Battle for the Lost is the title of the first episode from season three of The Way of the Master.
The Intro to this program shows Ray and Kirk asking several questions in line with the are you a good person? routine.
The scene shows Ray an Kirk kicking back on chairs, enjoying the sunlight and a cool drink. They compliment the Christian life and it does provide health, wealth, happiness and then Heaven. They say that the Christian life is about prosperity, pleasure, comfort, luxurious living, and such. Suddenly, tanks and soldiers storm through, sending Ray and Kirk running. After nearly getting blown up, Ray and Kirk hit the dirt and says "Luxurious living? No its not! The Bible says we are to battle and seek and save that which is lost."
- Kirk "God offers everlasting life to humanity. And the world does not believe it. It rushes to Hell as it were Heaven, and it rejects Heaven as if it was Hell itself."
What Do You Believe Happens When Someone Dies?
Kirk and Ray go around asking people the above question. The first person says that in reality death does not exist, but the camera cuts him off before he can explain. Some do not believe Hell exists, most believe Hell is life on earth. The camera does return back to the first person, who says Hell and the Devil is a lie, but again he is cut off. The rest do not fear going to Hell, some expect to go there and do not seem worried one bit.
This Is What The Bible Says
After screen shots of the faces previously shown in the last chapter, who they imply is doomed to Hell, the scene switches to Kirk and Ray in old U.S. army camouflage uniforms, and gearing up with armor and helmets.
- Kirk "If you joined the army the first thing they do is strip you of all your worldly possessions. They cut off your hair, they take away your cellphones, they do not want you distracted by the non-essentials of this world. They want to take away your dependence and your comfort and disciple you. So when they tell you to do something, you'll do it. The church is an army that should be training it's soldiers, but shockingly it is not doing that."
- Ray "The Bible is unfathomably filled with references to warfare. It is God who teaches my hands to war... Fight the good fight of faith, and our battle is for the souls of men and women, see them set free from the hands of the enemy."
- Kirk "and we know this battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principality and spiritual wickedness in high places. And our weapons are not carnal, but mighty through god and pulling down of strongholds. They are the weapons of faith, the Word, and prayer."
Battle Principle #1: Know Your Mission
Scene switches to Kirk laying a map on a table.
- Kirk "we are going to look at military principles that make an army successful. First we must know our objective. If God tells us in his Word what to do and where to go."
Shows Ray next to a map with two forces on it, one green the other red. Ray shows the green army invading the midst of the Red.
- Ray "The world is in the hands of the enemy. The God of this world has blinded the minds of those who believe not. He came to kill, steal, and destroy. So our aim is to penetrate the strongholds of the enemy with the Word of God, to preach the gospel to every creature. The Bible says the son of man has come to save and seek that which is lost. And if we are followers of Jesus Christ, we should be walking in his steps, seeking that which is lost. Seeking to save people from everlasting Hell and we should never lose sight of that objective."
Street Interview: One 2 One
Scene switches to Ray interviewing a man on the street. He asks him where he thinks people go when they die. The man says there is no way of telling until you die, but he believes in a place like Hell and Heaven. The guy thinks he may go to Hell, which is why he prays. Ray jumps onto this and takes him down the are you a good person? routine. And the end, he says he will pray about it.
Scene switch to show a quote by Charles Spurgeon.
"Brethren, do something; do something, do something! While societies and unions make constitutions, let us win souls. I pray you, be men of action all of you. Get to work and quit yourselves like men. Old Suvarov's idea of war is mine: `Forward and strike! No theory! Attack! Form a column! Charge bayonets! Plunge into the center of the enemy! Our one aim is to win souls; and this we are not to talk about, but do in the power of God!"
Battle Principle #2: Know Your Weapons
Scene switches to night, with Kirk and Ray behind a man-made ditch.
- Kirk "Its been said that an army marches on its stomach. It eats well, it has to be strong and healthy. Every soldier must be filled with energy so he can carry out his assigned tasks. His life and those lives around him may depend on that."
