Million-Dollar Bill Tracts Seized

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image Earlier this month the Secret Service raided the offices of the Great News Network (a Texas ministry) and seized 8300 inspirational tracts. The problem with the tracts? They were printed on million-dollar bills. I would say fake million-dollar bills, but since there's no such thing as real million-dollar bills, there can't exactly be fake ones either. However, the Secret Service felt they looked a little bit too much like real currency for comfort. Reportedly someone had tried to deposit one at a bank. Meanwhile, the Great News Network isn't happy and is threatening to sue the government. But they should realize the government has an extremely low tolerance for any kind of fake currency. Witness the case of J.S.G. Boggs (whom I write about in Hippo Eats Dwarf). He's an artist who creates counterfeit currency as art, though his bills are single-sided, so they're not likely to be mistaken for actual money. Nevertheless, the Secret Service raided his studio back in 1992 and seized thousands of his works, and haven't returned them to this day.

Incidentally, here's the tract that was written on the million-dollar bills. (You can try to purchase the bills here):
The million dollar question: Will you go to Heaven? Here's a quick test. Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God's name in vain? Jesus said, "Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart." Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? If you have done those things God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. That's not God's will. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for you. Jesus took your punishment upon Himself -"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus, and God will grant you everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.
(Thanks to Joe for the link)

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Posted on Tue Jun 13, 2006


Sakano, I have been wondering about something ever since you mentioned it earlier. How do we know that you and Charybdis in Hell are not the same person. How far do we take this one? Could you also be Robin Bobcat? If not and she was so bad off, why didn't she go ask someone for help. Earl has pointed out there are places to go for a meal.
Posted by Julia  on  Tue Aug 01, 2006  at  01:13 PM
How do we know that you and Charybdis in Hell are not the same person.

Because I've been on this site for quite some time. That's my profile. Unless Charybdis knew he was going to be getting into a religious argument on a topic about tracts, I don't see why he would have any need for a ghostnic. While I'm not a "regular" on this site and don't talk in the forums very much, I leave comments all the time. Which is more than I can say for Guy and Earl...who only post in this topic, and who have a similar writing style.

Robin Bobcat is a member on the message boards and she talks on them a lot. You can check out her profile here: She joined way before this argument started.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Tue Aug 01, 2006  at  05:46 PM
The ones who give out these tracts do it for one purpose. I stated this earlier "Because of LOVE". No other as suggested. Why would someone hand out these $1,000,000 bills otherwise. They must purchase them, then they hand them out because they care for others in this world. Their heart has no other motive than this. They just want to share the LOVE that God revealed through HIS SON. If I lived after the selfishness of my flesh, I would not care about anyone else, I would not hand out these $1,000,000 nor any other tract for thaat matter. I would not give to aid the poor nor pray for them. All I would do is fulfill my own desires at the expense of others not caring about any other person upon the face of this planet. But I give these tracts OUT OF LOVE, no other purpose.
Posted by Guy  on  Tue Aug 01, 2006  at  05:47 PM
I like you, I really do. I know you might consider this inapropriate, but can I ask your age? And are you married and/ or have children?

I am just trying to understand why you come against this so much. I assure you I do not mean any disrespect. I would give any information you ask of me.

I hope you don't get offended at me asking.
Posted by Guy  on  Tue Aug 01, 2006  at  05:53 PM

Believe this or not, but I and Earl are not the same person. He seems to be more Intelligent than I am through his comments, and I am sure he probably is better looking than I am and seems to be more patient than I.
Posted by Guy  on  Tue Aug 01, 2006  at  06:35 PM
You're member 13, Sakano? Cool, I'm member 12 myself! I think we're the two oldest members still posting, other than Alex. Which probably means we're in cahoots.

Guy, these tracts are made to deceive, at least initially. Are you deceiving out of love? Isn't that wrong? Why wouldn't you just use a normal piece of paper? It has to be cheaper.

It's not because you're using bait to lure them in, is it?
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Aug 01, 2006  at  08:51 PM
Charybdis in Hell

It is $1,000,000 bill, there is no such currency as this, how could it be deceiving? The tract begans on the back as "The million dollar question". Why not use a regular piece of paper? We do at times, and other times we use something that is eye catching. These 1,000,000 bills are attractive to some people, not becasue they believe it is real currency, just because they are attractive.

