Evangelist Ray Comfort's Counterfeit Gospel
By David J. Stewart | June 2020
Romans 3:19-20, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
I found this disturbing YouTube video today at Living Waters, of Evangelist Ray Comfort preaching a false gospel at Huntington Beach in Los Angeles, California...
“So man, think about that. this is your eternity, you don't know when you're going to die. You know, God offers you everlasting life as a free gift, if you'll let go of your sins. And we love to fornicate, we love pornography, we love our lust; but like a kid holding onto a stick of dynamite, not realizing that it will be the death of us! So think about that. Think how much you value your eyes, and think about how much you value your life. Jesus said, 'What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul.” —Evangelist Ray Comfort, YouTube video titled: “Ray Comfort Doesn't Share the Gospel with Him...” (video posted on May 31, 2020)
Dear reader, there is absolutely nothing taught in the inspired Holy Bible about “letting go of your sins” to be saved. Sadly, Ray Comfort's stupid poodle (I hate poodles) has a better understanding of the Bible than he does! This is serious theological business! That is why I refute Bob Jones University, Pastor Marty Herron, Evangelist Steve Pettit and Dr. John MacArthur for teaching the same garbage theology, that you must “turn from your sin” to be saved. These heretics are all preaching another gospel, which is accursed by God (Galatians 1:6-9). You don't “turn from your sin” to be saved, you simply trust the finished redemptive work of Christ. Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:15-18; 6:23). Anyone who receives Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sins, believing that He died, was buried, and resurrected three days later from the dead, is saved. That is “THE GOSPEL” (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).
Like nearly all false teachers, Ray Comfort gets it half right! Ray is correct to use the law as a measuring stick by which to show people their sinnership. Romans 3:19-20, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” The purpose of God's law is to give humanity the knowledge that we are guilty sinners. Ray Comfort does that, which is good; however, he goes horribly astray when he requires people to “repent (turn and forsake) of their sins,” which effectively is synonymous with KEEPING THE DEEDS OF THE LAW!!! As we just read in Romans 3:20, by the DEEDS OF THE LAW shall no flesh (no human being) be justified with God.
Ladies and gentleman, the following quote from Ray Comfort is shockingly heretical! It makes me cry seeing these two impressionable college students, being indoctrinated by Ray Comfort with doctrines of devils...
What you have to do is repent and trust in Him. It's very simple, a child can understand it. 'Repentance' is where you confess and forsake your sins. That is, you don't say, 'I'm a Christian,' but you lie and fornicate, and look at pornography; that's playing the hypocrite, just deceiving yourself, so you want to be sincere in your repentance, for it to be genuine; and then you trust in Jesus like you trust a parachute. —Evangelist Ray Comfort, YouTube video titled: “Watch the Gospel Change College Students' Minds!” (video posted on June 12, 2020)
What you just read is of the Devil. Ray Comfort is not saved, not by a long shot! What Ray is errantly teaching is that you have to reform your own life, to ensure that your repentance and faith are genuine. The King James Bible teaches the exact oppossite, that the indwelling Holy Spirit lives in us, and through us. Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” In Ray Comfort's damnable plan of salvation, you are required to change your own life, and continue living a life of repentance (which is really human reformation). That is self-righteousness, not the free grace gift of God. In God's plan of salvation, the Holy Spirit changes you over time, as your mind is renewed by the Word of God daily. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES! (John 5:39).
A YouTube Screen Capture: The Demonic Dynamic Duo!
I love Ray Comfort as a person, God knows my heart. (I still hate poodles...lol. I love cats!) Unfortunately, Mr. Comfort is very wrong that you must forsake your sins to be saved. Literally, Ray says you must live the Christian life to qualify and validate your saving-faith. Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life, without ever being born-again. The world is filled with religious people who worship God in vain, following their own manmade traditions instead of the inspired Word of God (Matthew 15:7-9; Mark 7:6-13). To no surprise, Ray doesn't mention being “born-again,” he just tells these young people in both videos to live a reformed life, and then secondly to trust Jesus. That is another gospel!
