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How to Effectively Use the Law: The RCCR Principle
of Witnessing by Ray Comfort
This is called the RCCR principle of witnessing, using the law to bring
the knowledge of sin. This is the method that I believe is the scriptural
way to present the gospel. Charles Finney said, "Evermore, the law
must prepare the way for the gospel," while Spurgeon said, "My
brethren, we must not cease to declare the law, its demands, its threatenings,
and the sinner’s multiplied breaches of it." Now, it’s
my observation that often the world unwittingly stumbles upon biblical
principles. One area I’ve noticed this in is the area of selling.
So what we’re going to do is look at the way of a salesman using
the RCCR principle: Relate, Create, Convict, Reveal, as related to us
in John, chapter 4.
Okay, we have a salesman who’s walking along a driveway; he wants
to approach a woman to try and sell one of his Hoovers to her. Firstly,
we’ll look at the principle of Relate. He doesn’t want the
door slammed in his face, so his opening words are important to him. He
knocks on the door and says, "Hello, I am so and so from the Hoover
Company. My, what beautiful roses I noticed in your driveway. Do you tend
to the garden yourself?" Just for a moment he wants to relate to
that woman to build a bridge with to speak on the level of her understanding,
something she can appeal to. He may not mention the roses: he may just
mention the weather; he may mention the dog. There may be a child standing
next to the woman; he may say, "That’s a nice child. Did you
make it yourself?" or something she can relate to.
Firstly, Relate. Secondly, Create. This is where he creates an opportunity
to mention his product. A deliberate swing from the subject he opened
with to the subject he’s wanting to bring forth.
Thirdly, Convict. He must convict the woman. Make her feel bad about her
present Hoover, so that she will see her need of a new one.
Fourthly, Reveal, where he reveals his product to her. He may resort to
psychological pressure. Encyclopedia salesmen often do this. As soon as
they get a foot in the door, they put brochures all over your lounge floor.
They may say, "Look, I’ve got a brochure in the car; I’ll
just run out and get it for you," and subliminally he’s working
on you and putting you under obligation so that you’ll think thoughts
like, "My, this young man’s going through so much trouble.
I can’t say ‘no’ to him." Psychological manipulation.
He may not give you the choice of "yes" or "no."
I’ve got one daughter; she looks like me, but don’t tell her
that. It’ll go to her head. She, years ago, used that principle
on my wife. She came to her and said, "Mum, can I have one or two
lollies." Mum said, "You’re not having two. Here’s
one; now run along." That’s all she wanted was the one. She
didn’t give mum the choice of yes or no, but the choice of one or
two. The salesman won’t say, "Do you want one, yes or no?"
They’ll say, "Do you want the deluxe model or the super model?"
Not giving you the choice of yes or no but the choice of models. And I
have often seen evangelists use psychological pressure, psychological
manipulation in their evangelical proclamation, especially at the alter
call. And it’s my belief that those who do such may just find themselves
without the help of the Holy Ghost and reap liabilities, rather than assets,
for the local church.
So let’s now go from the natural to the spiritual looking at the
RCCR principle of witnessing. We’re going to look at the way of
the master in John, chapter 4, and in no way am I inferring that Jesus
used sales tactics. What I’m saying is the world has unwittingly
stumbled upon these biblical principles related to us in John, chapter
4: Relate, Create, Convict, Reveal.
Vs. 7, Relate. How did Jesus relate to the woman? "There came a woman
of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’"
Notice that He didn’t lean across to that woman and say, "Are
you washed in the blood of your old man?" Oh…I mean…"Are
you washed in the blood of the Lamb?" or "Have you crucified
your old man yet?" No, he did not relate…Here’s another
one for you; here’s a textbook one: "How can a man enter into
his father’s womb and be born again," I once said to a crowd
of about two hundred. "Though your skins be as scarlet, they shall
be as white as snow" was another one. Racist preacher. So Jesus did
not lay deep, heavy spiritual truth upon this woman. He spoke to her on
a natural plane, something she could understand. Why? Well, "the
natural man receives not the things of God, neither can he know them,
they are foolishness to him because they are spiritually understood."
First, the natural and then the spiritual.
