-to-do country club than a religious institu tion. It includes impressive air-conditioned buildings, recre ational facilities including a swimming pool, a g o lf course, tennis and shuffleboard courts, a fine hotel, a natural outdoor amphitheater and a 22-acre artificial lake which supplies water for all departments. A 100,000-gallon water storage tank located in the 165-foot "Unity Tower” looms up above the building and is the first sight to meet the eye o f the visitor. There are numerous cottages accommodating 16 students each, attractive residences for the sons o f the founders and other officials and workers, a huge printing plant and administration building, a vegetarian restaurant, a tea room, orchards, vineyards and various growing crops and an apartment building. The training school, originally located in Kansas City, moved to Lee’s Summit in 1949. There are 750 employees working and living on the grounds; eight magazines and hundreds o f books and pamphlets are turned out by the printing press which claims to produce 50 million pieces o f literature annually. There are the fo l lowing periodicals: Unity, Daily Word, Weekly Unity, Good Business, You, W ee Wisdom and a Unity Sunday school leaflet. Some publications are in Braille and there is a Spanish magazine. The present radio ministry consists o f a 15-minute spot program called "Unity Viewpoint” which is released over more than 40 stations in the U.S., Australia and Puerto Rico. In a recent brochure from their headquarters this state ment appeared: "The heart o f the Unity work is the Silent Unity ministry . . . Day and night, faithful groups o f Silent
Unity workers pray unceasingly. The telephone room at Silent Unity is open 24 hours a day to receive the telegrams, cablegrams and telephone calls o f those who seek help.” Silent Unity is housed in a splendid building, and the light in the phone room burns all night depicting, as stated by Unity, "the constant service offered by Silent Unity to any one who needs it.” In the March issue o f American Magazine, Clarence Woodbury described the Unity establishment under the title o f "Merchandisers o f Faith” as follows: "In its publishing plant, one o f the largest in the Middle West, 1 million Unity tracts, periodicals and books are turned out monthly, which range from one-leaf handouts to a 706-page metaphysical Bible dictionary selling for $5. "Even prayer has been put on a mass-production basis. More than 600,000 requests for prayers o f all kinds pour in every year by mail and wire from all over the world . . . the name and request o f every correspondent is placed on a prayer list and these lists are sent along to a prayer depart ment which is officially known as Silent Unity . . .” Here is a quotation from an attractive Unity brochure entitled, "Blessings from the Unity Household” (p. 1 0 ): "The mail is blessed before it is opened . . . as the mail goes through the Order Department, the Subscription Department, or the Letter Writing Department, an addi tional blessing is placed upon it . . . the outgoing mail receives a final blessing in the Mailing Department. The workers repeat a blessing such as this: 'The Christ-con- sciousness o f peace, power and plenty is expressed in this outgoing mail.’ ” ■ he Unity Training School is in session four months o f the year to train men and women for leadership in Unity activities such as healing, Sunday school work, etc. There is a Unity Correspondence CONTINUED
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UNITY continued School, and the "Silent-70” department, which is the mis sionary aspect o f the work, which is thus described in the same folder mentioned above: "The Silent-70 Department supervises the sending o f Unity literature to more than 5,000 institutions in many parts o f the world, including old folks’ homes, Army and Navy hospitals, Y.M .C .A . and Y .W .C .A . groups, Red Cross organizations, penitentiaries and leper colonies. W ee Wisdom, (the little children’s magazine) is sent to orphan ages, children’s hospital wards, schools for underprivileged children and to the Navajo Indian reservation. In many cases it is the only magazine in the Indian homes” (p. 19 ). "Unity publications are printed in Spanish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, German, Russian, Italian and other foreign lan guages . . . Unity also supplies free literature to persons in foreign countries who, because o f monetary restrictions, cannot send payment” (p . 2 0 ). It is also stated that 10,000 letters, telegrams and telephone calls are received each week. From this description, while it scarcely does justice to this incredible establishment, it can clearly be seen that the Unity School o f Christianity is provided with every facility for propagating its teachings throughout the world for years to come. It is sad, and a bit terrifying, that such means for dissemination o f propaganda should be in the hands o f those who do not believe or teach the true way o f salvation as revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ. Back o f the lovely Unity facade o f "sweetness and light” with which all o f their work is thoroughly saturated are some o f the most soul-destroying and Scripture-denying doctrines ever foisted upon the world. This we will prove later on by quotations from their own writings. They themselves make no claim whatever to an orthodox interpretation o f the -Scriptures. While Unity School o f Christianity claims that it is not a church or a denomination, it maintains Unity Centers all over the U. S., the first one having been organized in 1906. These centers keep in contact with the headquarters through their Field Department. In 1933 an official statement o f faith was adopted at its annual conference. The hour o f worship is the same as that o f other churches. There is a definite ritual; Sunday schools have been organized, and marriages and funerals are conducted. While they stead fastly maintain that you may continue to be a Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian or a member o f any other denomina tion, and still belong to them, the fact is that those who go into Unity very deeply abandon their orthodox churches, even as do the followers o f Mrs. Eddy and other cults. Before ordination, their ministers must take courses determined by the Unity School, and only Unity literature may be used in their centers.
