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, jw.org, 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  https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2012411

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

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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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