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          "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" (Galatians 4:16)

    Mon, Nov 6th - 5:10PM

    Jehovah’s Witnesses



     
     

    Every Jehovah’s Witness Should Be Asked These Questions (Using the New World Translation):

     

    Is there anything about the Watchtower Organization that you don’t like or that you find difficult? 

     

     

     

    Do you ever have difficulty getting along with other Jehovah’s Witnesses, and do you ever find yourself able to get along with non-JWs easier or better than you can get along with Jehovah’s Witnesses? (Watchtower publications say that true Christians have love among themselves, and that this love is one of the identifying marks of the only true Christian religion, God’s organization.) 

     

     

     

    Why are Jehovah’s Witnesses instructed to ask people if they were on the wrong road would they let pride or stubbornness keep them from admitting it while they are told they must never ask this of themselves? 

     

     

     

    Does it ever bother you that if you do not change your beliefs to line up with Watchtower teachings each time the Watchtower Society changes their teachings you could be considered an apostate and disfellowshipped? 

     

     

     

    Since the truth never changes do you ever wonder if a change in Watchtower teachings or policies means they had the truth and lost or rejected it or were previously teaching a falsehood with which you were forbidden to disagree? 

     

     

     

    Has anyone ever become convinced of Watchtower teachings and become a Jehovah’s Witness by just reading the Bible?

     

     

     

    Why is it important for everyone else to question their religion but forbidden for Jehovah’s Witnesses to question theirs? 

     

     

     

    Do you ever find it difficult to understand how the Watchtower leadership concluded that any Watchtower teaching is based on the clear teachings of Scripture? 

     

     

     

    Does the “New Light” always expound or add to the “Old Light,” or does the “New Light” ever completely replace or disprove the “Old Light?” (Psalm 33:11; 119:89; Proverbs 19:21; Ecclesiastes 1:9-10; James 1:17) 

     

     

     

    Does the Watchtower Society encourage personal study, discernment, and growth, or do they require a child-like dependence? What would happen if a JW followed the example of the Bereans and critically examined Watchtower teachings to personally discern if those teachings really are taught in Scripture? (Acts 17:10-11) 

     

     

     

    While the Bible certainly does not condemn all use of Christian literature and Bible study helps, and Christian books and magazines (and other materials) can be helpful, where does the Bible indicate that Christians must submit to the infallible views and interpretations of an organization or its publications? 

     

     

     

    While Acts 8:30-31 does indicate that people occasionally need help understanding Scripture, where in this passage is there any indication of an organization? Since the Ethiopian eunuch never saw Philip again, where is there any indication that the Ethiopian eunuch had to join or submit to an organization or anyone? Did Philip use the Bible alone to expound upon the meaning of Scripture or did he use additional literature? If the Bible alone was sufficient for Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, doesn't this indicate that the Bible itself is sufficient for us also? Where in these passages is there any support for the teaching that people must join a particular organization, and submit to the interpretations of that organization? (Watchtower publications use Acts 8:30-31 to say that the Watchtower Society is God's only Bible-interpreting organization and that people cannot understand Scripture without the Watchtower Society.) 

     

     

     

    If the Watchtower Governing Body is supposed to be God's "Faithful and Discreet Slave" that guides people in their understanding of Scripture and is God's only channel of truth, then does the Watchtower interpretation of Matthew 24:45-47 mean that for eighteen or nineteen centuries God did not have any true representatives on earth? (Consider Ephesians 4:11-16)

     

     

     

    Do you ever feel that Watchtower leadership (Governing Body or local Elders) is intrusive in matters of personal preference or opinion where no genuine Bible truth, principle, or command is at stake? (I Peter 5:1-3; 4:15; Romans 14:1-13) 

     

     

     

    Are Jehovah's Witnesses loved and hated because of their faith and loyalty to Jesus Christ and the word of God or because of teachings and practices peculiar to the Watchtower organization? (I Timothy 1:3-7) 

     

     

     

    Is the Gospel being proclaimed by Jehovah’s Witnesses the same Gospel that was preached by Christ and the Apostles? (I Corinthians 15:1-4; John 3:13-15; Acts 4:15-19; II Corinthians 11:3-4; Galatians 1:6-8)

     

     

     

    Why does the Watchtower Society avoid the possibility that Acts 20:20 refers to house-churches, since the early Christians usually met for worship in private homes? (Romans 16:5; I Corinthians 6:19; Colossians 4:15; II Timothy 3:6; Philemon 2) Does Mark 16:15 or the context thereof specify the method or means Christians must use to spread the gospel?

     

     

     

    Where is there any reference to an organization in I Corinthians 1:10, and where in I Corinthians 1:10 (or the context thereof) are we told that unity is to be achieved by submitting to an organization? Did the lack of unity among believers at Corinth mean that they were not Christians? (I Corinthians 1:2, 11-13; Watchtower publications use I Corinthians 1:10 to teach the importance of complete conformity to the teachings of the Watchtower Organization, and insist that such unity proves that JWs are the only true Christians and that those who do not have such unity are false Christians.)

     

     

     

    Where in the Bible did Jesus Christ ever deny His deity?

     

     

     

    If John 20:17 means that the Father is God, then why doesn't John 20:28 mean that Jesus is God? 

     

     

     

    If only the Father is God and Jesus is "a god," then just how many "gods" do JWs have? (John 1:1 NWT; Isaiah 43:10; 44:8) 

     

     

     

    Why isn't the same rule that is applied to John 1:1 in the New World Translation, so that it says the word was “a god,” also applied to the other New Testament passages where Theos is used without the definite article? In the 282 New Testament references to God without using the definite article with the word theos the New World Translation usually renders theos as "God," such as in Luke 20:38 and John 1:18. Should John 1:8 be changed to say that no man has seen “a god?” (Incidentally, JWs also point to John 1:18 which says "No man hath seen God at any time," and people did see Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God as He is, only visions or materializations of God, but there have been those who have seen God manifest in the flesh. -John 4:24; 6:46; 14:9; Philippians 2:6-7; I Timothy 3:16)

     

     

     

    Do you believe Jesus is “a god?” Do you believe Jesus is a true god? If Jesus is a true god how do you reconcile this with John 17:3? If Jesus is a false god how do you reconcile this with John 1:1? (Watchtower publications say that only the Father is the one true God (Jehovah) based on John 17:3 and they say that Jesus Christ is “a god” based on the New World Translation’s rendering of John 1:1.)

     

     

     

    If Jesus is not God, how do you reconcile this with Colossians 1:16 and Isaiah 44:24? 

     

     

     

    How do you reconcile the New World Translations’ rendering of Colossians 1:16 with Isaiah 44:24, which says Jehovah was alone when Jehovah created everything? “Because by means of him all [other] things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All [other] things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16 NWT) “This is what Jehovah has said, your Repurchaser and the Former of you from the belly: ‘I, Jehovah, am doing everything, stretching out the heavens by myself, laying out the earth. Who was with me?’” (Isaiah 44:24 NWT) 

     

     

     

    Since there is no Bible verse that says explicitly that the Father is Jehovah should we assume that the Father is not Jehovah? (Watchtower publications deny the deity of Jesus Christ by saying that there is no Bible verse that says explicitly that Jesus is Jehovah.) 

     

     

     

    How do you reconcile Isaiah 9:6, where Jesus is called Mighty God, with Isaiah 43:10 & Isaiah 44:6? (Also, compare Isaiah 10:20, 21 NWT) 

     

     

     

    Whose manifestation and whose kingdom is referred to in II Timothy 4:1? 

