Why Gospel Tracts ?

Why Gospel Tracts

I have been giving out tracts for 37 years. Here is a great article that will encourage you to do the same. I believe tracts are the most effective way to preach the Gospel “to every creature”. They never get tired. They do not have a language problem.  They do not need a salary. They never get discouraged. They can be read at any time.

I worked in Tijuana , Mexico 10 years and Brazil 10 years. They were very eager to take and read a tract I gave them in both countries.

Wouldn’t it be a true blessing if this was the way it was here in America when we’re passing out Gospel Tracts? They may not be so eager to take them here in America, but I am eager to hand them a Gospel Tract.

The following is from R. A. Torrey’s larger work, “Methods of Christian Work ” (Chapter 5, pages 213-221)

Comparatively few Christians realize the importance of Gospel 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 Gospel Tracts were of much value in Christian work. I had somehow grown up with the notion that Gospel 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. Gospel Tract work has some great advantages over other forms of Christian work.

Wouldn’t it be a true blessing if this was the way it was here in America when we’re passing out Gospel Tracts? They may not be so eager to take them here in America, but I am eager to hand them a Gospel Tract.

The following is from R. A. Torrey’s larger work, “Methods of Christian Work ” (Chapter 5, pages 213-221)

Comparatively few Christians realize the importance of Gospel 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 Gospel Tracts were of much value in Christian work. I had somehow grown up with the notion that Gospel 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. Gospel Tract work has some great advantages over other forms of Christian work.

I. Importance and advantages.

1. Any person can do it. We cannot all preach; we cannot all conduct meetings; but we can all select useful Gospel Tracts and then hand them out to others. Of course some of us can do it better than others. Even a blind man or a dumb man can do Gospel Tract work. It is a line of work in which every man, woman and child can engage.

2. A Gospel Tract always sticks to the point. I wish every worker did that, but how often we get to talking to some one and he is smart enough to get us off on to a side track.

3. A Gospel Tract never loses its temper. Perhaps you sometimes do. I have known Christian workers, even workers of experience, who would sometimes get all stirred up, but you cannot stir up a Gospel Tract It always remains as calm as a June morning.

4. Oftentimes people who are too proud to be talked with, will read a Gospel Tract when no one is looking. There is many a man who would repulse you if you tried to speak to him about his soul, who will read a Gospel Tract if you leave it on his table, or in some other place where he comes upon it accidentally, and that Gospel Tract may be used for his salvation.

5. A Gospel Tract stays by one. You talk to a man and then he goes away, but the Gospel Tract stays with him. Some years ago a man came into a mission in New York. One of the workers tried to talk with him, but he would not listen. As he was leaving, a Gospel Card Tract was placed in his hands which read, “If I should die to-night I would go to ______ Please fill out and sign.” He put it in his pocket, went to his steamer, for he was a sailor, and slipped the Gospel Tract into the edge of his bunk. The steamer started for Liverpool. On his voyage he met with an accident, and was laid aside in his bunk. That Gospel Tract stared him in the face, day and night. Finally he said, “If I should die tonight I would go to hell, but I will not go there, I will go to heaven, I will take Christ right here and now.” He went to Liverpool, returned to New York, went to the mission, told his story, and had the Gospel Card Tract, which was still in his pocket, filled out and signed with his name. The conversation he had had in the mission left him, but the Gospel Card Tract stayed by him.

6. Gospel Tracts lead many to accept Christ. The author of one Gospel Tract (“What is it to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?”) received before his death upwards of sixteen hundred letters from people who had been led to Christ by reading it.

II. Purposes for which to use a Gospel Tract.

1. For the conversion of the unsaved. A Gospel Tract will often succeed in winning a man to Christ where a sermon or a personal conversation has failed. There are a great many people who, if you try to talk with them, will put you off; but if you put a Gospel Tract in their hands and ask God to bless it, after they go away and are alone they will read the Gospel Tract and God will carry it home to their hearts by the power of the Holy Ghost. One of our students wrote me in great joy of how he had at last succeeded in winning a whole family for Christ. He had been working for that family for a long time but could not touch them. One day he left a Gospel Tract with them, and God used that Gospel Tract for the conversion of four or five members of the family. Another student held a cottage meeting at a home, and by mistake left his Bible there. There was a Gospel Tract in the Bible. When he had gone, the woman of the house saw the Bible, picked it up, opened it, saw the Gospel Tract and read it. The Spirit of God carried it home to her heart, and when he went back after the Bible she told him she wanted to find the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel Tract had done what he could not do in personal work. I once received a letter from a man saying, “There is a man in this place whom I tried for a long time to reach but could not. One day I handed him a Gospel Tract, and I think it was to the salvation of his whole family.

2. To lead Christians into a deeper and more earnest Christian life. It is a great mistake to limit the use of Gospel Tracts to winning the unsaved to Christ. A little Gospel Tract on the Second Coming of Christ, once sent me in a letter, made a change in my whole life. I do not think the Gospel Tract was altogether correct doctrinally, but it had in it an important truth, and it did for me just the work that needed to be done.