According to the Holy Bible, you simply come to God as a needy sinner and place your faith (reliance) in what Christ has done to pay for your sins on the cross. We are saved by God's goodness, and not our own goodness. Ray Comfort falsely says you must forsake your sins or else you cannot be saved. That is a lie of the Devil. Eternal life is a gift. The truth dear friend is that it is impossible for you to turn from your sins. Even the best saint is still a dirty sinner. The Apostle Paul struggled with sin (Romans 7:14-25). James 2:10 says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” Committing even one sin makes you guilty of breaking all of God's Commandments! That is because God is absolutely perfect, holy and righteous! Even one sin disqualifies us from entering into the Kingdom of God. You must be 100% perfect to get to Heaven of your own merit. That is why we need a Savior, because we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Jesus is the perfect, sinless Savior, our blessed sacrificial Lamb who is without spot nor blemish (1st Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 4:14-15).
A Compilation Of Ray Comfort's Damnable Heresy (MP3)
Ray Comfort Has Been Bewitched Like The Galatians
The Devil had successfully crept into the church at Galatia, leading the churchgoers to add doing works to faith. The Apostle Paul was grieved from another city, writing to them in frustration, wonder ing how they had been bewitched by another gospel of partial faith in Christ plus works...
Galatians 3:1-11, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.”
Again and again we read in the preceding Scripture passage that we are saved solely BY FAITH! There is no mention of forsaking sins! What do you think the works of the law are? Turning away from living in adultery, is no different than trying not to commit adultery to get to Heaven. I hope you see that dear friend. These are the DEEDS OF THE LAW! This issue is not about Ray Comfort personally, this is about what he is preaching and propagating worldwide through his popular Living Waters ministry. According to Charity Navigator, Living Waters took in $3,314,483 in 2018, with Ray Comfort as the CEO who paid himself $131,106. Wow! That's not bad for so-called “serving” God. Humbly, I've never made a single penny in my life for serving God. I've never made a penny from over 111,000,000 web visitors since 2002. I do what I do for the same reason that David fought Goliath in the Old Testament. 1st Samuel 17:29, “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?” To God be the glory! I do what I do because I love God and my neighbour (all humanity).
Kindly said, Charity Navigator has given Living Waters their lowest rating possible. That is disgusting! It means Living Waters is secretive where the money is being spent. I wouldn't give them a penny, but to each his own. We all have to give account to God in eternity for every penny we earn, every penny we spend, every penny we give, and every penny we hold back! When we got saved, everything that we own became the Lord's property, including our body (1st Corinthians 6:20). Oh dear friend, salvation is not by WHAT YOU DO, it's by what's HE'S DONE!
I Am Not The “Enemy” For Preaching The Truth
For preaching this blessed sound doctrine, I have been counted as an “enemy” by the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam since 2014. I love and miss them, but so does God! Harvest went off the reservation a long time ago, taking leave of their spiritual senses... “Earth calling Harvest! Come in Harvest. Can you hear me? Earth calling Harvest! Is there anybody left who fears God?” I love youse guys!
Respectfully, I have the emails between myself and Pastor Herron from 2017, in which he refers to me as an “enemy.” Pastor Joe Hanson berated me, calling me and Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) “a cult” for speaking THE TRUTH—the truth that the modern Bible revisions are Devil's Bibles, and the truth that Lordship Salvation is not the Gospel of free grace. For these TRUTHS I have been called into question, just like the Apostle Paul was called into question over the resurrection of the body, and I've been made to suffer for Jesus, having no church family since 2014. There are some caring Christians at Harvest, and I thank God for both of them! I care too much, which is why I am alone without a church family, because I refuse to go along to get along with heresy, apostasy and insanity. Using more than one English Bible revision is insanity!
Dear reader, are you okay with what these people are teaching, that you must “forsake your sins” to be saved. That is what Bob Jones University, Steve Pettit, Marty Herron, Sam Horn, John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, Paul Washer, Billy Graham, Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Roman Catholics, Ravi Zacharias and other heretics are ALL preaching! I encourage you to search my ministry websites for these names and read my articles, exposing them all! Ephesians 4:15b says, “SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE.” Speaking the truth is the most loving thing a person can do for another human being! Please read Galatians 3:1-11 again and again, and you'll clearly see that, “THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH” (verse 11). Paul does not mention “forsaking your sins,” because that is exactly what “THE DEEDS OF THE LAW” means!
Literally, as you just read, Ray Comfort teaches lost sinners that to be saved, they must first forsake the sins of fornication, pornography and lust. That is another gospel! How can that be the free gift and grace of God? Obviously it cannot. Either salvation is by works or by grace, but it cannot be a hybrid of both. Our sixteenth U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), understood this great truth...