You may not like to go up to a sinner and just say, "Give me a drink,"
but you can relate to him on the natural plane by speaking of the weather,
or their vocation, or a sport, something they can understand. Relate to
them. I learned this the hard way as a new Christian; I went door knocking,
which I found very difficult because a lot of the sects and cults have
stolen our thunder and even imposed on people’s privacy over the
continual harassment. So when I knocked on a door, when a lady answered
the door I said in a very sincere, clear voice, "Hello, I’m
not a Jehovah’s Witness," and she said, "Well, I am!"
So God’s ways are best: first, the natural before the spiritual.
Relate. Secondly, Create. Vs. 10: "Jesus answered her, ‘If
you knew the gift of God and who it is that’s saying to you, ‘Give
me a drink,’ you would have asked of Him and He would have given
you living water." A deliberate swing from the natural to the spiritual;
this is where it takes courage: swinging from the natural to the spiritual.
From the weather you could just swing to, "We had a very interesting
speaker at our church recently," or "Did you see that Christian
program on television?" What you and I are doing is putting out a
feeler to see if this person is open to spiritual truth. You watch a honey
bee at work. A honey bee comes zooming down to flowers. He goes from flower,
to flower, to flower; suddenly, it finds one it likes and it goes right
into the heart of that flower. What’s it doing? It’s searching
for nectar. You and I are honeybees searching for nectar of an open heart.
We go from flower, to flower, to flower, until we find someone who doesn’t
get offended by the gospel: they are open. If they’re open, we need
to know how to crawl down into the heart of that person and bring them
to genuine conviction with the help of God. We are honeybees working for
God, but if they’re not open, try and sting them with the law before
you buzz off. I believe modern evangelism has forgotten on great, important
truth and that is "salvation is of the Lord." You and I cannot
save sinners. The Lord opened Lydia’s heart that she could heed
to the things spoken of by Paul. "No man comes to the Son unless
the father draws him" (John 6:44). "God grants repentance with
the acknowledging of the truth. They may recover themselves out of the
snare of the devil, who have been taken captive by him at his will"
(2Tim. 2:25–26). So it’s God who opens people’s hearts,
and if someone isn’t open, we can do nothing about it but pray on
their behalves. So don’t feel bad if someone bursts a blood vessel
when you swing to the spiritual; feel free and uncondemned to swing back
to the natural and talk about the weather very quickly, gently.
I find an excellent probing question is, "Have you had a Christian
background?" Very inoffensive and it tells you where the person is
at. If someone is open, we must know how to work in with the Holy Ghost,
who convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
Relate, Create, thirdly, Convict. Vs. 16. How did Jesus bring conviction?
"Jesus said to her, ‘Go call your husband and come here.’
The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to
her, ‘You’re right in saying, ‘I have no husband,’
for you have had five husbands and he whom you now have is not your husband.
Then she said, ‘Truly.’" Jesus was using the seventh
commandment: You shall not commit adultery. You’re a lawbreaker,
a worker of iniquity. I find another probing question is, "Do you
see your need of God’s forgiveness?" Now most people will say,
"No." Because Proverbs 16:2 says, "All the ways of a man
are pure in his own eyes." They’re ignorant of God’s
righteousness and they’re going about to establish their own righteousness,
not submitting themselves to the righteousness which is of God. So the
law is the tool given to us by God to bring the righteousness of God before
the face of the sinner. It brings the knowledge of sin. It shows us of
the holiness, the righteousness, the justice of God. Finney said, "The
spirituality," or the essence of the law, "should be unsparingly
applied to the conscience until the sinner’s self-righteousness
is annihilated and he stands speechless and self-condemned before a holy
So I want you to keep your finger in John, chapter 4, and turn with me
to Exodus 20, verse 2. Keep you finger in John, chapter 4. We’re
going to look at how the essence of the law annihilates self-righteousness.
We’re going to look at the ten commandments in the light of new
testament revelation. See if you can hold on to your fig leaves of self-righteousness
as each of these ten commandments blast their barrels at you.
Verse three, the first commandment. "Thou shalt have no other gods
before me." What does this mean, "You shall have no other gods
before me." Well, Jesus said what it’s actually saying is that
we’re commanded to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and
strength. But more, Luke 14:26: "Jesus said, ‘If any man hate
not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and
sisters, yea and his own life, he cannot be my disciple." What does
it mean "if any man hate not his mother, and wife, and father, and
children, brethren, sisters, and his own life, he cannot be my disciple."
