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The Mirror of the Ten Commandments is the title of the second episode from season one of Way of the Master

Episode Synopsis

Begins with filming the interior of a church and its massive stain glass windows (00:39 - 00:59)

  • Kirk opens the episode with "Are you excited what God is doing all around the world? We are hearing of pockets of revival, literally millions of people are told they are being saved. And seekers are filling our churches we have to build bigger buildings. Well we want to share a secret with you. Not many people know of this, so please listen closely."

Episode Walkthrough

(1:30 - 7:05)

  • Ray says "In 1991, a major denomination in the US was able to obtain 294,000 decisions for Christ. Unfortunately, they could only find 14,000 fellowships. That means they could not account for 280,000 of their decisions. And this is normal modern evangelistic report from local churches right up to large crusades."
  • Kirk "Think of what that means. For every 100 decisions for Christ, up to 90 of them are falling away. And perhaps you have friends or love ones who tragically fit into what we erroneously call the backslider category. Something is seriously wrong. Well what are we doing wrong, are we missing something? Is there a key to reaching those we love with the gospel?"

Perhaps the reason why people fall away or turn away from faith is because faith is irrational. Liars like Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort reveal the dishonesty of Christianity, it does not make you a better person, and Christianity has no proof to support its extraordinary claims.

  • Ray answers, "There is! But it has become rusty through the lack of use. The Bible actually does call it a key and it does unlock the door of the savior. Much of the church does not even know it exists. Not only is it biblical, it can be shown through history to unlock the doors to genuine revival. The problem is that it was lost around the turn of the 20th century. Keys have a way of getting lost. Jesus used it, Paul used it, James and Timothy used it, and Peter found on the day of Pentecost that it was used to release 3,000 imprisoned souls."

James, Timothy, Peter and Jesus are fictional characters. There is a vast growing and respected position that the historicity of Jesus is very weak.

  • Kirk "Jesus says that the lawyers took away the key and they actually refuse to let people enter the Kingdom of Heaven. And the Pharisees did not take it away, they bent it out of shape so it could not be used. Jesus returned the key to its proper shape, just like the Bible prophesied, but Satan has prejudiced against the modern church against using it. He's misused it, he's twisted it, he's hidden it, and he hates it because of what it does. Perhaps you are wondering what this key is. Well we want to show you and all we ask is that you put away your prejudices and traditions and listen to what the Word Of God has to say abut the subject."

Where exactly in the Bible does it prophesies that the messiah will reshape the "key"? Putting the blame on a fictional character like Satan does not give any credence to an argument.

  • Kirk "The Bible says in Psalm 19:7 the Law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul. Now what is it that the Scriptures is saying is perfect at converting the soul? The Bible says it very clearly, the Law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul. [Showing two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20] The Law, the Ten Commandments, is the god-given key to unlocking the door to salvation.

"I do not believe that any man can preach the gospel who does not preach Law. The Law is the needle, and you cannot draw the silken tread of the gospel through a man's heart until you first send the Law to make way for it" Charles Spurgeon

Way of the Master cherry-picks which commandments the use. They use the ones from Exodus 20, the ones God SPOKE (not wrote down), whereas the commandments God DID write down in Exodus 34 do not include anything about prohibiting murder, thievery, and such.

  • Kirk "Now to demonstrate the function of God's law, I would like for you to look for a moment at our own civil law. Imagine if I said to you "I bring you good news. Someone has paid your $250,000 speeding fine on your behalf!" You would probably look at me and say 'What? I have no speeding ticket!' My good news would not seem like good news, it would seem like foolishness, but more than that it would be offensive because I am implying that you have broken the law when you don't think you have. But if I said it to you this way, it would probably make more sense. On the way to a meeting today, the law clocked you going at 55 mph through area set aside for blind children's convention. There were ten clear warnings stating 15 mph was the maximum speed and you went straight through at 55 mph. What you did was extremely dangerous. There is a $250,000 speeding fine, the law was about to take its course when someone you don't even know stepped in and paid your fine for you. You have been greatly fortunate."

