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Thoughts on the Fellowship Tract League

I had a brother ask me to comment on the Fellowship Tract League.  The Fellowship Tract League is a ministry out of Lebanon, Ohio that produces thousands of gospel tracts for free.  While I rejoice that they have a burden for the lost, I have some points of contention with the Fellowship Tract League.

1.  The KJV Only Issue.

The Fellowship Tract League is a KJV only ministry.  All of their tracts are produced using only the KJV.  Now that is not completely bad.  God has wonderfully used the KJV Bible and He will continue to do so.  However, the Fellowship Tract League opposes any other Bible translations.  Like Chick tracts, their tracts promote the idea that the KJV is the only Word of God in English.  Like other KJV only ministries, they view the KJV as the inerrant and infallible Word.  I have serious issues with this position.  It creates a major divide in the Church when you promote a 17th century Bible translation as the inerrant and infallible Word of God.  Further, which edition of the KJV is the Word of God.  Is it the Zondervan, Cambridge, Oxford, or other publishers editions?

2.  The Sinner’s Prayer.

All of the Fellowship Tract League gospel tracts end with the “sinner’s prayer” for salvation.  While they often do call for people to repent of their sins and to embrace Christ as Lord, nothing is said about baptism which is clearly the time in the book of Acts where people confessed Christ as Lord before the people (Acts 2:38, 41; 10:48; 16:14-15, 30-34; 18:8; 19:5; 22:16).  The sinner’s prayer is not found in the Bible.  We have no examples in the book of Acts of someone praying to receive Christ.  We have not one example of someone instructing someone to pray for salvation.  The focus is always on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus with an emphasis on baptism as the time when people confessed Jesus as Lord.

3.  The Use of the Law.

The Fellowship Tract League gospel tracts do not contain much about the Law of God.  They have a few tracts that do teach on the Law and the Ten Commandments but for the most part, the Law is not found.  And this Despite the words of Paul in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 (NASB):

8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

The Law of God shows us our sinfulness before a holy and just God (Romans 7:7).  The Law of God condemns me and opens the door for me to see how I can only be justified through faith in Christ (Galatians 3:23-27).  The Law of God is vital to evangelism.  God’s moral law is written on all our hearts (Romans 2:15-16).  The Law shuts our mouths to our own self-righteousness and shows us our need for a Savior (Romans 3:19-20).  The Law of God prepares us for salvation.

D.L. Moody said,

“It is a great mistake to give a man who has no been convicted of sin certain passages that were never meant for him. The Law is what he needs…Do not offer the consolation of the Gospel until he sees and knows he is guilty before God. We must give enough of the Law to take away all self-righteousness. I pity the man who preaches only one side of truth – always the gospel and never the Law”

Martin Luther wrote,

“The first duty of the Gospel preacher is to declare God’s Law and show the nature of sin….we would not see or realize it (what a distressing and horrible fall in which we lie), if it were not for the Law, and we would have to remain forever lost, if we were not again helped out of it through Christ. Therefore the Law and the Gospel are given to the end that we may learn to know both how guilty we are and to what we should again return.”

The Law of God exposes our sins and helps us see our coming judgment (Hebrews 9:27).  When we see the Law of God, we tremble before God’s holiness (James 2:8-13) and we also are grateful for the cross.

Conclusion

Again, I do appreciate the heart of the Fellowship Tract League.  I do find many of their tracts when I am out in the world and I praise God that God can use these tracts despite my disagreements with them.  God is sovereign and He can use the message in them to draw sinners to repentance.  I don’t believe a false gospel is being preached in them but I would add that it is not complete.  It is lacking.  I do pray for the Fellowship Tract League and I pray that God will use them for His glory.

You can find out more about the Fellowship Tract League here.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/06/2013 at 11:42 AM

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