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Posted: 10/16/06

Don't Nod at the Rabbi
- By Ray Comfort

There was a human body lying on the floor of my bathroom in a New York hotel. Seconds earlier I returned to my room on the 14 th story, and was shocked to see that the door was cracked open. The body was that of a male in his 30's. There were no signs of a struggle, no blood, and no bruising on the neck area. It was something I would have expected in dark alley, not in a high-rise in the heart of New York's Time Square.

Suddenly I heard a voice--"I've fixed the night-light under your sink. I'll be out of here in a minute."

I answered, "What's your name?"


"Harry, I have a question for you."

"Is it multiple choice?"

"Yes. What do you think happens after somebody dies? A. Heaven. B. Hell. C. Nothing."

Harry stood to his feet and said, "You go to sleep."

"You go to sleep? Are you a Jehovah's Witness?"

"Well, my mother is, and I lean in that direction."

Harry and I then spent about ten minutes talking together, as I reasoned with him about the injustice of the Jehovah Witness doctrine of "annihilation," and took him through the Ten Commandments. I gave him a "What Hollywood Believes" CD, and as he left he told me that the talk had been helpful.

It was helpful for me also, because it gave me a little more confidence when speaking with a Jehovah's Witness. Meeting with Harry was ironic, because we were in New York to film a program on Jehovah's Witnesses, and what they believed. The previous day a team of twelve of us had flown from Los Angeles to New York for filming on our Third Season. Stuart (Scotty) Scott sat next to me during the flight. Scotty loves salt. He even enlarged the holes in his personal salt shaker to get more of the tasty stuff faster. He embraces wholeheartedly the words of Jesus--"Salt is good."

During the flight, he looked at my laptop and boasted that his Pocket PC had a battery life that was twice mine. The PC was so small I cynically asked if it could do word processing. He explained that it could, but that it had to be written by hand on a screen, and then it miraculously translated the personal hand written words into a standard typeface. He picked it up and wrote, "My name is Scotty." We both then waited for a second or two and amazingly four typed words appeared on the screen. We almost had to rub our eyes in unbelief. They said, "My navel is Salty." So much for high tech. I decided to stay with my laptop.

God once and for all wrote His Word for humanity. He has made the way of salvation very clear, yet I almost have to rub my eyes in unbelief at the amazing way the Jehovah's Witnesses have interpreted that Word. They call themselves "Christians" but they blatantly deny the reality of Hell, the hope of Heaven for the believer, eternal punishment, the deity of Christ, the finished work of the cross, the necessity of the new birth, and the way of salvation.

They had already declined our request to their World Headquarters for an on-camera interview about what they believed, so we purchased a pair of high-tech digital video sunglasses and I snuck into their headquarters for interviews. During a one-hour period I was able to candidly talk to between 15 and 20 Jehovah's Witnesses about their personal beliefs. We will of course make sure those interviewed keep their anonymity.

Jehovah's Witnesses not only shy away from cameras, but they officially refuse to take any literature, so it was strange for me to talk to people about the things of God and not leave them with any gospel tracts.

Earlier that day I stepped into an elevator in our hotel and passed out million dollar bill tracts to three people. One man was thrilled to get one. He immediately started reading it and said, "It's about God. It's religious. That's good." His loud mouth caused the lady next to me to say, "I don't want this. I will throw it in the trash." I kept my hands at my sides and said, "Please keep it. There's nothing more important than your eternal salvation."

Meanwhile, the man behind me was looking intently at the words written on the tract, and as he came to the Commandments he blurted out, "I've done all this. Seriously, I've done all this stuff!" His tone of voice revealed that he was deeply concerned. Mr. Loudmouth piped up, "That's okay. We all make mistakes." I wanted to say, "It's not "okay," and they are not "mistakes." Suddenly the doors were open and we all parted company.

Another one of our TV programs was to be on the subject of Judaism. Fortunately, Mark Spence, the Dean of our School of Biblical Evangelism was able to secure an interview with the Rabbi of an orthodox New York synagogue. He informed me that anyone who was Jewish was allowed to take part in their service. Despite my mom being Jewish, I had never been to an orthodox synagogue, so I hooked up my spyglasses, put them on my forehead and walked into the meeting.

