Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Joe Tract

Here is a tract I did for Good News publishers years ago. It is still selling well. One note to all my Calvinist friends - this is not the original ending. I had an Arminian friend who worked at American Tract Society edit it. It wasn't my decision. When he was at ATS we had a few head butting conversations about my Calvinistic beliefs. We are still friends - but he removed all my "Calvinism" from the written text. I no longer have the original wording but, his use of "oft" is a little ancient in my opinion. I kidded him about it at the Christian Booksellers convention while he was talking to John Piper's son. Anyway, that's some background so you know I haven't turned into an Arminian.


  1. Hey,
    The rendering of King Henry the VIII on the second page middle column looks familiar.

    Hmmm... I think he needs a helmet.

  2. The last line is a bit of a problem, i'd say. i can see why you were in disagreement. "the choice is yours", and yet, it's supposed to be a gift. huh?

  3. I wouldn't worry about the "disclaimer" too much. I wouldn't have worded it that way either, but the truth is, it is our choice. However, our will is corrupt and our "choice" will always be sin and rebellion against God unless He first takes out our heart of stone and replaces it with a heart of flesh than can then "choose" faith and obedience.

    I don't think we need to run from the Arminian lingo, just be sure folks understand what it means from a Biblical perspective.

    Nice artwork. As Jamie said, gotta love the self portrait thrown in. Keep up the good work.

  4. ha! Good point Jansie... "It's your choice" . . . "but it's a gift"...

    I can't remember the last time I gave someone a gift and they had the choice to accept it or reject it... or the last time I was given a gift... there's not choice involved, it's given to you. Such a contradiction!! ha....

    sorry if I'm the only one laughing ...

  5. As far as witnessing tools are concerned, this tract leaves a lot to be desired. It does not address the issue of how sin separates us from a holy God and that Hell awaits those who continue is their rebellion. I also agree that it's not a choice.

  6. What DID the original text say? I'd be interested to see the original...
    Great work, artistically, anyway.


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