Why does everyone hate Ray Comfort?


You know, something I don’t understand about most IFB. Most of them absolutely hate Ray Comfort. I disagree with part of what he says, and agree with the rest.

Ray Comfort maintains that if you do not bear the fruits of temperence, longsuffering, forbearing, etc. that you are not saved.

I mantain instead that if someone comes to the Lord, and their life changes, they begin to read and study their bible when they didn’t before, they begin to worry about if they’re pleasing the Lord or not, etc… that’s fruit of salvation.

The hallmarks that Ray Comfort associates with salvation are actually the hallmarks of Christian maturity. That’s his error.

But David Stewart (who must have a thousand IFB blogs and websites) just hates Ray Comfort, I haven’t asked him why, but I assume that because Stewart pushes Jack Hyles, Jack Hyles, Jack Hyles he’s 100% Hyles. And what Hyles believed about salvation was almost in complete agreement with Campus Crusade for Christ’s definition of salvation.

In that sense, Jack Hyles was wrong. Hyles believed there was only one sin, that of unbelief. And if you repeated Hyles’ prayer, you’d be saved. Well, if over a million people supposedly accepted the Lord under Jack Hyles, why was his church only a few thousand in attendance? If supposedly a million people accepted Hyles, his church should have been over a million people attending every Sunday. Even the Wednesday service.

In this, Ray Comfort is absolutely right. Someone who does the sinner’s prayer, and then has nothing to do with Chrisitanity, no evidence in his life that he’s saved… is not saved. Hyles may have gotten a million people to recite the sinner’s prayer, but unless those people had changed lives, avoided wordliness, read their Bibles, prayed… they’re still lost.

You CANNOT claim to have saved 10,000 and have a church of 400. If you preached to a thousand, had a thousand come forward, and attendance increased by two… how many got saved?

Answer- two.

We don’t like this. I don’t like this. How many have gotten saved reading my blog? Answer – zero. How many have I preached to? According to WordPress, thousands. I could probably fill the QEII with all the people who’ve read one page of my blog.

Ray Comfort is absolutely right in most of what he says. The rest of what he teaches is a form of Lordship Salvation, and we should disregard that.

Why do people hate Ray comfort? They don’t hate him for the LOrdship Salvation part, they hate him for the other part, the part he’s right about. Let’s think about that for a while.

Because unlike some of the other quick prayerism types, when Ray counts someone as saved, there’s no “Attend two weeks and gone forever”. THey’re there forever.

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Soul Winning


How do you soul win? Seriously. How do you tell someone about the Gospel?

I’ll just say there’s a lot of books on how to share the Gospel. Ray Comfort’s system makes the most sense to me, if you’re looking on how to just get on a peach crate and start open air preaching.

But no kidding… most of the times I’ve witnessed, it’s been a case of the right person just bringing it up. And you share your own testimony. It plants a seed. most of the time, You’re planting a seed. Many people have to hear the Gospel four or five times before they respond. And since we’re in the Great Awakening, its going to take more and more work to get someone to believe.

There’s the romans Road method.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23, KJV)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, KJV)

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9, KJV)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1, KJV)

There’s the Ray Comfort method. “Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever take the name of the Lord in vain? Have you ever stolen something? Have you ever looked at anyone with lust? By your own admission, you’re a thieving, lying blaspheming adulterer and the wrath of God abides on you. An eternity in Hell awaits you. But God doesn’t want you to go to Hell. He paid the way so you can go to Heaven. It’s a free gift, all you have to do is recieve it.”

And of course, there’s Stealth Evangelism. I used to do this a lot. Breathe a prayer to the Lord He bring the right person to it, and hide a tract somewhere.

I’ve read a story about a person was given a tract, and they tore it up and threw it on the ground. The wind blew it to another person, who found it, read it, and walked around picking up all the pieces of it so they could read the whole thing. They got saved.

Here’s the REALLY hard part of soul winning.

most of the people you speak to will refuse. Do it anyway.

First Principles 3


Why do we accept that his righteousness passes to us by Eating his Flesh and Drinking his Blood symbolically or otherwise?

I’m answering these not to fight with you – indeed, I’m not striving with you. I’m answering gently, understanding the pain of indecision.

His righteousness does not pass to us by the Last Supper at all. It passes to us by belief.

By acceptance.

Abraham believed by faith, and it was reckoned him as righteousness.

And that’s how God set it up.

