Ray Comfort on How to Surprise Sinners When Sharing the Gospel

I‘ve always been desperate to reach the lost, and because of that, I’m continually pleading with God to save them. Their fate weighs heavy on my heart, as it should on the heart of every Christian. The very thought of the reality of Hell should take our breath away. It is that thought that drives me to daily visit a local college to engage students on-camera with the gospel—for our YouTube channel

The Apostle Paul said that his agenda was to warn every man (see Colossians 1:28), and that agenda was motivated by God’s wrath. He said, “Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11). Each of us should want to warn sinners that they are in terrible danger, by telling them that they are enemies of God (see Colossians 1:21). The problem is that they don’t know that. As far as they are concerned, God is happy, and all is well.

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That’s why I’m grateful for certain keys that unlock the hearts of those who normally wouldn’t bother to talk about the things of God. This is because if all is well, needing mercy isn’t on their priority list.

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One of these keys is to take advantage of the “Dunning-Kruger Effect.” This was a famous study done by two psychologists, in which they concluded that people who were not too talented, tended to over-exaggerate their talent. I had this delusion when I was in high school. I thought that I could sing…until I sang into a tape recorder. Never again will I do that. The experience was very humbling.

A humble person will listen to other points of view. That’s why my aim is to gently humble a student, so that he will be open and honest, and listen to the gospel. This isn’t deceitful. It is the art of discretion—to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).

I do this by asking if he considers himself to be an educated person. Is he well-read? Most are quick to say that they are. I then ask if he knows what the biggest selling book of all time is. Most don’t. It’s the Bible. It’s that old, outdated, discredited and unscientific book that they haven’t bothered to open.

The fact that they said that they were well-read and yet they didn’t know the answer tends to humble them, and at the same time it gives a measure of credibility to the Scriptures. I then ask if they are familiar with a certain famous passage. They should be, if they are well-read, but of course, they are not. That gives me the liberty to educate them.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ray Comfort

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