When I entered the premises I was instantly interrogated as to my Jewish heritage. What was my name? Was I Jewish? Was it on my mother or father's side? I said, "Mother." What was my mother's name? "Esther." Suddenly, I was wearing a Yuima and was part of the family of New York Jews, sitting among black-hats and curly side-burns, as they all nodded together. I was wearing shorts, wasn't dressed in black, I had trimmed sideburns and I wasn't nodding at all. I must have stood out like a California sore thumb.

About ten minutes into the proceedings, after the Torah had been placed in front of the Rabbi, he suddenly looked at me and said, "Ray, are you a Cohen? Is your family name 'Cohen?'" I called back, "I have an uncle called 'Cohen,'" and nodded as I answered. It was the only nod I did during the entire service, but it sure had repercussions. It seemed the fact that my uncle was a Cohen was a big deal because the Rabbi quickly called me to the front, and before I knew what was happening, I was surrounded by helpful folk, was repeating a stack of Hebrew phrases, was picking up and putting down ribbons, and kissing the Torah.

This went on for five or ten minutes among much nodding and much to the excitement of those around me. I was a little dazed by the whole thing. I was then ushered to one side, and a thick book with Hebrew and English words was placed into my hands.

As I sat there thinking about what had just happened, I heard a whispered voice beside me say in a deep New York accent, "What an honor! What an honor! You are a 'Cohen.' That's amazing. You have been honored tonight. What an honor! A Cohen . . . " I felt a little sick. I wasn't a Cohen. I was a "Comfort." I guess the Rabbi hadn't understood what I had said, and taken my nod as a "Yes" and that meant I qualified for the priesthood. Oh dear.

Meanwhile, the whispering gentleman gave me a running commentary on the proceedings of the service. He explained to me why there was so much nodding going on among the singing, and the low mumbling, among other things. As he turned my page for me (I don't read Hebrew) he whispered,

"We are waiting for the Messiah."

"What are the signs of His coming?"

"There will be a trumpet sound."

"You mean the trumpet of the Archangel?"

"Yes, something like that. There have been many false Messiahs. Take Jesus. He was a Jew. We strung Him up. There were other false Messiahs that came after Him."

As the service drew to a close, our camera crew entered the room to set up the interview with the Rabbi. Meanwhile, I was being allowed to drink from a special glass filled with special grape juice.

It was after the drink that I noticed that I was surrounded by admirers. Ray Cohen, the cool dude in shorts with the hip sunglasses on his forehead was drinking the special juice from the special glass.

One of the admirers was a pale-faced 14 year-old sad-looking kid who was wearing what looked like his big brother's black hat. He was about to leave, so without much thought I decided to give him a million dollar bill tract. He would love it. I said, "I have a gift for you. It's a million dollars." The kid took it and stood there looking bewildered. It was as though I had handed him something that he wasn't supposed to have and he didn't know what to do. Suddenly, the bill was taken from his hand. Without a word, a gentleman began reading the message on the back. There was an intensity in the air. I felt as though I had just committed a serious crime and I had been caught red-handed. He quickly left with the damning evidence in his hand. Suddenly I heard the Rabbi call out in a very serious voice, "Ray. I want to talk to you outside, now!"

Outside, he held the undeniable proof of my sin in his hand, pointed to it and said, "What's with this J.C.! What is with this J.C.! I want everyone out now. They are to get out!!!!!"

I was no longer their pal. I was pleased that there were no stones around. "Hosanna" had turned into "Stone him," in an instant. What a difference Jesus makes.

