The President’s Faith
To raise the question of the reality of Bill Clinton’s faith as Philip Yancey did [“The Riddle of Bill Clinton’s Faith,” April 25] is to become engaged in an exercise in futility since the answer to that question is known only to God. The real question is whether Clinton’s life and actions reveal the presence of such faith. Yancey answered that question quite well when he wrote that Clinton “is a consummate politician” who takes “his cues from the crowd.”
Clinton’s assertions regarding his Christian faith and his belief in the authority of Scripture are negated when he shows greater concern for the results of polls than for what he says he believes is God’s Word.
Maple Glen, Pa.
With all due respect to evangelical leaders with “impeccable credentials,” like Ed Dobson, perhaps the reason for our confusion about President Clinton’s faith comes from asking the wrong questions. Dobson suggests we look for clues and evidences. He concludes the President is “deeply spiritual” because he knows the Scriptures, is emotionally affected by prayer, goes to church, carries his Bible, and professes faith in Christ.
The Lord himself suggests we look for other clues—fruit (Matt. 7:20), hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matt. 5:6), and by taking up the cross and following the Lord (Matt. 16:24). Our confusion about the spiritual state of President Clinton is symptomatic of our confusion about why the visible church continues to record new professions of faith and remains largely impotent. It’s hard to imagine Luther, Calvin, or Edwards suggesting the evidence of regeneration will be found in going to church, carrying a Bible, and being emotionally affected by prayer.
Little Rock, Ark.1
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