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For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Chick Tracts are a classic example of 2 Timothy 4:3-4. Chick tracts are typically fictitious. Jack Chick attempts to propagate what he believes is the truth of the gospel via make believe stories. He attempts to spread "truth" via fantasy. Even though God never does this in His Word,1 Chick does, and he does so in utter hypocrisy.
I. Fairy Tales?
Chick has produced a tract entitled, "Fairy Tales?" You can see a hard copy of this tract at www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1033/1033_01.asp (hard copy on file) or an animated version of it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkXlnNA-vq8. In this tract, Chick tells a tall tale of a young boy named Harry whose parents raised him up to believe in fairy tales like the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny. They also brought him to church.
Then one day, as the story goes, Harry was told by his peers that there is no Santa Claus and that his parents lied to him. As a result, Harry explodes and kills one of his peers (thinking he is defending his parents). In the hospital his parents end up admitting to him they were just pretending about Santa Claus, and so Harry realizes they lied to him, and he asks them,
So God and Jesus are fairy tales too? Right? - ANSWER ME! You lied to me! You promised you'd never lie.
The parents respond,
C'mon, Son. It was just a fantasy game.
The son retorts,
No! You're liars! And I'll neverbelieve anything you say again!!
Harry is moved into Juvenile Hall.
So, Harry ends up becoming a notorious criminal and sentenced to death and refuses to believe in Jesus to the very end, all because he was told fairy tales when he was a young boy. Thus, Harry dies in his sins and Christ says to Harry, "Depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Now, the hypocrisy is this: First, Chick uses the very same avenue (a fairy tale) to "expose" the dangers of fairy tales. That is hypocritical. Second, Chick expects his readers to believe in Jesus via the very same avenue Harry's parents messed up with Harry on, fairy tales. That is hypocrisy. Third, the worst part about this is Chick's "Jesus" is himself a fairy tale.
At the end of this very same fairy tale tract Harry is seen before "Jesus" on his throne and this "Jesus" says,
I did everything I could do for you.
If you believe the Bible, you know that the real Jesus says no such thing (Proverbs 30:5-6). For if He had truly done "everything" He could, the man would be saved, as it is written,
So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. (Romans 9:16)
Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. (Romans 9:18)
II. Why Is Mary Crying?
Another classic example of Chick's utter hypocrisy, folly, fairy tales, fables, and telling of tall tales can be found in his tract entitled, "Why Is Mary Crying?" (hard copy on file). On the first page it has a picture of someone with tears on her cheeks who is supposed to be Mary and it says,
Poor Mary. Her heart is broken...
How does Chick know her heart is broken? Does he have an "in" with Mary? The Bible never teaches Mary's heart is broken (Proverbs 30:5-6). Chick just makes this stuff up! In this tract he pictures "Mary" crying with a broken heart. That is the pure fabrication of Jack T. Chick. It is not the teaching of Scripture.
On the second page Chick writes,
Mary is honored and loved worldwide by the faithful. But they have not done what she asked them to do.
Where has Mary asked anyone for anything? This is Chick's fairy tale, and his fable continues. On page 3 Chick embellishes the Biblical story of Mary and claims,
Mary knew her life would be in danger.
Chick doesn't know what Mary knew on this, but he obviously thinks he does. The Bible does not record what she knew or understood about any danger when she became pregnant via the Holy Spirit. Chick assumes something he simply does not know nor does the Bible reveal.
On page 9 Chick claims,
Mary is embarrassed, because the people are bowing down to statues of her.
This is more of Chick's fairy tale. Immediately after this Chick has Mary before the throne of his false Jesus saying,
My Lord, I never asked them to do this. They should be bowing to you.
Chick has a very active imagination.
On page 10 Chick writes,
Mary sheds tears because men call her "The Mother of God."
On page 11 Chick writes,
Mary weeps because men teach she was really sinless.