Unfortunately, Kirk's analogy is fallacious. What if the person you tell this to is a two-month old infant, or someone who does not and cannot drive, and yet you are telling them they have a speeding ticket. According to Christianity, everyone is guilty. Not a single child is born innocent, they are guilty from their first breath.

  • Ray "Can you see that telling you precisely what you have done wrong first actually makes the good news make sense. If I don't bring clear instructions that you have violated the law then the good news will seem like foolishness, it will seem offensive, but once you understand that you have broken that law the good news becomes good news indeed."
  • Kirk "Now in the same way, if I go up to a normal unrepentant sinner and I say to him "I've got some good news for you. Jesus died on the cross for your sins." Its going to sound like foolishness and it will be offensive. Foolishness because it wont make sense, the Bible says that: the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. And offensive because I am insinuating that the person is a sinner when he doesn't think he is, he thinks there are other people far worse than he is. He doesn't think he is a bad person at all. But if I take the time to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, if I take the time to open the divine law (the Ten Commandments) and show him precisely what he has done wrong first, that he angered God by violating his law, then when he becomes convinced that he has broken the law -or as the Bible says "convinced by the law transgressor"- then the good news that the fine being paid for him will not sound like foolishness, it wont be offensive, it will be the power of God to salvation.

Merely repeating yourself will not make your arguments any more credible.

Lesson

(7:06 - 10:22)

  • Kirk "Now, some of you may be wondering, where in the Bible does it say that Jesus used the Ten Commandments to help a person see that he needs God's forgiveness? Well you can find it all through the Bible. You can find it specifically Luke 18, Luke 10, Matthew 15, Matthew 19, and right now lets look at Mark 10:17. A man runs up to Jesus, gets on his knees and asks him "Good Lord, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Now I do not know about you, but if that happened to me, I would be pretty excited...Notice what Jesus said, he said "Why does thou call me good? There is none good but one, and that is God." So Jesus started of by correcting this man's understanding of what good meant, and then he gave him the Ten Commandments (5 of them: dont murder, dont steal, honor your father, dont commit adultery, do not lie). The man said he had keep all these his whole life, but Jesus pointed out the essence of the first and second commandment and said "Go sell all your possessions, give to the poor then you will have treasure in Heaven and come follow me." Jesus was pointing out that this mans God was his money, and you cannot serve both God and your money. The Bible said this man went away sad. I am think to myself as I read this, what was Jesus doing? Why did he talk to him that way? He did not mention God's love, grace, the cross, he did not even pray with him. Why did he not call the man back and tell him lets hang out and have a good time? But that was my shallow, immature understanding of what Jesus was doing. He valued friendships and he made strong relationships, but he was not going to wait 6 months to 2 years to develop enough trust with him to talk to him about salvation. No, he got right into it and was using a principle that is really effective and necessary to prepare a self-righteous person's heart for the grace of the gospel. And that is what we need to do, follow in the footsteps of Jesus and first understand what a person's understanding of salvation is like.

Notice that Jesus only provided the secular commandments. None of the times when he repeats the Ten Commandments he does not mention worshiping God. Instead, his Commandments seem to contradict each other, some cannot be found in the "Ten Commandments."

  • Template:Bible: Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  • Template:Bible: Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
  • Template:Bible: Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother

Another thing, notice when Jesus said give to the poor. Jesus himself did not practice this. In Mark 14:3-9, some of Christ’s disciples objected to the waste of a costly ointment used on Jesus’ head, “for it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor.” Jesus responded, “Ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.” This is selfish and callous. He offers no plan or hope for eliminating poverty and treats feeding the poor as an optional activity that is not as important as worshiping him—like many modern evangelists who squander contributions from the faithful on lavish lifestyles. Or like the pope, who lives in opulence. Where were the wise words of Jesus regarding waste and inequality? Where were the social programs that would lessen poverty? Finally, when Jesus said "follow me" what does that exactly mean? Follow Jesus like a disciple, and in Luke 14:26-33 Jesus instructs for you to do that you must hate your father and mother, hate your wife and children, hate your brothers and sisters, and hate your own life, otherwise you cannot be Jesus' disciple. You must also give up everything.

