Friday, December 10, 2010

Led to Salvation From Reading Jack Chick Tracts?

Many young people collect these, for the "kitsch" and comic strip value, and when I was young, I had a small collection of Jack Chick tracts that formed a core part of an alternative comic collection. Some I got from the "church lady" of my urban neighborhood, who would pass out tracts and witness openly in the street. If one wants to see people starting to froth at the mouth on apostate Christian message boards, mention Jack Chick and they go literally nuts! Neo-evangelicals especially can't stand him! Why? Because the tracts tell the truth about false religions: Catholicism included: no fawning one world religion stuff here. He also keeps things simple and easily understood, which brings tons of mocking from the religious erudite intellectuals and theologians who seem to get more satisfaction confusing issues rather then being simple and direct.

Is Chick perfect? No he is just a human like the rest of us, I do not agree with him on the pre-trib rapture or some authors he's chosen [Alberto Rivera is a good one whose warnings are coming to pass] but he is a saved believer that has made a difference in trying to get God's Word out there, even if in an unorthodox matter. One thing is for sure, he does get people's attention!

The Catholics sure don't like him, in this article, I thought very early on... hey maybe Chick is off the mark, but for every one of the bulleted points, if one does their research they can find evidence. Even the theory about Islam being a Catholic off-shoot, was backed up by a scholar even a few years ago who spoke of his research regarding "The Christian [well actually Catholic] Orgins of the Koran". Read A Blueprint for a Catholic America, written more then 25 years ago, that will help give you understand what is happening out there especially to the churches!

Now the egghead inclined, they cite the simplicity of Chick's message as a bad thing while scoffing at the Bible prophecy being warned about. Those spending hours in the seminary, arguing about how many angels fit on the head of the pin using 100 dollar words, are not the first on the list of would be Chick fans. Chick sticks to preaching God's Word, warning of false religions and helping to lead people to salvation. He does this in a simple way making things easy to understand. In the Chick illustrated book "Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?", at the time I had already researched Bible versions and how Bibles have been corrupted, for example to avoid the NIV, and choose the KJV, this book in it's simplicity helped to put it all together in the best way possible.

One tract I read as a Catholic that helped snap me awake was The Death Cookie. This is one that explains in simple terms and concepts how the Catholic church was able to gain the power it did and lead people into idolatry. Remember to the Catholics the Eucharist is everything with their saying..."No Priest-No Eucharist!"

Another tract that got me thinking was Murph. There are many others including This Was Your Life. This one, I read over and over, fascinated by it, even as an unbeliever thinking what if this was the truth? This got me started reading the Bible more.

Here is latest edition called "Love That Money!". This one is very worthwhile considering how money is held as the top priority in our society and how some put that as number one, when the Bible tells us to build our treasures in heaven. This is one to read even for a Christian for good reminders in a society full of intense economic pressure. Do not miss more news and writing in his newsletter called Battle Cry!
Years ago I wrote a letter to Jack Chick and company, thanking him for his tracts. God bless him.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing this article. The catholics are sure afraid of Jack Chick! They are paranoid about this man and his ministry, and they will say anything to try and stop it. But they haven't been able to.

The fact that they spend so much energy trying to stop him, tells you that they recognize that he is a true threat to catholic cult lies. A person doesn't waste time on something, unless it is truly affecting them. Droves of people have been woken up by Chick tracts, taken away from the lies of catholicism.

Bible Believer said...

Oh you are right about the online Catholic apologists are vicious in their denouncements against Chick, this includes plenty of apostate evangelicals and others. They call the man, a "liar" and other names but really never deal with the actual issues he brings up. They know as Chick tells the truth about the RCC and its role, that he can wake people up and that is why they are afraid of him. They have managed to ban his comics even in some countries like in Canada for a time.

Some of the best materials to read about the Catholic church, are the Alberto Rivera comics:

Alberto, Doublecross, The Godfathers, and the Force

You are right many people have been woken up by Jack Chick tracts, worked on me! The Death Cookie I read while still in the Catholic church, I stopped taking communion in the RCC 3-4 months before I was born again and left due to being bothered by what I read.

lounorm said...

See Joe Ortiz's "End Times Passover" blog (Dec. 14). WARNING: Bible prophecy fans may experience a 4-alarm earthquake when reading "Pretrib Rapture & Demons" !

Bible Believer said...

Hey I checked that out, it looks interesting so far...I look into it more and tell you what I think, thanks.

T said...

"Is Chick perfect? No he is just a human like the rest of us," Just wondering what you meant by that. He's human like the rest of us statement doesn't sound like you're anything special. If Christ is in a man is that person simply "human like the rest of us,"? Well I wouldn't think so. God calls His people very special and unique. He lives in them and calls them His children. And states they have power and the ability to judge angels. So, I'm just wondering if you intentionally downplay the incredible gift of salvation or are completly void of it. Thanks.

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Bible Believer said...

Yeah you are right, that statement is not the best worded, considering salvation. I do consider Christians "above being humans like the rest of us" and born again Christians are special and unique. It was a way to attempt to steer detractors from writing endless criticisms of Chick. I believe that Chick is a fellow brother in Jesus Christ, and he is one that has taken a lot of heat for standing up against false churches like the RCC and others. I am glad he does so and has not succumbed to the neo-evangelical "do not judge" crowd--the ones who abuse that verse. That is a GOOD THING.

Dan said...

I like the Chick tracts, and I think they are a great way to reach out to people who do not believe in Jesus. However, I have one problem with Jack Chick's salvation message. On the last page of his tracts, the second step in getting saved is "Be willing to turn from sin (repent)." This is not Biblical, and it implies that one must work to obtain salvation. Salvation is a free gift that God grants to those who believe that Jesus Christ is His Son, and that Jesus died in their place. Repentance is indeed necessary, but the word implies a change of mind. Repentance therefore means an unbeliever needs to have a new mind about God and Jesus. Adding a clean lifestyle to salvation is saying that Jesus did not pay it all on the cross. Galatians 2:21: "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." Jesus Christ said "Repent ye, and believe the gospel." He did not say repent of your sins. He said to repent of your unbelief. One who has accepted Christ as their Savior should try to clean up their life in order to live a better life and have a better testimony, but to do so in order to earn salvation is to make Jesus an inadequate Savior.

Bible Believer said...

I know some of these issues can be complex. I do believe when it comes to salvation the Holy Spirit does lead one to repentance and well salvation in the first place to begin with. You are right no one will become born again trusting in their own works for salvation instead of what Jesus Christ did on the cross.

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

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.

momo jones said...

The HOLY SPIRIT is the one who warns you against sin, if you continue to sin despite HIS warning then you are grieving the HOLY SPIRIT.

momo jones said...

Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

If you continue to sin after the Holy Spirit warns you then you are grieving the Holy Spirit. You must love GOD more than your desire to sin.

Anonymous said...

Chicks tracts are good for getting people to realize the false religion that is Roman Catholicism, not much more. His stance on earthly "Israel", the pre trib rapture, and most importantly his salvation message is unbiblical. Biblical repentance is a change of mind from unbelief to belief, or as Peter calls it "but the answer to a good conscience toward God". He also makes it very clear that water baptism does not save by saying "not the putting away the filth of the flesh", but scripture says it's the baptism of the Holy Spirit that saves, which is recieved by faith on Jesus Christ. Scripture says John baptised with water, but Jesus Christ baptizes with the Holy Spirit and fire. The "answer" of a good conscience toward God would be to believe or faith........James.........1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