Hello Mr. Hardcore!
*This is a gospel tract for punks, hardcore kids, skinheads, metalheads etc…all the heavy, angry music kids. I made this a few months ago and I pass it out at malls, music events, and around stores where these types of kids might be scene. I will allow anyone to copy and print this and pass them out to kids as well so the gospel can be spread to them. I was a total skateboarder punk kid growing up as a teenager and I would go to all kinds of shows and even made a grindcore band and did vocals, so I decided it’s about time to finally make a specific gospel tract for such people of that subculture. So far, I havn’t seen or heard of anyone else doing such a thing, only that rediculus Chick Tract that says Satan is causing kids to listen to punk music and commit suicide (lol). I still listen to heavy, fast, loud music and sometimes go to shows so I am not ignorant of the music scene or what the kids are thinking, and what they stand for. Even scene poser kids can learn something from this tract. God loves even these types of dark people and many of them are the elect who need to be redeemed.
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(Ehud’s 18 Inch Dagger Publishing, 2011)
Escape death only to die anyway…
Hello Mr. Hardcore! You have probably heard many stories about near death experiences, or people who almost died in some freak accident, but lived to tell about it. Stories like these: a cancer patient is told they will die in 6 months, but somehow they live because the cancer goes away. Or a man might have been kidnapped and about to get his head cut off by some criminal/terrorist organization, but just in the nick of time the U.S. Special Forces snipe the bad guys and the prisoner is freed. Or maybe a man was given a death sentence in a foreign country, but was freed for some political reason right before he was to be executed. A couple might have lived through an airplane crash and were the only survivors, or possibly a person had a near death experience where their heart stopped beating for 5 minutes, and the doctors jump started the person’s heart and brought them back to life… Stories like these are numerous, what does it all mean?
Time is short…
“To escape death” are the words people use a lot. A similar phrase used is “to cheat death,” but in reality is this true? Do people really escape or cheat death? Nope. No one can actually escape death, because death will never go away; it is always behind a person waiting to snatch them out of this world. God has a time for every person and no one can escape the time God has set for that person to die. So what is the point in people coming so close to death and ending up surviving through an ordeal? They survive only to prolong their existence until death captures them eventually anyway. Everyone will die eventually no matter what; even you. There is a book in the Bible called Ecclesiastes; Ecclesiastes 9:3&5 states, “This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: there is one fate for everyone. In addition, the hearts of people are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live —after that they go to the dead…For the living know that they will die, but the dead don’t know anything. There is no longer a reward for them because the memory of them is forgotten.” Even if you haven’t had a near death experience, there are some things you need to know.
“Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me, and the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35). You cannot preserve your life. No one lives forever, and “the wicked are prepared for the day of disaster” (Proverbs 16:4).
The human heart is full of madness, envy, and lies. Isn’t it obvious with all of the irrational murderous rage, criminals, thugs, sex obsessed perverts, rapists, drug addicts, pedophiles, drug dealers, jealous back biters, betrayers and backstabbers walking around? With all of the evil in this world, one wonders if justice will ever be served and people will be held accountable. God says “Yes.” Jeremiah 9:10 says, “I, the LORD, examine the mind, I test the heart, to give each according to what his actions deserve.” God will punish the wicked. While you live, if you are honest with yourself, you will come to understand that life is full of pain and misery. It’s because people live to please themselves and live for their own glory at the expense of others. Even you, if you are honest, have to admit you desire things you should not, and have done things you feel guilty about. Have you told a lie? Coveted something that wasn’t yours? Stolen something? Hated another person? Lusted sexually after a person who you are not married to? Cheated on someone? This is because you have an evil heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick —who can understand it?”
