It was early in the morning, late in 2004. Very early. Most people in the airport looked as though they could have done with an extra week or so in bed. I was flying back from New York to Los Angeles waiting to board a plane when a tall man asked me, "What rows did they call?"
Let me tell you about a very personal and memorable incident in my life. On December 5, 2004, I turned fifty-five. A month earlier, a friend called from Texas and asked if he could fly to California to take Sue and I to a "nice restaurant" for my birthday. It seemed a little strange, but I said that would be fine. He also said he had a gift for me that he wanted to hand-deliver.
Do you remember what happened when Mary Magdalene had gone to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus (John chapter 20)? The preceding days had been a nightmare of unspeakable terror. The One she loved and called Lord had been viciously beaten by hardened soldiers, His body lacerated by the merciless Roman whip.
The year was 1978. I had published a book on drug abuse which had received national publicity. I had also opened a drug prevention center in High Street (a poor choice of street names for a drug center). So it was no surprise when I was suddenly heralded as an expert, and found myself on panels explaining the dangers of drug abuse (see the whole story in Out of the Comfort Zone).
We live in a day when eloquent preachers teach principles that help sinners live life to the fullest. They have become Tony Robbins in the pulpit. The famous, tall, and ever-smiling motivational speaker parades testimonies from Lisa Gibbons, Quincy Jones and other celebrities, who earnestly testify that his self-improvement techniques work.
Most people don't think about the subject of Satanism unless there is a grizzly murder, and satanic symbols are found at the crime scene. Many who believe in the devil, usually think of him as being the darkest of figures.
Most dads think that babies are a bit boring. They look forward to the day the infant becomes a "real" human being. Until he can relate, smile, talk, etc., men are usually happy to let the baby be the woman's responsibility. Not that the dad doesn't love his offspring. He loves him as much as he does when the child is older, it's just that it's not in his male makeup to "goo" and "gar" over a baby.
Sunday, 06 June 2004 Written by Ray Comfort
I was sitting in Los Angeles airport waiting to fly to Nashville, and offered a tract to a large man who was sitting two seats away from me. He coldly said, "Keep it." I put it back in my pocket and then offered him another tract. Most take this one if they refuse the first. It looks like a business card, but it says, "Department of Annoyance...Director."
I saw an email recently that said that Canada is considering passing a law that will make it a crime for anyone to publish "hate" literature, by quoting Bible verses that condemn the homosexual lifestyle. That puts Christians into a dilemma.
Contrary to what many have thought in the past, America is not antagonistic towards the things of God. According to a 2004 CNN poll, an incredible 87% wanted "under God" kept in the Pledge of Allegiance. Contrary to expectations, the blockbuster movie, 'The Passion of the Christ' proved that Americans had an interest in God by grossing hundreds of millions of dollars.