     

     

     

    Who is the First and the Last? (Isaiah 44:6; Revelation 1:8, 17-18; 2:8; 22:13, 16 NWT) There is contradiction in Scripture unless Jesus is Jehovah. 

     

     

     

    Who did Stephen pray to? (Acts 7:59-60) 

     

     

     

    For whom did John the Baptist prepare the way? (Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:1-3; Luke 1:76; also, compare Malachi 3:1 and Matthew 11:10 NWT) There is a contradiction in Scripture unless Jesus is Jehovah. 

     

     

     

    Who is Jehovah of Hosts? (compare Isaiah 8:13,14 with I Peter 2:7-8 and Isaiah 6:3, 8-10 with Acts 28:25-27 NWT) There is contradiction in Scripture unless Jesus is Jehovah. 

     

     

     

    Who promised the New Covenant? (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 10:15-17 NWT) There is a contradiction in Scripture unless the Holy Spirit is Jehovah. 

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible say that the Holy Spirit is God's active force? Why did Peter say that Ananias had lied to the Holy Spirit when he had lied to God, unless the Holy Spirit is God? (Acts 5:3-4) How is it even possible to lie to an impersonal force? (Acts 5:3)

     

     

     

    How do you reconcile the almost exclusive emphasis of JWs on the name Jehovah with Acts 1:8? 

     

     

     

    Where in the New Testament did Jesus tell His followers to declare the name Jehovah? 

     

     

     

    Where does the New Testament say that declaring the name Jehovah is a mark of true Christians? 

     

     

     

    Which name is consistently uplifted in the New Testament (Jesus or Jehovah)? 

     

     

     

    Why do you assume that the submission or subjection of Christ to the Father means inferiority? (I Corinthians 15:28; John 14:28) Does the Bible ever indicate that the husband's headship over the wife means that a woman is naturally inferior to men? Do you believe that compatibility between functional subordination and equality of being is possible? How do you reconcile the subjection of Christ to Joseph and Mary with the claim that Jesus Christ is inferior to the Father by His being subject? (Luke 2:51; John 1:3; I Corinthians 15:28)

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible say that Jesus is Michael the Archangel or that Michael the Archangel is Jesus Christ? (Hebrews 1:5-6) 

     

     

     

    Why do you insist that being called “Son” means that Jesus was created? (Hebrews 1:5) The term "son" is used in the Bible to denote or imply almost any kind of descent or succession (consider Exodus 2:10 and Hebrews 1:5, 8), and “Son of God” was a messianic title which signified the function of Deliverer. (E.g. Matthew 16:16; Note that the Devil tempted Christ by bringing against Him the popular Jewish conceptions of the Messiah. -Matthew 4:1-11)

     

     

     

    How does being called “firstborn” mean that Jesus was created, since firstborn means pre-eminent or the legal heir? (Colossians 1:15; the nation of Israel was called firstborn even though there were other nations in existence before the nation of Israel was formed, and note that King David was called firstborn even though he was the youngest son in his family, and Joseph's son Ephraim is called the firstborn even though Ephraim was born after Manasseh. –Psalm 89:27; Jeremiah 31:9)

     

     

     

    Does the use of the word Arche with Almighty God mean that Almighty God was created? (Revelation 21:6; Watchtower publications use Revelation 3:14 to say that Jesus is a created angel. But the word "beginning" in Revelation 3:14 is the rendering of the Greek word Arche, which means first cause, origin or source, and is where we get the English word "architect.”) 

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible say that Jesus Christ was not bodily resurrected? (Luke 24:36-43; Acts 10:39-41) 

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible say that in heaven today Jesus Christ does not have a glorified human body? (Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 2:5)

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible say that the return of Christ will not be in visible human form? (Acts 1:9-11) Did Christ ascend into a literal or figurative cloud? (Acts 1:9) 

     

     

     

    Can you verify that Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonian army in 607 BC and not 586 BC? Does it concern you that the Watchtower calculations making 1914 the year Christ returned are based on a date they cannot verify and a prophecy about Nebuchadnezzar (Nebuchadnezzar’s recovery from lycanthropy) that was fulfilled in Nebuchadnezzar's lifetime? (Daniel 4:16, 30-36) 

     

     

     

    How do you reconcile the promise of Matthew 28:20 with the Watchtower teaching that the return of Christ would be invisible and that He returned invisibly in 1914 AD? 

     

     

     

    If the Second Coming is past and Christ returned in 1914 AD, why do Jehovah's Witnesses still observe the Memorial service, since this was to be observed "... until he arrives?" Doesn't this contradict the purpose of the Memorial? (I Corinthians 11:26 NWT) 

     

     

     

    If Jesus was hung on a single upright pole, a torture stake, and not on a cross then why was more than one nail used to fasten His hands, and why does the Bible say that the written charge was placed over His head and not over His hands? (John 20:25; Matthew 27:37) 

     

     

     

    While Ecclesiastes 9:5 & 10 (favourite JW proof texts) may not prove there is conscious life after death, do these passages prove that there is no conscious life after death or could these passages and their context be dealing with the inevitability of physical death? Do you believe that all will receive the same fate or destiny, whether they are faithful or wicked? “All are the same in what all have. One eventuality there is to the righteous one and the wicked one, the good one and the clean one and the unclean one, and the one sacrificing and the one that is not sacrificing. The good one is the same as the sinner; the one swearing is the same as whoever has been afraid of a sworn oath.” (Ecclesiastes 9:2 NWT) Does the phrase “the remembrance of them has been forgotten” in Ecclesiastes 9:5 mean there will be no resurrection after this life for anyone? 

     

     

     

    Have you considered the possibility that Ezekiel 18:4 (a favourite JW proof text) refers to death in the same sense that Adam and Eve died the very day they ate the forbidden fruit? (Genesis 2:17; 5:3-5) “Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so likewise the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul that is sinning—it itself will die.” (Ezekiel 18:4 NWT) Death means separation: Physical death is the separation of the soul and body. (Genesis 35:18) Spiritual death is separation from God. (Romans 5:12, 17; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13; I Peter 4:6) 

     

     

     

    How do you explain Matthew 10:28 and other passages that make a distinction between the body and the soul? 

     

     

     

    If by "destroy," in Matthew 10:28, Christ meant a termination of existence, then why did He use the Greek word "apollumi?" Christ used the word apollumi in Luke 5:37 concerning the destruction of wineskins ("be ruined." NWT) If God had wanted the Bible to say or indicate that the soul and the body are distinct and that the soul is immortal how would He have changed such passages? (Also, note that while the Bible does say that animals have souls, the Bible does not say or indicate that animals have immortal souls.) 

     

     

     

    In Acts 7:59 was Stephen asking Jesus to take away his bad breath? (Watchtower literature says that the spirit is merely one's breath.) 

     

     

     

    If the account of Luke 16:27-31 is a parable and the Rich Man represents false religious leaders and Lazarus represents true Christians, as is taught in Watchtower publications, then who were the Rich Man's five brothers and why did he want Lazarus to witness to them, and why did Jesus portray Abraham as speaking to a man who no longer existed? 

     

     

     

    If Luke 16:19-31 is a parable (even though the context gives no indication of this), have you considered that a parable is an example or picture which verifies something and a symbol is a small representation of a greater reality? 

