Friday, November 30, 2012

Words of Comfort: The Damnation Bible

Do you love God? If you are a Christian, no doubt you will say that you do. Do you love His Word--the Bible, with all those exceedingly great and precious promises? Of course you do. It’s His love-letter to you.

When Christians come to me and want counseling, I almost always ask “Do you read your Bible every day without fail?” They usually reply, “Well, not every day. I get kind of busy.” So, if you who say that you love God and His Word, how would you answer that question? Bearing in mind that lying lips are an abomination to the Lord--do you read your Bible every day without fail? Yes or no?

I asked that question recently to 70 trainee pastors. Only two of them put up their hands. These were trainee pastors in a respected Bible school and only two of them could say that they read their Bibles every day without fail. Only two could say that they were “disciples” of Christ. Remember that Jesus said, “If you continue if my word, then are you my disciples in deed.” Sadly, in contemporary Christendom we have plenty of professing Christians who are disciples in word only, but they are not disciplines in deed, evidenced by their laziness when it comes to feeding on God’s Word.

Maybe when I asked if you read God's Word every day “without fail,” you said, “Well I read it every secondday." What? You go 180 days a year without feeding on the Word! Or maybe you said, "Well, I skip a day here and there. I get real busy." Do you do that with your stomach? “I'm feeling really weak at the moment. Oh, that's right. I have eating for three days!” That just doesn’t happen, does it? Isn't it true, your belly comes before your Bible?

Charles Spurgeon said “There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write the word ‘damnation,” with your finger. So swing it around. Be as Job, who said, "I have esteemed the Words of His mouth, more than my necessary food."

It’s been well-said that an army marches on its stomach. It eats well. It needs to be healthy and strong. Soldiers need to be filled with energy so that they can carry out their assigned tasks. Their very lives and the lives of those around them may depend upon that. And if you are a Christian, you are supposed to be a soldier of Christ in a fierce battle against a very real enemy, and the basic foundation of any army is disciple.

Psalm 1 says to meditate on God’s Law day and night and all you do shall prosper. The Hebrew word for “prosper” simply means to push forward—or to “come to maturity.” Of all the things we want to prosper, it should be our evangelistic endeavours.

Think of what you do with natural food. You chew it over, break in down, swallow it and let it become part of your system. It builds you up and it energizes you throughout the day. So do what the Bible says—meditate on God's Word daily. Chew it over. Absorb it into your soul. Let it become a part of you, to build you up and energize you. Desire the sincere milk of the Word. Let it renew your mind, so that you think the way God wants you to think, walk in the way God wants you to walk, and especially talk the way God wants you to talk. There’s a world going to Hell, and you are needed on the front lines of battle.


Photo: [Source]



Thursday, November 29, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Thursday, 11/29/12



Update from Living Waters Asia!

Living Waters Asia recently returned from their yearly mission’s trip, called “Gospel Buzz.”

From LW-A: “. . . We made ourselves present in streets of four towns in Quezon--- Lucban, Tayabas, Luisiana and Lucena City.  We distributed thousands of Gospel tracts and allowed hundreds of people to hear the biblical Gospel through one-to-ones and open-air preaching.

We really saw God move during the days we were there.  There were people that expressed their appreciation for the work we did right after we saw them read tracts we gave them.  We saw in people's eyes how intent they were in listening to us share the Gospel to them.  God also, several times, brought people to us, with us, not needing anymore to find them.  An example was when after we got out of a public transportation vehicle back from evangelism in another town, about seven to ten buses full of high school students parked right in front of us.  The students were on a field trip.  We hurriedly stepped in front of bus doors so we can give each of the students a copy of the Gospel.

We thank everyone that prayed and supported financially this mission trip.  God really cares for souls as He did not allow that this opportunity to deliver the Gospel to a far away province be missed.  We are looking forward to next year's Gospel Buzz and we hope that you also can't wait to again be a part of it.”

For more info, visit www.LivingWaters-Asia.com 







Evidence Bible
“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” Corrie ten Boom


(Email from Amy) "I am a born-again Christian from a Catholic background and am wanting to witness to my family. I role-play much and one of the things that I continue to come up against is: purgatory. I realize it isn't Biblical but wanted to pick your brains on how you would respond."

From World Religions in a Nutshell:

. . . Catholics believe in a “holding place” called Purgatory, for which there is no biblical basis. It is believed to be an intermediate stage that is used to purify souls that will eventually go to Heaven, but that still have some temporal restitution they must make.

“The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire: As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.”
   www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p123a12.htm#III (#1031).

According to the church, a Catholic can help get someone out of purgatory and into Heaven “by offering prayers in suffrage for them, especially the Eucharistic sacrifice. They also help them by almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance” (Catechism, par. 211).

“An indulgence can be obtained through a good deed done, a Mass being offered on behalf of someone, prayer, abstinence, giving to the poor, or some other meritorious act performed in accordance with requirements set by a Pope or bishop having jurisdiction over that individual.”
 www.gotquestions.org/plenary-indulgences.html.

However, according to Scripture, none of our acts are “meritorious”—no amount of good deeds or money can buy eternal salvation: “But Peter said to him, ‘Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!’” (Acts 8:20).

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him—for the redemption of their souls is costly. . .” (Psalm 49:7,8)

The doctrine of Purgatory misleads people into thinking they can somehow be made right with God after this lifetime. Scripture clearly warns us: “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). There are no second chances.


