Imagine this scenario:
You are sitting at the top of the Grand Canyon, overlooking the beauty of God’s creation – His awesome handiwork! While marveling at the enormity of the canyon, the brilliant colors, and other amazing features, you witness people of all ages walking towards the edge of it. They are obviously trying to “work” their way closer to what you already see and know. Yet, you realize that if they continue “blindly” on their journey – thinking that they are walking towards the beauty without understanding where their steps are leading - they will be marching to their death over the cliff. Married couples, children, friends, and the single sojourners- all of them not realizing the impending danger ahead. Some are closer to the edge than others, but the result is the same. Death.
This last Sunday evening, my family and I went to a Catholic Church Christmas concert that a relative was singing in. We arrived about 45 minutes early, but we chose to sit in the last pew of the church since I had to leave during the middle of the concert. A handful of people were in the church already, eagerly anticipating the music, while others were slowly filtering in. Person after person came through the door, received the program, and slowly walked down the aisle to find a seat up front. Within a few minutes, an elderly gentleman came in. He caught my eye as his hand struggled to raise and receive the program. He moved forward, looking to reach the front of the church for a good seat as everyone else who arrived ahead of him. As I watched him plod past me, it hit me like a ton of bricks. More than likely, HE IS MARCHING TOWARDS HIS DEATH. The majority of people attending this concert are MARCHING TOWARDS THEIR DEATH!
The Bible is clear: We are saved by grace, through faith, in Christ alone. Yet, the Catholic Church teaches that our works play a role in our salvation (along with other heretical doctrines). This old man has been “doing” everything that he is “supposed to do” to attain eternal life in Heaven. He has been following the Pope, Priests, and Catholic Church teachings, which has resulted in a false sense of security over his eternity!
I hopped up out of the pew and went up to the gentleman. (It wasn’t hard to catch him!) I said “Merry Christmas!” and handed him a Christmas Gospel tract that I had in my pocket. He thanked me and continued his way forward. I then started to hand a Christmas Card Gospel tract to every person who walked through the door. Every person took the Gospel tract after I said “Merry Christmas” with a smile. I handed out about 100 tracts until I was asked to stop by the choir director. (He claimed that if I was allowed to hand something out, then everyone else should be allowed.)
We are all charged with sharing the Gospel. To do this Biblically, we need to:
I always make it a habit to carry these paper missionaries. I never want to be caught without one. They convey the true Biblical Gospel message using the same points above, but in a very concise manner. There are many “fun” types of Gospel tracts to give out: The Man Card, Million Dollar bills, The Contradict Card, The Good Person Test Card, and so on. I enjoy walking past people, saying “Hello! Did you get one of these yet?” while handing them one. Because there are so many different kinds of tracts, you can always find a few that fit your personality!
Now, if handing a tract to a person still turns your stomach, then you can start evangelizing by strategically placing tracts in different spots. There are many people who God saved through a Gospel tract. Just read the testimony of Mark Spence of Living Waters Ministry! Be creative; there are many of places that you can leave a tract:
I encourage all of you to contact one of the ministries at the end of this post to purchase some Gospel tracts and start handing them out. The death march ends for over 150,000 people every day.
Dr. Anthony R. Silvestro, Jr.
So many people, from young kids to adults, have a number of Bible questions that go unanswered. Our kids are being indoctrinated by the world (school, television, commercials, magazines, etc.) in everything against the Bible.
Current research conducted by Britt Beemer (Already Gone / Already Compromised books) shows that 67% of all kids who grow up in Christian homes will leave the church by the time they reach college-age. The research shows that the reason is unanswered questions.
We as Christians are given the charge in 1 Peter 3:15 to “…always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…” Unfortunately, the church is failing at this. Sunday school is mostly ineffective, and parents and pastors simply aren’t trained in apologetics.
If your church, youth group, Bible study, etc., could benefit from Presuppositional apologetics and/or Biblical (Young-earth) Creation apologetics training, please contact us at the email above. Our ministry provides this training for free - we just ask to take a love offering to help defray travel costs (If any.)