Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Way of Life Made Plain - by Norman H. Camp

Many years ago, Moody Press author Rev. Norman H. Camp (1867-1952), the noted evangelist and Bible teacher from Chicago, wrote a helpful gospel tract titled "The Way of Life Made Plain". In the tract, the gospel is clearly explained from the Bible:

    1. Christ Crucified--He died for me, a sinner.
    2. Christ Buried--the Believer's sins blotted out.
    3. Christ Risen--He is able to Save completely.
    4. Christ Manifested--He is Coming again.
                                                     -- I Cor. 15:1-5

    The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to
every one that believeth.--Rom. 1:16.


Jonathan Perreault said...

The following account is related in an article titled "Sermon Illustrations":

Saved by a Tract
We feel strongly that there is a great need of causing all Bible-loving Christians to realize the importance of distributing the Gospel message in print, and thereby combating the many errors that are propagated so largely by various religious cults and atheistic organizations, as well as arousing the careless and indifferent. One of the "weak things" which God is pleased to use is a Gospel tract—a little piece of paper on which is printed His Word—given in faith and love to the passer-by.

The following incident shows that God blesses such a ministry:
Recently a young Lithuanian was ordained to the Gospel ministry in Chicago. He had passed a creditable examination as to his salvation, his call to the ministry, and his knowledge of the Bible. This, in brief, is his story:

He was reared in the Roman Catholic faith in his native land. He came to this country when quite young. He became a confirmed gambler; one night in desperation he made a last plunge, and lost. After midnight he left the gambling hall intending to end it all in the lake. Walking down the street, someone handed him a tract entitled, "The Way of Life Made Plain." This tract has a diagram illustrating the two ways, the broad and the narrow—with the Red Cross at the parting of the ways. It shows clearly the need of salvation, bringing the reader to the definite question, "Which way do you choose?"

The young Lithuanian stopped to look at the leaflet that had been given him. He read: "We must all meet God. Are you prepared? Are you saved? This is a very important question. Your happiness or misery for all eternity is involved in it." He was startled by the word "eternity" which seemed to stand out in bold letters. He was convicted of his lost condition and of his great need. He continued reading. He saw the way of life clearly pointed out. He called upon the Lord to save him, and God heard his cry. The work was begun in his heart, and soon he was rejoicing in the consciousness of sins forgiven and a new life imparted. He is now devoting all of his time in telling his fellow countrymen the good news of salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.—Selected.

Jonathan Perreault said...

The following description of Norman H. Camp's gospel tract titled "The Way of Life Made Plain" is excerpted from "The Evangelical Beacon and Evangelist" magazine (Vol. 1, No. 15, November 7, 1950) of the Evangelical Free Church of America:

"The Way of Life
Made Plain"
by N. H. Camp
The Moody Press has just published a
new edition of the WAY OF LIFE tract
in English and this makes more than
15,000,000 copies of this tract which has
been published in fifteen different langu­ages.
This tract was prepared by Norman
H. Camp some years ago to assist in per­sonal
work as well as for general distri­bution.
The diagram with the red cross in
the center enables the reader to see plain­ly
his need of salvation (not religion) and
what he needs to be saved from; namely,
an evil, perishing WORLD; from SATAN,
the God of this world; from the guilt and
power of SIN; from DEATH, the wages of
sin; from JUDGMENT; from ETERNAL
PUNISHMENT; and from HELL, and that
He as a sinner is unable to save himself
from all these enemies that surround and
bind him. He is then made to understand
that he can be saved by the living Christ
who was raised from the dead after He
gave himself a perfect sacrifice for sin at
Calvary's Cross, tasted death for every
man, and overcame the devil and this evil
world, and has all power in heaven and
in earth, and is able to save to the utter­most
"seeing he ever liveth to make in­tercession
for us" (Heb. 7:25). The read­er
is brought face to face with the ques­tion,
"Which way do you choose?" the
broad way that leads to destruction, or
the narrow way that leads to everlasting