That’s called "hyperbole." A statement of extremes. Contrasting
love with hate for emphasis sake. And what Jesus was actually saying is
that your love and my love for almighty God should be so great that all
our other affection should fade into the background and seem as hate compared
to the love we have for Almighty God. Now that seemed rather heavy to
me, even as a Christian, until years ago. I hired a color television set
for my children to watch cartoons in the afternoon. First afternoon we
had it, I came home, opened the door and said, "Hi kids, it’s
me your dad." Kids weren’t interested. They were watching television.
They were about two foot from the set. I said, "Hang on kids,"
and I turned it off. I said, "Kids, I got that set for your pleasure,
but if it comes between you and your love for me, it’s going. It’s
a wrong order of affections. You’re setting your love on the gift
rather than the giver." Now if you love your mother, your father,
your brother, or your sister, your friends, your girlfriend, your sport,
your travel, your car, your money, your ministry, or even your own life
more than you love God, you’re setting your affection on the gift
rather than the giver. It’s called inordinate affection. God is
jealous for our love. And looking back on my 22 years as a non-Christian,
I did not love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength. In fact, there
was nothing in me that desired God. The Bible says, "There is none
that seek after God." We hate God without cause. Of course, we don’t
hate our own God that we’ve created without cause, but we hate the
God of the Bible if we see Him in truth. He’s a God of righteousness,
a God of holiness, a God of justice. The name God and the word boredom
to me as a sinner were synonymous. I had no desire for God. I had broken
the first commandment into a thousand pieces. In fact, it had broken me.
The second commandment, verse 4. "You shall not make unto thee any
graven image." You shall not make yourself an idol; that is, you
should not make a god either with your hands or with your mind. The twentieth
century man doesn’t normally create a God with his hands, but he
creates a God to suit himself. He makes a god in his own image. He creates
a god and says, "My god is not a god of judgment: my god would never
create hell. My god’s a god of love and mercy." And I would
agree with him: his god would never create hell because his god doesn’t
exist. His god is a figment of his imagination: he’s shaped an image
to suit himself, to suit his sins, and he loves the god of his own creation.
His god doesn’t dictate him a moral standard. His god is dumb, "and
those that make them are like unto them" (Ps. 115:7–8). The
Bible says, "Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of God."
If you’re walking down a railway line and there’s a train
heading for you and it’s fifty feet from your face and it’s
going 60 miles an hour, if you say, "Oh, I believe it’s a marshmallow
train," will that change anything? No. If you don’t get off
the line, you’re going to be marshmallow. You don’t change
realities by your beliefs. And you and I can believe what we wish about
God, but He says, "I am the Lord; I change not (Mal. 3:6). I love
righteousness and hate iniquity (Ps. 49:7); and though hand join in hand,
I will by no means clear the guilty (Prov. 11:21). The wicked shall not
go unpunished." 1 Corinthians 6:9: "Idolaters will not inherit
the kingdom of God."
Third commandment, vs. 7. "You shall not take the name of the Lord
your God in vain." Now most people count God’s name as nothing
to a point where they don’t even know they’re using His name
in vain. I was in a restaurant and after about five minutes there were
two girls sitting next to me alongside the next table. After about five
minutes, I leaned across and said, "Excuse me, would you like this
booklet?" and gave it to one of the girls. And she said, "Oh,
is this a Christian booklet?" and I said, "Yes." She said,
"Well, I’m a Christian." I turned to her friend and said,
"You’re not, are you?" And she said, "Why do you
say that?" I said, "Because in the last five minutes you’ve
blasphemed God’s name four times." She said, "God, have
I!?" "Five." I said, "Do you know what you’re
doing?" And she said, "Not really." I said, "Look,
man hits thumb with hammer. Mmmm. Very painful. All little messengers
are coming up armed to the brain. I mean, it is agony. He wants to express
how he feels, so he may spit out a four-letter filth word beginning with
‘s’, or he may just take God’s name and say, ‘Oh,
God,’ or the name of Jesus Christ. In doing so, he is taking the
holy name of God which is above every name and bringing it down to the
level of a four-letter filth word to express disgust." And I said
to her, "I wouldn’t do that with your name, and you’ve
done it with your Creator’s name. I wouldn’t be in your shoes
on judgment day for all the tea in China." She said, "Ahhh,
you’ve ruined my day." And I had! She knew in her heart she
shouldn’t blaspheme the name of her Creator. It’s been said,
"Never trust anyone who can blaspheme God’s name. If they can
blaspheme the name of the God who gave them life, they’ll also lie
to you and steal from you." "The Lord will not hold him guiltless
who takes his name in vain" (Ex. 20:7) "Every idle word a man
speaks, he’ll give an account thereof on the day of judgment"
Fourth commandment, vs. 8: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy."
