This guy was a real case. The late Smith was a total heretic who like all or most cultists, denies eternal punishment in hell, denies the triune nature of God, and is a universalist (believes all will be saved in the end with or without Christ).
In short, L. Ray Smith was an anti-trinitarian, universalist, annihilist. His teaching live on through his deceived prey who have demonstrated that they have no love for the truth and have been sent by God Himself a “strong delusion.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
Is hell not eternal? What did Jesus teach?
“And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that NEVER SHALL BE QUENCHED:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that NEVER SHALL BE QUENCHED:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.
49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.”
Any person who believes and/or teaches that hell is not eternal and denies that all the wicked will be there, is not saved. They have called the very Son of God a liar.
In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus taught about one man who died and went to hell, a “place of torments.” Jesus made it clear that his suffering would be forever and the great chasm would forever separate him from comfort and those enjoying it. Read that passage closely.
One person, speaking of L. Ray Smith, wrote:
“This is actually one of the first debates that I have ever had via email. I was searching the internet one day when I came across a web site called ‘Bible-Truths.com.’ I decided to check it out and read what the man had to say, and I was disgusted. Almost everything this guy said was in complete contradiction with the scripture although he used hundreds of scriptures to support his claims. Me being the optimist that I was decided to write the man a letter of correction in hopes that he would see the truth and change his teaching. How naive was I? In any event, this is what came from it. Notice that even those who have their own web sites, are much older, and study very long periods of time, still commit all the same errors that your average cultists do. The man misrepresents what I have actually said and then argues the false argument that he has created for me. Plus all his study hasn’t helped his spelling either. Mr. Smith will be blue and I will be red. Compare everything to the Word of God and decide who agrees.”
The following information is provided by Apologetics Index (http://www.apologeticsindex.org/430-l-ray-smith):
L. Ray Smith operates a website titled, “Exposing Those Who Contradict,” hosted at bible-truths.com and bibletruths.com.
Unfortunately, L. Ray Smith’s doctrine is not sound. His writings also evidence a lack of sound scholarly procedure (e.g. poor hermeneutics; not providing full – or any – references for works cited; misrepresenting other people’s views; answering another point than the one made by his opponent).
L. Ray Smith’s Heretical Teachings: Bizarre Heretic Exposed
Those who reject one or more of the key teachings of the Christian faith are considered heretics.
As Robert M. Bowman points out, heresy is:
“[d]octrine which is erroneous in such a way that Christians must divide themselves as a church from all who teach or accept it; those adhering to heresy are assumed to be lost, although Christians are unable to make definitive judgments on this matter. The opposite of orthodoxy.”
– Source: A Biblical Guide To Orthodoxy And Heresy, Part One: The Case For Doctrinal Discernment” (an article from the Christian Research Journal, Summer 1990, page 28) by Robert M. Bowman.
In addition to his denial of the Trinity, L. Ray Smith teaches universalism.
In Christian theology universalism is the heretical belief that ultimately all people will be saved (reconciled to God) through the atonement of Jesus, regardless of what they believe – and regardless of whether or not they accept Jesus Christ.
Phil Johnson, on his Phil Johnson’s Bookmarks site, has filed “Exposing Those Who Contradict” under the heading of “Really Bad Theology,” and comments:
L. Ray Smith rants and raves with sophomoric sarcasm against the doctrine of eternal punishment. He also insists evil was “created” by God. He seems to have a particular vendetta against D. James Kennedy. This would be amusing if it were not so thoroughly unbiblical.
– Source: ~Really Bad Theology, ~’Phil Johsons Bookmarks
Smith does have a number of staunch defenders who, apparently, prefer his opinions over Biblical fact largely because they approve of his heretical beliefs. They tend to challenge Smith detractors with various challenges to prove that his teachings are incorrect. Doing so appears to be about as useful as throwing pearls to swines. There already is a large body of teachings available on the subjects L. Ray Smith rejects.
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