From GotQuestions.org: 

. . . Jesus died to pay the penalty for all of our sins (Romans 5:8). Isaiah 53:5 declares, “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Jesus suffered for our sins so that we could be delivered from suffering. To say that we must also suffer for our sins is to say that Jesus’ suffering was insufficient. To say that we must atone for our sins by cleansing in Purgatory is to deny the sufficiency of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus (1 John 2:2). The idea that we have to suffer for our sins after death is contrary to everything the Bible says about salvation.

The primary Scriptural passage Catholics point to for evidence of Purgatory is 1 Corinthians 3:15, which says, “If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.” The passage (1 Corinthians 3:12-15) is using an illustration of things going through fire as a description of believers’ works being judged. If our works are of good quality “gold, sliver, costly stones,” they will pass through the fire unharmed, and we will be rewarded for them. If our works are of poor quality “wood, hay, and straw,” they will be consumed by the fire, and there will be no reward. The passage does not say that believers pass through the fire, but rather that a believer’s works pass through the fire. 1 Corinthians 3:15 refers to the believer “escaping through the flames,” not “being cleansed by the flames.”

Purgatory, like many other Catholic dogmas, is based on a misunderstanding of the nature of Christ’s sacrifice. Catholics view the Mass / Eucharist as a re-presentation of Christ’s sacrifice because they fail to understand that Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice was absolutely and perfectly sufficient (Hebrews 7:27). Catholics view meritorious works as contributing to salvation due to a failure to recognize that Jesus’ sacrificial payment has no need of additional “contribution” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Similarly, Purgatory is understood by Catholics as a place of cleansing in preparation for heaven because they do not recognize that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are already cleansed, declared righteous, forgiven, redeemed, reconciled, and sanctified.

The very idea of Purgatory and the doctrines that are often attached to it (prayer for the dead, indulgences, meritorious works on behalf of the dead, etc.) all fail to recognize that Jesus’ death was sufficient to pay the penalty for ALL of our sins. Jesus, who was God incarnate (John 1:1,14), paid an infinite price for our sin. Jesus died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 2:2). To limit Jesus’ sacrifice to atoning for original sin, or sins committed before salvation, is an attack on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. If we must in any sense pay for, atone for, or suffer because of our sins – that indicates Jesus’ death was not a perfect, complete, and sufficient sacrifice.

For believers, after death is to be "away from the body and at home with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:6-8Philippians 1:23). Notice that this does not say "away from the body, in Purgatory with the cleansing fire." No, because of the perfection, completion, and sufficiency of Jesus' sacrifice, we are immediately in the Lord's presence after death, fully cleansed, free from sin, glorified, perfected, and ultimately sanctified. 

To watch today’s “On The Box with Ray Comfort” episode, visit our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/thewayofthemaster

Words of Comfort: Murder for Money



Each of these people freely admitted that they would MURDER for money!!

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE ➪ ➪ http://bit.ly/livingwaters-genius


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Wednesday, 11/28/12





(FOX NEWS) “Hobby Lobby Stores has appealed a federal judge’s decision denying the craft supply chain’s request to not provide employees with insurance that covers morning-after and week-after birth control pills, as mandated by the ObamaCare law.

The Christian-owned company asked for relief in the face of fines they say could reach $1 million a day for not providing the coverage.

. . . The Oklahoma City-based company and a sister company, Mardel, sued the government in September, claiming the mandate violates the owners' religious beliefs. The owners contend the morning-after and week-after birth control pills are tantamount to abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's womb. They also object to providing coverage for certain kinds of intrauterine devices.

. . . At a hearing earlier this month, a government lawyer said the drugs do not cause abortions and that the U.S. has a compelling interest in mandating insurance coverage for them.

In his ruling, Heaton said churches and other religious organizations have been granted constitutional protection from the birth-control provisions, but Hobby Lobby and Mardel “are not religious organizations."

"Plaintiffs have not cited, and the court has not found, any case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion," the ruling also stated.

Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said before the appeal: "Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their religious beliefs."

Hobby Lobby is the largest business to file a lawsuit against the mandate.

The company calls itself a "biblically founded business" and is closed on Sundays. Founded in 1972, the company now operates more than 500 stores in 41 states and employs more than 13,000 full-time employees who are eligible for health insurance coverage. The company, which is self-insured, has said it will face a daily $1.3 million fine beginning Jan. 1 if it ignores the law.”


Evidence Bible
“World peace will come only when all mankind turns wholeheartedly to God in complete humility and voluntary unconditional surrender. Until human nature is changed, we’ll have war.” Robert Page


“How can I believe in something I can’t see?”
Come on, we believe in tons of stuff we can’t see. Have you ever seen the wind? How about ancient history? Ever seen your brain? We see the effects of the wind, but the wind is invisible. We have history books, but it’s by “faith” that we believe those events happened.
You believe in many things you can’t see. Why? Because they make sense. Think about it for a second. How do you know someone painted the Mona Lisa? You can’t see, hear, touch, smell, or taste them. It’s simple. If there is a painting, there must be a painter. The painting is all the proof you need. The same goes with buildings. If there is a building, there is a builder. And if there is a Creation, there is a Creator.


Solar Flares… a reminder of how BIG God is.




