Blasphemy, Sabbath, Parents is the title of the ninth episode from season one of Way of the Master.
(00:21 - 01:04)
- Kirk "We are talking about effective ways to reach our family and friends with the gospel. Think of it this way, if I was a doctor and you were a patient with a terrible disease and I wanted to give you a cure, I wouldn't just walk up to you and give you the cure. You would say 'what's this? I don't need this. Get this away from me.' You would not appreciate it. What I would first do is take the time to convince you that you had the disease, and I might do that by showing you 10 clear symptoms on your flesh. Once you are convinced that you have the disease, then I give you the cure. You would appreciate it and appropriate it. And that is what Jesus did. With a hard-heartened sinner, he would show him the Ten Commandments and help him see his need of God's forgiveness before he would offer him the cure of the gospel."
(01:05 - 01:46)
- Ray "In the last program, we looked at the sin of idolatry - transgression of the second of the Ten Commandments. And after when we think of idolatry, we think of some ancient civilization where they created a god out of gold or silver. But we looked at the fact of contemporary humanity creates a god within their own mind - in the imagination, a god to suit ourselves. My God would never create Hell or my god is not a god of Judgment etc. We found out that that God is nonexistent, there is one God; a god of holiness, a god of righteousness who we have to face on Judgment Day. Today we are looking at the third, the fourth, and the fifth; Thou Shall Not Take The Lord Thy God In Vain, Remember The Sabbath Day To Keep It Holy, and Honor Your Father And Mother."
Next follows the Introduction.
You Shall Not Take The Name Of The Lord Your God In Vain
(02:20 - 02:27)
- Ray "Kirk, what do you think it means to take God's name in vain?"
(02:28 - 02:46)
- Kirk "Well, I think we can ah, use God's name irreverently in many different ways. We can use it as a cuss word, we can use it so carelessly and irreverently, ah that it brings dishonor to God's name. I think we can also transgress the Commandment by using God's name by calling ourselves a Christian and then not living like a Christian."
(02:47 - 03:11)
- Ray "True. True, you know um, it really doesn't make sense when you think of what blasphemy is. When someone hits their thumb with a hammer, it makes sense that they want to express disgust. They hit their thumb and have incredible pain, they may spit out a thought word that starts with an "s" to express disgust. That kinda makes sense. By why would they place the name of God Almighty or the name of Jesus Christ in with that, equating those two words as the same. It makes no sense."
(03:12 - 03:37)
- Kirk "I hit my finger with a hammer the other day, and ah I don't remember what I said, but could you imagine if I had yelled the name "Mahatma Gandhi!" or "Martin Luther King!" I mean, that would be horrible, to defame their name and slander them by equating their name with a four letter filthy cuss word. And yet, that is what we do with God's name, who has given us our life, our family, everything that is precious to us. And that is called blaspheme."
(03:38 - 05:09)
Scene switch to Kirk interviewing random people on the street. Kirk asks the first person if she knew and committed blaspheme. Next, Ray interviews another lady, who admits she says OMG but does not think that is bad at all and she says it out of habit. Next, a WOTM member asks a lady if she uses Jesus name as a a curse word, and she say yes. Switch to Ray talking to a guy in the 3rd Street Promenade, Ray asks the guy if he used God's name as a cuss word, to which the guy says "Yeah, I gave him the finger as I'm cussing." Next, Ray interviews another guy with spiky hair, asking him if he had used God's name in vain? He admits he did, the Ray asks why is it that people use God's name instead of Ghandi's or MLK's name - bu the scene switches before we see the guys response. Next, Ray asks a lady if she used God's name in vain, she admits that she has done so many many time, and she gets very angry with God (the scene cuts it there). Next, Kirk interviews another lady - same question - and when she asks for an example, Kirk says "G- dammit" or using Jesus as a cuss word. Kirk says the Bible says he who uses God's name in vain will not take him guiltless.