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Re: Re: Re: Don't Nod at the Rabbi
Posted On: 01/25/07 10:08:19 AM Age 32, OK
Dear young man I in no way believe Ray meant to deceive,he was courious to their beliefs and customs he did not interrupt their services they brought him into it,which I believe could've been divine will.As a Christian we believe in the same word in the Old Testament and the God of Abraham,Issac, and Jacob the only difference we are adopted Jews who believe Jesus was the messiah while they as yet do not. Because he was willing like Paul to share his belief with a young man does not mean he's maligning their faith, we are all given free choice from God above,while from what you speak in response to his article is you would be ashamed to share that beliefwith the Jews do they not deserve to heartoo?

Re: Don't Nod at the Rabbi
Posted On: 01/23/07 04:22:00 PM Age 32, OK
Don't pay no mind to those ney-sayers Ray.It could have been Gods will that you be there that day. You know that scripture to those that love me I'll show mercy to thousand and those that curse me 4 generations.Maybe someone in your Jewish ancestors or Christian ancestors loved and served God and he wanted to bless you by these Jewish people speaking scripture over you this day. You never know his ways higher Ioften think on God's infinite mercy like that sometimes.You notice the power of the Fathers blessing his children in Jewish faith they memorize the word anwhole lot Its his will you share the message of the gospel with that young boy that day You felt empathy for him in your spirit. He can move who he wills to wherehe wills when he wants it look at Phillup speaking to the eunuch along side the chariot that day.

Re: Re: Don't Nod at the Rabbi
Posted On: 10/31/06 12:04:59 AM Age 27, CA
To 53 in AZ: I guess it makes sense that you condone his deception, since you use deception yourself in your post. Nice try, but it wasn't "handing a Jewish person a piece of paper with the gospel message" that was the insult. So quit trying to deceive the readers of your post. It was Ray Comfort's use of deception and betrayal of trust that was the insult to the members of the Synagogue. If he would have "only" handed a piece of paper to a Jew on the street, there would have been no insult. But if he would have told that Jew that he, himself, was a kosher Jew, received an invitation to a meal in the Jewish home, and THEN handed out tracks to his children, THAT would be insulting, because of the deceit - you only deceive and betray those you think of as lower than you - and therein lies the insult. Treat others as you would have them treat you, and your message will be delivered the way it is supposed to be. And just because he didn't walk in there with a sword and threaten to kill them if they didn't convert, doesn't mean that whatever he does instead was right. Just because you don't do the worst thing you can do, doesn't mean you did the right thing.

Re: Don't Nod at the Rabbi
Posted On: 10/24/06 12:11:00 PM Age 53, AZ
Ray Comfort, to have your chutzpah. . . is there somewhere you can purchase it in a bottle? You are the most courageous person I have ever seen. Handing a Jew a piece of paper with the gospel message is an insult??? That's utterly RIDICULOUS. If Muslims 'insulted' Christians, the world over, like you insulted these Jews in their synagogue; instead of hacking them to pieces, wouldn't we be living in a much more pleasant world?

Re: Re: Don't Nod at the Rabbi
Posted On: 10/24/06 12:00:39 PM Age 53, AZ
Geez! Keep it short and pithy, why don't you? I would read it, but when I saw how long it was, my eyes glazed over.

Don't Nod at the Rabbi
Posted On: 10/22/06 02:06:42 AM Age 53, MA
The time of the gentiles ended around the time Jerusalem came under Israel's control, 1967. What time is it?

Re: Don't Nod at the Rabbi
Posted On: 10/21/06 11:27:38 AM Age 26, TX
Ray, Shalom (Peace) be to you in Messiah Jesus. I thank for WOTM for their evangeling using the Law to point them to Christ.God has used you and Kirk i mighty ways. However; I kave to disagree with you on your recent trip to the synagugue. The apostle Paul was the Jew of Jews, but if you read the Book of Acts when he was before the high priest, he respect the authorities at the time. Romans 13 clearly outlines this, as so does 1Cor 8. I too want the Jewish People to come to the Messiah (Jesus), but they must see Christ in us, not the in-your-face style of witnessing. Jews for Jesus has many tools on how to witnessing to the Jews about Jesus. Ray, I ask that you think over your style of witnessing to the Jewish People. We are to provoke them to jealosy, not invoke wrath. Shalom(Peace) be to you Ray, and Way of the Master Program. Maranatha!

