Be challenged by a fictitious but powerful analogy called “The Firefighter” Join Kirk Cameron as he gives a running commentary (using hidden cameras) while Ray Comfort shares his faith with strangers.

 

 

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  1. Darren says:

    Haha! I am so glad you are showing this! I found series 2 & 3 pretty amazing aswell, if you haven’t yet checked them out series 3 is running on TBN (I think) and The gospel channel shows random episodes every day at 12pm… or you could by them!

  2. dikayo says:

    Hello and thanks for your post;

    “The Firefighter” story is one of the most compelling analogies I heard before I actually started to share my faith.

    All of Living Waters / Way Of The Master materials are pretty strong and biblical. It was the “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” that shattered my theology at that time…

    We gotta pass on this message to all peoples, even Christians, because you will be surprised to know how many of ‘professing believers’ actually share the gospel. And how many share it, but offering Jesus as a life-enhancer and not a life-saver.

    Keep it up and continue spreading the truth!!

    God bless and thanks for reading.

  3. Ian H says:

    Hi – I have read a number of comments on your website and I think that you are earnestly searching the truth. So please consider what I have to say prayerfully.

    The Firefighter story is not true. It is fiction. It has no place in portraying the gospel message. The words and actions of Jesus are enough to bring people to faith. The story is portrayed as being true (see how he uses the clipboard to pretend he is quoting from a real news report) and these guys are telling me that I am like this firefighter. The story is a lie, I am being told I am as bad – how can the gospel be about deceipt?

    I find it abhorent that these guys misuse scripture. They tell us that Jesus will dismiss us from his presence for not sharing the gospel – but Matthew says that Jesus dismisses those who do not look after the poor, the outcasts, the sick!

    These guys are manipulators. Be wary of them.

  4. Alan Higgins says:

    Ian, the first line does say ‘Be challenged by a fictitious but powerful analogy called “The Firefighter”’. It is no different than the parables that Jesus gave to illustrate a spiritual truth

  5. Ian H says:

    Alan – it is entirely different from what Jesus told. These are not parables about the nature of the Kingdom of God but the attempt of men to coerce people into a guilt complex which has nothing to do with the way that Jesus wants us to live. It is not a spritual truth. Please start at the beginning of Matthew and stop reading when you find the place where Jesus turned to his disciples and used the tactics used by these guys!

    Secondly – you say that the story is fictitious but the guys in the video do not – they tell it like it is a true story. Time and agagin ‘Christian evangelists’ decide that the teachings of Jesus need to be superceded by guilt-ridden fables. It does not.

    Love God, Love your neighbour. Keep it simple.
    Ian

  6. Alan Higgins says:

    I hear what you are saying but we have to ask the question when christians do not share the gospel, we SHOULD feel guilty. Whether the story is true or fiction is not the point. It is what the story represents. If I saw a person drowning in the sea and I looked up and had the chance to save them but carried on what I was doing, then that would be selfish of me and that’s just for a natural death. How much more should we feel when we have he words of eternal life, yet we stand by and do not give people the gospel

  7. Ian H says:

    See my post on ‘Hell best kept secret’ and you will see that these guys speak about a narrow gospel of the next life. Jesus never meant it that way. He wanted us to be a redeeming force for this life, with us being rewarded in the next. Jesus spoke so clearly about condeming those who neglect the poor and never once mentions the sinners prayer. Jesus does not go down the street telling everyone that they are lying, stealing, lusting, etc. Why do you think that is? If Jesus didn’t do it, why do you think you need to? Moreover, why do you think only Real Christians need to ignore Jesus?

    Bring back the Inquisition? Lets kill thousands while we make them say the sinners prayer as their last breath!

    Keep your eye on Jesus.
    Ian

  8. Alan Higgins says:

    Ian, it is a narrow way into the next life and Jesus makes this very clear.(Matthew 7:13-14)

    However, using the law as a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ is very biblical. Maybe not in exactly the same way that WOTM use it but using the same principle

    I have mentioned it before and will say it again, feeding the poor,homeless etc should be done AS A RESULT of the gospel but doing those things in and of itself is NOT the gospel

    BTW I totally agree with you that ‘the sinners prayer’ is unbiblical

  9. dikayo says:

    Hi Ian H;

    I am sorry that you misunderstand the Firefighter story… they are not saying that we will be dismissed because of not sharing our faith but that we HAVE such a responsability like a Fireman would save someone from a burning building.

    We are certainly being commanded to share our faith, and we should do it even if it wasn’t a command; but simply out of compassion for other souls.

    So let us go and share the gospel… think about the unsaved that you know and if you don’t (at least try) to share Jesus, you would be like that firefighter comfortably sitting in his truck while the others are burning inside.

    I am sorry too that you think that “those guys” manipulate Scripture… they certainly don’t.

    Thanks for reading and God bless you as you GO and share your faith.

  10. Ian Haylett says:

    Friends – it is a pleasure to discuss these things with you. You are both gracious in your responses.

    Can I ask: When did Jesus use anything like the Firefighter parable? When did Jesus go up to complete strangers and say “You are a lying, thieving, adulterer…”? When did Jesus get someone to say the ‘sinners prayer’?

    Bless you both
    Ian

  11. Alan Higgins says:

    Ian, I am in totally agreement with you about the sinners prayer and I wrote about it at https://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2008/03/11/just-say-this-prayer/

    As I said before Jesus (and others) used the law to show them their flaws and so used the PRINCIPLE. (Luke 18:18-27, John 4:1-26). You do not have to use it in exactly the same way that WOTM do, but the biblical principle is to use the law to show someone their flaws and their deep need for a saviour. The law cannot save you but just condemns you and brings you to the cross

  12. Ian H says:

    Friends – I think we could go on for a long time.

