Jack Chick's False Gospel
Chick Tracts are Dangerous!
By David J. Stewart
Jack Chick plainly teaches in every Chick Track that faith in Jesus Christ is insufficient to save unless you are willing to cease from your sins. That is works salvation!!! Mr. Chick puts the cart before the horse, demanding a willingness to change as a qualifying prerequisite to faith in Christ. That is a back door approach to Lordship Salvation. I am not loyal to men, but to the Word of God. Anyone who messes with the gospel needs to be exposed. Jack Chick is hindering sinners from coming to Christ!
Jack Chick does not believe that faith in Christ is enough to be saved; he also teaches that a sinner MUST have intentions to reform to be saved. That is a very false gospel, ANOTHER GOSPEL. Mr. Chick can try to hide behind his statement of faith, which is vague; but his tracts, every one of them, teach the Lordship Salvation heresy!!!
A man told me that he wouldn't get saved for a long time, because Jack Chick's Chick Tracts had taught him that God wouldn't save him unless he was willing to stop shacking up with his girlfriend in fornication. Since the man wasn't willing to turn from some of the sins in his life, he thought he couldn't be saved. I think that's a big issue and Jack Chick is corrupting the gospel, adding a step that God never added to be saved. We are the SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR... it's that simple! A person is saved if they acknowledge their guilt of sin before God (Romans 3:19) and trust upon Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31)!!!
I am sick and tired of Christian leaders being loyal to each other instead of the Bible. Anything can be justified. It is apostasy! I see pastors of large churches blindly supporting other pastors who deny the inspiration of the King James Bible. They're a disgrace to the ministry!!! Get right with God you Bible-inspiration-denying imposter!
And then I see influential Christian authors and leaders supporting men like Jack Chick who teach millions of people that they cannot be saved unless they surrender to Christ and are willing to stop sinning. In step one Jack Chick says to admit you are a sinner, and then in step two he requires people to be willing to turn from sin (repent). Biblical repentance only requires step one; not step two. Since this is a separate step from admitting you're a sinner, clearly Jack Chick expects people to reform to be saved. This is a false gospel and I'm going to contend for the Christian faith against anyone who hinders sinners from coming to Christ for salvation. Jack Chick is hindering sinners from coming to Christ!
I am not being unkind, but it's time for Christians to stop getting their theology from Hollywood movie stars like Kirk Cameron, high-level Freemasons like Pat Robertson (who was ordained into the ministry at the Freemason Street Baptist Church), Council On Foreign Relations [CFR] members like Rick Warren, and cartoon artists like Jack Chick. WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE? WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE? WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE? WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE?
All of these men teach that faith in Christ is not sufficient for salvation unless a person is willing to surrender their life to Christ and be willing to stop sinning. This is salvation by WORKS (which is not salvation at all, Romans 11:6). The Bible speaks plainly in Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” That's what saith the Scripture! How much clearer could the Word of God be... but to him that WORKETH NOT... HIS FAITH IS COUNTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS!!!
Jack Chick and others like him need to get out of the driver's seat and stop trying to do the Holy Spirit's job of convicting sinners concerning their sins and the changes that need to be made in one's life. That's God's department.
Mr. Chick's artwork is captivating and unsurpassed in quality. It is certainly true that Chick Tracts get read. Unfortunately, Jack Chick is doctrinally flawed (as are many religious leaders, authors, and influential people in churches today). Chick Tracts are recognized worldwide. Mr. Chick's ministry has received tens-of-millions of dollars in revenues from the sale of his religious cartoon tracts. The ministry boasts of having sold over 500,000,000 copies worldwide! Tragically, many people are being deceived by Mr. Chick's false gospel. Truly the love of money is the root of all evil (1st Timothy 6:10).
The following page appears on the back of all Chick Tracts...
In step #2 on how to go to Heaven, Jack Chick teaches damnable heresy... “Be willing to turn from sin (repent).” This is unbiblical. To require sinners to “be willing to turn from sin” to be saved is an act of self-righteousness.