Re: Don't Nod at the Rabbi
Posted On: 10/18/06 04:57:00 PM Age 27, CA
Third Part of e-mail (continued): Many people turn away from the gospel, or distrust Christians more than before, because of the way a Christian has gone about telling them about their beliefs. It usually shouldn't happen when someone does so in a loving way, or with good and honest intentions. However, when Christians present the gospel, and do so with arrogance in their heart, deception in their communications, disrespect in their actions, or when only making a half-hearted attempt, the lost soul is likely to stay just that, or become even more resentful of the Gospel. If there is a meeting where Jews, Muslims, Budhists, etc. want to be alone together, that should be respected, and if you find yourself there, keep your mouth shut. Christians have all kinds of meetings and events for only ministers, deacons, church members, certain denominational adherents, etc. How would a group made up of ministers' families on retreat feel if a Wiccan group infiltrated them and were attempting to convert the children? Peter says, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." I Peter 3:15-16 NIV Ray Comfort did not do what he did with gentleness and respect, and those Jewish parents who would talk to there children later would, as a result, not be ashamed to speak maliciously against him. Sometimes I think that, after witnessing so long, Christians fall into the trap of seeing people, not as people to serve and love, but as potential notches on our belt. I remember in my college days, after street witnessing for months, it became a temptation to count people as numbers and see how many I could get to say the sinner's prayer in one day. I may have, indeed, gotten many people saved, but without love "I am only a resounding gong, or a clanging symbol." In this situation, though, I believe that not only was the disrespect detrimental to the salvation of those who witnessed Ray Comfort's actions, but those actions were also not done with the best motives and taught others to make the same mistakes, by example. I pray that this never happens again, and that Ray Comfort will go about witnessing to Jews in a more Christlike (read Biblical - with gentleness and respect) way, and will not blame his failure on Jesus or the offensiveness of the message of the gospel, in cases when it is not the reason for rejection, but will look inwardly to see how he made mistakes in how he went about presenting the gospel, and will, consequently, be a more effective messenger of the good news. I hope I don't sound too much more perturbed than usual, although I am. No one, to me, reguardless of status, is exempt from getting preached at if they are causing souls to become more hardened to the gospel as a result of their actions. Too important of a matter to not be direct about. Thanks for sending me the article. Shalom bi'Yesuha Aaron.

Re: Don't Nod at the Rabbi
Posted On: 10/18/06 04:56:12 PM Age 27, CA
Second Part of e-mail (continued): To top it all off, Ray Comfort then manipulates the Christian audiences' emotions by saying that the "offense" to the Orthodox Jews was our loving "Jesus." No, the offense was the way he disrespected them by not being clear with them about something he and everyone knew was an important fact, showing them virtually no love in his "presentation" of the Gospel, and then getting other people to become angry with "hateful" Jews, because he falsely attributes their disgust with him and his actions to being "Jesus." Why doesn't he just walk into a Kosher home and eat bacon in front of them to show them how "free" he is in Christ. If he wants to preach the gospel and get on the inside, fast, that's the quickest way to do it. Instead of seeing Ray Comfort as a person mourning for the loss of the souls of those Jews, and thoughtfully fellowshipping with them in order to see how he can lovingly present Jesus as the Messiah in a way that will most likely convince them of that truth, he seems to be looking for a quick notch on his salvation belt, but gets angry after getting rejected and consequently lashes out in this article. I think he wants to feel better about himself, after his failure. I have no problem with him wanting to remain silent about his beliefs, at first, if he believes he can foster a better dialogue and trusting relationship with them later on because of it. But not if he's going to turn around ten minutes later, rip open and reveal the cross on his shirt, declaring him to be, not a Jew, but a Super Christian, there to make them believe like him about Jesus, (who, like I said earlier, they think is a hateful, sinful, polytheistic blasphemer, and a one-way ticket to eternal punishment.) I suppose, if he really thought that there was enough time between his "Cohen admission" and his handing out of the track, to garner enough trust and friendship so as to have an audience with them, giving him a decent reception, and him successfully making disciples, then his ignorance would protect him from at least the mental guilt. (He would still have to justify not completely following the leading of the Spirit, as shown by his shock that his actions would be seen by those around him as evil, trickery, and condescending - by using the trust they had given him to quietly teach their children, doctrine he is fully aware they are opposed to.) If he's going to proclaim his Christianity when he is among them that day, he should be upfront about it at the beginning or close to it. Otherwise, he looks immoral and untrustworty. If he's going to become all things to all men, then he should stick with that and not be double minded. Of course, his deception didn't end there: He takes it to the end of his article, where he paints himself as the mistreated hero, persecuted at the hands of the animalistic Jews, because of the offense of "Jesus". That guy, in a general sense, is the reason Jews hate Jesus, don't trust Christians, and want to have nothing to do with them, because this must happen every day. If you really love someone and want to see them saved, take the time to become their friend and treat them like you would want to be treated if they were trying to convert you. Notches on your belt doesn't get you any rewards in Heaven, because without love, all actions are only selfish acts. Does the author think that if everyone were to mimick his actions here, there would be an increase in the love and respect Jews have for Jesus and Christians, or an increase in the disgust and decrease in the amount of respect for Jesus and Christians?

