Scriptures JW’s Disagree With Part 1

Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Really Disagree with the Bible?

If you have ever tried to have a Biblical discussion with a Jehovah’s Witness then I am sure you are aware of the often-endless go-rounds that can occur, otherwise known as the game of Bible ping-pong. One way I have found to avert this is by presenting a Bible verse and asking them how they understand it. I’ve found this method to be one of the simplest ways of engaging with them and have found they are far less likely to become combative. I ask a question, present a scripture, and then end with a follow-up question. This is the first of a series of articles entitled “Scriptures Jehovah’s Witnesses Disagree With”.  I must stress the importance of having the Watchtower’s teaching on this handy, as Jehovah’s Witnesses are famous for using “theocratic warfare”, what we Christian’s call lying, in order to avoid answering difficult questions. The Watchtower article on the subject of worshipping Jesus can be found here.  From what I have seen, they seem to be embarrassed or at least ashamed to admit they do not worship Jesus. After seeing the verse, they are often left speechless, at which point they may opt to use their popular “We’re not here to argue” excuse. That’s why I always recommend “setting up the question” first. My personal favorite is “What would you do, if you discovered, the Watchtower disagrees with the Bible?”  If you’d like a softer approach “How do you interpret this Bible verse?” might be something you’re more comfortable with. For those of you who would like an easy way to ask a question, and not come across as attacking, I have found this approach works best.

At the Literature Cart

I’ve used this on Jehovah’s Witnesses at their literature carts (before the Covid pandemic) on several occasions. To avoid being asked if I am a former Jehovah’s Witness, I play innocent and ask them what they are selling. This icebreaker seems to work well. This along with wearing my ever-present and rather large cross around my neck seems to give them the impression I have always been a Christian. Once they tell me who they are and what they are doing, I let them know Jehovah’s Witnesses used to call on me many years ago (this is true) and I have a Bible question. They have always been eager to answer a simple little Bible question when they see someone they hope to convert.

“I was wondering how Jehovah’s Witnesses obey Philippians 2:10?”         

                    ‘that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
                        in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
                       and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
                      to the glory of God the Father.

The responses I’ve had from Jehovah’s Witnesses have varied a little. On one occasion, at the local community college campus, I came across a husband-and-wife team manning their literature cart. I had spoken to them before, so they knew me. On this occasion the husband expressed his appreciation for my efforts at previously showing them the Watchtower’s teaching on Jesus being the mediator only for the 144,000, and he told me they were in the process of researching this subject. The information on the mediator issue can be found here.  

This time I approached the wife. When I began by trying to confirm the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not worship Jesus, she actually lied to be about what Jehovah’s Witness believed and said they do worship Jesus! I was surprised but quickly offered to pull up what they believe from their website. She explained she was trying to find common ground. But when I asked her, “By lying to me?” she seemed embarrassed and hung her head, and her husband quickly came over showing interest. When I showed him the scripture his response was “Wow! That sounds like a command!” I continued by telling him, “It is indeed a command and this worship of Jesus can be found in your very own Bible at Revelation 5:13,14 where they fall down and worship the One seated on the throne and the Lamb!”

I never saw them again, and they are often on my mind and heart. I hope they have come to know and accept the Lord Jesus and are no longer Jehovah’s Witnesses.

I was visiting a Christian friend out in California and he wanted to go visit the Jehovah’s Witnesses at a literature cart. I couldn’t promise to remain calm. It was my first time talking to them since I had been wrongfully disfellowshipped in 1990 and the wounds were still there. I was afraid they would ask me if I was formerly a Jehovah’s Witness, so I feigned ignorance of who they were and what they were doing.

Me: “What are you selling?” I asked with a big innocent smile.

JW: Oh, we’re not selling anything we are giving away free Bible literature. (They stressed the word free, as though everyone else sold Biblical literature)

Me: “What religion are you?”

JW: Oh, we’re Jehovah’s Witnesses. Are you familiar with Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Me: “Oh yeah, I used to have them call on me back in the 1970’s. I see you have lots of literature, but I don’t see any Bible’s. Don’t you have any Bible’s?

JW: One of the two ladies reaches around the back of the cart and hands me a New World Translation.

Me: “I just have a little question. How do you guys obey Philippians 2:10?”

