A well-known actor is trying to encourage and equip Christians to share their faith effectively.
Kirk Cameron has spent most of his life in Hollywood. For years he starred in the hit TV series Growing Pains (1985-1992), a family situation comedy in which he played the charmingly incorrigible teenager, Mike Seaver. And more recently, Cameron has become known for his starring role as Buck Williams in the cinematic end-times thrillers Left Behind and Left Behind II: Tribulation Force.
The 33-year-old actor accepted Christ as Lord and Savior when he was 18. But Cameron says he never learned the principles of biblical witnessing -- that is, until he was introduced to evangelist Ray Comfort.
Now Cameron and Comfort have teamed up in an evangelism training ministry that produces a course called "The Way of the Master." This training program uses God's law to show people their need for the grace and redemption available in Christ.
The actor says people will not be offended if Christians first help them to see how all have sinned against God and violated his laws. "Then the punishment of hell becomes reasonable to a sinner," Cameron says, "because he understands that he's a liar, he's a thief, he's an adulterer at heart. He's a blasphemer or an idolater, and God must give him justice. Then [that person] can understand why Jesus died on the cross."
Cameron says Jesus used similar methods when he talked with people about their eternal destiny. The Way of the Master course helps Christians use God's laws to allow people to see themselves as sinners in need of forgiveness and salvation.
And God's law is something Cameron feels very strongly about. He feels modern Christianity often fails to place enough emphasis on the laws of God, instead allowing "seeker-sensitive" tactics to supplant the basics of Christianity.
"While it's great to have Starbucks planted inside of our churches, and we can have free lattes offered to seekers, and have great music and great youth programs," Cameron says, "the basics are still the basics. Jesus died on the cross -- not to make us happy, not to give us a great youth program, but ultimately He died on the cross so that guilty sinners like you and me can be made righteous in the sight of the holy God."
The Way of the Master ministry offers numerous evangelism and training resources through a television show and an interactive Internet site. Included on the website are downloadable or streaming audio teaching sessions, a Bible search tool, and other aids for seekers as well as for believers who want to learn how to lead others to Christ.