Dear Brother and Sister:You and I both love our Savior, and because we have been forgiven much, we share a passion to see lost souls saved from Hell. It is the highest honor and greatest duty of the Christian to proclaim the saving Gospel. That has been my passion for thirty years. Because of my profound concern that souls are saved for the glory of God, I have spoken in nearly a thousand churches, not from one particular denomination, but from almost every denomination. I believe this has happened because I believe our churches are filled with false converts because we have moved away from biblical evangelism. The fields are white for the harvest, and those fields are frequently inside of evangelical churches of all denominations. I have never turned down any request to speak because I thought that the churchs doctrine was unbiblical. In fact, they are the invitations I have gladly accepted because I know that false conversions are the fruit of their heretical doctrines. Unsaved people sit in pews in the millions in this country because they have never heard the biblical gospel--and I have to say with Paul, How will they hear without a preacher? What I have been doing for all these years has been below the radar screen of public scrutiny, until recently. Suddenly the spotlights are on and I am targeted (and fired at) as one that is endorsing false doctrine. I am not and have never been a prosperity preacher. I think it is a great error to say that Jesus was rich, etc., or to come to Him for wealth. I preach the simple gospel of Jesus Christ crucified for the sin of the world. That is the heart and soul of my preaching and teaching. May I implore you, dear friend--what would you do? Imagine you were invited to speak at an event or church where false teaching has created false converts. You know that a thousand people will hear a true Gospel presentation from your lips. Would you turn down the invitation? I know that not everyone agrees with me on this issue. Please, consider my ministry, and my heart. I know we can disagree on this issue and still love one another, can't we? And so, I will continue to preach open air to anyone who will listen, to preach at atheist conventions if I am invited, and to preach to those who are deceived by false doctrine. That may mean that my so-called reputation will be marred, and that I will feel the pain of what is commonly called friendly fire. I simply wanted you to understand my heart. Thank you for considering this.By Ray Comfortemail@livingwaters.com
I am not and have never been a prosperity preacher. I think it is a great error to say that Jesus was rich, etc., or to come to Him for wealth. I preach the simple gospel of Jesus Christ crucified for the sin of the world. That is the heart and soul of my preaching and teaching.May I implore you, dear friend--what would you do? Imagine you were invited to speak at an event or church where false teaching has created false converts. You know that a thousand people will hear a true Gospel presentation from your lips. Would you turn down the invitation?
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sermonindex wrote:Amen. What a blessing to hear this dear brothers heart to share the truth. Just like the Apostle Paul admist "false brethren".
Thanks for sharing this letter. I just came from another thread that has links to some articles concerning this. And it just didn't sit well with my spirit to read those articles. It doesn't seem right for these people to publicly declare where this brother should be preaching or not preaching...especially when you read this letter and hear his heart on the matter. I rather wonder what is more damaging, a 'supposed compromise' of brother Ray preaching the truth of the Gospel amidst false prophets, or Christians judging and critiquing his actions...we must be careful, so careful not to slander one another, especially those in the ministry being used of God. I pray that the Lord gives him boldness to proclaim the truth of the Gospel as God gives him opportunity...and may we all stay focused on Christ and being faithful to Him!Actually, it would be good if we would all spend more time praying for one another!!! It's really hard to slander and accuse another Christian while on your knees before our holy God. That is where we need to be for one another, because God is the One most capable of opening our eyes to see whether our actions are right or wrong. ~Joy
I see his point... I would not know what to do if I was in Ray's position. I found the article links this morning. I was shocked to find them, but I know that prayer is the right thing to do in this situation. To pray for Ray and the gospel message going out to the people, even in the church. "Churched" people are the hardest to reach with the Biblical gospel message.
Agreed on prayer. Truth needs to be spoken boldly and few do what Brother Ray does in this facet of ministry. He is wise to keep it simple. Who can argue with the cross, though they try? Or repentence from sin? Or the blood that cleanses? And the Savior who saves us from a very real hell? Satan wants the waters muddied, he wants to call black-white, white-black, and gray-truth. I pray for ears to be opened to the Spirit of Truth that speaks through Brother Ray.
Who would Jesus be preaeching to? Where did Jesus preach?Many blessings for brother Ray. May the Lord continue to use him as He sees fit.
Yep... I'm satisfied. My prayer on the other thread for the Lord to impart wisdom to Ray was answered before I prayed it.I think it wise of him to give a public statement like that because you dont want to appear as tho you're giving credence to false doctrines. And I think his explanation was great and right on target.Krispy