I do not believe I was clear in my last post when I was dealing with tracts. I am not against tracts per se, and even if I was, it is up to you to decide what is correct and what is error. I received a Tweet that brought this to my attention and I want to deal with it now.
The Tweet was from Mark Forester who is in the full-time Gospel Music Ministry with his wife Andrea. You can learn more about them here. Mark gave a brief,
because that is all you can do on Twitter, testimony of how his dad was saved as the result of a tract. I do not think he was pleased with what I had to say on the subject, but I also think he was confused. The fault for his confusion lies with me, I did not explain my point well enough, so here goes.
Most of the tracts I have read, and I have not read every single one, are not very good, many of them are confusing, few of them contain a clear explanation of the gospel, and many of them are heretical. If we are relying on a bi-folded 3 1/2 inch paper to get the gospel out we are circumventing the method which Christ gave us. Jesus gave us principles which involve human contact and a relationship.
I think door to door soul winning can be effective for some people, but will be ineffective for those un-equipped with the skills to speak to strangers. I think passing out tracts can be a good thing provided the tract is not some half-hearted attempt to preach the gospel. I do not think either method is the only method for soul winning. Furthermore I think those who constantly harangue church members to do one or both things are missing the point of church altogether. Should we be a witness? Yes! Does that mean we can only pass out tracts and knock on doors? No, a thousand times no, and we should not be pressured into doing so.
Take some tracts, pass them out, be a leaky seed bag if you will, but make sure the tract you are passing out isnt garbage. Make sure you fully understand what it is saying, and be careful that you are not passing along heresy to people. Heresy? yes heresy. How many tracts have you read that implore people to simply repent of their sins or all their sins, or all their sin, to be saved. What are we Primitive Baptists? Which verse is it that says repent of your sin, sins, or all your sin and be saved. The Bible says believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, not repent of your sins and be saved. I can sit in a corner and repent all day, but that does not make me saved. I have to believe in Jesus, that He is God in the flesh and he died to pay for my sins, and I can do nothing to be saved because He did it all. Check your tracts, see what they say. Find one that does not include repenting of sin as a prerequisite for salvation. Or find in the Bible where I must repent of my sin, sins, or all my sin in order to be saved and let me know, because I have mountains of memory to dig through and mountain ranges of sins from which to repent.
Check out the Sword of the Lord tract section in their online bookstore. You will only find a few tracts. I wonder why? How about instead of passing out tracts, you be a living tract, able to preach tall sermons in a single bound…I mean able to preach the gospel where ever you go. Be prepared for when God gives you an opportunity, and that is far better than any tract ever written.