You will drink of wrath…
There are probably some people in your life who you wish would be held accountable for their actions done against you. The problem is that other people probably hope you will be held accountable for offenses you committed against them as well. You see, everyone is guilty of evil. This is because everyone sins. Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10 & 12 says, “There is no one righteous, not even one…all have turned away, together they have become useless; there is no one who does good, there is not even one.” The worst part is that by these evil actions you (and everyone else) have offended God, who is eternally holy, and who created you and gave you life; so this makes you deserve punishment as well. Even the righteous actions you have accomplished are seen as nothing but filthy menstrual cloths to God (Isaiah 64:6). How sick is that? So that makes you a wretch in need of redemption. Hebrews 9:27 says, “…it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment.” The punishment for sin is the death penalty, that is why all humans die. This is God’s law that He set in place when He created everything. Hebrews 9:22 says, “According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Committing evil gets you the payment of death. Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death…” Not only do all humans die as a consequence of their sins, but if you are not forgiven for your sins then you will spend eternity in hell after death. This is because you have offended a God who is eternally holy and pure and full of justice; so you deserve an equally, eternally holy punishment for your sins. You have turned your back on God who gave you life. Luke 12:15 says, “But I will show you the One to fear: Fear Him who has authority to throw people into hell after death. Yes, I say to you, this is the One to fear!” Fear means respect. Everyone in the hardcore scene wants personal respect, but most have no sense of respect for God. In fact many hate God. The U.K. punk band The Exploited says that “Jesus is dead nobody gives a toss” (“Jesus Is Dead”). The popular hardcore band Hatebreed says, “…the bastard maker. The fairy tale. The nonexistent creator” (“Puritan”). The black metal band Dark Funeral exclaims about Christ: “A crucified whore, that’s what you are” (“Hail Murder”). The 80’s hardcore band Minor Threat responsible for the Straight Edge movement says this about Christianity and God’s Word: “You picked up a bible. And now you’re gone. You call it religion. You’re full of shit” (“Filler”). As you can see many hardcore kids, punks, skinheads, and metalheads totally disrespect their Creator. This is blasphemy and it is a serious sin. Why follow in their footsteps? How is it hardcore to be a mindless follower? Does it make you more punk rock to hate Christianity because it somehow gets you scene points when in reality many of the shows you enjoy contain some bands with members who claim to be Christian (As I Lay Dying, For Today etc). Most of the hate towards Christianity is ignorant as most kids haven’t even read the Bible; they just hate it because a band or “Mr. Hardcore Joe” scene-king said to hate it. Think for yourself!
Are scene/punk rock/hardcore points really valuable?
What hope do these bands give in return for their antichristian philosophies? What answer is there for the evil in this world and the pain we suffer? The late Christian doom punk band World Against World speaks about these types of scene kids in their song “Scared Silent” which says “Kids they scream. Bands they play, but what does it amount? Mindless tongues, we’re following a follower…I choose not to protest in vain. Surrounded by hopelessness I am not ashamed.” It seems as though today in the heavy music subculture that as long as you are socially active, wear the tightest, most colorful jeans possible you bought from the mall, and hate God you are now acceptible to go to a show. This is a joke. Don’t you realize that you are just following the trends of huge record labels that caught onto the marketability of the early hardcore punk and heavy metal scenes’s rebel image? Just watch MTV2. You are buying into it. The record companies and mallmetal stores along with MTV sell you hate towards God through merchandising. There is no originality or truth in any of this. “There is nothing new under the sun…Can one say about anything, ‘Look, this is new’? It has already existed in the ages before us” (Ecclesiastes 1:10-11). It is at the expense of your soul you are joining in the trends and high school mentality that the hardcore/punk/metal scene has become. As the Bible says, such rebellion and disregard for the one, true, eternal God deserves the punishment of Hell. Hell is described as a lake of fire in Revelation and all people who are not forgiven of their sins will be thrown into it for all eternity. It is a place of outer darkness full of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30). You will be alone suffering immensely beyond your imagination for all eternity if you die in yours sins. The gore-grind band Carcass talks about burning alive in one of their songs which says, “Burnt to a crisp. Your fat’s on fire, devouring you whole like a cadaver-stoked pyre” (“Burnt to a Crisp”). The Lake of Fire will consume you like that for all eternity and worse, because your body will never die; but you will continually feel the pain which is unrelenting and it will never stop. Contrary to popular belief, Hell is not a place where you will be partying with Satan and his demons while head banging to Slayer forever. There will be no rest or any kind of enjoyment. The worst part is that you will never receive the love of God He wanted to give you; and you will be emotionally tormented eternally along with burning day and night forever. Revelation 21:8 states, “But the cowards, unbelievers, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Do you fit into ANY of these categories? James 2:10 says that “whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all.” It is perfectly just that God has created such a place (originally for the Devil and his demons) to punish wickedness. You know it yourself that you demand justice for evil committed. If a judge let a murderer, or a rapist go free and did not judge the criminal under the law of our government to the full extent you would be pissed! Admit it! The death metal band Cannibal Corpse even says, “Evil people with evil minds slaughter their victims with ripping knives. They should be caught and put to death. Strapped to the chair, they should die there…They should be caught and punished For what they have done” (“Put Them to Death”). If mankind desires to punish evil people, is it any wonder that God would do even better and eternally kill evil for good? Humans punish evil people under man-made-laws, but God’s law is eternal. God will make all unforgiven sinners drink the cup of his wrath which is mixed full strength (Revelation 14:10), from the winepress of his fierce anger (Isaiah 63:3).