There is a special class of people with whom this form of ministry is particularly helpful, those who live where they do not enjoy spiritual advantages. You may know some one who is leading a very unsatisfactory life, and you long to have that person know what the Christian life really means. His pastor may not be a spiritual man, he may not know the deep things of God. It is the simplest thing in the world to slip into a letter a Gospel Tract that will lead him into an entirely new Christian life.

3. To correct error. This is a very necessary form of work in the day in which we live. The air is full of error. In our personal work we have not always time to lead a man out of his error, but oftentimes we can give him a Gospel Tract that can do the work better than we can. If you tried to lead him out of his error by personal work, you might get into a discussion, but the Gospel Tract cannot. The one in error cannot talk back to the tract. For example, take people that are in error on the question of seventh day observance. It might take some time to lead such a one out of the darkness into the light, but a tract on that subject can be secured that has been used of God to lead many out of the bondage of legalism into the glorious liberty of the Gospel of Christ.

4. To set Christians to work. Our churches are full of members who are doing nothing. A well-chosen Gospel Tract may set such to work. I know of a young man who was working in a factory in Massachusetts. He was a plain, uneducated sort of fellow, but a little Gospel Tract on personal work was placed in his hands. He read it and re-read it, and said, “I am not doing what I should for Christ.” He went to work among his companions in the factory, inviting them to the church, and to hear his pastor preach. Not satisfied with this, he went to doing personal work. This was not sufficient, so he went to work holding meetings himself. Finally he brought a convention to his city. Just that one plain factory man was the means of getting a great convention and blessing to that place, and all from reading that little Gospel Tract. He was also instrumental in organizing a society which was greatly blessed of God. It would be possible to fill this country with literature on Christian work that would stir up the dead and sleeping professors of religion throughout the land, and send them out to work for the Lord Jesus Christ.

III. Who should use Gospel Tracts.

1. Ministers of the Gospel should use them. Many ministers do make constant use of them in their pastoral work, leaving well chosen Gospel Tracts where they make their pastoral calls, handing out Gospel Tracts along the line of the sermons that they preach. It is said of Rev. Edward Judson of New York, that he seldom makes a call without having in his pocket a selection of Gospel Tracts adapted to almost every member of the family, and especially to the children. “At the close of the Sunday evening preaching service, he has often put some good brother in the chair, and while the meeting proceeds he goes down into the audience and gives to each person a choice leaflet, at the same time taking the opportunity to say a timely word. In this way he comes into personal touch with the whole audience, gives each stranger a cordial welcome, and leaves in his hand some message from God. At least once a year he selects some one Gospel Tract that has in it the very core of the Gospel. On this he prints the notices of the services, and selecting his church as a center, he has this Gospel Tract put in the hands of every person living within half a mile in each direction, regardless of creed or condition. He sometimes uses 10,000 Gospel Tracts at one distribution, and finds it very fruitful in results.”

2. Sunday School teachers. Every Sunday School teacher should be on the lookout for Gospel Tracts to give to his scholars. In this way he can do much to supplement his hour’s work on the Lord’s Day.

3. Traveling men. Traveling men have a rare opportunity for doing Gospel Tract work. They are constantly coming in contact with different men, and finding out their needs. A Christian “drummer” with a well-assorted selection of Gospel Tracts can accomplish immeasurable good.

4. Business men. Business men can use Gospel Tracts to good advantage with the very men with whom they have business engagements. They can also do excellent work with their own employees. Many a business man slips well chosen Gospel Tracts into many of the letters which he writes, and thus accomplishes an effective ministry for his Master.

5. School teachers. It is very difficult for school teachers in some cities and towns to talk very much with their pupils in school. Oftentimes the rules of the school board prevent it entirely, but a wise teacher can learn all about her scholars and their home surroundings, and can give them Gospel Tracts just adapted to their needs.

6. Housekeepers. Every Christian housekeeper should have a collection of well assorted Gospel Tracts. She can hand these Gospel Tract out to the servant girls, the grocery men, the market men, the butcher, to the tramps that come to the door. They can be left upon the table in the parlor and in bedrooms. Only eternity will disclose the good that is accomplished in these ways.

IV. How to use Gospel Tracts.

1. To begin a conversation. One of the difficulties in Christian work is to begin. You see a person with whom you wish to talk about the Lord Jesus Christ. The great difficulty is in starting. It is easy enough to talk after you have started, but how are you going to start a conversation naturally and easily? One of the simplest and easiest ways is by slipping a Gospel Tract into the person’s hand. After the Gospel Tract has been read, a conversation naturally follows. I was once riding in a crowded car. I asked God for an opportunity to lead some one to Christ. I was watching for the opportunity for which I had asked, when two young ladies entered. I thought I knew one of them as the daughter of a minister. She went through the car looking for a seat, and then came back. As she came back and sat down in the seat in front of me, she bowed, and of course I knew I was right as to who she was. I took out a little bundle of Gospel Tracts, and selecting one that seemed best adapted to her case, I handed it to her, having first asked God to bless it. She at once began to read and I began to pray. When she had read the Gospel Tract, I asked her what she thought about it. She almost burst into tears right there in the car, and in a very few moments that minister’s daughter was rejoicing in the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour. As she afterwards passed out of the car, she said, “I want to thank you for what you have done for me in leading me to Christ.”

