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Articles on the Christian Walk, Theology and Practical Doctrine

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Tracts Requested by Church Members

Many members of a church I originally pastored, asked me to write short tracts that could be printed and handed out on specific issues they were dealing with during the week. These topics are are short, very simple tracts for new Christians, or possible converts, to read on various biblical issues. They are not as “theologically deep” so to speak, as some one would like, but they are written in a simple manner to deal with basic issues such as salvation, the cross, the Law, church attendance, holiness, and heaven and hell. They are intended to be read by those who know little or nothing about the Christian faith.

The mainstream religious market is flooded with poorly written, but popular, tracts. They are theologically terrible, and hold little Biblical value. Many of these religious tracts typically follow basic Christian themes (not bad in and of themselves) such as the fear we ought to have of incurring the wrath of God and suffering an eternity of agonizing punishment, or redemption in the afterlife, or set up a confrontation between an evangelical Christian and a non-Christian or non-evangelical Christian in order to spread a religious message. Most Chick Tracts end with either a non-Christian being converted to Christianity or a contrast between those who “accept Jesus” and those who reject Him; a convert receives entry into heaven, while a non-believer is condemned to hell, and this is portrayed in a recycled scene in which God (seen as a giant, glowing, faceless figure sitting on a throne) condemns or welcomes the star character in the tract. Unfortunately, these popular Chick tracts, and most tracts handed out, are Arminian in nature, and generally deal with trying to “save an individual” through an emotional message. They blatantly disregard the second commandment, and always have images of God or Jesus sitting in judgment.

The tracts listed here in this section of A Puritan’s Mind, follow a spiritual theme requested by a church member that teach a simple theological point. We have printed them previously on regular 8 x 11 sheets of paper and folded them up. For our purposes, we color coded the tracts by using a specific color for a specific tract.

Currently A Puritan’s Mind is working to take these tracts and place them in VIDEO form for a new section of the website that deals with bringing these theological truths to visual sight.

May they be a blessing to you.

C. Matthew McMahon, 2016


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