To watch today’s “On The Box with Ray Comfort” episode, visit our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/thewayofthemaster


Words of Comfort: Deadly Bullets in the Atheist’s Gun

To be an atheist is to play Russian roulette with all barrels loaded. An atheist can’t win. Of course, he feels and acts like a big player, until the trigger is pulled.

The issue isn’t the existence of God. If the atheist is wrong and there is a Creator, then he was wrong. He gambled and he lost. No big deal. The real gamble is that there’s no Hell. That’s what makes the player sweat, just a little. “What if?” is the deep and nagging doubt. He believes it’s worth the excitement of the game, yet atheism isn’t a mind game; it is intellectual suicide.

We know that there are a number of deadly bullets that aim right into the brain of humanity:

1. Creation. Could you believe that any book could come into being without an author? There was nothing. No paper, no ink. No cardboard. No editor. No author. Nothing. Then a Big Bang changed everything. Then time produced a book with a cover, binding, coherent words, page numbers, and chapters, all in perfect order. Such thoughts are truly insane. You cannot have order without intelligence creating order. And there cannot be an ordered creation without an intelligent Creator.

2. The God-given conscience. All sane people have a conscience. It comes with the package. It’s an inbuilt judge in the courtroom of the mind. It makes moral judgments, even when its voice is not wanted, and its voice only addresses that which is moral. It doesn’t speak when my tie doesn’t match my shirt. But it does speak if I steal a tie from a store. Why is that? Where did the conscience come from? Why do all civilizations have the knowledge that it’s wrong to lie, kill, steal, etc.? Our social surroundings may shape the conscience, but they don’t create it. It is the inner light that God has given to every one of us, and it leaves us without excuse for our sin.

3. The witness of Jesus Christ—the True and Faithful Witness, before Whom every knee shall bow. The challenge to any atheist is to read the testimony of Scripture. Any honest skeptic will have no choice but to come to the conclusion that “never a man spoke like this Man.” He claimed to be God in human form. He claimed to have the power to raise all of humanity at the resurrection of the dead, with His lone voice. He claimed to be pre-existent, and that He came down to this earth to do the will of God. To make such claims, He could only have been a simpleton (that doesn’t match His matchless words), a liar (that doesn’t match His impeccable moral teaching), insane (then billions down through the ages have followed the teachings of a madman), or He was who He said He was. God in human form.

Finally, there’s the Spirit of Almighty God, who watches every thought and every deed, and will bring every work into Judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good or evil. No one will get away with a thing. No murder will go unpunished. No rapist will get away with rape. Perfect justice will be done. But the justice of Almighty God is so thorough He will see to it that thieves, liars, fornicators, blasphemers, adulterers, and all who have transgressed the moral Law (the Ten Commandments) will get equity—that which is due to them.

Death is the trigger that will send eternal justice like a speeding bullet into the heart of the sinner and take him to Hell. It will end the game of life in a heartbeat, and no second chance will come. So, if you are an atheist, let me reason with you. You cannot win. Think about your life. Think about eternity, while you still have time.


Photo: [Source]



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Did you miss last night’s interview?


Did you miss last night’s interview with Kirk & E.Z.? It replays today on TBN @ 5|4c


Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 11/27/12





(Reuters) - "Actor Angus T. Jones, star of CBS's raunchy television comedy "Two and a Half Men", has urged viewers to change the channel, saying his new-found religious beliefs are at odds with his job playing a fun-loving teen on the popular show.

Jones, 19, who has played Jake Harper - the son of Jon Cryer's character Alan - for nine years, appealed to fans to stop watching the show "and filling your head with filth."

In a YouTube video made for the California-based Forerunner Christian Church, Jones said his recent Bible studies made him uncomfortable with the risque humor that marks one of the most-watched comedies on U.S. television.

. . . His remarks could pose new problems for the comedy, which was revamped in 2011 following the firing of star Charlie Sheen for erratic behavior off screen and his vicious public dispute with the show's producers.

Sheen's womanizing bachelor character and alter-ego, Charlie Harper, was killed off and replaced by Ashton Kutcher, playing an Internet billionaire.

The comedy, now in its 10th season, is watched by about 14 million Americans, and is seen in more than 20 countries around the world."

Clip of Angus’ comments: (jump to 7:34):


Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

1 Corinthians 10:31
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”


Evidence Bible
“Without God there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of every darkness.” Jean Paul


A new episode of WOTM, Season 4 debuts tonight on TBN! | MUNICH
This episode has been delayed for various reasons for the last two weeks, but airs tonight!

Episode description:  In the land of Hitler, how do Germans today view the horrific Holocaust? What do they believe about God? In this episode we'll examine the question of whether evil in the world is an argument against God, and whether He's "fine" with all the drunkenness at the world's largest beer party, Oktoberfest. Watch the team demonstrate to a crowd how to break free from the "straitjacket" of death that confines us, learn how to use circumstantial priorities to help people see their need for God, and view a practical demonstration of the free gift of grace. You will see faces sober as they hear the gospel — both one-to-one and in a fascinating open-air.

  

What Hollywood Believes – Whitney Houston

From What Hollywood Believes:  When asked about a movie role that dealt with religion, Whitney Houston stated, “Today’s time and place is crying for this kind of movie. We didn’t think about whether or not it would be accepted as far as talking about God and faith and church and singing the gospel and praises to God and all that stuff.” She said of her religious background, “I’m a human. I was raised as a Baptist. I’m still a Baptist. But I just totally depend on God. I just have faith.”


