Terror will bring people closer to God, says Banana Man Ray Comfort

Terror will bring people closer to God, says Banana Man Ray Comfort December 14, 2018
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Ray Comfort, who became an international laughing stock a few years back for asserting that bananas were ‘proof’ of God’s existence, is lamenting the fact that the word ‘evangelism’ has become a major embarrassment for modern Christians.

Writing for The Christian Post, Comfort, of Living Waters, explains it’s become a “dirty biblical word” because people nowadays are shying away from their responsibility of making people feel guilty and fearful, and avoid using “evangelism” like “the plague.”

And guilt and fear, naturally, are what’s needed to bring people to Jesus.

He asks:

How then do you get a complacent body of believers excited about evangelism? The answer isn’t a pleasant one. It’s one that at first doesn’t even sound right. It’s the use of guilt and fear.

If we ignore the obligation of evangelism, we are guilty of gross neglect. We should be fearful as to whether or not we are playing the hypocrite, by having a form of godliness but refusing to obey the command of Jesus to reach the lost. In such a case, guilt and fear are not my enemies; they are my friends.

He admits that even his own ministry decided that the other words that don’t have “connotations of rejection” , such as “make up”, “sharing the the gospel” (or “good news”) are less off-putting so:

Over the many years I’ve been speaking to Christians, I have had to resort to putting makeup on the pig, to make it more attractive.

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He insists that “every Christian should love evangelism,” but they don’t”. And because of this he advises Christian groups to avoid using “evangelism”.

I explain that if they put that word in their promotion for people to attend [church], it will be like pitching to cats to come to a hungry pit bull convention. They will avoid it like the plague.

He concludes:

Like Paul, we should all be saying, ‘Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men’ (2 Corinthians 5:11). Can you see the task of evangelism hiding in that verse? It’s to persuade men. Yet we offer all sorts of excuses, from not knowing what to say, to not having the time, to not being gifted. The child is drowning and we offer excuses as to why we do nothing.

Let’s remind ourselves of how much of an idiot Comfort really is:

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  • Götterdämmerung

    We haven’t heard from Banana man for a while, I thought he may have been sectioned.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    “It’s the use of guilt and fear.” Says it all.

  • Sophotroph

    Guilt and fear. Wow. I knew, but I never thought he’d ever just admit it like that.

    I wonder if he even has any idea what he just did?

  • J_D

    The infamous “Banana Man” video will never get old to me. It’s like an onion; there’s so many layers of hilariousness/irony to dissect in it. To me, some of the best parts of the clips when it pans out and you can see Kirk Cameron while Ray is unknowingly using all kinds of phallic innuendo to explain the banana, and you can see Kirk smirking, fidgeting anxiously, and trying to hold back laughter, kind of panning to the camera occasionally as if to say “are you guys seeing and hearing what I am too?”.

    Of course Ray, shining beacon of Godly wholesomeness that he is, seems to be none the wiser. “it’s shaped perfectly to fit into a human’s mouth!” “It’s got a tab at the top, so when you peel it back the contents don’t squirt all over your face!”. LOL. Someone should make a parody gay porno about this.

    And of course, the other best part is that the banana he’s referencing is man-made, so apparently, in a round-about and totally ironic way, he is claiming humans who can tailor things to our needs are basically God.

  • Broga

    He fits the criteria.

  • barriejohn

    The whole Bible is soaked in this idea of a vengeful god that uses suffering, sickness and disaster to terrorise his followers and keep them in line. I was taught that every ill that befell me was an attempt by God to let me know that I was going astray and needed to repent, confess my “sin” and mend my ways urgently. If not, something even more dire might overtake me, or I might even be permanently removed from this scene before I caused him more grief. As I’ve said before, and some may find incredible, many Christians refuse to take out insurance not just because they consider lack of trust in “God’s goodness” to be sinful, but because if all their worldly goods are protected he might have to “touch” their nearest and dearest to discipline them. What a lovely old geezer he is, to be sure!

    “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:5-11)

  • One has to thank such assholes as him for the damage they’re doing to Fundagelicanism’s credibility. I feel he has gone this time too far.

  • Polytropos

    Possibly, but remember he’s addressing an audience messed up enough to listen to him in the first place.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Bananaman’s sudden fit of candor is refreshing.

    …evangelism like the plague

    His descriptive phrasing, not mine. My only issue with this tract is he counts on us to ignore the reason why cats avoid aggressive pit bulls. I assure you, most of his readers are smarter than that.

  • Spirit Plumber

    Ah, there it is. Bananaman finally decides to tell the truth, and the truth is that he’s running a psychological protection racket.

  • Jim Jones

    Religion is spread by four basic methods:

    1) Deceit
    2) Fear
    3) Torture
    4) Murder

    It is always thus.

    How far the religious will go with these depends on those of us who have moral sense. We know what will happen if they don’t have these constraints from outside.

  • Jim Jones

    > “It’s got a tab at the top, so when you peel it back the contents don’t squirt all over your face!”

    Even monkeys know to open them from the bottom, not the stem.