With two presidential debates under our belts, along with more
pre-election polls than we have states, most Americans already
appear to be decided when it comes to their choice, come November 6
- but if the apostle Paul were around today, how would he vote?
OneNewsNow got renowned evangelist and author Ray Comfort's
Editor's note: Ray Comfort is commenting as a private
citizen, and not as a representative of Living Waters.
know if the Apostle Paul would vote or wait for a candidate to come
into line with his theology before he cast a vote," Comfort told
OneNewsNow in an exclusive interview. "Although, it is clear from
his words in Scripture that it wasn't his agenda to usher in a
theocracy. Those who think that the plan of the Church is to take
over the country politically should read the Book of Acts to see
how we should act as Christians."
With many issues swirling around this year's presidential
election, from President Barack Obama's radically left stances on
abortion and same-sex "marriage," to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney's Mormonism, a great number of Americans find themselves
appealing to the Bible for answers pertaining to this year's
candidates. But is the Bible really clear on this issue?
"The early Church preached that God offered everlasting life to
dying and Hell-bound humanity, and that was their message," added
Comfort, founder and CEO of Living Waters Publications. "Changing
presidents doesn't change anyone's eternal destiny."
The New Zealand-born evangelist contends that even though much
can ride on an election, the final count at the ballot box is not
the main indicator of what direction a nation will go.
"So, Israel's political arena [in the Gospel] was not their
first priority, even if they could see that the nation was going to
ruin," Comfort contends. "The way to stop bad fruit is to take an
axe to the root, and that's what the Gospel does."
He emphasizes that what changes hearts at polling booths is
conviction that comes from knowing the Truth ─ not political
"When someone repents and trusts in Jesus Christ he or she will
be born again, and will therefore vote according to the conscience
rather than the pocketbook," the Southern California-based
evangelist asserts. "When God gives a human being a new heart
through the new birth, he or she immediately loves what He loves
and hates what He hates - they become pro-life, for the institution
of marriage, anti-porn, etc., and if they aren't clear about moral
issues, the Scriptures will give them light."
Comfort believes that this is the same understanding that would
drive Paul's actions, come election time.
"Early Christians knew the principle that if the train was on
the right track, the carriages of worldview would come into line,"
Comfort explained. "So while I can't say that Paul would vote, I
can [based on Scripture] speak of his life's passion and therefore,
the probable direction of his vote."
And when asked what he believed Paul would view as the most
pressing issue addressed in this year's campaigns and debates,
Comfort had this to say.
"Paul was brought up at the feet of Gamaliel - the great teacher
of God's Law," Comfort points out. "He therefore knew that it
thundered, 'You shall not kill,' and as a Pharisee, he was deeply
familiar with Genesis 9:6: 'Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his
blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.' We are
not primates, as is preached by staunch believers in the fairytale
of evolution. We are unique in creation. We set up court systems
and spend billions of dollars each year to see that justice is
done. Animals don't do that, but we do it because we are made in
the image of God. We are moral beings, and we are therefore
accountable to God. It is because of this that we can guess what
would be the most pressing issue for Paul."
Comfort says the weight of this issue presses down on every
"There is a dark shadow that hangs over modern-day American
politics," says Comfort, who co-hosts the television show The Way of
the Master with former Growing Pains star Kirk
Cameron. "It's there when candidates talk of their concerns about
unemployment. It's there when they speak of the massive deficit. It
covers the entire arena when, like battling tennis players, they
fire back at each other with powerful statistics that send the
opponent reeling, and makes it look as though the game is over.
That terrible and dark shadow is the mass slaughter of the
The director of the pro-life documentary 180: Changing the Heart of a Nation,which
went viral last year, doesn't see how this topic can be
"I don't see any political issue without its horrible and
haunting presence," Comfort notes. "I have been publicly criticized
for likening abortion to the horrific tragedy of the slaughter of
the Jews under Hitler. The analogy does fall short. Modern America
has taken the lives of nearly ten times as many human beings as
were taken by Hitler."
And the pro-life advocate says this issue shapes his voting
"So I will vote for the candidate that is most pro-life, knowing
that not to vote would be to vote for a continuance of the
slaughter," Comfort reasons. "I may be wrong, but I think that this
would be Paul's political policy, in the hope of saving lives."
Comfort also believes that Paul would exhort Christians to be
involved in politics.