     

     

     

    How can a copy, no matter how exact, be the original? Is a copy of a CD the original CD? Is a copy of a document the original document? If God created an exact duplicate of you today and gave it your exact thoughts, emotions, and memories, would you and your duplicate always have the same thoughts, emotions, and memories, or would you be separate people living separate lives? Would you be willing to die so that your duplicate could continue living your life without you around, since he would really be you and you would still be living and conscious because he would have your thoughts, emotions, and memories, your life pattern? (Watchtower publications deny that physical death is separation of the soul and body, and that resurrection is a reuniting of the soul and body, by teaching that resurrection means that God recreates a body with the same life pattern and memories, an exact copy.) 

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible forbid service in the armed forces and where in the Bible is any soldier told to resign from the military? 

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible forbid a medical blood transfusion to save a human life? (Romans 4:15) 

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible forbid celebrating religious holidays, such as Christmas? (Romans 14:5-6)

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible forbid celebrating birthdays? 

     

     

     

    While the Bible teaches much about the Old Covenant for Jews and the New Covenant for Christians, where does the Bible teach a third arrangement of a "great crowd" of "other sheep" who do not have a heavenly hope? (John 17:20, 24; I Peter 1:3, 4) Where is the "great crowd" according to Revelation 19:1 in the New World Translation? “After these things I heard what was as a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven. They said: ‘Praise Jah, YOU people! The salvation and the glory and the power belong to our God.’” (Revelation 19:1 NWT) If God had wanted Revelation 19:1 to say that the "great crowd" has a heavenly hope, how would He have changed this passage to indicate that? If Christ had wanted to mean that the "other sheep" were gentile converts, how would He have changed the wording of John 10:16 and the context thereof?

     

     

     

    The New World Translation is consistent in the punctuation in the dozens of other New Testament passages where Jesus uses the expression "Truly I tell you" or "Truly I say to you" ("tell" and "say" are the same word in the Greek text); so why does the New World Translation make an exception in Luke 23:43 and put a comma after the word “today.” “And he said to him: ‘Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise.’” (Luke 23:43 NWT) “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43 KJV) If I were to vocally and personally say something to you right now it would be obvious that I would be speaking "today;" where does the context of Luke 23:43 indicate any logical reason that Jesus would feel the need to verbalize the obvious fact that He was speaking those words on that very day?

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible tell you to shun a friend or relative who conscientiously chooses to leave the Watchtower Organization? 

     

     

     

    Why does the Watchtower Society avoid the possibility that “house” in II John 10 refers to a church and that this passage and its context is dealing with church membership and discipline and not who you accept into your own home, since the early Christians usually met for worship in private houses? (Romans 16:5; I Corinthians 6:19; Colossians 4:15; II Timothy 3:6; Philemon 2) 

     

     

     

    Did you know that the Watchtower Society originally taught that Charles Taze Russell was God’s “faithful and discreet slave” of Matthew 24:45-46, and how do you explain the Watchtower Society’s change of position on this fundamental issue? 

     

     

     

    If the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only true witnesses for God does this mean that God did not have a witness for over eighteen centuries, since the Jehovah’s Witnesses did not exist as an organization until the nineteenth century? 

     

     

     

    According to Acts 2:32, Acts 3:15, Acts 4:33, and Acts 13:30-31, were the early Christians witnesses of Jehovah or of Jesus Christ? 

     

     

     

    If the “faithful and discreet slave” of Matthew 24:45-46 that guides people in their understanding of Scripture did not exist until modern times does this mean that God did not care if anyone understood the Bible for all the previous centuries?

     

     

     

    How did anyone understand the Bible during the centuries prior to the existence of the Watchtower Society? What kind of God gives His people a Bible without any means of understanding it? 

     

     

     

    If Christ deliberately bypassed the religious elite and highly educated to reveal truths to ordinary people, and the Apostles commended and encouraged personal study and discernment, why should we assume that God intended for people of our generation to receive (without question or doubt) the interpretations of people claiming to have some special key to understanding Scripture that ordinary people don't have? If the Bible is the complete Word of God and the final authority why should we assume that God expects people of our generation to interpret Bible passages in relation to Christian literature or a theologian instead of interpreting Bible passages in relation to context and the whole Bible? Scripture itself is the key to the interpretation of Scripture. While there definitely is need for ministers and Christian books, and there are difficulties in the Bible, for the most part the Bible is self-interpreting and self-explanatory when one is familiar with its contents. (Psalm 119:104,105,130; Proverbs 2:3-6; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11-12; II Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17) 

     

     

     

    Have you ever taken time to personally look up all the Bible passages cited or referred to in a Watchtower publication to examine the relationship of each Bible passage to its context and see for yourself if they are rightly dividing God’s Word or misapplying and misusing Scripture texts? 

     

     

     

    Does Romans 14:2-12 indicate that it is acceptable for Christians to differ on some religious issues, especially conscientious differences of opinion? 

     

     

     

    According to John 5:39-40 is Bible knowledge sufficient for salvation, and what is required for salvation according to this passage? 

     

     

     

    Where in the Bible did anyone record their time in witnessing on paper or have record cards of activity assigned as gauges or measurements of spirituality? "Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God, and instead of adhering to a creed based on human tradition, they hold to the Bible as the standard for all their beliefs." (Reasoning From The Scriptures, p.199) "Because Jehovah's Witnesses base all of their beliefs, their standards for conduct, and organizational procedures on the Bible, their faith in the Bible itself as God's Word gives them the conviction that what they have is indeed the truth. So their position is not egotistical but demonstrates their confidence that the Bible is the right standard against which to measure one's religion." (Reasoning From The Scriptures, p.203-204) 

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible say that a prophet is no longer a false prophet if he admits he made a mistake after a prophecy fails? (Consider Deuteronomy 18:20-22) 

     

     

     

    Do the many failed predictions of the Watchtower Society ever make you question if they really are God’s channel of truth?

     

     

     

    Where does the Bible say that a person must belong to an organization that didn’t exist until the 19th century to survive Armageddon?

     

     

     

    How do you reconcile the Watchtower teaching that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will not reside with Christ in His heavenly kingdom with Matthew 8:11? 

     

     

     

    How could Christ preach to the “spirits in prison” who were alive during the days of Noah, and how was the gospel preached to “them that are dead,” if there is no consciousness after death? (I Peter 3:18-20; 4:5-6) 

     

     

     

    If “the spirits in prison” in I Peter 3:19 refers to demons and not people who died before the resurrection of Christ, then why did Jesus preach to demons? 

     

     

     

    Why did the Holy Spirit speak directly and refer to Himself as “me” and “I” in Acts 13:2? 

     

     

     

    If Christ is not God, how do you reconcile John 17:5 with Isaiah 42:8 and Isaiah 48:11? 

     

     

     

    If the NWT is the most accurate word for word translation of the Bible, why is the word “son” added to Acts 20:28 even though the word “son” is not in the Greek text of Acts 20:28? 

     

     

     

    If Christ was created by God and is the wisdom of God, as taught in Watchtower publications, how is it possible that God was ever without wisdom? (Proverbs 8:1-4, 12, 22-31) 

     

     

     

    If the Watchtower Society can trace its roots all the way back to Christ, can you name one Jehovah’s Witness who lived before the 19th century?

     

     

     

    Why does the Watchtower Society withhold the names of the men on the New World Translation Committee who translated the Hebrew and Greek texts into English for the New World Translation so that nobody can see if they had any credentials that qualified them to produce a Bible translation?

     

     

     

    Why did Paul make a distinction between a person’s body and their soul in Acts 20:10? 

