Sunday, November 25, 2001
a "publisher of glad tidings;" a
missionary preacher of the gospel (Eph. 4:11). This title is applied to
Philip (Acts 21:8), who appears to have gone from city to city preaching
the word (8:4, 40). Judging from the case of Philip, evangelists had
neither the authority of an apostle, nor the gift of prophecy, nor the
responsibility of pastoral supervision over a portion of the flock. They
were itinerant preachers, having it as their special function to carry
the gospel to places where it was
previously unknown. The writers of the four Gospels are known as
the Evangelists. - from Dictionary.com
GLAD TIDINGS! GOOD NEWS! This
is the message of an Evangelist. As we can read from
Dictionary.com's definition, the writers of the four Gospels, the Good
News, were Evangelists. These writers were not only Disciples of
Jesus, but they also followed His teachings and performed healing work.
Jesus directed them to heal, prosper and bless the masses. This
was their work and is also the work of all those called to the ministry
whether they pastor a church or just teach the Good News! Since I
do not plan to pastor a church, my work fits the definition of the word
In Religious Science, the term Evangelist is not used. I am the
first person, and I researched this, to use it. Most Religious
Science ministers pastor churches or do other work rather than qualify
their work as teaching the Gospels or the Good News. In this
philosophy we do not "preach" instead we "teach."
There is a reason for using the term "teach" as opposed to
"preach." We can preach about things we do not know and
things we cannot prove; i.e. heaven and hell as destinations and the
devil as real. But to teach, we must be able to demonstrate or
prove that which we are to teach. In other words, we
must teach from "knowing" that what we teach brings results.
A math teacher must know math and be able to demonstrate this knowledge
in order to teach it. A minister of Religious Science must be able
to demonstrate the principles that we teach, which are also the
principles that Jesus and his Disciples demonstrated. Ministers of
Religious Science are called to a Healing and Teaching work and the
Healing work provides the basis for the Teaching of Religious Science.
The only way we can demonstrate our qualifications to teach is by
demonstrating that which we teach, otherwise we become
"preachers" who preach that which we cannot prove. It
would be like a math teacher writing on the bulletin board 4x4=13.
Everyone would know they were not qualified to teach math. This is
our great work as Religious Science ministers and teachers, to prove our
work by demonstration. In other words, we must demonstrate God.
I have chosen to tag this work as Evangelism as this word defines the
vision of this great work that God has given me. On this web site,
on the Radio Show and in my public speaking appearances, I am taking the
Good News, the Gospels, and teaching "Religious
Science as the Religion of Jesus." Jesus taught every
principle that we teach in Religious Science as defined by Dr. Ernest
Holmes in the Science of Mind textbook. He is the only Great
Mystic that has done so and demonstrated it completely. Jesus also
taught everything that is included in Joel
Goldsmith's work and Miquel Ruiz's,
"Four Agreements" and almost every other
metaphysical/spiritual book of value. Dr. Ernest Holmes, Joel
Goldsmith and Miquel Ruiz have just restated Jesus' teachings in a
different way. But the teachings are the same. Jesus
demonstrated them completely - Dr. Holmes, Joel Goldsmith and Miquel
Ruiz have demonstrated them to a great measure but not to the degree of
Jesus, of course, which is why he is called the Master
Teacher and to some their Savior. Jesus taught
"consciousness" but most people do not understand this since
the "preachers" of the past have taught that He was our
Savior, rather than our Teacher. In fact, he is our Savior in that
his teachings can "save us" from experiencing much of the
miseries of the world.
Science credits Jesus with the technique of Spiritual Mind Treatment,
also known as, Scientific Prayer, which is the most effective method of
prayer known to the world. But the masses of people who do not
understand "consciousness" do not bother to study Scientific
Prayer or the principles that Jesus taught, because they are waiting for
Him to "Save" them or they have "accepted" that what
He did they cannot do. Jesus stated, "these things I do and
greater things still shall you do." I think this is worth
investigating, don't you?
Good News in the Gospels is not what Jesus did or what the Disciples
did, but that we too, can learn to do those things and greater things
still. But first, we have to understand the principles that Jesus
taught. Teaching these principles is the work of an Evangelist,
someone who brings the Good News!
Beginning next week, we will look at the
principles that Jesus taught that are outlined in both the Bible and the
Science of Mind textbook. We may even throw in a little of Joel
Goldsmith and Miquel Ruiz's Four Agreements just to make it interesting.
As we become acquainted with the foundation of these principles, we can
begin to Heal, Prosper and Bless, ourselves, each other, and the world
that we live in!
So It Is!
Letting Love use me
in Its own Good Way,