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  • Wednesday, September 17, 2008

    Christian Response to Ray Boltz Coming Out of Closet (Ray Boltz' Hope Built on Denial of the "Effects of the Fall")

    “...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.”


    Quote taken from here.

    Ray Boltz, in coming out of the closet,does the following in the above quote:
    1. Denies Scripture when it speaks to God creating all things "good" and when it speaks to the "fall" of man - by falsely assuming that just because he is the way he is now necessarily means God created him that way.
    2. Commits a fallacy of presumption in that (having FALSELY presumed that God made/created him this way) God would not then send him to hell.
    3. Falsely assumes his subjective feelings of reconciliation are valid apart from the objective truth of the gospel (i.e., that Christ died for sins, and that reconciliation on this basis also involves man confessing his sin nature and sinfulness - as opposed to either assigning responsibility (/blame) to God and/or loving one's nature and accepting it as though God accepts it, when he does not).

    I encourage Ray Boltz to reconsider his assumptions in light of Scripture, for the Scriptures teach something different than he is basing his hope on.

    3 comments:

    Brian said...

    Good response. And it needs responding to. Too much of this silliness going on.

    swordbearer said...

    Thanks.

    By the way, I was impressed with a quick view of Apologetics 315!

    jazzycat said...

    The me, me, me theology of the imagination can be quite different from the theology of the Bible!

    With such reasoning, everything could be justified by claiming, "Hey, God made me that way, so it must be O.K."