The Damnable Heresy of Ray Comfort

By David J. Stewart

"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." —Romans 4:5

       It hurts me to write this article, because I like Ray Comfort. I believe Mr. Comfort is a sincere man, but sincerely wrong. Unfortunately, as is the case with John MacArthur and so many other heretical Bible teachers today, Ray Comfort teaches a false gospel. The great deception is that 95% of everything they say is good wholesome Bible. Ray Comfort is an eloquent speaker, and he is certainly correct on the issue of God's Law, i.e., a person cannot be saved without realizing their GUILTY condition and condemnation under the Law of God. 

HOWEVER, the big problem with Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron is that they teach the damnable heresy of LORDSHIP SALVATION. Like all Lordship Salvationists, Ray Comfort errantly teaches that salvation by faith ALONE in Jesus Christ is not enough to save someone. That is a false gospel. According to Ray Comfort, a person MUST also cease from their sinful lifestyle and give up worldly living to be saved. Thus, eternal life ceases to be a gift in Ray Comfort's gospel, which has now been turned into a reward. It is much more than a matter of mere semantics. The Bible teaches one gospel, not two.

Ray Comfort is an extremely popular evangelist, with his ministries THE WAY OF THE MASTER and LIVING WATERS. Unfortunately, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron teach the heresy of Lordship Salvation...

“Merely being sorry for your sins, or confessing them to God won't help you. You must turn from sin (repent).”

SOURCE: LIVING WATERS ministry, SAVE YOURSELF SOME PAIN

Heresy! This is a backwards gospel, where a sinner must reform as a prerequisite to qualify for salvation. In this false gospel, the burden of changing is placed upon the sinner instead of upon the Lord. It is indeed salvation by self-righteous works. The gospel is a big deal and worth fighting over. Ray Comfort leads sinners to believe that God will not save them unless they are willing to stop sinning; but the Bible disagrees with Mr. Comfort.

In Biblical salvation, you come to Christ by faith to be forgiven of your sins, and then God works on your heart to change as you grow in the milk of the Word (1st Peter 2:2). God chastises His children who continue in sin (Hebrews 12:6-8), but all believers sin (Romans 7:14-25). Ray Comfort says that lustful and thieving believers never got saved (as seen in the following quote).

On page 1197 of THE EVIDENCE BIBLE, Ray Comfort comments on Matthew 7:22,23...

"These are perhaps the most frightening verses in the Bible. Vast multitudes of professing Christians fit into the category spoken of here. They call Jesus 'Lord,' but they practice lawlessness. They profess faith in Jesus, but have no regard for the divine law. They tell 'fibs' or 'white' lies, take things that belong to others, have a roaming eye for the opposite sex, etc. They are liars, thieves, and adulterers at heart, who will be cast from the gates of heaven into the jaws of hell."

SOURCE: THE EVIDENCE BIBLE, by Ray Comfort, pg. 1197; 2003, Bridge-Logos Publishers, Orlando, Florida

In sharp contrast, read what Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980) has to say Scripturally about worldly believers.

That is self-righteousness! Clearly, Ray Comfort believes that some personal effort to depart from sin is necessary to be saved by God. This is self-righteousness; and not the salvation of the Bible which is received freely by faith in Christ. Revelation 22:17 states: "Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Romans 4:5 plainly states that one's faith in Christ makes that person righteous in the eyes of God.  Adding even the slightest work of self-righteousness to the Gospel corrupts it into a false way, a false plan, a road to damnation.

Sadly, Mr. Comfort and his sidekick, Kirk Cameron, are doctrinally corrupted and confused; likely because they are followers of heretic John MacArthur (evidenced by Kirk Cameron promoting the John MacArthur Study Bible on his website). They are WRONG to teach that repentance unto salvation means ceasing from sin. They are also wrong to teach that repentance is a completely separate act from believing upon the Lord to be saved. These are 2 deadly heresies concerning salvation. THE TRUTH is that you simply turn to the Lord by faith to be forgiven of your sins and you are saved immediately, completely and eternally. It's that simple. We are the SINNER and Jesus is the SAVIOR!
 