Jw: The two JW ladies looked at each other quizzically and started speaking quickly in Spanish, clearly confused. They got out their Bible’s and looked up the verse.

JW: “Yes, we believe this verse.”

Me: “No, I didn’t ask you if you believed it, I asked you how do you obey it?”

JW: “What do you mean by that?”

Me: “It’s clear English, do you bow the knee to Jesus?”

JW: “Do you mean worship?”

Me: “It says bow the knee, that’s what I mean. Do you bow the knee to Jesus?”

She looked like she wanted to strangle me. If looks could kill I would have died right there on the sidewalk. She kept feigning ignorance of what bowing the knee meant, so my Christian friend rose quickly to the challenge.

“I’ll show you what I mean by bowing the knee to Jesus,” he said. He dropped to his knees right there on the sidewalk, placing his forehead on the ground as well, and covering the back of his neck with his clasped hands. He quickly got up.

Doctrines Don’t Save, Only Jesus Saves

Long after a Jehovah’s Witness leaves the Watchtower organization, he or she may still cling to many of their false teachings, believing them to be true. This was certainly true in my case. For ten years after leaving the Watchtower organization, I still believed their teachings and obeyed all their rules and regulations. I didn’t celebrate birthdays or holidays, vote, salute the flag or sing the national anthem. I was a cult member without a cult!

Sadly, for thousands of Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world this is also true. Some of them may claim and even believe they are Christians while denying the basic tenets of the Christian faith. If you happen to come across them, please remember this: we are saved by grace, by faith, not by doctrines.

              For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV)

I realize we all know this scripture, but how often I’ve seen Christians forget and state dogmatically, “If you don’t believe in hell you can’t be a Christian.” Or “If you don’t go to Church you are not a Christian.” Funny, but I can’t find that scripture in my Bible, can you?

          He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:30,31

Please remember, it is our personal relationship with Jesus, accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior that saves us. It’s not having correct understanding of doctrines. We can actually have our doctrines all wrong, and yet have a relationship with Jesus and be saved. Baby Christian’s are like that, especially if they are ex-cult members. They need shepherding. They need to be taken under your wing and discipled. They don’t need to be judged and condemned. They need to be loved, they need patience, they need prayer, and they need discipleship. Are you willing to do that?

What many Christians don’t realize is that former Jehovah’s Witnesses have been the victims of spiritual abuse and mind control. It takes time to recover and to sort out truth from the false teachings of a cult. Please be patient. Please be kind. Show them, step-by-step what the Scriptures say. Please don’t info-bomb them with a long list of verses and no explanation.

They need to have the basic teachings explained to them because after decades of mind-control, they are no longer able to reason or think clearly. Just about everything they have been taught has been out of context. Whenever you show them a verse, all the Watchtower arguments come to their minds to refute what you are trying to show them. They need to have these out of context teachings explained to them before they can understand and accept new teachings. 

Holding onto the past

Sadly, it’s pretty common for an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness to refuse to darken the doorstep of any church. Some never join, while others, like me, take decades. Many years after leaving the organization, I still held onto three teachings.

  1. There is no hell.
  2. The Trinity is false.
  3. Taking blood is wrong.

I once heard it said, “Jesus is the bridegroom. We are the bride. Our job is to make them (those who don’t know Christ) fall in love with the bridegroom.”

Hearing that was an aha! moment for me. Our primary responsibility is to make those who don’t know Jesus fall in love with Him. We need to introduce them to Jesus!

Once someone leaves the Watchtower they don’t usually throw out all their false teachings, accept Jesus and become a Trinitarian overnight! It doesn’t usually work that way. Becoming a Christian is a journey. A journey of healing, prayer, and discovery, all of which take time. If Jesus is patient with us in our Christian walk, shouldn’t we be patient with the ex-cult member as they seek to understand?

Remember, the Jehovah’s Witness has been taught to hate Christendom (a derogatory term used for Christianity), and they are taught the central doctrines of Christianity are pagan. After finding out they have been deceived by a cult, they are typically terrified of being deceived again, especially by anything they view as pagan. At this point in time, they are typically lost, confused, isolated and living in both fear and anger. Fear of being deceived again, anger at being deceived in the first place, anger at the Watchtower, and usually anger at God.

