Who’s afraid of the Ten Commandments?

Why do people dislike Way of the Master and using the Ten Commandments in evangelism? Did Ray Comfort just make it all up? I say that if it’s biblical, then it doesn’t matter whether we like it, we just have to do it.  

Referring to unbelievers, Charles Spurgeon said, “The law serves a most necessary purpose. They will never accept grace until they tremble before a just and holy Law.”

Martin Luther once said, “Satan, the God of all dissension, stirreth up daily new sects, and last of all, which of all other I should never have foreseen or once suspected, he has raised up a sect such as teach…that men should not be terrified by the Law, but gently exhorted by the preaching of the grace of Christ.”

So, it seems like Ray Comfort just rediscovered a forgotten principle of previous generations of Christians. Even though it’s great to quote Charles Spurgeon, Ray Comfort, and Martin Luther, it’s much more critical to look at what God says.

§         The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul. (Psalm 19:7)

§         Sin is transgression of the law. (1 John 3:4)

§         Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. (Romans 3:19–20)

§         I would not have come to know sin but by the law. (Romans 7:7)

§         By the commandments, sin becomes exceeding sinful. (Romans 7:13)

§         So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. (Galatians 3:24)

Now you have a choice. You can do your best to get around these Bible verses (among dozens of others) and centuries of Christian tradition, or you can use the tool God has blessed us with—the Ten Commandments—to explain sin and lead people to grace. I urge you to learn what to say (2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15), and go preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). People are in desperate need of having the gospel explained to them.

I would highly recommend listening to Hell’s Best Kept Secret.


3 Responses to Who’s afraid of the Ten Commandments?

  1. madamish says:

    I’ve only recently come across Ray Comfort and Hell’s Best Kept Secret and have not been able to find any fault in his teaching. As a matter of fact, I’m looking forward to attending the Transformed conference this coming weekend in Americus, Georgia. Come if you can!

  2. evangelizehull says:

    John Newton said “Ignorance of the nature and design of the law is at the bottom of most religious mistakes.” Too much emphasis on happiness these days instead of righteousness I agree! Super abundant grace and peace to you…those who sow in tears will reap in joy and will shine out like stars in the expanse of heaven forever!

  3. Nice one Bill,
    I like your blog a lot.

    Yes, I do notice that a lot of Christians have a problem with using the Law in evangelism. I think it has a lot to do with modern trends and ‘what worked for them’ in coming to know Christ.

    Bill, I want to speak with you directly, can you please email me using the email address given in the notification that accompanies my comment.


    Daniel Chapman,
    Evangelism Action.

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