Speaks of giving God his dues, and for 22 years, I didn’t set aside
one day in seven to worship God in spirit and in truth. In fact, I didn’t
set aside one second to seek God and say, "God, what’s your
will? I want to worship you, I want to love you, I want to be thankful,
I want to be full of gratitude." Fourth commandment slew me. Now,
if you’re confused regarding Sabbath keeping, In Search of New Jawbones,
our publication, has an entire chapter called "Freedom from Sabbath
Fifth commandment, vs. 12: "Honor thy father and mother." This
means to value them, to honor them. Ephesians 6:2 says it’s the
only commandment with promise. Conversely, if it’s not fulfilled,
you’ll reap the consequences. "That all may be well with you,
that your days may be long upon the earth." If you do not honor your
father and mother, if you don’t value them as the vessels God used
to give you life, then all will not be well with you and your days will
not be long upon the earth.
Sixth commandment, vs. 13: "Thou shalt not kill." The Bible
says if you get angry without cause, you’re in danger of hell fire
(Mt. 5:22). 1 John 3:15 says if you have hatred in your heart, you’re
a murderer. You could say, "I could kill that guy." God says,
"It’s the same as the deed." He knows why you’re
holding back: not because of the goodness of your own heart or for conscience
sake but for fear of the consequences of getting caught in fulfilling
the desire of your own heart. In this day and age when abortion is so
prevalent, we need to thunder from pulpits and let it echo throughout
the world, "Thou shalt not kill."
Seventh commandment, vs. 14: "Thou shalt not commit adultery."
Before I was a Christian, my whole attitude in my self-righteousness was
this: "Well…I haven’t broken too many of the commandments,
I’ll probably get to heaven if there is one. ‘Thou shalt not
kill.’ I haven’t killed anyone. ‘Thou shalt not commit
adultery.’ I haven’t done that. ‘Thou shalt not steal.’
I just use to raid orchards as a kid: not counted. Yeah, I’ll probably
make it if there is one…heaven." And the night of my conversion,
I saw Matthew 5: 27–28: "You have heard it said by them of
old, ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery.’" I thought, "Sweet."
But then I read the words, "But I say unto you, ‘That whoever
looks on a woman with lust hath committed adultery with her already in
his heart.’" Suddenly I saw that God required truth from the
inward part. That God shared my though-life with me. And suddenly I cried
out, "Woe is me! I am undone. What must I do to be saved?" And
suddenly, the cross—I mean, I’ve celebrated Easter for so
many years—suddenly the cross made sense. Suddenly, I was shut up
in the prison of my own sins, and there was the key opening the door:
the gospel. I was free to go because of what Jesus did on the cross.
Eighth commandment, vs. 15: "You shall not steal." 1 Corinthians
6:10 says, "No thief will inherit the kingdom of God." What
do you have to steal to be a thief? A paper clip will do; 10 cents will
do. God’s not impressed with the amount. If you "pinch"
something, if you take perks from your boss, you are a thief and there’s
no way you can enter God’s kingdom. "Who shall ascend the hill
of the Lord? He that has clean hands and a pure heart" (Ps. 24:3–4).
Ninth commandment, vs. 16: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against
thy neighbor." Fibs and white lies. How many lies do you have to
tell to be a liar? Just the one. Revelation 21:8: "All liars will
have their part in the lake of fire."
Tenth commandment, vs. 17: "Thou shalt not covet." It means
to be materialistic, or greedy of gain. 1 Corinthians 6:10 says, "The
covetous will not inherit the kingdom of God."