How to Preach at a Funeral for Someone You Suspect Died Unsaved By Mike Smalley
1. Start in the natural realm and swing to the spiritual.
2. Say something positive about the person who has died—either personally, or their marriage, kids, work ethic, their generation, etc. This should build rapport with the audience. Use a humorous story that relates to the above.
3. Don’t feel pressured to mention where the deceased may have gone after death (God is the only One who truly knows).
4. Never insinuate that he went to heaven.
5. Use this as a springboard: "Good friends often remind us of things that we don’t want to deal with, but that are very important. Bob, today, reminds us that we all must die."
6. Use anecdotes that convey eternal truths.
7. Go quickly but thoroughly through each of the Ten Commandments.
8. Warn briefly about sin, death, judgment, and eternity.
9. Give a clear gospel presentation.
10. Appeal to the audience to repent today. "When anyone dies, I ask myself, ‘Was I faithful?’ Did I speak all the truth? And did I speak it from my very soul every time I preached?"-Charles Spurgeon

To watch today’s “On The Box with Ray Comfort” episode, visit our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/thewayofthemaster

Words of Comfort: Mission Europe--Produced with skill


We are very fortunate to have Kirk Cameron hosting the entire 13 episodes, and a very talented production crew. Eddie Roman is our editor and he has previously done work for Billy Graham and Greg Laurie, and the rest of the team is bursting with talent and creativity. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that with this series, they have taken Christian TV to a whole new level. They have even taken six of the top episodes and modified and packaged them in a series to appeal to youth, which they have called “Roots.” We filmed the famous Duggar family (TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting”) and included them talking about their fears when it came to evangelism.

One atheist expressed it well in a response to his atheist friends about the program. He wrote, "Say what you want about the content of The Way of the Master, but the show is produced with skill." Both Season Four and “Roots” are available on www.livingwaters.com





Photo: Carol Scott

Monday, November 26, 2012

Interview with Kirk Cameron & Emeal (E.Z.) Zwayne




"E.Z." Zwayne will be interviewed by Kirk Cameron on TBN’s "Praise" program about "Roots" TONIGHT, 11/26 at 7:00pm (PST). Don't miss out! 

Today’s Show Notes: Monday, 11/26/12



Evidence Bible
“Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed.” A.W. Tozer


(Email from Dana) "One of my biggest fears in evangelism is that I will be stumped by questions people ask. When I get nervous, my mind blanks on things I know. How do you get past that? Sometimes I think I could mess things up for people because they will think they have "won" the discussion if i cannot intelligently answer their question."
·       “I don’t know”—demonstrates humility, offer to email them
·       Rom 1:16, the Gospel power of God to salvation—you can’t argue people into Heaven, the Gospel is what God uses to save people
·       “What I don’t know doesn’t make me forget what I don’t know.” Lk. 13, Jesus brought a possible question about suffering (Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices), back to Judgment Day—unless you repent you will perish
·       Use of Law, circumnavigate the intellect.
·       Sometimes not knowing is an excuse for not being willing to learn. Study… 1 Pet. 3:15 – “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”
o   Evidence Bible,
o   GotQuestions.org
o   Blue Book on Evangelism
o   World Religions in a Nutshell
o   Defenders Guide


Hollywood Minute (Jack Nicholson)



“What can you say, if someone says, ‘I don’t have to go to church to be saved.’”
That’s true; salvation is through faith in Jesus alone. But once you are saved or “born again” and understand that God commands you to be plugged into a church—to both encourage other believers and be trained for works of service by your pastor—wild dogs can’t keep you away.[i] A sincere believer will want to please the One who saved them by doing what He said.


Witnessing insights from teens (from Carl Kerby)



To watch today’s “On The Box with Ray Comfort” episode, visit our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/thewayofthemaster 



[i] Hebrews 10:24,25; Ephesians 4:11-13

Words of Comfort: New Movie


Ray Comfort, the producer of the award-winning “180” has made a new movie that is simply called “Genius.” Comfort said, “After ‘180’ was viewed by millions, we kept being asked if we were going to make something similar. I wasn’t too enthusiastic because I didn’t think we could top it. But now that we have finished “Genius,” I think it will be much bigger, because of the unique subject matter.”

“Genius” gives insight into the life of John Lennon, and according to Ken Mansfield (the ex-U.S. Apple manager for the Beatles) "[It] will open your eyes." Reviewers of the pre-release are giving it two thumbs up. Best-selling author, Randy Alcorn, said it is “Fast-paced, thought-provoking and compelling.” World Net Daily’s Joseph Farah responded with, “You have outdone yourself!” while Ted Baehr of Movieguidecalled it “An entertaining and challenging insight…watch and wonder.”

Comfort, added that he was amazed to discover that the Beatles aren't simply a rock group from a by-gone era, but that they are appealing to a new generation. "They have sold more than 2,303,500,000 record albums, and in June of 2012 they hit number one on iTunes." Many believe that John Lennon was a musical genius, "But” Comfort noted, “‘Genius’ goes deeper than just looking at the brilliance of the murdered singer. It reveals the chilling reality that we are surrounded by people who would kill for money." The one-minute trailer can be seen on http://youtu.be/ZW2lhWfa28g



Thursday, November 22, 2012

Words of Comfort: Mission Europe--Open-air preaching


Our aim, as a non-profit Para church ministry, is to get Christians out of the pews into the market place. That’s why we exist, and one of our foundational teachings is to convince the Church that this world loves the darkness, hates the light, and as the Bible says they won’t come to the light. They are not going to come to us. If we care, we have to go to them with the message of eternal life, and we can show you how to biblically and effectively do that through open air preaching. There are 70 million professing Christians in American. If just one in 70 decided that he or she was going to obey the Great Commission and “preach” the gospel to every creature, it would mean a million Christians would stand up and give light to our dark nation. That will turn the country right side up.