It’s so easy, we instinctively believe it can’t be right. We WANT to be able to do it our way.

Why? Pride.

If I can earn my righteousness somehow, by crawling to the Ganges river on our knees, we can stand with pride, “I did it.”

Christians say, “I didn’t do it. Jesus Christ did it, and offered it as a free gift. I just took it.”

Why is pride wrong?

Becuase, as I heard in a sermon today, pride made a Satan out of Lucifer. Your hands are polluted, dripping with the bloddguiltiness of your own sin. Everything you put your hands to take that, like the leper in the Torah who had to cover his lip and call out, “unclean! Unclean!” His house bacame unclean. His clothes became unclean.

Everything I touched became unclean by my sin. So any deed I did, such as spinning a thousand prayer wheels like the Tibetan Buddhists, is unclean as well. “Our righteousness as as filthy rags.”

So, you are powerless to save yourself.

Caiaphas examined Jesus Christ and pronounced him fit to die for the nation. Since prophecy included the Gentiles in with the Jews, and since a mixed multitude went up out of Egypt and recieved the Law along with the Jews… Gentiles too are included in this Jewish religion.

Christ died for your sins. All you have to do, like Abraham… is believe.

You’re in agony over this. I understand. When I was in Judaism, I knew it couldn’t help me. I begged God for a way, I rejected the faith of my people, walked away, and began a search through every religion I could find out about in the books.

I became convinced that Jesus Christ was the only way. But I couldn’t wrap my head around the Trniity. Once I was able to do that, I was able to cry out, “Abba! Father!”

And Jesus Christ saved me.

My salvation night was horrific. I wept for hours. I begged for forgiveness for what seemed like hours. And then I reached a point where I could no longer strive with God all night, like Jacob. And like my great great grandfather Jacob, I too said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me!”

And He did.

Stop striving. Accept. Repent.

Believe.

And be free.

First Principles 2


If the bible says in several places that no one person can be punished for another’s sins, and that the sins debts of the father cannot be passed to the son, as the righteousness of the father doesn’t either…

Logical, but not what the Bible says.

Let’s review two of the fundamental laws on how to interpret the Bible.

  1. We must compare spiritual with spiritual – all scripture on a topic must be compared before we derive our doctrine
  2. Less clear passages give way to more clear.

These are well established rules of Biblical Interpretation, and the person speaking who I’m adressing is well acquainted with them.

Here’s what to take away from the passage in Ezekiel you’re reading. Part of what you’re struggling with is this – you keep talking about sin. Think about that.

12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12 (KJV)

15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. Romans 5:15 (KJV)

The issue is, the existence of sin and the curse of death entered by Adam. However, Ezekiel, the passage you’re referring to, says you will die for your own sins.

4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:4 (KJV)

You are asking in effect, “Can I not then atone for my own sins?”

How?

22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Hebrews 9:22 (KJV)

Without blood, without something dying in your place, your sins cannot atone for.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 (KJV)

That’s why you cannot atone for your sins.

Then why do we believe in The Indwelling Sin Curse of Adam that passes to all humanity from birth?

That part already I’ve answered. I think what it is, is that you’ve had an incorrect understanding of atonement, redemption, propitiation, and sin. You’ve had, rather, the Roman Catholic understanding that we all are corrupt and will go to hell for Adam’s sin. Rather, the Bible says “…by one man sin entered the world.” This is the curse of sin, and the penalty of. Death. All will die, now that death has entered the world. And all will go into Hell, without forgiveness, atonement, and propitiation.

It sounds like semantics, but it’s not.

Why do we accept that our sins can be laid on another and paid for?

Why is it that in the OT the accepted sacrifice was fully consumed by either fire or eating, but christ was allowed to be resurrected and his body not destroyed?

You’re misunderstanding the offerings. We do not eat the sin offerings. THe blood of the sin offering, and certain parts of the sin offerings, were poured out onto the altar, and the fats burned. THe blood atoned for the sins, and the fats were as prayers, as God said it was a sweet smelling savour unto Him.

The offerings we ate were festival offerings. It was a communal meal, one with another.

Now, here’s the part that I never noticed while I was in Judaism. The blood atoned for the sins… but the Bible did not say “the blood of the bull will atone for the sins.”

The Bull or the goat died in your place. THe lamb died in your place. One offering could not, once and for all, take away all your sins. else the High Priest would have offered them once and for all. Indeed, before Aaron and his sons could function as priests, THEY had to be atoned for! So their ministry obviously was not a perpetual one. Their offerings were temporary.