     

     

     

    Why did Christ tell the early Christians they would be persecuted for the sake of His (Jesus’) name instead of Jehovah’s name? (Matthew 24:9; Mark 13:13; Luke 21:12, 17; Acts 9:16) 

     

     

     

    If the human soul is the body then how can the soul come out of a person? (Genesis 35:18) 

     

     

     

    Why does the New World Translation put the name Jehovah in the New Testament even though it does not occur in the Greek text of the New Testament?

     

     

     

    -Arnold J. Saxton

     

     

     

     

     

    For more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses visit:

     

    Witnesses For Jesus, Inc. www.4witness.org 

     

    AnswerJW.com www.answer.com 

     

    MM Outreach Inc. www.mmoutreachinc.com 

     

    TowerWatch Ministries www.towerwatch.com 

     

    Six Screens of the Watchtower www.sixscreensofthewatchtower.com 

     

     

     

     

     


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    Sat, Aug 12th - 8:06PM

    Christians & The World



    "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."(Romans 12:2)

     

    All too often modern Christians put culture and trends above Scripture, and submit to the indoctrination of the society in which they live and adapt to its cultural expectations and values. Many Christians readily accept an unscriptural or anti-biblical teaching or theory as truth because it is considered new or modern or is endorsed by the world and easily dismiss a Bible teaching as wrong or irrelevant if it is considered old-fashioned or unpopular. Many insist that the Holy Bible is not infallible or the final authority or that the Bible only applies to the religious (church-related) part of our lives and does not apply to our secular lives. The reasons that most professed Christians give for their beliefs and convictions demonstrate an adaptation to culture above Scripture. The teachings taught in most churches regarding what is true or false, moral or immoral, or proper or improper demonstrate an adaptation to culture above Scripture. Many churches teach that the Bible must be interpreted according to culture, thus giving self, feelings, sentiment, and the world an authority which they deny God. (Psalm 33:4,10-11; Proverbs 3:5-7; Jeremiah 6: 16,19; 8:8-9; I Corinthians 1:20; 2:5; Colossians 1:9; 2:8; II Timothy 2:14-15; 3:16) Many have adopted the belief or attitude that Satan rules the Earth. (Satan rules in the hearts of unbelievers, "the wicked world system," but God is the present ruler of the Earth and nothing in the Bible indicates that God abdicated His throne and turned His authority over to Satan.) Many teach that the Bible is only for Christians and has no relevance to society or unbelievers. (The Bible is God's message to all mankind and provides guidance on every area of human existence. Applying Bible teachings benefits both believers and unbelievers. The important difference is that for the unbeliever the Word of God is convicting and for the believer the Word of God is cleansing.) Many insist that it is wrong for a Christian (especially a preacher) to hold a public office or otherwise try to influence society for righteousness. (Daniel 2:48-49; Matthew 5:13-16; I Timothy 2:1-2; etc... In other words, the world should influence believers instead of the other way around. Biblical separation is godly distinctions, conduct, and relationships within society and not isolation from society or neutrality concerning politics or community affairs) Many adopt a Devil-May-Care attitude toward the society in which we live. (Psalm 119:53,136,158; I Timothy 2:1-4) Often those who claim liberty from within and are supposed to have internal dominion over sin through faith in Jesus Christ find their lives are out of control in the external world. (John 8:36; Romans 6:11)

     

    This is the reverse of what Christians ought to be. Christians should not be dominated by history, trends, culture, or society; they should be shaping these according to God's will. (II Corinthians 10:4-6; I John 5:4)

     

    -Arnold J. Saxton

     



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    Sat, Jun 17th - 2:50PM

    Unsaved Church Members



    While there may be occasions in which a child of God may have doubts about salvation, this does not happen as often as supposed. Many professed believers have doubts about their salvation simply because they are not saved, and many unregenerate professors of faith are convinced that they are saved because they believe myths, misconceptions, and unscriptural theories about salvation. Many believe they are saved merely because they had a religious experience, but a religious experience does not necessarily mean salvation. You can bathe and brush your teeth religiously (and you should), but this won’t save you from Hell. It worries me when someone says they were so young that they don’t remember much about the experience: For one thing, if you had an experience that you don’t remember much about then you didn’t have much of an experience. Many refer to certain works or ceremonies as the reason to believe they are saved, but this tends to indicate the opposite: Salvation is a personal experience with Jesus Christ and is through the finished work of Calvary, not the shed blood of Jesus Christ and additional supplements. (John 3:13-16; Acts 2:21; 10:43; Romans 4:5; 5:1-2,8-11; I Corinthians 15:1-4; II Corinthians 5:17-18; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5-6; Hebrews 5:9; I Peter 1:3; I John 5:20)

    Did you repent? (Mark 1:14-15; Luke 13:3) Many describe a salvation experience that did not include repentance, which indicates that they are not saved. A mere belief without genuine repentance is not saving faith. (Acts 3:19; also consider Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 55:6-7; 57:15; 66:2) Faith and repentance can be described as the two sides of the same coin, as they are inseparable; repentance is the turning from sin to God, and faith is the turning to Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) for salvation. (Acts 20:21) Repentance is necessary for salvation; it is the effective agent for forgiveness and remission of sins through the power of the cross. (Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; 17:30-31; I Corinthians 1:17; II Corinthians 7:10)

    In which Jesus did you believe and how do you describe Jesus Christ? Many describe Jesus Christ as everything but God in the flesh, Who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died, was buried, was bodily resurrected, and in heaven today has a glorified human body. Faith always has an object and the proper object of saving faith is Jesus Christ, and more specifically, the Jesus Christ Who is presented in Scripture. (John 3:13-16; I Corinthians 15:1-4; II Corinthians 11:4; I Timothy 2:5; I John 4:2,3; II John7)

    Did God change you? (John 3:3-6; II Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5-7)

    Does the Holy Spirit bear witness that you are a child of God? (Romans 8:14-16)

    If you have doubts about salvation you should go to Jesus as a lost sinner seeking salvation. What if you go to Jesus for salvation and don’t need to? God will forgive you. It would be better to seek salvation and not need it than to finish this life hoping in a counterfeit salvation.

    The problem is often a result of wrong directions to lost sinners. Note that in Acts 16:30-32 Paul and Silas responded to the jailer's question by leading the jailer and his household to Jesus Christ. Multitudes neglect the issue of salvation altogether, and multitudes of unregenerate feel assured of salvation, because of improper directions. All too often someone is assumed to be saved, even assured that he is saved, because of works and appearances. For example, in many religious circles someone is often assumed to be born again if he merely says a repeat-after-me prayer, affirms some basic truths, and decides to live right; this does not necessarily mean that he was convicted over sin, that he genuinely repented, that he knows he cannot save himself, that he has a personal experience with Jesus Christ, or that he even knows which God and Savior to whom he should pray. In many cases there was no genuine conversion, but merely a yielding to pressure from concerned friends or relatives, or acting in accord with myths or misconceptions about God and salvation. When such people "backslide," losing what they never had, they are likely to assume that Christianity is vanity or meaningless. Preachers and lay members alike need to remember that we all have an obligation to spread the Gospel, but regeneration is an act of God (not man). We must be careful that we are directing people to genuine salvation.