“In great contests [battles], each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God—both may be, but one must be, wrong—God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time!” —President Abraham Lincoln
What saith the Scripture? Romans 11:5-6, “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” God rejected Israel, because Israel rejected Him! Israel ceased to be a nation in 586 BC. Ah, but God made a sure way of escape for any Jew who wanted to return to God, simply BY FAITH in Jesus Christ! That is what the Apostle Paul is talking about in Romans 11:1-6. God has not cast away His people, but in so doing has provoked them to jealousy! God wants all Israel, and all the whole as well, to be saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ! Galatians 3:26 and 29, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. ...And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.” I am as much a Jew today in God's sight, as was Abraham himself, the father of the Jewish people!
The Old Testament law was given by God as a measuring stick, by which when compared, men recognized their sinful condition and need for redemption through God's grace (Romans 3:19-20; Galatians 3:25-26). Unfortunately, the law became a religion to many of the unsaved Jews, who instead of trusting the Messiah, attempted to keep the deeds of the law to get to Heaven. They completely failed to grasp the intent and meaning of God's law. Sadly, still today 3,500 years later men are trying to keep the deeds of the law to get to Heaven. They say you must forsake your sins to be saved. It is a false gospel. 1st Corinthians 1:23, “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” The Gospel of Jesus Christ has become a stumbling block to billions of people, because they foolishly think the way to Heaven is by forsaking a sinful lifestyle. It's not by what we have done that saves us, but by trusting what Christ has already done!
We Are Not Saved By Living The Christian Life, But By Being Born-Again
The self-righteous religious Jews errantly thought they could get to Heaven by living a lifestyle of repentance (abstaining from fornication, murder, stealing, bearing false witness, covetousness, et cetera). Ray Comfort preaches that you have to stop committing those sins to qualify to be saved. That is straight out of the pits of Hell. It is no different than what the religious Jews were doing, trying to keep the law to merit Heaven! You cannot save yourself! Ray Comfort is a spiritually corrupt man, demanding human reformation to receive God's free gift, which makes no sense at all. It is a gift!
Please don't miss this folks. Your eternal soul hangs in the balance if you get this wrong! According to Ray Comfort's corrupt thinking, a person who doesn't forsake their sins is a hypocrite, and their repentance and faith are not genuine. So he takes it upon himself to change the Gospel, mandating that people clean up their own lives of sin, to prove that their repentance and faith are genuine. Ray even refers to this as “living a lifestyle that proves the reality of your repentance.” This is another gospel of works, which cannot produce the new birth (regeneration). Ray Comfort heretically says:
“So if the plane goes down, you'd end up in Hell! There are two things you have to do to be saved. Do you remember what they are? I told you what they are—You've got to repent and trust the Savior! ... God's offering you everlasting life upon your repentance and faith in Christ. Who in his right mind wouldn't say, 'Whoa! That's a good offer!' (The curious woman asks what it means to “repent”?)... Have you ever said you're sorry to someone you did something wrong to? That's all repentance is—You've sinned against God; it's a matter of saying, 'God, I'm sorry,' and then LIVING A LIFESTYLE that proves the reality of your repentance. That's what repentance is, it's a continual thing! God, 'I'm sorry, but I'm not going going to lie or steal or blaspheme Your name ever again. It has that attitude! And the second thing—trust in Jesus!” [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Evangelist Ray Comfort, “I've never killed anyone” (MP3 clip from video)
That is unbelievable heresy! Sadly, Dr. Steve Pettit teaches the same junk theology, requiring 2,700 Bob Jones University (BJU) students to live a lifestyle (which he calls “running the race”) to get to Heaven. There is no assurance of salvation with these devils in the pulpit, only fear that you had better forsake your sins, and faithfully serve God throughout your entire life, or you will go to Hell. How is any of that the free gift of God, which is eternal life? Wake up everybody! The gift of eternal life is wrapped in the wonderful package of Jesus! I encourage my web visitors to start free Google blogs. I encourage you to download and re-uploaded YouTube videos that expose false prophets. Better yet, make some of your own videos (I use Corel Visual Studio) and upload them. The truth needs our help! 3rd John 1:8, “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.” What did you do for Jesus your 25,000 days on earth? Well, hmmm, what did you do?