Attention getters, look everywhere in advertizing, there everywhere to grab the attention of the person. Look at telivision advertisements, newspaper advertisements, magazine advertisements and so forth, they are everywhere to get the attention of the person. Many different ways to grab the attention to people.

Where I work, I must do marketing almost daily, we must go to different businesses and put out flyers, each month is a different theme to get the attention of the people to stop and take a look at what we offer. Many people wear T-Shirts with colorful sayings to get their point across.

The $1,000,000 is just an attention getter to get ones attention for a moment to at lease hear what the gospel is. Faith comes by hearing.
Posted by Guy  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  04:35 AM
Because from a distance you can't tell it's a fake bill. I looks like a real one lying on the road ten feet in front of you.

I'm well aware it's an attention getter. I still think it's immoral. Using deceit to spread the word of God just seems wrong to me, but I'm sure you've rationalized it to the point that you're not committing a sin.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  10:11 AM
Oh, and I just love how you compare spreading the word of God to advertising. I couldn't have put it better myself. :lol:
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  10:12 AM
Here is the Webster's Dictionary of Advertise

Definition of Advertise
Posted by Guy  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  06:36 PM
Please read some of these meanings of advertise, I see nothing amusing about it. One is "TO WARN "

Exactly what these tracts do.
Posted by Guy  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  06:38 PM
Also Charybdis

I have gone through the site reading many of your posts. I have seen you have attacked religion in particular. Christianity, The Roman Catholic Church, and others of some faith. And you judge me stating that I am sinning because I use $1,000,000 tracts. What moral law do you live by Charybdis, where you can judge what sin is and not ? You have made very nasty, immoral comments on God, Jesus Christ, Christians and the Bible.
Posted by Guy  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  06:53 PM
Hey, that's pretty cool Charybdis! I didn't notice you were the 12th member. I guess that means we're actually the same person. :lol:

As for you Guy, I'm not answering your questions. Whether I'm married and how old I am has nothing to do with the argument.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Thu Aug 03, 2006  at  05:36 AM
Guy, my comments in other threads have nothing to do with my comments on this thread. I've stuck to these tracts and nothing else.

I'm using your own religion to judge this a sin, or is preying on the needy not a sin?
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Thu Aug 03, 2006  at  10:53 AM
Charybdis in Hell, Guy and I see the greatest need of anyone as their need to be right with God. If you are not right with God, nothing else in your life will matter. We look at it as "Now how can I get them to hear, read, or see the truth". We all agree that these people are needy. Only I don't stop and say this person has money so he is not needy. I don't say that this person over here is a good moral upright person so he must be right with God. The Bible tells us that only God knows the heart of a person. God didn't say to only give the gospel to the poor or the rich or the ugly or to the good looking. God said to give the gospel to the whole world. When a person lays a tract down, whether it be a money tract or a regular tract, we have no idea who will pick it up. You give the impression that you think that we pick out our targets for the tracts. It could be a very wealthy person. So we are not exploiting the poor. We depend on God to have someone who needs the message to find it and read it. I have known many people with money that need the tracts more than a poor person. To me, needy has nothing to do with having money or not. Needy to me is needing God, not money. I know you don't like to hear that. You need God in your life. You may not know it, you may not like to hear it, and you may simply want Christians to shut up and leave everyone alone. We can't do that because the Bible says that without God, a person is going to Hell when they die. I don't want anyone to go to Hell so I do my small part to try to get out the word that people can go to Heaven if they make the choice. See, you are already going to Hell if you don't actually chose the payment that Christ made on the cross for your sins. God will not twist your arm, but He wants the option out there for people. Tracts help to get out the option to people. Money tracts are just one tool among many that people use to get the word out. You may hate the money tract and your next door neighbor may find one and think it is the best thing since sliced bread.
Posted by Earl  on  Thu Aug 03, 2006  at  11:52 AM
sorry, i just happened upon this topic. charybdis, prey is a pretty hardcore word to use for someone handing out tracts. prey is all about devouring something. i don't see sharing one's beliefs with another as being this, unless they are trying to get something in return from that person. you don't have a problem with the tracts, just god. if i saw a million dollars sitting on the ground i promise i would not think it was real, and using this as an argument is basically calling needy people stupid. sakano, you do not really think you are a christian because you refer to christians as 'them' instead of 'us'. going to church does not make you a christian just like going to mcd's doesn't make you a cheeseburger.
Posted by jucati  on  Mon Oct 09, 2006  at  01:02 PM
No matter what you say, regardless of how it is presented, people will be offended, when the message pertains to the gospel. Personally I dont think it would be the smartest thing to do to hand someone who is begging a one million dollar bill, it is alittle misleading. But, ones eternal life is more important. There are other ways of presenting the gospel message to some people. James says:

James 2:15-17 15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

As for the billion dollar bills, they certainly are attention getters and a means to start a conversation with someone. God said His word will NEVER return unto him void, but will go out and accomplish whereunto it is sent. So all you christians out there, keep up that living water.
Posted by James  on  Tue Oct 31, 2006  at  05:36 PM
i got one of these millon coller bills and i think that all of you, that are take a negtive side to this i want you to think about. this the people who put this out did not put them out hopeing that people would pick thim out and think that all there dreams have come true. thay were just tring to get some peoples attion so that they would have a go chance in get those peole whom are sit on the fince on wether or not to belive to haer them and realy lison and realy this about what this disons means and anyone with ant common sence who found one of the millon doller bill would know that be for trying to use one thry sould try and do some resch to see if it is real becaus lets face it you got have hoooooooooolllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeee lot of luke to do that (please mis gard any miss spelling i wrote this in like 5 min)
Posted by you don't need to know  on  Fri Jan 12, 2007  at  03:42 PM
Oh, come on. This isn't a "malicious" act created by the evil Christians. Anyone feeling the texture of the 'bill' can tell that it's not real currency. And if you're not moronic enough to think that 1,000,000 dollar bills exist, you can see the scriptures written on the back. I'm sorry you got duped into thinking that it was real money, but I assure you, it wasn't their intentions to trick and deceive homeless people, or any people for that matter. They merely want something to grab people's attention, which it inadvertedly did.
Posted by B  on  Sun Apr 01, 2007  at  12:03 AM
i just found one of those and thought i was a millionair
sucks its a fake
Posted by keaton  on  Mon Apr 30, 2007  at  03:33 PM
i own one
Posted by jes  on  Tue Jun 05, 2007  at  12:23 AM
i really thoght that i had found a million dollars i thaoght that life would be okay because i was able to do what i alwaysed wanted to do but i guess not you all really need to stop making these things because you are crushing others fellings okay
Posted by jessica sylve  on  Tue Jul 17, 2007  at  10:12 AM
jessica sylve , if you thaught that by you reciving one million dollrs would make you life ok, you are misguided. Why not talk to the millionare I am friends with. Whose wife left him, his kids disowned him and he is an alchoholic. Why not think about the multi millionare that just committed suicide because of some shady dealings going on in his life. I can name one after another.

What is written on these tracts are more importnat than any million dollar can bring you. This is the hope that you should seek for, and not what the money can bring you.
Posted by Guy  on  Tue Jul 17, 2007  at  11:24 AM
A few years back when we were in a hurry for fake dollar bills that we needed as props AND when there weren't very many color printers here at my office AND it was after hours so we couldn't use one of the color printers that might otherwise have printed our bills for us...

...We tried to have them printed at a copy center. No good. Even when we said, "How about if we make them jumbo-size -- larger than any American dollar bill has ever been?" Still no good. We finally just had sneak down and use a one of the color printer here in the office even though we really weren't authorized to do so.