The series teaches how to pull in a crowd, how to hold their attention, how to handle hecklers to your advantage, how to make an atheist backslide, how to refute the foolishness of the unscientific theory of evolution, what not to do, and how to overcome the fear of “drying up” or not being able to answer a difficult question. All you need is a little courage. Anyone can do this and make their life count for something eternal.




Season Four is available at Livingwaters.com
Photo: Carol Scott



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Wednesday, 21st November 2012.


Viewer Pics from their Outreach in Haiti | from Charlie Cloud








Evidence Bible

“Run, John, run, the law commands, But gives me neither feet nor hands; Far better news the gospel brings: It bids me fly and gives me wings.” John Bunyan


"Is praying the rosary Scriptural?"


From GotQuestions.org: While much of what the prayer of the rosary contains is scriptural, the whole second half of the “Hail Mary” and portions of the “Hail, Holy Queen” are blatantly unbiblical. While the first part of the Hail Mary is almost a direct quotation from Luke 1:28, there is no scriptural basis for (1) praying to Mary now, (2) addressing her as “holy” Mary, or (3) calling her “our life” and “our hope.”

Is it right to call Mary “holy,” by which the Catholic Church means that Mary never sinned nor had any taint of original sin? The believers in the Bible were called “saints,” which can be interpreted as “set-apart ones” or “holy ones,” but the understanding of Scripture is that the righteousness that believers in Christ have is an imparted righteousness from Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21) and that while in this life, they are not yet sanctified from sin in practice (1 John 1:9-2:1). Jesus is called our Savior repeatedly in Scripture because He saved us from our sin. In Luke 1:47, Mary calls God her “Savior.” Savior from what? A sinless person does not need a Savior. Sinners need a Savior. Mary acknowledged that God was her Savior. Therefore, Mary was acknowledging that she was a sinner.

Jesus said that He came to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). The Roman Catholic Church claims that Mary was saved from sin differently from everyone else--that she was saved from sin through the immaculate conception (her being conceived free of sin). But is this teaching scriptural? The Roman Catholic Church openly admits that this teaching is not found in Scripture. When a young man addressed Jesus as “good Master” (Matthew 19:16-17), Jesus asks why he calls Him “good” since there is none good but one, God. Jesus was not denying His own deity, He was trying to make the young man aware that he was using the term too loosely without thinking about what he was saying. But Jesus’ point is still valid or He would not have said it--there is none good but God. This excludes all but God, including Mary! This ties in with Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:12; and countless other passages that stress the fact that in God’s eyes no one measures up. Never is Mary ever excluded from such all-encompassing statements!

What of the question of praying to Mary or to anyone else besides God? We are never told in the Bible whether anyone else in heaven can even hear us. We do know that God alone is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present. Even the angels, with whatever great abilities they may have, seem to have their limitations and can’t always make it to help us as they might like (Daniel 10:10-14). When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He gave them what is commonly called the “Our Father.” He teaches us to address our prayer to God. Whenever prayer is addressed to anyone, it is done to God! Never can you find a single example of someone praying to any “saint” or angel or anyone else (besides prayers to false gods). Further, any time that any pious person prostrates himself (in a religious setting) to honor someone else besides God (chiefly to the apostles or angels), he is told to get up, to stop it (Acts 10:25-26; Acts 14:13-16; Matthew 4:10; Revelation 19:10; Revelation 22:8-9). The Roman Catholic Church states that it worships God alone but that it “venerates” Mary and the saints. What is the difference? A person praying the rosary spends more time calling out to Mary than to God! For every one praise of God in the rosary, there are 10 praises of Mary!

The Bible states that Jesus is our Redeemer (Galatians 3:13; 4:4-5; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9). The “Hail, Holy Queen” calls Mary our “most gracious advocate,” but the Bible calls Jesus our Advocate to the Father (1 John 2:1) and our one Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5). The only time in Scripture that the title “Queen of Heaven” is found it is in a negative way (Jeremiah 7:17-19; 44:16-27). The whole of Scripture teaches us to pray to God alone. Never once can you find an example or admonition to pray to anyone else! The only basis for the idea of getting to God through Mary is the biblical story of Mary coming to Jesus to ask for his help at a wedding feast (John 2). But in light of all of the other verses, including Jesus’ own instruction on how we are to pray, is it taking this passage in context to use it to teach that we ought to continue to go through Mary to get to God?

Likewise, is it appropriate to call Mary our “life” and “hope”? Again, these are terms that are used of God alone in Scripture, particularly God the Son, Jesus Christ (John 1:1-14;Colossians 3:4; 1 Timothy 1:1; Ephesians 2:12; Titus 2:13). Thus, the practice of saying the rosary goes contrary to Scripture in a number of ways. Only God can hear our prayers. Only God can answer our prayers. The Bible nowhere instructs Christians to pray through intermediaries, or to petition saints or Mary (in Heaven) for their prayers.


