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Posted: 07/26/05

Oops! Wrong Taxi Driver

The phone woke me at 4:30 a.m. I showered, dressed, and then made my way down for the 5:10 a.m. hotel shuttle to the Denver airport. I gave the lady at the desk a Million Dollar Bill tract, and waited outside for the shuttle to arrive.

As I sat down, a man in his mid twenties (who had followed me out of the hotel) asked me for a tract. It was 5:00 a.m. and I really didn't feel like witnessing. I gave him one and reluctantly asked, "It's a gospel tract. Do you know what a gospel tract is?"

"No."

"It's about what happens after you die. Where do you think people go to?"

"Heaven or Hell."

"Where do you think you will go?"

"Heaven, I hope."

"Do you think you are a good person?"

He hesitated and said, "Yes."

"What's your name?"

"Peter."

Peter was from the Ukraine, and despite his heavy accent, he was understandable.

I took him through the Commandments and (of course) he proved to be a lying, thieving, lust-filled blasphemer.

"Do you think you will go to Heaven or Hell?"

"Hell."

"Does that concern you?"

"Yes, it does."

"Do you know what God did for you so that you wouldn't go to Hell?"

Peter obviously had had a Christian background because he then talked clearly about the cross, repentance, and faith in Jesus.

"When do you think you will get right with God?"

He hesitated to answer.

"If you died right now, where would you go?"

"Hell."

"Shouldn't you get right with God today? Now?"

Peter then said, "Today is the day of salvation," and soberly repeated the verse.
I gave him a What Hollywood Believes book and a CD of the same name. Just then, a taxi driver came over to us. I also gave him a Million Dollar Bill and a CD, and did a little sleight-of-hand for them both. The taxi driver loved the entertainment, then he returned to his vehicle.

I talked with Peter again about getting right with God that day, and how death can snatch us at any time. Then I did a little more magic and decided to wave the enthusiastic taxi driver back for some more early morning entertainment. But as he got out of the car, I realized that it was a different taxi driver (the first one must have taken off with a customer while I was talking to Peter). He walked over with a rather mystified expression on his face. I did some magic, which he also loved, and gave him a CD before he went back to his vehicle.

I waited until 5:22 a.m. The super shuttle was super-late, so I decided that I had better get a taxi rather than miss my flight. When I waved to my new friend, he jumped out of his taxi, put my bags in the trunk, and we were off to the airport.

"What's your name?"

"Housan."

"Where are you from?"

"Somalia."

"What's this pamphlet? It looks like Hebrew."

"It's Arabic."

In front of me was what looked like an Islamic tract, presumably placed so that (Arabic-speaking) passengers would see it.

"Where do you think you will go when you die?"

"I hope to go to Heaven. I will have to wait until I die to see."

"What if you don't make it?"

"I don't know. I ask God to forgive me all the time."

Housan then changed the subject a little. "Islam is a peaceful religion."

"But what about jihad? If I'm an infidel, don't you have to kill me?"

"No. Whoever does that is not a Muslim. We believe in Jesus. He was a prophet. I believe in Jesus more than you do. We believe in Moses also."

I knew that I had at least thirty minutes to take him through the Commandments, so I decided to make a very important point before doing so.

"What would you think if a man raped and murdered a woman and then said to a judge, 'Judge, I'm really sorry about what I did. I won't do it again, so you can let me go'?"

Housan gave a mocking laugh, and said that the judge would never let the man go. He had to be punished.

"That's right. If the judge is good, he has to make sure that justice is done, that the man is punished."

"Yes."

"Have you heard of the Ten Commandments?"

"No."

"That was the Law that God gave to Moses. You shall not lie, steal, kill, or commit adultery."

"Yes, that's right. It's wrong to do those things."

"Housan, have you ever lied?"

"Yes, when I was younger."

"So that makes you a liar. Have you ever stolen anything?"

"No. That's one thing I wouldn't do. Someone left a bag in my taxi once. I didn't even open it, and the owner gave me a $500 reward when I returned it."

"Have you ever used God's name in vain?'

"What do you mean?"

"Have you said, 'Oh my G-d!' or 'G-d this or that'?"

"Yes, I have done that. Is it wrong?"

"Yes. It's using God's name as a cuss word, and it's called blasphemy. It's very wrong. Jesus said, 'You have heard it said, "You shall not commit adultery," but I say to you, whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart.' Have you ever looked at a woman with lust... with sexual desire?"

For the next few minutes Housan tried to justify himself. He first pleaded ignorance as to what I meant by desiring a woman. After some vivid explanations of what I meant, he finally admitted to lusting after women.

"So, Housan, by your own admission, you are a lying, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. What's going to happen to you on Judgment day? God can't let you go just because you are sorry and you won't do it again. He must punish you because He is good. You will end up in Hell."

He didn't try to justify himself, so I then shared the cross with him, and the necessity of repentance and faith. I emphasized the fact that his fine was paid by God in Christ.

