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THE CROCODILE HUNTER



Posted: 09/13/06

The Crocodile Hunter
- By Ray Comfort

It's not often that someone from down-under is the lead story on primetime TV. The fact that presidents from other countries die is a big deal, but they don't get to head the news. Some don't even get the tail. But when Stephen Robert Irwin was suddenly killed on September 4th, 2006, he was number one.

Steve Irwin was an Australian naturalist, wildlife expert, a well-known and colorful personality, and was best known for the television program "The Crocodile Hunter."

But his death didn't come as a shock to most who knew of him. How he died, did. Like many others who had watched him get up close and personal with dangerous animals, I thought it was just a matter of time until he would be mortally attacked by a crocodile or bitten by a poisonous snake. But that didn't happen. Instead, he was tragically stabbed through the heart by a stingray that was apparently only trying to defend itself. His distraught manager and close friend said that he "lived beyond the edge but seemed invincible." But none of us are invincible. Time will prove that to be true.

I become frustrated when I hear of the sudden unexpected death of any famous person. I want to grab this blind and unthinking world by the ear and shout "Hey, wake up. Death is a reality. It will come to you. You are not invincible. Please open your heart to the gospel." I want to seize the moment before the shock of another celebrity death wears off.

The Crocodile Hunter was passionate about the preservation of any endangered species--even if they were snakes and crocodiles. Perhaps you are a compassionate person and also have a deep concern about preserving animals. Then may I encourage you to do your part to preserve a forgotten endangered species--the dying human race. Doing this will not only make your life count for something in eternity, but it will also cater to you, if you are one who likes to live on the edge.

There is a forgotten and effective way to do this. It is something that Jesus did. It's also something the Apostle Paul, Peter, Stephen and John did. It's something that was done by Charles Spurgeon, George Whitefield and John Wesley. It's arguably scarier than jumping headlong out of a plane or messing with snakes and crocodiles. It's called "open air preaching."

Open air preaching is where you stand up in front of a God-hating world and preach His message of everlasting life. There's no applause. There's no pat on the back from an appreciative world. You probably won't make the lead on primetime news. Not even if you die doing it.

Steve Irwin left a huge and lasting legacy, and now that he's gone his words have become even more meaningful. Death tends to do that. He said, "I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message." This is true. Of all the things a Christian should be passionate about, saving sinners from Hell has to be high on the priority list. So educate yourself on how to reach them, and then educate the world on how and why they need to be saved.

When Steve died he was described by the CEO of Queensland's Royal Society for Protection of Cruelty to Animals as a "modern-day Noah." We tend to forget that Noah was more than passionate about preserving endangered species. He did something about which the world rarely hears. Scripture calls him a "preacher of righteousness." He was an open air preacher. He faithfully pleaded with a sinful and violent world to get right with a just and holy God, and warned them that God was going to judge them in righteousness. They laughed at Noah and his ark then, and they laugh at Noah and his ark now. Despite the mountain of evidence, most deny that there was even a world-wide flood.

We are living in the days that Jesus called "the days of Noah," and as in the days of Noah there is violence throughout the earth and the imagination of men's hearts is continually evil. These are dark times, but like Noah, we must be faithful preachers of righteousness, and if demons hiss and sinners snarl--if the endangered species fights against us, we have a strong consolation. Jesus said, "Behold, I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

So while you are still in the land of the living, live on the edge of eternity. Don't listen to your fears. Listen to your faith. Be passionate about reaching the lost. Learn how to show this world that they are in mortal danger. Convince them that they are not in a place to argue with God--that a drowning man should keep his mouth closed. And follow the footsteps of those who through faith "stopped the mouths of lions," and never forget that "the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly."

Ray Comfort and actor Kirk Cameron have recently released "The Basic Training Course" to educate Christians on how to effectively share their faith.

 
 
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Re: The Crocodile Hunter
Posted On: 09/24/06 12:06:09 PM Age 46, OH
I love it. I think Ray has a marvelous approach to evangelism, and this article is but one more example of it.



Re: Re: The Crocodile Hunter
Posted On: 09/21/06 06:27:34 AM Age 40, IN
According to Snopes this is an unconfirmed statement.

Re: The Crocodile Hunter
Posted On: 09/20/06 06:02:36 PM Age 62, MO
Thank's Ray for writting about the death of Steve. He was someone most people would find daring and exciting to watch in his adventures. A large majority of the population live much the same daring life in the realm of their spiritual life. That is even more scary than watching Steve as he put himself in danger over and over again. So many people seem to be unaware of the real danger of not knowing JESUS CHRIST as their personal LORD and SAVIOR. When I watch WAY OF THE MASTER with you and Kirk I find myself even more excited than any of Steve's daring adventures.You are out their confronting the dangerothers face with sharing the GOSPEL face to face with unaware lost people. I was deeply saddened by Steve's death and prayed for his wife, children and family. I believe the report of the minister that Steve did receieve the LORD a few weeks before his death so for me that brings a peace about Steve. I love your ministry. It is on the cutting edge. You are brave and bold as you confront people with the truth. I and other christians are encouraged to be bolder and more daring in our wittness because of you and Kirk. My daughter lives close to Santa Monica Beach where one of your segments was filmed that is on your website. I had her watch it with a lost friend. It was REAL all over again for them and a witness to the lost friend. THANK YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE FOR GOD! Diana



Re: Re:The Crocodile Hunter got
Posted On: 09/20/06 10:58:11 AM Age 63, IA
My thoughts went immediately to the thief on the cross. Jesus said to him "TODAY you will be with me in paradise". He never had the opportunity to be baptised but because he put his trust in Jesus Christ alone he is in heaven. Jerry

Re: Re:The Crocodile Hunter got
Posted On: 09/20/06 10:16:01 AM Age 59, PA
The thief on the cross never had a chance to be baptized after he acknowledged Christ as his personal Savior; yet Christ said to the man,"Today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43) Please don't make Christ's free gift of salvation by faith a religion of works by tagging on the requirement of baptism to enter Heaven's portals.



