Originally Posted by timmyb
When I was 18, and not saved, I worked as a waitress. I disliked the 'holy roller' people who would come in on Thursday evenings after their 'church service'. They would sit and talk for hours, smoke like chimneys, and never leave tips, but tracts. Yes, they did make a bad impression.
In my mid 30s I was working in a fast food restaurant, and when people would hand me tracts on 'How to get to Heaven', I would get mad and mutter "Who do they think they are, that they say they're going to Heaven and I'm not????!!!" I'd throw the tracts in the trash.
My outrage was my flesh, my unsaved self rebelling, my pride asserting itself. It wasn't the fault of the people who handed me the tracts, or the tracts themselves. I was the problem, why I did not listen to God's call.
I finally got saved, not through a tract, but through the patient witness of an online friend.
Some of us have a hard time facing people and giving them the gospel, so we 'sow seed' in the form of God's word on little booklets that catch people's attention. I like Chick tracts because they do get read. I've seen people eagerly read them after I have handed them out.
Maybe the person who reads tract throws it away, but the seed has already been sown, by them reading God's word, Scripture. It might take days, weeks, months, even years, but eventually God's word will not return void, as it is written in Isaiah:
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)
If the Book be not infallible, where shall we find infallibility? ... Are these correctors of Scriptures infallible? Is it certain that our Bibles are not right, but that the critics must be so? ... We shall gradually be so bedoubted and be criticized that only a few of the most profound will know what is Bible and what is not, and they will dictate to the rest of us. I have no more faith in their mercy than in their accuracy... and we are fully assured that our old English version of the Scriptures is sufficient for plain men for all purposes of life, salvation, and goodness. - C.H.Spurgeon