Audacity or Mendacity?
by Rick Brentlinger
Does Audacity reveal Ray Comfort's Mendacity?
I am thankful for Ray Comfort, his love for the Lord and his desire to witness. I respect him as my brother in Christ so this critique is not intended to hurt Ray or street witnessing and winning the lost to saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Ray Comfort's Audacity movie
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My purpose is to admonish Ray Comfort and the Living Waters ministry to preach the biblical gospel and to stop adding to the gospel, what Jesus never added to the gospel. Witnessing and winning lost souls to Christ is a matter of life and death yet we must bear witness to the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ
without adding false teaching to the gospel.
The premise of Audacity is that being gay leads to spiritual death because if you're gay, you're not saved and you're headed for hell.
At the end of Audacity, E.Z., Ray Comfort's son in law, who played one of the cops in the movie, says: "It's been our aim to convey biblical truth with love, humility and compassion." Does the Audacity movie convey biblical truth about repentance and the glorious gospel of Christ?
Three troubling thingsI. Ray Comfort's false gospel adds a "turn from all your sin" clause never found in the Bible.
about the Audacity movie
Turn from all your sin is never part of the glorious gospel of Christ so why does Ray make it an integral part of his street witnessing? The turn from all sin gospel is not good news. It is a false gospel, Galatians 1:6-9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-9.
Adding his own opinion to the gospel and telling gays they must turn from all their sin to get saved is a major distortion of the gospel and an impossible demand to place upon any lost sinner, a demand which Jesus never puts upon lost sinners, Matthew 11:28-30.
Rays says: "Well no, you gotta repent, turn from all sin. No lying, stealing, adultery, fornication, homosexuality; gotta turn from all sin."
No one gets saved by turning from all sin. Why does Ray Comfort add "turn from all sins" to the gospel when Jesus never added that to the gospel? Repentance
in the Bible never means, turn from all your sins and no soul winner in the Bible ever says, Turn from all your sin. Why are some unwise Christians defending
the "turn from all your sins" gospel?
YOU haven't turned
from ALL your sins!
The truth is, for two thousand years, no Christian anywhere, including Ray Comfort, has ever turned from all his sin, at salvation or after salvation. Turning from all your sins has never been part of the biblical gospel. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
- 1 John 1:8. By adding "turn from all sin" to the gospel, Ray Comfort makes an impossible demand that no one can fulfill. Ray is deceiving himself and the gays and lesbians to whom he witnesses.
Repentance means to change your mind - it does not mean to turn from all your sins. When dealing with salvation, repentance means to change your mind about your basic goodness so that you stop trusting your own righteousness and instead, trust the perfect righteousness of Christ alone to save you, Romans 10:4.
Why "turn from all sin" 1. Ray's "turn from all your sins" gospel is NEVER found in the Bible.
is a false gospel
That fact ought to be enough to convince us, never to make "turn from all sin" part of God's plan of salvation in our witnessing. The basis of salvation is Christ's finished work on the cross and the justification by grace alone through faith alone, Romans 3:24, which Jesus won for us when He suffered the wrath of God as our substitute, thus satisfying God's justice and appeasing God's wrath, Romans 1:18, 3:28, 1 John 2:2, Romans 10:9-10.2. It is perfectly scriptural to preach repentance but perversely unscriptural to imply that repentance means turning from all your sin.
The reason John's Gospel was written is so that people can get saved. John emphasizes the importance of believing,
Gospel of John 3:15-18, 36, 5:24, 20:30-31 yet John the apostle never mentions repentance or turning from all your sin.
Please note: John 8:11 is NOT a proof text for telling anyone to "turn from all sins." "She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."
In this story, Jesus did not share the gospel of the grace of God - the death, burial and resurrection of Christ - with this woman. He did not tell her that repentance means, turn from all your sins, and He did not approve Ray Comfort's false gospel.
"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 3. In Audacity, Peter, the male character, opines that gays who say they are saved are self-deceived because they have not turned from all sin.
"A lot of people make professions of faith in Christ and then they just continue to live however they want to live. It's called self-deception when they do that." 21:01
In his Audacity movie, Ray Comfort snarkily tells us that gays and lesbians who say they got saved are self-deceived. If they cannot stop being gay, if they cannot become heterosexual, according to Ray's opinion, they didn't really turn from all sins so they didn't really get saved. That is a wicked, mean-spirited, ungodly, unbiblical message to preach to lost sinners. II. Ray Comfort's false analogy equates being gay with choosing to be an adulterer and a fornicator.
In Audacity, Ray equates homosexuality, an unchosen, innate, sexual orientation with chosen sins like adultery and fornication. In his movie, Ray makes no distinction between saved and unsaved gays because he believes if you're gay, you are not saved. By equating an unchosen, innate sexual orientation to chosen sinful acts like adultery and fornication, Ray demonstrates a serious lack of understanding.
Why not make a movie about
your own fornicating supporters?
Josh Duggar is a heterosexual supporter of Ray Comfort
and Living Waters and an opponent of gay rights. As a teenager, Josh molested four of his younger sisters and as an adult, is a self-described porn and sex addict
and unfaithful husband who hires prostitutes to sate his lust. Sadly, Josh also helps promote
the anti-gay ministry of Ray Comfort and Living Waters.
Why are gays the focus of the Audacity movie? Why insult us? There are famous adulterers and fornicators among Ray's supporters, about whom Ray could have made his movie. Will we ever see a movie from Ray about the tsunami of sexual sin
among heterosexual Christians in conservative churches?
Probably not. They're too busy going after gays and lesbians, to repent of the sexual sins in their own lives or to preach against the sexual sins in their own churches. III. Ray Comfort's false teaching, which says homosexuality is the exact equivalent of the Greek word, arsenokoitai, in 1 Cor 6:9.
In the Audacity movie, the lead character Peter tells a bold lie: "It is true that the word, homosexuality, wasn't in there (the Bible) because the word hadn't been invented yet. It was coined sometime around 1900 but the original Greek word that was in there, that's the exact equivalent to the modern word of homosexuality
Saying that the Greek word arsenokoitai
is the exact equivalent of our modern word, homosexuality, is an astonishing lie. There is not a shred
of biblical, cultural, doctrinal, historical or linguistic evidence to support Ray's blatant lie. Further, there is not a shred of evidence that anyone in the first century AD understood arsenokoitai
to refer to gays in general or used arsenokoitai to mean homosexual.
1. Lost people do need to repent and believe on Jesus as their Savior from sin, hell and the wrath of God.
2. Ray Comfort needs to change his witnessing method and his gospel tracts and stop printing on those tracts, the false gospel of: turn from all your sins.
3. Watching Ray Comfort's Audacity movie is like taking a road trip with someone who doesn't bathe regularly. It’s not merely bad - it’s unpleasant in a hostile way. What must I do to be saved?
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