And then the final nail on our coffin, James 2:10: "For whosoever
shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, the same is guilty
of all." If you try and keep God’s law and yet just offend
in one point, you are guilty in all. In fact, the Bible says, "Cursed
is every man who does not continue in all things written in the book of
the law to do them" (Gal. 3:10). If you say, "I’m going
to be right with God by keeping the commandments," you’ve got
to keep all of them: moral, ceremonial, and civil. "Cursed is everyone
who does not continue in all things written in the book of the law to
do them." Break one of God’s law, you’re guilty of all.
Same with civil law: you don’t have to break 10 laws to get the
police after you, just break one. You’re a lawbreaker; you’re
in debt to justice. Every hair on a head is numbered. Every idle word
that we’ve spoken, we’ll give an account thereof on the day
of judgment. God sees our thought-life. "Shall not he who formed
the eye also see" (Ps. 94:9). Can God create the eye, and yet is
God Himself blind? No, the eye of the Lord is in every place beholding
the evil and the good. God formed the ear. He hears everything we say.
He sees the darkness as though it were pure light. He is perfect, holy,
just, and good. And He set aside a day in which He will judge the world
Once you’ve taken a sinner through the essence of the law, just
say to him, "If God were to judge you by that standard—purity
of thought, word, and deed; be ye perfect, as your father in heaven is
perfect—if he were to judge you by that law, would you be innocent
or guilty? Heaven or hell?" You see, when a sinner says, "I
don’t mind goin’ to hell: all my mates will be there,"
he says it in unbelief. As Jonathan Edwards said, "Almost every natural
man who hears of hell flatters himself that he shall escape it."
He doesn’t believe that he’s bad enough to go to hell. The
law shows him that he’s bad enough to go to hell. That’s why
Paul "reasoned" with Felix (Acts 24:25). He reasoned with him.
"‘Come now, let us reason together,’ saith the Lord"
(Is. 1:18) And when Paul "reasoned" with Felix, he appealed
to his good sense. Felix trembled because suddenly he saw that hell made
sense. I mean, it DOES make sense. You appeal to a sinner; the most reasonable,
rational, logical, intelligent thing there is is hell. You say, "What
do you mean?" Well, if a man bursts into an old lady’s home,
rapes her, strangles her to death, burns her body, and gets away scot
free because they find no evidence, and we ask the question, "What
does God think of that?" I mean, does God who sees everything say,
"Ah, well, never mind: the guy enjoyed himself." Has God got
no sense of justice? Do we attribute man with his court systems of having
more sense of right and wrong, more sense of justice, than Almighty God?
The Bible says, "God will by no means clear the guilty." If
God isn’t going to punish crime or sin, then God is unjust. Any
judge who turns a blind eye to the workings of the Mafia, is a corrupt
judge. And if God is not going to judge sin, if he’s going to turn
a blind eye to murder, rape, greed, lust, envy, jealousy, pride, etc.—all
sin—then God is unjust. How far can you get from the truth? Shall
the Almighty pervert justice. No. God has set aside a day in which he’ll
judge the world in righteousness. But not only will he punish murderers,
he’ll punish hatred. Not only will he punish adultery, but he’ll
punish lust, envy, jealousy, greed, rebellion, disobedience; he’ll
punish sin wherever it’s found. If you’re a son or daughter
of Adam, it’s found in your heart. "All of us are as an unclean
thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. It’s a fearful
thing to fall into the hands of a living God. ‘Vengeance is mine,’
saith the Lord" (Is. 64:6; Heb. 10:30-31).
You see, if Paul was able to obtain a decision from Felix as he, Felix,
trembled, if he'd said, "Ah, look at him. Uh…just slip up your
hand; make a decision for Christ now," it would have been a false
conversion. Felix was not penitent. He said, "Go your way; when I
have a convenient season I will call for you." He was impenitent;
he was not an anxious sinner. He was open, but he wasn’t anxious,
and we must see that dividing line. He was open to the gospel, but he
wasn’t anxious: he didn’t want to let go of his sin.
Paul may have left that courtroom saying, "What good did I do, Lord.
I mean…I reasoned with him sin, righteousness, and judgment. What
good did I do?" You see, the Bible says, "Felix trembled."
