This address, by Mrs. Annie P. Eagle, a Christian Science practitioner and student of Bliss Knapp, CSB, was presented to his association in the early ’70′s. In it she writes,
One of the signs of our times is the comparatively small attendance at our churches and Sunday Schools and the lectures. That this is one of the signs we know, because Jesus foretold that, “the love of many [would] wax cold” (Mt. 24:12), and Paul said that there would “come a falling away” (II Thess. 2:3).
What is the answer? A study of Bible history shows us that it has required only a remnant, that is, a small number which remain loyal and steadfast, to keep aglow the Christ-light and to maintain the chain of its appearing.
From one ancient unknown family, that of Abraham, came all the chosen people. Later, twelve tribes of former slaves went out from mighty Egypt and re-established their land. The holy land itself was the smallest of the ancient countries, having approximately one-sixth the size of Florida. Yet there in the midst of great and powerful nations was nourished the worship of one God, Spirit.
When Elijah had to flee for his life, he cried out in despair, “I, even I only, am left” (I Kings 19:10). But God told him, “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal” (I Kings 19:18). The remnant was there, and Elijah returned to lead them.
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