L. Ray Smith
This guy is a real case. Smith is a total heretic who like all or most cultists, denies eternal punishment in hell, the triune nature of God, and is a universalist.
Concerning Smith, one believer writes:
- “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).
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.