On page 12 Chick writes,
Mary is crying for the deceived multitudes who look to her as a mediatrix ... and pray to her. (ellipsis in original)
Not only does Chick claim to know the unknowable (Mary shedding tears or not), he even claims to know why she is crying.2 This is a fairy tale of Jack Chick. Yet, Mr. Chick expects people to believe it, for on page 13 he writes,
If what you have read is true... and it certainly is, according to the Word of God... then who is deceiving you? (ellipses in original)3
The answer to that is, Jack Chick. He writes fairy tales and expects people to believe them.
On this same page (page 13) Chick writes,
God does not play tricks on people.
But Chick does. He tells people fairy tales and expects people to believe them. Even in this, it is a fairy tale. The truth is, God does play tricks on people. For example, see 1 Samuel 21:10-22:1 where the Lord via David tricked the king of Gath (see also Psalm 34). Or 1 Kings 22 where the Lord tricked Ahab into going to war. Or Ezekiel 14:9 (KJV) where the Lord tricks the prophet. Or 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 where the Lord tricks the whole world. God does play tricks on people. But, in Jack Chick's land of fables He doesn't.
On this same page (page 13) Chick also writes,
Please read carefully the following pages. Where you will spend eternity hinges on it.
The following pages contain another tall tale from Jack Chick about the supposed history of the "counterfeit virgin that Satan created" (page 14). It is a compilation of myths re-created into supposed truth. For a more detailed look at this folly, see our report on Babylon Religion.4
The little devil, Stinky, was sent out Halloween night to get a present for Satan. Children will read the gospel as they see Stinky's terrible mistake. (Click here for a copy of this quote, hard copy on file)
Stinky is a tall tale, a fable, for gullible children. It is about the underworld and Satan. It is not written in accordance to Scripture. The Bible does not teach devils go out and get presents for Satan. It does not teach a devil would stink. It does not teach devils look anything like what is depicted in this comic. It does not teach a devil would come out of a street gutter. It does not teach that a minister of Satan ever throws another minister of Satan into a fiery pit. It does not teach Satan would get sick and upset because someone gave him Chick tracts. This Stinky tract has all of this, but Jack Chick thinks nothing of adding to God's Word (Proverbs 30:5-6) and telling fables (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
Finally, it should be evident to even the not-so-discerning eye that Jack Chick is a story teller who follows fables and fairy tales and not the truth of the Bible. He thinks eternity hinges on whether people believe his fables or not. That's how far gone Jack Chick is! The only thing that eternity hinges on is whether you heed all of God's Word or not (Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 4:12-13). Following fables, as Chick does, denotes a rejection thereof and no adherence whatsoever (2 Timothy 4:3-4). No doubt, Jack Chick claims to know Christ and claims to adhere to the Bible, but that is just more of Jack's myths. He "is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (1 John 2:4). What is in Jack Chick are fables, fairy tales, tall tales, lies and deceit. May you not be one of his many victims (John 10:10).
1. For more on this see our report on Pilgrim's Progress and the like.
2. Catholics are perverted on "Mary," and the "Mary" they worship is certainly not the Mary of the Bible (she did not stay a virgin, Matthew 1:24-25; 13:55). Nevertheless, Mary is indeed the mother of God. Even though the Son of God is "without mother" (Hebrews 7:3), He nonetheless has a mother (Matthew 2:11; Acts 1:14) and is indeed God (John 8:58). The "mother of Jesus" = the "mother of God." Moreover, Mary was not sinless (Galatians 3:22) and she is in no way a mediatrix or to be prayed to (1 Timothy 2:5).
3. Immediately after this quote Chick writes, "Surely God isn't!" Actually, if you believe this tract God is!
4. On page 19 of "Why Is Mary Crying" Chick writes,
And so the same satanic idea was incorporated into Catholicism... Jesus is angry and only Mary can appease Him... and so Catholics are afraid of the loving Saviour... and they believe only Mary can get them into heaven.
This "angry Jesus" is not the Jesus of the Bible who said... (ellipses in original)
After this Chick quotes Matthew 11:28 and John 6:37b.
This Catholic "Jesus" Chick speaks of is indeed not the Jesus of the Bible. But, the Jesus of the Bible, since He is God, is certainly angry every day (Psalm 7:11) and is most profoundly One to be afraid of (Luke 12:4-5).
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