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An Interview With Gospel Christian Songwriter, Ray Boltz

Fiona Carmody | April 6, 2011

Ray Boltz is a gospel Christian songwriter and singer, who has been performing his original music around the nation as a full-time career since 1986.  Boltz came out publicly about being gay in 2008. The nature of his music and his faith may have become more complex, but both are still major components of his life.

Saturday, he performs in Richmond for the first time at Metropolitan Community Church.  He spoke with GayRVA.com about his music, his journey, and faith.

GayRVA: What are your thoughts on gay activism?

Boltz: When I think about that, the Loving v. Virginia case comes to mind. That was the case involving an interracial couple, when interracial marriage was still illegal in many states. After the case turned into an activist issue, Loving said: “We weren’t doing this to be activists. We were in love.” I agree with this sentiment – just to be an honest and authentic person, and to live your life the way you want to is most important.

I do think it’s great to be outspoken. You know, it doesn’t take long after coming out to be confronted by this society, which says you can’t get married, you can’t get joint tax returns….it just doesn’t take very long before you see how society treats gay people. But I think things are changing for the better. When I was a teen and had all these feelings to deal with, I didn’t know about being gay. I did not know one gay person, there were no gay idols on any scene, nothing. That has definitely changed, and I think that’s great.

How does your music reflect your beliefs?

I do stand up for social change where I can. The song “Don’t Tell Me Who to Love” is about the Loving v. Virginia case in comparison with my own life, and the song “Swimming Hole” is about hate crimes against gays. Right now, I am part of a group called “Soul Force” that aims to help LGBT kids trump the fundamentally anti-gay policies at Christian-affiliated schools….My ex-wife is actually one of the Board of Directors for this group. She is just fantastic.

Are you partial to a certain branch of faith?

Actually, there are a few independent churches that I hang out with. I’m not partial to any one of them, although I do consider the Methodist community to be more accepting of its LGBT members than many other churches are. I got involved with the community when a pastor in Washington, DC contacted me after he had listened to my Christmas CD. He asked about the song “God Knows I Tried,” and asked me to perform it for his congregation. I like the accepting and supportive attitude of the church; we both believe in applauding people for being who they are, not persecuting them for it.

I think more churches should take this attitude towards people, because really embracing differences in people keeps those differences from turning people into stereotypes. I wish more churches saw it that way instead of being vocal about their anti-gay sentiments, even from the pulpit. Telling teenagers that they have a “broken” sexuality because they are gay will not change the fact that they are. It’s not a choice, in my opinion. Changing these attitudes takes time, but I do think it’s beginning to happen.

What messages do you want to send to your fan base through your music, particularly those struggling to navigate tensions between the church and the LGBT communities?

You know, I spent 30 years trying to do everything they said I should do. I did counseling, praying, deliverance, thinking that I could “choose” not to be gay. None of it worked, and they’re not going to come out with anything new now, after 30 years, that I haven’t already tried. In the end, I can change my behaviors; but I can’t change who I am, no matter what. God knows I’ve given my all, and I think that the church communities are widening their perspectives as time goes on to accept the notion of this quote, that “Honest doubt leads to great faith.” Faith, after all, is not necessarily having the answers; it’s about questioning the answers you are given.

Ray Boltz performs tracks from his new CD, All the Best, on Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond, 2501 Park Avenue. For tickets and more information, click here.

63 Comments

  1. Posted June 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Homosexuality is choice that stems from mental,physical,emotional,and sexual abuse, It is A spiritual condition

  2. Posted June 14, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    @ Jordan – when did you choose to be straight? Was it 6th, 7th or maybe 10th grade? Please really think about it & give me a time frame that you made an actual decision and you were choosing to be straight.

  3. Posted June 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    @Jordan,

    You’re a bigot and you’re ignorant. It is also obvious you are incapable of independent thought so you merely tout the hateful rhetoric your fundamentalist background dictates, just like a good little automaton.

  4. Posted June 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Jordan — to put it bluntly, you’re an idiot. I suffered no abuse of any kind by anyone at anytime. I am gay because that’s the way I was created. Now bigotry and hatred is a learned condition from years of brainwashing from your fundamentalist indoctrinators. If you believe yours is a God of love, you’d better get with the program. Because your hatred and homophobia will not be well received.

  5. Posted June 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Amazingly well-put, Taylor.

  6. Posted June 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I am the daughter of an Assembly of God preacher, I grew up listening to his music, and preforming many of his songs at my church. He is an amazing man OF GOD!!! You can not fake the convicition that you hear in his voice. I understand that the Bible says one man and one woman, so I understand where the church comes from, on the whole how can we pick and choose which part of the Bible we are to follow, but I do believe that being a homosexual is something you are born being. Why would you choose it?? Yes, it is starting to be accepted, but with such hatred portrayed to them, Jordan is a perfect example, who would choose that???