He said, "What do you think will happen to Muslims?"

"Anyone who dies without Christ as their Savor will be guilty before God, and end up in Hell. Anyone."

He then asked, "How many wives can a Christian have?"

"Not more than seventy."

Housan laughed out loud.

"You're funny. Thank you for talking to me."

As we parked at the Denver airport, I gave him a generous tip, a What Hollywood Believes book, and prayed with him--that God would reveal the cross to him, confirm the truth of what I had said, and continue to bless him and his family with health.

 

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By Ray Comfort

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Re: Re: Re: Oops! Wrong Taxi Driver
Posted On: 07/29/05 04:09:37 PM Age 29, IL
I'm not questioning the validity of the Salvation that came from their ministry...nor am I scoffing them. I'm questioning pedestals. I'm questioning words of ownership as if it is "their" Gospel. This is more of a retort to those commenting and not on Kirk or Ray themselves. And I do think it's a bit unfair that your reactionary remark about me probably not witnessing is dangerous too. Is it really fair to assume that I don't share my faith in Christ because I called for close attention to how we use possesive words with regard to the message of Salvation? I wresteled with revealing here that I am in training for full time evangalism as we speak...because that somehow is justifying the "no I AM A GREAT WITNESSER" kind of stuff that I'm wary of. My point is this...when we boast, boast in the Lord. Not in Kirk or Ray. There is time for appreciation and for looking to example...but if we're not careful, we end up deifying our role-models. And that's idolatry.



Re: Re: Oops! Wrong Taxi Driver
Posted On: 07/29/05 09:16:32 AM Age 48, MN
Are Kirk and Ray the greatest? I don't know, but I sure wouldn't scoff as you are doing. They are going all out, apparently every minute, to spread the Word. Are you? Before you scoff, you better look at how many people you witnessed to. Did everyone they witnessed to get saved? Not likely, but at least they tried. And furthermore, they aren't telling the modern, limp-wrist style of salvation; they aren't talking about "relationships" and "gee, isn't life grand" philosophy. They are hitting where sinners live. Don't scoff at someone who is trying, especially if you (probably) aren't.

Re: Re: Oops! Wrong Taxi Driver
Posted On: 07/28/05 03:45:33 PM Age 32, GA
Well, who else is preaching the Word out there? So many "Christians" (or as I like to call them: liars and hell-bent pagans)think that all they need to do is believe in Jesus and accept His Grace and they'll be off the hook. So many of these people don't understand that even if you have comitted an un-known sin before death, they'll burn in the lake of fire for it. That's why wayofthemaster.com is so needed. The section on God being in every corner of the room looking and watching everything you do is good medicine for people who think they won't be punished for their sin. Frankly, people who think Grace covers all deserve to have their skin melted off in the fires of hell. They're misleading people and deserve what they get. I look to people like Kirk and Ray and consider them prophets...a couple of the only true preachers out there. If we believed in praying to saints...I'd pray to them. Sometimes I feel like they've got a better corner on the Truth than even the Apostle Paul or Peter...and they were DISCIPLES. They could even learn a thing or two from Kirk and Ray. Keep preaching brothers! Keep shouting Truth my Prophets! The world is going to hell and we will hold hands in heaven with the assurance that we deserve to be there. Praise God that I've been blessed. Praise God that I have been spared the desires of the infidels. Praise God for men like Ray and Kirk!!



Re: Oops! Wrong Taxi Driver
Posted On: 07/28/05 11:47:48 AM Age 29, IL
There is no greater ministry than Kirk and Ray? *Their* message is the greatest? WOW! What about the message of Chirst? What about the minsitry of the Church? Do you really think these people *own* the ministry of Jesus Christ. Something from the article that bothers me a bit...This dude is wowing the sinners with magic and tricks...and it all seems very fun, yet churches get criticized all over the place on this website for doing things to get someones attention before presenting the Gospel. I must say, y'all need to look in the mirror and wonder if you're not just patting yourselves on the back for being so righteouss.

Re: Oops! Wrong Taxi Driver
Posted On: 07/27/05 06:22:26 PM Age 26, TX
As usual Ray and Kirk get the job done!! There is no greater ministry out there, these guys are the best!!



Re: Re: Oops! Wrong Taxi Driver
Posted On: 07/27/05 01:07:24 PM Age 28, TX
I give thanks every time I hear Ray or Kirk's name. God has truly used them not only to preach the gospel of Christ, but to inspire many others to do so as well.

Re: Oops! Wrong Taxi Driver
Posted On: 07/27/05 11:26:24 AM Age 31, IL
I love Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. Their message is right on. They've inspired me to learn to share my faith.



Re: Oops! Wrong Taxi Driver
Posted On: 07/27/05 10:04:17 AM Age 45, LA
This is an excellent example of why we must be ready in season and out of season to share the gospel. It was early and you didn't feel like witnessing, yet your obedience may have allowed God to reach into several lives that morning. Thanks for sharing.

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