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Overview Evangelical success is at an all-time low. Why are so many unbelievers turning away from the message of the gospel? Doesn't the Bible tell us how to bring sinners to true repentance? Using lively anecdotes from his own experiences, evangelist Ray Comfort presents the key that unlocks the door of men's souls. If you're experiencing evangelical frustration over lost souls, unrepentant sinners, and backslidden "believers," then look no further. This radical approach could be the missing dimension needed to win our generation to Christ. Discover the secret to leading others to genuine repentance, and make each moment of your life count for the kingdom of God!
Publishers Description Evangelical success is at an all-time low. Why are so many unbelievers turning away from the message of the gospel? Doesn't the Bible tell us how to bring sinners to true repentance? Using lively anecdotes from his own experiences, evangelist Ray Comfort presents the key that unlocks the door of men's souls. If you're experiencing evangelical frustration over lost souls, unrepentant sinners, and backslidden "believers," then look no further. This radical approach could be the missing dimension needed to win our generation to Christ. Discover the secret to leading others to genuine repentance, and make each moment of your life count for the kingdom of God
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Studio: Whitaker House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 4.25" Height: 7" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2000
Publisher WHITAKER #54
ISBN 0883682060 ISBN13 9780883682067
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More About Ray Comfort
RAY COMFORT is the cohost (with Kirk Cameron) of the award-winning television program "The Way of the Master." He is the founder of Living Waters Publications and is dedicated to equipping Christians with resources to fulfill the Great Commission. Ray is the bestselling author of more than 70 books, including "The Evidence Bible," a Christian Book Award Finalist. He has written for Billy Graham's "Decision" magazine and his literature is used by the Moody Bible Institute, Leighton Ford Ministries, Campus Crusade For Christ, and the Institute for Scientific and Biblical Research. Ray and his wife, Sue, live in Southern California, and have three grown children.
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You wouldn't jump out of an airplane without a parachute, would ya?? Nov 10, 2006
After you read Hells Best Kept Secret, you will know & fully understand why putting on the Lord Jesus Christ is not to improve your flight (life), but to save you from the jump to come (wrath of God). Best tool I have ever read and studied. I have already put these biblical principles that Jesus used into practice and they are very effective and powerful if used properly. Hellfire preaching brings fear to the sinner, while the law (10 commandments), brings a tear-filled sinner. I am getting ready to lead a larger group in this study and help others to use the principles that Jesus used to convert sinners in such a way that they will never ever even consider taking the Lord Jesus Christ back off and going back to their old ways. Hell's Best Kept Secret is by far the easiest way to share Christ and Ray Comfort is a Trumpet for the Lord. George Wiegand Nappanee Missionary Church, Nappanee Indiana USA email@example.com
Read the Gospel of John instead Jul 1, 2006
Mr. Comfort has a heart of gold for the Lord Jesus Christ, and I commend him for that. May God bless his efforts. However, this book further garbles and misconstrues the Gospel, which is this: To believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and that believing ye might have life in His name (John 20:31). Peter did not get saved because he believed he was a miserable sinner (Luke 5:8), but because he had the miraculous revelation the Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God (John 6:69, Matthew 16: 15-19). THIS is where we are going wrong. Modern evangelists assume that you believe that Jesus is God's Son, the Blessed and Anointed Messiah prophesied of old. Instead, they focus on the things that come with the package of believing that He is who He says that He is: repentence, obedience, fruit of the Spirit, etc. There is an ugly practice among many evangelists (many of whom are in it for the cash) to try to talk saints out of their salvation, and this sickens me. Hell is full of people who knew that they were sinners, many of whom "repented" from sin. But, they never made the connection between who and what they are and who Jesus truly is and why He came. This brings me to my other problem: NO WHERE IN THE BIBLE, IN ANY TRANSLATION, DO WE FIND THE SINNER'S PRAYER. When the Apostles preached, they preached Jesus, His Life, Death and Resurrection, and his Messianic fulfillment. They did not have people pray through, tell them that they had a God-shaped hole in their heart, or tell them to accept Jesus into their hearts and to just pray this simple prayer. This is not the Gospel. I'm tired of these unscriptural cliches. The Gospel is to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 11:27, Acts 8:37, 1 John 4:15, 1 John 5:1, 1 John 5:9, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, and the whole point of John's Gospel, or any of the other three: John 20:31.) Do you want to be saved? Believe that Jesus is who He claimed, and get out there and confess it (Romans 10:9), make the same confession that the Ethiopian made in the Book of Acts chapter 8, verse 37 (and if your Bible does not have his glorious confession in this verse, you've got a perverted Bible--see my suggestion below.)