To watch today’s “On The Box with Ray Comfort” episode, visit our YouTube channel:http://www.youtube.com/thewayofthemaster



Words of Comfort: Genius


Coming soon...






Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 20th November 2012.

Evidence Bible

“Just as rebellion leads to war, so surrender results in peace . . . The choice is ours—a virtual war with God or a peaceful surrender. Whichever we choose, we will find that God is more stubborn, more fierce, and more loving than we could possibly imagine. His call for us to surrender is unconditional, for the battle over our souls is intense. This is one war where victory would annihilate us and only surrender can save us.” Gary Thomas EvidenceBible.com


Penn gets a tract!




From The Evidence Bible:
“I am going to tell you some things about my father that will make him look bad. He regularly left my mother to fend for herself. I was once horrified to hear that he deliberately killed a helpless animal. Not only that, but he hit me (often). Here’s the information that’s missing: The reason he left my mom during the day was to work to earn money to take care of her and their children. He killed the animal because it had been run over by a car and was suffering. He regularly chastened me because he loved me enough to teach me right from wrong (I was a brat). Portions of the Bible that "make God look bad" merely reveal that we lack understanding. I never once questioned my dad’s integrity, because I trusted him (see Mark 10:15).”


(Email from Chris) "Hey box toppers! I was doing some one-to-one witnessing at App state last Thursday, and one guy's take on the afterlife was this: He said he believes in God, heaven, and hell, and said that he doesn't want to go to heaven because in heaven he will no longer be able to remember with pleasure the sinful things of this world which he enjoys. He would rather go to hell where he believes it is more likely he'll be able to remember the carnal pleasures of life earth."

There is no reason to think God does a mind-wipe when you die. Revelation 21:4 declares, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” This passage speaks of God wiping away every tear from the believer’s eye. There is no reason to think it speaks of memory deletion, the more common thought would simply be of absolute comfort in the arms of Christ.
This person derives his beliefs about Hell from his conscience and the Bible. The Bible describes Hell as weeping, gnashing of teeth, outer darkness, and torment. No pleasure in Hell.
He very rightly pointed out what is holding him back from following Christ, his love for sin. It’s like being in an ocean and hugging a belt of gold bars as you slowly drown yourself. His only hope is to forsake His sin and swim to life boat of Jesus Christ while he still has time.


To watch today’s “On The Box with Ray Comfort” episode, visit our YouTube channel:http://www.youtube.com/thewayofthemaster


Words of Comfort: Nature--Darwin’s Pet Peeve

Charles Darwin, along with Alfred Russel Wallace, was a co-discoverer of “natural selection.”

This “natural selection” can be seen throughout creation, as different plants adapt to soil conditions or to climate, or animals adapt because of predators or because of selective interbreeding.

However, every animal that adapts, always stays within its own kind. Cats don’t bred and become another kind of animal. No animal is transformed into another “kind.” This is often referred to as “micro evolution”--a small change that happens within a species or within a certain “kind” of animal. Birds remain birds, animals remain animals, and plants remain plants.

Darwin was anguished over what he saw in natural selection. He spoke of it as “the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low and horridly cruel works of nature.'' It is a cruel work of nature when a painful disease kills the weakest of children, or a weak and innocent deer is devoured by a stronger and vicious predator.

The Book of Genesis speaks of this terrible state of nature as being a “fallen” creation that’s filled with disease, death and decay. The Book of Romans also addresses the “cruel works” of fallen nature by calling it “the bondage of corruption” and saying that “the whole creation groans and travails in pain together.”

However, those who reject the Genesis account of the Fall, end up like a ship without a rudder. They are blown about by the many winds of speculation. After addressing the truth of micro-evolution, Darwin makes the speculation that perhaps (like plants and animals) mankind also adapted, over a great deal of time, and natural selection took him from primitive primate to human.

The problem with his theory is that nowhere in the entire creation do we see natural selection taking one species and changing it into another species. Neither is there evidence of any species-to-species transitional forms in the fossil record. Every animal brings forth after its own kind, just as it is stated in the Genesis account.

Not only was Darwin’s leap of speculation completely unscientific, there were other serious difficulties. Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-discoverer of natural selection, declared that natural selection could not account for humanity's intellectual and moral abilities. Why then was such unscientific conjecture so embraced by so many?

When, On Origin of Species was first published, English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley said that it was a ''veritable Whitworth gun in the armory of liberalism,'' and though he wasn’t convinced about natural selection, he proceeded to position himself as ''Darwin's bulldog.'' Think of it. Even though Huxley didn’t believe the theory, he backed it and said that it was massive weapon that promised freedom. Freedom from what? The Theory of Evolution promised mankind liberty from any ultimate moral responsibility to God. Evolution got rid of sin, the Fall, and most of all, man’s accountability to his Maker.

According to Douglas Futuyma (Foo-tyma), professor of evolutionary biology at the State University of New York, “Darwin’s (and Wallace’s) concept of natural selection made this ‘argument from design’ completely superfluous . . . it provided a purely natural explanation for order and the appearance of design.” In other words, evolution paved the way for atheism.

As one commentator said, “Darwinism is also ferociously savage -- the weeds die out, the fittest survive, there is no moral universe because all is pre-programmed and we have no free choice.”[1] The die-hard Darwinist believes that there is no moral universe. Such is the tragic delusion of the Theory of evolution.