Re: Re:The Crocodile Hunter got
Posted On: 09/20/06 10:03:25 AM Age 57, VA
I do not doubt your sincerity but I am saddened to hear you say these things. I am a believer in tongues, but never have I ever believed that baptism and tongues save you. They are both subsequent acts to salvation and not required for salvation. There are believers, like the criminal on the cross, who did not have time to be baptized. There is a tremendously large part of the Body of Christ who does not believe tongues are for today. There is a large part of the body that do believe tongues are for today, but that tongues is not required for salvation. There are tiny parts of the body who misinterpret the scriptures and who see everything through the eyes of legalism and "fear that they are the only ones who are going to make it because they got saved and were baptized in the name of Jesus, and pray in tongues." You don't even know if Steve was baptized in water or not! My parents who both received Christ on their deathbeds had no time for either. You misinterpret the scriptures and heap heavy burdens on others. You might respond, "Two weeks was sufficient time if He really meant it." Then I would say to you, "since when do you decided the times? You speak of things you know not!" Praise God for the report that Steve repented and gave his heart to Jesus. We don't know for sure about a lot of people, but are we going to doubt the salvation of all those who died prematurely who we did not have time to study their fruit? We have enough people running around saying they are saved who are alive to do a fruit study on. Pick on them. I hope Steve will be there. We will know when we get there! The fact still remains. Today is the day of salvation. Do we care about others? Are we going to be wise fishers of men that they not spend eternity in Hell? Ray Comforts message still resonates loudly, So while you are still in the land of the living, live on the edge of eternity. Don't listen to your fears. Listen to your faith. Be passionate about reaching the lost. Learn how to show this world that they are in mortal danger. Convince them that they are not in a place to argue with God--that a drowning man should keep his mouth closed. And follow the footsteps of those who through faith "stopped the mouths of lions," and never forget that "the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.

Re: The Crocodile Hunter
Posted On: 09/19/06 09:43:15 PM Age 47, MO
Ray Comfort had a good article, and he is right about preaching the gospel. However, one of the things that we Christians should NEVER do is speculate on WHEN Jesus Christ will return. Rapture speculators such as Hal Lindsey, Jack Van Impe, Mary Stewart Relfe, Dave Hunt, Texe Marrs, Tim LaHaye and their followers have gotten a whole generation of Christians to just sit on their "left behinds." Moreover, when Rapture speculators are taken to task for engaging is such worthless activity, they often fall back on "seeker sensitive" and "emergent church" rationale. They make the bogus claim that Rapture speculating is the best way to win people to Christ.



Re: The Crocodile Hunter
Posted On: 09/19/06 03:19:00 PM Age 30, IN
Looks like the story about Steve Irwin just recently becoming a Christian is unfounded (an urban legend). The report mentioned below is inaccurate. Read here: http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/irwin.asp

Re: The Crocodile Hunter
Posted On: 09/19/06 11:20:16 AM Age 62, OH
Thanks Ray your article was thought provoking and encouraging. Solomon was a wise man and his words came to mind.Ecc 7:2-4 "It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter,because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure." Steve's death turned the world's thoughts to their death and some to think of God. Ray you brought back the memory of the 1st time I preached on the street.I was a high school teacher in a small town. My friend Lou came to my house one Friday summer evening about 5:00 an said let's go downtown and preach. Of course he wanted to preach in my hometown not his. I couldn't say no in front of him so I was trapped. Half an hour later we had a table with pocket new testements on the sidewalk of main street. Lou opened his bible to John chapter 1 and started to shout the words at the top of his lungs "In the beginning was the Word,----". I can never remember being more scared and was totally unprepared for what happened next. White and gray haired people driving by in late model Buicks yelled at us "Get off the street" and "We love Satan" I was astounded and agast and could not believe my eyes and ears. But we continued and gave out the bibles. Only one person prayed with me to ask Jesus to forgive him and come into his heart. That person came to church with me that sunday and he was my ex-wife's half brother.My wife had left me with two kids and thats when I turned to Jesus. I have lost contact with that young man but I can see his face right now as clear as If it was that same summer evening. THANK GOD for my friend Lou for getting me started. 30 years later hundreds have prayed with me to receive Jesus. Dying people have stood up from hospital beds and went home that same day; the stories I could tell you. Go out today and start start somehow with something that you can do like passing out bibles. Jesus will give you courage, words, and everything you need. It is with tear filled eyes that I type thank you dear Jesus for your mercy and grace and allowing me to serve you . Lou (my name is also Lou)



Re:The Crocodile Hunter got "saved"
Posted On: 09/19/06 09:30:02 AM Age 52, TX
I was "trepidatiously" glad to hear this since I was a "croc hunter" fan. I could tell that he was "Family Man" who loved his wife and daughter. I am worried that he did not get true "bible salvation" Jesus said: Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; And Acts 2:38 then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 19:2-6 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. YOU may as many "christians" do, and choose to ignore these scriptural requirements for salvation at your own peril, but is it too much for you to do the will of Jesus as he spelled it out in the bible? I fear for the souls of many who think they are saved but will be turned away in the end. Read this scripture... Matt 7:21-23 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Written with great love and concern

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