was sweeping the Eastern seaboard. At that time the M id west was practically an untouched field, and the cults did not reach the Far West for another two decades. Now the Pacific Coast, and particularly California, is the breeding ground for every "ism” under the sun. Indeed it has been declared that all one needs to start a new cult is to secure a palm tree under which to sit and a turban to wrap about one’s head! Unity is often confused with Christian Science, and no wonder, for there are many similarities in their teachings. Much o f the phraseology is the same; both are taken up with ontology, or the science o f being. This is not to be wondered at when one realizes that the founders o f Unity, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, were once ardent Christian Scientists themselves. However, the systems are now com plete and separate organizations. Both groups are eager to have this made plain for there has been bad blood between them in the past. They have nothing whatever to do with each other now. Unity developed in the following manner: Charles Fill more, a freight clerk without any higher education, married a schoolteacher who had attended Oberlin College. While she was a Methodist, he from a youth was interested only in spiritualism and other esoteric systems. They had two sons, and were expecting a third, when disaster struck. Charles Fillmore, then in real estate, lost everything in a boom, and Mrs. Fillmore was suffering from tuberculosis. J. S. Thatcher had started the Kansas City School o f Chris tian Science in 1887 and a Eugene B. Weeks from Chicago had come to establish the work. The Fillmores attended Weeks’ first class, and Mrs. Fillmore later stated that this was responsible for the entire work o f Unity. There she claimed that Truth (in these systems this word is always spelled with a capital) was revealed to her in this sentence:" "I am a child o f God, therefore I do not inherit sickness.” The third son, Royal, was born, and in two years Mrs. Fillmore’s tuberculosis was healed, she claimed, "miracu lously.” As a result, Mrs. Fillmore became an enthusiastic Christian Scientist, and her husband followed her lead in 1890. He had suffered for years from an abscessed hip which he now claimed to be healed by Christian Science although he remained a cripple all his life. B he Fillmores became so enamored o f Christian Science that they put out their shingle as "Healers and Teachers” and gathered a considerable group about them. They claimed they were now in touch with a limitless cosmic power which could overcome all human ills. They had a continuous rendezvous with the "universal Mind.” Soon the rumor went about that the Fillmores performed miracles "just by sitting in silence and thinking!” This was the beginning o f their custom o f "sitting in the silence” which is their particular form o f "prayer” and o f Silent Unity, o f which we shall have more to say later on. Actually they were taught their Christian Science by one
^ his sect, along with Christian Science, New Thought, Theosophy and other esoteric and eclectic systems, got its start just before the turn o f the century when an interest in things metaphysical
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reason for the break was given that New Thought did not accept "the Jesus Christ standard” which was defined as "the process o f body refinement . . . by realization o f One ness with the Absolute, plus the renunciation o f such sinful habits as the lust for meat, tobacco, sex, dancing and all the pleasures that exalt sense above the soul.” The fact o f the matter was that the Fillmores were strong- minded individuals who would wear no man’s collar, or woman’s either. They saw the great opportunity o f reaching the virgin territory o f the Middle West with their creed. They had stated as far back as 1897 in their disagreement with the New Thought group: "W e find that concentration is necessary to success.” In 1903 a group o f these so-called Truth students incor porated under the name o f Unity School o f Practical Chris tianity, independent o f all other metaphysical groups. They began to apply modern business methods to the propagation o f their particular views. The name originated in 1891 when Fillmore was meet ing with a group "in the silence.” Suddenly he startled everyone .with the spoken exclamation: "Unity! That’s the name o f our work!” He claimed afterward that it was a revelation to him. It does not refer to the unity o f the Godhead or the unity o f believers as