The Watchtower is slick. Not only does it mislead and deceive, but it also instills hatred against everything that’s Christian. Think about it, the Watchtower is an anti-Christian religion. It’s anti-Trinity, anti-cross, anti-hell, anti-immortality of the soul. So, once a Jehovah’s Witness leaves the organization, if they hold onto these teaching, they literally have no place to go and worship, unless of course, they join another cult! And this is what terrifies them so much.

A person not an organization

Have you ever heard a Jehovah’s Witness say, “Well if I leave where will I go?” Now we all know the disciples asked, “to whom” shall we go?” (John 6:68) And that is Jesus, however the Jehovah’s Witness realizes once he leaves the organization, since he does not agree with Christians, who can he worship with? This is a very real fear for them. Not only do they lose all their family, but they also lose their entire social structure. Who can they worship with once they leave the Watchtower?

The Jehovah’s Witness has been taught not to pray to, talk to, or worship Jesus. How can you have a relationship with someone you cannot talk to? The following verses can be used to show the Jehovah’s Witnesses it is proper to pray to Jesus. You might try asking “If it’s not proper to pray to Jesus, why did Jesus instruct the disciples to do just that?”

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:14 (NIV)

“If it’s not proper to pray to Jesus, why did Stephen do so? Do you think Stephen was wrong?”

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Acts 7:59 (NIV)

“If it’s not proper to pray to Jesus, why did Paul plead with Jesus to remove the thorn in his flesh? Surely if it wasn’t proper Jesus would have corrected him!”

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. 2 Cor. 12:8,9 (NIV)

Now while the Jehovah’s Witness will of course claim to know Jesus, they actually just know about Jesus — much like we might know all about a movie star, football player or author. Here’s an analogy that might help your Jehovah’s Witness friend. If you know all about an author, and you’ve read every book they have ever written does that mean the author knows you?

You might ask a Jehovah’s Witness or an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness, does Jesus know you? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? Do you talk to Jesus? Or will Jesus say I never knew you?

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Matt. 25:41 (NIV)

If you happen to come across an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness who is either terrified to join a church, or has been unable to find one, you might try suggesting they listen to sermons online. In the comfort of their own home, coffee cup in hand, they can listen and if they become frightened, they can simply shut it off. This is an amazing first step for the ex-cult member to take before overcoming their fear and stepping foot into a church.

Paul Washer on the Deity of Christ.

Top Ten Scriptures the Watchtower Disagrees With

Many people are not aware that Jehovah’s Witnesses actually disagree with the Scriptures. The key is knowing which Scriptures. Please realize, a Jehovah’s Witness will never say they disagree with the Bible. They actually don’t realize the Watchtower teaches them to reject what the Bible clearly says. Here is a list of the simplest Scriptures I like to use with them. (Considering we don’t want to get into an argument over the Greek, since most of them don’t know Greek anyway.)

Remember, they are taught that they are teachers, so they love to help people. If you present yourself as a poor confused Bible student, they will be happy to try and answer your question. They do love questions!

Here are some verses that Jehovah’s Witnesses have difficulty explaining. What makes this particularly helpful is these verses are taken from the New World Translation, so no arguing over translations is necessary.

1) Philippians 2:10 “so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground”

  1. Do Jehovah’s Witnesses obey the Bible?

Follow up questions: Do you obey this command? Why not? (If you need another verse for your JW friend, Rev. 5:13,14 in the NWT shows Jesus being worshiped in heaven along with the Father, the word worship was not altered in this verse.)

  1. We should worship only JehovahPsalm 83:18 says: “You, whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.” Jesus wanted people to know exactly who the true God is, and he taught people God’s name. (Read John 17:6) Jesus said: “It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.” (Matthew 4:10) So, as God’s servants, we follow Jesus’ example. We worship only Jehovah, we use his name, and we teach others God’s name and what he will do for us.–“What Can the Bible Teach Us?” Chapter 15, par 8.

The “great crowd in heaven” referred to at Revelation 19:1, 6 is not the same as the “great crowd” of Revelation 7:9. The ones in heaven are not described as being “out of all nations” or as ascribing their salvation to the Lamb; they are angels. The expression “great crowd” is used in a variety of contexts in the Bible.—Mark 5:24; 6:34; 12:37. –Reasoning Book Page 167-168, Do those of the “great crowd” referred to at Revelation 7:9,10 also go to heaven?

