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The Evidence Bible edited by Ray Comfort

The Evidence BibleThe Evidence Bible (NKJV). Edited by Ray Comfort.  Alachua: Bridge-Logos 1,960 pp. $59.99. Purchase at Amazon for less. Also, there are different bindings and covers that are even less expensive than the one pictured.

Introduction

Readers of this review site will be very familiar with Ray Comfort as I have reviewed a number of his books and documentaries and even had the pleasure of interviewing him. You can find all of those articles here.

Summary

Ray has used the New King James Version translation as the basis for this particular “study Bible.” What sets this particular Bible apart from others is the (almost) countless helps for evangelism, open-air preaching, and apologetics found on nearly every page throughout the Bible.

You can watch this promotional video for more information:

Review

Though I am not as much of an open-air preacher as I am one-on-one, this resource is an excellent starting point for the new Christian with questions that he or she is unable to answer. Furthermore, this resource is a one-stop shop so to speak for those who do like to discuss their faith but are unable to answer specific questions from unbelieving family and friends.

The table of contents page is listed topically and alphabetically for quick reference. The contents are further divided into apologetics  and common questions and objections. The apologetics section includes such as evolution/creation, training children, religion (think world religions) and evangelism aids all of which are concise and powerful suggestions for getting beyond the debate quickly.

The common questions and objections are divided into doctrinal and practical categories.From God and Jesus to Sin, the Bible and Excuses. This section has specific Bible references for the student to be able to study and become familiar with in order to keep the conversation centered on Scripture.

Recommendation

In the end, this is a well-written and well-organized resource that I wish I had when I first became a Christian. Now, years later, I have found that I would have saved a ton of time and money by having this one resource! The Evidence Bible is a must own study Bible for high school and college students and any Christian who intends to be vocal about their faith (which should be every Christian!).  I highly commend it to you.

The Way of the Master Intermediate Training Course

Intermediate Course

Introduction

Back in 2012, I reviewed The Way of the Master Basic Training Course and have used this method of evangelism regularly ever since. Today, I am fortunate to be able to review the Intermediate Course.

I have reviewed a number of Ray’s books and movies and courses and have always found them to be extremely helpful. Of special interest may be my interview with Ray back in 2012.

Summary

For $49.95, you will receive the DVD’s, a student book (extras are available separate) and some ice breaker gospel tracts to get you started.

From the back of the DVD Case:

This eight-session DVD course adds critical framework to your foundation. It will teach you how to avoid the devastating pitfalls of producing false conversions. You will learn how to prove the existence of hell, both through the Scriptures and through reason, and what to do when things go wrong. Discover how to witness to a family member or to someone who is gay, how to recognize subtle satanic doctrines, how to refute the theory of evolution (join Kirk and Ray as they take an orangutan to lunch), and how to prove the existence of God.

Using a captivating teaching style, Kirk and Ray not only tell you how to witness, they show you, through fascinating on-the-street conversations with atheists, intellectuals, evolutionists, homosexuals — and perhaps the most intimidating — family members.

Once you’ve experienced the exhilaration of sharing the gospel, weekly homework assignments will help you put this life-changing teaching into practice as you discover additional creative ways to reach the lost.

Like countless others, you will be amazed at how using this biblical method will transform your life — and the eternal lives of others.

Review

In the Basic Training Course, there is a session that is dedicated to the ten most common objections by those who are lost. I felt as though this intermediate course was a deeper explanation of many of those objections but with specific cultural application for today.

For example, lesson five discusses how to lovingly give hope to those who are gay (a very necessary conversation today) while the first lesson really begins to build on the foundation of poured in the Basic Training Course of true and false conversions. Here, Ray and Kirk, help the student to understand true and false conversions. Who knows, you may come to understand that you are not a Christian and need to genuinely repent of your own sins! (Yes, it has happened.)

Lesson four may be the most helpful as it encourages the student to continue in obedience even when everything goes wrong during an evangelism encounter.