     

    -Arnold J. Saxton

     

     



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    Thu, Jun 8th - 7:14PM

    The Leaven of the Pharisees & Sadducees



    “Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:6)

    “Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:12)

     

    In the first century the Pharisees were fundamental, ultra-conservative legalists and the Sadducees were religious liberals that denied fundamental teachings of Scripture and were guided by secular considerations. The leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees is still a serious threat to sound, Biblical Christianity. Have you be affected? You might be surprised. Try applying questions like these to specific beliefs: What does the Bible say about this, and what would be your response if an unbeliever asked you why you believe this or why something is true or false or right or wrong? (Proverbs 2:6; Matthew 15:3, 8-9; 22:29; I Corinthians 2:5; II Timothy 2:14-15; 3:16) How important is this in relation to other matters and what Bible truths and principles or standards apply? (Matthew 23:24; I Timothy 1:5-7) Was this true in the distant past and will this be true in the distant future? (Psalm 33:11; 119:89; Proverbs 19:21; Ecclesiastes 1:9-10; James 1:17) Do you find it necessary to use the arguments of the world? (Psalm 33:10; Romans 12:2; I Corinthians 1:20; 2:5; Colossians 1:9; 2:8)

    -Arnold Saxton



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    Thu, Aug 18th - 8:11AM

    Every Jehovah's Witness Should Be Asked These Questions



    Is there anything about the Watchtower Organization that you don’t like or that you find difficult?

     

    Do you ever have difficulty getting along with other Jehovah’s Witnesses, and do you ever find yourself able to get along with non-JWs easier or better than you can get along with Jehovah’s Witnesses? (Watchtower publications say that true Christians have love among themselves, and that this love is one of the identifying marks of the only true Christian religion, God’s organization.)

     

    Why are Jehovah’s Witnesses instructed to ask people if they were on the wrong road would they let pride or stubbornness keep them from admitting it while they are told they must never ask this of themselves?

     

    Does it ever bother you that if you do not change your beliefs to line up with Watchtower teachings each time the Watchtower Society changes their teachings you could be considered an apostate and disfellowshipped?

     

    Since the truth never changes do you ever wonder if a change in Watchtower teachings or policies means they had the truth and lost or rejected it or were previously teaching a falsehood with which you were forbidden to disagree? 

     

    Has anyone ever become convinced of Watchtower teachings and become a Jehovah’s Witness by just reading the Bible? (The answer is no.)

     

    Why is it important for everyone else to question their religion but forbidden for Jehovah’s Witnesses to question theirs?

     

    Do you ever find it difficult to understand how the Watchtower leadership concluded that any particular Watchtower teaching is based on the Bible or the clear teachings of Scripture?

     

    Does the “New Light” always expound or add to the “Old Light,” or does the “New Light” ever completely replace or disprove the “Old Light?” (Psalm 33:11; 119:89; Proverbs 19:21; Ecclesiastes 1:9-10; James 1:17) 

     

    Does the Watchtower Society encourage personal study, discernment, and growth, or do they require a child-like dependence?

     

    What would happen if a JW followed the example of the Bereans and critically examined Watchtower teachings to personally discern if those teachings really are taught in Scripture? (Acts 17:10-11)  

     

    While the Bible certainly does not condemn all use of Christian literature and Bible study helps, and Christian books and magazines (and other materials) can be helpful, where does the Bible indicate that Christians must submit to the infallible views and interpretations of an organization or its publications?

     

    While Acts 8:30-31 does indicate that people occasionally need help understanding Scripture, where in this passage is there any indication of an organization? Since the Ethiopian eunuch never saw Philip again, where is there any indication that the Ethiopian eunuch had to join or submit to an organization or anyone? Did Philip use the Bible alone to expound upon the meaning of Scripture or did he use additional literature? If the Bible alone was sufficient for Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, doesn't this indicate that the Bible itself is sufficient for us also? Where in these passages is there any support for the teaching that people must join a particular organization and submit to the interpretations of that organization? (Watchtower publications use Acts 8:30-31 to say that the Watchtower Society is God's only Bible-interpreting organization and that people cannot understand Scripture without the Watchtower Society.)

     

    If the Watchtower Governing Body is supposed to be God's "Faithful and Discreet Slave" that guides people in their understanding of Scripture and is God's only channel of truth, then does the Watchtower interpretation of Matthew 24:45-47 mean that for eighteen or nineteen centuries God did not have any true representatives on earth? (Consider Ephesians 4:11-16)

     

    Do you ever feel that Watchtower leadership (Governing Body or local Elders) is intrusive in matters of personal preference or opinion where no genuine Bible truth, principle, or command is at stake? (I Peter 5:1-3; 4:15; Romans 14:1-13)

     

    Are Jehovah's Witnesses loved and hated because of their faith and loyalty to Jesus Christ and the word of God or because of teachings and practices peculiar to the Watchtower organization? (I Timothy 1:3-7)

     

    Is the Gospel being proclaimed by Jehovah’s Witnesses the same Gospel that was preached by Christ and the Apostles? (I Corinthians 15:1-4; John 3:13-15; Acts 4:15-19; II Corinthians 11:3-4; Galatians 1:6-8)

     

    Why does the Watchtower Society avoid the possibility that Acts 20:20 refers to house-churches, since the early Christians usually met for worship in private homes? (Romans 16:5; I Corinthians 6:19; Colossians 4:15; II Timothy 3:6; Philemon 2)

     

    Does Mark 16:15 or the context thereof specify the method or means Christians must use to spread the gospel?

     

    Did the lack of unity among believers at Corinth mean that they were not Christians? (I Corinthians 1:2, 11-13; Watchtower publications use I Corinthians 1:10 to teach the importance of complete conformity to the teachings of the Watchtower Organization, and insist that such unity proves that JWs are the only true Christians and that those who do not have such unity are false Christians.)

     

    Where is there any reference to an organization in I Corinthians 1:10, and where in I Corinthians 1:10 (or the context thereof) are we told that unity is to be achieved by submitting to an organization? (Watchtower publications use I Corinthians 1:10 to teach the importance of complete conformity to the teachings of the Watchtower Organization, and insist that such unity proves that JWs are the only true Christians and that those who do not have such unity are false Christians.)

     

    Where in the Bible did Jesus Christ ever deny His deity?

     

    If John 20:17 means that the Father is God, then why doesn't John 20:28 mean that Jesus is God?

     

    If only the Father is God and Jesus is "a god," then just how many "gods" do JWs have? (John 1:1 NWT; Isaiah 43:10; 44:8)

     

    Why isn't the same rule that is applied to John 1:1 in the New World Translation, so that it says the word was “a god,” also applied to the other New Testament passages where Theos is used without the definite article? In the 282 New Testament references to God without using the definite article with the word theos the New World Translation usually renders theos as "God," such as in Luke 20:38 and John 1:18. Should John 1:8 be changed to say that no man has seen “a god?” (Incidentally, JWs also point to John 1:18 which says "No man hath seen God at any time," and people did see Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God as He is, only visions or materializations of God, but there have been those who have seen God manifest in the flesh. -John 4:24; 6:46; 14:9; Philippians 2:6-7; I Timothy 3:16)

     

    Do you believe Jesus is “a god?” Do you believe Jesus is a true god? If Jesus is a true god how do you reconcile this with John 17:3? If Jesus is a false god how do you reconcile this with John 1:1? (Watchtower publications say that only the Father is the one true God (Jehovah) based on John 17:3 and they say that Jesus Christ is “a god” based on the New World Translation’s rendering of John 1:1.)

     

    If Jesus is not God, how do you reconcile this with Colossians 1:16 and Isaiah 44:24?