Carefully notice that this is not acknowledging one's sinnership, for that is requirement #1 in Chick Tracts. Jack Chick adds an entirely new requirement to be saved; not only admitting one's guilt of being a sinner, but also being willing to cease from those sins. In effect, Jack Chick is trying to do the Holy Spirit's job. Instead of allowing God to change a person who has come to Christ to be saved; Jack Chick requires sinners to change themselves as a prerequisite to placing their faith in Christ. This is a false gospel of qualification by works. 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4 warns us about “another gospel.”
Jack Chick has perverted the Gospel. The word “repent” in the Bible simply means “a change of mind”; not a change of behavior. Jack Chick cites Acts 17:30 as evidence of his perversion of the Gospel... “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” Although it is certainly true that repentance is necessary for salvation, the Bible does not teach that a sinner must “be willing to turn from sin” in order to be saved. Jack Chick wrongly assumes that repentance means from sin; thus, he has fabricated his own false gospel of works salvation. This is a very serious issue, because if one's wrong on salvation—they're wrong on everything.
Please read REPENT! REPENT! REPENT! to learn the Biblical meaning of repentance.
Also, I just want to point out that California appears to be a hot-bed of heresy, considering that John MacArthur, Jack Chick, Ray Comfort, and Kirk Cameron are all based in the state of California.
Jack Chick's teaching on repentance is that you cannot come to Christ for salvation unless you first intend not to walk in sin after you receive Him. This is “qualification by works” as a prerequisite for receiving Christ as Savior.
Also, notice the prayer that Jack Chick leads sinners to pray in order to be saved. He includes the phrase... “I am willing to turn from sin.” This is of the Devil. Salvation is a free gift, NOT conditioned upon our willingness to turn from sin. You can't show me one Scripture where the Word of God requires someone to be willing to forsake their sins to be saved. Again, it is “qualification by works” as a prerequisite for receiving Christ as Savior. Please notice that the words “believe” and “believeth” are found 85-times in the Gospel of John; but the word “repent” is NOT mentioned even once. Clearly, the man who believes on Christ has repented. That is what Biblical repentance is...turning to God by faith in Jesus' name to be forgiven of one's sins.
Romans 4:5 plainly states... “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is COUNTED for righteousness.” Did you read that? ... a man's faith is COUNTED for righteousness!!! This means that a person can be saved and continue living in sin. Before you get upset, you'd better stop and realize that the Bible is filled with believers who lived in horrible sin. Noah was a drunkard. Samson was a whoremonger. David was an adulterer and murderer. Rahab was a prostitute. Isaiah had a dirty mouth. Jonah ran from God. Peter denied and cursed the name of Jesus. Ananias and Sapphira stole from the church. The church at Corinth had a serious problem with church members committing fornication, fighting against each other, suing one another, and even showing up drunk at the Lord's Supper.
Jack Chick's Own Words Condemn Him
Jack Chick cites Acts 17:30 in support of his heresy. Carefully notice in Acts 17:30 that God COMMANDS all sinners to “repent” in order to be saved. Repentance is NOT optional. So “being willing” to repent is not enough! God orders us to REPENT!!! If repentance is merely being "willing" to turn from sin, as Jack Chick defines it, then salvation cannot occur. The Word of God plainly states that there can be no salvation without repentance. Yet, Jack Chick defines repentance as merely being "willing" to turn from sin (not actually doing anything about one's sins). Clearly, Jack Chick's definition of repentance is impossible, because how can you only be "willing" to do something that God absolutely requires you to do to be saved? Obviously Jack Chick is wrong on the Biblically meaning of repentance.
You won't find any Scripture references about "repenting from sin" to be saved. In Acts 11:21 we read, "And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord." This is Biblical repentance... turning to the Lord to be saved. To turn to Jesus by faith to be forgiven and saved from sin is repentance. God commands all men to turn to Jesus Christ to be saved, because we are sinners. It's as simple as that. Please read, What is Biblical Repentance?