It is important that the student understand that this is an intermediate training course and must only be studied after the basic training. Personally, I would recommend that you practice what was taught for a while before moving on to this course since your experience as an evangelist will greatly aid in your understanding of the intricacies of evangelizing a world blinded by Satan to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Recommendation

As I stated above, this is my preferred method of evangelism. It typically cuts to the chase and circumvents much discussion meant to derail the sharing of the gospel. That being said, this intermediate course will aid the timid Christian to confidently engage in further evangelism as well as equip him or her for many different intimidating scenarios. I highly recommend this resource to all Christians.

Mark Twain: A Christian Response by Ray Comfort

Mark TwainComfort, Ray. Mark Twain: A Christian Response to His Battle with God. Green Forest, Master Books, 2014. 160 pp. $12.99. Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for less.

Introduction

Mark Twain needs no introduction to those who read books. Then again, he may given the perspective of this book. Ray Comfort’s books and movies and study courses have been reviewed quite regularly here at Christian Book Notes.  I have also been blessed to interview him.

Summary

Divided into 15 chapters, Comfort attempts a conversation with Mark Twain based on Twain’s writings. In the course of the book, Comfort establishes via Twain’s own words, that he was indeed a theist and that he was appalled at the God of the bible. Instead of seeking to understand God on His terms in the Bible, Twain used human reasoning to establish that the God of the Bible was not a God worthy of praise. If anything, the God of the Bible was to be derided and mocked and ridiculed because of His willingness to kill “innocent people” and take virgins captive.

Review

To be honest, the book was a bit difficult to understand at first. I could not tell if I was reading the words of Mark Twain or Ray Comfort. After a few chapters, I figured out how Comfort had organized this work and from there I found it to be quite enjoyable.

I enjoyed how Ray actually penned a conversation with Mark based upon his own writings. The obvious caveat is that Twain was limited to what he wrote and Comfort could easily anticipate the answer.

The charge could be leveled that Comfort was able to ask the question or offer a response such that Twain “loses” or looks bad. The truth is, Comfort is very generous with his conversation. He strives to keep Twain in his proper context and does not commit the sin of eisogesis (stripping a sentence or phrase out of a context in order to make it say something contrary to what was actually said).

Ultimately, however, Comfort did a wonderful job of exemplifying how one should engage an unbeliever and skeptic in the course of conversation. This work ultimately becomes an apologetics class on how to share and defend your faith. In the end, Comfort shows that while Twain was a theist, i.e., he believed that something existed that created everything, he was certainly not a Christian. In fact, he went so far as to mock Christianity and deride those who would worship a god such as the one depicted in the pages of the Bible.

Recommendation

Once I figured out the style of the book, this was a very enjoyable read. I found that as I read I was treated to a plethora of methods of evangelism and apologetics. Further, this work strips away the veneer and shine of the carefully crafted image that is Mark Twain and allows the reader to look underneath and see, in his own words, how genuinely angry he was. I recommend this resource to all Christians. It would make a great gift to the one you know who is a fan of Mark Twain.

Noah and the Last Days – Movie

Noah ad from Ray Comfort

Introduction

Ray Comfort is back at it again and we should all rejoice!  I have reviewed a number of his resources and documentaries here at Christian Book Notes. He is always most sincere in the need of repentance and his willingness to proclaim the gospel to anyone and everyone is to be emulated.  You can read more at NoahtheMovie.com.

Summary

As Ray Comfort has done for years, he seeks to engage people with areas of life that are pertinent to the person in the here and now.  This time, he is using the forthcoming movie about Noah as the means by which he proclaims the gospel.  This video will offer a better summary and introduce the concept to you in greater detail than I could.

Review

First, the content, as usual, is dead on.  Ray pulls no punches and is always seeking to drive the conversation directly to the gospel.  We can learn much from Ray Comfort’s actions in all of these videos.

Second, Ray’s willingness to use what many are calling an unbiblical portrayal of Noah in the forthcoming movie starring Russell Crowe is to be commended.  When so many people are using this opportunity to rail against Hollywood, Ray is like a salmon swimming upstream in that he is embracing the opportunity to boldly proclaim the gospel to an audience who is already thinking along spiritual lines.  Again, this is to be commended and emulated.

Third, this movie will embolden and equip Christians to share the gospel – especially with those who have seen the movie Noah.

