Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Living Waters?
Living Waters was founded by Ray Comfort in 1974. We produce the award-winning television program "The Way of the Master" (aired in 70 countries), and equip Christians to share their faith biblically.
To learn more about Living Waters go to www.livingwaters.com.
What are you going to do with “180”?
Living Waters is launching web, media, and social media campaigns to make sure that as many people as possible are able to view “180”. We will also distribute 200,000 free copies of the “180” DVD in 100 of the top U.S. universities (in one day) sometime in 2011, and we will invite pro-life organizations, churches, and individuals to join us by having additional giveaways in their own areas.
How can I purchase DVD copies of “180”?
Please visit www.livingwaters.com or call 1-800-437-1893.
How can I help?
You can either purchase your own copies of “180” or partner with us so that we can make it available to others. Please keep this sensitive project in prayer.
I have concerns about some of the individuals or organizations who have endorsed and promoted “180.” What is Living Waters’ stance on this matter?
The reception and inclusion of endorsements for “180” does not imply Living Waters’ agreement with the theological or political views of the individuals or organizations listed, nor indicate a partnership with them or endorsement of them. The same holds true for any individual or organization choosing to promote “180” through various means. Living Waters’ aim is to maximize the viewership of “180” for the furtherance of the gospel and the protection of the unborn. That is the criterion used for all matters relevant to endorsement and promotion of “180.”
Living Waters strongly condemns any form of violence in connection with protesting abortion.
In the video, Ray asks people if they would shoot Adolf Hitler if they had the chance. Is Ray advocating vigilantism?
In “180” people were asked that if they were back in time, would they shoot Adolf Hitler before he killed six million Jews? Many said they would. But would they also shoot the other Nazi leaders, if they had foreknowledge of what they were about to do? How about Jeffery Dahmer? Would they take him out if they knew that he was going to murder 16 young men? How many murders does someone have to commit to qualify for their vigilantism? In other words, who is calling the shots? I'm not a pacifist, but it's my conviction that we should never take the law into our own hands, and kill anyone. ~ Ray Comfort
How was “180” already an award-winning, before it was released?
It is standard practice to submit a film for an award, before the official release date.
32nd Annual Telly Award - 2011 Film/Video Bronze Winners
Screening “180” at Your Church:
Will the images be too graphic for some church members?
They may be. That’s why we give a warning at the beginning of the video. We experimented with two versions (one with more graphic images), and showed both to audiences, and noticed that tender-hearted people would weep for the unborn, and then shut their eyes or turn away at these images. Respected Christian leaders strongly advocated that we keep the pictures and clips in the video, saying that we didn’t hold back with graphic images of dead Jews, so why should we with the unborn? But we actually did hold back. We could have used pictures of decapitated Jewish bodies, shrunken Jewish heads, teenage Jewish girls hanging by the neck--with Nazis laughing at them, but we came to realize that some people have more tender hearts than others, and (for the sake of the gospel) there was a line that we didn’t want to cross. We believe we found that balance. Just before “180” was released, this came from a pastor:
“I just watched it and it was well done and I love the way Ray deals with the subject. He does it in a loving, no condemning, or putting down those who have had an abortion, and graceful way. I wish that more Christians would approach it that way, instead of arguing, condemning, yelling, and pushing people away from the grace, forgiveness, and love of God. This will be a tremendous tool and resource in communicating the truth and the Gospel Message. I will be sharing this video in our church and I believe that every pastor and congregation needs to see this video. May the hearts of the Nation be changed and turned toward Jesus Christ.”
Andrew Russell, Senior Pastor, Calvary Melbourne, Australia
Will our church lose its tax-exempt status if we screen the video?
The closing comment (about not voting for any politician who advocates the murder of a child in the womb), is constitutionally protected and can in no way jeopardize a church’s tax-exempt status. The Alliance Defense Fund has an entire website devoted to better informing pastors about these rights. See: http://www.speakupmovement.org/Church Here are a few excerpts:
"Speech about public issues may incidentally influence elections, but the government is far more limited in its ability to restrict discussion about issues. Churches may speak out about social and moral issues, the actions of government officials in office, and the positions of candidates on issues. As long as a church does not endorse or oppose a specific candidate for public office, it has broad freedom to praise or criticize officials and candidates."
Doesn’t the “separation of church and state” prohibit pastors from addressing issues that might be considered “political”?
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” – so the Constitution does not require pastors to be silent about political matters in their churches. The so-called “separation of church and state” is merely a rhetorical device that has been used for half a century to browbeat Christians and drive them out of the public square. The IRS Code does limit churches to using an “insubstantial” amount of their resources when lobbying for or against [particular pieces of] legislation, and prohibits churches from intervening in political campaigns. ADF believes that the ban on campaign participation by churches is unconstitutional and is challenging the restriction through its Pulpit Initiative.
Will I lose church members who will be offended by the video?
You may, but any stand for righteousness is going to be offensive to some. This is an issue about which the Church can no longer remain silent: “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Proverbs 24:11-12).
How should I introduce the video?
You may like to read some of the endorsements from respected Christian leaders (print them off this site—see “Endorsements”) to give “180” credibility. Explain that the video contains some graphic images, and that parents need to decide as to whether or not their children are mature enough to watch the video.
After the screening, conclude by asking how many would be willing to pass copies of “180” out to their friends, neighbors and family members. Get a commitment from them as to a quantity, and order from us (they are only $1 each) by calling 1(800) 437-1893.
Then train your church or group to speak to others about the subject of abortion and to share the gospel (as shown on “180”) by getting “The 180 Course.” It contains:
- The “180” DVD (includes additional training by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron).
- A 64-page Study Guide—with thought-provoking discussion questions and a wealth of added information, by Ray Comfort with Kay Arthur, and Randy Alcorn.
- A pack of 100 “180”tracts.
- A copy of Randy Alcorn’s book Why Prolife?
“The 180 Course” is only $10 (extra copies of the Study Guide for each participant are $2 each). For a group of 20 people, you will need to order 20 Study Guides. To order, call 1(800) 437-1893.