Friday, January 16, 2015

Gospel Tracts and Chick Tracts

When I first started up this blog, I had the goal of having many short posts, and a variety of topics. I just wanted to give Biblical opinions without having to write long articles, "proving" every detail. But so far I have just written articles. Ugh! The writer in me does not know how to just write a blog post! But I will try to make this short... but I can not promise anything.

Here we have a picture that you should be familiar with, if you were saved and entered into any kind of evangelistic church. It's a Chick Tract. What is a Chick Tract?, you might say. It is a gospel tract, but a comic book version of it. I used to use these things all the time. I used regular gospel tracts a lot too, when I was in the Fundamental, Independent, King James only, Bible-Bashing Baptist Church. These tracts get read a lot more often than other tracts, as they claim. They are pretty interesting. I used to think very highly of them when I was first saved 14 years or so ago. But, This Was Your Life, I have concluded in my Christian Maturity, is the only decent Chick Tract that Chick produces. All the others are horrendous because of a few different reasons (and I won't name them all here). All the of reasons I hate most Chick Tracts now, are the reasons that I probably loved them when I was an immature Christian. It is a major shift in worldview.

As a Fundamental Baptist, the only thing in life that matters is getting people saved. And because God was not sovereign to us, it was up to us. If you passed by anyone without giving them a gospel tract, their blood is on your hands for eternity!!

Anyhow, because the only thing that mattered was getting people saved, almost all of the Chick Tracts have a story of someone getting saved just before they die. So the moral of the story is... make sure you don't die before you get  your Jesus insurance. You don't want to go to hell now, do you? Get saved so you can live happy in heaven and so you won't suffer in hell. That is the message of Chick Tracts.

Contrary to this view is Jesus' message to,

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." --Matthew 28:19,20

The difference is the weight of emphasis. Even though Chick teaches discipleship a little bit, his mind would be at ease if the whole world were "saved" and went to heaven, even if none of them actually lived to glorify God on the earth, and made an impact for his name. The difference is between a man centered gospel and a Christ-centered gospel. But I guess what do you expect from a Dispensationalist who thinks all of the world's problems come from the Roman Catholic Church, and who worships the Jews and Israel?

All that to say, that one Chick Tract that is actually decent; it's actually pretty good and effective; "This Was Your Life", is a simple gospel tract, but with the bonus that the main character in the story, when he gets saved, it's not on his death bed so he just escapes hell, but rather this tract actually shows the man living out the Christian life, bearing fruit, living for the glory of God and of Christ, before he dies. 

After my imbalanced days of giving a gospel tract to every person I saw, or at least leaving them around at places, I went on the opposite extreme and did not give out any, nor really seek to convert many people. After several years God is starting to rebalance me a little (not just in this area, but other areas as well-- praise God). So I ordered our family four 25 packs (total of 100) of "This Was Your Life". I am going to start leaving these around at a few random places, not too aggressively though. Some at work. Some at the stores. We'll see where it goes from there.

I definitely do not recommend any of the other Chick Tracts (well, maybe the one called "Big Daddy"). But if you want to be entertained on just how wildly out there Jack Chick is on his ridiculous Baptist beliefs, you can visit and read all of the tracts online for free.

In the mean time, I am going to go celebrate that I actually wrote a short blog post... and will be in prayer that God uses these tracts as a way to bring people unto himself, and thereby Christ Jesus being glorified in this land.

Swiss Kinist