Monday, March 25, 2013

A Spiritual Safari

                “There is iphone, and then there is everything else.” –That seems to be the understanding that people at Apple want you to believe. Even looking through the Apple website, one gets the feeling that those who own an iphone are the kings and queens of the world. If you don’t own one, all it takes is for you to buy one and you will become the best of the best.
            It seems that the goal is to make phones nowadays as thin as a communion wafer, with a screen surface as wide and long as a book cover, having the brilliance of something more sparkly than a tactical flashlight shining through the Hope Diamond. Better resolution is always a good thing, but it seems that the thinner they get, the more fragile they get. Other companies have the same idea, which is why they make a protective case called the Otter Box, or a company called Lifeproof, which even makes a case that allows a phone to float. These cases definitely make cell phones considerably thicker, and it seems that most people put at least some kind of case on them.
            I suppose it makes sense to put protective cases around things we cherish or for things which we paid tons of money. Protection is something that people consider a high priority, pretty much about everything. Our houses and cars have locks on them, people have leashes on their dogs (and some have them on their kids), we have airbags, life vests, safety harnesses, hardhats, reflective jogging vests, Kevlar motorcycle helmets, seat belts, life rafts, and I’m positive that you could think of several more on your own.
            All of this protection is good, but, what about protection for our hearts? Sure, we have the rib cage which is a strong structure that protects not only our heart, but nearly all of our other organs as well. We also have an epidermis (skin), which protects our hearts. I guess if you really wanted to, you could argue that the diaphragm somehow protects the heart, but this isn’t what I mean. I’m talking about protecting the core of your being. Your heart!
            Proverbs 4:23 tells us that above all else, we should protect our hearts because they are the wellsprings of life; the sources of life. The heart reflects our words and actions. In other words, we are living day to day the way we do, because of what is in our core. Our values influence our everyday activities. Jesus says, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks” (NIV Luke 6:45). It is clear that the heart was something spoken of metaphorically for several millennia. The books of Psalms and Proverbs often speak of the heart in this context (see Psalm 62:4; Psalm 28:3; Proverbs 15:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 16:1; and an exhaustive amount of others).
            The question is, how are we to protect our hearts, and what are we protecting them from? What influences our hearts? I’m sure you have heard the phrase, “garbage in, garbage out.” As silly as it may seem, there is great truth to it. Psychologically speaking, throughout all our lives, we have learned from modeling. If you have ever worked with or have or had young children, you know that you can do something silly and they will do the same thing. How can we possibly believe that we lose this mimicking characteristic as we get older? The thing is, we can’t. Modeling is everywhere, especially in media. How do fashionable fads exist? These fads are modeled. It seems that once a cell phone decided to go thin, they all did. One advantage (though it is often a disadvantage) we have as adults over children is that we can choose who or what influences us.
            We absolutely cannot underestimate the power of influence. What we allow ourselves to soak up through the five senses has powerful influence over our lives. 1 Peter 1:14-16 commands us “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Therefore, we ought to constantly work toward holiness,
“making every effort to add to [our] faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (NIV 2 Peter 1:5-8).
            To protect our hearts is to not allow things to penetrate them that will cause us to become further away from God. Sometimes it is obvious, the things that hinder our growth in the Lord. I’m not sure if there is a show that exists on MTV which is actually beneficial to the psyche of any human being. It seems that movie producers think they have to put large amounts of sex or violence in them in order to make big money. Through the internet, one has access to absolutely anything and everything. These examples are clearly extreme, but what about the things that aren’t so obvious or extreme? Just because it might not be sinful, doesn’t mean it is not a hindrance. Several commercials on television would definitely cause our forefathers to roll over in their graves. Sometimes we get caught up in videogames or certain television shows that make our minds wonder to places they shouldn’t (Philippians 4:8). Sometimes even something as simple as hanging out with the wrong crowd can get us into trouble.
            The first Psalm speaks of the power of influence. It explains that the person who doesn’t let themselves be influenced by evil, but instead meditates on the Word and Law of God is blessed (some translations use the word happy): “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night” (NIV Psalm 1:1-2). In other words, a person cannot wrongfully influence their heart (which influences outward action) by reading the Bible, but one can only positively influence his or her heart by reading and meditating on God's Word.
            Even though we are free to say and do anything we want (though not always completely without consequences), it doesn’t mean it is beneficial to us (1 Cor. 6:12). We must guard our hearts and protect them. Since it appears that we constantly become more desensitized on a daily basis because we are consistently attacked with things that have the ability to penetrate our hearts in a spiritually unhealthy manner, we must remember that our hearts and what we allow into them is in view of God (Psalm 139), who is never desensitized (Romans 2:5).
            Not only should we protect our hearts, but we should protect the hearts of others: “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea” (NIV Mark 9:42). As harsh as that sounds, Jesus clearly wanted to get the point across that He despises this unloving and careless act.
                In any event, emphasis is placed on what a priceless object the heart is not only to us, but also to God. Therefore, let us wrap our hearts with goodness, godliness and with a God-glorifying attitude that shines so bright, we influence others in a spiritually healthy manner to seek the protection for their hearts needed to also draw closer in a relationship with God (James 4:7-10).

