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. 

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV)

Here is the same passage from the KJV.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)

Compare these two passages. This list of sins is not exhaustive. However, it does represent the major types of moral sin that characterize the unsaved. Paul is telling us that those whose pattern of life includes one or more of these behaviors are proving that they are not amongst those who will inherit the Kingdom of God. What does it mean to inherit the Kingdom of God? The Kingdom is the spiritual sphere of salvation where God rules as king over all who belong to Him by faith. All genuine believers are in this Kingdom, however, they are waiting to enter into the full inheritance of it in the age to come. According to Paul, and the Holy Spirit who inspired him to write this, those who are characterized by these sins as the pattern of their lives are not saved. 

On the other hand, genuine believers can and do commit these sins. However, these sins do not characterize them as an unbroken life pattern.  Those who are marked by these sins in that unbroken pattern are not part of God’s Kingdom. Genuine believers resent their sin and seek to gain victory over it by putting it to death. 

The word “unrighteous” in this passage is the Greek word “ἄδικος” or “adikos.” It is used to describe those falling short of the righteousness required by divine laws. It is also used to describe those who have not received the imputed righteousness of faith. Paul exhorts us to not be deceived about these ἄδικος.” The Greek word translated as “deceived” here is “πλανάω” or “planaō.” It means to be lead astray. In this context Paul is saying, “do not be ‘lead astray’ by those seeking to to proclaim that the “ἄδικος” are in the kingdom even though they practice lawlessness. “ Then Paul lists these major sins that mark those who do not possess the righteousness of God. 

The Greek word translated as ‘sexual immoral’ or ‘fornicators’ is “πόρνος” or “pornos.” This is the root of the word from which we get our English word ‘pornography.’ It refers to male prostitutes or libertines. The Greek word translated as ‘idolators’ is “εἰδωλολάτρης” or “eidōlolatrēs.” It literally refers to one who is a servant of an image. Think of people who idolize money or possessions or position or fame, et cetera. The Greek word translated as ‘adulterers’ is “μοιχός” or “moichos.” This word refers to a male illicit lover or paramour. Figuratively, it refers to apostates.  

The KJV refers to two groups of men next, the ‘effeminate’ and the ‘abusers of themselves with mankind.’ The ESV grouped these together into ‘men who practice homosexuality.’ The word ‘effeminate’ is the Greek word “μαλακός” or “malakos.” This is translated as ‘catamite’ in the Geneva Bible. In the Greek it refers to one who is soft or effeminate. The word ‘catamite’ refers to a boy kept by a pederast.  The Greek word translated as ‘abusers of themselves with mankind’ is “ἀρσενοκοίτης” or “arsenokoitēs.” This word refers to ‘sodomites’ or ‘homosexuals.’ 

Instead of continuing with the rest of this list let us jump down to what Paul says to the Corinthians about these sins. What does he say? He said, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” This is the key my brethren. Though not all Christians are guilty of all these sins, every one of us is equally an ex-sinner. Whom did Christ come to save? He came to save sinners (Matthew 9:13; Romans 5:20). There is not one sin on these lists that is unforgivable. Paul was writing to the Corinthian Church and here he states that those in it used to have these patterns of sinful living and that some were falling back into those patterns. Paul’s warning here is that if they did completely fall back into their former lifestyles that it would prove that they had never been saved (2 Corinthians 5:17). Never forget that the number one mark of a genuine Christian is perseverance. 

I read today that Ray Boltz struggled for many years with his homosexuality and has finally given up and is now declaring that God made him this way so he was not going to try to repent anymore. However, Paul says in this passage that those who were formerly practicing the most immoral lifestyles before hearing the Gospel were washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God. Being washed refers to the new life, through spiritual cleansing and regeneration (John 3:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17;Ephesians 2:10; Titus 3:5). Sanctification refers to new behavior. Regeneration always produces  a transformed life. The new believer’s chains of total domination by sin are broken. They are not perfect, but they are now on the narrow way unto God, a new way of living (Romans 6:17,18,22). Justification refers to the new believer’s standing before God. He or she is now clothed in Christ’s righteousness. Through His death on the cross, the believer’s sins were imputed to His account while His righteousness was imputed to theirs (Romans 3:26;4:22-25;2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:8,9; 1 Peter 3:18). The Holy Spirit is the agent of the believer’s transformation (John 3:3-5). 

I would like to leave you with a contrast. My wife and I really like to listen to Christian music artist Dennis Jernigan. He went the opposite direction of Ray Boltz. He was homosexual. He attended a Christian university receiving a degree in music. However, God saved and transformed him. Here is one account of this. In any case, the saving grace of God is supernatural. It not only washes us clean in His eyes, it changes us. Let us pray for God to draw Ray Boltz unto Himself for salvation and cleansing. 

Soli Deo Gloria!

20 thoughts on “And Such Were Some of You

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  2. Sad and shocked is what we were when we read about Ray. He needs prayer. God did not make him gay. Why do they always blame God? Ray says ‘he doesn’t hate himself anymore’. Brother, he should be hating his lifestyle but obviously he doesn’t! Its getting worse and worse out there in this messed up world and I think we all better be looking up. The wicked are going to keep getting more wicked and the righteous more righteous. Gay ‘churches’, gay clergy, and gay marraige, gay t.v. shows. Hate crimes, and all the rest. Personally I am SO ready for Jesus to come and get us. Stand firm with everything in you, stay close to the Lord in prayer and His Word.

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  3. I was deeply saddened to hear about Ray Boltz. I wish there were someone who could talk some sense to him.

    The problem is that we have “leaders” that support this lifestyle now. They call it “Christian gays.” What an oxymoron if I ever heard one. You have others that are subtly seeing this sin as genetic or God created! Then you have “churches” that cater completely to this lifestyle.