(05:10 - 05:53)
- Ray "You know when you sometimes see bikers with all sorts of words written on their shoulders and tattoos, really tough looking bikers with skulls, cross bones, etc. and they have got "Mum" written on their shoulder. Because they love their mum, and no one thinks that is uncool. The biker loves him mum. And one of the greatest insults you can do to him is insult his mother. Call him a S. O. B. - Son of a female dog. That will get him really upset if you insult his mother, you are going to make him really mad. And yet, when we use God's name as a cuss word we are greatly insulting him. And when we cuss the name of the savior, the one who died on the cross for our sins, I mean, God has given him the name above every name and yet humanity hate god without cause as the Bible says."
(05:54 - 06:06)
- Kirk "You think of it, not even Adolf Hitler (who killed 6 million innocent Jews) who we so despise today, that we carelessly use his name as a filth word, and yet we use the name of the savior that way today."
(06:07 - 07:18)
- Ray "You know, most people would contend that they don't hate God without cause, and when they use God's name as a cuss word, they are not using it as a cuss word it is just "ah, well I don't even know that I am doing it." And that really impediments what it means to take God's name in vain. They so hold his name in contempt, it is no meaningless to them, his name runs off their lips as though it were nothing at all. And yet this is the name of the God, as you said, gave us life. The Creator of the universe. And it really issues out of idolatry, when people have no fear of god, the go and use his name in vain or use his name as a cuss word. And I think one way to bring people to the savior is to remind them as to what they are doing. To say 'so you realize what you are doing?' And the whole of the Commandments says "For the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain." Jesus said "every idol word of man speaks will be given account for on the Day of Judgment" WOTM quotes Matthew 12:36. Back to Ray "Kirk what do you do. You have this scenario, you are in a store, you said hi to a guy, your chatting away and suddenly he uses God's name in vain. Do you just openly rebuke it?"
(07:19 - 08:06)
- Kirk "No, no that would probably offend him. Ah, being a non-Christian for so many years I understand that he is probably using God's name in vain carelessly, he does not realize he is doing it. So what I do is to just remember it, tuck it away in my memory bank, and then start up a friendly conversation with him. We will talk about normal thinks (like my family, the weather, my job, whatever) and then, lovingly, taking him through the Commandments and asking if he considers himself to be a good person? And when we get to the third Commandment, I can point out to him that I already heard him take the Lord's name in vain and explain to him what he has done. He actually used God's name as a cuss word and that it is a great offense to God to help him see his need of God's forgiveness. Actually, it is a blessing when you are just able to remember that and use it lovingly to help bring the knowledge of sin to someone.
(08:07 - 09:28)
Scene switches to an interview with a man. A WOTM member takes him down the are you a good person? routine, starting off with "Have you ever lied with the intention of deceiving someone?" When talking about adultery, he asks "have you ever looked at a woman as an object rather than a person? Just as an object of your own gratification?" When they guy says he might have done all these things, he points out that he is 40 and lived a good life - never drank, smoked or cursed - and yet the camera has his speech often bleeped over with the subtitle "Blaspheme."
(09:29 - 11:00)
- Ray "I have a very intelligent, likable, but somewhat blasphemous, foul-mouthed dentist who has a habit o filling my mouth with instruments and then telling me dirty jokes. It almost becomes comical because I put my hands over my ears, and he will physically pull my hand off my ear to tell me the joke. Now I have tried to share my faith with him, but I noticed that when I go through the Ten Commandments with him, he has this pain look on his face - he even walks backwards when I talk to him - so I wrote him a letter. I said "dear so and so" I told him how good he was as a dentist and then said "you know when you get me to open my mouth what you are looking for is decay. You have a sharp instrument in your hands and you probe the decay until you touch one nerve. And that pain tells me that I need to trust you to drill out that decay. Now your motive for doing so is because you care about me teeth, you don't want me to lose my teeth, and you want to make your money as your means of income. Now God wants you to open your heart to him because he sees decay within your soul. He has given in the hands of Christians a very sharp instrument to probe that decay. And when we go through those Commandments it does touch a raw nerve. It is painful to know that you have sinned against God (you are a liar, a thief, and a adulterer at heart) and you have sinned against Heaven. But God's motive is not wanting to make money, he knows you are going to lose more than your teeth unless he does a work within your soul and drill out that decay, you are going to lose your very soul. The Bible says "what shall profit a man if he inherits the whole world but loses his soul?""
Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it Holy
(11:08 - 11:11)
- Ray "Kirk, did you keep the Sabbath holy before you were a Christian?"
- Kirk "Absolutely not, and I couldn't care less. I lived most of my life as an atheist until I was 17 or 18 years old, I never went to church."
(11:22 - 11:31)
- Ray "I was the same, I went for 22 years as a non-christian knowing that Good has given me life and never once did I say 'God, you have given me life, what do you require of me?' I had violated that Commandment."
(11:33 - 12:39)
- Kirk "The Bible says in Numbers 15 and while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath Day, and they who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aron and all the congregation. And they put him in ward because it was not declared what should be done to him. And the lord said unto Moses, 'The man shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.' And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones and he died as the Lord commanded Moses. Now many people would say 'wow, that is really harsh. I mean, the man just merely picked up sticks on the Sabbath and we don't know why he did (whether it was an open rebellion against God or whether he was just considering hie own needs and desires before the Commandment of God.)' But whatever the case, we need to make sure that our own heart is right with the Lord and understand the goodness and severity that the Scripture speak of. God is good towards those who obey him, but his Judgment is severe to those who rebel against him and his Commandments."
(12:40 - 12:51)
- Kirk "So, when we're sharing our faith, how can we use the fourth Commandment about the Sabbath to help a person see their need for Jesus Christ?"
(12:52 - 13:13)
- Ray "well, you can, but I prefer to concentrate firstly on the sins that people already recognize: lying, stealing, lusting. And then, once they realize they had sinned against God and violated those Commandments, you can say you also failed to keep the Sabbath day holy also. You see, ignorance of the law is no excuse. It is legitimate to use that Commandment to bring the knowledge of sin."
(13:14 - 13:30)
- Kirk "One of the things that we want to do in this program is not just talk about how to do these things [evangelize to others], but to actually show you. So we want to go out on the streets and actually put these teachings into practice and allow you to be a fly on the wall and watch. Let's do it."
Street Interviews: One to one
(13:44 - 22:00)
Here, Ray interviews a couple (both are Jewish). Ray asks them if they kept the law of Moses. The guy (Alex) says that a rabbi told him that there are so many of them, that if you keep just a few of them it is good enough. After that, Ray jumps into the old are you a good person? routine. Upon reaching the lying part, the guy says that to him the law is not absolute, but settles that he is a liar. Onward, Ray finds Alex guilty. Alex points out this whole thing is a black-and-white view point, and insists that religions must not just teach these things, rather it should include sympathy and self-love. Ray asks Alex of his thoughts of a criminal (murderer, theft, and rapist) in court who gets up and says the judge the law must teach other things - the judge would say 'what are you talking about, you are guilty.' Alex points out that Jews don't believe in Hell, but Ray says that the Bible teaches it really clear. Based on Ray's statement that the OT teaches about Hell, Alex says he is hell-bound. However, Alex states that he is going through life his way and is positive that he has pleased God through his journeys. On that note, Ray talks about the first Commandment and then tells them that God has paid their sins by sending Jesus to die for them upon the Cross. Ray says that the OT says that sacrificing a lamb would temporarily wash away sins, but when Jesus offered himself as the sacrificial lamb to atone for our sins once and for all. Disagreement arises between Ray and Alex, Alex is not convinced that he is in a state where he must ask for forgiveness because he believes in a sympathetic God. Ray jumps in and says that Alex just committed idolatry by creating his own version of God (but the scene cuts there to Ray talking to Alex's girlfriend). Ray tells her that the Bible demands for moral perfect, and asks if she is morally perfect (she says of course not and no one is). Ray says God is morally perfect. Ray says morality is not relative; a rapist cannot say I'm good because I have not raped this week. Ray ends the interview telling them that he is like a person warning a child in a boat that there is a waterfall down the stream. ray says he is not asking them to join a church or give him money, that he is only focused on saving their souls.
