Do we shoot the wounded?

Mike Ensely wrote a good article about Ray Boltz, homosexuality, teens, and the fact that Christians notoriously shoot their wounded.

The article can be found here.

What do you think: does the Church shoot their wounded and how so?


7 responses to “Do we shoot the wounded?

  1. Wonderful words! It’s been a while since I’ve read something so real and honest…that gives me hope for the church – if only it was filled with more people with this opinion who are willing to act on it and not be ashamed that they are so different from the rest of the “church”

  2. No doubt many churches shoot their wounded. And probably even more would if the wounded revealed their wounds! Just finished reading TrueFaced, which has a lot to say about how God views us and how we should view one another.

  3. Shawn,

    Thanks for directing us to this post. Mike Ensley has expressed some powerful things. I am pleasantly surprised that this came from Focus on the Family. It expressed the truth with humility and love.

    I am going to post this link on my blog as a follow-up to my Boltz Article.

    The critique on The Ruth Is Out website is tragic. Michael Airhart focuses, incorrectly on the ex-gay movement rather than the real crux of Ensley’s article, compassion.

    • Thank for the link back.

      Ensley does express a side of Exodus that doesn’t seem to get across in the media much of the time. But this is their heart’s message, that people embrace the fullness of CHRIST – both inside and outside church walls. I agree with what he wrote … my heart breaks for those who hear the truth (know the truth) and yet choose to deny it. And yes, the opposing article, though good to hear the other side, was totally off-based and ‘agenda-orientated’. Ensley was expressing his heart, and Airhart was expressing his agenda – in my opinion.

  4. Some thoughts
    … Really Ray, really… [shakes head]
    First, we have moved from the topic of the last conversation, primarily the issue of orthodoxy, to the new the topic, that of orthopraxis. I commented on the last post my views on the “correct teaching” on the issue, and are entering now into the broader realm of the “correct practice” of that truth.
    If there were debate on the first conversation, then this conversation opens to a whole new realm of nuance and discussion, and more variations from a ‘right way’. First, there is no orthopraxis outside of orthodoxy. If our views are not orthodox then your practice will remain inevitably flawed, even if exteriorly you seem to be doing the ‘right thing.’ The Apostle Paul makes a clear distinction of this in Acts 17. While the debate is not in any way synonymous with the one regarding homosexuality, and that must be made abundantly clear, what Paul does is show that after the orthodox rule has been established, the working out of that reality is more subjective, yet never in conflict with the rule.
    As such we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit, we follow his leadership and allow him to convict and we work in the fear of the Lord, knowing that we stand answerable to his judgment for misconstruing the words of the Lord.
    Second, we talk of grace a truth and allow the bible to define these realities. While the people often says, just show grace, what the miss is that Grace is not about forgiving people and letting them off the hook for sin. Titus clearly defines grace for us by saying in chapter 2 “ For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,”
    Grace then is might in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16) which gives us power in the Spirit to live righteous lives, denouncing sin and moving into godliness from wickedness. Teaching of grace that does not talk about might to overcome sin is false, cheap and useless and ultimately a lie. I feel sorry for Josh, I hope that he has found a Church now which teaches him that he can have grace though Christ to overcome sin (and not just a church which tells him his sin is okay because that will really only make Josh miserable).
    Ray on the other hand, while I feel sorry for him, he knows better, he really does, and in all these years he should have gone somewhere and done something. What I mean is this. The Church is hard, they have been insensitive and maybe do not know how to handle all the issues rightly (since the churches stance on sin had mostly been to resist and condemn it until it seemed too impractical or common for them to resist it any longer, and then openly embrace it, i.e. Divorce), yet there is in each individual a responsibility to the truth and Ray knows the truth and he chose in may ways to simply ignore that truth.
    There are many social factors and such but in the end of the day, it is simply me with the word of God and I have a responsibility to that truth to take it to heart and listen to it regardless of what the preacher in the pulpit treats me or the congregation receives me. Ray seems to have held on to a secret for so long and then just gone off the deep end, spouting off nonsense about “this is the way God made me.” I feel sorry that he lacked the fortitude in the word to allow the truth of the word to stand above his experience of the world (and feel sorry for the misery it is going to cause him)
    P.S. on the whole issues of “this is the way God made me,” there is seemingly no argument for scripture to support this whole argument (which is why the argument that homosexuality is allegedly genetic really is a moot point). Scripture says we were made in the image of God, we choose sin, and now humanity is born sinful, born in a curse and that naturally our hearts are desperately wicked. That was not God’s intent, but it is the curse.
    P.P.S we need to stop framing homosexuality as in people being gay or not gay. It creates a distinction which is troublesome. People who struggle with same sex-attraction fall into the erroneous delusion that it implies A, B & C and therefore feel the need to simply toss in the towel and embrace all the trappings of what the Pro-homosexual agenda so vehemently pushes as the ‘gay lifestyle’ (i.e. what Ray has apparently done). Instead we need to see it as a sinful and overcomeable (1 Corinthians 10:13) desire, and stop using it to define a person’s whole life, mode and existence.

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