Ray Boltz

Former Contemporary Christian Music singer Ray Boltz–known for his song “Thank You,” as well as “Watch the Lamb,” “The Anchor Holds,” and “I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb”–divorced his wife last year and has now gone public with the news that he is gay. The LGBT newspaper, Washington Blade, has the exclusive profile and the story.

The profile closes with Boltz saying, “This is what it really comes down to,” he says. “If this is the way God made me, then this is the way I’m going to live. It’s not like God made me this way and he’ll send me to hell if I am who he created me to be … I really feel closer to God because I no longer hate myself.”

HT: CT

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  1. amill82

    “Our faith is based upon the principles outlined in the historic creeds: Apostles and Nicene.” http://www.mccchurch.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=About_Us&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=695

    I think what we’re seeing so much of evangelicalism today is a blurring of what it means to be a confessional Christian. Read the doctrinal statement I attached above, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Churches such as the MCC, where Ray Boltz is now attending don’t outright deny all of traditional orthodoxy, but instead they mix in their own error with it. For example, God is the “parent-Creator” instead the eternal Father. They include the idea of universal salvation by saying, “Jesus has demonstrated once and forever that all people are likewise Children of God, being spiritually made in God’s image.” Even more, they completely leave out the idea of sin, and that’s where the true error lies.

    It’s sad to think about growing up hearing these Ray Boltz songs. I remember how much people loved them. I remember how much I loved them. It’s just another reminder to me how important it is to know and believe what the Bible actually teaches about the Gospel.

  2. amill82

    And I should add to that: in another sense, yes, they do deny all of traditional orthodoxy because they deny the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can’t have any of it without the Gospel.

  3. Christie

    None of us will ever be without sin, we’ll continue to sin til the day we day. It’s a constant struggle in the fight against sin. I think its brave of Ray to confess, he had been living a lie. I don’t think he’s going to hell for being gay, since he’s already saved if God wants him to change he’ll change him.

  4. asadawg

    Since Josh has been without power due to the onslaught of Ike, I have taken it upon myself to respond. You speak well, Christie, when you say that there is not one who is righteous (Rom. 3:23; Eph. 2:1; 1John 1:8). And yes, the Christian life is marked by constant struggle against sin. In fact I would say that this is what makes the Christian life so unique – the war against sin and idolatry. Buddhism speaks nothing to the sin problem, Islam prohibits in this life that which it promises in the next (hypocritical to say the least), and paganism outright promotes the practice of sin. Christianity speaks of the hope that believers have in the coming kingdom of God – God is reestablishing His rule over creation through His Son Jesus! Thus we struggle against sin and temptation in this present life. To completely surrender to sin and temptation, as Ray Boltz has, is the mark of an unbeliever. These are the transgressions that bear the withered fruit.

    I agree with you Christie, when you say that Ray Boltz had been living a lie. He had not been honest and confessed his temptations to those who could have uplifted him in fellowship, prayer, and aid in the fight. Take for example the pastor who is addicted to online pornography. If he is not honest about this struggle and receives help from a brother, he will eventually succumb to this struggle. Like Ray Boltz he will say, “This is the way God made me.” But at that point our culture is not as quick to forgive a pervert as they are to embrace a gay man. He is an unbeliever as well, but this unbeliever won’t get special treatment from the news media.

    I hope this helps.

    -Asa

  5. shawnbarr

    What a sad situation with Boltz. I do hope the Christian world will pray for him and also exhort him. Remember that we are called to exhort one another when we see a brother in sin. Here’s a fictional conversation between Ray Boltz and Jesus…

    http://shawnbarr.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/ray-boltz-talks-to-jesus/

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