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.