     

    How do you reconcile the New World Translations’ rendering of Colossians 1:16 with Isaiah 44:24, which says Jehovah was alone when Jehovah created everything? “Because by means of him all [other] things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All [other] things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16 NWT)This is what Jehovah has said, your Repurchaser and the Former of you from the belly: ‘I, Jehovah, am doing everything, stretching out the heavens by myself, laying out the earth. Who was with me?’” (Isaiah 44:24 NWT)

     

    Since there is no Bible verse that says explicitly that the Father is Jehovah should we assume that the Father is not Jehovah? (Watchtower publications deny the deity of Jesus Christ by saying that there is no Bible verse that says explicitly that Jesus is Jehovah.)

     

    How do you reconcile Isaiah 9:6, where Jesus is called Mighty God, with Isaiah 43:10 & Isaiah 44:6? (Also compare Isaiah 10:20, 21 NWT)

     

    Whose manifestation and whose kingdom is referred to in II Timothy 4:1?

     

    Who is the First and the Last? (Isaiah 44:6; Revelation 1:8, 17-18; 2:8; 22:13, 16 NWT) There is contradiction in Scripture unless Jesus is Jehovah.

     

    Who did Stephen pray to in? (Acts 7:59-60)

     

    For whom did John the Baptist prepare the way? (Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:1-3; Luke 1:76; also compare Malachi 3:1 and Matthew 11:10 NWT) There is a contradiction in Scripture unless Jesus is Jehovah.

     

    Who is Jehovah of Hosts? (compare Isaiah 8:13,14 with I Peter 2:7-8 and Isaiah 6:3, 8-10 with Acts 28:25-27 NWT) There is contradiction in Scripture unless Jesus is Jehovah.

     

    Who promised the New Covenant? (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 10:15-17 NWT) There is a contradiction in Scripture unless the Holy Spirit is Jehovah.

     

    Where does the Bible say that the Holy Spirit is God's active force? Why did Peter say that Ananias had lied to the Holy Spirit when he had lied to God, unless the Holy Spirit is God? (Acts 5:3-4) How is it even possible to lie to an impersonal force? (Acts 5:3)

     

    How do you reconcile the almost exclusive emphasis of JWs on the name Jehovah with Acts 1:8?

     

    Where in the New Testament did Jesus tell His followers to declare the name Jehovah?

     

    Where does the New Testament say that declaring the name Jehovah is a mark of true Christians?

     

    Which name is consistently uplifted in the New Testament (Jesus or Jehovah)?

     

    Why do you assume that the submission or subjection of Christ to the Father means inferiority? (I Corinthians 15:28) Does the Bible ever indicate that the husband's headship over the wife means that a woman is naturally inferior to men? Do you believe that compatibility between functional subordination and equality of being is possible? How do you reconcile the subjection of Christ to Joseph and Mary with the claim that Jesus Christ is inferior to the Father by virtue of His being subject? (Luke 2:51; John 1:3; I Corinthians 15:28)

     

    Where does the Bible say that Jesus is Michael the Archangel or that Michael the Archangel is Jesus Christ? (Hebrews 1:5-6)

     

    Why do you insist that being called “Son” means that Jesus was created? (Hebrews 1:5) The term "son" is used in the Bible to denote or imply almost any kind of descent or succession (consider Exodus 2:10 and Hebrews 1:5, 8), and “Son of God” was a messianic title which signified the function of Deliverer. (E.g. Matthew 16:16; Note that the Devil tempted Christ by bringing against Him the popular Jewish conceptions of the Messiah. -Matthew 4:1-11)

     

    Since the word only-begotten is the rendering of the Greek word monogenes, which simply means the only one of a class or kind, how does being called “Only-begotten” in Scripture mean that Jesus was created?

     

    How does being called “firstborn” mean that Jesus was created, since firstborn means pre-eminent or the legal heir? (Colossians 1:15; the nation of Israel was called firstborn even though there were other nations in existence before the nation of Israel was formed, and also note that King David was called firstborn even though he was the youngest son in his family, and Joseph's son Ephraim is called the firstborn even though Ephraim was born after Manasseh. –Psalm 89:27; Jeremiah 31:9)

     

    Does the use of the word Arche with Almighty God mean that Almighty God is created? (Revelation 21:6; 22:13; Watchtower publications use Revelation 3:14 to say that Jesus is a created angel. But the word "beginning" in Revelation 3:14 is the rendering of the Greek word Arche, which means first cause, origin or source, and is where we get the English word "architect.”)

     

    Where does the Bible say that Jesus Christ was not bodily resurrected? (Luke 24:36-43; Acts 10:39-41)

     

    Where does the Bible say that in heaven today Jesus Christ does not have a glorified human body? (Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 2:5)

     

    Where does the Bible say that the return of Christ will not be in visible human form? (Acts 1:9-11) Did Christ ascend into a literal or figurative cloud? (Acts 1:9)

     

    Can you verify that Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonian army in 607 BC (and not 586 BC)? Does it concern you that the Watchtower calculations making 1914 the year Christ returned are based on a date they cannot verify and a prophecy about Nebuchadnezzar (Nebuchadnezzar’s recovery from lycanthropy) that was fulfilled in Nebuchadnezzar's lifetime? (Daniel 4:30-36)

     

    How do you reconcile the promise of Matthew 28:20 with the Watchtower teaching that the return of Christ would be invisible and that He returned invisibly in 1914 AD?

     

    If the Second Coming is past and Christ returned in 1914 AD, why do Jehovah's Witnesses still observe the Memorial service, since this was to be observed "... until he arrives?" Doesn't this contradict the purpose of the Memorial? (I Corinthians 11:26 NWT)

     

    If Jesus was hung on a single upright pole, a torture stake, and not on a cross then why was more than one nail used to fasten His hands, and why does the Bible say that the written charge was placed over His head and not over His hands? (John 20:25; Matthew 27:37)

     

    While Ecclesiastes 9:5 & 10 (favourite JW proof texts) may not prove there is conscious life after death, do these passages prove that there is no conscious life after death or could these passages and their context be dealing with the inevitability of physical death? Do you believe that all will receive the same fate or destiny, whether they are faithful or wicked? “All are the same in what all have. One eventuality there is to the righteous one and the wicked one, the good one and the clean one and the unclean one, and the one sacrificing and the one that is not sacrificing. The good one is the same as the sinner; the one swearing is the same as whoever has been afraid of a sworn oath.” (Ecclesiastes 9:2 NWT) Does the phrase “the remembrance of them has been forgotten” in Ecclesiastes 9:5 mean there will be no resurrection after this life for anyone?

     

    Have you considered the possibility that Ezekiel 18:4 (a favourite JW proof text) refers to death in the same sense that Adam and Eve died the very day they ate the forbidden fruit? (Genesis 2:17; 5:3-5) “Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so likewise the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul that is sinning—it itself will die.” (Ezekiel 18:4 NWT) Death means separation: Physical death is the separation of the soul and body. (Genesis 35:18) Spiritual death is separation from God. (Romans 5:12, 17; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13; I Peter 4:6)

     

    How do you explain Matthew 10:28 and other passages that make a distinction between the body and the soul?

     

    If by "destroy," in Matthew 10:28, Christ meant a termination of existence, then why did He use the Greek word "apollumi?" Christ used the word apollumi in Luke 5:37 concerning the destruction of wineskins ("be ruined." NWT) If God had wanted the Bible to say or indicate that the soul and the body are distinct and that the soul is immortal how would He have changed such passages? (Also, note that while the Bible does say that animals have souls, the Bible does not say or indicate that animals have immortal souls.)

     

    In Acts 7:59 was Stephen asking Jesus to take away his bad breath? (Watchtower literature says that the spirit is merely one's breath.)