Finally, I appreciate the implicit and explicit tip of the hat to Ken Ham and the Creation Museum throughout the video.  It is beautiful when ministries come together for the common cause of proclaiming the Word of God. What a proclamation of unity on the essentials to an ever watching world.

Recommendation

Ray Comfort’s Noah is absolutely worth your time.  This is an excellent resource to equip yourself and your congregation and anyone else interested in proclaiming the gospel.  The church continues to be indebted to Ray Comfort and Living Waters for teaching, equipping, and challenging Christians to fulfill the Great Commission mandate of Jesus Christ.  Spend 30 minutes watching this video and be changed for a lifetime.  You can view the trailer of download a preview of the entire before it becomes freely available on YouTube March 28th on www.NoahTheMovie.com.

God Speaks by Ray Comfort

God SpeaksComfort, Ray.  God Speaks: Finding Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness – Life Lessons from the Biblical Book of Job.  Ventura: Regal Books, 2013.  224 pp.  $12.99.  Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for less.

Introduction

I have reviewed a number of Ray Comfort’s books and resources.  Most of them deal with evangelism, but he has recently started to spread his wings so to speak with ventures into the field of apologetics with titles like Made in Heaven and now going very pastoral in God Speaks.  By far, and I do not think he would want it any other way, Ray is most known for his evangelism series, The Way of the Master.

Summary

Divided into 22 chapters covering the entirety of the Book of Job, Ray applies the principles of the Life and tragedies of Job to the modern reader.  To keep the reader’s mind squarely on the text of the Bible as Comfort seeks to teach it, every chapter’s title is “Job and…” Some titles include a look at karma, salvation, moral relativism, Lady Gage, Idolatry, Lust, the Holocaust, and even dinosaurs.

After reading the text of the book, you will want to read the Epilogue which is aptly subtitled, Save Yourself Some Pain.  Here, Ray brings everything together and explains how we can truly save ourselves unnecessary pain by continuing to seek the Lord Jesus Christ and what living a life set apart for Him looks like.

Review

Job is one of my favorite books to read when I am dealing with trials, tribulations, and tragedies.  God Speaks is written with the care of a pastor as well as the experience of a sinful human who he himself has clung to the truths found particularly in the Book of Job.  While dealing with 22 different subjects, Ray offers much hope through his understanding of Scripture in each and every chapter.

The reader might only want to read a chapter here and there, and that can be done effectively, but the pay off is when you read this work cover to cover and culminate with the epilogue.  After reading it like that, you will be better equipped to not only deal with your own trials and tragedies but be able to point others to the hope you have in the midst of their own hopeless situations.  That being said, this will be a resource that you should first read cover to cover and then go back during specific times in your life and read the individual chapters.

Finally, given the length of the chapters, this work could be read devotionally as well.

Recommendation

You will want to own a couple copies of this book because after you read it, you will probably want to give your copy away!  Ray speaks directly to the heart with God Speaks because Ray deals directly with the Word of God as he seeks to instruct and teach and edify the saints to biblically deal with trials and tribulations.  A superb book that is must reading for anyone who has ever suffered through a tragedy or will suffer through a tragedy.

The School of Biblical Evangelism by Kirk Cameron & Ray Comfort

The School of Biblical EvangelismCameron, Kirk and Ray Comfort.  The School of Biblical Evangelism: 101 Lessons – How to share your faith, simply, effectively, biblically…the way Jesus did..  Alachua: Bridge-Logos, 2004.  768 pp.  $26.99.  Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for much less.

Introduction

I have been blessed to review a number of books and courses by Ray Comfort.  You can read those reviews here. I have also been able to interview him and have found him to be a godly and personable man who has much to teach and offer the local church.  You can learn more about Ray’s ministry at the website The Way of the Master.

Kirk Cameron is most known for his role as Mike Seaver on Growing Pains but also for his latest movies with Christian themes – movies such as Left Behind, FireProof and even some documentaries of late, Monumental and Unstoppable, as well as traveling around to churches for marriage conferences.  You can find out more a Kirk’s Website aptly named KirkCameron.

