I have read some previous threads of the same title (Way of the Master)…and don’t want to beat a dead horse; however, from reading some of the threads/posts–apparently, not a lot of Catholics know about this ministry, nor the current program, of the same name, that is hitting Evangelical community churches…teaching their students “how to evangelize”. Yes, how to evangelize the unsaved…atheists, mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses…and Catholics. To Catholics, Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort state the following (from www.livingwater.com/faq):
Question: How do you witness to a Roman Catholic?
[Bthe response:** “The problem is that he is most likely not born again. It is because of this, that there is contention. I have found that it is often a futile exercise to try and convince a Roman Catholic that the teachings of his church are erroneous…
When he is truly converted, the Holy Spirit will lead him into all truth and away from the error of Roman Catholicism.”
In other words, the only saved Catholic is not a Catholic at all.
I note that a lot of Catholics see the positive, common ground that we share with Cameron and Comfort which is good (we DO share some common ground, whether they’d admit it or not–however, there is definitely an undeniable danger in becoming complacent (which is why Catholics have a difficult time with speaking out and speaking up --sharing the Gospel and our distinctly Catholic beliefs, with fire and without apology!)
Where are Catholic responses to Cameron and Comfort’s misstatements about Catholicism? If you review some of their articles, more differences become highlighted, including one that I mentioned before (in a related thread), regarding Pastor Comfort’s ‘DIScomfort’ with Saint Francis of Assisi and the Benedictine Rule.
Protestants, like these, are very astute at appealing to the modern culture. So where’s our “man on the street” who responds to their attack-style (in your face with the 10 Commandments) type evangelization? I’d like to see a few on-fire Catholic apologists take them on!!! Where’s our own Catholic street preachers and You Tube videos?
You can barely find anything about “Way of the Master” from the Catholic standpoint. There’s loads of responses from atheists, but not nearly as much, from Catholics.
Why is that? Are we so used to being persecuted, that we just say “oh well”. We will soon be facing ‘trained’ Evangelicals that are going to try and use the Way of the Master program’s ‘steps for evangelization’. Are we preparing to give answer? Perhaps we should.
Let’s face it…if we were dealing with Evangelicals (like Cameron and Comfort–who believe in the Rapture)…who, while disagreeing with us on some points, still believed us to be Christians, I can understand taking a more relaxed position.
I think, however, with their popularity and notoriety…and the new evangelization method for laypersons that they are now offering (found everywhere, including Amazon.com)…I think we should be aware and be preparted for this very ‘controlled’ manner of evangelization. They simply ask leading types of questions that ‘control’ the person’s options of response…and keep them distracted (answering their ‘canned’ questions)—so that they can knock them down.
They are already sharing their YouTube videos of unsuspecting Catholics (most of whom are unknowledgable or unprepared) that they have ambushed in their street evangelization…and stating “Pray for so-and-so” (the poor unsaved Catholic in this video).
I’d like to ask why Catholics aren’t more ‘responsive’ regarding this new approach/program/ministry (which is, anti-Catholic according to my definition).