     

    If the account of Luke 16:27-31 is a parable and the Rich Man represents false religious leaders and Lazarus represents true Christians, as is taught in Watchtower publications, then who were the Rich Man's five brothers and why did he want Lazarus to witness to them, and why did Jesus portray Abraham as speaking to a man who no longer existed?

     

    If Luke 16:19-31 is a parable (even though the context gives no indication of this), have you considered that a parable is an example or picture which verifies something and a symbol is a small representation of a greater reality?

     

    How can a copy, no matter how exact, be the original? Is a copy of a CD the original CD? Is a copy of a document the original document? If God created an exact duplicate of you today and gave it your exact thoughts, emotions, and memories, would you and your duplicate always have the same thoughts, emotions, and memories, or would you actually be separate people living separate lives? Would you be willing to die so that your duplicate could continue living your life without you around, since he would really be you and you would still be living and conscious because he would have your thoughts, emotions, and memories, your life pattern? (Watchtower publications deny that physical death is separation of the soul and body, and that resurrection is a reuniting of the soul and body, by teaching that resurrection means that God recreates a body with the same life pattern and memories, an exact copy.)

     

    Where does the Bible forbid service in the armed forces and where in the Bible is any soldier told to resign from the military?

     

    Where does the Bible forbid a medical blood transfusion to save a life? (Romans 4:15)

     

    Where does the Bible forbid celebrating religious holidays, such as Christmas? (Romans 14:5-6)

     

    Where does the Bible forbid celebrating birthdays?

     

    While the Bible teaches much about the Old Covenant for Jews and the New Covenant for Christians, where does the Bible teach a third arrangement of a "great crowd" of "other sheep" who do not have a heavenly hope? (John 17:20, 24; I Peter 1:3, 4)

     

    Where is the "great crowd" according to Revelation 19:1 in the New World Translation? “After these things I heard what was as a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven. They said: ‘Praise Jah, YOU people! The salvation and the glory and the power belong to our God.’” (Revelation 19:1 NWT) If God had wanted Revelation 19:1 to say that the "great crowd" has a heavenly hope, how would He have changed this passage to indicate that?

     

    If Christ had wanted to mean that the "other sheep" were gentile converts, how would He have changed the wording of John 10:16 and the context thereof?

     

    The New World Translation is consistent in the punctuation in the dozens of other New Testament passages where Jesus uses the expression "Truly I tell you" or "Truly I say to you" ("tell" and "say" are the same word in the Greek text); so why does the New World Translation make an exception in Luke 23:43 and put a comma after the word “today.” “And he said to him: ‘Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise.’” (Luke 23:43 NWT) “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43 KJV) If I were to vocally and personally say something to you right now it would be quite obvious that I would be speaking "today;" where does the context of Luke 23:43 indicate any logical reason that Jesus would feel the need to verbalize the quite obvious fact that He was speaking those words on that very day?

     

    Where does the Bible tell you to shun a friend or relative who conscientiously chooses to leave the Watchtower Organization?

     

    Why does the Watchtower Society avoid the possibility that “house” in II John 10 refers to a church and that this passage and its context is dealing with church membership and discipline and not who you accept into your own home, since the early Christians usually met for worship in private houses? (Romans 16:5; I Corinthians 6:19; Colossians 4:15; II Timothy 3:6; Philemon 2)

     

    Did you know that the Watchtower Society originally taught that Charles Taze Russell was God’s “faithful and discreet slave” of Matthew 24:45-46, and how do you explain the Watchtower Society’s change of position on this fundamental issue?

     

    If the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only true witnesses for God does this mean that God did not have a witness for over eighteen centuries, since the Jehovah’s Witnesses did not exist as an organization until the nineteenth century?

     

    According to Acts 2:32, Acts 3:15, Acts 4:33, and Acts 13:30-31, were the early Christians witnesses of Jehovah or of Jesus Christ?

     

    If the “faithful and discreet slave” of Matthew 24:45-46 that guides people in their understanding of Scripture did not exist until modern times does this mean that God did not care if anyone understood the Bible for all the previous centuries?

     

    How did anyone understand the Bible during the centuries prior to the existence of the Watchtower Society? What kind of God gives His people a Bible without any means of understanding it?

     

    If Christ deliberately bypassed the religious elite and highly educated to reveal truths to ordinary people, and the Apostles commended and encouraged personal study and discernment, why should we assume that God intended for people of our generation to receive (without question or doubt) the interpretations of people claiming to have some special key to understanding Scripture that ordinary people don't have? If the Bible is the complete Word of God and the final authority why should we assume that God expects people of our generation to interpret Bible passages in relation to Christian literature or a theologian instead of interpreting Bible passages in relation to context and the whole Bible? Scripture itself is the key to the interpretation of Scripture. While there definitely is need for ministers and Christian books, and there are difficulties in the Bible, for the most part the Bible is self-interpreting and self-explanatory when one is familiar with its contents.(Psalm 119:104,105,130; Proverbs 2:3-6; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11-12; II Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17)

     

    Have you ever taken time to personally look up all the Bible passages cited or referred to in a Watchtower publication to examine the relationship of each Bible passage to its context and see for yourself if they are rightly dividing God’s Word or misapplying and misusing Scripture texts?

     

    Does Romans 14:2-12 indicate that it is acceptable for Christians to differ on some religious issues, especially conscientious differences of opinion?

     

    According to John 5:39-40 is Bible knowledge sufficient for salvation, and what is required for salvation according to this passage?

     

    Where in the Bible did anyone record their time in witnessing on paper or have record cards of activ