Ray Comfort Corrupts Matthew 7:22,23

"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." —Matthew 7:22,23

On page 1197 of THE EVIDENCE BIBLE, Ray Comfort comments on Matthew 7:22,23...

"These are perhaps the most frightening verses in the Bible. Vast multitudes of professing Christians fit into the category spoken of here. They call Jesus 'Lord,' but they practice lawlessness. They profess faith in Jesus, but have no regard for the divine law. They tell 'fibs' or 'white' lies, take things that belong to others, have a roaming eye for the opposite sex, etc. They are liars, thieves, and adulterers at heart, who will be cast from the gates of heaven into the jaws of hell."

SOURCE: THE EVIDENCE BIBLE, by Ray Comfort, pg. 1197; 2003, Bridge-Logos Publishers, Orlando, Florida

Ladies and gentleman, Ray Comfort is teaching works salvation! According to what we just read by Ray Comfort, every believer who is still living in deliberate sin won't be allowed into Heaven. Mr. Comfort is teaching that you cannot get to Heaven unless you try really hard to stop sinning.

The correct interpretation of Matthew 7:22,23 must include verse 21...

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

What is “the will of the Father”? The answer is found in John 6:40...

“And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

The group in Matthew 7:21-23 were unsaved because they refused to do God's will concerning salvation. They were self-righteous religious people. Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

It wasn't because they still had personal sins in their life in Matthew 7:22-23 that God rejected them. It was because they had churchianity without Christianity. Every believer still has sin in their life! We all sin every day. That's not to say that we have God's approval to sin, God forbid (Romans 3:31). It just means that even the best of Christians are still sinners. Ray Comfort wrestles the Scriptures to his own destruction (2nd Peter 3:16).

The reason why the religious people in Matthew 7:21-23 were not allowed into Heaven was because they had failed to do the will of God the Father; by believing on Jesus Christ, the Son of God (John 6:40). They died in their sins, in their own self-righteousness (Ephesians 2:8-9). They ran around saying “Lord, Lord” like the unsaved Lordship Salvationists, perverting the gift of God into a lie.

Again, the reason why the religious people in Matthew 7:21-23 weren't saved is because they REFUSED to obey God's will concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It had nothing to do with personal sins that were still in their lives. Ray Comfort is a dangerous Bible teacher, who believes that he is saved because he tries really hard not to sin, in addition to whatever faith he has in Christ. The big problem with his warped theology is that you're not really trusting Christ if you're also trying really hard to stop sinning as part of your salvation. That is self-righteousness my friend; a false Gospel.

The whole reason why Jesus came into this world was to SAVE SINNERS. Romans 4:5 teaches that Jesus justifies THE UNGODLY by faith alone... to him that WORKETH NOT. There's no way that anyone could please God by trying to stop committing sin (Isaiah 64:6). Ray Comfort totally perverts the gift of God by teaching that a person must try really hard to stop sinning to be saved. This is the garbage that John MacArthur teaches. Comfort, Cameron and MacArthur all misquote great preachers of the past, like Charles Spurgeon, as a secondary authority to support their heresies (because they can't use the Bible to supports their claims). But they'll never show you this quote from Charles Spurgeon! ...

“You must not expect that you will be perfect in 'repentance' before you are saved. No Christian can be perfect. 'Repentance' is a grace. Some people preach it as a condition of salvation. Condition of nonsense! There are no conditions of salvation. God gives the salvation himself...

— Charles Spurgeon

SOURCE: http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0044.htm (Charles Spurgeon, from a sermon titled, REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE, preached at the New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, on September 23, 1855)

Why doesn't MacArthur, Comfort and Cameron quote that? Salvation is not something that you do to get; it's a gift that you receive to have (John 1:12). Salvation is a matter of God keeping His PROMISE...

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
 

What About Charles Spurgeon?