Re: Don't Nod at the Rabbi
Posted On: 10/18/06 04:54:29 PM Age 27, CA
The following is an e-mail I sent to a minister friend of mine. He sent me the link to this article, because I am a Torah observant Christian Jew, heavily involved in and a part of both the conservative and Hasidic Jewish communities. After reading what I wrote to him, he asked me to post it in response on the internet. Jesus commanded us to, "Give to the one who asks of you." in the sermon on the mount, so I obliged. Again, the following is my e-mailed response to the article, that I wrote to my friend, (broken into parts becuase of the 750 limit per post): The story in the article is sad, because it's not atypical, since it's a false Jesus that they're offended at. Jews change, though, when I talk to them about Jesus and the law. They see Jesus as the person responsible for the most hate and violence toward them, as one who made the world believe the Torah was worthless, as a man who claimed to be God or a god, and so violating the Shema with polytheism, and they think Christians are out to deceive them (and more importantly to them, their children) in any way they can, so as to convince them to believe in three gods, renounce the first five books of the Bible, and no longer see themselves as Jewish. I'm not sure they would even be saved if they believed in the Jesus they think of him as. He's about as close to the real thing as Allah is to Elohim. Jesus is hateful to them, or at best, their enemy, partially because of actions like this one of Ray Comfort. How would he and his church have reacted if someone came in wearing a Christian T-Shirt, answered "Yes." when asked if he was a minister's son and a Christian, and then sat through the entire service? Then, at the end of the service, the man takes off his T-shirt to reveal a pentagram and Satanic messages on the shirt underneath, and starts handing out Satanic literature and bibles to the youth and children in the building? We know how most churches would react to him doing this, whether he was a Satanist, Mormon, Muslim, etc. Afterwards, of couse, the man would say that it was, "Satan" who was the "offense", or "Joseph Smith", or "Allah", or "Sun Yung Moon", etc. What did Comfort think he would accomplish? He acted exactly like the deceptive Christian that Jews believe we are. Why didn't he just say upon arrival or when being questioned, "I am a Christian, wanting to learn (or observe)." THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT. They welcome anyone interested in learning to come. Many synagogues have Christian attendees. But that's not what he did. He went in, made them believe he was one of them, even a special one, (through silence, semi participation and fellowship, and the "half" nod), and then at the end, starts handing out impersonal tracts to their youth about the very person they believe that, conversion to whom, will result in the loss of their eternal salvation. He gave them a perfect opportunity to tell their kids later, "See, that's how we know we have the truth: They (the Christians) have to come in and deceive us, and then target our young and most vulnerable members, in order to turn us away from God's law and to worship multiple gods. Then, if you do convert, you'll be expected to trick others into believing their lies like they tricked you." They really believe this, and think they are protecting their souls and the souls of their children by telling them so.

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