    Ultimately his sexual preference does NOT determine who he is, or where he stands in the kingdom of God, so who are we to judge him for it? His music is phenomenal, and he will always be one of the best men out there, musically, in my eyes.

  7. Posted July 19, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    All the comments will not alter he fact that God calls male & female homosexuality an abomination., First question should be “Do you want your church to be like the one Jesus died to seal” and “If you love him ,. will you obey his commands?” If you say “I do… then obey.” You cannot live in sin (homosexuality is a sin) and claim to be christian. God sees the sin and turns his face away. So, do you really want to obey Christ? Acts 2:38 .. all the rest will be cleaned by God.

  8. Posted July 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    May god forgive you for your judgements…

  9. Posted July 22, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    @Steve I believe that God is very unhappy with people who don’t use the intelligent minds that he/she gave them. Especially when they blindly follow a document that was written, rewritten, and translated by an extremely primitive people. I believe people who hate gays and others are in for a very big surprise when they meet their maker.

  10. Posted July 22, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    @Jordan please see above. Good luck. You’re going to need it.

  11. Posted July 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    @Jordan & @Steve AMEN! I agree whole heartily. The Lord is a loving God,and He wants us to love the sinner but hate the sin.
    Ray has made a mistake that we should hope and pray he repents from. He belongs in Heaven.
    Stop letting the devil blind you all! Pray. Never cease prayer!

  12. Posted July 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Wow! All I can say is wow. Steve-way to go for standing up for truth! God bless for that! Being gay is a SIN, it is a CHOICE, snd everyone will be judged at some point in time. TC-it isn’t hatred towards gays/lesbians it is a distinct and often unhidden difference in beliefs. It seems that our freedom of religion only applies to those who are anything but Christian. I do not agree with the gay lifestyle but also I try my best not to judge it. It is not my place to do so.

  13. Posted July 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Hate the sin not the sinner.

  14. Posted August 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Hellooooo !!! wake up people.. what can you do with a penis and a penis.. they don’t go together.. and to put it in a place that is naturally “exit only”..is just not right.. We got to go back to basics folks.. gayness is a symptom of a psychological and/or spiritual imbalance that leads to abnormal sexual behavior.. ask the animal kingdom.. males don’t try to mate and adopt babies and register their relationships… I’m outtt !

  15. Posted August 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Why are all you homophobes clearly so stoked to comment on a gay website?

  16. Posted August 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    @John D actually, same-sex activity is found in virtually every species of animals o the planet. And God created all of them, He takes care of them, and He loves them. And I think most creatures—male AND female—find all sorts of things to do with penises. As far as your theories about psychological and spiritual imbalances goes, I’m afraid you’re sadly misinformed. Every major professional medical, psychological and sociological organization completely disagrees with you. So do a large host of highly respected theologians, seminaries, and entire church denominations around the globe. God bless you, friend.

  17. Posted August 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    @Michelle Can you, or anyone else, please provide a shred of evidence or logic behind your theories that homosexuality is a choice? How and when exactly did you choose to be heterosexual? Have you ever once rethought that decision you’ve implied you’ve made? I’m betting the answer is emphatically no. Sadly, it is all too easy to assume that something that may seem foreign or unnatural to you must be a choice made by others. As a gay man of faith who finally began to come to terms with my true self at 35, I can tell you with absolute certainty that my sexual orientation is in no way a choice any more than yours is! No one chooses their sexual orientation. To suggest otherwise is, frankly, completely ridiculous.

  18. Posted August 19, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    All of you who admonish LGB individuals with your biblical quotes (or just your high minded nonsense) ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Do you suppose to know the mind of God? Look to your own sins before you begin throwing stones at others for their “sins”. Christ died for you, not so that you could set yourself higher than other people, but so that you might be compassionate, might care for the sick and the old and the outcast, and that you might be closer to His radiance. Christ came to free us from the requirements of the Old Testament. Do any of you, John or Michelle or Steve, do you keep Kosher? Do you light fires or do work on the Sabbath? So why do you threaten violence and make crude jokes about others based on the Old Testament when you don’t follow it yourself. Nichole, you pick and chose every day, when you combine the fibers of two plants in your clothing, or when you touch a pig. Nichole, do you withdraw from your husband every month while you bleed? Do you ritually cleanse yourself before coming back to his bed? If not, you have caused him to be unclean in God’s eyes, and he should be cast out of the city. Look to your own sins, and leave everyone else alone. You have sinned mightily against God, and you WILL experience his wrath.