2) Revelation 19:1 “After this I heard what seemed to be a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven.”

  1. Why don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses believe what the Bible says at Rev. 19:1, that the Great Crowd is in heaven?
  2. At Revelation 7:8 the great crowd is not seen as being in heaven. Their “standing before the throne” of God does not require them to be in heaven. They are simply in the sight of God. (Psalm 11:4) The fact that the great crowd “which no man was able to number,” is not a heavenly class is shown by comparing its unspecified number with what is written at Revelation 7:4-8 and Revelation 14:1-4. There the number taken from the earth to heaven is revealed to be 144,000.” —Worship God, chapter 13 p. 121, par. 3, A Great Crowd Before Jehovah’s Throne

3) John 3:3 In response Jesus said to him: “Most truly I say to you, unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3

  1. Don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses pray for and hope for the Kingdom of God to come? Why are you praying for a Kingdom you will never see? Jesus said you won’t see it unless you are born again. Are you born again? (Many attempt to use Theocratic Warfare at this point and claim they are born again, the following questions will force them to admit they are not.) Do you partake of the bread and wine? I thought Jehovah’s Witnesses believed only 144,000 are born again and will go to heaven?

(The NWT at 1John 5:1 cross references to this verse. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born from God, and everyone who loves the one who caused to be born loves him who has been born from that one. Notice it’s everyone who believes and not merely 144,000.)

  1. Misconceptions about being born again

Misconception: A person must be born again to gain salvation or to be a Christian. –Wt. 4/14/2014

4) Isaiah 9:6 For a child has been born to us, A son has been given to us; And the rulership will rest on his shoulder. His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

  1. Don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus is Michael the Archangel? Why don’t you believe Isaiah 9:6 which states He is Mighty God?
  2. Our Readers Ask 

Is Jesus the Archangel Michael?

Put simply, the answer is yes. The custom of being called by more than one name is common in many cultures. –Wt. 4/1/2010 pg. 19

5) Acts 16:30-31 Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.

  1. Follow up questions: Do you believe this verse? It doesn’t say we must study with Jehovah’s Witnesses, attend meetings, or place magazines. Can you explain? Where is the Bible verse that says I must belong to the Watchtower organization to be saved? (Scriptures to add to this include Acts 4:12 and Romans 10:9)
  2. “The other sheep should never forget that their salvation depends on their active support of Christ’s anointed “brothers” still on earth.” —Wt. 3/15/2012 p. 20-24

Survival of individuals today depends on their faith and loyal association with the earthly part of Jehovah’s universal organization.” —Wt. 5/15/06.

“They must appreciate that identifying themselves with Jehovah’s organization is essential to their salvation.” —Kingdom Ministry 1990 Nov p.1

“If we were to draw away from Jehovah’s organization, there would be no place else to go for salvation”. –Wt. 9/15/93 p. 22

“To receive everlasting life in the earthly Paradise we must identify that organization and serve God as part of it.” –Wt. 2/15/1983  

6) John 2:19-21 Jesus replied to them: “Tear down this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said: “This temple was built in 46 years, and will you raise it up in three days?”  But he was talking about the temple of his body. When, though, he was raised up from the dead, his disciples recalled that he used to say this, and they believed the scripture and what Jesus had spoken.

  1. Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus? While Jesus said that he would raise himself from the dead, the Watchtower says otherwise. Follow up questions: Why is it the Apostles remembered and believed, yet Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t? Did Jesus lie?
  2. “Jesus was using figurative speech, referring to “the temple of his body.” He was put to death and on the third day rose again. (Joh 2:21; Mt 16:21; Lu 24:7, 21, 46) He was resurrected by his Father Jehovah God in another body, not one made with hands like the temple of Jerusalem, but a spirit body made (built) by his Father. (Ac 2:24; 1Pe 3:18)” —Insight book, volume 1, pp. 273

