Kirk Cameron is fearless. The actor, best known for his role as "Mike Seaver" on the sitcom Growing Pains, walked up to four tattooed street toughs and asked them if they had ever heard of the Ten Commandments! This isn't a scene from Cameron's recent Left Behind movies, it is part of a new evangelism program called "The Way of the Master." Cameron lends some star power to this program developed by well-known evangelist Ray Comfort (also author of Hell's Best Kept Secret and God Doesn't Believe in Atheists). The eight thirty-minute programs and accompanying course books spell out the missing ingredient to modern day evangelism: the use of the law in convicting sinners of their own unrighteousness. Comfort and Cameron use the acronym "WDJD" to help students in their course remember the key stepsin properly sharing the gospel:
W: Would you consider yourself to be a good person?There is much in this course to commend. Ray Comfort has long been a lonely voice in the evangelical wilderness calling for greater attention to be paid to the Law of God in preaching and evangelizing. Some of the most "cringe-inspiring" moments of the DVDs were when Comfort or another interviewer would talk to Christians about the message they used when they shared Christ with an unbeliever. Almost universally the answer would be therapeutic-oriented: do you want happiness? peace? true love? Jesus is being presented as a life-enhancer, rather than the life giver. So, when the sinner responds to the modern gospel of life enhancement and finds that life hasn't changed or gotten any better, it's no wonder that he casts off his experimental conversion to find something else that works.
D: Do you think you have kept the Ten Commandments?
J: If God judges you by the Ten Commandments on the Day of Judgment, will you be innocent or guilty?
D: Will you go to heaven or hell? (Destiny)
Eric Landry is pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church (Murrieta, California) and executive editor of Modern Reformation.
Issue: "Around the Block, Around the World: Evangelism and Missions" March/April 2005 Vol. 14 No. 2 Page number(s): 28-29, 43
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