As with other false prophets, Ray Comfort leans heavily upon the quotes of historically great men to support his unbiblical position. THE EVIDENCE BIBLE quotes Spurgeon often. Unfortunately, Ray Comfort (as does John MacArthur) horribly take Charles Spurgeon's words out of context, and claim that Spurgeon taught Lordship Salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth, as this quote by Spurgeon himself plainly reveals...

"You must not expect that you will be perfect in "repentance" before you are saved. No Christian can be perfect. "Repentance" is a grace. Some people preach it as a condition of salvation. Condition of nonsense! There are no conditions of salvation. God gives the salvation himself..."

— Charles Spurgeon

SOURCE: http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0044.htm (from a sermon preached at the New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, on September 23, 1855)

Why doesn't Ray Comfort quote those words by Spurgeon? Ray Comfort is guilty of twisting the Scriptures around and misrepresenting the beliefs of Spurgeon to support his unbiblical position.

You can't show me one verse in the entire Bible that requires a person to give up their sinful lifestyle to be saved. Salvation is receiving, not giving. It's not what you're doing that gets you to Heaven, it's where you're looking. It's not just a matter of semantics. Salvation is not something you do to get; it's something you receive to have. Why is that so hard for some people to grasp?

   

      

“LIVING WATERS” ministry logo, top left, of Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. Notice the letter “C” forms an eye in Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, bottom 2nd from left. A Mormon apron with an eye, bottom 2nd from right. Bottom, center, Italy's City of Arts and Sciences where the Pope spake.

911 Memorial at Ground Zero

On Ray Comfort's Way of the Master website, there's a logo for Living Waters, which is an Illuminati eye. The 4 circles below the words “LIVING WATERS” make up the pupil of the eye. I believe Ray Comfort is a part of the New World Order, i.e., he is helping to lead people into the Ecumenical Movement and ultimately into a one-world religion. Ray Comfort is not as deep into the Ecumenical Movement as is Billy Graham, but he is close behind. Billy Graham's son wrote the foreword for Ray Comfort's The Evidence Bible. None of these ministers will openly expose the Catholic religion and Pope as being of the Devil. They are silent, to avoid offending anyone. We'll I will step up to plate to bat if they won't... the Pope is the vicar of Hell and the Catholic religion is straight out of the pits of Hell.
 

It's As Simple As Two Cookie Jars

Lordship Salvationists; such as Ray Comfort and John MacArthur, have a totally different MINDSET toward salvation than genuine born-again believers. The Bible teaches that eternal life is a free gift to be freely received, with no strings attached nor obligations required.

In sharp contrast, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer and other Lordship Salvationists, have the demonic mindset that salvation is not that easy to obtain, and that a price must be paid of forsaking the world, and faith by itself will not suffice without an earnest desire to stop committing all sins in order to be saved. They are woefully ignorant of the gift of God.

True Biblical salvation is grounded in the Promises of God, where there is no cost whatsoever to the recipient, because the gift of God has been paid in full by the Giver (1st Peter 1:18-19). This is the mindset of a true believer. The cookie jar is placed by God on the bottom shelf for anyone to receive and enjoy. Salvation is completely unconditional. You just take it freely! Christ died, that's history; Christ died for me, that's salvation!

However, the corrupt mindset of a Lordship Salvationist places a heavy burden upon the recipient, where salvation is grounded in part upon the behavior and intent of the recipient; placing the cookie jar out of one's reach unless he is willing to climb to the top of the store shelves to get it. Salvation to the Lordship Salvationist is conditional upon man's intent to reform. You can't just have it freely. You have to talk business first with God and make a commitment to amend your ways, do better and walk a straight path or you can't have any cookies.
 

Ray Comfort is Woefully Ignorant Concerning Theology

Ray Comfort is an extremely popular evangelist, with his ministries, THE WAY OF THE MASTER and LIVING WATERS. Unfortunately, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron teach the heresy of Lordship Salvation...

“Merely being sorry for your sins, or confessing them to God won't help you. You must turn from sin (repent).”