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV Romans 12:1-2).

Written by Nace Howell through the grace of the Lord Jesus

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spontaneous Conformity

            We have all been there. There is this person who just seems to light up your life when you see him or her. You feel like you’re on top of the world, yet you don’t know what to say or how to act when this amazing and attractive person is near you, let alone consuming your mind. It’s one of life’s biggest paradoxes. You get butterflies in your stomach, you stop eating and you lose weight, you get nervous and sweat even at the thought of this person, yet you could move a fallen red oak tree with your bear hands if it meant being with him or her. In the words of an old song, “It sounds like love’s got a hold on you; no doubt love’s got a hold on you.”
            This article seeks to bring up the point of instantly agreeing with someone about things that you like or don’t like, agreeing with incomplete truth and the consequences of such an agreement. For instance, if you and the lady you are with are having a deep analytical conversation about Oreo cookies, and she reveals to you that they are one of the most amazing things that were ever smashed between her teeth, when all of the sudden you reply with something that seems to her as your mutual passion for Oreo cookies.
            The problem arrives when she goes to your house and sees the posters in your living room of peanut butter cookies all over them, 5 jars of peanut butter in your cupboards and shrines to peanut butter cookies, she will question your passion and in your nervousness, you will reveal to her the truth... which is that you aren’t nearly as passionate about Oreos as she is. This might seem like a silly scenario, but it unveils something that often hinders growth in relationships: a lack of personal integrity.
            Say there was this guy who was head over heels for this girl and they went through the Oreo experience explained above. To her, this experience throws a red flag in the air. Even though this might seem like a small setback, it is still a red flag in her mind. Especially in the early stages of a relationship, red flags are not easily forgotten. In other words, even the smallest red flag is still a red flag. No matter what you believe, red flags are always in the back of someone’s mind. It seems that the size of the red flag or the amount of them is what destroys further growth of a potential relationship. Therefore, in this article, the desire is to explain how to eliminate at least one of those red flags.
            As alluded to above, personal integrity is something that strengthens a good relationship, and it also promotes oneself. It strengthens a good relationship because it develops trust. It seems that simply not being dishonest is a characteristic of integrity, but that is only a portion of it. Integrity is more than that. It can be defined as a firm adherence to morals and unchanging honesty. In other words, a man of integrity will understand what he likes (such as Oreos or peanut butter cookies) and not change his preferences due to what he perceives as the best way to cause healthy growth in a relationship he seeks to pursue. He will simply stick to his guns.
            How does being a person of integrity promote oneself in the arena of dating or availability? People are genuinely attracted to other people they can trust. Think about it... what is the one thing that makes your best friend, your best friend? Some might say shared experiences, but that just boils down to trust! Through shared experiences, you have learned to trust your best friend. If you were to hear about something you told your best friend in secret from someone else, how would that make you feel about him or her? Some might say that a best friend is a loyal friend. What makes them “loyal?” Perhaps it is simply because they are trustworthy. It seems that a best friend should say or imply something like, “I will be there for you whenever you need me.” If the person was never there when you needed him or her even after mentioning that they would always be there, would you forever call them your best friend? I certainly hope not. Just like a person can sense the integrity of a person in a best friend relationship, it is just as easy for someone to sense the integrity of a person in a dating relationship.
            In Luke chapter 16, starting at verse one, Jesus was telling a parable to His disciples. He explained that there was a manager who was squandering his master’s possessions, treating the possessions as his own, and so the manager was called in by his master and told that he could no longer be a manager. The manager’s reaction, which was to make friends with his master’s debtors by lessening the debts they owed, ultimately caused his master to commend him. In verse ten, Jesus says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (NIV Luke 16:10). For the purposes of this article, the emphasis is found in the second half of this verse: “Whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
            This is the pinnacle of a lack of integrity in a relationship. This is what people sense. If you are dishonest in small things such as what cookies you like, this dishonesty will reflect your wholeness of personal integrity and thus repel that which you are trying to gain. In other words, it will work against you. Therefore, work on being a man or woman of high moral standards; be unchanging in the small things as you would the big things in life.
            Jesus explains that in general, people who have, more will be given to them; and those who do not have, even what little they have will be taken away (Luke 19:26). These verses are psychological epitomes of integrity. An implication taken from them is that trustworthy people are very recognizable and will constantly acquire the opportunity to use this “trustworthiness” they possess. With all of this in mind, I urge the reader to take this information seriously; think about it and remember it often. Allow God to bring blessing in your life by obeying Him and being a person of unimpaired integrity.

