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To the editors:

The author McClory's interpretation of Willow Creek at first questions the seemingly wholesome establishment, yet ends on an affirmative note, an endorsement ["Superchurch," August 7]. Another version of this "house of God" should point out the grand illusion Bill Hybels and his co-Christians generate, i.e., the illusion that God indeed can be affirmed and held through belief. Yet it's precisely belief at its foundation which testifies to the establishment's surrealistic aspect--a subtle, not at all burning realm of "hell" (using Christian terms).

Willow Creek cannot and does not offer salvation for faith is intrinsic to human nature (as is the marrow in our bones) and thus cannot be given. Not different from any other religious order the operation thrives on human weakness; on fear and guilt. And if salvation is God's way of actualizing human potential no man, no matter how saintly, can impart it. And it is most unfortunate to see these tens of thousands of devotees seeking communion in this entertainment center. Properly, our communion with one another is on a daily basis. We don't need to congregate as children of God--what for? Is there a residue of doubt that we need a grand scale affirmation? Do numbers justify blind faith?

Christ's words are clear, and you and I don't need some man to bastardize it. Bless you!

Z. Fiks

N. Whipple

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