Ray Comfort's False View Of True Conversion
by David J. Stewart | October 2019
Evangelist Ray Comfort (born 1949) is one of the world's most beloved preachers. I admit that I like Ray's New Zealand accent, and I agree with his emphasis on the LAW of God to show men their sinnership, and I think he is a very sincere man. However, as a born-again Christian I believe biblically that Ray gets the plan of salvation wrong. That means Mr. Comfort is not a true convert himself.
In 1983 Ray Comfort preached a famous sermon called, “TRUE AND FALSE CONVERSION.” The following are some quotes from Ray's sermon (which you can find and read online)...
...A friend of mine, he once came to me, he said, “Ray, there’s something wrong with my Christian life.” He says, “I’m kind of lacking in the zeal you guys have got.” And I say, “Hey, Richard, have you got love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faith, meekness, and temperance?” He said, “Well, no, I haven’t got eight of those fruits.” There’s only one that he had. And I said, “Well, Richard, by your own confession, I don’t see any grounds for you to call yourself a Christian.” (Page 9 of 12) [emphasis added]
Kindly, Ray Comfort is wrong to associate the “fruit” of the indwelling Holy Spirit with being saved. This type of errant thinking has infiltrated the churches today, which is totally unbiblical. In the preceding situation, Richard may indeed have been unsaved, but his lack of love, joy, peace, goodness and the other fruit of the Spirit are not evidence of it. Forgiveness of sins is a free gift, that does not require evidence to prove you have it. It could be that Richard was a carnal believer. 1st Corinthians 3:1, “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.”
Mr. Comfort continues:
Now he did actually have another fruit of the Spirit at that particular time. He exercised the fruit of self-control, because afterwards he said he wanted to re-arrange my face. But he didn’t. He went home, he examined himself to see if he was in the faith, concluded he wasn’t, repented before Almighty God, and within three months he was such a fruit-bearer our church put him in charge of our coffee bar outreach ministry. That’s why the Bible says examine yourself and see if you’re in the faith. Colossians 4:5 says, “Walk in wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time.” Now I used to think “them that are without, that’s the ungodly. That’s the secular society.” No, a stony ground hearer, a false convert can be within your church, within your youth group, and without the body of Christ. ... (Page 9 of 12) [emphasis added]
There is no mention above of believing the Gospel, only of repenting. That is not the plan of salvation. Ray teaches a false plan of salvation that says if you have faith, but have never repented of your worldliness and sins, you are not saved. So according to Ray Comfort, Richard wasn't saved because he admitted to not having the fruit of the Holy Spirit. But all that means is he either wasn't walking in the Spirit at the time, or else indeed maybe is not saved. We do not know, nor can anybody else know, except God and the individual. Ray is teaching a counterfeit gospel message of partial faith in Christ plus works. He further states...
I mean, we’ve got to start taking Scripture seriously. I do not welcome people into the faith until I see fruit. It doesn’t matter too much nowadays, in one sense, but wait till severe persecution comes. Wait till people have machetes, that Christians are actually preaching the whole counsel of God, and we’re hated for His name’s sake. They’re suffering persecution because they’re living Godly in Christ Jesus. (Page 9 of 12) [emphasis added]
The preceding is totally unbiblical. What saith the Scripture? Acts 2:41, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” Wow! There were 3,000 souls saved in just ONE DAY, on the Day of Pentecost. There was no time to inspect each person for “fruit” as Ray Comfort teaches. The idea that a person cannot be received into the faith until they shew forth fruit is a Satanic teaching. Many unsaved people exhibit goodness, love, joy, peace and can easily imitate the fruit of the Spirit. Most unsaved religious people are comfortable in their deception. In Acts 10:1b-2 we read about “a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.” Cornelius didn't get saved until Acts 10:44 when he believed. Cornelius was an unsaved religious man. Anything that an unsaved person can imitate cannot be used as evidence of salvation. Ray Comfort is wrong to require people to prove their salvation by works first, before he will receive them into the faith. That is not the Bible way. The apostles recognized the 3,000 people who professed faith in Christ on the Day of Pentecost as saved. I do not recommend Ray Comfort's ministry at all, lest you be corrupted by his junk theology.