SOURCE: LIVING WATERS ministry, SAVE YOURSELF SOME PAIN

Heresy! That is self-righteousness! Adding even the slightest work of self-righteousness to the Gospel corrupts it into a false way, a false plan, a road to damnation.
 

Biblical Repentance

The problem is that there is a common misunderstanding of the word “repentance.” Many false teachers today are saying that repentance in the Bible means to forsake one's sinful lifestyle. Nothing could be further from the truth of God's Word. In Mark 1:15 Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” The Bible doesn't say, “Repent ye, and stop living in sin.” No, rather, the Bible says, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” I am not saying that God approves of a believer continuing in sin, God forbid. I am simply saying that the change of life which genuine repentance brings is not a part of saving-faith. We don't live for God to get saved; we live for God because WE ARE SAVED. Eternal life is a free gift. Salvation is receiving, not giving.

We are saved wholly by God's grace, through faith in Christ Jesus. We are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS; and all these things shall be added unto you." Romans 10:3,4, "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Amen!

The word repent in Mark 1:15 is the Greek word METANOEO, meaning, “to change one's mind.” When a person acknowledges their GUILT of sin for violating God's Law, and that person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness, they are saved eternally. We are the sinners and Jesus is the Savior. It's that simple. Please read, What is Biblical repentance? 
 

An Every Word Bible

I am dismayed when I hear professed Christians say that the Bible is not something we should fight over. What? If God is going to judge us for the very words we speak, then don't you think that the Words He speaks are equally important? Yes, of course! Everything that we believe as Christians hinge upon EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD (Matthew 4:4). Therefore, I need an every word Bible. God only wrote one Book. There are literally hundreds of English translations, which vary widely in their content, meaning and doctrine. This is why I defend, love and promote only the King James Bible. All other English translations on the market today are corrupt! It does matter, very much, that we have the right message, from a trustworthy Bible.
 

Ray Comfort Says Sinful Believers are Not “Safe” in Jesus

On page 1513 of THE EVIDENCE BIBLE, under the section “Questions & Objections,” Ray Comfort addresses the statement: “Because Jesus died on the cross we are forgiven of every sin.” Here’s Ray Comfort’s reply to this statement…

“The forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ is conditional upon ‘repentance towards God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Acts 20:21). It is a gift that God offers to everyone, but individuals must receive it by repenting and trusting in Christ, or they will remain dead in their sins. No one has Biblical grounds to continue in sin, assuming that they are safe just because Jesus died on the cross. See 1 John 3:4-6.” [Emphasis added]

SOURCE: THE EVIDENCE BIBLE, by Ray Comfort, pg. 1513; 2003, Bridge-Logos Publishers, Orlando, Florida

Those are some very dangerous words at the end, “…assuming that they are safe just because Jesus died on the cross.” Are not all believers “safe” in Jesus Christ? Yes, they certainly are safe (Ephesians 1:13; Isaiah 28:16; Romans 10:11); but Ray Comfort teaches they are not. Ray Comfort is teaching heresy to say that believers who fail to forsake their sins are not safe in their salvation. Such reasoning places a heavy burden upon the sinner, requiring one to depart from sinful bad habits as a prerequisite to be saved.

Ray Comfort's teaching here beckons the question: How much sin is considered "safe"? Aren't we all willful sinners at times? Yes indeed. Is any amount of sin "safe"? Clearly, Mr. Comfort interprets "repentance" for salvation as ceasing from one's sins, which is entirely wrong. Man's only part in salvation is to believe on Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 10:43).
 
The major problem with Ray Comfort’s theology is his faulty understanding of what Biblical “repentance” means. It is interesting that Ray Comfort avoids defining the term directly; whereas the New Testament Greek does… METANOIA, “a change of mind.” That’s it! Ray Comfort understands repentance to mean literally forsaking one’s sinful lifestyle to get saved. He’s putting the cart before the horse. The changed life comes AFTER a person is saved; not as a prerequisite to be saved. This is what 1st John 3:4-6 means. A believer’s faith should be evidenced by a changed life; BUT, you can’t mandate that changed life, i.e., forsaking one’s sins, as part of saving faith.