2. Use a Gospel Tract to close a conversation. As a rule when you have finished talking with some one, you should not leave him without something definite to take home to read. If the person has accepted Christ, put some Gospel Tract in his hands that will show him how to succeed in the Christian life. If the person has not accepted Christ, some other Gospel Tract that is especially adapted to his need should be left with him.

3. Use Gospel Tracts where a conversation is impossible. For example, one night at the close of a tent meeting in Chicago, as I went down one of the aisles a man beckoned to me, and intimated that his wife was interested. She was in tears, and I tried to talk with her, but she stammered out in a broken way, “We don’t talk English.” She had not understood a word of the sermon, I suppose, but God had carried something home to her heart. They were Norwegians, and I could not find a Norwegian in the whole tent to act as interpreter, but I could put a Norwegian Gospel Tract in her hand, and that could do the work. Time and time again I have met with men deeply interested about their soul’s salvation, but with whom I could not deal because I did not talk the language that they understood.

One day as I came from dinner, I found a Swede waiting for me, and he said he had a man outside with whom he wished me to talk. I went outside and found an uncouth looking specimen, a Norwegian. The Swede had found him drunk in an alley and dragged him down to the Institute to talk with me. He was still full of whisky, and spit tobacco juice over me as I tried to talk with him. I found he could not talk English, and I talked English to the Swede, and the Swede talked Swedish to the Norwegian, and the Norwegian got a little bit of it. I made it as clear as I could to our Swede interpreter, and he in his turn made it as clear as he could to the Norwegian. Then I put a Norwegian Gospel Tract in his hands, and that could talk to him so that he understood perfectly.

Oftentimes a conversation is impossible because of the place where you meet people. For example, you may be on the street cars and wish to speak to a man, but in many instances it would not be wise if it were possible, but you can take the man’s measure and then give him a Gospel Tract that will fit him. You may be able to say just a few words to him and then put the Gospel Tract in his hands and ask God to bless it.

4. Use Gospel Tracts to send to people at a distance. It does not cost a Gospel Tract much to travel. You can send them to the ends of the earth for a few cents. Especially use them to send to people who live in out of the way places where there is no preaching. There are thousands of people living in different sections of this country where they do not hear preaching from one year’s end to another. It would be impossible to send an evangelical preacher to them, but you can send a Gospel Tract and it will do the preaching for you.

V. Suggestions as to the use of Gospel Tracts.

1. Always read the Gospel Tracts yourself before giving them to others. This is very necessary. Bad Gospel Tracts abound to-day, Gospel Tracts that contain absolutely pernicious doctrine. They are being circulated free by the million, and one needs to be on his guard, lest he be doing harm rather than good in distributing Gospel Tracts. Of course we cannot read all the Gospel Tracts in foreign languages, but we can have them interpreted to us, and it is wise to do so. Besides positively bad Gospel Tracts, there are many Gospel Tracts that are worthless.

2. Suit your Gospel Tract to the person to whom you give it. What is good for one person may not be good for another.

3. Carry a selection of Gospel Tracts with you. I do not say a collection, but a selection. Gospel Tracts are countless in number, and a large share of them are worthless. Select the best, and arrange them for the different classes of people with whom you come in contact.

4. Seek the guidance of God. This is of the very highest importance. If there is any place where we need wisdom from above, it is in the selection of Gospel Tracts, and in their distribution after their selection.

5. Seek God’s blessing upon the Gospel Tract after you have given it out. Do not merely give out the Gospel Tract and there let the matter rest, but whenever you give out a Gospel Tract ask God to bless it.

6. Oftentimes give a man a Gospel Tract with words and sentences underscored. Men are curious, and they will take particular notice of the underscoring. It is oftentimes a good thing to have a Gospel Tract put up in your office. Men who come in will read it. I know a man who had a few words put upon his paper weight. A great many who came into his office saw it, and it made a deep impression upon them.

7. Never be ashamed of distributing Gospel Tracts. Many people hand out Gospel Tracts to others as if they were ashamed of what they were doing. People are not likely to read Gospel Tracts if you hand them to them as if you were ashamed to do it; but if you act as though you were conferring a favor upon them, and giving them something worth reading, they will read your Gospel Tract. It is often well to say to a person, “Here is a little leaflet out of which I have gotten a good deal of good. I would like to have you read it.”

Wouldn’t it be a true blessing if this was the way it was here in America when we’re passing out Gospel Tracts? They may not be so eager to take them here in America, but I am eager to hand them a Gospel Tract.

The following is from R. A. Torrey’s larger work, “Methods of Christian Work ” (Chapter 5, pages 213-221)

Comparatively few Christians realize the importance of Gospel 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 Gospel Tracts were of much value in Christian work. I had somehow grown up with the notion that Gospel 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. Gospel Tract work has some great advantages over other forms of Christian work.

I. Importance and advantages.

1. Any person can do it. We cannot all preach; we cannot all conduct meetings; but we can all select useful Gospel Tracts and then hand them out to others. Of course some of us can do it better than others. Even a blind man or a dumb man can do Gospel Tract work. It is a line of work in which every man, woman and child can engage.

2. A Gospel Tract always sticks to the point. I wish every worker did that, but how often we get to talking to some one and he is smart enough to get us off on to a side track.