(10:23 - 11:11)

  • Kirk "Jesus went around the human intellect (the place of argument) and went directly to the conscience (the knowledge of right and wrong) the reason for this is because the Bible says that the sinful mind is at war with god. It is not subject to the law of god, that means it wont listen to it. So to be affective, we have to find a place of common ground where there is "agreement with the law" and that place is the conscience. So we must make contact with the persons conscience so we can reason with them. Again, the sinful mind will not listen to the law of god, it will argue with it but the conscience is in agreement with it.

This is basically an appeal to emotion. Some people's conscience is not in "agreement" or can find common ground. When instructing to go around the person's intellect, Kirk is insisting to basically shut off your brain and not think about it. This is basically blinding your reason and preventing you from thinking for yourself. Of course both Ray and Kirk would like nothing more than to have people blindly follow them into their faith and being sheep or mindless robots.

(11:12 - 13:55)

  • Ray "So, how can we share the Ten Commandments as Jesus did with someone so they can see they need God's forgiveness? Well, why don't we do it right now." Ray does on with his old debunked tactic are you a good person? He then tells people to put your trust in Jesus as you would a parachute.

Comfort's tactic are you a good person? is dishonest because he does not use the actual Ten Commandments written in stone in Exodus 34, which say nothing of lying, thievery, adultery, murder, and such.

Finally, his parachute analogy is flawed, it is just a reversion of the flawed argument known as Pascal's Wager.

Street Interview

(14:11 - 19:21)

Kirk is talking to a random individual at the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade. He take the person though their favorite tactic are you a good person?. The man says that we are human and all make mistakes. Afterwrds, Kirk tells the man imagine you are in a court and are found guilty. Then someone you do not know comes in and pays your fine. That is what Jesus did when he died on the cross for humanity: paying the fine for sin.

Lesson 2

(19:22 - 20:15)

  • Ray "Lets look at Romans 3:19 "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God." [Flash back to street interview of the man saying he wont have much to say before God on Judgment Day] So one function of God's law is to stop us from sinners mouth, to stop him from justifying himself and saying 'There is plenty people worse then me' I am not a bad person.' No, the law stops the mouth of justification an leaves the whole world (not just the Jews) guilty before God.

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20
3:10, 12, 23)

Romans 3:10 says "There is none righteous, no, not one." Paul claims that there never has been a righteous or good person. But according to Gen.6:9, 7:1; Job 1:1, 2:3, and Lk.1:5-6, Noah, Job, Zechariah, and Elizabeth were all good and righteous people.

(20:16 - 21:14)

  • Kirk "God's law tells us what sin is. 1 John 3:4 says "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." Romans 7:7 says "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." Basically Paul says I would not know what sin is until the Law told me. Galatians 3:24 says "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith." So God's law is like a school master to lead us to Jesus Christ so that we can be justified through faith in his blood. The law does not help us it just leaves us helpless. The law does not justify it just leaves is guilty before the judgment bar of the holy God. Let me say this again, we are not saved by the law, we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The law is just like a mirror to show us that we are filthy dirty and desperate need of God's cleansing.

Paul says he did not know of sin until he knew about the Law. So what happened to the other cultures and civilizations that predate Christianity or that were across the globe who never heard of the law or Christ. Because they did not know of the law, did God just condemn them for being unlucky by being born in the wrong place at the wrong time?

1 John 3:2 says "We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." John expects to live to see Jesus return. Clearly that did not happen. 1 John 3:6 says "Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not" so Christians don't sin? 1 John 3:22 says "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight." Well, if Kirk and Ray have indeed kept the Commandments, or any genuine Christian, then they can test this verse and see if they can cure AIDS, but we will not hold our breath.

Street Interview 2

(20:15 - 22:55)

Ray interviews several people and takes them through the tactic are you a good person? routine. He says that their decision is so important because their eternal salvation depends on it.

Lesson 3

(22:56 - 23:32)

  • Kirk "Sadly, so much of the contemporary church hears the word "law" and they think "legalism." And while there are those who use the law unlawfully and produce legalism, we must remember that God gave us the law as the specific key to reach the lost. Remember the law is a schoolmaster to lead us to Christ. We need to use it evangelisticly to reach our friends and family."