Anyway, my point is that copies of money are definitely frowned on!
Posted by Kathleen  on  Tue Jul 17, 2007  at  02:00 PM
Kathleen, were these copies of the real bills. Or were these totally made up bills. Maybe the difference is that the Dollar Tracts have the gospel printed on them. If you look at them, although it is in the likeness of a true bill, it is not a copy of one. Hope you know I am not saying this to be sorcastic. Just wandering if yours were copies of real money you were trying to make.
Posted by Guy  on  Tue Jul 17, 2007  at  05:19 PM
This is not such a big deal- because on all US currency it says "in god we trust" 😊
Posted by Devin  on  Thu Oct 11, 2007  at  11:32 AM
What I don't appreciate is handing these out to children after school, but still at a school function.
Trying to scare kids into religion?
Pretty low.
Posted by Parent  on  Thu Oct 11, 2007  at  12:59 PM
Scaring kids into Heaven? I don't know any gospel tracts that scare people into Heaven. I have seen and passed out many tracts in my time. People and kids have a right to know that they can go to Heaven if they want to. If you are given a tract, no one forces you to read it. You are free to throw it away, give it to someone else, or read it. The choice is yours. When I first met my brother in law he was 19 years old and had no idea that he could accept the payment that Christ made on the cross for his sins and go to Heaven. It took several years of talking to him and answering his questions but he accepted Christ as his Saviour. He died when he was 45 years old. He was glad that someone cared enough to let him know about what Jesus Christ had done for him. There are many people like him in this world. Tracts just tell the message of God's love for this world. Money tracts are attention getters. Many people will pick up a money tract that would never pickup another one. After they see it, they may read it. They may not. But at least ehry have a chance to learn something that will be the most important thing in their life.
Posted by Earl  on  Thu Oct 11, 2007  at  03:24 PM
I had a guy come into where I work and flash one at my co-worker and I. He kept saying that it that it was real. He wouldn't let us touch the bill but he did let us look at it. I thought something was funny about it cause I've never heard of a million dollar bill, plus the writing around the edges. To me it was just weird.
Posted by toni  on  Thu Nov 15, 2007  at  12:53 AM
I have that exact million dolar bill!
i promise! But it says "This note is not legal tender for all debts, public and private.
Posted by LOL  on  Wed Nov 28, 2007  at  09:51 PM
What happens if you have a 1000,000 dollars bill like the one shown on top of this page....

How much is it worst??
Posted by Karla  on  Fri Mar 07, 2008  at  07:48 PM
It tells you right on the bill that it is not legal for paying debts. So it isn't worth anything moneywise. It's value comes in with trying to tell a person how to go to Heaven.
Posted by Earl  on  Wed Mar 12, 2008  at  11:27 AM
Religion is a frightening thing. It's something that should have been left behind in the dark ages when it was clearly ruining the world. People that try to scare others into their way of thinking like this really need to be put in their place. Try focusing on more than one verse of your ficticious book, check out all the parts about tolerance, loving your neighbor, and forgiving others of their sins. Churches were against the abolition of slavery, the emancipation of women, inter-racial marriage, and now same-sex marriage. Churches were involved in raiding and burning thousands of towns and people and now try to tell everyone that they have the monopoly on moratlity.

Thanks, I'll stick to my atheist ways of appreciating the world, only being angry with those that give me true reason to be, accepting those of all races, religions and orientations, and wanting a bit more than what I have but also being happy with where I am at the moment.

I will not have an imaginary friend that I believe will grant me everlasting life as long as I truly believe he exists. I will simply cherish this life and live it to its fullest.
Posted by Bman  on  Sat May 02, 2009  at  10:04 AM
You obviously haven't read the book. This is the book that tells us to love our enemies and to do good to those who despitefully use you. Back when women were considered property, Jesus declared that they had rights. Christianity has done more for womens rights than any athiest. Athiests are the ones that believe in superior races. There have been many athiests that have declared that blacks are an inferior race. Every once in a while you can read about a scientist that will get into trouble for making a statement about blacks having thicker skulls so they don't have as much room for their brains. For example just a few months ago one got into trouble with students at WVU for that very thing. Also if you will google a little bit you will discover that athiests have slaughtered many more people than anyone in the name of religion has. The count isn't even close. You appear to be extremely closed minded. Maybe some day you can open it up for a little truth.
Posted by Earl  on  Tue May 26, 2009  at  05:33 PM
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