3. A Gospel Tract never loses its temper. Perhaps you sometimes do. I have known Christian workers, even workers of experience, who would sometimes get all stirred up, but you cannot stir up a Gospel Tract It always remains as calm as a June morning.

4. Oftentimes people who are too proud to be talked with, will read a Gospel Tract when no one is looking. There is many a man who would repulse you if you tried to speak to him about his soul, who will read a Gospel Tract if you leave it on his table, or in some other place where he comes upon it accidentally, and that Gospel Tract may be used for his salvation.

5. A Gospel Tract stays by one. You talk to a man and then he goes away, but the Gospel Tract stays with him. Some years ago a man came into a mission in New York. One of the workers tried to talk with him, but he would not listen. As he was leaving, a Gospel Card Tract was placed in his hands which read, “If I should die to-night I would go to ______ Please fill out and sign.” He put it in his pocket, went to his steamer, for he was a sailor, and slipped the Gospel Tract into the edge of his bunk. The steamer started for Liverpool. On his voyage he met with an accident, and was laid aside in his bunk. That Gospel Tract stared him in the face, day and night. Finally he said, “If I should die tonight I would go to hell, but I will not go there, I will go to heaven, I will take Christ right here and now.” He went to Liverpool, returned to New York, went to the mission, told his story, and had the Gospel Card Tract, which was still in his pocket, filled out and signed with his name. The conversation he had had in the mission left him, but the Gospel Card Tract stayed by him.

6. Gospel Tracts lead many to accept Christ. The author of one Gospel Tract (“What is it to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?”) received before his death upwards of sixteen hundred letters from people who had been led to Christ by reading it.

II. Purposes for which to use a Gospel Tract.

1. For the conversion of the unsaved. A Gospel Tract will often succeed in winning a man to Christ where a sermon or a personal conversation has failed. There are a great many people who, if you try to talk with them, will put you off; but if you put a Gospel Tract in their hands and ask God to bless it, after they go away and are alone they will read the Gospel Tract and God will carry it home to their hearts by the power of the Holy Ghost. One of our students wrote me in great joy of how he had at last succeeded in winning a whole family for Christ. He had been working for that family for a long time but could not touch them. One day he left a Gospel Tract with them, and God used that Gospel Tract for the conversion of four or five members of the family. Another student held a cottage meeting at a home, and by mistake left his Bible there. There was a Gospel Tract in the Bible. When he had gone, the woman of the house saw the Bible, picked it up, opened it, saw the Gospel Tract and read it. The Spirit of God carried it home to her heart, and when he went back after the Bible she told him she wanted to find the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel Tract had done what he could not do in personal work. I once received a letter from a man saying, “There is a man in this place whom I tried for a long time to reach but could not. One day I handed him a Gospel Tract, and I think it was to the salvation of his whole family.

2. To lead Christians into a deeper and more earnest Christian life. It is a great mistake to limit the use of Gospel Tracts to winning the unsaved to Christ. A little Gospel Tract on the Second Coming of Christ, once sent me in a letter, made a change in my whole life. I do not think the Gospel Tract was altogether correct doctrinally, but it had in it an important truth, and it did for me just the work that needed to be done.

There is a special class of people with whom this form of ministry is particularly helpful, those who live where they do not enjoy spiritual advantages. You may know some one who is leading a very unsatisfactory life, and you long to have that person know what the Christian life really means. His pastor may not be a spiritual man, he may not know the deep things of God. It is the simplest thing in the world to slip into a letter a Gospel Tract that will lead him into an entirely new Christian life.

3. To correct error. This is a very necessary form of work in the day in which we live. The air is full of error. In our personal work we have not always time to lead a man out of his error, but oftentimes we can give him a Gospel Tract that can do the work better than we can. If you tried to lead him out of his error by personal work, you might get into a discussion, but the Gospel Tract cannot. The one in error cannot talk back to the tract. For example, take people that are in error on the question of seventh day observance. It might take some time to lead such a one out of the darkness into the light, but a tract on that subject can be secured that has been used of God to lead many out of the bondage of legalism into the glorious liberty of the Gospel of Christ.

4. To set Christians to work. Our churches are full of members who are doing nothing. A well-chosen Gospel Tract may set such to work. I know of a young man who was working in a factory in Massachusetts. He was a plain, uneducated sort of fellow, but a little Gospel Tract on personal work was placed in his hands. He read it and re-read it, and said, “I am not doing what I should for Christ.” He went to work among his companions in the factory, inviting them to the church, and to hear his pastor preach. Not satisfied with this, he went to doing personal work. This was not sufficient, so he went to work holding meetings himself. Finally he brought a convention to his city. Just that one plain factory man was the means of getting a great convention and blessing to that place, and all from reading that little Gospel Tract. He was also instrumental in organizing a society which was greatly blessed of God. It would be possible to fill this country with literature on Christian work that would stir up the dead and sleeping professors of religion throughout the land, and send them out to work for the Lord Jesus Christ

III. Who should use Gospel Tracts.

1. Ministers of the Gospel should use them. Many ministers do make constant use of them in their pastoral work, leaving well chosen Gospel Tracts where they make their pastoral calls, handing out Gospel Tracts along the line of the sermons that they preach. It is said of Rev. Edward Judson of New York, that he seldom makes a call without having in his pocket a selection of Gospel Tracts adapted to almost every member of the family, and especially to the children. “At the close of the Sunday evening preaching service, he has often put some good brother in the chair, and while the meeting proceeds he goes down into the audience and gives to each person a choice leaflet, at the same time taking the opportunity to say a timely word. In this way he comes into personal touch with the whole audience, gives each stranger a cordial welcome, and leaves in his hand some message from God. At least once a year he selects some one Gospel Tract that has in it the very core of the Gospel. On this he prints the notices of the services, and selecting his church as a center, he has this Gospel Tract put in the hands of every person living within half a mile in each direction, regardless of creed or condition. He sometimes uses 10,000 Gospel Tracts at one distribution, and finds it very fruitful in results.”

