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The Accursed Message of The “Way of the Master”
Isn’t that kind of strong? Harsh? My judgment is made on Ray’s doctrine and his teaching from his own videos and blogs and home page. Ray Comfort is perfectly charming and seemingly humble, however, his gospel is still accursed.
I’ve had some people ask about Ray Comfort’s Gospel. Some have shared they have family and friends that are completely sold out to his gospel. They LOVE the Way of the Master program. They swear by it. Some, well, they love to go around calling others ‘false converts’…. (never once asking if they have believed the gospel, which is the ONE condition to be saved).
I intend to answer that. Any sincere comments sans multi-insults, are welcome to be part of this discussion. It can include problems someone else has seen, or even pro’s someone else finds in his method of preaching. Come let’s reason together (but let’s use God’s Word)
I will state right now that I am firmly convinced that his gospel is unfortunately another gospel, as likable or charming as he may be to some. I have to say that I hope that he and Kirk Cameron have become waylaid by this lordship doctrine teaching and at one time believed the only gospel. The ‘turn from all sin’ or ‘repent from all your sin’ message is another gospel. This is a works-based salvation that will not save. This blog is open to questions which I will attempt to answer in this or an upcoming blog. Not sure if I’ll combine it all here or actually start a new one.
Why is ‘repent from all your sin’ incorrect?
My friend Angela noted this regarding this video.
In this video, between time stamps 6:10 to 6:30, Comfort tells an agnostic young man that what he “must do is obey the command of God to repent, turn from your sins, let them go, trust the love of Jesus Christ.”
First of all, there is no “command of God” in the Bible to “turn from your sins” or “let them go regarding salvation.” Why? Because that is not possible. Even after salvation, we continue to sin, although hopefully not nearly as much as we did before being saved.
John wrote to Christians in his first epistle that those who say they have no sin are deceived. Jesus Christ is called our mediator and advocate with the Father. Why? Because we still do sin even though we have been saved.
It is impossible to fully turn from your sins, or to turn from sinning. The gospel has nothing to do with “turning from your sins” to be saved.
The gospel is placing your faith in Jesus Christ alone for what He did for you on the cross: He died for your sin and did what you cannot do for yourself. If we died for our sins, we would end up in hell.
Ray Comfort said nothing about FAITH or placing faith in Christ, as is found in the gospel that Paul preached. This is but one of many videos I have witness Comfort stating this as the gospel to lost people.
Are we to believe that Comfort has turned from his sins and no longer sins? Because, after all, he likes to point out that those who lie, lust, steal, etc. (SIN) go to hell. What Comfort is giving out is a false gospel. He makes some excellent points in getting people to think about God’s existence and sins they have committed, but he short-changes them when it comes to actually telling them HOW to be saved.
Lastly, it is impossible for an unregenerate person to “turn from his (or her) sins” before they are saved. One cannot even fully understand the gravity of their sin until they have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who is given to them when they BELIEVE the gospel (Eph 1:13).
IS TURN FROM ALL OUR SINS THE GOSPEL?
I will provide a short portion of what I have written so far, in order to start the dialogue and hopefully some comments I can address from his followers, or those who are concerned who have seen his ‘gospel’.
The Picture on the left, is Ray Comfort misusing Matthew 7, to identify his ‘false converts’ instead of rightly providing context this passage speaks to, which is ‘false prophets’ and their bad fruit.
Ray Comfort says regarding Matt 7:15-22:
“These are perhaps the most frightening verses in the Bible. Vast multitudes of professing Christians fit into the category spoken of here. They call Jesus ‘Lord,’ but they practice lawlessness. They profess faith in Jesus, but have no regard for the divine law. They tell ‘fibs’ or ‘white’ lies, take things that belong to others, have a roaming eye for the opposite sex, etc. They are liars, thieves, and adulterers at heart, who will be cast from the gates of heaven into the jaws of hell.” END QUOTE
I always wonder when they (the Calvinists and Lordship teachers) speak of these things, do they not consider their own sin? Do they think they are without sin? Is it just having a “regard” for the “divine law” or having enough regard? Or wouldn’t it have to be a perfect regard for the law? Or is it that they don’t ‘practice’ sin? How much sin is ‘practicing’ sin? I’m guessing it must be two since Ray used ‘fibs’ as a plural. How many fibs is acceptable? 1, 2, 5, 10 in a lifetime? This is the trouble with adding to what His Word says. Minds are corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Cor 11:3-4).
Surely the above quote makes it clear, that Ray Comfort thinks anyone who tells more
than one white lie (plural – fibs), or a combination of any of the above sins, is going to hell even if they have professed faith in Christ. This is similar to the teaching of sinless perfection along with a hyper ‘perseverance of the saints’ (and no, that does not equal a Biblical teaching of eternal security).
What is Lawlessness? Those who are not righteous….
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Rom 10:4
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. Rom 10:3
“Merely being sorry for your sins, or confessing them to God won’t help you. You must turn from sin (he says that = repent), and your faith must be in Jesus Christ alone. He is the only “grounds” for God to grant mercy towards you. If you’re not sure of your salvation, make Psalm 51 your own prayer.” 1
If you are of the persuasion that turning from sin is part of something you must do in
order to be saved, you may think it sounds o.k. If you understand that repent = change your mind, then you should look at what repenting means to Ray to understand why his gospel is accursed.