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, although he knew that he would be put to death as the ransom sacrifice, his flesh ‘rested in hope.’ This was because of his knowledge that his Father would resurrect him, that his sacrifice would successfully serve the ransom purpose, and that his flesh would not see corruption. (Ac 2:26, 31) Jehovah God evidently disposed of Jesus’ fleshly body in his own way (possibly disintegrating it into the atoms of which it was constituted). (Lu 24:2, 3, 22, 23; Joh 20:2) Jesus did not take back his fleshly body and thereby cancel out the ransom for which it was given. The apostle Peter testifies that Christ went into heaven, the realm of spirits, not flesh, “he being put to death in the flesh, but being made alive in the spirit.” (1Pe 3:18) Before his ascension to heaven Christ, as a mighty, immortal spirit person, did materialize various fleshly bodies to suit the occasion, for the purpose of giving to his disciples visible, palpable evidence of his resurrection. —Joh 20:13-17, 25-27; 21:1, 4; Lu 24:15, 16. –Flesh, Insight, Volume 1, page 841, Watchtower Online Library

7) Revelation 5:13-14 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and underneath the earth and on the sea, and all the things in them, saying: “To the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb be the blessing and the honor and the glory and the might forever and ever.” The four living creatures were saying: “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”

  1. Why is it Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus should not be worshiped?

Are you saying Heaven is wrong?

  1. “Though some claim that prayer may properly be addressed to others, such as to God’s Son, the evidence is emphatically to the contrary.” Insight on the Scriptures Volume 2 p.667

8) Hebrews 11:16 But now they are reaching out for a better place, that is, one belonging to heaven. Therefore, God is not ashamed of them, to be called on as their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

  1. Hebrews says they are reaching out for a better place, one belonging to heaven, can you explain why the Watchtower disagrees with Hebrews 11:16? Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the ancient worthies of the Old Testament will be resurrected to paradise earth?
  2. Why have our publications said that Jesus was probably talking about a resurrection on earth? There are mainly two reasons. First, it is likely that the Sadducees were referring to the resurrection on earth when they spoke to Jesus. So it seemed logical that Jesus would have answered them by speaking about a resurrection on earth. Second, Jesus ended his answer by referring to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These faithful men will receive a resurrection to life on earthLuke 20:37, 38 –The Watchtower, Study Edition (Simplified) August 2014

9) John 6:48-50 “I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness and yet they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that anyone may eat of it and not die.

  1. I’ve heard Jehovah’s Witnesses believe only 144,000 will go to heaven and only those who have this hope eat the bread and drink the wine. Can you please show me where Jesus instructs that only the 144,000 should obey this command?

“I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness and yet they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that anyone may eat of it and not die. John 6:48-50

Verse 53 So Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day;

  1. When Jehovah’s Witnesses observe the Lord’s Evening Meal, only a small fraction of us partake of the bread and wine. Why is that so?

Jesus’ shed blood established “a new covenant” that replaced the covenant between Jehovah God and the ancient nation of Israel. (Heb. 8:10-13) Those who are in that new covenant partake of the Memorial emblems. It includes, not all Christians, but only “those who have been called” in a special way by God. (Heb. 9:15; Luke 22:20) These ones will rule in heaven with Christ, and the Bible says that just 144,000 people receive that privilege.

10) Luke 24:39-43 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones just as you see that I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. But while they were still not believing for sheer joy and amazement, he said to them: “Do you have something there to eat?” So they handed him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it before their eyes.

  1. Jesus said He was not a Spirit, yet Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe what Jesus said. Why? This is what Jesus taught, don’t you believe Jesus?

Jesus’ own words showed that he would not be resurrected with his flesh-and-blood body. He said that he would give his “flesh in behalf of the life of the world,” as a ransom for mankind. (John 6:51; Matthew 20:28) If he had taken back his flesh when he was resurrected, he would have canceled that ransom sacrifice. This could not have happened, though, for the Bible says that he sacrificed his flesh and blood “once for all time.”—Hebrews 9:11, 12.

  1. Bible says that Jesus “was put to death in the flesh but made alive [resurrected] in the spirit.”—1 Peter 3:18; Acts 13:34; 1 Corinthians 15:45; 2 Corinthians 5:16.
    Jesus’ own words showed that he would not be resurrected with his flesh-and-blood body. He said that he would give his “flesh in behalf of the life of the world,” as a ransom for mankind. (John 6:51; Matthew 20:28) If he had taken back his flesh when he was resurrected, he would have canceled that ransom sacrifice. This could not have happened, though, for the Bible says that he sacrificed his flesh and blood “once for all time.”—Hebrews 9:11, 12.


