If you have not checked it out, we have been working hard on our gospel tracts. We now have 4 Evangelism Action tracts for you to download and freely distribute.
This week I have been watching Amazing Grace by Erik Holmburg. It got me thinking, “What do Jesus’ sheep need to hear in a gospel tract?” We have been working hard to eliminate unnecessary Christian jargon in our tracts, because there are certain words that need a lot of explaining. It is often easier to just remove certain words and change it to say the same thing in a more accessible way. I have heard sin referred to as ‘our rebellion’ against God. I think that is a fair euphemism to use and quite solid. But I have also heard it referred to as ‘muck'(a recent sermon), ‘all our filth'(a sermon a long time ago), ‘ignoring God’ and ‘not living the way God wants us to'(JAAL p53.)
Is it possible when we get ‘jazzy’ with our relabelling of sin we often forget to explain that it is transgression against the God’s standard of righteousness – the 10 commandments. It is possible that we could be moving into the dangerous error of Semi-Pelagianism: denying original sin and affirming the ability of humans to be righteous. If its just muck, we can bathe ourselves; if it’s just ignorance we can become informed; if its just a lifestyle, we can change lifestyles. No -we are dead in our transgressions and unable to do anything to save ourselves. Let’s be clear and accessible in our gospel presentation but also be careful that we are not giving sinners the wrong idea about what God has done and what he commands them to do.