Many people agree that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Yet, few have considered that the conscience too, is a terrible thing to waste. Ray Comfort is a master apologist who has built his ministry on conscience. Comfort’s approach is on display in Faith is for Weak People: Responding to the Top 20 Objections to the Gospel.
The book title pretty much says what the book is. In 200 pages, the author lays out a defense to many of the gospel rejections present in today’s society. To prompt further thinking, each chapter closes with a series of study questions about the content. The gospel rejections covered are common topics that most people must admit they wrestle with, including the presence of evil, universalism, hell, homosexuality, hypocrisy, and creation. Most of us have faced these objections in our own gospel witness or wrestled with doubts in our own life. Therefore, the goal, to remove every hindrance to the gospel for unbelievers, is admirable because it attempts to maintain a faithful testimony of the Lord (while recognizing that it is the Lord’s work within hearts).
Many readers will not be overwhelmed by the material in the book because much of it follows a simple apologetic approach. As a result, it does not get into significant philosophical theories or deep arguments of defense. Readers can also expect the book to be a bit repetitive. Often times that author covers similar objections from different nuances. At other points he offers up the same or similar defenses. Part of this is logical in that certain defenses can be utilized in a variety of ways.
For those who are unsure of how to defend their faith though, Ray Comfort offers a good overall perspective. He does this first by writing from conviction. This particular conviction is manifested in two ways. First, he writes as one who is convicted about God and his truth. Second, he writes as one convicted by the despair of people perishing eternally. Furthermore, more than conveying an apologetic message Comfort imparts an apologetic method by demonstrating to readers how they can appeal to a person’s conscience. Finally, the author demonstrates a level of contentment. This characteristic may seem a bit peculiar, but readers should appreciate the fact that Ray Comfort is content in recognizing his own limitations of knowledge. At times he will acknowledge the mysteries of God and that he simply does not understand. It takes one who is both humble and strong in his/her faith to be able to be content with that position.
For those looking for a basic primer on responding to the secular rejections of Christianity, Faith is for Weak People fulfills that need. It is not deep, but it gives a foundational perspective and response that many people are lacking. The examples alone help provide clarity to aspects that many people struggle with.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no cost to me for the purposes of review. However, my review was not influenced by the author, publisher, or anyone else associated with this book and is the result of my own reading of it