I am always intrigued and perplexed when I am giving out tracts to people, and they inform me that they are already a Christian, and become offended because I offered them the tract.
What could the reasons be for their offense? I am going to give some slack here first. One reason possibly, is that the offended 'Christian' doesn't trust the person who is giving the tracts out. This is understandable in our culture. We have many people who are untrustworthy who offer many things to people, only to trick them or manipulate them into something. I have talked to these professing Christians and once I engage them in a conversation, they are entirely different. They enjoyed talking about the things of God.
What other reasons could there be though, for their offense? I think, many times, people really don't have a handle on the Gospel message. It is hard for me to imagine, but it is true, that some people I talk to don't get the Gospel. For a while, we seem to be on the same page, yet, in a later part of the conversation, I can tell that they don't understand the Gospel, yet they would try to make one believe that they are truly converted. They claim to be good, or not bad enough to go to hell.
Many think that the person giving a tract out, is judging them. And they are sure that they think they won't measure up. But that is what the Gospel is for. Jesus came to save those who are lost. We mistakenly think that if we deliberately try to be good, then somehow we will earn God's favor on us, but it isn't true. Nothing we can do will make us love God any more than He does already. Those who give out tracts need to be humble and compassionate.
The message of the Gospel is like medicine for the soul. We have a spiritual disease called 'Sin'. The only cure is the blood of Jesus Christ. All people need cleansing from their sins. No one is exempt from the grasp of sin. The person who is giving the tract out is a sinner by nature, but who is also cleansed by the blood of Christ. If the person giving the tract out thinks he is above sinning, then he is most deceived. We all need the medicine of the Gospel. It is the only cure for our sin.