BEWARE: Another Gospel
Thank God—a believer's salvation is rooted in Jesus' righteousness, and not our own—because we have no righteousness of our own to offer God. 2nd Corinthians 5:21 states, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Our only hope is in the precious blood of Jesus Christ. The following page is from the Chick Tract, This Was Your Life...
Chick Tracts seem to have a different answer than the Bible to the question, "What must I do to be saved?"
Surrender your life to Christ? That's Lordship Salvation!
"And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." — Acts 16:30,31
On their website's statement of faith, they state concerning salvation:
"Salvation is the gift of God and includes the forgiveness of sins, the imputation of the Righteousness of Jesus Christ, and the gift of eternal life. Union with the triune God provides all blessings in this life and the life hereafter. Salvation is received by faith alone, apart from all good works and merit."
Yet, Mr. Chick horribly contradicts himself in every tract he writes when he REQUIRES lost sinners to "Be willing to turn from sin" to be saved. No Sir! Why doesn't he state that in his statement of faith? This is deception! Jesus plainly said in Revelation 21:6... "I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life FREELY." Jesus said in John 7:28, "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."
Jack Chick is Confusing!
Mr. Chick states on one hand that he believes "salvation is the gift of God"; but then on the other hand teaches that a person MUST "be willing to turn from sin" to be saved. What a contradiction! Regardless of what Mr. Chick claims to believe, we must analyze his Gospel tracts based upon their content. In order to be saved, Jack Chick requires a sinner to pray the words... "I am willing to turn from sin." This is unbiblical. The implication is that a person must cease from the activity of sin to be saved. This is the heresy of Lordship Salvation, which is nothing less than works salvation, and a sure road to hellfire.
Biblical salvation is when a person turns toward Jesus Christ to be saved from their sin; NOT turning from their sin in order to be saved. Romans 3:19 states, "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God." Carefully notice that a person is only required to turn to Jesus to be saved from the condemnation of sin, and not from the act of sin itself. The Law of God shows us our sinful condition, which causes us to realize that we are GUILTY! Repentance is when we "turn" to Jesus to receive His free gift of forgiveness and eternal life. To turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins is Biblical repentance. This is drastically different than what Jack Chick is teaching, i.e., that a person is required to be willing to turn from the act of sin itself to be saved. You won't find the phrases "repent of sin" or "turn from sin" anywhere in the Bible.
It is false doctrine to require lost sinners to "be willing to turn from sin" as part of saving grace. Jesus shed His precious blood to pay for our sins, because our own self-righteousness could NOT save us. Isaiah 64:6 declares our own self-righteousness as "filthy rags" in the sight of God Almighty. Matthew 6:33 commands... "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS; and all these things shall be added unto you." To go to Heaven my friend, you need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, i.e., Jesus' righteousness. We read in Romans 10:3,4... "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Jack Chick asks sinners to establish their own righteousness when he tells them they MUST "be willing to turn from sin" in order to have God's free gift of eternal life.
If a person is required to be willing to do anything to obtain a gift (other than receive it), then it is no longer a gift. If I say to my son... "You may borrow the car if you're willing to gas the tank," the implication is clear—I expect him to gas the tank before he returns the car! The implication is the same in Chick Tracts. If a person MUST "be willing to turn from sin" to be saved, in effect they are being required to forsake their sins to be saved. Jack Chick's mumbo-jumbo is nothing less than a backdoor approach to Lordship Salvation. According to Mr. Chick, you cannot be saved unless you're willing to turn from sin (which clearly implies that you must forsake your sins to be saved). There's nothing in John 3:16 about being willing to turn from sin...
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
All that God requires for salvation is that we come as sinners and trust the Savior. Acts 16:30,31 state: "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Salvation is receiving; NOT giving. It is the gift of God. Jesus paid for our sins with His own precious redeeming blood (i.e., His literal physical blood)... "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but BY HIS OWN BLOOD he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." What a Wonderful Savior!
