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Posted: 07/25/07

He Grabbed the Horns!
- By Ray Comfort

Recently, Kirk Cameron and I finished a shoot for the third season of our television program. It was called, "Where Has the Passion Gone?" and looked at why we have lost passion in our preaching. The teaching is based on a portion of Scripture where King Saul threatened to cut a yoke of oxen in pieces. As we spoke, we stood behind a small bull that had a big hump on its back, and long horns on its head.

When the filming was over, for some reason, I asked the cowboy who was holding the animal if it could be ridden. Moments later, I quietly slipped onto its back. Suddenly the bull took off, and I instinctively grabbed the horns. The "ride" only lasted for a few seconds, but it was caught on camera. Both Kirk and I were still wired up for sound, and the amusing thing about the clip isn't me on a bull, but that Kirk was incredulous at what he had just seen. He kept saying, "He grabbed the horns! He grabbed the horns!" He said it four times.

My justification for taking the bull by the horns was that I had no choice. There was no rope around the beast's belly for me to grab, and the only other choice was its ears, and I'm not that stupid. Sure.

If you do an Internet search on the ten top fears of humanity, the odds are you won't find that bull-riding is up there. You will instead find fears of scientists regarding the changing climate, the top ten fears of salespeople, fears of job seekers, fears people have of the future, the fear of snakes, of spiders, heights, etc.

But there is one fear of which little is said. It is the "fear of man." There is one terrifying beast that is synonymous with that particular trepidation. It's called "evangelophobia." Just the thought of seeking the lost terrifies most of us. It makes our palms sweat, and our heart palpitate. If you have those symptoms, you are not alone.

Why did I (an intelligent clear-thinking human being) get onto the back of a bull? It was because I had been standing with it for about 30 minutes and I knew that I had some sort of authority over it. Strong though it was, when it got spooked a couple of times during filming, I was able to pull it back into position. So when I got onto the animal, I had that knowledge tucked into my mind. Of course, I could have been gored by its horns, but I didn't think too deeply about it, because if I wanted to ride the bull, I had to take the risk.

Okay, let's study the beast of evangelism. Let's see if you can master it. What are your fears? Are you afraid of being gored by an atheist, or being thrown by some question, and ending up bruised and humiliated? Here then is some knowledge for you to tuck into your mind. You can get on top of the animal. If you learn to do what Jesus did, and address the sinner's conscience, you will be in charge and steer the beast any way you want. To learn how to do this, you can either listen to free CD's on or you can get the book, The Way of the Master.

While overcoming evangelophobia will give you a deep satisfaction, there is a far higher motive for doing so. People are going to Hell, and they must be warned. If there was no Hell, I wouldn't bother pouring my heart out to strangers I meet, and each Saturday afternoon passionately preaching open air at the base of the Huntington Beach pier. If there was no Hell, like the rest of this world, I would get on with my own life and the pursuit of happiness.

In our program script Kirk and I talk about the fact that the world speaks more about Hell than the Church. They casually use phrases like all Hell broke loose, like a bat out of Hell, there will be Hell to pay, just for the Hell of it, and someone being as mad as a Hell. When something is hopeless, they say, he doesn't have a hope in Hell. Then there's the road to Hell, which is paved with good intentions, come Hell or high water, until Hell freezes over. They casually speak of how sure Hell is, with as sure as Hell, and of course, when they are angry, they tell each other to go to Hell.

In contrast, most of the contemporary Church (which is commanded to "warn" every man) is afraid to even mention the word, for fear of offending the world.

Think about the rich man of whom Jesus spoke. Much to his horror, he died and found himself in Hell, and being in torments and anguish of soul he pleaded with Abraham to send Lazarus to speak to his loved ones--"that he may testify to them, lest they come to this place of torment," (Luke 16:28). Imagine if Lazarus did actually go to the rich man's loved ones in answer to the rich man's prayer, but instead of warning them about the reality of a terrifying Hell, he avoided the subject and spoke of the purpose of the coming Savior as being one, not to save from wrath, but to give purpose, peace, love and fulfillment. What a terrible betrayal! Yet that's the message of most within the Church, and the result is that its hearers don't therefore repent to flee from wrath. That means that they will be false converts and end up going to Hell themselves.

Of late, in an effort to help awaken casual sinners, I have resorted to asking if they like it when their dentist's drill hits a raw nerve. No one does. I tell them that God is so angry at sin, He says that He will give them "tribulation and anguish," (Romans 2:9) forever. "Anguish" is a word we rarely use. The dentist's drill hitting a raw nerve is called "acute pain." It's not up there with "anguish." Forgive the dreadful analogy, but "anguish" is perhaps the word that would be used to describe the emotion of a loving parent who finds his beloved little daughter lying dead at the bottom of a swimming pool.

We live in an insane world. God offers them everlasting life through the Gospel, and they argue about it. They resist Heaven as though it was Hell itself. He offers them "pleasure forevermore," and they choose "anguish" for eternity. There is no analogy to describe such insanity. But if we love them, we must overcome our fears and plead with a sin-loving world to repent and turn to the Savior. If you call yourself a Christian... if the love of God dwells within you, you have no choice. Please, while there is still time--take a risk, and grab the bull by the horns.

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Re: He Grabbed the Horns!
Posted On: 09/17/07 10:30:28 AM Age 51, ID
AMEN & Amen & Amen!!! Well said. JESUS is proud, what more can a body say? i'm reading "Hell's Best Kept Secret" for the umteenth time. It's been invaluable to sharing JESUS w/those around me in my everyday life. Minister on in JESUS, Ray. Will continue to hold you & your family up in prayer. Can't imagine the spiritual warfare on your end. i've found describing hell as, where the fire is NEVER quenched & the WORM never dies is pretty effective in conveying it's not a place you want to spend eternity also.