  19. Posted October 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    what about people who have sex with animals or children are they born that way? Where and who draws the line? we are all born sinners ,but our job is to strive for perfection in all areas of our lives. I am born a murderer but i do not murder , i am born a thief,but does that give me a right to steal?

  20. Posted October 22, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    I do believe you need to read your Bible. Interracial couple is not 2 men or 2 women it is a man and woman. My daughter is married to a black man.

  21. Posted November 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Sex with animals or children??? Are you kidding me! I am a lesbian christian headed to seminary in the very near future. SO glad that God loves me and i love him and that the uneducated people here on earth are clueless. Born a murderer? Really? As my Great Grandmother, a very spiritual woman, “Christianity is in your heart and Religion is in your head” God Bless All……please get to know someone and learn the reality and truth before you judge.

  22. Posted November 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    i think he shuoldn’t do gospel songs if he is gay. that is christianity

  23. Posted November 18, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    if youre gay youre not a christian
    no offence!!!

  24. Posted November 19, 2011 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    This is actually 2 questions:

    “Can you, or anyone else, please provide a shred of evidence or logic behind your theories that homosexuality is a choice?”

    “How and when exactly did you choose to be heterosexual?”

    Regarding the first question, I think the question needs to be rephrased: engaging in homosexual acts is a choice just as engaging in heterosexual (or indeed any other sexual) activities. Unless you can say someone held you at gunpoint to force you to do it, it is a choice. It’s something you want to do.

    Regarding the second question, once again, it needs rephrasing: People may not choose to whom they are attracted nor to what they think about (Even heteros can’t always control erotic thoughts & feelings), but people CAN & DO choose the who, what, where, when, & why of acting on it.

  25. Posted November 19, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    “please get to know someone and learn the reality and truth before you judge.”

    This comment is a judgment itself.

    Consider St. Paul’s words: 19 For it is written:
    “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c]

    20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. (1 Corinthians 1:19-25 NIV 1984)

  26. Posted November 19, 2011 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    “Look to your own sins, and leave everyone else alone. You have sinned mightily against God, and you WILL experience his wrath.”

    Read Acts 15 for more on this–specifically the following: “24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said. 25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.”

    And this:

    13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,[b] God made you[c] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.[d] (Colossians 2:13-15)

    And this:

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11(NIV1984)

    9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

    It is still sin until one is made new in Jesus Christ & in the power of the Holy Spirit actively lives for Him & no longer for sin.

  27. Posted November 19, 2011 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    By the way — we ALL miss the mark. We ALL fall short of God’s holy standards. We ALL need Jesus Christ.

  28. Posted November 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Herein the battle lies. It started with the fall of man and continues to the end of time(as we know it) There are two roads, the wide road that leads to destruction and the narrow road that leads to life. The thing I’m not hearing in all of this is that Christianity is a narrow road, you either have a biblical world view or a secular world view. We are told, by Jesus, that we will be persecuted for our faith by the “world”. But we are not “of” this world, this is not our home. Jesus says “fear not for I have overcome the world. So why should we think that anyone who is caught up in sin, I mean living willfully in it, is going to understand anything about Christianity or want to come back to it if they are willfully making a choice. I love Ray because it was “The Anchor Holds” that got me into gospel music, and eventually back into a right relationship with God. I not only love him for that but because jesus loves ‘Everyone” byt the kicker here is that God “Hates” sin and the homosexual lifestyle is definately a sin, just as lying, stealing etc… is a sin. If we “habitually” live in sin then how can we be a Christian? The answer is “YOU CAN’T”

  29. Posted November 21, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    The world would be a much better place if everyone would just live and let live instead of trying to force their beliefs and personal feelings onto others.

  30. Posted November 21, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I am a Christian and my very best friend is gay. He is probably the most spiritual man I know and I am blessed to have him in my life. His sexuality has NOTHING to do with his spirituality!!

  31. Posted January 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    This is in no means judging any one but Christ thought us to identify or discern the ingenuity in those who claim to be truly of God by their FRUIT (character, attitude and behavior) and not by their worldview, talents and gifts.

    Spirituality can be faked. Spiritual talents and gifts can be deceptive but the true character of Christ/ holiness cannot be faked. It is on this basis that Christ said many will say that did awesome things in His name but He will deny ever knowing them.