This world is dark…
This world is full of darkness and a lot of chaos is rampant right now. But there is a light that shines truth on the reason for existence. That light is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who willingly paid the price for sin by dying in the place of sinners over 2,000 years ago on a cross in Israel. The cross is one of the most heinous torture devices ever created by man. The pain is said to be excruciating. In fact the word excruciating comes from the Latin word “excruciātus” meaning “to crucify,” from crux meaning “out from the cross.” The cross was so painful that they had to create a new word for a new kind of pain. Jesus Christ who is the Word of God as well as God (John 1:1) came down in the flesh (John 1:14) in the form of a human (Philippians 2:6) and lived a perfect life without sin (Hebrews 4:15). He was the perfect sacrifice for sin in the world as He was like a spotless lamb (1 Peter 1:19). He came to teach the good news that God has prepared a way to forgive humans for their sins and put righteousness on them. In fact God loves His people and desires to have a personal relationship with them. The only way for this is through bloodshed (capital punishment) but not your demise as it should be; but Christ replacing you and dying on the cross instead of you. Sin was killed in Christ’s flesh for eternity making a way for you to enter God’s eternal rest in Heaven. Jesus Christ rose from the dead 3 days later and ascended into Heaven with the Father. God has so much love that He sacrificed His own Son to atone for sin (John 3:16). God is all powerful and His sacrifice is enough to cover your guilt and cleanse you from sin. Not one sin you committed is too ugly to be forgiven by God. God’s wrath was satisfied in Christ’s death on the cross once and for all. All those who believe are “born again” (John 3:3) into a new life that is no longer a slave to sin. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). You must admit your guilt: that you are a sinner, a wretch in need of a Savior. Then repent of your sins and confess them to God alone and believe that Christ died for them and that He rose from the dead and you will be saved from the coming wrath. “I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again” (Isaiah 51:22). Make Jesus Christ the Lord and Master of your life and you will be free from the bondage of sin and be given eternal life. The Holy Spirit, who is God, will come to you (John 14:16-17) and indwell you; and guide you in life. God will help you understand all of the answers to life which are found only in the Bible. “He saved us not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).
When are you going to die?
The truth is that you never know if you will die tonight, tomorrow, or whenever. Death is always right behind you waiting to snatch you out of this world. If you feel that God is granting you repentance because you feel convicted and desire answers in this world then repent. Why wait? Do it now. Your soul is in jeopardy. Every breath you breathe right now is a gift from God and He desires to be your friend. In Christ, there is hope; there is purpose, meaning, and a future. There is love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, and justice. There are answers in the Bible and you should pick it up and read it. Study it! Don’t remain in ignorance about Christianity and assume that what atheistic, political hardcore, scene kids say is correct. Hardcore scene points are worthless, take a risk and look for the answers because they are there. Salvation is by grace alone and not by works of the law. You cannot earn salvation, it is a free gift (Romans 3:28, Ephesians 2:8). Galatians 2:16 explains that we are justified by faith in Christ. There is no other way except through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). No other religion or belief system teaches free salvation. Only Christianity worships the true God who gives freely to those who thirst (Matthew 5:6). Hardcore punk is not evil in itself, nor are shows sinful. Throwing down in the moshpit can be “good clean fun” (HC-band-name-pun intended), but the lifestyle and message some bands and scenesters promote is sinful and dangerous to your spiritual well being. Life is never going to be easy, even as a Christian, but there is a reason for life which is to give God the glory He deserves for creating you and giving you the gift of life. He has sacrificed His only Son for you to give you a clean slate and to refresh your relationship with Him so that you can enter Heaven and have rest from the chaos and pain of earthly living caused by sin in the world. God will bring His holy justice on the world and bring retribution on the wicked. Repent and believe today! † † †