This resource Wednesday I commend to you The School of Biblical Evangelism book by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. It can be found at the Living Waters website (www.livingwaters.com). It is written in a textbook format and shares 101 lessons on "how to share your faith simply, effectively, and biblically". Each lesson is followed by questions about th lesson and a couple stories from Ray Comfort. I have found it very helpful in my study of evangelism, and I highly recommend it.
I'll now share with you one of the stories at the end of a lesson (found on pages 94 and 95) that really drove home for me the concept of the deceitfulness of sin.
Two women from Southern California were about to cross the Mexican border to return to the U.S. when they saw what looked like a very small, sick animal in the ditch beside their car. As they examined it in the darkness of the night, they saw that is was a tiny Chihuahua. They decided to take it home with them and nurse it back to health. However, because they were afraid that they were breaking the law, they put it in the trunk of their car and drove across the border. Once they were in the U.S., they retrieved the animal and nursed it until they arrived home.
One of the women was so concerned for the ailing dog that she actually took it to bed with her, and reached out several times during the night to touch the tiny animal and reassure it that she was still present.
The dog was so sick the next morning, she decided to take it to the veterinarian. That is when she found out that the animal wasn't a tiny, sick dog. It was a Mexican water rat, dying of rabies.
The world, in the blackness of its ignorance, thinks that sin is a puppy to be played with. It is the light of God's Law that enlightens the sinner to the fact that he is in bed with a deadly rat.
We were once "deceived, serving diverse lusts and pleasures," but now, if we are truly converted, our eyes have been opened. We see sin for the sugar-coated venom that it is.
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