Street Interview: How many of the 10 Commandments can you name?

(23:37 - 24:35)

Shows several street interviews asking random people if they can name the whole Ten Commandments. A few do, but they are all wrong because they list of the ones in Exodus 20, not Exodus 34 where they are the first and only time to be called the "Ten Commandments."

(24:53 - 25:25)

They ask a new question: How many beers can you name? They all name name many different brands.

(25:26 - 27:45)

Kirk and Ray are watching the interview about how many beers can the interviewee name.

  • Kirk "This is absolutely amazing, that so many people today know more about beer than they do about the Ten Commandments -the standards of God's goodness. This same standard that God will judge us whether we go to Heaven or Hell. The Bible says God will give every man according to what he has done, and most of us do not even know what that standard is and we are going to be judged by it."

Well Kirk, neither do you seem to know squat about the Ten Commandments, and we have not even got started of how little you know of science, theology, philosophy, logic, etc. These people can name lots of beer, and they can do the same with cars, sports, TV shows, and such -there is nothing in the Commandments that says "Thou Shall Not Know Beer."

Hold on. Kirk said "The Bible says God will give every man according to what he has done" but earlier he said we are saved by grace alone. So which is it? Are we judged by our works or by grace?

  • Ray "Without that standard, without that knowledge, we wont see any need for a savior. And if we do not see any need of a savior, the Bible says we will perish so please stay with this program. We've got materials on our website that can help you with the free tape you can listen to, we got the Evidence Bible and the School of Biblical Evangelism. There are lot of materials to help you. This issue is so vital, there is nothing more important than the salvation of the lost."

Nice marketing there Ray. Appealing to emotion for people to purchase your material. Jesus would be proud.

  • Kirk points out "Think for a moment who is in your life who is not saved. Who is that you is still praying for? You've tried to share your faith. Maybe you are too scared to share your faith because you don't know how. Think of what happens to them if they die without Christ. We want to help you. Perhaps you have never even tried using the very thing that God has given you to show that person their sin. You have never used the Ten Commandments as a mirror and say have kept them? Chances are that person simply does not understand how serious their sin is. They probably still think they are a good person, but once you show them the Ten Commandments like Jesus did, they can see why they need God's forgiveness and then Jesus dying on the cross can make sense to them, and they will understand why they need to become a Christian. So if you have never tried it, don't give up hope, stay with the program. Learn how to use the Ten Commandments like a mirror and make the gospel make sense to the people you love. So please visit our website and get a hold of things that will help you out."

How can Kirk suggest maybe a person has not used the Ten Commandments as a key to reach someone when in the beginning of the program he said it was a hidden secret?


External Links

The Way of the Master
Season One Episodes:

1. The Firefighter   2. The Mirror of the Ten Commandments   3. The Motive of the Sinner   4. The Summary of Salvation   5. Practice What You Preach   6. Idolatry—The Darling Sin of Humanity   7. The Beauty of a Broken Spirit—Atheism   8. WDJD?   9. Blasphemy, Sabbath, Parents   10. Murder   11. Adultery   12. Theft   13. Lie and Covet

Season Two Episodes:

1. God's Wonderful Plan   2. Conscience   3. Alcatraz, Al Capone, Alcohol   4. True and False Conversion   5. When Things Go Wrong   6. The Satanic Influence   7. How to Witness to Someone Who's Homosexual/Gay   8. Evolution   9. How to Witness to a Loved One   10. The Fear of God   11. Ice Breakers—Gospel Tracts   12. The Greatest Gamble  13. How to Get on Fire for God

Season Three Episodes:

1. Battle for the Lost   2. Where Has the Passion Gone?   3. Joe Average   4. Caught in a Lie   5. The Divine Butler   6. Why Christianity?   7. Jehovah's Witness   8. Mormonism   9. Are You A Genius?   10. Last Words of the Rich and Famous   11. How to Find God's Will   12. What Scares You   13. Hollywood Be Thy Name

Cast
Ray Comfort — Kirk Cameron

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