Dr. Harry Ironside (former pastor of Moody Memorial Church, 1930-1948) correctly understood repentance to mean…

"Repentance is the recognition of my sinnership — the owning before God that I am as vile as He has declared me to be in His holy Word."

SOURCE: Except Ye Repent, by Dr. Harry Ironside, chapter 3

Clearly, Ironside taught a Free Grace view of the Gospel. H.A. Ironside correctly recognized repentance as the confession that "one is utterly without merit" and that if one is "ever saved at all it can only be through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ." Salvation is without works of self-righteousness. Romans 4:5 plainly teaches that a man's faith is COUNTED for righteousness, i.e., the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to one's heavenly record by faith. Repentance and faith are inseparable. The Gospel of John mentions the word "believe" 85-times; but the word "repent" is never mentioned even once. In genuine salvation, one who believes on Jesus Christ has repented; and one who repents has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

In sharp contrast, Ray Comfort separates repentance from faith, thus requiring lost sinners to cease from their sins as a prerequisite to placing their faith in Christ for salvation (which is a false gospel).
 

There is Only One Gospel

Ray Comfort once kindly wrote to me, attempting to convince me that our doctrinal differences are a mere matter of semantics (i.e., wording the same belief differently). I told him that we do not agree at all on the issue of salvation, because he believes that a person cannot be saved and deliberately continue in sin; but I do believe that. The difference is much more than mere semantics, it is night and day.

Do you see the drastic difference between the two different Gospels? The latter is damnable heresy.

Ray Comfort is sincere, unquestionably; but he is doctrinally messed up from following John MacArthur. Biblically, a person who continues in sin is likely not saved (1st John 3:8); but it's not because they never gave up their sins as Ray Comfort errantly teaches. It's because they never genuinely believed on Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:21; John 6:40).

That's where Ray Comfort goes astray in his theology. To teach that giving up one's sins is mandatory for salvation is a false Gospel of self-righteousness, which excludes everyone who is not willing to stop living in sin. Jesus said in John 6:37 that He would not turn away anyone who came to Him for salvation, and that includes the vilest sinner who isn't ready to give up his sins yet. All God requires is that a person acknowledge their guilt of sin (Romans 3:19), and believe on the Lord to be forgiven (Acts 10:43; Romans 10:13). Acts 16:30-31, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” That's the way to be saved, i.e., to believe on Jesus as the Christ.

There are hundreds of perversions of the Gospel nowadays. Every believer needs to be a watchman, a pit bull guard dog, that shines the Light of God's Word upon the darkness. That's the only way to expose the darkness, i.e., by shining the Lamp of God's Word upon it. Salvation is simple—we are SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR.

If a person must forsake their sinful habits to be saved, then salvation is extremely complicated. The hypocrisy of Ray Comfort's and John MacArthur's Lordship Salvation heresy is that NO ONE can give up all their sins. 1st John 1:10 says that we are calling God a liar if we say we are without sin. Only Jesus is completely without sin (1st Peter 2:22).
 

Ray Comfort's False Gospel

On Ray Comfort's ministry website, at LivingWater.com, he has a short presentation titled "The Good Test." At the end of the presentation the following heretical teachings are found...

Do you see God’s great love for you? Do you see your need for His forgiveness? Do what He commands and “Repent…that your sins may be wiped out and times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19) You must turn away from sin and turn to God. Desire to have NOTHING to do with sin, and surrender your life to the One who can save you. Jesus died to set you free, and then he rose from death to be your Lord. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If you will confess and forsake your sins (repent) and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, God will forgive you and you’ll pass from death to life.

If you are not sure how to pray, read Psalm 51 and make it your prayer.