Just Get Over It


Have you ever heard those words or a variation of them? I sure have. We’ve all seen it, a former Jehovah’s Witness, who may have left the Watchtower Organization many years earlier, still angry, still upset, and still lost. Why does it take a Jehovah’s Witness so long to recover? Why can’t they “just get over it”?

Why Does It Take a Jehovah’s Witnesses So Long to Recover?

If you’ve never been a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, or any other “high control group” commonly known as a cult, you may never understand it. The level of indoctrination, mind control, and abuse is difficult to comprehend for someone who has never experienced it.

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Knock, knock!

Have you ever just stepped out of the shower, only to have the doorbell ring and find Jehovah’s Witnesses on your doorstep? We’ve all been there but take heart! There is an easy way out of this dilemma. First, don’t feel it’s necessary to have a discussion immediately. Simply explain it’s a bad time and ask them to return at a later date. (A side note, it’s a good idea to swap phone numbers so you can text each other in case plans change.) They will be thrilled someone has shown interest and you will have the necessary time to think about what you would like to discuss.

If you’re a Christian and you’re not very familiar with what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe, that’s okay! There are a couple of things you can do, that won’t cause the situation to escalate into an argument, or a frantic game of Bible ping pong. One thing you can do is share your testimony with them. It’s very powerful because Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t have a testimony. Believe me, when they leave your doorstep they wonder about what you’ve said and sometimes discuss it with one another. Often, years later, when they are waking up to the deception, all these testimonies come flooding back to them. At least that’s what happened in my case and the case of countless others.

Another thing that Christians can do when confronted with Jehovah’s Witnesses is to share the simple gospel message. Or you might want to take it a step further and take this opportunity to compare the good news Jehovah’s Witnesses present to the actual good news of the Bible. How about asking them what their ‘good news’ is, and comparing it to the real gospel? This method only works for those of you patient enough to listen to their sermonette.

Be forewarned, if you don’t set this up properly, when they have finished presenting their “good news” and you proceed to share the gospel, to show them the difference in the message, they will quickly say that preaching Jesus is also part of their good news. The way to avoid this is simple:

  • First, have the Jehovah’s Witness share their good news.
  • Second, ask them if that is all of the message. Is there anything else?
  • Third, repeat it back to them. Ask them if you have understood them correctly.
  • Only then share the gospel of our Lord Jesus and when they attempt to say that is also part of their message, “No sir, I asked you your message, and repeated it back. Not once did you mention Jesus in your message.”

Next, you can show them this Watchtower quote that says the good news Jehovah’s Witnesses preach is not the same good news Christians preach.

 “Let the honest-hearted person compare the kind of preaching of the gospel of the Kingdom done by the religious systems of Christendom during all the centuries with that done by Jehovah’s Witnesses since the end of World War I in 1918. They are not the same.” May 1, 1981 Wt.

This means that the Watchtower admits that the gospel of the New Testament apostles in the first century is a different gospel than what the organization preaches.

Many Christians might be surprised to discover that most Jehovah’s Witnesses have never heard the gospel message. And yet sadly, this is true for most Jehovah’s Witnesses. During the sixteen years I was a door-knocking member not once did I hear the gospel message. I’ve asked countless fellow Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses and we all have the same story, no one shared the gospel message with us.

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 1 Cor. 15:1-4 ESV

You can combine this with the admonition found in Galatians:

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Gal. 1:6-8 ESV

Jehovah’s Witnesses think the disciples preached the kingdom of God. This is because the Watchtower carefully presents this information repeatedly. What’s surprising is that the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not know the disciples actually preached the Gospel of Jesus.

Interesting, the Jehovah’s Witnesses website,, has this quote:

Jehovah’s Witnesses today endeavor to do so as well. They preach the same message as Jesus did, namely, “the kingdom of the heavens.” ​—Matthew 10:7

What’s so odd about the above quote, is that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not preach “the kingdom of the heavens”. If you’ve ever spoken to one you know all they can talk about it seems, is paradise earth!   Indeed, all the years I was a member I don’t recall them ever teaching anything about what heaven would be like.

The parallel account in the book of Luke mentions the kingdom of God, instead of the kingdom of heaven. Since the watchtower repeatedly says “paradise earth “, in the mind of a Jehovah’s Witness, to hear kingdom of God equals paradise earth.