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    ALWAYS VICTORIOUS! THE EARLIEST CHURCH NOT PRE- BUT POSTMILLENNIAL - by F.N.Lee
    An Alternative Theology of the Holy Land: A Critique of Christian Zionism - Stephen Sizer
    An Examination Of Dispensationalism - by William E. Cox
    Basic Principles Of Christian Civil Government - by David McAllister
    Becoming Salt and Light, by Richard J. Krejcir
    Beware Of Philosophy - by Mike Ford
    Bible Explorer - Free Bible Software for Mac and PC
    Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Contemporary Collapse of Sexual Morals, By Peter Jones
    Biblical Worldview Of Government, by Rusty Lee Thomas
    Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, by Chris Good
    Born Of Water: What Does It Mean?, by Colin Melbourne
    But Is It In The Bible? - by Gary DeMar
    Calvinism in the Light of The General Tenor of Scripture - by Roy A. Hertzog
    CAN A DIVORCED AND REMARRIED MAN BE A PASTOR OR A DEACON?, by Douglas M. Hodge
    Childish Labor Laws, by Thomas Sowell
    Christian Rant: It’s None of Your Business, by Rev Brian Abshire
    Christmas, by Lorri MacGregor
    Church Youth Groups, by David Crank
    Climate Change: Back to the Future? - by Mark Alexander
    Confidence About the Earthly Triumph of Christ's Kingdom, By Dr. Greg Bahnsen
    Constitution of the Confederate States of America
    Contact Elected Officials
    Creation or Evolution – Does It Matter What You Believe? - by Mark McGee
    Criminalizing masculinity - by Paul Craig Roberts
    Cross or Stake? - by Paul Grundy
    DANIEL AND THE COMMAND TO “RESTORE” - by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
    DANIEL’S SEVENTIETH WEEK - by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
    Daniel’s Seventy Weeks - By Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
    DAVID AND DISPENSATIONALISM, by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
    Declaration of Independence
    Defense Of The Orthodox View Of The Second Coming Of Christ - by Mitchell Dick
    Did the Last Days start 1914?, by Paul Grundy
    Dispensationalism - A Summary, by William E. Cox
    DISPENSATIONALISM – CATEGORIZED SCRIPTURE LIST, by Nathan Pitchford
    Dispensationalist Beliefs - The Scriptures, by William E. Cox
    Divine Providence, by Donald Townsley
    Division & Unity - True vs False, by Chris Good
    Does a lack of men lead to liberalism? - by David Murrow
    Domestic Tranquility - by E. Carolyn Graglia
    Dominion Mandate - by Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    Don't Judge, Lest you Be Judged!, By Chris Good
    Don't Touch the Lord's Anointed!, by Chris Good
    Equality, Submission, And The Role Of Women - by Allan Turner
    Evaluating Premillennialism - by Cornelis P. Venema
    Eve Is Again Listening To The Voice Of The Serpent - by Sarah Moore
    Evolutionists Believe in Magic - by Gary DeMar
    Fallacies
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    Fighting Back! A Handy Reference For King James Bible Believers, by James L. Melton
    Four Arguments Against Euthanasia Or Mercy Killing, by David F. Reagan
    Free to Decide: Confessions of a Former Calvinist - by Brandon Cox
    From Liberty To Legalism - by Timothy S. Morton
    Fundamental Doctrines of the Bible - By David Allen Reed
    Gender Roles: The Image of God and the Sin of Unisex - by Ken Clark
    Georgia State Flag - Saint Andrews Cross is a Christian symbol
    God's sovereignty and Man's Responsibility, by C.H.Mackintosh
    God's Willingness and Man's Unwillingness, by George Zeller
    Grieving or Quenching the Holy Spirit, by Chris Good
    Have the Charismatic Gifts Ceased?, by Matthew J. Slick
    Hermeneutics in the Book of Revelation, By Dr. Greg Bahnsen
    Homosexuality: Fact and Fiction, by Joseph P. Gudel
    Hopelessly Patriarchal, by Steve M. Schlissel
    HOW AND WHY ABRAHAM LINCOLN STARTED THE WAR OF NORTHERN AGGRESSION TO PROTECT HIS OWN POLITICAL CAREER - By Frank Conner
    How Some Christians Contribute to Election Losses - by Gary DeMar
    HOW SOME STATES DID NOT LEGALLY RATIFY THE 16TH AMENDMENT
    HOW TO CREATE A MONSTER - By Lynn Stuter
    How To Identify A Dangerous Religious Group
    Human Depravity, by R.C. Sproul
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    In Defense of the Confederacy - By Alexander Massa
    Is Birth Control Biblical?, by Tony Warren
    Is it Sinful for Women to Have a Career? - By David J. Stewart
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    Legalists and Legalism, by Chris Good
    Living Together - By Kenneth M. Gardoski
    Marriage: Blessing or Bondage?, by Mrs. Crystal Paine
    Marrying Young, by Scott Irving
    Materialism and the Believer, by David B. Curtis
    Men-Natural Leaders - by Alan Barron
    MESSIAH, GOVERNOR OF THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH - by Alexander M'Leod
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    Moses Or Christ? Paul's Reply To Dispensational Error - by Charles D. Alexander
    Mothers At War: The American Way? - by Allan Carlson
    My Liberation From Feminism - by Carolyn McCulley
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    Offend A Feminist: The Case For Repealing The 19th Amendment - by Robert Belvedere
    Old Testament Promises and New Testament Church - by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
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    Permanently Disqualified From Everything - by Ann Barnhardt
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    Postmillennialism: Ezekiel’s Vision - By Jay Rogers.
    Postmillennialism: Of the increase of His government there shall be no end - By Jay Rogers
    Postmillennialism: Prophecies Regarding the Messianic Kingdom - By Jay Rogers
    Postmillennialism: Wishful Thinking or Certain Hope? - By Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D.
    Prophetic Speculation Out of Kilter and Hurting the Bible’s Authority, by Gary DeMar
    Psychology: The Trojan Horse - by Gil Rugh
    Pure Democracy Is Evil - by Steve VanHorn
    Quit You Like Men - by James Thornton
    Rapture and Resurrection, by Greg L. Bahnsen
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    Rebellious Wives! - by David J. Stewart
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    Regeneration By Holy Spirit, by Michael Bradley
    Restoring Freedom, by Franklin Sanders
    Rethinking The Gift Of Singleness, by Debbie Maken
    Safe Sex?, by Rusty Wright, B.S.
    Scientific Patriarchy, by Daniel Shaddox
    Secession, State, and Liberty - Essays on the subject of secession
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    Separation of Church and State: has it gone too far? - by Mark Shelby
    SHALL ISRAEL BE RESTORED AS A NATION? - by Philip Mauro
    SHOULD CHRISTIANS SUPPORT THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM? - by Thomas Williamson
    Singles, Sex, & the Christian Community - by Rebecca Grace
    SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD, by Jonathan Edwards
    Solomon's Line on Premarital Sex - by John Thomas
    Some Reasons I Believe The Bible To Be The Word Of God, by R. A. Torrey Sr.
    Soul Mates Or Sole Mates? - by Gary Thomas
    St. Patrick A Baptist! - by Dr. L. K. Landis
    Ten Lies Of Feminism, by Sue Bohlin
    Ten Reasons Why I Believe the Bible is the Word of God - By Reuben Archer Torrey
    Testimony of an Ex-Feminist, by Linda Galloway
    The 14th Amendment Is Unconstitutional - by Judge L.H. Perez
    The Application Of The Scriptures: A Biblical Refutation Of Dispensationalism - by Arthur W. Pink
    The Battle Hymn of the Republic, What It Really Means - By Michael Dan Jones
    The Bible Doctrine Of Hell Examined - by Brian Schwertley
    The Blemished Bride, by Robert A. Wagner
    The Christian Divorce Rate Myth, by Glenn T. Stanton
    The Church and Culture, by Bill Crouse
    The Confederate Battle Flag: A Symbol of Racism? - By Charles Davidson
    The Connection Between Evangelism and Gender Issues, by Randy Stinson
    The Dangers of Feminism, By David J. Stewart
    The Difference Between A "Personal Attack" And "Discernment," by Terry Bowers and Rev. Rafael D Martinez
    The Doctrine and Practice of Marriage - by Rob Rayburn
    The Doctrine of Repentance In Salvation, by Dean Robinson
    THE EDUCATION OF MINORITY CHILDREN - by Thomas Sowell
    The Enemy Within, by Alan Barron
    The Eternal Security Of All Blood Bought Believers - by J. M. Carroll
    The False Separation Of Church and State - by Dennis T. Peacocke
    The Feminization Of Society - by Dennis Prager
    The First Blast of the Trumpet, by John Knox
    The Gospel and Evangelicalism. An Assessment. - by William Webster
    The Historical Setting of the Writing of Revelation, By Dr. Greg Bahnsen
    The Immorality of Liberals - Selwyn Duke
    The King James Version Of The Bible, by Steven Houck
    The Letter Kills, But the Spirit Gives Life, by Chris Good
    The New Testament Sabbath Day - by Tony Warren
    The Origin of Old-Earth Geology and its Ramifications for Life in the 21st Century, by Dr. Terry Mortenson
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    The Rapture Problem, by Chuck Baldwin
    The Right of Secession - by Gene H. Kizer, Jr.
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    THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
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    Tithing Is Biblical - by Kenneth Hemphill
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    Understanding Feminists and Their Fantasies - by Phyllis Schlafly
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    What Is A Biblical Christian?, by Albert N. Martin
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