Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you!
Yesterdays post about Ray Comfort’s “The Way of The Master” got me a few “unsatisfied” comments. They referred to Ray and Kirk as abrasive, disturbing and ineffective.
I believe a few of them were Christians, (hard to tell by just a comment) which bothers me because when it comes to the cause of CHRIST we need to be rooting for each other. Ephesians 6:12 says… that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Brothers and Sisters should not say horrible things against another in CHRIST. If you have an issue with a brother or sister in CHRIST, then you must Biblically prove what they are doing is wrong. Then approach him/her in love. If you come against a brother or sister unjustly, and/or unloving, then you are letting the enemy use you to tear down the kingdom of GOD.
They called Ray and Kirk abrasive. When Ray and Kirk are witnessing they use the Ten Commandment’s to reveal the sin of the person, and then reveal Jesus as SAVIOR. I am not sure how they could say they are abrasive, but I think it’s because they come out and ask if the people have lied, stolen, or committed adultery. Let’s look at what John 4:7-26 say’s… A woman of Samaria came to draw water. JESUS said to her, “GIVE ME a drink.” For HIS disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to HIM, “How is it that YOU, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. JESUS answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of GOD, and who it is who says to you, “Give ME a drink, you would have asked HIM, and HE would have given you living water.” The woman said to HIM, “SIR, YOU have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do you get that living water?” “Are YOU greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” JESUS answered and said to her, “Who ever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to HIM, “SIR, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” JESUS said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” JESUS said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ “for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to HIM, “SIR, I perceive that YOU are a prophet.” “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is when the true worshippers will worship the FATHER in SPIRIT and TRUTH.” The woman said to HIM, “I know that Messiah is coming”
(who is called CHRIST). “When HE comes, HE will tell us all things.” JESUS said to her, “I who speak to you am HE”
Luke 18:18-23 says… Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So JESUS said to him, “Why do you call ME good? No one is good but ONE, that is, GOD. You know the commandments: ‘Do no commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ Honor your father and your mother.’” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” So when JESUS heard these things, HE said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow,” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful for he was very rich.
If we would have had a rolling camera on JESUS at those times, we would see exactly what Ray is doing. JESUS with the woman at the well, started talking to her about the natural, then HE addressed her adultery, (using the commandments to convict her heart) HE then swung the conversation to the spiritual and finally revealing HIMSELF. Do you think JESUS sounded a little abrasive, disturbing, or do you think HE was ineffective?
The woman at the well believed and went to town telling others of her testimony. JESUS definitely had an effect on her.
JESUS went directly to the Ten Commandment’s, when He was talking to the Rich Young Ruler. JESUS addressed his idolatry (the second commandment) with his money, trying to convict his heart (and he already knew who JESUS was, but the ruler chose his money.) This shows that not all who hear the message of CHRIST will accept HIM, for the worldly desires are too attractive.
If one does not truly understand they are a sinner, they will not understand the sacrifice and why they need saved and from what. What does the BIBLE say converts the soul? Psalm 19:7 says…The law (Ten Commandments) of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul. Ray and Kirk are out there doing the work of the LORD. They use the Law to convert the soul and then reveal JESUS’ forgiveness. Most “Christians” do not share their faith at all with anyone. Many people have come to know JESUS through their faithful service by going to the streets and witnessing. The comment about them being ineffective is incorrect. Tell that to all the people who have a relationship with JESUS because of their obedience. Ray and Kirk are definitely, very effective.
Not only are they effective in bringing people to CHRIST, but they are effective in making people very upset with them. Why are they so good at making others upset? 1Corinthians 1:18 says…For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of GOD.
2 Corinthians 2:14 says…But the natural man does not receive the things of the SPIRIT of GOD, for are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. It is not Ray and Kirk that the unsaved are really attacking, it is the message. Christians who attack them are out of line and they should know better. Christians do not attack, we show love.
Those who are attacking Ray and Kirk do not understand that GOD has set them in motion. You may not like their way of witnessing, but don’t blast them, pray for them if you think they are wrong, and also pray that GOD would open your mind of understanding if you are the one in error.
God uses the weak to confound the strong. He uses the simple to confound the wise. He uses the obscure man to confound the proud. Why? Because we were created to glorify God.
Let’s glorify our HEAVENLY FATHER by getting along with one another in one body working together for the purposes of GOD. Remember, LOVE is the greatest commandment of all.
I welcome comment’s, but I would appreciate if we could curb the insults to one another. My blog is of peace and love. I know the world does not reflect love much, but I want to show the LOVE OF CHRIST here on this blog site.
If there is any use of foul language I will immediately delete it.
I encourage debate, but being mean or bullying others will not be tolerated.
I love the LORD and it is my hope that all will come to know the SAVING GRACE OF JESUS. If not, you may look around, but be graceful.
GOD Bless You!