What’s really interesting is they are not familiar with the following verses, which show us the disciples preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I wonder what they would think about that?

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mark 1:1

in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the **gospel of the glory of Christ**, who is the image of God. 2 Cor. 4:4

1 Corinthians 1:23, “but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness…”

2 Corinthians 4:5, “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.”




Salvation How Is It Found?

If you ask a Jehovah’s Witness, how can I be saved, chances are you’ll be met with a puzzled look, rather like a deer caught in the headlights. That’s because Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in salvation.

According to the Watchtower, a person must:

  1. Study with Jehovah’s Witnesses, usually at least 6 months.
  2. Attend all meetings
  3. Go out door to door with Watchtower magazines
  4. Associate with the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
  5. Study for baptism
  6. Answer 100+ baptism questions
  7. Get baptized
  8. Continue attending all meetings, conventions and going out door to door until Armageddon
  9. Continue faithful during the 1,000-year reign of Christ
  10. Continue faithful while Satan is let loose “for a little while”

Only then is a Jehovah’s Witness saved. Until then, it’s a perpetual state of probation, always working hard of the organization, never assured of eternal life. How different that is than the promises found in God’s word!!

So, the question is, is salvation found by means of faith, or by means of an organization? What does the bible say?

  1. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, NOT of works, lest anyone should boast. Eph. 2:8, 9 NKJV
  2. So, they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,you and your household.” Acts 16:31 NKJV
  3. Salvation is found in no one else,for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
  4. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 NKJV
  5. if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead,you will be saved. 10:9
  6. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:30, 31.
  7. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Does the Watchtower Organization teach the same thing? While on the surface they may say these things to the public, what is actually printed is something quite different. Note below, what their organization declare is necessary for salvation:

According to the Watchtower Organization, Feb. 15, 1983, p. 12, there are four requirements for salvation as taught by the Watchtower magazine. Please check out the list.

  1. Jesus Christ identified a first requirement when he said in prayer to his Father: “This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3) Knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ includes knowledge of God’s purposes regarding the earth and of Christ’s role as earth’s new King. Will you take in such knowledge by studying the Bible?
  2. Many have found the second requirement more difficult. It is to obey God’s laws, yes, to conform one’s life to the moral requirements set out in the Bible. This includes refraining from a debauched, immoral way of life. 1 Corinthians 6:9101 Peter 4:34.
  3. A third requirement is that we be associated with God’s channel, his organization. God has always used an organization. For example, only those in the ark in Noah’s day survived the Flood, and only those associated with the Christian congregation in the first century had God’s favor. (Acts 4:12) Similarly, Jehovah is using only one organization today to accomplish his will. To receive everlasting life in the earthly Paradise we must identify that organization and serve God as part of it.
  4. The fourth requirement is connected with loyalty. God requires that prospective subjects of his Kingdom support his government by loyally advocating his Kingdom rule to others. Jesus Christ explained: “This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth.” (Matthew 24:14) Will you meet this requirement by telling others about God’s Kingdom?

You may notice the first two qualifications are in accord with God’s word, and such they are. Notice however points 3 and 4. Did you notice that the watchtower points to itself as necessary for salvation? Where do we find this in Scripture? Simple answer is we don’t!  Have you ever come across a scripture saying we must be members of a certain church in order to attain salvation?

Now the watchtower is well aware that to point to any man or organization for salvation is idolatry. Notice the following quotes, made in the same month and same year: 

  1. “We cannot take part in any modern version of idolatry-be it worshipful gestures toward an image or symbol or the imputing of salvation to a person or an organization.   Watchtower Nov. 1, 1990 page 26

2.  “They must appreciate that identifying themselves with Jehovah’s organization is essential to their salvation.” Kingdom Ministry 1990 Nov p.1


Here the watchtower has broken its own rule. For the public, the watchtower has what appears to be a very Christian teaching, but the Kingdom Ministry, which is only for those Jehovah’s witnesses who engage in the door-to-door activity, the Watchtower says the organization is necessary for salvation. Didn’t the watchtower just say this was idolatry?  Why then are they leading eight million people straight into idolatry, making them guilty of  breaking God’s law ? This was not a new teaching as can be seen by the following quotes?