Our sins can be laid on another because God said so. Your hand was placed upon the offering’s head, a prayer was said so that it was an effectual transfer, and then the animal died in your place.

Now, here’s what you’re asking.

“Jesus Christ was a man, so how could he die in my place?”

The obvious answer is – he wasn’t a man. He was fully man and fully God.

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:6-11 (KJV)

Jesus Christ is both the party aggrieved, as He is God… and He is the atonement, the offering, the perfect man without sin. Thus, He was not only the perfect sacrifice, being utterly without blemish…

…but the High Priest even examined him, and pronounced Him fit for the sacrifice.

49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. John 11:49-50 (KJV)

We’ll finish this up tomorrow.

First Principles – Who is God?


Before I get into answering all of the other questions this person asked – let’s look at God. Who is God?

We can ignore the question of ‘if there is a God’. because the Watchmaker logic problem makes the demand. That’s another reason I started this with Pascal’s wager, by the way.

The watchmaker argument says… “If there is a watch, I know there is a watchmaker.” The standard cosmology arguments do not answer HOW the Universe is created. And Newtonian physics demand that an action has a source. The Universe is in motion, therefore, someone set it in motion.

So, we turn to the Bible. Who is God?

He is master. 13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. John 13:13 (KJV)

He is teacher. 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. John 3:2 (KJV)

  • God is self-existent. Exod. 3:13-14 2.
  • God is self-sufficient. Ps. 50:10-12 3.
  • God is eternal. Deut. 33:27; Ps. 90:2 4.
  • God is infinite. 1 Kings 8:22-27; Jer. 23:24 5.
  • God is omnipresent. Ps. 139:7-12 6
  • God is omnipotent. Gen. 18:14; Rev. 19:6 7.
  • God is omniscient. Ps. 139:2-6; Isa. 40:13-14 8.
  • God is wise. Prov. 3:19; 1 Tim. 1:17 9.
  • God is immutable. Heb. 1:10-12; 13:8 10.
  • God is sovereign. Isa. 46:9-11 11.
  • God is incomprehensible. Job 11:7-19; Rom. 11:33 12.
  • God is holy. Lev. 19:2; 1 Pet. 1:15 13.
  • God is righteous and just. Ps. 119:137 14.
  • God is true. John 17:3; Titus 1:1-2 15.
  • God is faithful. Deut. 7:9; Ps. 89:1-2 16.
  • God is light. James 1:17; 1 John 1:5 17.
  • God is good. Ps. 107:8 18.
  • God is merciful. Ps. 103:8-17 19.
  • God is gracious. Ps. 111:4; 1 Pet. 5:10 20.
  • God is love. John 3:16; Rom. 5:8 21.
  • God is spirit. John 4:24 22.
  • God is one. Deut. 6:4-5; Isa. 44:6-8 23.
  • God is a Trinity. Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14

H. L. Willmington, The Complete Book of Bible Lists, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1987), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 121.

It may not seem to someone who is suffering through something that God is merciful. I once told my congregation, “If I were God, I would allow you one million times to sin. One million. And then my patience would run out, and I’d wipe you off the face of the earth.”

Assuming I sinned 50 times a day (a fairly low estimate, considering how Jesus Christ describes mild anger as being the same as murder, and coveting the same as theft) – you’d hit that total in 7.3 years. So, if the age of accountability was 8, then… nobody’d make it past 16 years of age.

God is merciful. You can sin again and again and again. God has amazing patience. Far more than I do. Yes, one sin will send you to Hell. But an examination of Adolph Hitler’s life, and Stalin’s life, shows that they lived to advanced ages – and God did not in anger wipe them off the face of the earth.

WHY???

Because God was hoping they’d repent. They’d realize their lost condition. That they’d repent, and ask God humbly to save them, to confess their sins to God. And beg forgiveness.

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Phrases Christians Use I Absolutely Hate!


You know how it is… you’re in a bad mood, you stop off somewhere and step out of your car into a big puddle you didn’t see. Now you’re feet are wet. You run into the store and drop something. As you’re paying for the stuff you had to hunt for because the way they stock store shelves, the clerk says…

“have a nice day.”

Ugh.

Okay, now for the phrases Christians use that absolutely drive me absolutely off the wall. I try not to be contentious. I try not to correct everyone. But these are not just “I hate when people say this” but actually, these are genuine barometers that show how far off from the Bible you are.