    Let us end our conversation with the agreement that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.
    Amen

  13. Ian H,

    Didn’t Jesus fire off a list of things that sprang from the heart of man?

    Mat 15:18-20 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. (19) For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. (20) These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

    Didn’t Paul, following after Christ, do the same?

    Rom 3:9-18 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, (10) as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; (11) no one understands; no one seeks for God. (12) All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (13) “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” (14) “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” (15) “Their feet are swift to shed blood; (16) in their paths are ruin and misery, (17) and the way of peace they have not known.” (18) “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

  14. Ian H says:

    Douglas – yes, Jesus did say these things but as general points about the sinful nature of mankind. What I object to is that the men in these videos seem to decide to make personal, offensive attacks on complete strangers. They show no love for people but a Pharasaical approach with the law blinding them of their own short comings, then self-justify themselves by talking about eternal things!

    I keep making a point that no-one seems to respond to – look at the life of Jesus, the whole of it, all of his sayings, all of his teachings- a life of love and grace – the way he took people from the margins and brought them into his Kingdom way. If you look at this whole life, why pick only the judgemental aspects his teaching and make that the sole message of the gospel? That is whay I object to. That is what these men do and then tell untrue stories, which they try to pass off as a parable, in order to coerce believers to be as narrow minded as they are!

  15. Alan Higgins says:

    Ian, if it was pharasaical, they would be self-righteous but on the contrary they constantly talk about their depravity and how apart from Christ, they are wreteched sinners

    You say “look at the life of Jesus, the whole of it, all of his sayings, all of his teachings- a life of love and grace”

    This is not entirely correct. There must be a balance because the bible does also talk about his wrath and the consequence of sin. See https://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2008/01/22/the-wrath-of-god/

    We cannot preach all wrath and no love and vice versa. It is only in the context of the bad news that the good news is truly good because we understand exactly what God has saved us from and that is his wrath. His love is shown in that the wrath was placed on him instead of us who deserve it

  16. Ian H says:

    You have 10 scriptures about wrath – 1 of which is from Jesus, 9 of which are from others. NONE of which are said to strangers in the street. I do not deny the reality of the wrath of God – I have never said that. I am saying that we show the wrath and love of God in the same proportion Jesus did; we display them in the same proportion as Jesus did; we teach about them in the same way Jesus did.

  17. Ian,

    You have 10 scriptures about wrath – 1 of which is from Jesus, 9 of which are from others.

    Are only the words of Jesus valid to tell us the truth, or is all Scripture valid to do so? (2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

  18. Ian H says:

    Douglas – please do not do me the discourteousy of implying that I do now follow or know scripture. Biblical interpretation is not about picking out certain phrases that we like, but putting those phrases into a whole, bigger picture.

    Jesus is the author and finisher of faith. What I keep saying is that our attitude is to be that of Christ Jesus (Phillipians 2:5). The attitudes by those shown in these videos and those who follow them have NO parallel to the life of Jesus.

    Again – can I ask that you address my fundamental point which is why we do not mirror the life of Jesus?

    Yours in Him
    Ian

  19. Alan Higgins says:

    Firefighter story: There is impending danger

    Real story: There is impending danger namely God’s wrath

    Firefighter story: it is the firefighters job to save those and warn those who are in danger

    Real story: it is the christians job to ‘save’ those by preaching the gospel and warn them of the danger of God’s judgment

    Firefighter story: if the firefighter does not do his job it is very UNLOVING

    Real story: if we do not do our job then we are being very unloving

    Firefigher story: the firefighter knowing of this impendind danger does nothing and stays in his comfort zone

    Real story: some of us as christians know that the wrath of God is coming but we stay in our comfort zone

    Firefighter story: as a result of the firefighters selfishness, people perish because they were not warned or noone attempted to save them

    Real story: as a result of the christians selfishness of noone trying to ‘pull them ut of the fire (Jude), people perish because they were not warned or noone attempted to ‘save’ them

  20. Again, you assume we are not mirroring the life of Jesus because we present people with the reality that their sin is offensive to God. It may look trivial to us, but to God, it is as bad as the WOTM guys point out. Yes, I am all for living the way of Jesus – all the way of Jesus, which includes proclaiming the crushing weight of man’s sinfulness and announcing that a Saviour has come to free man from that crushing weight and to give His own life to as many as will believe.

  21. Ian H says:

    Go gently my friends.
    Ian

  22. Shawn Trumbo says:

    Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    Luke 13:2-3 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

    Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

    John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

    John 6:67-68 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

    Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

    Luke 18:13-14 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

    John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

    Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

    Ezekiel 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

    No it is true we are not saved by our good works.

    2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

  23. Shawn Trumbo says:

    James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

    The reason we don’t do what Jesus commands is because we are sinners. Christians often rebel.

    1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

    1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

    Christians are saved by the blood of Christ. We add to his suffering when we sin against him. Feel guilty now. That’s why HE HAD TO DIE. Jesus SAVES SINNERS!!!

    Repent don’t make excuses. Love your neighbor, your enemies, enough to give them the one thing they need most, the only thing you have worth giving away, Jesus Christ. Everything else belongs to God already.

    John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

    Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

    2 Corinthians 5:19-21 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

    Holy Spirit conviction will either make you run from God or to God.

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