Summary

At 768 pages, this book is no joke!  There are 101 lessons geared toward equipping the Christian to share his or her faith with anyone and everyone.  The first 20 or so chapters are a rehashing of their Evangelism basic training course.  After those first twenty or so chapters, they spend the next thirty or so dealing with methods of sharing your faith (from testimony evangelism to open-air preaching) to dealing with the reality of the spiritual warfare that will take place.  They conclude this meat and potatoes section of the course with a look at essential Christian doctrine like the Trinity, th eDeity of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Resurrection, the Bible itself and then a quick lesson on apparent contradictions in Scripture.

Starting about lesson 61, they take the student on a journey of being able to witness to the skeptic, the scientist, the atheist as well as the philosopher.  From there, they move into equipping the student to witness to the various religions of the world as well as the numerous Christian cults.

Review

Even if you paid the full price of $27.00, you would be receiving what amounts to a seminary level training manual for evangelism.  The book is laid out in an order that will educate and equip the Christian to better share their faith with everyone they encounter on a daily basis.  While it would be difficult to call a book on evangelism exhaustive, The School of Biblical Evangelism comes as close as any book I have ever read or seen.

While the authors do place an emphasis on intellectual training, they also explain with great care the necessity of relying on the Holy Spirit to save the sinner instead of trying to argue them into the kingdom (hint: that can’t be done!).  Furthermore, this particular resource, while it would be advantageous to tackle it cover to cover will prove an invaluable companion and resource for the Christian as he seeks to brush up on the various methods and conversations to be had with the many different sets of beliefs in the world today.

Finally, if one were to use the Recommended Resources section as a guide to building a library, their library would not only be solid, but their theology would be built upon the Word of God once delivered to all the saints.  Specifically, the apologetics perspective would be solid and the ability for the Christian to better understand his own faith will be evident.  There was not a single resource I would not recommend myself.

Recommendation

If you are looking for an inexpensive “class” to equip yourself to share your faith, I cannot think of another that would do all The School of Biblical Evangelism does.  The fact that you can get it on Kindle for only $7.69 means the Christian can no longer say I do not have the resources available to share my faith.  I cannot recommend an evangelestic resource any higher than I do this one.  Do yourself a favor and purchase this book.  Truth be told, eternity is in the balance for so many.

Made in Heaven by Ray Comfort and Jeffrey Seto

Comfort, Ray and Jeffrey Seto.  Made in Heaven: Man’s Indiscriminate Stealing of God’s Amazing Design.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2012.  80 pp.  $15.99.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

I have been blessed to have many interactions with Ray Comfort from an interview to reviewing many of his books.  He has always been spot on in his writings though I know he and I disagree on a few secondary issues.  Nonetheless, his ministry has had a major influence in mine – especially when it comes to evangelism.

Jeffrey Seto, on the other hand, I have never heard of until now.  If you are like me, then you will be stunned to discover that he works as an aerospace engineer in experimental research and development.  His specialty is supersonic boom suppression, structural and system testing in both civilian and military areas and synthetic vision approach systems.  To be honest with you, what he does is beyond me!

Summary

Divided into 32 chapters over 63 pages of text, this book is fast moving compiling much evidence showing how we have in a very real way stolen from God’s creation to design materials to better our lives.  These two authors look at everything from shark scales to cat eyes and mosquitoes to show how we are looking to creation.  Watch this video to better understand what this resource attempts to show:

Review

My mind was blown thumbing through this book.  I had no idea where some of the inspiration came for many of the items I use every day.  The only criticism I had was the lack of cited resources to support some of the claims but the conclusions drawn were logical nonetheless.  The diagrams were extremely helpful in explaining some of the tougher concepts.  Page after page left me spell bound with God’s creative power and saddened by man’s feeble attempt to play God and not give him any glory whatsoever.  Ray Comfort and Jeffrey Seto offer a resounding apologetic giving God all the glory and helping us to shift our perspective and to seek how we can further give God glory while using every day items in our homes and as we travel.

Recommendation

I have always enjoyed studying science and how we as humans come up with some of the things we do.  Unfortunately, I have never really considered the claims made in this resource.  That has changed.  My mind was blown and I have been challenged to radically change my perspective and for that I am grateful.  This book is highly recommended to all believers and even to non-believers.  This would be an excellent coffee table book in the home or for the Christian business man or even doctor.  It will stimulate your mind and enable to you further worship God in an area (or areas) that you never considered.