Posted On: 09/01/07 04:34:19 AM Age 43, CHINA
This post is most refreshing. How sweet this boasting in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Strong Ox. It seems I rarely hear of such heart-felt glorying in Christ, such simple, unpretentious, self-effacing, Christ-exalting words. Thank you to my dear Brother from Ohio whom I shall meet in heaven. P.S. -- I am actually writing from Nepal, not China, which is just up north. But the feedback form didn't have "Nepal" as option for country, hence my choice.

Re: He Grabbed the Horns!
Posted On: 07/25/07 09:42:14 PM Age 53, IN
Yes, just TELL them! This ministry has inspired me beyond words (almost!) to witness. After getting passed the first word, fear erodes and God's power takes over. (And remember, their response is God's responsibility!) Ever since I received the Holy Spirit, I realize that some of the most precious words spoken to me are those that were about the Savior. Thanks be to God those dear folks were willing to ‘stick their necks’ out to plant and water. Now I do the same, any and every chance I get. Thank-you, Ray (and Kirk) for both your obedience and contagious zeal. Your ministry has given me confidence and urgency to be constantly evangelistic-minded. And this helps me tremendously with my own walk, as well!

Re: He Grabbed the Horns!
Posted On: 07/25/07 09:16:50 PM Age 28, KY
Awesome! Excellent article yet again about importance of evangelism for every Christian. I always say if I had the cure for cancer I certainly would not keep it to myself, I would share it with joy to everyone in need. Sin is the worst cancer of all and as Christians we have the cure, Jesus Christ. The ministries of Way of the Master and that of Mark Cahill have totally rocked my world. First heard Kirk Cameron speak at Ichthus Festival 3 or 4 years ago on Hell's Best Kept Secret. Didn't totally sink in then, was not quite ready to receive it then. Two years ago I heard Cahill at an FCA Convention. God totally transformed my life and the way I view every single person on this planet. Still not quite were God wants me, but I definately see the path and the plan. Thanks and Bless God!

Re: He Grabbed the Horns!
Posted On: 07/25/07 04:54:12 PM Age 53, IA
I love this article! It brings to mind that in some of his other material, this same author provides us with an excellent example of how to take advantage of the casual use of the term "hell" or when the Lord's name is taken in vain as is done in our society. We are literally given a priceless opportunity to break in with "Oh, a religious conversation!" and proceed to share the gospel. It can't get any easier than that!

Re: He Grabbed the Horns!
Posted On: 07/25/07 04:48:50 PM Age 25, GA
Ray, I sure am glad you are ok. I love your ministry and resources. I pulled over today to help someone change a tire, I took him through the ten commandments after we were finished, and he said, "Well I really don't think I'm that bad." I pointed to the flat tire on the side of the road and said, one hole made that tire no good, sins have made us no good. When I gave him the good news and we were parting ways, he said, "I'm glad I got a flat tire. Thank you." How many evangelists get thanked for telling someone they're going to Hell and that they're as useless as a flat tire until Jesus patches them? Thank you for everything you do.

Posted On: 07/25/07 11:22:21 AM Age 63, OH
Nice story ray. I always like to get yoked up with the strong Ox, who is the Lord Jesus Christ. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He always gives me the little yoke and he takes the Big yoke. Oh, sometimes He lets me pull pretty hard to make me think I am doing something also. Some would call us a team but I have come to know that it is all Christ and the less I do of myself the more we get done. But it is Him who does the heavy pulling for it is beyond my ability. The more I surrender to Him, the more He enables me. He gives me everything I need to do His will. If I am willing to be made willing, He even makes me willing to do what He wants me to do. He gives me the desire, the inspiration, the strength, the ability, the words, the wisdom,the insight,and every single thing I need to do His will. Once I was put in a situation that I would have been scared to do His will and not had the strength to do. This very large man attacked this lady and grabbed her purse. I am only 5 -5 and 130# and this man was about a foot taller and very muscular. The night before a man tried to protect a woman from being robbed and was shot to death in that town. I would have been scared and not able to do what the Lord wanted. But I called on the Name of Jesus and fear was not there for His Name causes fear to leave. I called on the name of Jesus and I really don't think it was my strength that knocked the man unconscious. I really felt like someone else hit the man with my arm. Jesus gave me everything that I needed to do His will and he will do the same for anyone if they surrender everything to Him. I was NOT a champion for God but Jesus was a Champion for me. Lou

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Posted On: 07/25/07 08:01:17 AM Age 40, TX
I get your email newsletter. I love getting it and i totally support what you guys do. But, I have thought from the first moment i went to your website how disorganized and hard to read it is. I am a visual person and the colors or lack there of is distracting. Is there any way that you can have your IT/Website guys soften it up and simplify it and add some nice color to it? I think it would keep readers there longer and your ministry would look more professional if you did. The more professional a ministry looks the more likely people are to give to it. If you are looking for a good website/IT person, i can help you find one. Sorry to seem critical, i really just want to help you all to be more effective. Blessings, Caren Cooper

Re: He Grabbed the Horns!
Posted On: 07/25/07 07:50:15 AM Age 55, NJ
I can't say I love Ray's teachings, but he has changed a lot of mine (thank you Ray). Yes, it amazes me how difficult it can be to evangelize except I try to remember what a beautiful gift it was to me. Most of the people who witnessed to me will never (till they get to heaven) know that years later i did except this Christ. Although the fire comes from the Lord we certainly can stoke through reading and "listening" to the Word.

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