    This is what happens when you have pastors that refuse to call sin , sin. They don’t want to offend anyone!

    I was told by the pastors at my church that dealing with the subject of inmodest dress (which is rampant at my church) from the pulpit is a sensitive issue and that they did not wish to offend anyone. Therein lies the problem. We have cowards in the pulpits who refuse to preach the whole counsel of God!

    The seeker friendly Gospel has desensitized sin, therefore many feel free to be who they want to be, because we have so called “freedom in Christ.”

    We need men of God in these last days who will preach the truth even if it offends!

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  4. Very sad indeed. It should show us that the devil does not relent, even in our twilight years. George Mueller slipped back into drinking even after a life of service to Christ. I believe that Ray became weary and gave up. I cannot imagine having to battle same sex attraction, but all of us are born with a full aray of sinful tendencies.

    We can and should pray for restoration in a spirit of humility, and we must have the wisdom that does not condone that lifestyle while still reaching out with God’s offer of redemption. Many in the gay community will be watching as to how we deal with this man, and the challenge will be to speak correction from a platform of love.

    Whom God loves He also corrects. I pray God will do what is necessary to bring Ray back to fellowship all to the glory of Christ.

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  5. I am painfully aware of the mindset of Ray Boltz. The so-called “knowledge” and “the advanced sciences” that we proudly boast about that we have today are the very deceptive means by which Mr. Boltz has apparently fallen prey too. I am trained in the “sciences and knowledge” that have deceived this beguiled man. Fortunately, I have a more perfect “true knowledge” and the sciences that are supported and defined by GOD’S Holy scriptures. Otherwise, I would be in the same fallen state (lost) as this man is in. EVERYTHING AND I MEAN EVERYTHING must be filtered and supported by the absolutely pure scriptural words of GOD or you and I will be deceived as this man has obviously become. JESUS CHRIST and HIS Apostles warned all of us to “not be deceived”. The doctrine of “Eternal Security” is only as secure as YOU allow it (GODS WORDS) to be made manifest in your life. This is so evident in Ray Boltz’s testimony and so-called “life” that tenuiously hangs between the eternal life and the eternal dying that all of mankind will face. The deceptive days that we live in are becoming more so for every second that Christ allows our faiths to be tested. Will Jesus Christ find you faithful to your end? All of us are potentially able to be self-deceived just as Ray Boltz is at this time. May God have mercy that leads to repentance for Ray Boltz.

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  6. Gary, Yes, amen. We are all being attacked at this very moment by the forces of darkness and deception awaits all who “entertain” what is forbidden. You are right. We are being tested. Let us all examine ourselves and pray that God will grant Ray repentance.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  7. I speak from experience in saying I have placed who I thought were great Christians on pedestals, only to see them fall later. In doing this, it has made me examine myself more and more as Paul tells us to in 2 Cor. 13. God’s grace is glorious and precious. We should continually give Him praise for it, and pray for Ray Boltz that God through His grace would bring him away from this “lifestyle”. Soli Deo Gloria!!!

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  9. “Never forget that the number one mark of a genuine Christian is perseverance”. So true and God is a good Father and if we get off the narrow way, He will come after us with the discipline of a loving Father. He loves His children too much to let them live in a lifestyle of habitual sin and He is not going to allow His reputation to be dragged through the mud. While our justification through the blood of Christ frees us from the penalty of sin, regeneration frees us from the power of sin. If there is no power over sin in a Christian’s life, then he is probably not a Christian.

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  10. Well said, Mike. When God saves an individual, they are forever changed, and the old life of sin is no more. They cannot continue in what they know to be wrong. Being enslaved to righteousness, they are no longer subject to sin.

    It is truly sad to hear about this man. I pray that the Lord would bring Ray Boltz into repentance and faith.

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  11. Mike, Talk about a delusion sent to believe a lie. How more delusional can one get to believe there are gay clergy who preach God loves them and won’t send them to hell for being sodimites. I can’t think of a stronger delusion to be sent. And they believe it?? Wow.

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  12. I was deeply saddened by hearing of Ray Boltz’s situation as it directly parallels mine.

    Jesus Christ called me out of homosexuality twenty-seven years ago; and, as my sexual desires and temptations have never changed, by the grace and and power and providence of God, I have remained celibate since that time.

    Four years after becoming a Christian, I felt led to reveal my homosexual past to my pastor and another counselor. Unfortunately, and contrary to Scripture, I was counseled to never speak of my past or these desires again. Then, for twenty-four years, I walked isolated in the shadows of the church. I feared I would be condemned by other Christians if I told anyone. I lived daily in self condemnation of hypocrisy.

    Early last year, I felt compelled to reveal my past and ongoing struggle with elders of my church with whom I had been in a home fellowship for nine years. Over the next eight months, not one elder privately asked to pray for me. None asked about my testimony of how I came to be and live in Christ Jesus. None expressed empathy over my anguish of soul. I needed others to pray for me and share my burden. I needed a shepherd for my soul. Quiet and reflective by temperament, I could not demand their attention and sought fellowship elsewhere.

    We as celibate Christians, who struggle with homosexuality, have great difficulty integrating into orthodox evangelical churches. Trouble is the evangelical church in America has great difficulty ministering to those conflicted and deeply wounded by homosexuality. I have read many, many testimonies of men who have tried to speak of their struggles with pastors and other believers only to be, overtly or subtly, rejected or referred away from the church for reparational psychotherapy.

    I pray Ray Boltz will, like the prodigal, come to his right mind and again begin to walk in the holiness and obedience to which Jesus Christ has called him.

    Richard

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