    Homosexuality is sin and God frowns at it in all its form. We will be judged, according to the Bible, according to our DIDS. Sexuality, like every endeavour in our lives, as something to do with spirituality. We are spirit, soul and body.

  32. Posted January 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Sorry the biggest mistake Ray keeps making is in the saying …I tried … 30years etc. Life in Christ is not about you, you trusted in yourself all this years and up to now you fail to know that is all about Christ and the cross. Full of I, I, I, has lead you far from the power of the cross which is grace. Pls return in your powerlessness and find strength in God through Christ. Gay is sin and will only compound your sorrows. I believe somewhere deep in your heart is a battle, a tiny voice saying Ray you are wrong, Gay is sin. Is hard to kick against the prick. The gospel you once preach to us that made us strong is still hunting you. Life is not about you or what you think you should be but is about Him Christ and Him crucified is not in the convience you wanted. God bless you Ray we love you pls don’t hate yourself.

  33. Posted January 21, 2012 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Well no offense, but I am Gay and I AM a Christian and to all of the people on here with the Gay is sin…. “Let those without sin cast the first stone”

    Pharasees and Scribes stop with the hatred and judgement, it started in Christs day and with the ignorance of man it continues into today…

    May God Bless Everyone.

  34. Posted January 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    We all have a choice. We choose to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, minds, soul, and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves, or, We choose to believe and do all that God commands or we choose to do some of what He commands. We choose to believe all of His Word or we choose to believe some of His Word, and discard the parts we don’t like. We choose to take up our cross daily, and deny self, or we choose to lay it down and do what our flesh desires. Narrow is the way that leads to Life eternal, and few there be that find it. Wide is the way that leads to destruction on earth and in eternity and many choose to go down that road. Choose Life.

  35. Posted January 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Your religion is a choice. Your sexuality, gay or straight, is not. If the Bible, a book written by primitive men, gives you comfort then I’m happy for you but don’t push your archaic beliefs on others.

    Scientific research has shown that same sex attraction occurs naturally in essentially all other species of mammals on this planet. It’s also been proven that sexuality is decided by many factors, all in the womb.

    I find it interesting that some people ignore this research when it comes to homosexuality. They cling to what they think the bible says about this yet they have no problem trusting in science for their own medical care or most other aspects of their lives. Hypocritical much?

  36. Posted January 30, 2012 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    What was Sodom punished for? Is it not what people are trying to defend. Please I know we chose to become what we want. Spare us that genetic attitude of this act. Have any man witness two male or female animal in this act. I think and know it is Adam and Eve. And only that is approved. By God.

  37. Posted February 3, 2012 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    I dont know whats wrong with you people. Ray must have done a good job with his music but being gay has never been right. God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Stev. So get real guys and read your bibles. For it clearly says in Lev 18:22, Lev 20:13. so those who are supporting this act read your bibles more often.

  38. Posted February 7, 2012 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    How confused the world still is today. I see Ray’s mistake as the classic “in the last days, many will fall away from The Faith”.

    Homosexuality has never been right. The comment above about Soddom is what every “gay believer” should assess. It is unfortunate that those who say they’ve chosen the blood of Jesus forget to acknowledge their sins and seek to stand right before Him.

    Please understand that I do not say homosexuality is a worse sin than any other. If i have heterosexual sex outside of wedlock i am as guilty of sin as the homosexual. If i lie my way to the top, or have an unforgiving heart, i am as guilty as the homosexual. If i choose to sit through a movie where Christ’s name is used in vain, do i really love the one who suffered and died for me?

    There are so many areas where we get it wrong and forget that the Christian life must be one of obedience, one of love and loyalty to The One who has spared us hell fire. Otherwise we are in a worse state than the sinner who never came to weep at the foot of the Cross. Our judgement if we reject the facts, The Bible, our map for life, will be worse than that of the atheist.

    CHRISTIANS, WE KNOW THE TRUTH!! Ray knows the truth!!

  39. Posted February 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    my God,how painful it is to see Ray being pluked out from the faith..’Ray Boltz’ I love u and I want u to know that JESUS still loves u..being gay is totaly wrong in the sight of God..remember JESUS said those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth..i am from Nigeria and Rays songs made me stronger as a believer in Africa..please Ray remember u once sang in front of Billy Graham and to millions of believers encouraging them to drop their burden before the Alter of the lord…before the door is clossed come back to Jesus.he still cares about Ray Boltz….be free in JESUS NAME.AMEN..

  40. Posted March 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Ray will be back in concert tomorrow night, Wednesday March 28th, at Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond. This is part of our Living Wednesdays series at MCC Richmond. Come at 6:30pm for Lenten worship, and the concert starts at 7pm. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome to attend. Join us, won’t you?