In this helpful YouTube video titled, “Exposing Little Devil Ray Comfort,” he refers to some of the lyrics from the hymn “Amazing Grace” to support his heresy that we are saved “through faith” and not “by faith.” That is ridiculous! As Christians we don't get our doctrine from hymns or mortal men; but rather, only from the inspired eternal Word of God (2nd Timothy 3:16-17). Ray Comfort is a false prophet! Kindly, Ray very often refers to Charles Spurgeon, William Booth, John Wesley and other men as secondary authorities. Ray Comfort does this because he cannot support his heresies with the Word of God. Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” As you just read, the Bible says we are saved “BY FAITH.” Sometimes the Bible says “THROUGH FAITH” (as in Ephesians 2:8-9). Ray Comfort is teaching a strange doctrine! There is no distinction in the Bible between “through” or “by” concerning faith. We are saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:18-19). In 1st Corinthians 1:21 God promises to “SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE,” whether it be in faith, on faith, over faith, under faith, through faith or by faith. Faith is faith!!!
Ray Comfort teaches strange doctrine not found in the inspired Word of God. In the following recount of an incident, Ray concludes that a church member was not saved because of his hot temper...
You see, the Bible speaks of false brethren twice in Scripture. It speaks of false apostles, false prophets, false teachers, and false conversions. And hardly ever do we hear teaching on them.
I wished a number of years ago I had a video camera when this incident took place. I was going to cross the street, and suddenly I heard “bzzt bzzt,” and I looked down the road. There was this car in the middle of the road and it sounded like there was no muffler on the thing, and the guy was driving like an idiot. So I jumped back off the road onto the sidewalk. I thought I might get run down.
The car went past me, and suddenly the guy saw who it was. He recognized me. The guy who was driving the car was the classic stony ground hearer, a false convert. I’d heard that this guy had already threatened pastors in another assembly, so I had marked him. He saw me, slammed on the anchors of his car, backed up, jumped out, and says, “Hi, Ray.”
Now I wish you could have seen him. He had three Jesus stickers on the front windshield of his car. He had a big cross around his neck hanging in the forest of a hairy chest, shirt undone to his navel, and he was full of Christian clichés, and he wanted to see me for counsel. I was busy that year.
You see, a false convert wants your time. He is a tool of the devil to wear out the saints. Remember, Satan wants to wear down the saints? They are hearers of the Word, and not doers. And what they do is because they lack inwardly depth of root, they have branches and leaves.
Now I believe in Jesus stickers. If someone wants to wear a cross, that’s fine. T-shirts are great. But you will find that false converts, because they lack depth of root, depth within their heart, within the soil of the heart, they have lots of branches and leaves to impress you. I mean, they’ll have a big Bible. (Page 9 of 12)
SOURCE: This message was first preached in 1983. "True and False Conversion" by Evangelist Ray Comfort.
The apostle James address believers (“my beloved brethren”) in the following passage of Scripture, which Ray quotes above. ...
James 1:19-22 and 26, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. ... If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.”
Ray Comfort is wrong to judge someone's salvation on the basis of their works. Certainly he has a right to his opinion, but he does not have a right to corrupt the Gospel to include turning away from sins (which is a work). New believers need to grow in grace (1st Peter 2:2). Ray Comfort ignores carnal and immature believers. In Ray Comfort's theological world, there is no distinction between sonship and discipleship. Carnal Christians are accused of being unsaved. That is heresy. The Bible teaches that there is such a thing as a carnal believer. Romans 7:14, “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.” Beware of Ray Comfort's counterfeit plan of salvation. True salvation is a gift. Romans 3:24 says that we are “JUSTIFIED FREELY.”
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