- Ray "Someone says to meditate on God's law both day and night and you shall prosper. The Hebrew word for prosper simply means "to come to maturity" of all the things, we want to prosper is our evangelistic endeavors. So do you read God's law, the Bible, everyday without fail. You may say "well I read it ever other second day" What! You go on 185 days a year without God's law? You may say "Well, I just skip a day here and there. I've been kinda busy." Well, do you do that with your stomach? "Ah, I feel kinda weak. Oh, that's right, I haven't eaten in three days." Oh no, is it true your belly comes before your Bible?
Street Interview: Do You Read Your Bible Everyday?
Scene switches to Ray interviewing several people, asking them the above question. They do not, blaming it on time (some say they know it's no excuse). Most say they do pray everyday. The best excuse Ray heard was from a woman who recently had a baby and had to catch up on her sleep.
Scene switches back too Ray and Kirk in the man-made ditch.
- Ray "So soldiers of Christ, swing it around. Say is Job, I have steemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food." Next, they show a quote from Catherine Booth (wife of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army),
"Barracks is meant to be a place where real soldiers were to be fed and equipped for war, not a place to settle down in or as a comfortable snuggery in which to enjoy ourselves. I hope that if ever they, our soldiers, do settle down God will burn their barracks over their heads!" Catherine Booth
Scene switches to Ray interviewing two men separately. Each claims to have read the Bible everyday without fail. They want to do what god commanded him to do. The last man says he prays everyday.
Lesson 2: Prayer
Scene switches to Ray and Kirk driving in a Humvee.
- Ray "Prayer is the line of communication between us and headquarters. It is by that line that we receive supplies for the troops. Ammunition, food, medical supplies, etc. this is why it is essential to keep that line of communication open free from interference, from static. The static of sin. Sin interferes with Earth to Heaven communications.
Both getting out of the Humvee.
- Kirk "Prayer is our lifeline to God. Isn't it true that sin kills any confidence of prayer? I mean of you have done something wrong, the last thing you want to do is talk with God. Well then you are caught off from headquarters. You have no way of replenishing supplies, so you find yourself alone in battle and you do not want that to happen. They then provide a quote from Hudson Taylor (a missionary),
"The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see Divine power wrought in the place of weakness, failure, and disappointment, let us answer God's standing challenge, 'Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things of which thou knowest not of."
- Ray "And make sure, as a soldier n Christ, you live as an object of faith rather than a subject of faith. By that I mean that you should not let whatever happens on this earth be the objective of your rejoicing. Where does your joy come from? Is it because things are going good for you? What happens when things go bad? Then you lose your joy. Instead, make it you habit to live your life by an object of faith. Keep in mind what Jesus said to his disciples. He told them they were not to rejoice because demons were subject to them, but to rejoice because their names were written in Heaven. That's an object of faith. Heaven was the object of their rejoicing. Do the same, and if you make Heaven the primary objective of your rejoicing, then no matter what trials come to you on this Earth, you can still rejoice. You can keep your joy and no one can take your joy from you. And the joy of the Lord will be your strength.
Do you have faith in god?
Ray interviews the previous man who read the Bible everyday. He says he does have faith. He goes on to explain his experience during and after conversion and repentance. They then ask a second person, who affirms that he does because the promises in the Word is true. He says the book of Proverbs was much help. The third person says yes, because God saved him from Hell.
Scene switch to Kirk.
- Kirk "so we’re looking at the three principles of an armies success. The first is we must know our objective. The second is knowing the weapons of feeding on the Word, the power of prayer, and the importance of an objective faith. Now we are going to look at the third principle."
Battle Principle #3: Know Your Enemy
Scene switches to Kirk and Ray sitting on top of a tank.
- Ray "In natural warfare, we must find the strengths and weaknesses of the enemy. To do that, we send out what is called a comprehensive. Now as soldiers of Christ, we do not need to do that because we have a comprehensive manual, the Bible. It tells us we have a three old enemy: The world, the flesh, and the devil."
- Kirk "The way to deal with the world and the devil is to deal with the flesh. If the flesh is dealt with, then the devil will have no foothold on us and the world will have no attraction to us. It is our flesh that tangles us and hinders us from being good soldiers for Jesus Christ. it is our flesh, like a coward who clings and fears us to run from the battle." They then cite 2 Timothy 2:4.