Honor your father and your mother
(22:01 - 22:12)
- Ray "Now let's look at the fifth; Honor your father and your mother. Kirk, did you break that Commandment?"
(22:13 - 22:31)
- Kirk "Oh, all the time. Remember, I was the guy who played Mike Sever and it came very naturally to me, because I regularly dishonor my parents. Not really realizing that it was such an offense not only to my parents, but primarily to God because he is the one who has given me my life and my parents who brought me into this world."
(22:32 - 22:55)
- Ray "You know, In Ephesians 6:1-2 it says it is a Commandment with promise. It says Honor your father and mother that all may be well with you and life may be long upon the earth. And we have a generation who has a massive suicide rate and problems you wouldn't believe. I believe it is because we have violated that Commandment and what we need to do is thunder that Commandments and show people that they are not just dishonoring their parents, they are sinning against God by breaking that Commandment."
(22:56 - 24:46)
Scene switch to a interview with Ray and a father and son (cut in somewhere in the middle in the conversation). The scene catches the kid saying "yeah right" to obeying his father. Scene switch to Ray interviewing another fellow, taking him down the are you a good person? routine. When Ray finds him guilty, the scene switches to Ray interviewing four ladies. Again, it starts off with Ray taking them down the are you a good person? routine, but it only ends with the lying question with a lady saying that they lie to their parents.
(24:47 - 24:53)
- Ray "Kirk, I've got a question for you. Let's say that my mother is a prostitute, am I supposed to honor her?"
(24:54 - 25:14)
- Kirk "Absolutely, I think we need to honor our parents because the Lord has commanded us to honor our parents. Even if we do not always agree with them, we do not have to go along with the things that they do that are not pleasing in the eyes of the Lord, but honor them is across the board. And that simply means, in my mind, to value your parents implicitly that is always pleasing in the eyes of the Lord."
(24:15 - 25:26)
- Ray "We've got to remember that the law reflects what we are in truth, it just shows us what we have done wrong. And most of us can say 'well, I've violated that commandments and I certainly need a savior to save us from the wrath that is to come.'"
Questions and Objections
(25:46 - 26:43)
- Ray "In 1977, during the British fireman strike, the army were called in to take over the duties of the fire department. An elderly women called them and told them her cat was stuck up in a tree. Out came the army and rescued the cat. The elderly woman was so thrilled, she invited the men in for tea and cookies. Afterwards, fond farewells were given, off drove the army over the cat and killed it. If you study the lives of some Christians, they came to Christ because of some kind of tragedy in their lives - they had a run-over-the-cat-and-killed-it kind of experience. Cancer came, financial disaster. Well, aren't Christians weak minded people who need a crush to get through life? No, what has happened is that we are so proud, arrogant, and self-righteous that it often takes tragedy to stop us in our tracks to make us look to God. Don;t wait until you have buried a loved one before you look to God. Don't wait until tragedy comes your way. Today, you will hear his voice, do not harden your heart."
- Kirk "We hope you've found this evangelism training lesson helpful. It is so important that we put these principles into practice, not just listen and think about them. Jesus said 'go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature' so if we're going to be true and faithful witnesses, we will not only worship God and praise God, but we will do what jesus did and seek and save the lost."
(27:07 - 27:39)
- Ray "What would think of a man who read a book while a child drowned beside him? You would say 'hey man, save that child?' and he said 'it's not my kid and this is a good book.' Someone who can think like that has a heart of stone. Love cannot sit aside while a child drowns. And while it is good to read the Scriptures, you must read the Scriptures, but not if you neglect the lost. You have a tremendous moral responsibility to seek and save that which is lost. Love cannot sit aside while sinner seek to Hell, so lets take and heed the words of Jesus to all the world and lets preach to every creature."
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