2. Sunday School teachers. Every Sunday School teacher should be on the lookout for Gospel Tracts to give to his scholars. In this way he can do much to supplement his hour’s work on the Lord’s Day.

3. Traveling men. Traveling men have a rare opportunity for doing Gospel Tract work. They are constantly coming in contact with different men, and finding out their needs. A Christian “drummer” with a well-assorted selection of Gospel Tracts can accomplish immeasurable good.

4. Business men. Business men can use Gospel Tracts to good advantage with the very men with whom they have business engagements. They can also do excellent work with their own employees. Many a business man slips well chosen Gospel Tracts into many of the letters which he writes, and thus accomplishes an effective ministry for his Master.

5. School teachers. It is very difficult for school teachers in some cities and towns to talk very much with their pupils in school. Oftentimes the rules of the school board prevent it entirely, but a wise teacher can learn all about her scholars and their home surroundings, and can give them Gospel Tracts just adapted to their needs.

6. Housekeepers. Every Christian housekeeper should have a collection of well assorted Gospel Tracts. She can hand these Gospel Tract out to the servant girls, the grocery men, the market men, the butcher, to the tramps that come to the door. They can be left upon the table in the parlor and in bedrooms. Only eternity will disclose the good that is accomplished in these ways.

IV. How to use Gospel Tracts.

1. To begin a conversation. One of the difficulties in Christian work is to begin. You see a person with whom you wish to talk about the Lord Jesus Christ. The great difficulty is in starting. It is easy enough to talk after you have started, but how are you going to start a conversation naturally and easily? One of the simplest and easiest ways is by slipping a Gospel Tract into the person’s hand. After the Gospel Tract has been read, a conversation naturally follows. I was once riding in a crowded car. I asked God for an opportunity to lead some one to Christ. I was watching for the opportunity for which I had asked, when two young ladies entered. I thought I knew one of them as the daughter of a minister. She went through the car looking for a seat, and then came back. As she came back and sat down in the seat in front of me, she bowed, and of course I knew I was right as to who she was. I took out a little bundle of Gospel Tracts, and selecting one that seemed best adapted to her case, I handed it to her, having first asked God to bless it. She at once began to read and I began to pray. When she had read the Gospel Tract, I asked her what she thought about it. She almost burst into tears right there in the car, and in a very few moments that minister’s daughter was rejoicing in the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour. As she afterwards passed out of the car, she said, “I want to thank you for what you have done for me in leading me to Christ.”

2. Use a Gospel Tract to close a conversation. As a rule when you have finished talking with some one, you should not leave him without something definite to take home to read. If the person has accepted Christ, put some Gospel Tract in his hands that will show him how to succeed in the Christian life. If the person has not accepted Christ, some other Gospel Tract that is especially adapted to his need should be left with him.

3. Use Gospel Tracts where a conversation is impossible. For example, one night at the close of a tent meeting in Chicago, as I went down one of the aisles a man beckoned to me, and intimated that his wife was interested. She was in tears, and I tried to talk with her, but she stammered out in a broken way, “We don’t talk English.” She had not understood a word of the sermon, I suppose, but God had carried something home to her heart. They were Norwegians, and I could not find a Norwegian in the whole tent to act as interpreter, but I could put a Norwegian Gospel Tract in her hand, and that could do the work. Time and time again I have met with men deeply interested about their soul’s salvation, but with whom I could not deal because I did not talk the language that they understood.

One day as I came from dinner, I found a Swede waiting for me, and he said he had a man outside with whom he wished me to talk. I went outside and found an uncouth looking specimen, a Norwegian. The Swede had found him drunk in an alley and dragged him down to the Institute to talk with me. He was still full of whisky, and spit tobacco juice over me as I tried to talk with him. I found he could not talk English, and I talked English to the Swede, and the Swede talked Swedish to the Norwegian, and the Norwegian got a little bit of it. I made it as clear as I could to our Swede interpreter, and he in his turn made it as clear as he could to the Norwegian. Then I put a Norwegian Gospel Tract in his hands, and that could talk to him so that he understood perfectly.

Oftentimes a conversation is impossible because of the place where you meet people. For example, you may be on the street cars and wish to speak to a man, but in many instances it would not be wise if it were possible, but you can take the man’s measure and then give him a Gospel Tract that will fit him. You may be able to say just a few words to him and then put the Gospel Tract in his hands and ask God to bless it.