What does it mean to "put your faith in Jesus Christ?" It means to personally trust in Jesus the same way you’d trust in a parachute if you had to jump 25,000 feet out of an airplane. You wouldn’t just "believe" in the parachute; you would put it on! In the same way, the Bible says, "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ..." and you will be saved. There are millions of people who "believe" Jesus exists . . . but they have not put on the Savior—there’s a BIG difference. And the difference will be obvious when you “jump” through the door of death.

Today, with all your heart—turn away from sin, and surrender your life to Jesus Christ. Please don’t put it off till later. You may die today and then it will be too late. You may not yet have all the answers to your questions, but better to put on the parachute first and then ask questions, then to pass through the door unprepared, grasping for the parachute when it’s too late. You can pray something like this—"Dear God, today I turn from all my sins (name them), and I put my trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Please forgive me, and grant me your gift of everlasting life. Amen." There is nothing magic about these words—it is the attitude of your heart that God cares about. (emphasis added)

SOURCE: http://www.livingwaters.com/good/022.shtml

There is absolutely nothing in the Word of God which requires a person to “surrender your life to Jesus Christ” to be saved. It is a damnable heresy to require people to make a commitment to Christ to be saved. Jesus DIDN'T ask us to surrender our life to Him to be saved; He asked us to BELIEVE on Him (John 3:16). 

In sharp contrast to Ray Comfort, read what Dr. Harry Ironside (1876-1951) stated in his Gospel tract, ANOTHER GOSPEL? ...

When anyone comes promising salvation to those ‘who make full surrender' of all that they have to God, and who 'pay the price of full salvation' he is preaching another gospel, for the price was paid on Calvary's cross and the work that saves is finished. It was Christ Jesus who made the full surrender when He yielded His life on Calvary that saves us, not our surrender in any way to Him.

SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside, from the Gospel tract, Another Gospel?

Dr. Ironside is doctrinally correct. Salvation is of the Lord. Surrendering one's life to Christ for salvation is a false gospel.

Romans 4:5 couldn't be any clearer on this matter... "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." It is sad that the simplicity of salvation, i.e., the Gospel, has been perverted in so many ways today. It is a shame that someone like Ray Comfort, who is a dynamic and charming speaker, and is a nice guy, is preaching a false gospel to the masses. Perhaps Mr. Comfort does it ignorantly; but nevertheless, he is teaching works salvation. It's not just a matter of semantics

Ray Comfort clearly states: "You must turn away from sin" and "surrender your life to Christ" to be saved. Although it is true that a person needs to turn from their sins to be saved, it is only in the sense of acknowledging one's guilt of sin before God (Romans 3:19). To turn to the Lord for forgiveness is to turn one's back against sin. This is Biblical repentance. From reading numerous writings by Ray Comfort, it is abundantly clear that he interprets "turning from sin" as trying very hard to stop committing sins. That is wrong. In salvation, we turn to Jesus to be forgiven of our sins; we don't turn from our sins as a prerequisite to believing on Jesus. Christ died, that's history; Christ died for me, that's salvation!


Pastor Harry Ironside is Correct on Repentance

In sharp contrast to Ray Comfort, Dr. Harry Ironside (former pastor of Moody Memorial Church, 1930-1948) correctly understood repentance to mean…

"Repentance is the recognition of my sinnership — the owning before God that I am as vile as He has declared me to be in His holy Word."

SOURCE: Except Ye Repent, by Dr. Harry Ironside, chapter 3

Clearly, Ironside taught a Free Grace view of the Gospel. H.A. Ironside correctly recognized repentance as the confession that "one is utterly without merit" and that if one is "ever saved at all it can only be through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ." Salvation is without works of self-righteousness. Romans 4:5 plainly teaches that a man's faith is COUNTED for righteousness, i.e., the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to one's heavenly record by faith. Repentance and faith are inseparable. The Gospel of John mentions the word "believe" 85-times; but the word "repent" is never mentioned even once. In genuine salvation, one who believes on Jesus Christ has repented; and one who repents has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

In sharp contrast, Ray Comfort separates repentance from faith, thus requiring lost sinners to cease from their sins as a prerequisite to placing their faith in Christ for salvation (which is a false gospel).