[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/feb/10/religion.scienceandnature

Photo: [Source]



Monday, November 19, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Monday, 19th November 2012.


Very touching...



Words of Comfort: Hollywood Minute


These short videos are evangelistic, please help us to spread them all over the internet.

1) John Lennon speaks out on the trustworthiness of evolution:


2) Brad Pitt--you won't believe what he believes!


3) Jack Nicholson--what you didn't know about him:


Thank you!



Friday, November 16, 2012

Words of Comfort: Mission Europe--Future International Tours?


We have already filmed Season Five. We did that in Israel and it will take a couple of years to complete post production. We are seriously considering Season Six by reaching out to a very lost and godless unreached people’s group. This group is truly primitive, with gaping holes in their ears, inserts in their lips, and piercings. They are so scientifically ignorant, that in their darkness many of them think that they are related to monkeys, and so we want to reach them by preaching open air in 13 of America’s most prestigious universities.




Season Four is available at Livingwaters.com
Photo: Carol Scott


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Thursday, 15th November 2012.



Today we were joined by special guest Carl Kerby. To find out more about his ministry you can visit www.rforh.com.

You can find out about his app through this video.

http://vimeo.com/44053726



Words of Comfort: How to Walk on Air (part 3)

I then explained the gospel; about how Jesus came and died for us, and paid our fine so we could go free and have eternal life. I also explained that we need to do two things to have eternal life: Repent of our sins, and trust and believe on Jesus. I emphasized how salvation is a free gift and doesn’t have to be earned. After a few minutes of getting deeper into the gospel and about how we as people need to make the choice to follow Jesus and devote our lives to Him, Jennifer started to share some things that I didn’t expect.

“Well, look,” she said, after I had paused for breath. “You seem nice, and you’re still really young… But my life has just been a piece of ****, and I gave up on God. I’ve been raped, I’ve had horrible things happen to me as I’ve grown up, and my life is just a mess. I gave up my faith a long time ago, and that’s why I’m like this today.” As she shared, I realized that she didn’t seem angry at all… just… bitter. Bitter with what she had endured over the years. I felt a deep sadness and compassion for her well up in my heart.

“I am so sorry,” I whispered, just pausing a moment to sympathize with her. I felt so much pain for her. I ached for her.

“Oh, don’t be sorry,” she said, brushing it off. “I’ve gotten used to it. That’s why when stuff like that happens to you, you just have to learn to suck it up.”

I paused again, trying to sort out my thoughts and respond appropriately, while still being sensitive to her feelings. “I really am sorry for what you’ve been through, and I know I’ll probably never understand what you’ve endured. I really haven’t gone through much, and I know what I have gone through will never compare with what you’ve gone through…”

She nodded, and seemed to appreciate what I was saying.

“But…” I continued, choosing my words wisely. “You can’t just go through life and learn to ‘suck it up.’ What’s the point of life, then? You have to know where you’re going and which path you’ll take. You have to know if you’re right with God and if you’re going to heaven or hell. You need to choose which place you want to go to, because you’ll be spending eternity in either one in the end. You don’t have hope if you’re just trying to survive through each day.”

“Oh, I have hope,” she said, still stubborn.

“What do you have hope in?” I asked in a gentle voice.

“In myself and my family.”

“Well you and your family will one day pass away. You’re all going somewhere, and you need to decide where you’ll go. You can’t have hope in them and yourself. Only hope in God, because He’ll always be here no matter what, and He has the power to save you. I’m not saying that life will get easier and you’ll be happier, but if you repent and trust in Christ, you’ll have eternal life and a relationship with God. Jesus suffered for you, and in return for what He did, you need to give Him your life. We never know when we’re going to die. We could all die today. If you died in your sins right now, you’d go to Hell. And I’m not out here to get paid, or to get popular. I’m out here because I really care about you, and I don’t want you to go to Hell. I know where I’m going, because I have received the free gift of eternal life… and I want you to do that too.”

The two of them were really paying attention now, and they seemed very convicted. I talked with them for a while, and I still don’t know how I was able to talk to them without stumbling too much on my words. God was really helping me lay out the gospel to them.

A little later, Jennifer said something very interesting. “I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I’ve said, ‘**** Him. **** Him. Why did he ******* do this to me and why did he make my life like **** and why did he make me so miserable?’ But…” And then she broke off, looking thoughtful. “I don’t think it’s really His fault.” She seemed to really be pondering what I had said to her.

“It’s not His fault,” I replied. “It’s man’s fault. From the beginning, Adam and Eve sinned, and that’s what brought all the sin and misery and pain on us today. God wasn’t the one who brought the sin into this world.” I tried to explain as best as I could about how God is a God of love and how he wants us to come and repent and He isn’t a wicked God who is always condemning and trying to make people miserable.

At one point, Jennifer said something that surprised me. “You seem really strong in your faith, and you need to keep doing this and talking to people. Don’t do what I did… Just keep doing this. But when you get older, you’ll go through horrible things, and you’ll probably lose your faith or fall away. That’s what happened to me.”

That made me stop and think deeply for a second. How could I explain what true faith in God was? I tried my best. “Well, when someone really, truly believes in Christ and has a sincere relationship with Him, they won’t completely fall away from Him. They might stray at some points, but they won’t go away from Him forever.”

We talked some more, and I couldn’t believe how well the conversation was going.