We Must Keep Discipleship Separate From Salvation
We must never combine and confuse discipleship with sonship. To do so causes much confusion in people's minds, leading to depression, uncertainty, fear and a lack of joy knowing that you are 100% saved and on your way to Heaven! I KNOW that I am saved. I got born-again at age 13 in a good old-fashioned Baptist church in Chicago, convicted by the blessed Holy Spirit while hearing solid Bible-preaching! God promises in His inspired Word to save anyone who believes, and I did, and I was saved that glorious day! 1st Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” Do you believe dear friend?
Ray Comfort is a good man, but a lost religious man! He has been woefully deceived by the Devil, mistaking living the Christian life for regeneration! Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Please notice that we as believers are TRANSFORMED by “the renewing of our mind,” to prove what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. This has NOTHING to do with salvation! Paul is writing to the believers at Rome (Romans 1:7), pleading with them to dedicate themselves as a “LIVING SACRIFICE” in service for God.
In sharp contrast, getting saved is simply a matter of BELIEVING the Gospel when you hear it preached. Nothing more is necessary, required nor permitted by God to be saved! Listen to Ray Comfort again and hear his Satanic lies! (I added a clip at the end of Pastor Jack Hyles refuting Lordship Salvation). I am so sick and tired of this Lordship Salvation garbage in churches today. It is our weak human nature to pick up on things we see and hear, without being objective. I am guilty of doing it too! We are very impressionable as human beings, having a dangerous tendency to go along with the things we see and hear, which is why the newsmedia is so powerful and deadly. Brother Lester Roloff (1914-1982) used to say that next to the Word of God, the media is the most powerful force in the universe.
Dear friend, my goal is not to bash Ray Comfort, God knows my heart. I don't care if he makes all the money in the world, I just wish he were preaching the Gospel, instead of a works-based counterfeit plan of salvation that no one can follow. If you watch Ray's Living Waters video on YouTube, you'll see that he never actually wins anyone to the Lord. Instead, he asks them if they'll go home and think about the information he just gave them. The reason why he cannot lead anyone to the Lord, is because you cannot “LIVE A LIFESTYLE” in a moment of time! To no surprise, Ravi Zacharias was trained by Ray Comfort! These men are multi-millionaires, who parasite off of Christianity!
I so much desire in my heart for everyone to see the clarity of the Gospel of free grace (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). You are a needy sinner, and so am I! There is a penalty for our sins, which is to spend eternity burning and suffering in the fires of Hell (Romans 6:23; Revelation 28:1; James 2:10; Revelation 14:11). But God in His unconditional love sent His only begotten Son into the world, to die in our place on the cross (John 3:16-18; 2nd Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died on the cross, was buried and physically resurrected three days later from the dead. Anyone who comes to God as a needy sinner, receiving (relying upon) Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that Jesus was buried and raised up three days later from the dead, is saved. it's that simple! We are guilty SINNERS and Jesus is the precious SAVIOR!!!
The idea that you must forsake fornicating, pornography and lust to receive God's gift of eternal life is heretical. That is another gospel. The truth is that when you get saved, God's Holy Spirit comes to live inside your body and soul (1st Corinthians 3:16-17). The Holy Spirit comforts, guides, teaches, rebukes and empowers us as God's children. 1st Peter 2:2 teaches that a baby believer should wean on the milk of the inspired Word of God, to grow. You wouldn't expect a newborn baby to walk, or dance, let alone run a 26 mile marathon. That is what Ray Comfort is doing, frontloading the Gospel with things that God would only expect of a person who is already saved, and has matured. God does not require that you give up any sins to be saved, nor even be willing to turn from them.
God does expect when you get saved, that you depart from sin, but it is not mandatory to get to Heaven. 2nd Timothy 2:19, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” Jesus KNOWS if you are one of His sheep. John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” As one of His sheep, the Lord expects that you forsake a lifestyle (which is really a deathstyle) of sin. Forsaking sin is not required to be saved, but it is your “REASONABLE SERVICE” (Romans 12:1).
In summary, a child of God SHOULD live for Christ; not MUST (that is works); not WILL (that is Calvinism). Kindly said, if what I am saying offends your religious beliefs and convictions, it is only because you do not understand the Gospel. Ray Comfort is in bed with Ken Ham, both Snakeoil salesmen at their best, conmen! These false prophets are teaching the Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation!!! You have been warned dear reader! There is no blood on my hands. I have diligently warned the Bob Jones' crowd. I have lovingly warned Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. I have faithfully warned millions of people, crying out as A VOICE on the internet. Matthew 24:11, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
Romans 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
1st Kings 18:17, “And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah,
that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”
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