some have thought. With this background, one can readily understand how so much o f the Christian Science terminology got into Unity. Terms such as Mind, Intelligence, Spirit, Love and Life are used in an identical way in both cults. There is little difference in their conception o f God, Christ, the atone ment and all the cardinal teachings o f the W ord o f God. They disagree to some extent on the origin o f man and the material universe. Unity does not g o along with "malicious animal magnetism” by which Christian Science explains the evil in the world. They even point out the inconsistency o f Christian Science in denying the reality o f the human body while at the same time treating it successfully! Dr. Van Baalen says that New Thought, Christian Science and Unity are "as alike as the Dionne quintuplets.” He is right, for they spiritualize every truth in the W ord o f God, making it utterly meaningless; and every person and place in the Scriptures becomes an allegory. They are alike — completely and violently anti-Christian. As we continue with this study, it will become evident that Unity is like Christian Science in its denial o f Christ and His atoning work on Calvary. While Christian Science claims that there is no sin, Unity says one can rise above it by recognizing his oneness with God. In other words, you are your own saviour. They are alike in claiming that the whole matter o f sin can be taken care o f by thinking, that the intellect is supreme. They are equally wrong, equally unscriptural, equally deceptive, equally dangerous. T o choose between them is like the choice the ancient sailors had to make between being dashed to pieces on the rock Scylla on the Italian coast, or being drawn into the whirl- CONTINUED
o f the many dissenters from Eddyism, Emma Curtis Hopkins, who established the Christian Science Seminary in Kansas City where Charles Fillmore (was "ordained” in 1890 . The Fillmores put out a publication in 1889 called Modern Thought which was a hodge-podge o f all the isms then prevalent: Rosicrucianism, Transcendentalism, New Thought, Spiritualism, Theosophy and o f course, Christian Science. But it was not a success for the very reason that it had no definite creed and nothing concrete to propagate. New Thought was a break away from Mrs. Eddy’s dicta torship. The Christian Science Meeting at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago did not acknowledge Mrs. Eddy as their leader. The Fillmores were not in favor with Mrs. Eddy because o f statements they had made in their publica tion. In the June 1, 1889 issue Charles Fillmore ran an article which had great influence upon the metaphysical groups then struggling for power. It was entitled "Truth Bows at N o Human Shrine,” and this clause was taken to be an answer to Mrs. Eddy: "N o man nor woman, nor angel or archangel, has a copyright on Truth.” This insubordi nation o f the Fillmores had much to do with their final break with Christian Science. eanwhile the Fillmores wavered for some years |% / I in their loyalty to the New Thought Movement. I I They withdrew in 1906; returned; then in 1915 ▼ -& » they made a public statement that they were not a part o f either New Thought or Christian Science. Con cessions were made to them, for already they had a follow ing, and they returned to the New Thought fold until 1922, when their relation was severed permanently. The About the Author Australian-born Dr. Louis T. Talbot has for years been one o f America’s strongest proclaimers o f evangelical Chris tianity. He is a noted writer (10 books; numerous pamph lets and magazine articles), pastor (fo r 20 years at the Church o f the Open Door in Los Angeles) and educator (long-time president, now chancellor, o f the Bible Institute o f Los Angeles and Talbot Theological Seminary). Dr. Talbot and his researchers have made a wide study o f cults and false religions. For years he has presented his illustrated sermons on this subject to audiences the world over. This special series for T he K ing ’ s B usiness is believed to be one of. the most complete and certainly the most up-to-date work on the subject. The articles will run for approximately the next nine months. Should readers care to have a friend or loved one follow this series orders should be sent immediately, specifying that subscription is to start with the October issue. Also state if gift card is to be sent and if so how it is to be signed. Price is $2.50 per year. Address: T he K ing ’ s B usiness , 558 So. Hope St., Los Angeles 17, Calif.
