About Reformed Gospel Tracts
Reformed Gospel Tracts is an evangelical booklet and tract publishing ministry located in Selwyn, Ontario, Canada. Our writings are rooted in the following Biblical principles and theological convictions:
From cover to cover, Scripture teaches us that salvation belongs to the Lord (Jonah 2:9). In our sin and guilt we stand condemned before God but will never turn to Christ of our own volition because of the radical nature of our depravity. In our fallen condition we cannot rightly understand spiritual truths because of the darkness of our minds, we have no love for God because of the hardness of our hearts, and we have no inclination to obey God because of the bondage of our wills to sin (Rom 1:21-32; 3:11-20, 1 Cor 2:13-14, Eph 4:17-19).
Salvation, then, does not begin with a human decision, but in the regenerating work of the Spirit of God (John 1:12-13). In the new birth, God illuminates our understanding, enabling us to rightly understand spiritual truths (1 Cor 2:14). He softens our affections, causing us to love the God we formerly hated (Rom 1:30, 1 John 4:19), and He brings our wills into subjection to Christ, causing us to gladly serve the God we formerly rejected (Rom 6:22, Eph 6:6). Through faith, the regenerate man is united to Christ (Eph 1:3-14; 2:4-7), his record of guilt is expunged (Col 2:14, Acts 3:19), the righteousness of Christ is imputed (Phil 3:9), and God, being “just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus,” (Rom 3:26) declares the regenerate believer to be righteous in His sight (2 Cor 5:21). Scripture teaches us that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone (Eph 2:8-9).
To be truly meaningful, particularly in this age of unprecedented Biblical illiteracy, the Gospel message must be firmly located within its redemptive-historical context. We do not begin with the cross, or even humanity’s fall into sin. We begin with God’s creation of the Universe and His original intent in creating humanity “in His own image,” and seek to demonstrate through the Biblical metanarrative of creation-fall-redemption-consummation how God Triune, through redemption accomplished and applied, is carrying out His original intent and magnifying His glory through the redemption of His people, the defeat of His enemies, and the establishment of His kingdom, to the praise of His glory.
Exposition of Scripture
In regeneration, as envisioned in Ezekiel 37:1-14, the Spirit of God causes the (spiritually) dead to “hear the Word of the Lord.” Indeed, Ezekiel’s “valley” may well have been in the mind of our Lord Jesus when He said, “the time is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” (John 5:25). The Word of God – not storytelling – is the appointed instrument of God’s Spirit in regeneration. This being the case, our booklets and tracts are expository in nature. Scripture is quoted – not simply referenced – and our comments, as in the preaching of the Ezra and the Levites in Neh. 8:7-8, are “to give the sense.” Our great confidence is that the God who commands all people everywhere to “repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Acts 17:30, Mark 1:15) is also able to produce the response He commands, by granting repentance (Acts 11:18, 2 Tim. 2:25) and faith (Eph 2:8-10) at the appointed time in His elect, by the Spirit’s work of regeneration and through His appointed means, the Word of God.
Because we are convinced of these Biblical truths, we will never seek to manipulate the reader through emotionalism or the trappings of easy-believism. While we encourage and exhort the sinner to repent and believe in the gospel, our primary goal is to be faithful to the Scriptures and our confidence is in God, Who through His Word and Spirit raises the dead and unites us to Christ, who becomes to us “wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” (1 Cor 1:30)