Christian Answers to Jehovah’s Witness Missionaries

Using Scriptural References: Christian Answers to Jehovah's Witness Missionaries

This book will prepare you to respond with biblically sound answers in your next conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness missionary. Certain passages throughout the Old and New Testaments are used by Jehovah’s Witnesses to convince unsuspecting Christians that their claims are true.

Using Scriptural References: Christian Answers to Jehovah’s Witness Missionaries, contains those passages followed by the biblical truths you can use to refute their claims.

Additional material in this book includes guidance for effectively sharing your faith with Jehovah’s Witnesses while avoiding pointless debate and confrontation.

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Written by: Phillip Moormann

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Date published: 04/24/15

Edition: 1st

ISBN: 1508858632

270 pages

Available in Paperback

[I’d recommend this book to] anyone who has an interest in witnessing to anyone in a cult, or who has a family member involved in a false belief system. And I also think it it helps identify Christian doctrine very well, and can solidify one’s own beliefs. – L. Obernberger

CHAPTER PREVIEWS

Introduction: Suggestions for Witnessing

One can successfully refute the Watchtower’s accusations about the Scripture, although it may be difficult to do for the average Christian. Below are several suggestions as to how to go about this. But actually, the best method of approach is not to deal with their perverse doctrines (although when they come up for discussion,
they should be dealt with), but instead to undermine the authority of the Watchtower Society itself. For a discussion of this important approch, see the Appendix.

It is clear that arguing with Jehovah’s Witnesseses about JW doctrine using Bible passages in refutation typically will not change their minds. The intent of this book is two fold: (1) to equip the Christian with reasonable answers to Jehovah’s Witness claims regarding the Scripture, and (2) to plant seeds into the minds of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Be patient. Do not be in a hurry.

Genesis: Holy Spirit is God

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Holy Spirit is not a person, particularly not a third person in the Trinity.

They do not believe in the Trinity and use this verse to point that out. They rely upon their own translation, of course, because in any normal English translation, the phrase that they render as “God’s active force” is translated more like “the Spirit of God”.

Exodus: Jesus is God

Christians from the first century till now realized that when Jesus said, as recorded in John 8:58-59, that “…before Abraham was, I am” he was claiming to be God. The Jews knew it too, because immediately “Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself….”.

Now why in the world would the Jews want to kill Jesus by stoning him? Because it was the Mosaic law that no one would claim to be God but God himself – and that it exactly what Jesus had done when he said “I am”.

Psalms: Man's Destiny is not Earth

The Jehovah’s Witnesses want to make two points here: (1) that man’s ultimate destiny is the earth, not heaven, and (2) only 144,000 will go to heaven, the remainder will go stay on the earth (they will buttress this last assertion with other scriptures).

The first thing is to mention that this scripture uses the past tense: “hath he given” – not will give. This is a statement about how all men (all of mankind) has been given the earth, as it says in Genesis 1:28:

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Isaiah: Jesus is Mighty God

Jehovah Witnesses believe that Jesus was a god, a “might” god but not the Almighty God. In their theology, there are two gods: a mighty God (Jesus) and Almighty God (Jehovah).

They believe that since 1 Corinthians 8:5 speaks of many gods and many lords, that Jesus is one of them. They believe Jesus is a created being like one of the angels: in fact, they believe he is Michael, the Archangel. Which is he, a god or an angel?

Michah: The Origin of Jesus

The Jehovah’s Witnesses say that because the Scripture in Micah 3 says “going forth from old, from everlasting”, this means that Jesus is finite and had a beginning. Because he had a beginning, he could not be the eternal God. He was created a long time ago. The New World Translation reads:

“2 And you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, The one too little to be among the thousands of Judah, From you will come out for me the one to be ruler in Israel, Whose origin is from ancient times, from the days of long ago.”

Matthew: A 1914 Generation?

Until recently the Watchtower taught that the generation who witnessed Jesus’ second coming in the year 1914 would not die before the day of Armageddon. As time ticked by it became obvious that the Watchtower would have to change their views on this as time was running out for this prophecy to come true. At the time of writing this there are only 4 surviving UK soldiers who fought in the first world war.

Initially in the 1940’s the Watchtower’s definition of a generation was 37 years. The Watchtower got this from subtracting the date of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. from the death of Jesus in 33 A.D. One year after 1951 (1914 + 37) the Watchtower received new light and revised their definition of generation to equal 70-80 years(three score years and ten).

Mark: Is God One or Three?

Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 6:4 and is known to the Jews as the Shema. The Shema was extremely important to the Jews because it set them apart from all their neighbors who were polytheists (believers in many gods). Christians do not believe in three Gods for there is only one God. But Christians do believe in three persons within the one Godhead.

Ask your Jehovah’s Witness friend:
1. Do you understand that Christians believe that there is only one true God?
2. Do you understand that Christians believe that there are three persons within the Godhead?

John: Being Born Again

The Watchtower teaches that only 144,000 will actually be born again, the rest, although not born again, will reign on earth under the authority of those 144,000 in heaven. None but the 144,000 are born again.

It is interesting to note that every passage in the New Testament speaking about being born again or to trust on Jesus name, no mention of the 144,000 is mentioned.

For example, in 1 John 1 it reads: “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that
is begotten of him.”

The scripture here says “whosoever”, not the first 144,000 may be born of God. Jesus himself said the same thing in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Again, that same word “whosoever”, not just a few.

Phillippians: Lower Position of Christ

Part One: The Nature of Christ (humility)
1. The first thing to do with this passage is to say, “What is Paul talking about here in verse 3 through verse 9?”

He is talking about humility, being truly humble. In verse 3- “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

What is humility?
Humility is to give up your rights in the service of others.

To whom does Paul use to compare the quality of humility?

Hebrews: A New Covenant

In the Old Testament the prophet Jeremiah spoke of a new testament, a new covenant, which God will make with his people. The writer of the book of Hebrews refers to Jeremaih 31:31-34:

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my 30 law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Revelation: Two Classes of Christians

This is a principal teaching of the Watchtower Society: there are two classes of “Christians” – those of the 144,00 which were completed in 1935 and the “other sheep”. The first group are heaven bound and the remainder are bound for a paradise on earth. Of course, there is absolutely no scriptural basis for the teaching that 1935 was the cut off date, but nonetheless….

Because of this doctrine the following things are true:
1. They cannot become members of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27)
2. They cannot be “born again” (John 3:3)
3. They cannot share in Christ’s heavenly kingdom (2 Tim. 4:18)
4. They cannot receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13)
5. They are not entitled to share in the communion loaf and cupt (1 Cor. 10:16-17)
6. They are not in the New Covenant mediated by Christ (Heb. 12:24)
7. They cannot be fully justified through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:26)”

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