  41. Posted March 29, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    WOW ! Talk about God’s mysterious ways. I grew up listening to Ray Boltz’s song, “Thank You” when I first bought it as a teenager as a part of a Compilation CD. Ever since, I admired the lyrics and it trully spoke to me about continuing to be faithful amidst life’s everyday adversities.In an almost paralleled universe, I was asked to perform on March 28 at a Methodist Church in northern California, and I chose this song to be my opener. The day after, I wanted to know who the Real Ray Boltz is about and his passion for Music. I had tears in my eyes because, as he reconciled with his true self, about being who he is:gay, he proves and keeps proving to the world that God loves ALL his creations. And indeed everyone is beautiful and WORTHY in his precious sight ! THank You Mr. Boltz, as an up and coming young and yes, gay Christian singer, may we be that beacon of light for others to look up to as oppose to look down upon, which OUR REAL GOD, the GOD of ABRAHAM WOULD NEVER DO anyway ! Amen.

  42. Posted March 29, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    OH, and to finish the “mysterious” part of my story, Ray Boltz was performing on March 28th at a MCC in VIrginia. I performed one of his greatest hits, “THANK YOU”…and at the same time, somewhere in the WORLD at the same time, the composer of the song, MIGHT HAVE BEEN SINGING his song to a Multitude of PEOPLE. I got emotional in the middle of my song, it was as if Mr. Boltz was asked by GOD to extend his hand to me thousands of MILES AWAY as I was in the West Coast, and Mr. Boltz in the EAST so I would finish the song and DO JUSTICE TO IT. I did. I felt that almost Miraculous touch that trancended both SPACE and TIME ! Thank you for the loyal supporters of Mr. Bolts both GAYs and Straights. Now lets sing his hit: THANK YOU for giving to the LORD, I am so glad you GAVE!-Ray Boltz. ANd for these people who are appreciative of Mr. Boltz ‘s TALENT no matter his SEXUALITY, THANK YOU for your countless LOVE ! AMEN.

  43. Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I felt blessed to listen to Ray Boltz for the 2nd time at MCC Richmond last nite. Unlike many gays who just started liking his music because of his sexuality, I have been a fan of Ray’s since the 90s…one of his huge hits,”The Anchor Holds” was played at my partner’s funeral. He may be a gay man and congrats for that, but first and foremost he’s a man of God and that’s what matters to me the most.

  44. Posted April 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Brothers and sisters. I want to start by saying how greatly blessed I have been by the music of Ray Boltz. For many years now, I have used several of his accompanyment songs as a powerful tool for outreach and witness to individuals of many walks. What a privlege to have a talent such as Ray that puts his heart and being into his music. As a matter of fact, I just sang the song, “Watch the Lamb” again for Easter, twice in the same day, for an Easter service and a concert. The reaction is always the same, lots of tears, emotions, and decisions. That is the gift of music that was God-given to Ray Boltz for use in the Lord’s service. Having said that, I want to state emphatically that I do not agree with the choice that Ray has made in his lifestyle. Brothers and sisters, we need to be careful, especially when calling ourselves Christians, that we teach the truth, but that we do it in LOVE! All too often, we rightly want to call sin by it’s right name, but we don’t do it in LOVE. Make no mistake, God LOVES Ray Boltz, as well as his chosen partner, however God simply and honestly looks at homosexuality as an unrighteous act. It further explains that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. There are many verses that talk about this, I want to display 2. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, and Romans 1: 26-27.) Brothers aznd sisters, neither you nor I have any right to lay judgement on a fellow man, but certainly the Creator of us all, He who bought and paid for us with His blood, and purchased our lives upon the cross of Calvary will. We as Christians do need to call sin by it’s right name. But it needs to be done in LOVE. “SELF” is the biggest obstacle that we must overcome if we hope to have eternal life. We are called to deny ourselves of those things that we desire that are not in line with God desires for us (Matthew 16: 24-27). I pray that our brother Ray will reconsider- 1) why we are Christians. And 2) Who we are to live for. We are Christians because we love our Lord for paying the penalty that we could not pay. The payment that allows us the hope of Heaven. We owe our very lives to Jesus Christ, and if we love “anything”, including ourselves or another more than God, then we are not worthy of eternal life, and hence, will be eternally lost. Brothers and sisters, it is time that all of us start living for God, and not just for ourselves. Your brother in Christ- In His service——Wayland.

