Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Avoid Identity Theft (New Tract) !

One of the fastest growing crimes in the nation is identity theft. So, I have once again teamed up with Leon Brown of to produce a new gospel tract--Avoid Identity Theft. Alex Persegona has hit another home run with his artwork. Here are a couple of easy transitions for putting the tract into someone's hand. "Have you ever been the victim of identity theft?" Or, "Here are some tips for avoiding identity theft."

Here's the tract's text.


More than 9 million people are the victims of identity theft annually. Victims spend more than 600 hours over a three-year period, and an average of $5,700, recovering from identity theft. Here are some quick tips for avoiding identity theft: 1) Shred everything, including junk mail, before throwing it in the trash. 2) Use only locked mailboxes for incoming and outgoing mail. 3) Never give your credit card or social security number to anyone, over the phone. 4) Don’t respond to unsolicited e-mails and never click on links in unsolicited e-mails. 5) Don’t leave personal information in your vehicle or in plain view, in your home. 6) Check your credit report regularly. Most people agree that their identity is important to them. Most people also identify themselves as a good person. If this includes you, take this simple test to see if you are, in fact, a good person. Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever taken God’s name in vain? Then according to God’s Law (The Ten Commandments), and by your own admission, you are a lying, thieving, blasphemer at heart. Does that sound like a good person? If God judges you according the perfect standard of His Law, He will find you guilty and sentence you to eternity in hell, which is the just punishment for your sins against Him. But there is good news. God doesn’t want to send you to hell. So, He sent His sinless Son, Jesus Christ—God in the flesh. He took upon himself the punishment you rightly deserve for your sins against God when He shed His innocent blood and died on the cross. Three days later, He defeated death when He rose from the grave. So, what must you do to be saved? You must recognize that you cannot save yourself or escape God’s judgment. You must confess your sins against God, repent (turn away from your sins), and put your trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime. But that should not be your biggest concern. While a person will become a victim of identity theft every four seconds, more alarming is the fact that two people die every second. When you die and stand before God, how will He identify you—as a person who is guilty of breaking His Law and deserving eternity in hell, or as a person who has received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and has undeservedly received the free gift of eternal life?


The tract will be available soon, through the website.

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