IFB Memories #5: Chick Tracts

I attended an independent fundamental Baptist (IFB) church from 1983 to 1991. Back in thoseChick days it was very common to see tracts from Jack Chick Publishing in fundamentalist Baptist circles. Chick tracts were usually spread out on the information table of our church lobby, available for visitors and members. The tracts were illustrated like small comic books but there was nothing comical about them.

Tracts, comic books, and books from Chick contained information that was extremely critical of Roman Catholicism. I bought several comic books and books from Chick Publishing but many of the claims appeared to be outrageously irresponsible and without any foundation. According to Chick and the mysterious, alleged ex-Jesuit priest, Alberto Rivera, the author of several of the publications, every calamity that ever beset Western Civilization could be traced back to the Jesuits or a pope. This was going way too far.

Unfortunately, Jack Chick’s sensationalistic half-truths and conspiracy theories (presented as fact) hurt the efforts of credible Christian ministries that witnessed to Roman Catholics. There is more than enough verifiable material regarding Roman Catholic doctrine and history to critique without resorting to exaggeration and fanciful extrapolations. Christians unfortunately began to lump together responsible witness to Roman Catholicism with Chick’s extremism. Chick was also a propagator of take-no-prisoners KJV 1611-Onlyism.

See Victor’s excellent post below for more details regarding Chick Publications.

Just as an image formed on a plane mirror is a duplication or reflection of the object placed directly opposite its surface, there is also a dangerous condition that can affect Christians contending for the faith which can make them start to reflect what they are contending against. A person opposed to a set of […]

via The “Mirror Image” Syndrome — The Kindled Flame Blog

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19 thoughts on “IFB Memories #5: Chick Tracts

    1. We didn’t venture too far from IFB churches in those days. I was wondering if Chick’s material made it into other “denominations.”

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  1. Tom, on your recommended book page you list Alexander Hislop’s The Two Babylons. Hislop’s work lent credence to, reported, about the historical basis in Babylon and constant reinvention in other cultures of the Nimrod/Semiramis/Tammuz (Osiris/Isis/Horus) story. Do you go so far as to say that Victor at the link you sent us to is correct about this trio being totally baseless and therefore unimportant in its influence on the Babylonian (mother/child) Roman Catholic worship?

    I wouldn’t use Chick tracts – they’re crass and easily lampooned, as easily lampooned as the clothes left on airplane seats in the Left Behind movie. I did read Edmond Paris and do believe there is something to his claim about the World Wars, that is, that the Vatican stops at nothing in seeking to achieve a reorganization of the world nations in order to bring them into overt or covert subjection to Rome. Just the other day, however, I removed my blog link to Continuing Counter-Reformation when I learned, not that it’s articles are bunk, but that this site is affiliated with a famous SDA advocate. It’s seems as if the SDA have usurped an historical view of the RC as the seat of Antichrist and therefore made such a view look extreme and cultish when it was part of the faith of the Reformers.

    Just some thoughts – wish I could like your two posts here but I have questions, such as, because something sounds extreme does this mean that it is extreme and cultish?

    ?

    :0)

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    1. Hi Maria, Thanks for commenting. First, let me say that I don’t endorse 100% of the contents of all the books on my book list. I thought about excluding Hislop’s The Two Babylons because I think he jumped from point A to point C on some issues such as the Nimrod/Semiramis/Tammuz claim. Hislop provides specific information regarding Nimrod but it’s all pure speculation. Woodrow basically summarized Hislop in his Babylon Mystery Religion but ended up pulling the book because he couldn’t substantiate some of the claims.

      http://www.ralphwoodrow.org/books/pages/babylon-mystery.html

      I believe there’s some valuable information in Hislop’s book, just like there’s some valuable information in many Chick publications, but I also believe the authors make some fantastic and outlandish claims without providing the necessary evidence. When theories and speculation are presented as fact, credibility is at risk. I fully believe that the Jesuits engaged in quite a bit of skullduggery as we’ve discussed previously. Even Catholic countries had them evicted because of their penchant for political chicanery via the confessional and behind closed doors. But too often I’ve read in Chick publications and elsewhere about the Jesuits creating Masonry, the Illuminati, Socialism, Marxism, Nazism, Bolshevism, the Ku Klux Klan, etc., etc., in other words, every pernicious organization in the Western world whether they competed against each other or not. I’m not a historian by any stretch but I do know a bit about WWII. The Catholic church understandably feared the advance of Soviet communism (which Chick says the Jesuits created) and many German Catholics viewed Hitler as a savior. Hitler tolerated Catholicism if it didn’t cross him. Many priests (especially in occupied Poland) were sent to Nazi concentration camps.

      There’s plenty of verifiable history that’s embarrassing to Catholicism without following Chick down his dubitable rabbit holes. Even official Catholic publications are full of incriminating material.

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      1. What you’ve said has so much merit and you know more than I do, Tom. My studies are limited. Thank you for helping!
        I believe that it’s important to remember that Roman Catholicism – and especially the Society of Jesus – were active in the Counter-Ref in England and that writers such as Hislop were sounding an alarm at the inroads made by Catholicism in the 19th century.
        Also about Victor’s post. He’s knowledgeable too, however I’ve read about the Waldensians and they didn’t begin as followers of Peter Waldo. Many of them abroad and in the states maintain that they are from very early (however, not the second century) or that their origins are obscure, kind of “lost in the mists of time.”

        Anyway, thanks again – good thing you stay anchored in what we can truthfully assert! Lord bless you, brother!

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      2. Thanks, so much Maria! Lord bless you, too! I have a little knowledge about Chick/Alberto because I was a big fan after I first accepted Christ. I think I had just about all of his books and comic books which pertained to Catholicism. Interesting about the Waldensians. Yes, there are some like Landmark Baptists who believe that the New Testament church never went away as spelled out in The Trail of Blood by James Carroll although I don’t personally hold to that. Thanks, for the discussion, Maria. I always enjoy our exchanges!

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  2. Tom, another point – I don’t want to miss the opportunity of affirming you in your view that Chick has damaged the cause of Christ with Catholics. I didn’t realize this. Yes – irresponsible! And wrong, both for Catholics and for Evangelicals who will be turned off to some things they need to examine. Since our new pastor came to us, we no longer have their tracts on the visitors’ table.

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    1. Thanks, Maria. I encountered a ministry called Mission to Catholics shortly after I accepted Christ in 1983 and it was a great blessing to me. The director of MTC, ex-priest Bart Brewer, raised a red flag regarding Chick and Alberto because he was encountering the fabrications and outlandish claims regularly and it was having a negative impact.

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      1. Yes, you’re right, Maria. I’m all for presenting Truth but grace needs to be part of the message to the lost, too. Chick was way too harsh and conspiracy-driven.

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  3. Tom, just don’t know what to make of Bart Brewer’s video. Will look further.
    What seemed odd about Alberto Rivera was his promotion by Seventh Day Adventists and his willingness to work with them on videos. Was he SDA? Enough said, brother. Enjoy your Lord’s day!

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