  45. Posted May 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I would to say, That I Was Save by the words of (THANK YOU)and it made a big different in my life. I was really down hearted when I hear about the change in Ray Boltz as I know That GOD make make Males & Female in his Image and no other type. He explain his true feeling when He Detroy Sodom & Gomorrah in Genesis 19:28&29 on how He felt about Homosexuality. I pray all the times that Ray will relized his lifestyle is not in God Image.

  46. Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I have read all the comments above and concluded that the issue here is whether Ray’s being gay is right or wrong for a Christian. I think the answer is in a line form one of my favorite songs by Ray himself-it says
    “Now the years have come and the years have gone
    And the cause of Jesus still goes on.
    Now our time has come to count the cost.
    To reject this world, to embrace the cross.”
    Ray if you get to read this, remember the inspiration of these words…and let His love draw you back. If I refuse to call Homosexuality sin, I would be a liar but more so I will have denied the truth of my Christianity,my last word is put the World where it belongs and put Christ where He belongs..if these are put correctly where they belong then choose where you want to be,once you have exercised your choice..live with it.

  47. Posted June 5, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    just to tell ray boltz that i love him so much,ray boltz your music had helped me to enjoy stability , spiritual growth and to know jesus more. so when i read this news from CAPRO, i wept and prayed that God should restore you. pls, brother ray boltz come back to the foot of the cross, dont 4get about your allegiance.

  48. Posted July 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I advise all you folks sayin’ that people are ‘born gay’, to google ‘Born Gay? God doesn’t make mistakes!’ Ray Boltz WASN’T born gay. None of us are!

  49. Posted July 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    it all comes down to a three letter word called “sin” which we are all quilty of

  50. Posted July 27, 2012 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    It is time to stop looking in the garden of others and start to keep our own gardens in order. Those who are most offended by the statements against usually end up do the same in reverse – making judgements. It is a vicious circle of condemnation which only serves to cause division.
    The truth is we live in a fallen world which have been degrading since Adam & Eve disobeyed God (sinned) and ate the fruit from the tree of good and evil, that fallen world (the natural world, humanity and the animal world) has been “groaning” ever since with death and destruction everywhere.
    This disobedience is in all mankind – it is part of their DNA – and nothing we do can change that, however from before creation God made a way to pay the price for the sin of man (death), to atone for the “sin” that all man is born in (that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory); that atoning sacrifice was paid by Jesus (only His blood could atone for all sin – past, present and future) at the cross, but it did not end there. Three days later He rose from the dead giving us life, from a place of death. Now we all have an opportunity to live without condemnation, and that is only in Jesus, no longer with the death penalty over our heads (paid in full).
    Not until we see the difference between the world before and after sin can we truly understand God’s purpose for our lives, this fallen state cannot be compared to the perfect state before the fall;
    So should we be basing our lives on the fallen state of man or on the original relationship between man and God?
    In order to do that we are required to be renewed in our minds (in all areas of our lives – reconciling us back to God will/purpose for us) in order to prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

  51. Posted September 28, 2012 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Many people mistake feelings for righteousness, meaning because I feel it, it must be right or I would not feel this way. Then we associate the feelings with “what harm are my feelings doing?” and if we find the answer to be NONE, immediately it is Justifiable as OK. If a man loves a thousand woman, marries one, but loves 999 more and begins to have relationships with them all because he feels he loves them , is this OK? He is not harming anyone if they all know and agree to remain with him. This is LUST and Adultery. A child molester has feelings and urges he cannot control, yet because his/her actions bring harm to another, we condemn it as a problem, sinful, sick nature, perverted, mental, etc. This again is sin, lust, demonic influence and the weakness of the flesh. Yet, WE, Humanity, think we can decide what is ok and what is not- but in all actuality over 3000 years ago our Sinful nature was exposed, explained and reprimanded by the word of God. The flesh which is enmity “The state of being actively opposed or hostile” to God must be crucified. Some things can only be done by prayer and fasting. SO you prayed and you fasted and still feel the same feelings, this is called life and choice. Where there is no temptation, there is no tempting. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Sometimes our feelings are the weakness of our flesh and the temptation of our soul. So often we fail, and fail, and fail that we get tired of trying- so make it ok and it will no longer be a temptation but an act of faith. Wrong -then it becomes an act of disbelief in God’s words and death at Calvary.

  52. Posted October 19, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Ray, i will be praying for you, God will open your eyes of understanding to see the parth of eternity you are treading. you have inspired almost 50 of the songs i have written. i will be praying for you….i will be praying for you….i will…..