Jesus DIDN'T ask us to forsake our sins to get saved; no, rather, He asked us to BELIEVE on Him that He could save us from our sins. Being a Christian does NOT give us God's permission to sin. Not at all. Every believer will give account to God for their deeds at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:12; 2nd Corinthians 5:10). The notion that a lost sinner must "desire to have nothing to do with sin" to be saved (which is exactly what Ray Comfort teaches) is of the Devil. Most of what the Jehovah's Witness cult teaches is 100% Scriptural; but it's that small percentage of damnable heresy that condemns them all to Hell. John MacArthur is a dynamic Bible teacher and pastor; but ruthlessly denies the power of the literal blood of Jesus. Therefore, John MacArthur is an unsaved heretic.

Please read: Dr. John R. Rice Refutes Lordship Salvation.
 

Satan is a Master Deceiver

Ray Comfort is awesome in many ways, which is why he is so dangerous. Most "everything" you read from this man is 95% right on target; however, Ray Comfort adds WORKS to God's Plan of Salvation which renders it VOID and USELESS. The most effective lies are the one's that sound the most like the truth, and Satan is the Master Deceiver behind Ray Comfort's ministries (Living Waters, Way of the Master, etc.).

Ray Comfort misdefines "repentance" and does not use the original Greek meaning that Christ talked about, which is "metanoia" (a change of mind about sin and Christ). He is very accurate in other areas; yet, what he is telling us is that WORKS are necessary for salvation (even though he explicitly tells us that works are not necessary for salvation in other writings). Why the total contradiction? Mr. Comfort mixes discipleship with Grace, i.e., works of righteousness
with Christ's Blood. This, according to the Bible, is a FALSE GOSPEL which cannot save a lost man from Hell. 

Ray Comfort is just "one of thousands" who twist the Bible to make it say what he wants it to say, rather than telling us what it really says — he is a tool of Satan because Satan's time is short. We've not long to go before the Rapture, and Satan is busy deceiving everyone he possibly can. Remember, the best lies are the one's that sound the most like the truth. Ray Comfort is a master deceiver, following the trail of John MacArthur.

Please read: Charles Surgeon DIDN'T Teach Lordship Salvation.
 

What the Bible Says

Let me refute and rebuke Ray Comfort using the King James Bible by giving you references:

1a) What Ray says: Ray tells us that in order to be saved we must forsake all sins.

1b)What the Bible says: Forsaking sins is a condition for being a disciple; not for being saved (Luke 14:26-27 / Luke 9:23 / Luke 14:33 / Romans 4:5 / John 12:42 ).

2a) What Ray says:  Commit your life to Christ / Turn from your sins to be saved / Surrender your life to Christ / Make Him Lord of your life, etc...

2b)What the Bible says:  Jesus Christ is the Savior!  Living the "Christian Lifestyle" cannot save us (John 5:39-40). Living a consecrated life is the FRUIT of genuine repentance; and not a part of saving faith.

The Bible is clear that man's good works and intentions have no part in gaining him salvation, just look: "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the Gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Ray Comfort is subtle, as are many false prophets today. Here is Ray Comfort's doctrinal Statement of Faith, and it is 100% Biblical. But then you listen to his videos, and The Good Test I just mentioned, and Mr. Comfort teaches something totally different. Benny Hinn does the exact same thing. Mr. Hinn's website presents the basic plan of salvation; but then in public he endorses Catholicism's Our Lady of Fatima, praises the Pope, never condemns works salvation, never condemns Baptismal Regeneration, etc. Benny Hinn exploits the Gospel to make merchandise of his victims... 2nd Peter 2:3, "And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Martin Luther, as do Lutherans today, are guilty of the same hypocrisies. Martin Luther is renowned for his alleged awakening that "the just shall live by faith"; YET, Luther clearly taught Baptismal Regeneration in his Catechism writings. In fact, Martin Luther taught many damnable heresies after his alleged salvation experience, even Mary worship. Martin Luther is sadly burning in Hell today! Ray Comfort speaks out of both-sides-of-his-mouth, as do John MacArthur, Martin Luther, and others. All these men claim salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ; BUT then PERVERT the Gospel by requiring people to either give up their sins, get baptized, or surrender their life to Christ to be saved. It can't be both ways! Salvation is either by faith, or by works—not BOTH. Titus 3:5 plainly states that salvation is NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WE HAVE DONE