If you would like a better understanding of the Biblical definition of repentance, please consider these two sermons by Pastor Thomas Cucuzza.
Can you STOP sinning?
Go to 4:34 in this video and you will hear him tell this young woman: “You’ve got to repent, turn from your sins, and put your trust in Jesus Christ… You’ve got to trust in him and stop sinning.”
How can she turn from sins (if that were even possible) and stop sinning before she has believed and been regenerated?
If a saved person still sins, how can an unsaved person turn from sinning/stop sinning before their saved?? Their is absolutely zero scripture to back this. Why is Comfort not quoting directly from the scripture? Why is he not quoting the gospel as proclaimed clearly in the Bible? God ‘wrote’ (gave) the Bible, it’s His gospel, His way of saving us.
Why is this man changing God’s gospel? We all need to ask this very important question. God has harsh words for anyone who gives any other gospel but the true gospel, which was preached by Paul to all who will hear and believe.
(Thank you again to my friend Angela for the above).
Let’s look at one of his Calvinist supporters John MacArthur:
By the way, “repentance from sin” is never found once preached with the gospel. Repent is used at times, however, repent does not = repent from sin. Turning from sin is found in the Word as a WORK (Jonah 3:10). Works may be good things, but they may NOT be added to the gospel. (What is repentance?)
Ray Comfort also takes the Calvinist view of repentance. You are ‘gifted’ with the correct repentance in order to be saved. He also takes the Calvinist view on faith being the gift you were given (citing Rom 12:3 spoken to believers, and often they also cite the gift in Eph 2:8-9 is faith not salvation). Even so he denies he is either Calvinist or Arminian. He also says, “Salvation doesn’t come from ‘making a decision’ but through repentance GIVEN by God”.
So maybe you are chosen for heaven, maybe chosen to hell by their understanding of Scripture. I do not agree. And I do not think it is taught in the Bible, although they have their proof texts selectively ordered to teach it.
So as the saying goes, if you are believing for their type of salvation; WAIT FOR IT….
That would be your only hope if what Ray Comfort preaches were true.
Ray Comfort also uses the Calvinist John 6:44 proof-text of no one coming except God draw Him. They leave out the fact that God draws ALL men(John 12:32 among many, many others).
(From the booklet Save Yourself Some Pain.)
Comfort believes repentance is forsaking our sins: (see Screen shot from his 100 FAQ page on livingwaters). “We are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1) and until we forsake them through repentance, we cannot be made alive in Christ.” (Keep in mind he is speaking to a a sinner, one who is ungodly, and without strength (Rom 5), but he insists you forsake your sin, turn from all sin in order to be saved).
if so, why did John leave that out of the gospel of John?
Where is ‘turning from your sins’?
Where is ‘repenting from your sins’?
Where is ‘forsaking your sins’?
Was the beloved disciple lying?
Did he omit something?
Was his purpose statement below incomplete?
And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:30-31
Keep in mind RAY COMFORT’S definition of repent is to TURN FROM ALL SINS.
Comfort: “The forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ is conditional upon ‘repentance towards God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Acts 20:21). It is a gift that God offers to everyone, but individuals must receive it by repenting and trusting in Christ, or they will remain dead in their sins. (This would be true if repentance was defined to mean a change of mind towards God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.)
Also bear in mind by this additional statement below, Ray Comfort must be sinless.
“No one has Biblical grounds to continue in sin, assuming that they are safe just because Jesus died on the cross. See 1 John 3:4-6.” (THE EVIDENCE BIBLE, by Ray Comfort, pg. 1513; 2003, Bridge-Logos Publishers)
ANOTHER INTERVIEW WITH GOD
In the video, “Another Interview with God” (go to the end to see the ‘prayer’). Also, frequently these videos go ‘missing’ so search for it as you see in the youtube search bar. Living Waters will be identified at at the end as the maker of the video. Comfort says: This is what you could pray to get right with God:
“Dear God, I repent (turn away from) of all my sins (name them if they come to mind). (ALL YOUR SINS???) This day I put my trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior because I know You sent Him to save me from your wrath. Please forgive me, and grant me your gift of everlasting life. Change my heart, and make me who You want me to be. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.” 2
At 4:10 Ray Comfort explains the two things you must do to be saved. (He had already asked the guy and he had him so confused, he had initially said he believed). Where is the gospel? Ray says you must:
1) Repent which (according to him) means to Turn from ALL sins
2) Trust alone in Jesus Christ for your salvation 3
FROM NEED GOD – Ray Comfort’s site
Is this what we must do to be saved? Or are these works?
REPENT OF OUR SINS
CONFESS OUR SINS
FORSAKE OUR SINS
MAKE JESUS THE ‘MASTER’ OF OUR LIVES.
Is Jesus not Lord of All? Do we make Jesus MASTER over our lives? Do we have to repent of ALL our sins? Pray Psalm 51? This Psalm is from SAVED King David, this is not a prayer for eternal life, and prayer is not how we are saved, it is by BELIEVING upon Christ and Him crucified. This will be my stopping point for now. No, I have no personal vendetta against Ray Comfort. So those kinds of comments I will not be posting. Please prayerfully consider your questions as foolish arguments will be declined.
In Christ’s love, Holly
See the article by Jim at “Stand for the Faith” Blog.
These are not recommended sites necessarily, most often these are citations straight from the ‘horse’s mouth’ and are so that people can hear/read for themselves what really is being taught. This is only a very small portion of what will be shared.