God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life by Ray Comfort

Comfort, Ray.  God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life: The Myth of the Modern Message.  Bellflower: Living Water Publications, 2010.  128 pp.  $8.99.  Purchase at Amazon for much less.

Introduction

Ray Comfort has, graciously, become a very familiar name here at Christian Book Notes.  We recently hosted a “Living Waters Week” featuring a few reviews and one interview with Ray.  You can read all of those and more here. This particular work, God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life is, in my estimation, a foundational work for the ministry of Living Waters.  All of Ray’s teachings revolve around the issue presented in this book.

Summary

The book is small at only 128 pages.  When you see that it is divided into eight chapters and has a forward and appendix along with endnotes and recommended resources, you quickly realize that this a very fast read.  Beginning in chapter one, Comfort shows that the problem with biblical evangelism versus many modern methods is that biblical evangelism does not lead to the phenomenal growth so many pastors and congregations deem as a successful ministry.  Chapter two and three further explore the sad realities of offering Jesus as a fix-all to our problems.  Chapter four is pivotal in that Comfort now shifts the reader’s attention to what needs to be explained to those in need of the gospel (and that is all of us).

The work concludes with chapters titled “making grace amazing” and “what did Jesus do?”  From chapter four through chapter eight the reader will be introduced to a proper understanding of biblical evangelism according to Christ.  The appendix is dedicated to those who evangelize using the Four Spiritual Laws of Campus Crusade.  Here, Comfort does critique the methodology while affirming the heart behind men like Dr. Bill Bright and others within the organization.

Review

First, this book has automatically moved to the top of my list insofar as book covers are concerned.  The title and the picture are so disturbing and thought provoking that for once, you can judge a book by the cover.  When you are called to follow Christ, you are called to die.  We seem to forget that in our evangelism.

While there have been a number of books penned recently dealing with the shallow depth of much evangelism today, I cannot recall one that has so well explained the problem while also offering a solid, biblical solution without being divisive among conservatives.  There has been much written about losing children to the world as they grow older or the dwindling numbers found in most congregations or churches that are just no longer vibrant.  I believe Ray Comfort has thrown an atomic bomb in the midst of all church goers as to why it appears that people are no longer interested in the faith.  The reality is, our churches are dying because so many “members” are unconverted.

Comfort shows from Scripture why so many methods are bankrupt of true conversions (though God does bless even the poorest evangelism as I am a testimony to).  He also shows, from the lips of Jesus Christ, the manner in which He proclaimed the Kingdom.  Why not seek to be more like Christ in our evangelism?  That is not to say that it is the only method of evangelism.  What one cannot say is that it is not biblical even if it does not bring in a record number of converts.

Recommendation

Be careful reading this book.  You may discover and begin to question your own faith.  That is a good thing as assurance is not guaranteed though is promised to those who fight the fight of faith.  Ray Comfort’s book, God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life needs to be must reading for all believers.  To that end, you can get one single copy of God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life for free.  You can also order the books in bulk for $1 each.  I highly recommend doing one or both.  This is a book you will give away over and over.  I promise.

Interview: Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to answer some questions.  In reading this first part of a two part interview, you will find that Ray is a man after God’s own heart with a humorous side to him as well.

Ray is a Best-selling Author & Co-Host with Kirk Cameron of The Way of the Master television program and an itinerant evangelist who is known for his sermon Hell’s Best Kept Secret (You can find it on the home page of the ministry’s website or watch it here) and his The Way of the Master evangelism training seminars and now Basic Training Course (read review here).

 

Christian Book Notes (CBN):  Could you share how you came to know Christ as Lord and Savior?

Ray:  I was born in 1949, just four years after the Second World War. My Jewish mom married a Gentile (to the horror of her parents), and Mom and Dad decided to put “Methodist” on my birth certificate, because they were concerned that there may be another Nazi-type holocaust. Despite the Methodist label, in my 22 years as a non-Christian, I was left without any real instruction about God.