  53. Posted November 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    In 2010 I went through an attack in the ministry that I had been involved for about 7 years. Everyone in my inner circle turned against me and I was condemed, hated and called a “sinner” everyday. The first person to pick STONES and try to kill me was the woman leader called “A prophet, An Evangelist”, she attacked me via public facebook page where her fans and those who had used her to try and destroy my life gathered and said “God is faithful” to her attacks towards you. You would think she’s a preacher, she wanted me killed, dead, destroyed, her heart was burning with a desire to have the judgement of God fall on me and consume me and wipe me from the face of the earth. When Jesus went to the cross, He suffered and died for every man and woman that would repent and turn from their sins. I do not agree with gay but believes with all my heart that if Ray would turn from his sin and turn his heart back to God, God will forgive him and use him as His vessels. God doesn’t have a dust bin. Don’t condem, don’t judge, pray for Ray that God may encounter him day and night and give him no rest until he turns back to him. “Judge not lest you be judged”. God LOVES Ray, He hates the SIN!!!!!

  54. Posted December 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I do not believe in gay. God love the person but hates the life style. No matter how many times they can rewrite the Bible, God’s Word is forever. let’s not condemn. Yes, I believe we should all pray for Ray (his songs have blessed me throughout the years. My favorite is “The Anchor Holds”)and others like him that God will trouble their spirits and give them no rest until they turn back Him. The enemy will destroy us only if we give him the permission.

  55. Posted December 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    God will never ordain Sin, not any type! God hates Sin, in any individual. You can never convince anyone of their abominations, when satan has a “Strong hold” on the individual(s). Our greatest weapon, is to live holy ourselves, being an example/vessel of sanctification and righteousness and pray, earnestly, for God to remove the callouses off the blinded heart, ears and eyes. Some folks like to sin, that’s all there is to it; they like the pleasures associated with sin. They will not admit they have a/some demonic, lustful spirit(s), which drives ss desires, they would rather hide behind the self-convincing lies and deception that they were born that way, being homo.God said, “because ‘YOU’ or ‘ONE’ doesn’t believe, does not make the word of God of none effect, and if we will not believe, God’s Word, “We/YOU, will die in your sins. Simple as that, we all have a choice, and ignorance, whether it’s willful or ‘ignorant’, will not excuse living a life in disobedience and rebellion towards God! God is Just, and we choose life or choose God. All gays should stop trying to pollute God’s word, by changing his word to fit their lewdness! How dsigusting, unnatural, ugly and filthy is such behavior, regardless, as to whoever engages in it!

  56. Posted December 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Why not choose to live how God commands us to live, holy and separated from sinful lusts and acts. Choose God and eternal life, rather than spend eternity with satan and eternal damnation, in unending torment. There are other sins besides the sins of being gay, however, God haes “ALL” sin!

  57. Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    What’s this world turning into. In reference to the BIBLE, Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed because of the evil deeds they were doing and homosexuality was one of them.
    GENESIS 19:4
    “Before Lot and his guests could go to bed,every man in Sodom, young and old, came and stood outside his house and started shouting, ‘Where are your visitors? send them out so we can have sex with them!’”
    If anyone decides to be a homosexual, its his decision and not authorized by the Bible. They feel guilty and want to make it appear ‘okay’ so others would join in.
    EVANGELINA SENA OPOKU-NYARKO

  58. Posted January 31, 2013 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Ray, All men since Adams’ Fall are born Sinners. Thats why Jesus Died on the cross to deliver man from the nature of sin. this nature produces and manifests in fruits such as Fornication, adultery, Lies, and Killings (Gal. 5:19). Homosexuality is also a manifestation of the flesh(Rom 1:27).The message -Be born again and possess a new nature to be like Christ(Jesus is not a Homosexual). it is OK to come as you are to Jesus, It is not correct to remain as you were after you’ve met Christ.

  59. Posted February 3, 2013 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Why were we born? It’s a test. A real test. And it only has one question you have to answer correctly. Who do you say Jesus Christ is? If you say he is God and the only way to heaven. Then you have answered wisely but that is only half of the correct answer. What you believe about that answer is the rest of the test. Jesus said if you love me you will keep my commandments. And anyone who has read the bible know that in this particular sin, homosexuality, is not obey Jesus, not obeying his commandments. Do not be deceived, the bible says, we will be judged on what we truly believe in and do for Jesus or against Jesus. Jesus is God and He is The Judge. He is the only one worthy to be Judge. The Father God said that all power in heaven and earth is given to Jesus. Jesus is love because he deliberately came to earth to die for us that we would be saved from a forever burning hell. For us to escape hell and make it to heaven we must ask him to forgive us and to help us overcome all of the besetting sins, including homosexuality. He forgave the adulterous woman who was brought before him, but the last thing he said to her was, “go and sin no more”. We can’t keep on sinning after he has saved us and say to ourselves that it’s’ ok with Jesus. That is not what Jesus said and that is not his character. That kind of thinking is mocking Jesus and deceiving yourself of your continued salvation. To know what Jesus likes and dislikes is key in making it to Heaven and not hell. No human opinion matters.
    Paul Martin

