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L. Ray Smith


L. Ray Smith operates a website titled, “Exposing Those Who Contradict,” hosted at bible-truths.com and bibletruths.com.

Smith states the purpose of his website as follows:

“[1] preach with sound doctrine and [2] refute those who contradict it”
[Titus 1:9 – The New Revised Standard Version]
– Source: Exposing Those Who Contradict, last accessed Jan. 2, 2007

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).

Heretical Teachings

Most glaringly, Smith denies the doctrine of the Trinity. This doctrine is one of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

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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.

“Sophomoric Sarcasm”

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 Johson’s Bookmarks

Staunch Defenders

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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First published (or major update) on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.
Last updated on December 23, 2007.

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