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Every now and again the monthly , which runs testimonials from church members claiming to have been healed of cancer or diabetes or a broken bone through prayer, will run a letter from someone claiming theyve been cured of homosexuality or "freed from homosexual entanglement."As recently as March 1999, another church organ, the , ran an article by a woman whod decided that her faith was in conflict with her "long-term lesbian relationship,"so she simply "drop(ped) the gay lifestyle,"which I read as a spectacularly cold euphemism for dumping her girlfriend.
Mc Cullough ruefully remarks that what everyone thinks they know about Christian Scientists is that theyre child killers; what Christian Scientists think they know about gays is that theyre child molesters. "The group started in 1986 as a protest against the Churchs treatment of gay people,"Mc Cullough explains.
Evidently the Church itself thinks so: although the leadership does not openly condemn homosexuality anymore, levels of discomfort with gayness seem to be as high in Christian Science as in Roman Catholicism and many other American churches.
An openly gay person interested in Christian Science may not be invited to join unless they "heal"themselves of their homosexuality.
Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603 (2017) This Hymnal brings together a collection of 174 hymns––contemporary, traditional, and hymns from around the world––congregational songs with …
When I told a gay friend that I was interviewing gay Christian Scientists, he snorted, "What a bunch of oxymorons."And its true that the not-even-an-aspirin Christian Science culture would seem incompatible with a West Village lifestyle.
Gay church members stay in the closet; those who come out may be kicked out.
Principia, the Christian Science college in Illinois, bans open expressions of gayness by faculty or students.
Salvation Salvation lies in bringing oneself into harmony with one's true nature as God's reflection, through good works, patience, meekness, love, watchfulness, prayerful gratitude, devout obedience in following Christ's example.
There are two basic commandments: that one turn only to God, perfect Mind, for guidance--the Mind that was also in Christ; and that one "love thy neighbor as thyself." Healing and immortality are realized by becoming conscious that the only true reality is God, which is Love, and that one's true and only nature is in God's likeness.