A Quick Review of Ray Comfort’s “Genius”

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Ray Comfort and the makers of “180” have just released their new thirty-minute documentary called “Genius” on the life of The Beatles John Lennon. The first part of the movie focuses on John Lennon’s early life and his association with the Beatles and ends with the tragic murder of Lennon outside his New York apartment building by Mark David Chapman in December 1980. After a few funny clips of some people Comfort interviews asking them who John Lennon was, Comfort later poses more serious questions to his interviewees one of which was, “Would you murder someone for $10 million if you could get away with it?” Surprisingly, many of them said yes. Surprising in the fact that they not only would say yes to the possibility of committing murder, but they would make admissions of this fact in front of a camera for an audience to see (don’t they realize that law enforcement officials may be watching this video).

Thankfully, Comfort interviews some people who would say that they would not murder anyone for any amount of money. Comfort points out to both his audience and to his interviewees that the reason why they answered the question the way they did is a moral one. Comfort then poses a follow up question to his interviewees by asking them, “Where do you get your moral standards from?” Comfort then explains to them that the ones who said yes to murder do not believe in God and therefore have no ultimate moral standard to follow. The ones who said no to murder believe in God who has established a moral standard to follow. We later see Comfort establish this fact as he interviews more people and open air preaches. Comfort ends the video by presenting the gospel to each of his interviewees and reveals some more interesting facts about Lennon.

I really enjoyed and highly recommend this video for evangelistic purposes. This video follows the same law and gospel format as “180” in its interview and evangelism style which is clear and direct in its approach. The new twist is that Comfort uses a more presuppositional apologetic approach to evangelism by asking the people that he interviewed where do they get their moral standards from once he asked them a few initial questions. I don’t think I’ve seen Comfort emphasize this approach before in his past videos, but I could be wrong.

What’s disturbing about the video is how some of Comfort’s interviewees would admit on camera that they would murder someone at any price. This is clear evidence of a society that is in moral decline when a person will not only admit to the possibility of committing murder for money, but moreover have no problems admitting this on camera. This is a direct consequence of this society’s acceptance of abortion on demand, and is currently on course to accept euthanasia as our European cousins are beginning to promote. Apologist Francis Schaeffer describes this type of society as the “Culture of Death”. This is a truly scary time that we are living in. Thank God for people like Ray Comfort who continue to faithfully proclaim the gospel under such circumstances. The video is available to watch for free on YouTube or you can purchase the video at the “Living Waters Ministry” website.

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