I started surfing at the age of 13, left school at the age of 17, and worked in a bank for three years. During that time I met and fell in love with a beautiful girl named Sue. She was made for Comfort–a very cute 4 foot 10 inches tall.

Around that time I saw a picture of a professional surfer I admired, wearing a “fringed” cowboy jacket, so I and made one for myself. Friends so liked it, they asked me to make jackets for them. There was so much interest, I left the bank, opened a combined leather gear and surf wear store, and eventually made 250 jackets.

Sue and I were married in 1970, and late in 1971, something happened that changed my life forever. After she drifted off to sleep I looked at her and thought, “I am part of the ultimate statistic. Ten out of ten die. I have everything I want in life–my own business, a car, my own house, freedom to do what I want when I want, and a beautiful wife, but death is going to tear from my hands everything I hold dear.” I sat on the edge of the bed and wept at the futility of life.

I then decided to do all I could to ensure that I lived a long healthy life. I visited my local doctor to ask him how I could remain well, and noticed that he looked deathly sick as he sat behind his desk and breathed in the burning fumes of a cigarette. He became a mortal statistic a few years later. I then looked to science for an answer to my dilemma, and noticed that they were more concerned about putting a man on the moon than they were about the fact that death awaited all of us. There seemed to be no answer to the problem of death. I resigned myself to my utter futility and hopelessness.

Six months later (April of 1972), Sue allowed me to leave her and our newborn son and go on a surfing trip with friends. Five of us traveled about 100 miles north of my home. One of them was a Christian.

On the second night, I found myself in Graham Read’s room talking about the things of God. Earlier that evening I had read the words of Jesus: “You have heard that it was said by them of old ‘You shall not commit adultery’” and had mumbled, “Good. If there’s a Heaven I will probably get there because I haven’t committed adultery.” But then I read something that cut me in two: “But I say to you, that whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart.” I was shocked. I thought, “Does God see my thought-life! Has he seen what I am really like? If He is going to judge me by that standard–that lust is adultery, I’m not going to make it to Heaven. I will end up in Hell!”

I remembered one incident that happened some months earlier in my store. A young lady had wanted me to make her a leather mini-skirt, and as I measured her hips I became nervous. My fear was one of committing adultery. I was happily married, but there was something in me that I couldn’t identify, that seemed to consume my want to do good.

During a 6 ½ hour conversation I suddenly understood the cross. It had never made sense to me. I believed that Jesus was the Son of God. Like most people, I prayed at night out of habit. But once I saw that I had sinned against God, and was heading for Hell, I understood the cross. I was a criminal in His eyes. God was a Judge. I had violated His Law–the Ten Commandments, but Jesus stepped in 2,000 years ago, and paid my fine. That meant that God could freely dismiss my case. He could commute my death sentence!

That night I repented and put my trust in Jesus Christ and passed from death to life. I remember thinking, “This is what I have been looking for! Thank you dear Lord–You heard my cry and saved me from death. You didn’t leave me in the dark and hopeless shadow of death. I am so grateful. Words can’t express my gratitude. What do you want me to do?” I called Sue and said, “Are you lonely?” She said “Yes I am,” so I responded, “Well don’t worry. God is with you.”

I was a new person. Brand new. I was no longer drowning in the sea of my own lusts. My feet were established on the rock of the fear of the Lord. Now I had a reason to flee from temptation–because I feared God. When temptation came, I could say with Joseph, “How could I do this thing and sin against God!”

It was radical when I was born the first time. I didn’t exist, then suddenly I did. This new birth was just as radical. I couldn’t help thinking about God, when for the previous 22 years I hadn’t given Him one moment’s serious thought. The Bible suddenly came alive. I had found everlasting life, and there are no words that can express how grateful I am for the fact that God saved me from death and Hell.

(CBN):  You have written a number of books (view reviews of resources by Ray Comfort here). Which book has been your most memorable thus far personally?

Ray:  It is a book that is called, God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life. The cover is a picture of Stephen being stoned to death. It’s about how the Church has strayed from biblical evangelism by telling people that Jesus will fix all your problems—that the Christian life is a bed of roses, and they forget to tell you about all the thorns. This false gospel has filled the contemporary Church with millions of false converts.

