Dear Christian Sir,

     One of the sub-headings I used in my essay on Errol Hulse vs. John Gill (April/May issue) was the ‘Godly Ungodly Myth’ which must have proved puzzling to readers as, in my efforts to reduce the words used, I quite erased the reference to which the sub-title principally referred. The allusion was to Fuller’s essay Remarks on God’s Justifying the Ungodly where the author argues, in keeping with his idea that a ‘holy disposition’ must be shown on the part of the sinner before justification is possible, that ‘ungodly’ does not mean void of belief but refers to a believer who has seen his ungodliness so that he can view himself as the chief of sinners. Thus Fuller interprets Romans 4:5 concerning God justifying the ungodly as meaning God justifies those ungodly who yet show trust in him. As this is the only passage where this phrase occurs, Fuller argues, we must interpret it in the light of others which certainly do not teach that God justifies people who are at enmity with Him. This is odd reasoning indeed as Romans 3:24 says that justification is entirely a matter of grace. Fuller would argue that when we come to God in faith, we are reconciled and justified but Romans 5:10 even tells us that we are reconciled whilst at enmity with God, whilst Romans 5:15 teaches clearly that justification is a free gift.