Revisions to about six paragraphs — out of 45 — are all that remain before a joint declaration on justification can be accepted by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. Review of the latest draft of the document was the main agenda item at the Sept. 24-Oct. 1 meeting of the LWF Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
When adopted, the declaration will declare that the Reformation-era condemnations of both churches toward each other do not apply to the present churches. A key agreed-upon section states: "Together we confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christ's saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works."
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