Written by Nace Howell through the grace of the Lord Jesus

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Step Toward Respect

             I want you to think of a question: "Am I interested in dating anyone?" Chances are, you are interested in someone of the opposite sex. Now think also about this question, "Do I have the gift of celibacy?" This gift is talked about in the Bible, in first Corinthians chapter seven:

            Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that” (NIV 7:1-7; emphasis mine).

            In this context, it is clear that Paul’s concern is that it is good for a married man and woman to give themselves sexually to each other because of their lack of self control. This reveals Paul’s respect for marriage. He is telling the Corinthians to listen to and obey their desires and the desires of their spouses. What might not be so clear is that Paul alludes to his own personal conviction, which is celibacy. Paul is self-controlled, and in verse seven, concludes that it is a gift to be celibate. In other words, we can’t have the gift of celibacy unless we were given it. So, let me ask again: Do you have the gift of celibacy? Do you feel that you were given the gift of being alone forever? In my personal experiences, I would be willing to bet (if I were a betting man) that everyone reading this does not have the gift of celibacy. For one thing, how would the world become populated if everyone did have this gift?

            Secondly, Paul had a high view on marriage as we can see from the above passage. If that isn’t clear, then look at First Timothy Chapter four:

                “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

Paul condemns those who teach that marriage is not worthy of being considered spiritually high in rank. God called marriage good on the Sixth Day, and anything opposing this is taught by liars. In any event, it is clear that the Bible portrays a high view of marriage, indicating that most people do not have the gift of celibacy.

            The information above allows us to understand that marriage is a good thing, and that celibacy was never intended to be the norm. It is clear why celibacy is a gift, and it is also clear why “it is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman...” 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 explains that an unmarried man is concerned with the Lord’s affairs, and a married man is concerned with his wife’s affairs. In other words, the married man has divided interests. What all this means is that if you are single, you have more availability to serve the Lord (for example, ability to serve in a moment’s notice).

            Let’s now shift the focus back to celibacy. It is definitely a gift, and most people clearly do not have it. I have read articles and books that suggest the way to figure out if one has this gift is to ask himself or herself the question, “Can I control, or do I feel like I have control over my sexuality?” The implication of this question seems to begin to condone a lack of self-control, when the Bible makes it clear that such leads to—or simply is—sin (see 1 Peter 1:5-8; Proverbs 25:28; Galatians 5:22-23; et. al.). In other words, just because you might have no self-control, it doesn’t mean that you should get married in order to fix this problem. Also, having no self-control does not give the excuse to sin.
            Having thoroughly believed that I have made my point, and because you are still reading this, since you do not have the gift of celibacy, how should you treat the opposite sex as a single person? This might not come as such a shocking piece of information, but R-E-S-P-E-C-T is definitely a desired treatment of the opposite sex echoed from the Bible: “Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity” (NIV 1 Timothy 5:1-2). The word “purity” used here connotes a purity of virginity or chastity, which is viewed in several cultures throughout history as being the highest rank in innocence. Another light to see this passage of scripture under would be that we are to treat young men and young women the same way we should treat our brothers and sisters, which is obviously with purity.