We all want to be biblical. We all want to line up our lives to the word of God.

So, let’s look at these.

“Just walk around with a smile on your face and sooner or later people will ask why you’re so happy”.

ANSWER… Sooner or later, people will think you need medication. I’ve never heard of any saved Christian who has continued to bear fruit whose testimony was… “I saw someone smiling all the time.” There’s no case of anyone doing this in the Bible. There’s no instruction of this in any epistle. Instead, we have “how will they know unless someone preach?”

When we get to heaven we won’t be suprirsed whose there, we’ll be surprised we are.” ANSWER – the genesis of this was, “When we get to heaven, we’ll be suprised who made it.”

read that a couple of times. What does that mean, and where does it come from?

This phrase originated in Universalism. Universalism was crushed in debates in the 1880’s, defeated in the 1930’s, and smashed in the 1960’s – and STILL popping up its ugly head. It has learned to go in hiding, having been soundly defeated in every debate.

It has learned to keep its mouth shut, except to infect an unaware Christianity who is otherwise immune to its rhetoric except for the pervasive impact of this commonly repeated phrase. Christians who would reject an out and out heretic saying, “Why, EVERYONE will be saved” have been drastically influenced by this evil saying.

WHY would we possibly be surprised who is saved??? If you walked around heaven and asked, “how were you saved” the answer would be, “I was saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by being born again.”

Now, are you saying that today’s plastic Christianity would be surprised that some person who simply repeated the sinners prayer, and never darkened the door of a church ever again would end up in heeaven? No, that wouldn’t surprise today’s christians at all. It would astound me – but I’m not the Judge in heaven. But no, today’s Christians would not find that amazing at all.

So…. where’s the surprise? Why, it would be a surprise to see Roman Catholics in heaven, right? or… Hindu’s, right? That’s what this phrase means. I’ve heard it before, and despise it.

Another phrase I hear a lot is, “I believe everyone that truly loves God will go to heaven.” Is that what the Bible says?

“Unless you truly, sincerely love God, ye will in no wise enter into the kingdom of God?” No, it says “Ye must be born again.”

Guess what this is? You guessed it – Universalism.

Try this… when some worldly person who thinks overall they’re a good person besides their blasphemous, lying, cheating, stealing adulterous nature tells you they’re pretty sure they’ll go to heaven, try this…

“The Bible tells us something different. It says in Isaiah, “6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)”

Don’t lie to them! EXPLAIN it doesn’t matter what we do – our very sin nature enough is enough to cast ourselves into hell. You know what this is, right? Witnessing! The LORD just gave you a primo opportunity to share the Gospel, and here you are, willing to let them go into Hell forever just because you’re worried about offending them for a day! Worry rather about offending them for eternity!

You just look at everything with love, seeing the world through pure eyes. That’s great – the Bible says, “To the pure, all things are pure (Titus 1:15a). But the Bible also says,

12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. Proverbs 30:12 (KJV)

Here’s the bad news – there’s a lot of this people who are going to go to Hell. The numbers are staggering. I’ve repeated them time and again. I said in a sermon once the number of people who went into Hell, going from the moment of my first seminary class to the graduation moment. It’s millions of people. It’s staggering.

Buddhists are going to go to Hell. They don’t believe in a god. Shinto practitioners are going to go to Hell. They believe in many gods. Hindus are going to Hell. They have so many gods and goddesses, that you can say, “Well, I believe they truly love God!” Okay, sure… which one? They kind of have a lot of them. None of them are the God of the bible, so, in a way, by your own mouth are they condemned! WITNESS TO THEM!!!

I mean, we’ve all heard the response from Penn Gillette, the magician to Ray Comfort – “If you really believe in a Hell, then you should be running from person to person trying to warn them!” Comfort’s answer was.. “I am!”

Are you???

Okay, let’s deal with my people. If I died, before I was born again, would I have gone to heaven? Look me in the eyes and tell me. Tell me you really believe I would have gone to heaven. I’ll tell you that you are wrong. If I had died before I’d become born again, I would have been in Hell for 8 years now, suffering in agony. And guess what? just a drop in the bucket… eight years is nothing. I’d still be there a billion years from now.

God is merciful. God is loving. God came to earth and died so I did not have to. God personally paid the price for me, so I could go into heaven.

Tell people about that, before you get to heaven and find out that all those people you misinformed are cursing your name for all eternity as they writhe in torment.