Feeling bad about your sin doesn't save. Repentance doesn't save (In and of itself). True belief and true repentance are two sides to the same coin, as it were. We need to get back to preaching Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. Save your money, and go home and read your King James Bible, starting with John's Gospel and his epistles. This is the correct translation. If you want a book that further illustrates my points, read Leo Hebert's "Garbling the Gospel." Read the pastor's review below. Visit www.blessedquietness.com or www.garblingthegospel.org. Study the Gospel there. Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, as I do. Hallelujah!!!
This is what is missing in many modern gospel presentations! May 25, 2006
This little book on evangelism is the best I have ever read! In order for someone to have a genuine conversion to Christ, they must experience an inner conviction of their sin and their need of the Savior. Too many modern gospel presentations are "feel good". Jesus loves you so just come and accept Him! Sin or judgment or Hell is never even mentioned. If it is mentioned, it is only mentioned briefly and vaguely. Thus we have huge numbers of people who supposedly accept Christ, yet very quickly abandon their faith. They repeated words to accept Christ, but never realized WHY they needed Christ in the first place.
Ray Comfort uses the Ten Commandments to show people that they aren't as good as they thought. (Most people seem to think of themselves as basically good.) Ray creatively gets people to realize they have broken many (if not all) of the Ten Commandments. This is the core of the gospel - we are helpless sinners that need a Savior!
Not being able to admit our sinfulness is one of the biggest obstacles to people accepting Christ. "I'm as good as the next guy." "I've done my best. How could God reject me?" "My good outweighs my bad."
The book is very practical! It has usable, down-to-earth ideas for how to start spiritual discussions with people. Horrible at starting a conversation with anyone about anything? Yet alone the spiritual?! Don't despair. The book gives simple ideas for how to get started...
I think the primary reason I agree with this book so much is that it relates to how I became a Christian! I was raised in a very Christian home. Yet I struggled with my salvation for years. I said prayers to accept Christ more than once, yet I knew inside that I was not saved. I was not a new creation in Christ. I was full of fear and doubt. It frustrated me. Why didn't my prayers work?? Then a visiting preacher came to my church, and he emphasized sin and judgment in a way that I had never heard it before. For the VERY FIRST TIME, I felt the CONVICTION of my sin. I prayed to accept Christ and it "worked"! I knew I was saved without a doubt! For years before I had repeated prayers to accept Christ, but I NEVER had any conviction about my sin and my desperate need of salvation. (Even though I knew "all have sinned", I still thought of myself as a "good kid". Not as a sinner.) That is what was missing all those years!
I highly recommend this book. It is a quick, easy read - but both challenging and practical for learning how to share the gospel with people.
Preach the gospel - Not the law. Apr 18, 2006
Review by Pastor Eddie Hughes... I completely relate to Ray Comfort's problem with so many reported conversions and so few who seem to stick and grow spiritually. That problem however, has been around as long as the gospel and the answer is to improve as much as we can in our discipleship efforts --- not in evangelism methods. We don't go back to being ministers of the letter (the law). The ministry of righteousness (the gospel) is still more glorious (2 Cor. 3) It is the "gospel" (the good news of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ) that Jesus commanded His disciples to preach to every person --- not the law (Mark 16:15). . Ray Comfort incorrectly claims Jesus preached the law. But Jesus contrasted His preaching with the preaching of the law, saying, "The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached..." (Luke 16:16) The apostles likewise, never once took the time to explain the law to those who were inquiring of salvation. The Philippian jailer, for example (Acts 16) fell on his face before Paul and Silas, and asked them, "What must I do to be saved?" Paul's answer was simple... "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." When Paul was preaching to the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers in Athens (where they had never heard the law), he did not so much as allude to the law, but he did quote a Greek poet by the name of Epimenides (Cretica c.600 BC), who composed the phrase, "in him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). The law does still reveal sin. It is not only the preaching of the law, however, but the law of God written on the tables of every man's heart, which leaves no one without the inward knowledge of the need of redemption. And we have no business making the judgment as to whether one is sorry enough for his sin, before we present God's merciful plan of salvation. The Holy Spirit is in the world, convicting the sinner, just as He said He would do (John 16:8). We need to trust Him to prepare the sinner's heart for the good news we've been called to proclaim. The preaching of the gospel is mentioned over 100 times in the New Testament. The preaching of the law --- not even once. In my humble opinion, we should stick to the great commission, and the true gospel message, instead of subscribing to what some are calling "Hell's best kept secret."
The Cure for Phony Christianity and Dead Churches Dec 22, 2004
Taking heed to the teaching/preaching of Charles Spurgeon and others, Comfort points the way back to true evangelism through the preaching of God's law--the 10 Commandments. What he doesn't address is what to do with the new converts who need to be discipled. Should we send them to the current pack of wolves/hirelings to be exploited and abused? We need new wineskins (godly churches and leaders) to nuture new believers.