- Ray "So how can we comfort that simple sinful cowardly nature? The Key is in the war manual." They cite Galatians 6:14. "Christ on the cross is the key to overcoming the fear, the juice, the sinful nature. The betrayer of
Kirk and Ray then tell a story. A father and son go out camping near a lake. The son wants to go fishing, but the father warns him that the lake is infested with crocodiles, so if he wants to fish he must stay on the dock and not go out on boat. The boy promises and heads off. After three days of waiting and not having caught a single fish, the boy gets on the boat and heads out into the lake. While out there, a hungry crocodile knocks the boat over with its tail, and the boy falls in. Crying for help, his father dives into the lake, swims out, helps his kid onto the boat, but before he could help himself a crocodile bites into his leg and drags him into the water.
- Ray "What I am about to say is unthinkable. Imagine if that son looked at his father and said 'Dad, I really appreciate what you just did for me, but I found it rather exciting out there among the crocodiles, you would not mind if I went out and had another go would you?' For someone to think such a thing, let alone speak of the blind fool had not seen the sacrifice the father just made for him."
- Kirk "and if you and I decide to go back into the sinful exciting of the world, we have not seen the sacrifice of the father. If that son had seen what his father just done for him, a sense of horror will consume him at the cost that his father has gone to to save him. He would pour contempt on the very drops of water that still cling to his flesh."
- Ray "and the Christian has seen that God in the person of Jesus Christ without hesitation dived into the reservoirs of hell to save him from the falling of sin. A sense of horror consumes some of the cost the father went through to save him. He will be contempt upon the sinful desires still cling to his flesh."
- Kirk "After seeing the sacrifice of the father, how could you and I ever go back to the exciting pleasures of sin? To do that, we would have to despise the father's sacrifice and trample underfoot the blood of Jesus Christ. No, in the light of that sacrifice I willfully crucify myself to the world and the world to myself."
Scene switch to interview with D. James Kennedy, who explains that repentance is a crucial part of evangelism. Next interview is with Ravi Zacharias tells that the gospel must be brought to the whole person, not just parts of them.
Scene switches to an interview with a young woman named Jennifer. Ray starts it off with the are you a good person? tactic. He then uses his court and parachute analogy. The interview cuts there back to Ravi Zacharias who says "How do you appeal to the individual? When you respond to the intellect, it is to respond to the question and clear the air. And ultimately, it is the conscience has to respond by saying 'I'm a sinner. This thing is true. There is a gap between God and me.' And that is why Jesus gave us a brilliant example of this with the woman at the harlot, she had all these theological questions and almost like a fruit gently peeled away one layer after another 'till the seed was exposed and he told her the truth. This once happened in your personal life, you are a broken woman with all these heartaches. She was stunned. She runs back to the village and says 'Come and see the person who knew everything about me.' That is when evangelism is done, it is expose the heart to God and give it the answer from God." Fade away from Ravi to show Jennifer starting to cry. She says she fell away from God and need to go back. Back to Ravi, "So the intellect is an aspect that needs to be addressed, but what you bring them with is what you will bring them to."
- Ray "So if we are going to reach this world through Jesus Christ, we must not forget these principles, this is not a game, this is not a dress rehearsal. We are talking about rescuing people from an eternal hell."
Repeat of each principle
Know your mission
- Kirk "We are soldiers for Christ. We are in a battle for the souls of men and women. Our objective: we want the world to be saved, and for that to happen they must surrender to Jesus Christ. That is our mission and we must never forget it."
Know your weapons
- Ray "Remember to read God's law daily. Pray with us, that is your lifeline to God. And have an objective faith that no one can take from you. And keep your eye on Heaven."
Know your enemy
- Kirk "We know our enemy. Our enemy comes in three folds: the world, the flesh, and the devil. The great key to victory is the cross of Jesus Christ. Remember the ultimate sacrifice that God made for you. Now we must go into battle, prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice for him. we must lay down our lives and fight the good fight."
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