Paul may not have seen him tremble. It may have been a tremble of the
heart, a tremble of the hand, a tremble of the bottom lip, I don’t
know. Paul may have been a long way from him. But God is faithful. And
when you witness to someone, you may see them physically tremble under
the weight of the law; I have see it. Other ones may say, "Go your
way. When I have a convenient season, I’ll call for you." But
don’t be discouraged in your witnessing. God is faithful to water
Sometime ago, I was standing where I preach. A young man came up to me;
he says, "Do you remember me?" I said, "I’m not really
sure." He said, "Two years ago, you got a hold of me at a house
meeting and you were heavy on me." Now, I couldn’t remember
it. I probably just took him through the law of God. But he said, "It
took a year, but I’m now a Christian." He said, "Thank
you very much." God is faithful: He will bring increase. Be faithful
to the calling and present the whole council of God that ye may be free
from the blood of all men.
So, we’ve been through Relate, Create, Convict. If someone is under
conviction, we must know how to reveal Christ to him. The Bible says that
Jesus said to that woman who was penitent, "I that speak to thee
am He," when she asked of the Messiah. Christ has redeemed us from
the curse of the law, being made a curse for us! When someone trembles
under the weight of the law, tell them that Christ redeemed us from the
curse of that law, being made a curse for us. "For God so loved the
world that He gave His only begotten Son" (Jn. 3:16).
I was in a plane; a woman was sitting next to me, so I opened the conversation
in the natural plane. I said, "Where have you been." She said,
"Ah, up northern." "What have you been doing?" She
said, "Ah, just skiing." So for about ten minutes we related
to each other about skiing and broken legs and surfing and other things
like that, just on a natural level. She said, "What do you do for
a job." I said, "I write Christian books. Have you had a Christian
background?" And she said, "Yes, Anglican." I said, "Do
you see your need of God’s forgiveness?" She said, "Not
particularly." So, I shared with her an anecdote I find very powerful.
I said, "Ah, well, this girl was looking at a sheep eating grass.
She thought, ‘Doesn’t that sheep look white against that green
grass.’ Then it began to snow. And then the girl said, ‘Doesn’t
that sheep look dirty against the white snow.’ Same sheep, different
background. Now if you and I compare ourselves to the background of man’s
standard, we come up reasonably clean. Plenty of people worse than me.
My life compared to Adolph Hitler makes me seem pure white. But on the
day of judgment, God’s going to use as a backdrop the standard of
the snowy-white righteousness of his law. And when you use that as your
backdrop, you see you’re not as clean as you thought you were."
And I took her through the law of God, shared with her the essence of
the law. That God requires truth in the inward part. And she said, "Hey,
that’s what I’ve been doing: measuring myself by man’s
standard." She said, "What should I do?" So I shared with
her the work of the cross. Tears welled in her eyes and I had the joy
of leading her to Christ as the plane came to land. I said, "Have
you got a Bible." She says, "Yes, there is one at home."
I said, "Do you know any Christians?" She said, "Yeah.
Someone has been speaking to me at our work on this subject." Praise
God! Someone had been sowing; I had the joy of reaping. He that sows is
nothing, he that reaps is nothing, but its God who gives the increase.
Your finger should still be in John 4. It should be a different color,
but it should be still in John 4. Look at the words of Jesus. John 4:35:
"Say not ye, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes harvest?’
Behold, I say to you, ‘Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields;
for they are white already to harvest.’" Listen to the words
of the Son of God. He said, "Look on the harvest fields." He
said, "Look! Behold I say to you, ‘Lift up your eyes, and look
on the fields; they are white already to harvest.’" This country
is ready for revival according to Jesus Christ. You do not have to wait
for economic collapse. You don’t have to wait for it. You see, the
problem isn’t with the harvest fields, the problem is with the laborers:
we have failed, through ignorance, to pick up the sickle of the law of
God and reap the hearts of men. That’s the problem: not with the
fields, but with the laborers.
I was in Sacramento, at this conference in Sacramento; on the Thursday
afternoon, we were told to go out and do some witnessing. So, a number
of us went out; it was very hot, 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and we went to
a riverside, and there was this couple blowing up this life raft the size
of the Queen Mary, and I said to them—it’s hyperbole, that’s
justified exaggeration—I said, "Would you like a hand? Would
you like some of my air?" They said, "Sure." So I wrapped
my hot lips around that and began blowing and blowing, and in between
blowing, just began to relate to these people. About 20 minutes I blew.
