Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Use of Tracts

By R. A. Torrey

The following is from Torrey's larger work, "Methods of Christian Work " (Chapter 5, pages 213-221):

Comparatively few Christians realize the importance of tract work. I had been a Christian a good many years, and a minister of the Gospel several years, before it ever entered my head that tracts were of much value in Christian work. I had somehow grown up with the notion that tracts were all rubbish, and therefore I did not take the trouble to read them, and far less did I take the trouble to circulate them, but I found out that I was entirely wrong. Tract work has some great advantages over other forms of Christian work.


Jonathan said...

Interesting. Now, where to find good tracts?

Robert Tewart said...

Thanks for your comments Jonathon. There are several good options for tracts such as livingwaters.com, evangelismteam.com and customtractsource.com.

The important thing to remember is to use tracts that use the law to bring about the knowledge of sin. Many do not do that.

Jonathan said...

Hmm, interesting point. A friend of mine just told me today that when I presented the gospel in my post here:


that I started out my gospel presentation with sin, but failed to present God's love. He said my "job is to share the Gospel (That Jesus loves them), and the Holy Spirit's job is to convict them that they are sinners. He
doesn't need you to remind them that they are sinners."

Robert Tewart said...

I'll address each point made.

".....He said my "job is to share the Gospel (That Jesus loves them)..."

Well, to start off, this is not the Gospel. Many start off with "Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life." but then we must define "wonderful" God's idea of this might be much different than the unbeliever's understanding. God is angry at sin and the exceeding sinfulness of sin must be brought to light in order for an eternal punishment and ultimately a glorious solution to make sense.

"...the Holy Spirit's job is to convict them that they are sinners. He
doesn't need you to remind them that they are sinners."

The gospel includes the bad news and the good. Yes, the Holy Spirit will do the convicting, but we must offer the whole truth. Take a look at Proverbs 20:6. "Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?" The commentary along with that says this: "It is easy to find those that will pretend to be kind and liberal. Many a man will call himself a man of mercy, will boast what good he has done and what good he designs to do, or, at least, what an affection he has to well-doing. Most men will talk a great deal of their charity, generosity, hospitality, and piety, will sound a trumpet to themselves, as the Pharisees, and what little goodness they have will proclaim it and make a mighty matter of it." See both here: http://biblebrowser.com/proverbs/20-6.htm

Now, from a practical viewpoint having spoken personally to dozens if not hundreds of people on the street. People do no think they are all that bad. Even the "churched" and many professing Christians will be happy to tell you how their good outweighs their bad.