The love of money is the root of all evil. But that fact notwithstanding, some fundamentalists evidently believe that fake one-million dollar bills make a great way to spread the gospel.
Consider the draw. A million Dollars + Ronald Reagan + Heaven!!! A gimmick like this one just can’t go wrong. As an added bonus putting a Republican President on the front will keep out the riffraff. Expect instant revival as soon as you open the package (only $5.00 for 100).
And if the Secret Service starts knocking at your door asking why you’re making realistic looking money? Just claim persecution and go to court! That way your witness will reach judges, lawyers, clerks, jury members, and maybe even the evening news.
You cannot serve God and filthy lucre. But what if you put the gospel ON filthy lucre? Genius.
10 thoughts on “Gospel Gimmicks: The Million Dollar Tract”
Ha! One of my students had one of those this week. What are the chances?
Brilliant. That’s better than the wordless tie. LOL
Note to the fundy diner: No, these are not a substitute for a real tip at a restaurant. No, the server will not read it. These things give Christians a bad name…especially when they accompany a $5 on an 8-person check. If you choose to leave these, plan on leaving a 25% tip. Be gracious to the server. Treat them with respect…if you can’t do that, don’t leave your little fake $$ paper.
Second that. A tract is NOT an acceptable substitute for a tip. And yes, I’ve had people leave no tip at all with one that said something to the effect that “this is better than money”. If you want to drive a non believing server far away from God that’s a good plan but if you want them to even look at your tract (rather than ripping it furiously to shreds) you better leave a spectacular tip; and have been nothing but kind, polite, and easy to deal with the whole meal. Servers dread the Sunday lunch shift because church people have an earned reputation of being rude, nasty, impossible to please and rotten tippers. I was always so ashamed of my fellow believers when talking to my unsaved co-workers on Sunday afternoons.
I remember going through the new members class at my church and on the seat was what looked like either a $20 or $50 (I can’t remember…it was quite some time ago). I got excited, but when I picked it up, I saw it was a tract. My parents laughed at me because I actually thought it was money. I was only in 6th grade at the time.
Also, I remember doing a “class” at my church using “The Way of the Master” by Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort. At the end of the weekend, we were presented with their special bible and a sack FULL (and I’m not over emphasizing here) of tracts. At least five different types of tracts. Looking back on it now, I feel sick.
I’m a missionary who two years ago started using million-dollar tracts after a fellow evangelist gave me some. I can honestly say they are effective conversation starters. Unlike most other gospel tracts I’ve used in the past, people frequently walk up and ask me for a million-dollar bill. Often they will ask for another one to give to a friend.
Nevertheless, I’ve had some Christians and non-Christians comment that using million-dollar tracts are deceptive because it’s not real money. I beg to differ. Evangelism is often called “fishing for men.” To catch a real fish, you don’t just place a hook in the water. You need to use some bait. Many fishermen use a device called a lure that resembles a worm or small fish. These fishermen don’t think they are being deceitful for using lures. They simply want to catch fish.
Very few people have complained to me about being “tricked” when offered million-dollar tracts. For one thing, there are no real million-dollar bills in circulation. I also tell people upfront, “This is actually funny money but the back of it talks about something that’s real.” Then I ask, “Has anyone ever asked you ‘The Million Dollar Question?’” If the person is willing to continue talking with me, then I ask where he or she will spend eternity when they die.
Using the right kind of bait when “fishing for men” can make a big eternal difference.
Btw, I agree money tracts are NOT an acceptable substitute for a tip when dining out. I include real money along with a million dollar tract.
Wasn’t there that woman who tried to use a million=dollar bill at Walmart? She was plenty sore when it was pointed out the money was fake. 😆
I would feel insulted if a person tried to pass one of these to me.
I’ve been lurking on here for several weeks now, but this is the first time I’ve ever posted. Ray Comfort has million-dollar gospel tracts similar to these that I’ve used before, and I got them from our last church, which is a Free Will Baptist church (we now go to a local community church).
I’ve taken walks throughout our neighborhood and left them on windshields of people who left their cars parked out on the street. I’ve also left them in addition to tips at restaurants, and my suggestion here is that if you leave them with tips, please tip generously (I’d say 25 to 30% or so should be good) whenever you leave tracts such as these with your tip. 🙂