And then they said, "What accent's that? Where you from? What are
you doing over here?" I said, "I’m taking a Christian
seminar over here." They said, "Ah, yeah." I said, "Have
you had a Christian background?" The guy said, "Ah, yeah, but
I’ll see my need to give my life back to God one day." He said,
"When I see my need, I’ll give my life back up to Him."
So, I took him up on it. "When you see your need," I said. I
took him through the law of God, the essence of God’s law, that
God requires truth in the inward part. Lust, you’re an adulterer;
hatred, you’re a murderer; tell one lie, you’re a liar heading
for the lake of fire. I said, "If God were to judge you by that standard—purity,
holiness of thought, word, and deed—would you be innocent or guilty?"
He said, "Guilty." "Heaven or hell." And he deliberated
for about 20 seconds, and he said, "Hell." I said, "Now
do you see your need to give your life to Christ?" He said, "Yes,
sir." I turned to his wife and I said, "Do you see your need
of God’s forgiveness?" She said, "Yes, I do." "Do
you want to give your life back to Jesus Christ today?" She said,
"Yes, sir." And I had the joy of praying with them. Now my confidence
was that I was not appealing to their emotions, but to their will and
to their conscience. Their motive was one of purity: fleeing from the
wrath that’s to come.
I was in another plane. Sitting next to me, there was this Fijian lady.
She had piled up black Fijian hair, so I turned to her and said, "Are
you from Fiji?" She said, "Yes." Word of knowledge. (Laughter)
I said, "What’s the culture like in Fiji." So we talked
about Fijian culture, just related to her on the natural plane for about
ten minutes. "Are there any live Christian churches in Fiji?"
"Yes, quite a few." And, I said, "Have you had a Christian
background?" She said, "Traditional." I said, "Do
you see your need of God’s forgiveness?" She said, "No."
So I took her through the law of God, and without any provocation from
me, she put her finger on her lips and said, "I am a sinner."
And I had the joy of leading her to Jesus Christ. He that sows is nothing,
he that reaps is nothing, but it’s God who gives the increase.
Listen to this letter from a pastor. I shared with him on the phone for
about twenty minutes regarding the use of the law. He said, "On Sunday
night, I included some of the demands of the law in my message, and I
would say this is the first time I’d ever really strongly done this.
At the close of the service two guys came forward to give their lives
to Christ. I asked why they had come and one of them said to me, ‘I
have broken God’s law.’ This really thrilled me and confirmed
in my heart the correctness of preaching the law of God. When he said
that, it was as if God said, ‘You’re on the right track’."
The law works, and—listen carefully—Satan hates it, because
it takes the Christian who is suffering from the disease of evangelical
frustration, running around in ever decreasing circles, and it puts a
super-sharp sickle in their hand. It makes them a laborer for the kingdom
Now, if statistics hold true, you will only retain 10% of what you’ve
heard in this seminar. Now, that’s a secular statistic. You will
forget 90%, and that is without Satan doing his seed-snatching. Now, as
I’ve said, we’re a charitable trust; our proceeds go into
providing low-cost evangelical literature for the body of Christ. The
reason we encourage the books and tapes is that—the sales off them—is
that you might go over them and get familiar with the use of the law of
God. I’ve had a pastor ring me and say, "I’ve had to
pray this thing into my spirit for about two weeks. I, myself, of ages
felt that I was in an evangelical rut. Every time I’d go to witness,
I’d swing back to a man-centered gospel proclamation." You
see, you can leave this place and say, "Hey, I can see it. The law
of the Lord is perfect converting the soul! By the law is the knowledge
of sin. Paul said, ‘I had not known sin but by the law.’ How
can a man repent without knowing what sin is. The law was our schoolmaster
to bring us unto Christ. The law is good if any man uses it lawfully for
the purpose for which it was designed. I can see it! I can see it!"
And the first sinner you meet, you’ll say, "You’ll never
find true peace until you come to Jesus Christ." Creatures of habit.
Saints, we need to reprogram ourselves. Get a hold of that computer and
say, "Oh, God, just change my whole thoughts so I go back to a biblical
basis and a scripturally sound way of seeing sinners come to Christ with
the knowledge of sin and find genuine repentance. A place of true genuine
contrition, that they might come out of the darkness and into the glorious
light. Ah, saints, make it a matter of prayer until using the law to bring
the knowledge of sin becomes as naturally to you as loving God.