An Incongruous Reach

Ruth Tucker’s article “In Search of Respectability” (Feb. 5) was well written, timely, and helpful. Mormon friends have been seeking our participation in the Mormon-dominated Institute for Constitutional Education. We have not found peace of mind in doing so.

There is something incongruous about this reach for cooperation (respectability) on the part of a church that teaches its missionaries that “as far as all religious organizations now in existence are concerned, the presence or the absence of this [Melchizedek] priesthood establishes the divinity or the falsity of a proposed church” (Mormon Doctrine, p. 479, by the late Bruce McConkey).

Jim and Betty Truxton

Fullerton, Calif.

Faith Versus Works

John R. W. Stott wants to know why “if justification by grace alone through faith alone is now believed by both” Protestants and Catholics, the Catholic church hasn’t changed its beliefs and practices (“The Remaking of English Evangelicalism,” CT Institute, Feb. 5). Well, for one thing, while the ARCIC theologians did agree that salvation is by grace alone, they refrained from denouncing James 2:14–26, and agree with what C. S. Lewis said about faith in his Mere Christianity.

If Stott believes justification is by faith alone, does he denounce going to church, reading the Bible, and making an act of faith (or “accepting Christ”) as vain works that avail not? Or does he feel, at least in these situations, that “you see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works” (James 2:22)?

Don Schenk

Allentown, Pa.

Godly men like John Stott, Dick Lucas, and Jim Packer removed themselves from leadership opportunities by maintaining—in practice if not theology—the cessation of certain gifts of the ...

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