Retraction on Tracts

Oh yay, just what we need, a Gospel Tract Grab Bag!

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,

Mark and Andrea Forester do not necessarily agree with or endorse this blog, but they are good folks doing a good work. Invite them to your church!

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.

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8 responses to “Retraction on Tracts

  1. But I sing southern gospel and like stamps Baxter!!!!!!! Jason I know nothing of the roots of the flame wars, your move to Texas or the cause of the animosity on both sides. I don’t want to know either. As in most cases , both sides are probably somewhat in error and somewhat correct. Pride is destructive either way.

    I would like to see both sides be quiet, get back to work and put focus back to where it should be. Calling each other out to let’s face it, small followings ( BOTH sides) serves nothing.
    I want you to know, and I MEAN this, I am praying for you, your family and your future. I am also praying for those that you are in contention with and that are needlessly taking shots at you . Both sides are my friends (that’s what independent means!) and it serves no real purpose of healing, instruction or restoration.
    Seriously, let’s all tell someone about Jesus, live Christlike and maybe……pass out a tract…..a GOOD one!

    • Thanks for your comment. I like Southern Gospel, and I never met Stamps or Baxter!!! As far as the flame war you know nothing about, neither do any of those guys especially Guy himself. I am not engaging them, I will leave it in God’s hands. I will not stop my blog for them or anyone else. I have made many valid points which none of them care to answer; all they do is attack me personally, and yes it hurts, but I will continue to point out their fallacies and hypocrisies for as long as I can. I agree with you lets tell someone about Jesus and pass out good tracts. But I can multi-task. 🙂

  2. Jason, I admit I didn’t see your previous post but felt compelled to respond to this one. I will be eternally grateful to the people who took time to pass out Gospel tracts to Phil at work; whether they were good, bad or indifferent. The Holy Spirit used those tiny 3 1/2″ pieces of bi-fold paper to speak to my heart about needing to be saved. No one ever knocked on my door or took the time to present the Gospel to me, but God sure used those tracts to touch my heart. God assures us His Word will not go out void and I’m thankful for that promise. P.S. I love the picture you posted with that “special” tract rack, it brings back some nice memories.

    • Lynnette,

      This is such a hot-button issue. I am greatful as well that someone passed out tracts at Phil’s work. Passing out tracts is a good thing, but I do not think preachers need to bludgeon, humiliate, and critisize people for not carrying tracts, and that is what happens all too often. It is not the only method of soul winning and it is wrong to try and push it as such. You, and Phil both, if I’m not mistaken, have been very successful in relationship soul winning which is down played and even maligned in our ranks. I have even done it myself, and I was flat wrong to do so. People learn in different ways and are reached by different methods. Those who preach should be mindful not to discourage someone from sharing the gospel by any method, but we do, and that is to our shame. I hope things are going well for you, and I hope you are as happy as can be in NY. Give Steve my best, and if you are ever in Texas look us up we would love to see ya’ll!

  3. Brother Jason,

    I appreciate some of the points you are making about the dictatorial style of leadership that is common in some IFB churches. Also, I agree with you that many IFBs have elevated certain peripheral issues to the level of doctrine, and emphasize them as if they were part of the Gospel itself. I believe we should emphasize grace – God’s power working in us to make us conform to His will, rather than manipulation and coercion, which never produce lasting results. Of course, grace is not license – “The grace of God that bringeth salvation … teach[es] us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” And I know that you are not suggesting otherwise.

    I think tracts are a useful tool; but they are a method and not the Gospel itself. A believer who does nothing to spread the Gospel is disobedient, but as you point out, tracts are not the only way, and preachers should not suggest that they are.

    What prompted my comment, however, was your comments about repentance. I don’t know if I’m a Primitive Baptist or a heretic :), but I agreed with you in your previous post that most tracts are quite poor, but for the reason that they don’t mention the concept of repentance.

    Mere intellectual belief doesn’t save anyone. The devil believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He is God in the flesh, and that died to pay for sin. But the devil doesn’t submit himself to the authority of God, nor will he ever. A person who believes Jesus is the Son of God, but desires to continue in sin will not be saved for the same reason, that he does not submit himself to the authority of God.

    Many verses teach repentance.

    Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

    Act 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

    Act 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

    Act 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Act 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

    If they are not teaching that a person must repent in order to be saved, I don’t know what they are teaching.

    To repent is not to ask forgiveness for each and every sin you’ve ever committed, or to give up each and every sin. It is not reforming your life, but it is committing your life to Christ. It is turning from a life of sin, and turning to Jesus Christ. A person who does not turn to Jesus from sin is no more saved than the devil.

    Ironically (since you are in the midst of discussing Jack Schaap), this issue of repentance is one of the main points of contention that I have with FBCH/HAC. I personally think that the mindset of minimizing sin is part of the reason why Schaap jumped [not fell] into sin.

    I wish the best for you and your family!

    God bless

    Chris Stieg

    • AMEN! I think that is really all I have to say about that. I was going to get into a discussion on repentence but I did not have the time. I have never ever seen a tract that contains this truth. In the case of Acts 2:38 Peter was calling them to repent from the false religion they had made of the Law of Moses and turn to Christ the fulfillment of the law. Well said, where is your blog? Thanks for the great comment and good wishes. I hope all is well with you! God Bless

    • Good post, Christopher.

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