Ray Comfort's doctrine is flawed, and he needs to reconsider what he is teaching people. You don't have to forsake your sinful lifestyle to get saved; you forsake your sinful lifestyle because you ARE SAVED. A sinner need only acknowledge to God that he is a GUILTY sinner (Romans 3:19) who deserves the penalty of Hell (Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8), and believe (trust) on the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive one's sins (Acts 10:43; 16:30,31). You need a Savior and Acts 4:10-12 tells us His name—Jesus Christ.

Please read, Guilt verses Feelings in Salvation, and, No Salvation Without the Law.
 

Conclusion

On Ray Comfort's website, http://www.wayofthemaster.com, under the drop-down-menu "Get Equipped," there's a link titled, Answers to 100 Common Questions. In this section you'll find Ray's heretical answer to the question... "Is Repentance Necessary for Salvation?" The answers are directly from The Evidence Bible, which was compiled and commented by Ray Comfort. This heresy also appears on Mr. Comfort's other website at... http://www.livingwaters.com/witnessingtool/browse.shtml. Here is Ray's unbiblical answer to the question...

Is Repentance Necessary for Salvation? ...

We are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1) and until we forsake them through repentance, we cannot be made alive in Christ.

I didn't write this article to be unkind, but to warn people about the dangers of Lordship Salvation. If Mr. Comfort would stand true to his Statement of Faith on his website, then there would be no problem; but he doesn't. Instead, he teaches lost sinners that salvation is conditional upon forsaking the act of sin. But the Bible teaches salvation is receiving; NOT giving (John 1:12; 4:10). Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:15; 6:23). There is a fine line between the turning from sin that genuine repentance brings; verses the turning from committing sin that false prophets require for people to get saved. Ray Comfort is putting the cart before the horse, as does pastors John MacArthur and Aiden W. Tozer.

Ray Comfort is condemned by his own words. The Bible is clear... "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."

Beware of the John MacArthur and his Lordship Salvation Club!
(Kirk Cameron's website sells the MacArthur Study Bible!)

The Imputed Righteousness of Jesus Christ

The Damnable Heresy of Ray Comfort

Ray Discomfort  |  Ray Comfort is Wrong On Salvation!

Ray Comfort: Is it Just a Matter of Semantics?

The Evidence Bible Exposed!

Spurgeon DIDN'T Teach Lordship Salvation

Harry Ironside DIDN'T Teach Lordship Salvation

Ray Comfort's Perverted Gospel  |  The Unbiblical REPENTANCE Heresy!

Catholics Teach the Exact Same Meaning of “Born Again” as Lordship Salvationists!

Repent! Repent! Repent!


Paul Washer’s Washed-up Gospel

Dr. John R. Rice speaks on worldly Christians  Are they not saved?

Dr. Curtis Hutson speaks on Biblical repentance Must a person stop sinning to be saved?

Paul Washer Calls Soulwinning Baptists 'Stupid'
(Lordship Salvationists... making salvation hard)


“When you get saved, you get saved not because you deserve it, but because you simply let God save you and because you confess your own poor sinful state and your inability to save yourself.”

SOURCE: Dr. Rice... Here is My Question, by Dr. John R. Rice, pg. 304; 1962, Sword of the Lord Publishers; ISBN: 0-87398-158-8


Why Criticize Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron?
...Because the Bible says to expose False Prophets


Ye Must Be Born Again! | You Need HIS Righteousness!

Bible Study  |  Ray Comfort's Best kept Secret

God's Simple Plan