                Sure, we sometimes take our little brothers and sisters and give them noogies and wedgies (or sometimes our younger siblings are stronger than us, unfortunately for some), and we might get into fights, but for the most part we love them, and for a bigger part, we respect them in a manner that they are recognized as family. This is the same sort of respect we are to show our brothers and sister in Christ: with absolute purity. I’m positive you have heard this concept before, but what does treating our brothers and sisters with respect look like? This may come as a shock, and you may disagree with this at first, but simple things like hugging or massaging the shoulders of the opposite sex might send them a message that doesn’t want to be received, or that you simply do not want to give. It seems that when the Bible speaks of treating the opposite sex with absolute purity, it is not talking about not giving wedgies, but it is talking about a deep respect for him or her.

                Let’s talk about the messages that are sent with hugging, for example. If a guy hugs one of his female friends, there is a message being sent, whether we like it or not. The message from the guy can be either, “I am a single guy, and I want to show you that I care about you and will give you the support you need” OR “I am a single guy and I want you to see that I am someone you can trust and love.” Unfortunately, the message that is often being received by the young lady being hugged, especially, it seems, in Christian circles, is something of exasperation or something that relates to friendship.

                In other words, guys, if you are looking to be in a relationship with a girl, hugging her is the wrong way to do so, especially at first. Just to let you in on a little secret, gentlemen; ladies are looking for men... not friends (although they may be looking for friends as well, but that’s a different story). In other words, if you are constantly hugging on your female friends, that might be how they will view you. I’m not saying that you should completely stop hanging out with female friends, but I am saying that you need to stop allowing yourself to appear certain ways to these women that you are possibly interested in.
                On the other hand, the message being received by the female might be a message that shows a need for pity, so the girl feels obligated to hug you. In any case, make certain that you know it is ok to hug her. If you ask her, “can I hug you?” being a Christian, she will most likely tell you that it is ok. That doesn’t mean that she wants or needs a hug. What I am getting at is, make certain that you know that she will still view you as a man if you do hug her. A man is defined in this context as someone who is not only available, but desirable; someone in control of himself and content with himself; a man of integrity, who honors God in the small things as well as the big things (see Luke 16:10). I’m certain that some of the young ladies reading this know of a guy to whom they give the obligatory “friend” hug. This is the occasion for writing. I don’t want to send the wrong message to not hug close friends of the opposite sex; I am just saying that women are looking for men, if they are looking at all. When they do decide that they are ready to be in a relationship, how will they remember you?

                Ladies, it seems like it would be wrong to think that this doesn’t happen to some degree for females. I have seen where a girl will stand waiting for a hug from a guy, which puts out a similar message to the guys (though I believe not as strongly as a message, based on the obvious psychological norms of pursuit). It seems to be caused from an interest in the guy which ultimately causes insecurity, especially if the guy does not respond in the manner that she wishes. Guys desire the same thing, if they have a healthy Christian worldview: a woman. What is a woman in this context? A woman is someone who is desired not only because (let’s be real) he is physically attracted to her, but because she is also self-controlled and a person of integrity with sound judgment. Anything that doesn’t feel right probably isn’t right.

                Ladies and gentlemen, if there is a person that you are attracted to physically, but you can sense some strange behaviors in this person, chances are, you should let the investigating characteristics of time help you to better understand the direction you should take (see Psalm 46:10). It seems that time is something often misused by people. God gave time to us as a tool, but most people are chronically impatient, which causes us to step in front of Him. Stepping in front of Him might look like an “innocent” hug or a shoulder massage, or even watching a movie together. James tells us to “draw near to God and He will draw near to us” (James 4:7-8). In any event, take your time, have fun, but most importantly respect the opposite sex. You owe this to yourself, to them, and most importantly to God.

Written by Nace Howell through the grace of the Lord Jesus 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Defending Christianity against Jehovah’s Witnesses

Defending Christianity against Jehovah’s Witnesses
Using much of their “bible” to refute them
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (NIV 1 Peter 3:15).
In other words, LOVE THEM.