"I think that in being politically active, we are being the salt
of the earth," says Comfort. "But there's a qualification. Should a
doctor ─ who has just discovered a cure to cancer ─ help with the
daily running of the cancer ward? The answer is that of course he
should do his best to make sure everything runs smoothly in the
ward. But imagine if he did so and never bothered to share the cure
with his dying patients. If he remained silent, then the good
doctor becomes an evil doctor, because what he has discovered makes
him morally responsible for the death of his patients. His silence
puts their blood on his hands."
The evangelist asserts that Christians are equally accountable
for sharing the message and hope that is within them to
"How can we, who profess to have the love of God, mingle with
dying humanity and not share the good news that Jesus Christ has
abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through
the Gospel?" Comfort asks. "May God forgive us for the sin of
silence, and [may] He help us to let love swallow our selfish
OneNewsNow asked Comfort if he had any plans to open-air preach
at locations to reach out to voters.
"I don't believe we can legally preach near a polling booth, but
I will be flying a team to UC Berkeley on October 30 and open air
preach at noon on the campus," the street preacher shared. "It's at
the places of higher learning that we can reach and affect a
culture - by speaking to the future lawyers, doctors and political
leaders. We are stepping up preaching in universities because in a
year or two's time the government may decide to outlaw all forms of
'hate speech.' If that happens, all of us will look back on these
neglected years of liberty with great regret. Imagine that
happening, and thinking that we had the God-given freedom to preach
the Gospel, and we didn't take advantage of it. If it's a public
campus, it's our blood-bought First Amendment right to free speech.
We don't even need a permit if we don't have amplification."
Comfort related an opportunity he seized last week at one of
California's most celebrated universities, which laid out the red
carpet for one of evolution's most celebrated figureheads.
"Recently, I took a team to UCLA and we preached to
a large congenial crowd for about 80 minutes," Comfort added. "I
took a poster of Richard Dawkins holding a copy of 180 (he
had been speaking at UCLA two days earlier) and said, 'Professor
Dawkins has his copy, so make sure you get yours.' (Pictured at
left is a happy atheist with his copy.) While many Christians are
more concerned about changing the nation politically than they are
in fulfilling the Great Commission, Richard Dawkins is changing
millions of our young people into God-haters, and we are letting
him get away with it."
With the tide of secular teaching increasingly attacking
biblical Christianity, Comfort insists that the time is right for
Christians to step out of their comfort zones en masse.
"There are 70 million professing Christians in our country,"
Comfort states. "Can you imagine what would happen if just one in
70 decided to truly obey the Great Commission and preach the Gospel
to every creature? That would mean that a million Christians would
stand up in the marketplace and on the university campuses where
students are being told that they are apes and that there is no
God, and they would hear about Him offering everlasting life to all
who repent and trust in Jesus. It would turn America right side
Comfort's life is dedicated to equipping believers to follow the
prompt of Jesus Christ given in the Great Commission (Matthew
28:18-20), "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded
"I long for the sleeping giant of the modern Church to awaken to
that agenda, stand on its feet and boldly open its mouth," Comfort
shares. "That's the reason [Living Waters] produced Season Four of
our TV program - to equip Christians to open air preach - as Jesus
did, as John the Baptist and Paul did, along with Spurgeon, Wesley,
Whitefield and Moody did, who saw their cultures transformed by the
power of the Gospel."
The global evangelist believes that we could be coming upon the
End Times mentioned in the Book of Revelation, and takes the role
of equipping the saints very seriously.
"[The entire season teaches] what to do and how to do it [and]
has been devoted to equipping Christians to preach the Gospel in
the open air (we preached open air in 13 European countries in 13
days)," the street preacher reports. "It [teaches] how to pull in a
crowd, how to hold their attention, how to handle hecklers to your
advantage, how to make an atheist backslide, how to refute the
foolishness of the unscientific theory of evolution, what not to
do, and how to overcome your fear of 'drying up' or not being able
to answer a difficult question. All … [it takes] is a little love
and some courage .... We are at present producing a video series
called "Roots" that is particularly aimed at the youth of the
modern Church - teaching them how to reach their own
Comfort claims that he's committed to a campaign that cannot
lose ─ one that's led by a timeless and flawless leader.
"My passion is the same as Paul's, and his was the same as that
of Jesus," Comfort tells OneNewsNow. "It is to bring the light of
the Gospel to those who sit in the shadow of death."