Memos from Hell

This article “Memos from Hell” made me mad. I understand the gist of what Ray is trying to say here: don’t be decieved or discouraged by the enemy. I totally agree. The example he uses, though, I take issue with…

Some time ago I [Ray Comfort] suggested to Kirk’s sister, Candace (from “Full House”), that we publish her testimony as a gospel tract. She was excited about the concept, but she explains what came her way the same day as the suggestion:

“I had just spoken to 5,000 teenage girls at a youth conference. I shared my testimony using God’s Law to show them our need for the Savior. I felt great about the event and felt encouraged to continue to share my faith at conferences and churches around the country. When I got home, Ray sent me an email and said, “Let’s do a tract for you. We’ll have some ‘Full House’ pictures, your testimony, and a gospel message on it.” I was excited about this idea and thought it would be another wonderful tool for me to use in sharing my faith.

No sooner did I hit the send button on my reply email to Ray that I received an incoming mail message. It was from a pastor at a church where I’d spoken earlier in the year. As he was encouraging me to share my testimony with others, he had a few thoughts he wanted to share as well: “People don’t need a tract that you give them . . . [Be] sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and not try to preach and condemn.”

My heart sank. I was incredibly discouraged. The timing could not have been more perfect. I was so bummed out after reading it, I didn’t know what to do. He was the last person I expected to hear those words from. As I realized it was Satan trying to discourage me in any way possible, I shook it off and wrote an email back telling him how important it is that we use the Law to draw people to Christ.”

No doubt other memos will come. They are a sign that we’re doing the right thing for the Kingdom of God. If we’re not getting attacked, it would mean that we’re not being effective for the Lord.

Ok, first off, a “Full House” tract? Seriously? Because we need more tracts. A testimony can be a powerful thing–reducing it to a slip of paper with a cheesy design is just a tragedy.

And yes, Ray, you can share your testiomny in the wrong way, you can ‘preach’ and condemn others in the process. I don’t know if that’s what Candace did, but to say that a what sounds like a gentle suggestion by a pastor is a “memo from Hell” is a bit of a stretch, don’t you think?

So Ray, and crew, here’s a gentle suggestion (or a “memo from Hell,” your call): remember that Love is what Jesus preached above all–Love for God and love for others.

Perhaps a “Full House” tract is not the most excellent way to share God’s love. And maybe, just maybe, those memos are from Heaven, not Hell.