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UNITY continued pool Charybdis on the Sicilian shore. Both will lead one to darkness and destruction. B ne more word will suffice in regard to the founders before we go into the analysis o f the teaching o f Unity. When the Fillmores’ son, Royal, died in 1923, very little was said o f his death but when Mrs. Fillmore "passed to the invisible side o f life” (as they expressed it) in 1931, it was publicly stated that she herself had "willed to go.” The inference is that if she had not, she might be living still! Charles Fillmore married their secretary in 1933 when she, Cora Dedrick, was 57, and he 79. She edited and elaborated on his many writings and added some o f her own. Her name as well as that o f his first wife, Myrtle, appears on numerous Unity publications. Charles Fillmore himself died in July 1948 at the age o f 94, having spent 60 years o f his life establishing and perfecting Unity. T o the very last he claimed that the cells o f his body were being renewed and apparently he did not consider the possibility o f death for him. But he, like Mrs. Eddy, and the thousands that .have followed in their train, sleep in their narrow graves, in spite o f all their statements that they could not be con quered by death. Woodbury defined Unity quite well in one paragraph in the article I have previously referred to, and from which I quote again: "What the sect has done, speaking generally, is to combine Christian beliefs with the tenets o f several Eastern religions, wrap them all up in a new package, and put a label on the package which guarantees hope to every body everywhere.” * Unity does indeed promise peace, hope, prosperity, every good thing — freedom from want and worry — but it is all false, because Unity is not built upon the foundation o f the written W ord o f God, the Bible, or the living W ord o f God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Saviour. Nowhere in all o f its teachings is the sin question dealt with. Nowhere is man given any real hope o f eternal life through the shed blood o f the Son o f God. At its heart Unity is cruel and cormpt and a deadly foe to the gospel. Unity and the Bible I t is very difficult to find a definite statement in Unity about any subject. This is particularly true o f its esti mate o f the Scriptures. For instance, you read this in "What Unity Teaches” by one o f their writers, Eliza beth Sand Turner: "Unity seeks to interpret the Bible. All its teachings are based on it. Some o f its teachings are in accord with orthodoxy [these I have been unable to discover]; some are quite unlike it. Unity does not claim that its interpretation o f Biblical statements is infallible or that it is final. It holds that as man’s spiritual consciousness expands he will receive ever-increasing revelations o f Truth.” * American Magazine, March 1947. Used by permission.
Two things at least are clear from this: It will not be found to be an orthodox interpretation o f the Bible; nor does Unity believe, that with the Book o f Revelation the canon o f God’s W ord to man was ended. Like Mrs. Eddy, who added her "revelation” to the Scriptures; like Jeho vah’s Witnesses, who depend upon "the light now due” from Russell and Rutherford; like the Mormons, whose Book o f Mormon and writings o f Joseph Smith replace the Bible; like Seventh-day Adventists, whose prophetess, Ellen G. White, taught that her "Testimonies” were inspired; so the Fillmores and other Unity authorities claim that the "Truth” they have received goes beyond the W ord o f God. This is characteristic o f every false religion that I have studied and is one o f the ways in which you can tell that they are heretical. Each false religion comes with its book, either to "interpret,” add to, or take the place of, the Bible. But the Lord said: " I f they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.” Unity’s interpretation is wholly allegorical, metaphysical, "spiritual.” Their Metaphysical Bible Dictionary takes the names o f persons, events and places and tells us their "inner meaning.” It is very absurd and makes a travesty o f God’s Word. If other literature were dealt with in this way, we would have no history, no biography, no law, no medi cine — nothing but allegory. F or instance, in interpreting the Christmas lesson, we find the following explanation given in their publi cation, Weekly Unity, o f Dec. 20, 1953; this eight- page magazine carries a weekly comment on the Sunday school lesson, based upon the Scriptures selected and copyrighted by the International Council o f Religious Education. The method used is that o f questions and answers and here is a wide field in which one can orient himself in the Unity teaching and thought. "What is the 'great light’ seen by those who 'walked in darkness ?’ "It is the understanding that life is eternal and that death is not a part o f the divine law. This ligh t’ removes the shadow o f fear o f death from the race mind. Death is not the end o f life. Illumined by Christ, we see that life does not end, but is continuous. "H ow is the birth o f the Christ made manifest in the mind o f man? "As a faint conception on his part o f his possibilities as a child o f God. In the beginning he does not see how he can make practical use o f it. The idea is immature, like a 'babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.’ "What do the shepherds symbolize? "They symbolize the watchful, protective, guarding thoughts o f those who are trying to learn Truth. "What does the angel represent, and why was 'a multitude o f the heavenly host’ with it? "Angels represent thoughts and this 'angel o f the Lord’ is a thought o f great power, divine goodness, and love.”
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