The Way of the Master
The Way of the Master is an evangelical ministry created by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron to train Christians in the art of apologetics and open-air evangelism. This ministry, in cooperation with Comfort's Living Waters Publications, produces a number of training courses, radio and television programs.
Basically the series teaches that people must practise Christianity exactly as Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron tell them and must interpret the Bible exactly as Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron tell them in order to avoid eternal damnation.
The television portion of this ministry airs on 15 Christian networks and has received numerous awards from Christian organizations. While popular among evangelicals, the real "break out" moment for the series was the banana argument from Season 1, Episode 7. A number of internet humor sites carried the clip of Ray declaring that the banana was "the atheist's nightmare", as he considers it an obvious testament to Intelligent Design.
The Way of the Master logo contains the letters WDJD. The letters stand for "What Did Jesus Do". They also serve as a reminder to the four questions:
- "Would you consider yourself to be a good person?"
- "Do you think you have kept the 10 Commandments?" followed by asking specifically if the person has broken the commandments, with questions like "Have you ever told a lie?"
- Judgment: "If God judges you by the 10 Commandments on the Day of Judgment, will you be innocent or guilty?"
- Destiny: "Would you go to heaven or hell?"
Mark 16:15 is a reference to the Bible which reads:
- He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." The bad news is that we are in danger of judgement and hell, the good news is that Jesus died for our sins.
Street interviews are a regular feature of the series online though it is unclear to Iron Chariots what criteria the Comfort team use to decide which videos to broadcast or whether those shown on the videos consent to the broadcast.
Even some Christians disagree with Comfort's system of telling eveybody including decent people that they have violated the Ten Commandments. Then Comfort makes decent people feel guilty and makes decent people fear that they are in danger of Hell.