(CBN):  Aside from the Bible, what authors or books have been most influential in your walk with Christ and in your ministry?

Ray:  Charles Spurgeon’s great work, Lectures to My Students has probably been the most influential.  

(CBN):  You and Kirk Cameron team up for street evangelization and have since written and taught an evangelism Basic Training course entitled Way of the Master. How difficult was it to write and teach that course given all of the misconceptions of what evangelism is today?

Ray:  It really wasn’t too difficult for me, because I have shared a teaching called “Hell’s best kept Secret” 834 times (you can find this message on this page here). The entire Seasons 1-3 of our television program is made up of different teachings I’ve been doing for years. When you have gone over a biblical teaching that many times it becomes second nature. Kirk has a very sharp mind and a great deal of experience and with his helpful tweaking we were able to make it work for television.

(CBN):  What is it like to work with Kirk Cameron?

Ray:  I have loved working with Kirk. He is a genuinely nice guy–and with my humility and good looks and his ability to teach, we make a great team ;).

(CBN):  You also have a school of evangelism available through Living Waters Ministry. How is that different than the Basic Training Course and what would one expect throughout that school?

Ray:  The School is a very comprehensive written course, while the Basic Training Course is more visual using the cream of our television program.

(CBN):  What do you believe the state of evangelism to be today in the evangelical church at large? Why do you think this is the case and, if necessary, what can we do about it as believers?

Ray:  With the help of God we can see the Church of the 21st century become like the Church of the 1st Century. I believe the key to seeing that is in the book, God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life.

(CBN):  Late in 2011, you released 180 The Movie (Read my article on this ground breaking documentary here), what led you to produce that movie?

Ray:  “180” wasn’t the video I meant to produce. I wrote a book called Hitler, God and the Bible and asked my publishers if they would like a free video to go with the book. They said they would, so I took the cream of the book’s manuscript, created a script, and obtained footage from the holocaust museum. But after a solid month of editing, we felt overwhelmed because we had too much material. So I decided to forget the script and go out to the streets with a camera and find out what people believed about Hitler. I could hardly believe what I found–14 people—mainly university students, who had no idea of the identity of Adolf Hitler. There were more who didn’t know who he was, but they were embarrassed to appear ignorant on camera.

Then we were able to film some very colorful footage of myself being heckled, on two different occasions, by two very nasty neo-Nazis. We also obtained gripping footage of a Russian Jew who lost loved ones to Nazis…all this while out on the street, with nothing pre-arranged. But the most amazing thing came from a mistake I made. When researching the book I wept my way through the Holocaust. One horrific incident happened in Germany when Nazi’s shot hundreds of Jews, and buried them with a bulldozer. What broke my heart was that some of them were still alive when they buried them. So I had an idea.

When I interviewed a very colorful university student, I put him into a moral dilemma. I said “It’s 1943. A German officer has a gun pointed at you. He wants you to get in to a bulldozer and drive it forward. In front of the bulldozer is a pit in which there are 300 Jews who have just been shot. Some of them are still alive. He wants you to bury them alive! If you don’t do what he says, he is going to kill you and do it himself. If you do what he says, he will let you live. Would you drive it forward?” He immediately said that he would never kill someone, because he was a compassionate person, so I off-handedly said, “So, how then do you feel about abortion?” His demeanor changed and he said he was for it.

When I likened his attitude to the thinking of the Nazis, he became angry and we crossed swords for about five minutes. He finally stormed off, and as I filmed him walking away I looked down and my camera said “Off.” I was in direct sunlight and had inadvertently switched the camera off at the beginning of the interview! It was such a compelling interview, and  I was so heart-broken that I determined to put more people into that same scenario and see if the same thing happened. But the next time I did so, I went one step further and asked “the” question, and was amazed at how people did a complete 180. They changed from being adamantly pro-abortion, to being pro-life, in seconds.

(CBN):  What has been the response to such a polarizing issue?

Ray:  The response has been amazing. Millions have now seen it, and we have many testimonies of how people has changed their minds and become pro-life after watching it.