4. Use Gospel Tracts to send to people at a distance. It does not cost a Gospel Tract much to travel. You can send them to the ends of the earth for a few cents. Especially use them to send to people who live in out of the way places where there is no preaching. There are thousands of people living in different sections of this country where they do not hear preaching from one year’s end to another. It would be impossible to send an evangelical preacher to them, but you can send a Gospel Tract and it will do the preaching for you.

V. Suggestions as to the use of Gospel Tracts.

1. Always read the Gospel Tracts yourself before giving them to others. This is very necessary. Bad Gospel Tracts abound to-day, Gospel Tracts that contain absolutely pernicious doctrine. They are being circulated free by the million, and one needs to be on his guard, lest he be doing harm rather than good in distributing Gospel Tracts. Of course we cannot read all the Gospel Tracts in foreign languages, but we can have them interpreted to us, and it is wise to do so. Besides positively bad Gospel Tracts, there are many Gospel Tracts that are worthless.

2. Suit your Gospel Tract to the person to whom you give it. What is good for one person may not be good for another.

3. Carry a selection of Gospel Tracts with you. I do not say a collection, but a selection. Gospel Tracts are countless in number, and a large share of them are worthless. Select the best, and arrange them for the different classes of people with whom you come in contact.

4. Seek the guidance of God. This is of the very highest importance. If there is any place where we need wisdom from above, it is in the selection of Gospel Tracts, and in their distribution after their selection.

5. Seek God’s blessing upon the Gospel Tract after you have given it out. Do not merely give out the Gospel Tract and there let the matter rest, but whenever you give out a Gospel Tract ask God to bless it.

6. Oftentimes give a man a Gospel Tract with words and sentences underscored. Men are curious, and they will take particular notice of the underscoring. It is oftentimes a good thing to have a Gospel Tract put up in your office. Men who come in will read it. I know a man who had a few words put upon his paper weight. A great many who came into his office saw it, and it made a deep impression upon them.

7. Never be ashamed of distributing Gospel Tracts. Many people hand out Gospel Tracts to others as if they were ashamed of what they were doing. People are not likely to read Gospel Tracts if you hand them to them as if you were ashamed to do it; but if you act as though you were conferring a favor upon them, and giving them something worth reading, they will read your Gospel Tract. It is often well to say to a person, “Here is a little leaflet out of which I have gotten a good deal of good. I would like to have you read it.”

Places to put Gospel Tracts.

– Hand out to customers at local restaurants / leave at takeouts.

– Put on tables in post offices.

– Pass out on busy street corners.

– Pass out at schools after dismissal.

– Pass out to people waiting in line at theater or any place where there is a line.

– Put in each box or bag of goods you might sell to people – ebay items etc.

– Send to people on birthdays or holidays.

– Put on car windows.

– Pass out door to door.

– Leave on sitting areas of shopping centres.

– Pass out at parades, festivals, and special events.

– Leave in city parks on benches, etc. (beware of wind and rain so that they don’t become litter)

– Hand out at stadium entrances, etc.

– Leave at funeral homes.

– Give to attendants at parking garages, etc. If your ticket could benefit others, give it to someone with a tract.

– Leave in hotel rooms (in the drawers, telephone book, etc.)

– Give to waitresses with generous tips at restaurants

– Put in magazines in waiting rooms.

– Leave on hairdressers tables.

– Hand out at zoos, picnic areas, beaches.

– Include in bills paid by mail. OR simply post the prepaid envelopes you don’t use with tracts in them (please put stamps on these for a good witness).

– Hand to store employees, check-out clerks.

– Leave in waiting areas of hospitals.

– Leave in toilets at restaurants, schools, airports, etc.

– Leave in the bank where deposit slips are.

– Give to hospital and nursing home patients.

– Leave in returned library books (or simply place in library books when visiting).

– Leave on tables at markets, fairs, etc.

– Leave on tables at health club / gym

– Leave on seats on bus, taxi, airplane, etc.

– Rent stalls at county or local fairs.

– Put in pockets of used / new clothing given away.

– Leave in dressing rooms of clothing stores.

– Hand out at sporting events.

– In the workplace / through business

– Magazines & Newspapers

– Public leaflets / information – slip one in!

– Place on public notice boards

– In clothes pockets in stores

– In nappy changing stations

– On ATM machines (or any credit card slot)

– In elevators

– On hotel dressers for the room cleaners

– On newspaper racks

– In plane, bus or car seat pockets

– Inside “religious” books or any other popular books in the library or book store

– Between the rubber and the glass on driver’s side windows (but not on private property)

– If you rent videos put one in the movie you are returning.

– Leave them on video games in the arcade

– Place tract in napkin holders, behind a few napkins

– Leave in the carrier bags at checkouts (self serve), they won’t check these bags until they get home!

– Attach them to the envelope of letters you send out in the post.

From the web page “Highways and Hedges”

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Keeping Safe in Dangerous Times

Keeping safe in Dangerous times

2Ti 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”

You may live in a dangerous city. You may have to travel through dangerous places. Here are some practical suggestions that could help you. I have spent 10 years working in Tijuana, Mexico, and ten years in Brazil. I have learned a few things. Maybe this will help.

Psalm 91:1 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”

1. Trusting in God and asking Him to keep you safe is the Christians ultimate protection. The Holy Spirit knows where there is plague, or where a terrorist incident will occur, or where there are thieves, or where there will be a car accident. He can always be trusted. He is God.

