Dear ones in Christ,
This is the most wonderful time of my life. 2011 marks 50 years that Chick Publications has been in existence. Talk about miracles. How could God use someone as dumb as I am and give him the most wonderful job on earth?
Chick Publications started because every time I tried to witness to someone about Jesus, we would get interrupted. I made a flip chart with illustrations for a presentation to a prison camp and nine out of eleven prisoners got saved.
Later, I saw Chinese booklets that were used to win China to communism. The Lord directed me to try winning people with illustrated gospel tracts. When I got a couple of tracts done and displayed in Christian bookstores, I was shamed by my brothers in Christ for putting the gospel in cartoon stories.
I was a pioneer back then with no idea that this venture would even take off. Chick Publications was given to God in prayer and He has guided us to hit subjects that we dreaded. But we were obedient and saw a harvest of souls as a result.
Chick Publications is loved by many for not changing our position all these years, sticking with God`s scriptures and always telling that same old gospel message in different ways. Hated for exposing false teachings, soul winners love us, but not the theological seminaries. It`s been a running battle.
The Lord said in James 4:14, "For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." It is so true. I can hardly believe how fast fifty years can come and go.
Chick Publications is now celebrating fifty years of producing that unchanging, old-fashioned gospel message in every single tract. Only the Lord knows how many have come to Him out of the 800,000,000 or so tracts God has allowed us to print and people like you to hand out, in over 100 languages. It`s like a dream.
Back when I made my first tract, Why No Revival? it was with fear and trembling. Later I read a review of Why No Revival? in a Lutheran magazine. Ouch! "How dare you put a book with cartoons in a Christian bookstore?" They really hated it. I knew the Lord had helped me to write it, but I still felt like a loser. Yet I kept praying for guidance and the stories kept coming.
My first really controversial tract was The Gay Blade. But it didn`t do much more than raise eyebrows.
Years later, the Lord put a former Jesuit priest into my life, Alberto Rivera. He showed me Rome`s plans to completely control the U.S. I couldn`t believe my ears! I knew next to nothing about Catholicism. He showed me his vestments, documents, letters and photos, proving he was who he said he was. I prayed to God about working with him.
Alberto had warned me about the consequences. I said as I prayed, "Lord, am I to hit the Great Whore of Revelation?" God responded with a strong "YES!" So I joined the battle of Martin Luther, John Knox, Spurgeon, and many others, some of whom lost their lives when they faced this ungodly monster. Alberto helped me produce six stories that openly exposed the Vatican and her great conspiracy.
The result was immediate. Bookstore after bookstore shut their doors to Chick Publications. Preachers and former friends turned against us. We became like aliens to the Christian community. I never realized how many Christians were subtly becoming sympathetic to the Roman Catholic Church. Alberto privately shared names of pastors, evangelists and Christian radio broadcasters who were serving Rome`s interests. Then Christianity Today attacked us. We took our lumps from every direction. But precious Roman Catholics were finally getting saved. Praise God!
Our love for the souls of unsaved Catholics, lost Muslims and others, keeps us going. Soul winning is our business —our only business, no matter what men may say or do.
Beloved, darkness covers our land. I prayed to God, "Are things as bad as I think they are?" I received the answer: "No, they`re worse." As we get closer to the end, many will become even more frightened and more willing to accept a tract from you. As an anniversary issue, we have updated the original Why No Revival and called it Still No Revival. Some say we are in a revival or have had one in the last 50 years. If that is true, why is evil rising so rapidly in our land?
We praise God for giving us fifty years to serve Him. And you have played a big part in keeping us going. Thank you and God bless you.
As the Vatican pulls our congregations into her coming one-world church, don`t despair! Here`s what God has in store for you:
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth" (Revelation 3:10).
Yours in Christ,
Jack T. Chick, President
Chick Publications, Inc.