And Such Were Some of You


 

by Mike Ratliff

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. (1 Timothy 1:8-11 ESV)

I met Ray Boltz very briefly in 1988 at a tent revival in Oklahoma. He sang several of his songs and I bought one of his tapes that evening. I was a very new Christian at that time and I really liked the focus of Ray’s songs. When I heard today of his “coming out of the closet” proclaiming that he is living the “homosexual lifestyle” I was saddened. We must learn from this my brethren. First, we must not put other Christians up on pedestals. None of us are perfect. That means we focus on Christ, bearing our hearts to Him for cleansing and healing. We never rely on our will power to resist temptation. Second, when we base the authenticity of our salvation on experience we are treading on very thin ice. Those who rely on that time from their past when they made a ‘decision for Christ’ by walking an aisle or whatever, but have shown little if any movement away from bondage to the flesh are more than likely deceived into relying on religiosity to save them rather than knowing our Lord intimately because He knows them.  Continue reading