Ray Boltz. Truly Created So?

As one of his classics, “I Wouldn’t Go Back”, rolled in my very serene environment this last Thursday in the month of October-the second of such a month in the second leap year of the new millennium, I couldn’t help, but ponder over the latest and famous decision of its renowned author – Ray Boltz.

I started meditating deeply on his pieces with relish in the early years of my university education. My big brother, Clemence Fomevor- a young man with so much passion and zeal for the Lord had an album of Ray Boltz. It was captured “The Concert of a Life Time”. The exquisite lyrics of the individual tracks wove together beautiful twines, resulting in a very powerful and consistent theme. Of much interest was the concise and meaningful rationale behind the various songs to further give it a vivid impression. I could almost hear myself soliloquy, “where else could such an inspiration come from?” Of a truth out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

The faithfulness and love of God is nonetheless diminished by any act or thought of man. The joy of the Lord remains our strength.

The powerful introductory section of the Book of Romans provide such deep insight:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.(NKJV)

55 year-old Ray Boltz has truly come a long way. We are still on our knees: trusting God to give him a deeper insight into the salvation concept and life of the believer.


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