This does not mean bad things will never happen to you, but He usually will keep you from harm. A missionary was recently killed in a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso. Sometimes it is the will of God when bad things happen. Joseph was sold as a slave. Our Lord was crucified.

I was once soul winning down a street in Tijuana, Mexico. I became aware of a man standing in the street, with a shot gun held against his leg. He was a security guard for a drug trafficker probably. yikes ! I have been in the Favelas of Brazil, where armed policeman and drug dealers often have shoot outs. I once walked deep into Favela Rochina, Evangelizing. I looked down at this man sitting on a wall. He had a pistol laying by a back pack. Both times I just kept my cool and went the other way. Pray and ask for God’s guidance and protection, every day, and often during the day.

2. Don’t make displays of wealth. In Venezuela, they will rob you of your cell phone if you pull one out. They are desperate. We will see things quickly degenerate into much more “perilous times” I am afraid to say. I carry only what I am willing to lose. I have a cheap $20 throwaway cell phone. I leave the i Phone hidden, back at the house. I only take a little cash. I leave the debit card back at home, and only take it on my person when i have to go to an ATM machine.

When confronted by a robber, meekly do what he says. A professional Jiujitsu expert in Rio de Janeiro was robbed on the bus for the third time. He decided to fight, to resist. He was an expert, and he was shot in the head and killed! Do what they ask. A friend was preparing to ship his “goods” to a foreign country and start as a missionary. I sent him an e-mail suggesting he buy what he needed in the host country. You don’t need to take everything. He ended up paying thousands of dollars of extra fees. Then the neighbors tried to break in and rob his house when his family went to church Well, they have nothing. They had watched the “rich Gringo” unload the container, piece by piece and take it into his house. “Make no provision for the flesh”. I try not to show off my i Phone, or my computer, etc. If they do not know you have it, they will not be tempted to steal it.

3. Get a Dog if you can. This missionary who had an attempted break in wisely went and purchased a big dog. Don’t make it easy.

4. When you are traveling from the airport to your hotel/house, you are at your most vulnerable time. When I arrive in Brazil, and get in a Taxi, I have all my cash, travel documents, computer, phones, Baggage, with me. In on place. To be safe you must pray a lot. Simple. I beg God to guide and protect daily, several months in advance. Pray, pray pray. I once was on deputation traveling in my camper on a lonely highway in Arizona. I pulled off to find a place to rest. I parked and jumped out. Immediately, two men pulled up, there headlights glaring in my eyes, then, suddenly, dashed off in a car. They were planning something bad. Did God make them see a Big Angel, or what, I don’t know. But they never bothered me.

5. I arrived at what is almost the biggest bus station in the world, called “Tete” in Sao Paulo , Brazil. After two flights , I was tired. I had two big luggage bags, weighing 70 pounds each, one computer bag, and one back pack. (You should have seen me try to get in a bathroom).

I sat down (noticing all the strange eyes watching me) and wrapped the straps to my baggage between y legs, so if I fell asleep, I would feel it if someone attempted to take my bags.

Look, don’t pull out a big wad of money you have to count it to see how much you have in front of everyone. Be discreet, Be wise, and trust God and pray.

There are many other things you can do, but these were a few that might help you think about your situation, and where you live.

Evangelist Steve Morris

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What On Earth ? What is about to happen? End Time Prophecies

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About the God of the Bible

We believe that the ONLY reliable, perfect source for what is right, what is wrong, is God ‘s inspired Word. I use the KJV 1611 version and DO NOT trust anything else. It alone is my final authority.

The Bible was written by 40 different writers, some were Kings, like David, some were fishermen , like Peter, some were farmers, etc. In three different languages over a period of 1500 years.  Yet it is reads as if it had only one author. Which it does. He is called the Holy Spirit. He guided and gave every letter and Word of Holy Scripture.

1 Peter 1:20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

He inspired it and preserved and protected it. It is “The very Word’s of God”

There is no other “Revelation” from God. He only wrote one book. It is the final authority.

It is extremely accurate. To the letter.

“In the beginning God..” Genesis 1:1

God was already there in the beginning.

John 1:1 ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Here it is revealed that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the second member of the trinity, is equal with God. He was with God the Father. He is called the Word of God. He made ALL things, he is the creator, he is the owner.

God has no beginning, and no end. He is Eternal.

Psalms 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

He has many titles:

I AM

Exodus 3:14 ” And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

LORD

Jeremiah 10:6 ” Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.”

The Most High

Psalm 83:18 “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”

We say again:

There is ONLY ONE GOD!

He is sovereign over all. He stands alone. There are not “many gods”. Only one.

Isaiah 45:5 “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”

Isaiah  44:6 “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”

God is  a Spirit

John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

That is why, when I am talking with someone about the truth, I have a responsibility to tell them “That is not the truth, the Bible does not say that.”, when they tell me they believe something I know is not in the bible. Thy word is truth.

It is not because”my religion is better than theirs”, it is because I have studied the truths of the bible and know them. We must always correct what we believe with the truth of the Bible, if it does not agree. Our personal opinion does not matter.

What does the Bible say!