(CBN):  How can we be praying for you and your ministry?

Ray:  Please pray that God uses 180 to stop the horror of abortion—worldwide. Pray that people watch it, and if they are as excited as we are, we are asking that they link to 180Movie.com as many people as possible. The 180Movie.com website tells how to best do that. They could also purchase copies of the actual DVD and give them away. They only cost $1 each, and who is going to refuse a free DVD, especially in today’s economy? Finally, perhaps one of the best things anyone could do would be to train your church or group to speak to others about the subject of abortion (as shown on “180”) by getting “The 180 Course”. It’s very low cost ($10), and it contains the “180” DVD (includes additional training from Kirk Cameron and myself), a 64-page Study Guide—with thought provoking discussion questions and a wealth of added information, by myself, Kay Arthur, and Randy Alcorn, a pack of 100 “180”tracts and a copy of Randy Alcorn’s book Why Prolife? You can find details on 180Movie.com.


Hitler, God, and the Bible by Ray Comfort

Comfort, Ray.  Hitler, God, and the Bible. Washington, D.C.:  WND Books, 2012.  174 pp.  $25.95.  Purchase at Amazon for much less.

Introduction

Ray Comfort is quickly becoming a regular here at Christian Book Notes and I for one am grateful for that.  His ministry, Living Waters, has been a major influence on my life and ministry and I pray that if you have never checked it out, you will do so immediately.  As for this particular resource, Comfort seeks to dispel many myths concerning Adolf Hitler as well as draw a comparison with Hitler’s evil and the current evils we are facing today.

This book is the first in a proposed series of “concise and hopefully insightful exposes on the intersection of icons and faith” (p. vi).

Summary

Divided into two parts with seven chapters, Ray Comfort lays the foundation for what would become Hitler’s political ideology.  Chapter one offers a history of Hitler before entering politics while chapter two touches on how and when Hitler got into politics.  Chapters three and four explain the rise of Nazi-ism and how a nation was carried away by smooth rhetoric and massive propaganda.

The second part looks specifically at the religions elements of Hitler’s Nazi-ism.  Chapter five attempts to explain how Hitler ultimately became the most dangerous anti-Semite ever.  In chapter six, Comfort answers the question “Was Hitler a Christian?” and does so with biblical authority.  The last chapter looks, quite frankly, at the problem of evil.

Review

I honestly learned a lot from reading this work.  I am admittedly not a war buff or anything like that, but I thought I knew a few things about Hitler.  Turns out, I was dead wrong.  I knew very little as the information relayed in Hitler, God, and the Bible quickly showed me.  Often in America we look to Abraham Lincoln who failed numerous times only to later succeed and become President of the United States.  Hitler also failed numerous times only to later become the ruler of Germany.

Furthermore, an extremely frightening parallel was noticed to me (and I do not say this lightly).  While Comfort ultimately did tie the Holocaust in Nazi Germany to the Holocaust in the United States (see, abortion), something else I realized is that much of the political rhetoric that Hitler used can be heard over our airwaves today.  So, too, many of the “open doors” provided by the liberal “Christian” churches to spread the doctrine of Nazi-ism Germany during WWII is strikingly similar to what can be heard today.  I will leave the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.

Ultimately, this work was well-researched and documented.  It proved to be a very enlightening read and revealed much information about someone I thought I knew a little bit about.  Here is a quote that stood out to me as I was reading, “[Hitler] never felt responsible, only entitled–a theme that would have devastating repercussions in the Nazi regime.”  How often has this generation (my generation) been called the “Entitlement generation”?  Let us be careful that we do not see history repeat itself.

Finally, it should be noted that it was this book that was the genesis of the 180 the Movie movement that is turning heads and changing minds today.

Recommendation

While the actual price ($25.95) may be a bit steep, you can get the Kindle version for $7.96.  If you are going to do any study on Hitler at all, then you need to pick up a copy of Hitler, God, and the Bible to understand, from a biblical perspective, what took place.  This book will make a great resource for school curriculum’s when discussing World War II.  Any student of history will enjoy it as well.  Suffice it to say that his goal of being “concise and insightful” was met.  I highly recommend this resource to all.