Finally, I decided to wrap it up. “Thank you so much for letting me talk to you both,” I said, smiling. “I really do care about you and I’ll be praying for you. Do you have Bibles at home?”

They said they didn’t.

“Well please find a Bible, read it, and obey what it says. And please repent and put your trust in Christ. He’s the only one who can save you.”

As I was getting ready to walk away, Jennifer stopped me. “I thought you were going to shove religion down my throat when you first talked to us, but you didn’t. I could tolerate what you said, and you seem really nice. Thank you for talking to us; this was a really neat conversation. Don’t lose your faith.”

It amazed me how she kept emphasizing how she liked what I was doing and she didn’t want me to stop. Amanda agreed with her and said, “Thank you so much.” They truly looked grateful.

I walked away, feeling as if I was walking on air. I had never felt so happy and amazed in my life. Imagine if I had backed away from talking to both of them? I would have never shared the gospel with them, and they wouldn’t have been convicted of their sins. I really think God brought me there at the right time, especially for Jennifer. People like them stir up the passion inside me and make me want to save lost souls even more. I’ve already started praying for them, and I really do love them so much and care about them with all my heart. I still can’t believe that God has been able to use me in this incredible way, and I find nothing more enjoyable than sharing my faith with others.


Photo: [Source]



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Wednesday, 14th November 2012.

Evidence Bible

“Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray.” HENRY WARD BEECHER


New YOUTH curriculum!


This video-driven youth curriculum is based on Season 4 of our TV program, "The Way of the Master." For this special youth study, we've selected six of those countries, with some of our favorite adventures to share with you—along with brand-new footage. This course is perfect for youth ministry small groups, homeschool curriculum, or family devotions.

In this course you will get:

· Six half-hour episodes from "The Way of the Master," Season 4, Mission: Europe

· Special interviews with the Duggar family, from TLC's "19 Kids & Counting"

· Printable youth ministry small group discussion guide & homeschool quizzes

· Promotional material (video trailer, printable poster and flyer, social-media art, etc.)

· Bonus DVD: "The Science of Evolution" (30 min.)

The goal of these lessons is to help middle and high school students sink their roots down deep into God's Word, to help them grow and go. Youth will learn about a biblical worldview, fascinating history, key apologetics, and how to share their faith.



· Visit LIVINGWATERS.COM for more info


Steve Sanchez giving the gospel in 1 min. at a Veterans Day Parade in Long Beach




Words of Comfort: How to Walk on Air (part 2)

I think one of the best ways to explain how to do this would be to share an email a 15 year-old (named Julia) sent me. This faithful young lady had been trained in the teachings expounded in “Roots” (which are based on the Bible) and she put them into practice. Join me as a fly on the wall and watch her share her faith biblically.

Julia and a friend went to an outdoor mall and this is what happened:

After a few minutes, two girls sat down at a nearby table. Perfect! I thought and whispered to Marissa, “Let’s get those two over there.”

As we approached them, I hesitated a little. Now that I got a better look at them, they seemed to be older than I expected, probably over eighteen. And they were smoking. Feeling a little uncomfortable, I double-checked with my dad and asked if it would be appropriate to talk to them. He said, “Yeah, of course.” So Marissa and I went to start a conversation.

I approached the table and said with a smile, “Hey, can I show you guys something?”

They both nodded. “Sure.”

I showed them one of the optical illusion tracts and let them keep it. Then I started from there.

“So my friend and I have been going around, asking people a controversial question. Do you have a minute?”

They said they did.

“Where do you think people go when they die?”

They thought about that for a moment, but couldn’t really come up with an answer.

“Well I believe in a Heaven and Hell,” I responded. “So let’s just pretend there’s a Heaven and Hell. Do you guys think you’d be good enough to go to Heaven? Do you consider yourselves to be good people?”

They both said, like most other people, that they thought they were good people and would go to heaven.

From there, I plunged into the Law and went through some of the Ten Commandments.

After I had done that, I said, “So by your own admissions – I’m not judging you – but by your own admissions, you’re both lying, thieving, blasphemous, murderers at heart. If you stood before God on Judgment Day, and God judged you by the Ten Commandments, do you think you’d be innocent or guilty?”

Amanda, the younger one, replied, “I’d be guilty.”

But the other girl, Jennifer, wasn’t as convinced. “Well… God is a forgiving God and he’d forgive us if we repented.”

I cringed inwardly. This girl wasn’t going with the flow like the other people I had witnessed to earlier. I didn’t want to give her the wrong answers. But God was there with me, and I knew He would help me.

“Yes, that’s true, but let me give you a scenario. Say I was in court, and I had murdered someone, and I was about to be sentenced, but I looked at the judge and said, ‘Hey, I know I murdered that woman, but I’m a good person and I’ve done a lot of good in my life. I’m sorry for what I did, so can’t you just let me go?’ No, of course he wouldn’t let me go. If he’s a just judge, then he would give me the punishment I deserve. It’s the same with us. We’ve sinned against an Almighty God, and after all the sins we committed, of course we deserve a punishment.”

“Yeah, but it just depends what you’ve done, just like you’d get worse punishment for different crimes you committed,” Jennifer argued. “Like with murdering and stuff…”

I realized the conversation was getting off track, so I tried to lean into the gospel and get back to my point. “Do you know what God did so that we wouldn’t have to go to Hell?”

They said they didn’t know.


To be continued...


Photo: [Source]