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September 15, 2008

Ray Boltz Is Gay

Filed under: Christianity, Prayer Requests — Tags: , , — jodygambrell @ 7:37 pm

Ray Boltz Comes Out

When I think of cheesy Contemporary Christian Music artists of the ’90s, Ray Boltz’s name sits near the top of my list.  Some of Boltz’s hits include, “Thank You”, “The Anchor Holds”, and “I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb”.  I can still picture his beautiful mullet blowing in the wind in everyone of his music videos.  I want to say that I saw him perform live at some event but I can’t remember where or when.

What disturbs me about this news, is not so much that he admits his homosexuality (we all our sinners), but that he seems to have accepted this lifestyle as acceptable in the eyes of God.  He is quoted in the article above saying that he doesn’t want to get into debates about Scripture.  He has found a church group of people who take the Bible and highlight what they like, and throw away the rest.  

I’m in no position to judge Ray Boltz.  This news makes me realize, yet again, that there are so many warped views of the truth that is found in God’s Word.  

 

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11 Comments »

  1. I agree that we all sin–even once we are followers of Jesus. I also agree with the comment that it is not my place to judge him. However, when, as believers, we decide to “not go into scripture” when it comes our sin then we might as well throw away the Word of God and just live however we choose. In that same vein, if we are all supposed to live according to “how God created us” then does that mean whatever our natural inclinations are is just fine? Where is the line drawn? The Apostle Paul had much to say about the war between the flesh and the spirit. To me the saddest thing about this is that so many people who are struggling with this very same situation will use this as a license to throw scripture and accountability out the window and to justify a lifestyle that is contrary to scripture. I think that Ray needs to review the scripture about how serious it is if we, as believers, lead others astray.

    Comment by Julie — September 15, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

  2. I always figured Ray was better than the cheesy songs he sang. Now I know I was right.

    Good for you, Ray. The truth has set you free!

    Comment by KathleenM — September 15, 2008 @ 11:32 pm

  3. Oh, come on, Kathleen! The truth has set him free?? You have got to be kidding! Jesus, the one who said, “I am the Truth” is the only way to freedom. Giving in to Satan has never set anyone free. We may feel free for a moment and the pleasure may seem surreal, but then the living with ourselves becomes the issue. To you his songs may have seemed cheesy as you look back in your life, but I have been to many events when his songs were performed and people were saved. It makes me sick to think that Ray is “living” the gay life now in Ft. Lauderdale where no one knows him and he loves it. Maybe he has forgotten scripture. “The eyes of the Lord roam to and fro over the face of the earth.” And to congratulate someone in their sin by saying, “Good for you” is an insult to Jesus’ death on the cross.

    Comment by Emily — September 16, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  4. We all need to be praying for him at this moment, It is sad when you have known Jesus as your Savior, then turn and serve the world. But the God I am serving is a forgiving God and I know he will forgive each of us of our sin’s for we all have sinned at some point in our lives, So lets all remember him in our prayers…Because PRAYER CHANGES THINGS….

    Comment by Tee — September 19, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

  5. What a sad situation with Boltz. I do hope the Christian world will pray for him and also exhort him. Remember that we are called to exhort one another when we see a brother in sin. Here’s a fictional conversation between Ray Boltz and Jesus…

    http://shawnbarr.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/ray-boltz-talks-to-jesus/

    Comment by shawnbarr — September 26, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

  6. come on kathleen,what are u? a satanist?do you know that the truth is as u seem to quote from the bible?if you dont better shut up.will be praying for you ray.also struggled with some sexual sins and God brought me out.i know he can.prayed for you this morning ray.God hasnt giving up on you.

    Comment by chris — September 27, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

  7. The failure of a church to discipline its members is perhaps the most visible failure of the church. The contemporary church sees itself as a voluntary association of autonomous members that is no longer concerned with maintaining purity of confession or lifestyle, There is a minimal moral accountability to God, much less to each other.
    This abandonment of church discipline is linked to the church’s creeping accommodation to social culture.
    John Leadley Dagg, the author of a well-known and influential church manual of the nineteenth century, noted, “It has been remarked, that when discipline leaves a church, Christ goes with it.”
    You cannot judge Ray’s heart but you can judge his actions. He has ascribed to be a believer and therefore ascribes to the authority of Christ. We have a responsibility to confront our brothers in Christ. The church is to exercise discipline as an integral part of its moral and theological responsibility.