For years, I ignorantly supported Jack Chick's ministry, not realizing that he was teaching the Lordship Salvation heresy. After several months of conviction by the Holy Spirit, I decided I needed to do the right thing and stop distributing Chick Tracts. I speak the truth without apology. Say what you will about how much Chick Tracts get read... it makes them all that much more dangerous, especially to children. Jack Chick is wrong on salvation! As with Ray Comfort, John MacArthur and other Lordship Salvationists, Jack Chick speaks double-talk, i.e., he says one thing in his official doctrinal statement, and something completely different in his Chick Tracts. The doctrinal content in Chick Tracts is 100% contradictory to Mr. Chick's official doctrinal statement.
Most of the false prophets teaching the heresy of Lordship Salvation are from California (John Mac Arthur, Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, Jack Chick, et cetera). California is a hotbed of false prophets! Lordship Salvation is the teaching that a person must stop living in sin to be saved. In Jack Chick's case, he's a bit more subtle, teaching that it's not enough to admit one's sinnership to be saved; but a person must also be willing to stop living in sin to be saved. These are all damnable heresies that destroy the gift of God. You don't give up anything to be saved; Jesus gave up everything to pay for our sins. Jesus came into the world to SAVE SINNERS! If you want to be saved, then repent toward God by placing your faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to forgive your sins. It's that simple. God will take care of the rest from there.
Either Salvation is a Free Gift or It's Not!
Either salvation is a free gift; or else it's not and we must be willing to change our lifestyle in order to obtain eternal life. Romans 4:5 plainly states that our faith is COUNTED for righteousness, which means that if we never do one good thing again, and live in sin 'til we die, we can still go to Heaven if we believe on Jesus, i.e., He who justifieth the ungodly. This is what the Word of God teaches! See, Scriptural Proof that Lordship Salvation is a Lie!
Some people try to use Isaiah 55:7 to justify the false doctrine of Lordship Salvation... "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." However, the Bible doesn't use the word "sin," It says "way." John 3:20 explains Isaiah 55:7... "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." It is love for sin that prevents men from coming to the Lord for salvation. To be saved, a sinner must come to the place of becoming guilty before God (Genesis 3:19). This is what Isaiah 55:7 means. A sinner must come to the realization that they are guilty of violating God's commandments, and that they are hellbound in their sins if they don't come to Jesus for salvation. If "forsaking one's way" means departing from sin, then we're all in big trouble because there is NO Christian who doesn't sin every day.
It is not that men must literally forsake the act of sin to be saved, nor even be willing to do so; BUT rather, they must become guilty before God as sinners, under the condemnation of God's Holy Law, in need of a Savior. One who has believed on the Lord Jesus for forgiveness has repented concerning his sin, although there may NOT be a willingness to turn from sin at that time. The church at Corinth was plagued with sins, and they clearly didn't have a willingness to turn from sin. Paul called them "babes in Christ" (1st Corinthians 3:1).
Perhaps Mr. Chick simply means that genuine repentance should result in inward change; BUT, that is NOT what his Chick Tracts teach!!! Jack Chick adds an unnecessary requirement to being saved; namely, being willing to turn from sin. America is saturated today with sanctimonious religious people, who refuse to acknowledge that a true believer can be immature in the Lord, living in horrible sin, and shaming the name of Jesus. The Bible is filled with such examples. Heaven will be filled with the only type of people there are—SINNERS!
You see, Jack Chick is foolishly requiring the change that salvation brings as a requirement to be saved. That's like placing the cart in front of the horse and expecting him to pull it. Tragically, Chick Tracts are a big hits with Pentecostal Charismatics, who wrongly teach that a person can lose their salvation if they don't persevere in the faith. Again, this is a "works salvation" heresy. Man has NO part in salvation other than to believe on Jesus. John MacArthur also teaches Works Salvation!, while simultaneously stating that he believes salvation is by grace through faith. These are masters of deceit!
