I'm trying to work my way through an issue that has recently cropped up in my church.
One of my members and local preacher is passionate about evangelism, particularly personal evangelism, and has been going door to door distributing Christian tracts. The ones he chooses to use have been the "Chic Tracts" (Comic book style) but some in my congregation believe that these tracts are both dated (depicting Christians in a way that represents the 1950s and 60s) and are too focussed on "Hell fire judgement".
Personally I use other tracts so I haven't had much to do with these.
However, my evangelist friend believes that you cannot properly tell the good news of salvation unless you explain the negative consequences of sin.... i.e. unless people are saved, they're going to hell.
So what do you think, do we need to speak of hell in the tracts we distribute?
Most of our members don't believe that we do. (As a denomination, we tend to sympathise with the Universalists anyway..... though we don't deny the existance of Hell)
If we exclude any mention of "Hell", what information should be included in the Gospel tracts that we distribute?
Please note, I don't want this to become another thread about whether hell exists or not or even about what hell means.... my question is related specifically about what type of information needs to be in our Gospel tracts and whether "Hell" need even be mentioned?
Your thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.