2 Timothy 3;16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

 

 

 

 

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Os Horrores do Inferno

Os Horrores do Inferno

Lucas 16:24 “E, clamando, disse: Pai Abraão, tem misericórdia de mim, e manda a Lázaro, que molhe na água a ponta do seu dedo e me refresque a língua, porque estou atormentado nesta chama. “

Inferno deve cheiro horrível. Você pode imaginar viver para sempre em um lugar que tem cheiro de um corpo humano, milhões deles, queimando para sempre?

Com ele nunca parando?

Os gritos do inferno. O som de milhões de pessoas, gritando em um vasto forno de queima escuro. Um grito desesperado de dor e angústia, sem fim, para sempre, e para sempre. Onde Jesus disse apenas uma gota de água se refrescar a língua de uma pessoa, mas nunca virá.

As memórias do inferno. Uma e outra vez, uma pessoa perdida sem Cristo atormentam-se, lembrando-se cada vez que eles ofereceram uma porção do Evangelho e rejeitou-a, cada vez que eles foram convidados a igreja, e disse que não. Imagine-se lembrando de todas as advertências e as oportunidades para ser salvo que eles recusaram.

O alívio no Inferno. Há nunca, nunca, nunca ser qualquer tipo de alívio no inferno !!

Uma pessoa será constantemente tentando fugir das chamas e tormentos do inferno. Apenas a nunca encontrar, um local fresco, o alívio da queima, o alívio da fumaça sufocante e dor constante. Seus pecados colocá-lo aqui. O pecado é terrível aos olhos de Deus. Você vai sofrer Seu Santo, justo, justa ira para sempre, se você não se salva!

O inferno é um lugar onde você amaldiçoar cada religião falsa, que não pregar a verdade, onde você amaldiçoar cada Pastor, que nunca avisei sobre o inferno, todo falso culto, que ensinou uma mentira, que o inferno não era real e não existia. Você está lá!!

Por favor, ser salvo hoje, se você não está salvo!

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The Horrors of Hell

Hell must smell horrible. Can you imagine living forever in a place that smells of a human body, millions of them, burning forever?
With it never stopping?
The screams of Hell. The sound of millions of people, screaming in a dark burning vast furnace. A hopeless scream of pain and anguish, never ending, forever, and forever. Where Jesus said just a drop of water would cool a person’s tongue, but will never come. The memories of Hell. Over and over again, a lost person without Christ will torment themselves , remembering every time they were offered a Gospel tract and rejected it, every time they were invited to church, and said NO. Imagine remembering all the warnings and opportunities to get saved that they REFUSED.
The relief in Hell. There will never, ever, ever be any kind of relief in Hell!! A person will be constantly trying to get away from the flames and torments of Hell. Only to never find, a cool spot, relief from the burning, relief from the suffocating smoke and constant pain. Your sins put you here. Sin is terrible in the eyes of God. You will suffer His Holy , righteous, just wrath forever if you don’t get saved!
Hell is a place where you curse every false religion, that did not preach the truth, where you curse every Pastor, that NEVER WARNED YOU about Hell, every false cult, that taught a lie, that Hell was not real and did not exist. You are there!!
Please get saved today if you are not saved!

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Jesus poderia vir hoje?

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Jesus poderia vir hoje?

Publicado em 31 de julho de 2016 por preacherbrazil

Jesus poderia vir hoje?

Não de acordo com a Bíblia.

Por 37 anos eu ensinei e acreditava, juntamente com todos os meus amigos, que Jesus pode vir a qualquer momento.

Então eu corri através deste ensinamento claro:

2 Tessalonicenses 2: 1 “ORA, irmãos, rogamo-vos, pela vinda de nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, e pela nossa reunião com ele, …”

(Este é claramente o arrebatamento, quando estamos reunidos ao encontro de Cristo, aqui ele é chamado de “Dia de Cristo”)

2 “Que não vos movais facilmente do vosso entendimento, nem vos perturbeis, quer por espírito, quer por palavra, quer por epístola, como de nós, como se o dia de Cristo estivesse já perto.”

(Nós somos advertidos para não acreditar e ser enganado se alguém diz que o dia de Cristo está à mão. “Jesus poderia vir hoje”! Oh, eu gostaria que ele, mas somos informados de que não é o caso.)

3 “Ninguém de maneira alguma vos engane; porque não será assim sem que antes venha a apostasia, e se manifeste o homem do pecado, o filho da perdição,”

(Muito claramente nos dizem que o arrebatamento dos santos, o dia de Cristo, a bendita esperança, não virá até que o anticristo, o homem do pecado, o filho da perdição é revelada, ea apostasia, o afastamento da Bíblia verdade, ocorre.)

4 “O qual se opõe, e se levanta contra tudo o que se chama Deus, ou se adora; de sorte que se assentará, como Deus, no templo de Deus, querendo parecer Deus.”

5 “Não vos lembrais de que estas coisas vos dizia quando ainda estava convosco?”

Desde isso é verdade, acho que de todas as músicas, como “Isso poderia acontecer em um momento”, etc, que não são verdadeiras.

Pense em todos os sermões que dizem que a vinda de Cristo é iminente, que não são verdadeiras.

A Bíblia é verdadeira. Ele é a autoridade final.

Os ensinamentos e tradições dos homens não são infalíveis, eles não são a autoridade final.

Evangelista Steve Morris

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