  60. Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    I have to ask one question to all who support Ray’s choice – do you take the Bible (God’s Holy Word) literally, or subject to opinion? How do you deal with passages like Romans 1:18-32? Not only is sexual immorality (of all types) included, but many other sinful acts and actions. Now where in the Bible does God approve of ungodly behaviors. Going all the way back to Genesis 18 and 19. Homosexuality has never been “okay” with God. If homosexuality is okay, then would I be wrong to have sexual relations outside of my marriage? They both fall under the title of sexual immorality. What we need is to pray for Ray and everyone not walking honestly with God.

  61. Posted February 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    When it comes to the condemnation of homosexuals in the church. Being a christian myself i have a BIG question.In leviticus chapter 20 there is a list of sins which demanded the death penalty. The church seems to zero in on verse 13 if a man lieth with a man they shall be put to death.So for my big question i’d like to zero in on verse 10 if a man committeth adultery with another woman they both shall be put to death.Now lets define adultery the way Jesus defines adultery.If you look at a woman to lust after you commit adultery with her in your heart, and if you divorce you wife and marry another you commit adultery,and whoever marries the one who is divorced commits adultery.Sinse our curches have a large number of such people in them (both in the pulpit and out). My big question is how can we justify condemming the one group for breaking the law of verse 13 and condoning the other group who breaks the law of verse 10.
    Remember the words of Romans 3:20 therefore by the deeds of the law no body shall be justified in his sight for by the law is the knowledge of sin..

  62. Posted March 31, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I commend Mr. Boltz for his honesty. I also had to get honest about my Bisexuality which is not something I talk about very much. I don’t have the problem with trying to reconcile faith with my sexuality as I have no religion but am a Pantheist and a former Nichiren Buddhist. I simply created my own practice, wrote my own mantra, and use a generic mandala. I have trouble understanding people who are only attracted to the same sex or only the opposite sex just as much as I had trouble coming to terms with my orientation. Am I straight, am I gay, constantly asking myself due to my feelings not so much my actions as I haven’t really been in any relationships with other men but have had lots of girlfriends and even been engaged several times(and yes, I wanted sex with my fiances REALLY bad and had sex daily at times) but have had enough male friends I felt the same way about that I don’t question what I am. Good for him, I simply have trouble understanding how he can still call himself Christian. I would never be able to be part of a religion that discriminated against my kind even if I never acted on my gay side and agreed with their dogma, just the fact that they would stare down their nose at Bisexuals and condemn us even if I never whispered a word about my orientation. That would create a lot of cognitive dissonance, so that is what I have trouble understanding about him. None the less, good for him and I hope he has found true happiness. I actually feel whole now that I have been totally honest with myself and even find interacting with women easier than I ever did before.

  63. Posted March 31, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    One other thing I don’t understand to all the Christians who comment on her(keep in mind I am not an Atheist) but why would you want to agree with the Bible? It is chock full of contradictions(whether you lie about it or not, deny that it is and redefine what is plainly in black letters, play games with semantics, etc etc), also fail to recognize that if fear is the opposite of faith and you are afraid of going to Hell(which there is no proof of any afterlife aside from piles of contradictory near death experiences) then do you really have any faith when it merely is fear wearing a mask of faith? You REALLY believe a man rose from the dead? If you really want to be honest, if I dated a man it is no less sinful than you NOT stoning a 13 year old to death for talking back to it’s parents(and don’t even say “well we are under grace” as if you chose not to accept the grace you MUST stone a child to death) and since no one shall be justified by works your disdain for murdering a child as a Muslim would do today and accepting Jesus as an atoning sacrifice for NOT stoning a child to death is actually saying that stoning a child to death is the right action. Why would anyone put any stock in your book let alone why should I fear the threats of your Jehova? Why should I fear the threats of Allah? Again, I’m not an Atheist and not looking for a debate, more just something for you to think about. It will fall on deaf ears I’m sure, but just think about it. You fear your gay or bisexual son or daughter going to Hell? Do you have any proof of ANY Hell without your book or just a bunch of fear mongering from some pulpit pounder who has nothing better to do but play God in your life? Just a thought.