This last Sunday at Calvary Chapel of San Diego in Chula Vista, Ray Comfort gave the sermon and after it was over I went outside where a table had been set up to sell books and DVDs related to the newest part of his ministry called 180.
The backbone of the 180 ministry is the 180 movie which is available online or on DVD. I was surprised to see that the DVDs, marked $10, were not selling for $10 each, but rather for $10 per bundle of 10. “$1 per DVD?! ” That’s right. It sounded too good to be true.
They were also offering another option for $10: 1 DVD + 1 bumpersticker + 1 book “Changing Hearts and Minds about Life’s Hot-button Issues” + 1 smaller book with just the 180 logo on the front. (see slideshow)
I decided to take both bundles for $20 so I could truly support the ministry which obviously provided great tools at rock bottom prices. This would allow me to share the 180 video with up to 11 people who may or may not have access to the internet or simply not have the desire to sit in front of their computer to watch it. (Vegging on the couch is so much more relaxing!)
After I paid and was walking away, I noticed Ray Comfort wearing sunglasses walking rather hurredly through the crowd of people milling around outside. I had a feeling he might be making his way over to the product table so as he passed my way I asked “Are you headed over there?” to which he confirmed that he was.
Once he was behind the table I took the opportunity to tell him that “I’m not from this church,” ( “Neither am I!” He quickly responded.) but “I just found out that you were going to be here … I am writing an article … can I take your picture?”
Ray removed his sunglasses and posed for me once I found my camera phone. Although I got a great shot of him just an arm’s reach away, for some reason I forgot to “store” the image. Ray, if you’re reading this: Thank you! But I will need another shot next time we meet.
I think he would oblige because I found him to be quite personable. I asked about the low price for the DVDs to which he informed me that they have the videos made in mass quantity so they can get the prices down to less than $1 each. It’s not a money-maker, it’s an opportunity to share a message that everyone needs to consider.
I also told Ray about my wife who was not there with me, who is very bold in the faith, and how she has been ministering verbally to a friend of hers. Once Ray heard the circumstances he asked: “Have you ever read “Hell’s Best Kept Secret”? “No, I don’t think so.” I replied. He asked his friend Richard manning the table if he had a copy. Since there was no copy to be found, Ray told me: “Wait right here!”
Mr. Comfort quickly took off back into the church, reappearing a few minutes later with a DVD which he then handed to me. This particular disc had two recorded sermons in one: #1 entitled “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” & #2 “True & False Conversion.” He told Richard: “Don’t charge him for that.” Of course I thanked him, then Ray began a conversation with another person who had been waiting to speak with him.
Richard told me that “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” helped change his life. So I said goodbye and took off with my stash of goodies, so happy to have met Ray Comfort, taken his picture, and invested $20 so wisely toward the potential saving of souls.
Please take the time to watch the 180 movie for yourself in Spanish or English. Be sure to share it with your friends and family. Even if they do not agree with the message, at the very least it should provide the basis for interesting conversation. “What would you do if you were in that situation? Can you imagine being there? So yeah, what’s the difference?”