Elder Neal A. Maxwell observed:
"Church members will live in this wheat-and-tares situation until the Millennium. Some real tares even masquerade as wheat, including the few eager individuals who lecture the rest of us about Church doctrines in which they no longer believe. They criticize the use of Church resources to which they no longer contribute. They condescendingly seek to counsel the Brethren whom they no longer sustain. Confrontive, except of themselves, of course, they leave the Church, but they cannot leave the Church alone. . . Perhaps in their mockings and beneath the stir are repressed doubts of their doubts."
Several rebuttals have been produced demonstrating the weaknesses of the claims in Letter to a CES Director:
Eye of the Beholder, Law of the Harvest: Observations on the Inevitable Consequences of the Different Investigative Approaches of Jeremy Runnells and Jeff Lindsay by Kevin Christensen [Article] [PDF] [MP3]
More Blatant Misrepresentations from Jeremy Runnells by Stephen Smoot
The "Real Scholars" of Jeremy Runnells by Stephen Smoot