Jack Chick is a false prophet! Stop trying to force people to live right by corrupting the simple plan of salvation! I realize that Mr. Chick has done MUCH to promote other ministries and Christian authors who are diligently fighting against the evils of Catholicism, Wicca, et cetera (and I can appreciate that); BUT, I cannot sit back as a God-fearing believer and remain silent while Jack Chick is telling millions of people that they MUST "be willing to turn from sin" to be saved. Mr. Chick fails to explain what he means in his tracts by the phrase, "be willing to turn from sin." The only reasonable conclusion that a person can assume is that they cannot be saved unless they are willing to cease from their sinful living (which is untrue!).
I recently received a letter from a gentleman, who told me that for many years he was reluctant to get saved, because he had read a Chick Tract and genuinely thought God wouldn't save him unless he was willing to stop living in sin. The man expressed his frustration that he would have died and went straight to Hell because of Jack T. Chick, if it weren't for a dear saint of God, who explained to him from the Bible that eternal life is a free gift of God which is NOT conditioned upon a lifestyle change or willingness to clean up one's life. Jack Chick is teaching heresy and should be avoided by all soulwinning ministries. My recommendation is to write and draw your own Gospel tracts. People will look at your pictures just as eagerly as they will Mr. Chick's.
I am not happy to expose Jack Chick as a false prophet. In fact, it pains me. I realize most professed "Christians" today are phonies. Certainly, genuine repentance should result in a drastic change within the soul of the believer (2nd Corinthians 5:17). However, the change comes as a RESULT of genuine repentance; and NOT as a prerequisite to salvation itself. Jack Chick requires a willingness to change (i.e., turn from sin) as a requirement to be saved. This is damnable heresy and a road to Hell, because it is self-righteousness! Hebrews 12:8 tells us that God will chastise His children if they live in sin. Although no believer can live in sin without Holy Spirit conviction, many believers do live horribly sinful lives (as evidenced by king Solomon in the Bible).
To be saved, a person must become GUILTY before God (Romans 3:19), realizing one's condemnation under God's Holy Law, and justly deserved penalty in Hellfire—turning by faith to Jesus Christ for forgiveness. The precious blood of Jesus Christ is what washes our sins away forever... "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1st Peter 1:18,19). Jesus paid a debt He did not owe; because we owed a debt we could not pay. Oh how foolish it is for anyone to require lost sinners to be willing to depart from their sins to be saved.
According to Chick Tracts, it's not enough to admit you're a sinner to be saved, you must also be willing to turn from those sins. Jack Chick needs to either change his tracts to accurately reflect his website's statement of faith; or else rewrite his statement of faith to backup the Lordship Salvation he's teaching in his tracts. To continue to teach both is contradictory, confusing, and deceitful. Don't you tell me that you believe salvation is the free gift of God, and then contradict yourself by saying that sinners must be willing to turn from their sins to be saved. No Sir! You are 100% wrong. What a Gospel Tract should tell people who want to be saved is:
1. Admit you are a GUILTY sinner, under the condemnation of God's Law, deserving of Hellfire (Romans 3:19,23; 6:23).
2. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose redeeming blood will wash away your sins (Acts 16:31; 1st Peter 1:18,19).
The change (i.e., the FRUIT of a believer's faith) that genuine repentance brings is not a requirement to be saved. It is a separate issue. We must not confuse the ROOT of a believer's faith with the FRUIT of a believer's faith (See: Are We Justified by Faith and Works?).
It's the churches who don't take the matter of salvation seriously who are also bought and paid for by the government, having sold their soul to become a 501c3 organization. In a 501c3 organization, churches and religious organizations receive tax-exemption as a pay-off for not getting involved with government matters. if you criticize blatant crime, theft and tyranny in the government, then you lose your tax-exemption. Don't tell me that America's churches haven't been bought off!!!
Lamentations 1:12, “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.”
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