You know, something I don’t understand about most IFB. Most of them absolutely hate Ray Comfort. I disagree with part of what he says, and agree with the rest.
Ray Comfort maintains that if you do not bear the fruits of temperence, longsuffering, forbearing, etc. that you are not saved.
I mantain instead that if someone comes to the Lord, and their life changes, they begin to read and study their bible when they didn’t before, they begin to worry about if they’re pleasing the Lord or not, etc… that’s fruit of salvation.
The hallmarks that Ray Comfort associates with salvation are actually the hallmarks of Christian maturity. That’s his error.
But David Stewart (who must have a thousand IFB blogs and websites) just hates Ray Comfort, I haven’t asked him why, but I assume that because Stewart pushes Jack Hyles, Jack Hyles, Jack Hyles he’s 100% Hyles. And what Hyles believed about salvation was almost in complete agreement with Campus Crusade for Christ’s definition of salvation.
In that sense, Jack Hyles was wrong. Hyles believed there was only one sin, that of unbelief. And if you repeated Hyles’ prayer, you’d be saved. Well, if over a million people supposedly accepted the Lord under Jack Hyles, why was his church only a few thousand in attendance? If supposedly a million people accepted Hyles, his church should have been over a million people attending every Sunday. Even the Wednesday service.
In this, Ray Comfort is absolutely right. Someone who does the sinner’s prayer, and then has nothing to do with Chrisitanity, no evidence in his life that he’s saved… is not saved. Hyles may have gotten a million people to recite the sinner’s prayer, but unless those people had changed lives, avoided wordliness, read their Bibles, prayed… they’re still lost.
You CANNOT claim to have saved 10,000 and have a church of 400. If you preached to a thousand, had a thousand come forward, and attendance increased by two… how many got saved?
We don’t like this. I don’t like this. How many have gotten saved reading my blog? Answer – zero. How many have I preached to? According to WordPress, thousands. I could probably fill the QEII with all the people who’ve read one page of my blog.
Ray Comfort is absolutely right in most of what he says. The rest of what he teaches is a form of Lordship Salvation, and we should disregard that.
Why do people hate Ray comfort? They don’t hate him for the LOrdship Salvation part, they hate him for the other part, the part he’s right about. Let’s think about that for a while.
Because unlike some of the other quick prayerism types, when Ray counts someone as saved, there’s no “Attend two weeks and gone forever”. THey’re there forever.