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I WOULD TAKE YOU OUT



Posted: 03/25/08

I Would Take You Out

Two African Americans in a big convertible were trying to park it outside the Compton Courthouse. One was standing at the back of the car and trying to guide the driver. He said "Back up. It don't matter if you hit it." The vehicle car behind him was a police car, and the reason it didn't matter if he hit it was because it had a large black steel bumper added to the front of it, perhaps for such a time as this.

I called out, "You guys want to be on TV?" The driver looked up at me with a pained expression and said, "I can't be on TV." I had a stack of Million Dollar bill tracts in my hand, so I said, "I will give you a million dollars!" That got some attention. The gentleman outside of the car came around the front of the vehicle, took a bill and said, "Man, I would take you out for this!" I knew he wasn't meaning on a date, and I hoped that he knew the bill wasn't real.

I said, "I co-host a TV show that goes to 70 countries and is on 20 Networks. It will only take three minutes." It was hard to tell his age; maybe 30. He was cool. Very cool. He wore very large sunglasses that if I donned I would get laughed out of town, but they looked good on him. His hair was cool. He had a Bluetooth phone in his ear, and he acted like he looked; very cool.

He said, "I ain't got time." I asked for his name. "Ike." "Come on Ike. Three minutes." "What's it about?" I told him I would ask for his thoughts on the afterlife. Was there a Heaven, a Hell, nothing? What did he think? He said, "I could talk for two hours on that. Can you wait until I get out of court?" I told him that I couldn't, and pushed again. Suddenly, he conceded.

I quickly switched on my hand-held HD camera and got his permission to use the interview, then asked him for his thoughts. He said that there was a Heaven and a Hell. "Where are you going?" He said "Hell." "Why?" "Because I have done some pretty bad things." I asked him if he got mad very often. He said that's something he did, so I told him to hold on because I was going to see how "bad" he was by putting him in the hot-seat, and examining him under the light of God's Law.

Ike readily admitted that he violated the Commandments. He said that he knew why Jesus died on the cross. I asked him to put it in his words, but something wasn't quite right about his understanding, so I labored that Jesus paid the fine in His life's blood, for the Law that we had violated. Then I told him of the necessity of repentance and faith.

"Ike, if you were to die right now, where would you go?" "Probably Hell." I said, "Definitely," and asked what he was going to do about it. He said, "Repent and trust God." I asked when he was going to do that. He said, "I'm doin' it right now . . . as we speak." I asked if he wanted to pray when the camera was turned off. He said that I didn't have to turn it off, so I told him to pray. And he did. It was a short, child-like, humble prayer of repentance . . . that he didn't know how to end. He said, "And, and, and…God bless the world." It was a beautiful thing.

Then I prayed for him, gave him a book called, Hollywood Be Thy Name, and a CD. We shook hands and parted. God only knows if Ike was genuine. I think he was. Only time will tell.

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By Ray Comfort

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Forget about the Spirit?
Posted On: 04/08/08 02:36:15 AM Age 37, CANADA
1Co 1:17-18 "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." Ike was presented with the cross in a biblical manner. If he accepted this message, then the Holy Spirit will lead him to repentance, studying the scriptures, and in time to baptism. The steps He will take to accomplish this is not known, but that He is able to accomplish this is certain. Rom 8:26-27 "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."



Good post
Posted On: 03/27/08 12:43:14 PM Age 47, MO
Not to mention he was already aware of the drill. I wonder how many times in the past he said the prayer, did the jig, and walked away with a fresh coat of wax. Indeed, his blood will be on our hands because he was receptive to the TRUTH but walked away with false hope. John

Bless you brother Ray!
Posted On: 03/26/08 06:00:42 PM Age 52, ENGLAND
On behalf of many, many born again believers in Yeshua Hamashiach, may I thank you for your true courage and faithfulness to witness to people who most of us would rather cross over to the other side of the street, than witness to, let alone explain the saving gospel of Christ to! May God continue to bless you and brother Kirk in your continuing mission to the lost, you are an inspiration to all of us, a real challenge to those of us who are 'saved, safe and stuck' By the way, Jacpb Prasch of Moriel Ministries bleieves you are the greatest bible evangelist today!- he may be right!!



Pray a little prayer?
Posted On: 03/26/08 05:46:31 PM Age 45, IL
Your technique for helping people recognize their sin and need for redemption is fantastic, but why don't you follow the example of the apostles by instructing them: "Repent and be baptized!" Read through Acts -- in every case, you will find the sinner being instructed to say yes to the gospel by repenting and being baptized -- the 3000 at Pentecost, the eunuch, Paul, Cornelius, Lydia, the jailor, etc. Do you think this young man, Ike, understands either necessity? I fear he thinks after praying a little prayer, he can go about his life just as before.

Amazing Grace
Posted On: 03/26/08 05:34:06 PM Age 52, CA
How sweet the sound. You do an amazing job with the amazing grace God has bestowed upon you through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ray! Take a stroll through Nickerson Gardens sometime before the sun sets and you'll see a microcosm crying out for the Lord. Praise God for the work you are doing in that turbulent area of greater Los Angeles. Time is short; we need to make use of it. Blessings, Herb

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