    Comment by Steven S — October 17, 2008 @ 10:08 am

  8. Ray Boltz is doing what God wants him to do and that is to be true to himself, to the gift that God has created within him. Our orientation is a gift from God. When we live the Gospel within the context of our orientation then we are living the way God has created us to live. Too many Christians use some of Paul’s words (the “clobber passages” used against gay people) in order to condemn a portion of God’s children they do not understand. They use these scriptures out of context and completely misinterpret several of them. Besides this Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. Even Paul’s few words on what many interpret as homosexuality are debatable as to what he meant almost 2,000 years ago in a time vastly different from our own. I also sometimes think that due to Christians placing far too much influence on Paul that they begin to put Paul on a pedestal as some sort of Idol and do not balance the scriptures as a whole. We know what the scriptures (including Paul himself) tell us about Idolatry. You might think about that a little bit. The Bible does not condemn homosexuality the Savior condemns hatred, selfishness, greed the real sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Medieval interpretations (the creeds of men that use homosexuals as scapegoats for their own sins) are the traditions of the fathers that have been riveted on the hearts of Christians for far too many generations. Christians are beginning to cast off these false homophobic traditions and seriously question their pastors and religious leaders. This is yet another change that will sweep over the Churches prior to the 2nd Coming.

    Ezekiel 16:49-50
    Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

    Comment by Benjamin — December 12, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

  9. One other important thing. Go to this website and listen to Ray Boltz new incredibly inspired and beautiful single.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBQyJTXiOYs

    Comment by Benjamin — December 12, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

  10. There are some people who say they “struggled with same sex sin” and that they were healed. Obviously I cannot question their sincerity or their personal experience, however, there are many more Christian people who have gone through decades of trying to change and have not been able to; yet when they have embraced themselves, their orientation, it is a spiritual awakening for them and they flourish with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The experience of some does not negate the experience of the many who have embraced themselves for who they are as Gay Christians.

    Comment by Benjamin — December 12, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  11. I appreciate your comments Benjamin, however, I disagree with you on so many levels.
    Before you label me a homophobic bigot, I want you to know that I have several friends who are homosexual. I also have friends who are liars, alcoholics, and many who struggle with all sorts of sexual sin and perversion. I acknowledge that I too am a sinner. I struggle with temptations of my own on a daily basis. I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). You spoke of Paul and the “clobber passages”. This is a blatant effort to subvert the authority of Scripture and replace biblical authority with the false authority of modern secular ideologies. I sometimes feel that Paul’s writings are “clobbering” me too but the difference is how I choose to respond. Paul should not have to apologize to anyone for writing the truth inspired by the Holy Spirit.
    True, I do not understand homosexuality. But I do understand sinful desires or struggles in my own life and I don’t try to take passages out of the Bible and use them to justify my sinful nature. Leviticus 18:22 speaks of male homosexuality as an “abomination”. Romans 1:22-27 says:
    “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason, God gave them over to degrading passions; for the women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”
    Romans 1 makes absolutely clear that homosexuality is fundamentally an act of unbelief. I’ll spare you other Scriptures but the point is this. The Bible is clear that homosexuality is a grievous sin against God and is a direct rejection of God’s intention and command in creation. All sin is a matter of eternal consequence, and the only hope for any sinner is the redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ, who on the cross paid the price for our sin.
    I have compassion for you just like I do for all sinners. My concern in writing this in form of a blog comment is that you can’t determine my tone. My desire is that all sinners, myself included, turn from their sinful ways and accept the forgiveness and grace of Jesus Christ. I can only pray that Christians do not, as you mentioned, question the TRUTH (not false homophobic traditions) of the word of God. The Church needs to speak the truth in love and not worry about being “politically-correct”. The Bible reveals a true message we must convey. To lie is never compassionate.
    Benjamin, I respect your opinion and comments but I challenge you to search yourself and the Bible and pray that God will reveal to you the truth through His Holy Word.
    God Bless you man.

    Comment by jodygambrell — December 17, 2008 @ 11:37 am


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