Chick Tracts — Can’t Trust ‘Em

April 13, 2008 by: KJVOnly

Recently I was asked why Chick tracts are not distributed by the church I attend. I am glad to explain but must emphasize that the church’s reasoning comes not from any association, convention, board or doctrinal statement or creed. The reasons come solely from the King James Bible, God’s Holy Word.

Chick tracts are on the model of salvation that I grew up with, that you just had to hear certain verses said, ask Jesus into your heart, and all was well. Even if you didn’t feel different, or think differently, or know differently, you were saved.

Problem is, it quickly becomes a numbers game. “Get them saved” becomes more important than “disciple them”. All effort is on bringing the unsaved in (or re-saving the ones already in the fold). I don’t know your experience but I had tons of doubts after I was “saved” at the age of nine. I had lots of questions but nobody had the answers.

When I went back to church as an adult, after years of being away, I needed lots of help, teaching and ministering. Unfortunately, the churches were just focused on bringing in the unsaved, not helping people who were already saved. Not to mention the altar calls making me question my salvation afresh each and every week.

On top of (or along with) that, the tracts don’t rightly divide in the least. Look at one of the latest ones, Unforgiven.

The entire tract hardly argues for Christianity, just against Islam. Most people don’t see Christianity as the natural alternative, especially nowadays.

The grandma is extremely strong in her own being, no humility or sense that it’s not her doing the work. The only lip service to that is her statement “Put Your words in my mouth.” Otherwise, it’s all about her.

Look at the portrayal of the men in the tract. Lamont’s grandfather is shown sleeping in bed and then smiling, bemused, in the background while his wife rages on and pledges to “visit” her grandson. Lamont’s father is nowhere to be seen.

All family leadership is displayed by the two women, Lamont’s mother and grandmother. That’s a large contrast from passages such as Ephesians 5:22-33 and 1 Timothy 2:8-15. Let’s add in 1 Timothy 3:4-5 for good measure.

  1. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
  2. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
  3. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
  4. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
  5. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.
  6. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
  7. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
  8. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
  9. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
  10. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
  11. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
  12. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Ephesians 5:22-33 KJV

  1. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
  2. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
  3. But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
  4. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
  5. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
  6. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
  7. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
  8. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

1 Timothy 2:8-15 KJV

  1. One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
  2. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

1 Timothy 3:4-5 KJV

The grandmother acts in two ways that 1 Corinthians 13:10 assures us are not in play: She acts in response to a nightmare (a “vision”) about her grandson, and she then repels her grandson “In Jesus’ name”.

  1. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

1 Corinthians 13:10 KJV

Psalms 138:2 tells us that God holds his word higher than his name.

  1. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Psalms 138:2 KJV

Knowing that the Word is what’s important takes the confusion out of 2 Corinthians 11:3-4.

  1. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
  2. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 KJV

How are we supposed to tell which Jesus to follow? Other passages, notably Matthew 24:4-6, tell us that other people will come and claim to be Christ.

  1. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
  2. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
  3. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Matthew 24:4-6 KJV

We can tell the difference by rightly dividing the Word. People clinging to the name of Jesus are being prepared for the Antichrist.

Look at Jesus’s description of himself in Matthew 10:34.

  1. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Matthew 10:34 KJV

What does Paul describe as the sword of the Spirit?

  1. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Ephesians 6:17 KJV

How powerful is this sword?

  1. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of heart.

Hebrews 4:12

So many people believe that Revelation 6 is when Christ comes back and then comes back “again” in Revelation 19. Compare the two passages. Which one has a sword?

  1. And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
  2. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Revelation 6:1-2

  1. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
  2. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
  3. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
  4. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
  5. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
  6. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Revelation 19:11-16 KJV

In Revelation 6, the one who sits on the white horse was the first of the seven seals to be unsealed. Look at verse 1. Who opened the seal? The Lamb! People want to believe that Christ unsealed Himself? Not only that but look what that rider has. A bow! Not a sword, a bow.

People want to use Revelation 6 as justification for their doctrine that we Christians have to conquer the earth for Christ before he’ll come back. Yet that contradicts their same belief that Christ is the figure mentioned in Revelation 6:2! You can’t have it both ways. Revelation 3 only talks about overcoming, not conquering. We are to overcome.

  1. God forbid; yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Romans 3:4 KJV

  1. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:21 KJV

  1. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
  2. As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
  3. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Romans 8:35-37 KJV

Why would we want to cling to the name of Jesus, leading us to the Antichrist, when we already have the very words of God in our hand in the King James Bible? We should use the sword of the Spirit to fight our battles, not wave our hands around. “The power of Christ compels you!” they will say. Walk away from that. It’s a false gospel.

