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Penn and Teller Don’t Like You

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I met a young lady named Kelly the other day while getting the oil changed in my car. I offered her a million dollar bill gospel tract and asked if she would go to Heaven or Hell. She replied that she would be going to Heaven because she was confirmed as a Catholic. After taking her through the 10 Commandments she understood that she would be found guilty on Judgment Day because she had lied, but didn’t steal, misused God’s name and hated, which is murder according to the Bible, and would end up in Hell because of her sin.

Kelly disagreed with me that she would be going to Hell because she was confirmed as a Catholic.

I asked Kelly what she did for a living and she hung her head. “You won’t approve of what I do….”

“No, really, I won’t judge you,” I assured.

“I’m a producer,” Kelly admitted. “I produce a program on Showtime called “Penn and Teller’s Bulls—.”

If you are not familiar with Penn and Teller, they are illusionists who perform their irreverent magic act regularly in Las Vegas and major venues around the world. Both guys are very outspoken about being atheists and skeptics, and use their atheism as part of their act.

In an interview, Teller (the silent half of the team) said, “My mother, who is 89 now, says: ‘Oh, you know, I see these old people going to church, and I really envy them. It must be so consoling for them to be able to believe in that stuff.’ (Laughs) I think she genuinely envies people who are suckers in the sense that there are some things that might be a little easier to confront. It’s not going to change her point of view, because it doesn’t make any sense to her. It seems like nonsense. And it is!” (Laughs)

Penn (the talkative half) said, “We were asked to do autographs for Donny and Marie. I wrote, ‘There is no god,’ and Teller wrote: ‘He’s right.’”

Penn was a big hit awhile ago in the Christian community because of a short video he did commending those who share their faith, saying at one point, “How much do you have to hate someone not to proselytize?” It has been viewed over 372,000 times on YouTube and it seems that Penn actually likes those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the only One who can save anyone from their sins, if they would repent and put their trust in Him. 

Alas, that is sadly not the case. When Penn was informed that his video was a great encouragement to Christians, and it caused many to be more bold in their witness, he stated that that was not the purpose of his video. In fact, listen to him tell the story of a few Christians who tried to give him the Gospel and how each of them left with a copy of atheist Christopher Hitchens book, “God is not Great.” (Unfortunately, at this re-edit, the video is only available to his “friends.”)

Which brings me back to producer Kelly. “Will you do me a favor?” I gently asked her. I pulled out another million dollar bill Gospel tract. “I’m going to write a little message on this bill. Would you mind giving it to Penn when you see him?” She said that she would. I wrote this: Saw your YouTube video about Christians. —Just doin’ my job. Then I left my email address.

What good will it do? “It” will do nothing. But who knows how our awesome God might use the words of His law on a simple Gospel tract to turn a hardened atheist into a vessel for his Kingdom.

R.A. Torrey (1856-1928) wrote this about the use of tracts:

Oftentimes people who are too proud to be talked with, will read a tract when no one is looking. There is many a man who would repulse you if you tried to speak to him about his soul, who will read a tract if you leave it on his table, or in some other place where he comes upon it accidentally, and that tract may be used for his salvation.

A tract will often succeed in winning a man to Christ where a sermon or a personal conversation has failed. There are a great many people who, if you try to talk with them, will put you off; but if you put a tract in their hands and ask God to bless it, after they go away and are alone they will read the tract and God will carry it home to their hearts by the power of the Holy Ghost.

I once received a letter from a man saying, “There is a man in this place whom I tried for a long time to reach but could not. One day I handed him a tract, and I think it was to the salvation of his whole family.

10 Comments

  1. It was interesting to hear Penn say that at least 2-3 times a week he witnesses to Christians.

    So, if the first video has help Christians to be concerned for the lost. Maybe this video will cause Christians to speak to someone 2-3 times a week or at the least hand out a Gospel tract everyday.

    I hope Producer Kelly will indeed give Penn the tract. I pray for Kelly to become born again and I pray that Penn will continue to do more videos about sharing your faith without fear. If you know what I mean.

    Ayeate Karate chop back at you too.

    Richard

  2. Greetings from the Philippines;

    Pastor Steve, you should have also given another tract for Teller 🙂 …Who knows, it might be Teller who will be convicted and repent and trust in Christ…then, maybe he will be the one to minister to Penn with all boldness (not being silent anymore) 🙂 …i couldn’t view the video on youtube, it says ‘this video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions.’ …anyway, I pray that Kelly will be able to hand that tract to Penn and may God convict him of his unbelief. I pray also for Kelly that the ‘seed’ planted in her will rest on good soil. Either way, Luke 15:7. What a great rejoicing it would be if the two of them would repent…how much for three…Penn & Teller…& Kelly

  3. Praise the Lord. May He use this tract for the glory of His mercy.

  4. I have seen the first video you spoke of, but that is the first time I have seen that one. I wish he would come up on some Christians with a bit more maturity. I don’t think it would end the same way, especially with them walking away with that book in hand.

    I love it how Christians just need love in their lives and because they don’t have it, they turn to Jesus. Funny, I am deeply loved by the people in my life and I love them back. It doesn’t compare to the love of Christ though. 🙂

  5. Hello!

    Today I feel like Steve Sanchez and his fellow laborers out there in Hollywood!

    Michael Moore’s premier for his latest movie Capitalism: A Love Story is today.

    Michael Moore has a house on Torch Lake in Michigan, and so he had his permier for his movie in the theater in Bellaire, MI.

    I happen to live in Bellaire, MI, and I am not as bold in my witnessing as I want to be, but God is increasing me, I verbally witnessed to somone yesterday, and then today as the line for the first showing was going into the building I ran over and gave a bunch of Million Dollar Bills out, and had give some to some staff around a tent earlier.

    The Million Dollar Bills, are a gift of God, and perfect planning on His part, as theyf it right in, the theater was decked with large 1,000 dollar bills, they had a large cloth Million Dollar Bill with the statue of liberty on it behind the tent where they were selling their shirts and ties with money on them!

    Anyways, I saw a guy wearing a tie with a bunch of money on it, and gave him and the person he was with both a million dollar bill earlier today.

    He then came into the store I work at across the street kind of from the theater and asked me if I had a computer that he could get to his email on and print something out.

    He had been talking to Michael Moore about how he got ran over, the man has a fake leg, and Michael told the man to go get the letter about how it happened.

    The man couldn’t find the letter though, so came to ask if he could print it out.

    So I let him print it out, he thanked me very much, then I handed him another million dollar bill and asked if he would give it to Michael Moore, he said he would.

    Please pray that God got the million dollar bill to Michael Moore, that he will read it, and be convicted, and understand, and that the message would also be gotten to those who I gave them to today!

    Awesome! Our God is an AWESOME God!

  6. This just in! The man came back who said he would give Michael Moore the Million Dollar Bill gospel tract, and told me that he did in fact give it to Michael Moore! Pray God uses it to have Michael Moore read it and be convicted and understand that he might come to the Saviour!

  7. Cool. It was truly a God intervening moment.

  8. So do you ever see the guy in the Kiss outfit anymore? I go to a Calvary Chapel like he stated he did. Be interesting to know if you have any updates with some of the costume dress up people you meet or by God-chance meeting anymore of the people you have on video or pictures.

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