  1. Come to Jehovah’s organization for salvation. Watchtower, Nov. 15, 1981 page 21

2. “Where should your faith be placed-in a religious organization or in God?” Wt. Jan               15, 1970 pg. 37

As you can see from their quotes, the watchtower says both we must place our faith in God, and we must belong to the Watchtower Organization, even though the statements contradict each other.  So who will you believe and put faith in? God’s inspired word?? Or the words of an uninspired, imperfect organization?

Take heed therefore, to pay attention to, and obey the word of God. Here is what God’s word says:

  1. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. Psalm 146:3 NIV

2. This is what the Lord says:

Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord. Jer. 17:5 NIV

So do not put your trust in man, for they cannot save you, regardless of their claims! Even if they should say, Salvation is by means of following me! There is only one path that leads to salvation, that is by means of Faith in the Son of God, our Messiah, our Redeemer, our Savior. There is no other!

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12


Mighty God vs. Almighty God


Mighty God versus Almighty God?

Mighty God, little god, angel? The Watchtower actually teaches all three! The Watchtower says Isaiah 9:6 is a prophesy of Jesus (which it is) and this identifies Him as Mighty God. According to the New World Translation, at John 1:1 Jesus is “a god”, a created god, a lesser god, alongside the Father, therefore they have two gods. And the Watchtower teaches Jesus is Michael the Archangel. When asked what is Jesus, aside from saying He is the Son of God, a Jehovah’s Witness cannot answer, is He Mighty God, little god or angel? Because the Watchtower actually teaches all three.

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How to Share the Gospel Message with a Jehovah’s Witness.


First it’s important to know that the “good news” that Jehovah’s Witnesses preach while going door to door, is not the same good news the Bible outlines for us today. To point out the difference, it’s good to ask them what is the good news that you share?

It’s important to give them an opportunity to tell you, then repeat it back for clarification. Get them to repeat it if you can, verifying with them this is the good news that you share correct?

  1. Ask the Jehovah’s Witness what their good news is.
  2. Have them repeat it, to make sure you understood them correctly.
  3. Repeat it back to make sure you understood them correctly.
  4. Ask them if this is the good news they share? (This is important because they will back pedal once you share the real gospel message)

Share 1 Cor. 15:1-4 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.

Gal. 1:6-8  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

 The Jehovah’s Witness may try to back pedal saying they share this message too, however you can remind him, you asked him twice what the good news was and even repeated it back, and faith in Jesus was never mentioned.

 Immediately at Pentecost the Apostle’s preached the death and resurrection of Jesus.

“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2:22-24

God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Acts 2:32, 33

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2: 38

Throughout the New Testament we are told that faith in the Lord Jesus grants us eternal life.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13 (Context shows these verses are speaking about our Lord Jesus, so then everyone calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved.)

He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:30, 31

The sad thing is, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe the bible verses in Acts 16:30, 31. To the Jehovah’s Witnesses eternal life is only attained after a life time of “good works” which Watchtower says is “working hard for salvation.”

Actually Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in salvation at all. According to the Watchtower they must prove faithful to live through Armageddon, prove faithful through the thousand year reign of Christ, prove faithful during the time when Satan is let loose “for a little while”, only after proving faithful through all of this are they saved! Is that what the Bible says?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

However Isaiah says that all our righteous deeds are like filthy rags to Him! We cannot “earn” our way to salvation, if we could, what good did Jesus dying for us accomplish? The Bible disagrees with works equals salvation.

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isa. 64:6

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Eph. 2:8, 9

The “good news” that Jehovah’s Witnesses preach, the coming of Armageddon “any day now” and paradise earth, is not the good news the Apostles preached. The Apostle’s preached the death and resurrection of Jesus, and by faith in Him we may have eternal life. Preaching another sort of “good news” puts us under God’s curse according to Galatians 1:6-8. It is not up to us to decide what the good news is, we must follow and obey the Bible’s outline for us.

A little about me

This is for those of you who may wonder, who are you? Why are you writing this blog? What makes you think you know all about Jehovah’s Witnesses. Here is a little bit of my background.

In 1974 I started studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was 20 years old at the time. I was raised a Catholic, by nominal Christians who had no interest in God, the Bible or prayer. We learned memorization at Catholic School, prayers and catechism. But we never learned why we believe what we do. Why should we believe in the Trinity, hell fire or the soul? There was no bible education at that time.

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