The Sometimes Danger of Gospel Tracts
…”“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.” Acts 26:19-21 [spoken by the apostle Paul]
The last thing you might expect from someone who writes Gospel tracts and devotionals as a major part of her work is to hear about the sometimes danger of Gospel tracts, but that’s exactly what I feel compelled to do.
For any of us serving the Lord Jesus Christ in our everyday lives, which we are all called to do, one of the most wonderful means I have discovered to do just that is to pass out Gospel tracts as the Spirit of God leads us to whom He leads us when He leads us.
Tracts are a fantastic way of sharing with the world at large that the only way to an everlasting relationship with God instead of spending forever in torment in hell and the lake of fire apart from God is to repent from our sins, to believe Jesus is Lord and died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly dedicating our hearts and lives to Christ.
So what can possibly be dangerous about Gospel tracts when they’re such a great way to tell people about Jesus being the only way to eternal life? The danger is two-fold. First, some tracts may not clearly and correctly convey that we need to repent and place our faith in Christ as Lord, and that there is no other way to God and forever with Him in heaven but through Christ.
Second, some tracts make it seem that receiving Christ as Lord is a one-time emotional experience whereby we say a quick prayer, shed a few quick tears, and march on back to our old sin-ridden life and enjoy the pleasures and treasures of this life with the ultimate aim of living to please and gratify ourselves before one day in the distant future we die and march off to heaven because of a quick prayer we said years ago.
The truth is that receiving Christ as Lord, known as being born again and being saved from God’s wrath at us for our sins and the punishment we deserve of death, hell, and the lake of fire which is atoned for by Christ’s death and resurrection, marks THE BEGINNING OF A BRAND NEW LIFE – A LIFE LIVED FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. A life that is to bear the fruit of repentant hearts and lives. A life in which we truly turn away from a lifestyle of sin and turn toward God and a lifestyle of living to love and worship and serve and obey Christ forever.
I can’t emphasize enough that if the Lord is leading you to pass out Gospel tracts, that you should by all means obey Him! I believe you will be blessed beyond measure serving Jesus in your everyday life by distributing tracts.
But please make sure the tracts you give out convey the true Gospel message – and that they do not mislead those who receive them into thinking that salvation is about a quick prayer and then turning one’s back on the Lord. Please make sure the tracts you hand out are clear, accurate, and encourage those who receive them TO GIVE THEIR HEARTS AND LIVES UTTERLY TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – NOW AND FOREVER, AMEN!
The tracts the Lord has led me to write and use help people to understand the Gospel message and encourage them to receive and be filled with God’s Spirit, to study and live by the Bible, to assemble with fellow Christ followers, to grow in the image of God, and to learn day by day to die to self and to live for Jesus now and forevermore!
Pray to the Lord about which tracts to use, seek godly counsel if you need help figuring out which ones to use, and then hand them out as the Lord so leads you!