Ray Comfort is Dead On In His Newsletter

Living Waters sends out a weekly e-mail newsletter, and in today’s newsletter Ray Comfort gets to the root of a few issues I’ve been thinking about lately.

  • If two people who both live by the philosophy of “looking out for number one” happen to cross paths, won’t there be an inevitable conflict between them?
  • Evolution teaches that we’re animals that happen to be more highly evolved than others. Animals don’t care about right and wrong. If someone lived their life as if evolution is true, is there really any moral restraints on them?

People who believe those things are commonplace, and we’re seeing the consequences more and more. Ray cuts to the chase with this:

There have been about a dozen mass-shootings in the United States in recent months, and secular experts are still trying to piece together the profiles and common denominators of these murderers. However, every one of them had one thing in common. They all lacked a fear of God. If someone fears God they won’t lie to you, steal from you, or commit adultery with your spouse. They won’t even lust after them. They won’t hate you, harbor anger or be bitter towards you, and they certainly won’t kill you. “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6, itallics added)

One of the major reasons this nation lacks the fear of God is that it’s rarely preached from the modern pulpit. Think of what Nathan did with David. He put the fear of God in him by saying “You are the man! Why have you despised the Commandment of the Lord?” (see 2 Samuel 12:7-9). Without such a reproof David would have simply remained an unrepentant man who made an unfortunate choice in life. But the reproof revealed that he was a criminal who had despised the moral Law, and that God’s wrath hovered over him for his terrible transgression.

We need to be Nathans to this nation and faithfully preach the Word, in season and out of season. We must “reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all patience and doctrine,” and the well-spring of our words must be love for sinners. We cannot let fear stop us from showing them that they have despised the Law, and that they have personally sinned against God, as Paul did in Romans 2:20-24.

In another portion of the newsletter, Living Waters reveals Hollywood’s humanist bias. The producers of Alfie left out inconvenient portions in their remake of the 1966 movie. If we’re just animals looking out for our own best interest, what’s to stop someone from murdering an unborn child? If the law is the only thing protecting human life, no one should sleep too easily. Laws can be changed.

13 thoughts on “Ray Comfort is Dead On In His Newsletter

  1. “If two people who both live by the philosophy of “looking out for number one” happen to cross paths, won’t there be an inevitable conflict between them?”

    That depends entirely what you think looking out for yourself involves.

    Looking out for yourself is not the equivalent of making sure that you’re better off than everyone else.

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  2. Morse,

    I didn’t think anyone would actually admit to “looking out for number one” being their philosophy.

    On what basis do you make moral and ethical decisions? How do you know right from wrong?

    Thanks,
    Bill

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  3. So, you didn’t at all read what I wrote, did you?

    Sometimes looking out for yourself involves looking out for others too. It boggles my mind that Christians don’t see that.

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  4. I think morsec0de is describing the difference between “greed” and “self interest”, with which Adam Smith used to describe the “hidden hand” of “self interest” that inevitably benefits others.

    I don’t think Smith’s “hidden hand” is what Ray Comfort has in mind. The depraved man will be as much greedy as self-interested, perhaps more. This attitude will, by its nature, conflict with others. That – I think – is what Ray was getting at.

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  5. Morse,

    When it serves you, you look out for others. I get it. I’m still surprised you’re willing to admit to it.

    Don’t bother commenting here if you’re not going to respond to the questions someone asks. That seems to have become your habit.

    Thanks,
    Bill

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  6. “On what basis do you make moral and ethical decisions?”

    Harm and benefit. Determined through scientific inquiry.

    “How do you know right from wrong?”

    Evidence, common sense, and empathy.

    “When it serves you, you look out for others.”

    Everyone does this. It’s the consequence of living and evolving as social animals.

    Acts are never selfless. Even volunteering at a soup kitchen. When an atheist does it, they do it because it makes them feel good and because, in the event they are ever in a situation to need a soup kitchen, supporting it would help. Christians do it for those reasons, and because they fear hell.

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  7. Morse,

    Why have you chosen that criteria for your decisions on right and wrong? Can you say that Hilter’s criteria for deciding right and wrong is incorrect?

    There have been many selfless acts. Christians don’t do good deeds to avoid hell or because they fear hell. While it’s easier said than done, a Christian does good deeds for God because he’s grateful for having been saved from hell. We are to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves.

    I’m intrigued by Manfred’s comment. Just for my own curiosity, would you consider yourself to be a good capitalist?

    Thanks,
    Bill

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  8. Bill,

    I don’t know if I’m a “good capitalist” – I’m good at many things, in my own opinion 🙂 I do believe that capitalism is the only moral economic view, as all others enslave one man to another.

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  9. Manfred,

    I would agree with you on that. It seems that many of the prolific atheists in the last century were communists, and I was wondering what Morse’s outlook on the matter was.

    Bill

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  10. I view that any system that is forced on people is immoral.

    Totalitarianism and authoritarianism are what was wrong, I think, with communism. When I say ‘wrong’, I mean that’s what made the system corrupt and unjust. That doesn’t mean it would have worked and been a beneficial system. But it wouldn’t have been immoral.

    I don’t look at capitalism as moral or immoral. It seems to work a lot of the time.

    Bill, what does it mean to you to be a ‘prolific’ atheist?

    Perhaps you were looking for the word ‘infamous’, in which case I would agree with you. But I would disagree that the atheism or the communism is what made them infamous.

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  11. Morse,

    I would say someone who is prolific is someone who would accomplish something for their cause, be it good or bad. Stalin and Lenin converted more people to atheism than Dawkins and Hitchens could ever dream of.

    You can make a moral judgment that Stalin was bad for killing millions of people, but if you were to apply a consistent atheist worldview you could make no such judgment. If there truly were no God and no absolute moral standard, there’s no reason to think that killing someone is any worse than doing something good to them. We’re just glorified monkeys.

    Thanks,
    Bill

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