The grandmother doesn’t need to have God put words in her mouth. She needs to open the King James Bible and let God do the talking. God’s Word is sharper than any twoedged sword, far more powerful than anything Grandma can come up with. The whole tract just has her making statements.

Any Scripture quoted is partially quoted and not rightly divided. The only passages from Romans-Philemon are Romans 8:28-29 and Philippians 2:10 and they don’t help the tract’s case either. Let’s look at those before continuing.

  1. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
  2. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Romans 8:28-29 KJV

  1. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things on earth, and things under the earth;

Philippians 2:10 KJV

The Romans passage is used in support of Grandma’s statement: “My Jesus hears my prayers, no matter when or where or how I pray…because He really loves me!” It’s funny because the only mention of love in the two verses is “to them that love God”. The burden is on the person who loves God, not the other way around.

Also, there’s a verse missing. They should have included verse 30.

  1. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Romans 8:30 KJV

Verse 30 makes it clear it’s God doing the work. It also makes it clear God’s not doing it because he REALLY loves someone. That would imply he loves someone else not as much. God only loves us because of Christ’s dying on the cross and paying the penalty for our sins.

When we hear the word of God, believe it and trust in Christ as it says in Ephesians 1, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit and it is done. Whatever we do from there does not make God love us any more or less. He loves His Son and we have His Son living in us.

  1. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
  2. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV

  1. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
  2. As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
  3. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
  4. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
  5. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35-39 KJV

Looking at the Philippians passage, the tract uses verse 10 in chapter 2 to bolster the argument that even Muhammad and his followers in Hell will have to bow down before Christ and confess that He is Lord. This is correct but it doesn’t go far enough.

  1. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things on earth, and things under the earth;

Philippians 2:10 KJV

Notice the semi-colon at the end of the verse. That means it’s an incomplete thought. The tract makers should have included verse 11, because that tells what everyone has to confess.

  1. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:11 KJV

If you want to get technical (and I want to), we should include verse 9 also.

  1. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Philippians 2:9 KJV

Put the three verses together and you get:

  1. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
  2. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things on earth, and things under the earth;
  3. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

These additional verses are crucial because they show WHY Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and WHY God is doing what He is.

Christ came to earth, humbled himself, walked as a man, followed the law and did it PERFECTLY, completely and without error. He’s the only one who ever could. If he hadn’t we would all be sunk.

God exalted Christ because Christ obeyed his Father and completed to the letter (and the spirit) the requirements of the law. On the cross Christ took our sins so that he could offer us eternal life. When he died, he went to hell and deposited our sins, paying the price.

Everyone wants to think that God has somehow changed, that he’s not requiring what he used to. That’s HARDLY the case. God offers us his love now because Christ paid the penalty for every single sin or bad work you’ve ever done or will do. If it was all about our walk and our righteousness NOT ONE of us would make it! PERIOD.

Notice the end of verse 11, “to the glory of God the Father.” People get so focused on Christ they forget he is following his Father’s plan. He loves his Father and wants to give his Father glory. He’s not doing it out of self-aggrandizement.

The verse I quoted a few paragraphs ago, Ephesians 1:14, makes the same point. The end is “to the praise of his glory.” God has a plan, a reason, and he’s consistent. It’s not based on our worth or how spiritual we are. We’re to be humble, not show-offs.

The tract is “me-focused”. The grandmother talks about “My Jesus”. The grandson says he rejects “Your Jesus, Your Bible and you” (meaning the grandmother). The “salvation plan” at the end says “Be willing to turn from sin”. Salvation is so much more than just turning around. It is dying to sin and having a complete new life!

The tract talks about “Jesus died for you” and “Invite Jesus into your life”. That’s not it AT ALL! Yes, Jesus died for me, but it was not because I’m anything special. Christ died because it was the ONLY way we could ever be reconciled to God!

Not only that, but I am dead to the world now, my soul has been placed in Heaven! That’s MUCH MORE WONDERFUL than just “inviting Jesus into your life”. What life is there to invite Jesus into? Without him, we are DEAD because of sin!

  1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
  2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
  3. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
  4. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
  5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
  6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
  7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
  8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
  9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:1-9 KJV

  1. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
  2. And, having made peace by the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
  3. And you, that were sometimes enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
  4. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in his sight:

Colossians 1:19-22 KJV

Get it? Ephesians 9 ALONE destroys the whole tract and anyone like it! NO BOASTING BECAUSE GOD DID IT FOR US!!!

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