Jehovah’s Witnesses                                                           Biblical Truths
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the Trinity.
J.Ws. believe that Jesus was a “little god” (lower case g).
J.Ws. believe in a different “Jesus” because of the NWT accounts.
J.Ws. call themselves “Christians.”
J.Ws. believe Jesus is not to be worshiped.
J.Ws. believe that Jesus was once, and is again, Michael the archangel.

Genesis 1:26 says, “Let Us create man in Our image...” (Even in the NWT the wording is similar; see also Isaiah 6:8).
Read John 1:1 (their bible says Jesus is “a” god). Ask them, “is Jesus a true God?” They will not say “He is a false god” but might say He is a “little god” or something to that nature. Then show them Exodus 20:3: “You shall have no other gods before me.”
If Jesus were the being that J.Ws. described (i.e. like an angel, not God, etc.), would that make Jesus able to become an atonement for sin? For one thing, The Gospel does not describe Jesus in this manner. Jews in Jesus’ time wanted to kill Him because He claimed to be the Son of God John 19:7). The Jews knew this was blasphemous, if it were not true. In other words, Claiming to be God’s Son is claiming deity (see John 10:30).
“προσεκύνησαν” Means to “bow down and worship.” This is the word used in Matthew 2:2, 2:11 and 14:33. NWT translates this as “obeisance” which means “to pay respect” as in “curtsy.”
Thomas, in John 20:28 blurts out to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” If Thomas were wrong in this act of worship, Jesus would have corrected him sharply.
Jude verse 9 shows that Michael can’t rebuke the devil, but in Matthew 4:10, Jesus can.
Daniel 10:13 is used by J.Ws. to show that Michael is a chief prince, but Revelation 19:16 reveals that Jesus is above princes.
Hebrews 1:5-8 reveals that Jesus is above angels (see more below).
The goal (at minimum) is to plant seeds of doubt

J.W(s). =Jehovah’s Witness (es)
NWT=New World Translation—which is the J.Ws. translation of the Bible that J.Ws. claim was translated by 5 “Greek scholars,” but no legitimate Koine (common) Greek scholar will agree the NWT is credible.
Other facts:
J.Ws. are often former Catholics, partially because they cannot understand the Trinity. They don’t think it is logical and therefore deem it impossible.
Much of this information can apply to assisting the refutation of other religions as well (Judaism for example).
J.Ws. are told to “avoid independent thinking” from the Watchtower Society.
J.Ws. Believe that Jesus was hung on a torture stake and not on a cross. This is refuted even in their own religion because the founder (Russell) and the leader that followed him (Rutherford) both wore crosses on their clothes. Not only that, but J.Ws. do not consider the crosses found in archaeological digs, such as in Pompeii—an ancient city frozen in time.
J.Ws. believe that the Watchtower Society is God’s prophet on earth. They believe that the Bible is not sufficient for a salvific message.
J.Ws. target people who have just had some kind of life trauma such as divorce or a death in the family or excommunication from family or church.
See also:
John 5:22-23; Acts 5:3-4, Paul calls he Holy Spirit “God;” Hebrews 1:5-8, Angels do not worship other angels, and God calls Jesus “God” in verse 10; “firstborn” in Colossians 1:15 or “beginning” in Revelation 3:14 (and other examples) means “head” in Greek. It is a title of rank as shown in Psalm 89:27; Jesus is no less than God in flesh (Colossians 1:17, 1:19, 2:9 [2:9 in the NWT incorrectly translates the Greek word θεότητος which means “deity” or “divine being” to meaning “divine quality”]); God has ordained government (Romans 13:1-7); Matthew 28:19; John 1:10, 10:30; Philippians 2:5-8. At the end of Acts chapter seven, Stephen prayed the prayer, that Jesus prayed to God, to Jesus. In other words, Stephen used Jesus' prayer that Jesus prayed while on the cross, only Stephen didn't pray this prayer to God, but to the Lord Jesus: "While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep" (NIV Acts 7:59-60). We can Pray to Jesus, because He is God.
They might show you some of the following:
Colossians 1:15. their explanation is that Jesus was created, and not in existence as long as the Father.
Deuteronomy 6:4. “The Lord is one.” The Hebrew here is not Yachid, which means “only,” but it is Echad, which means “united.” (see Genesis 2:24 for similar use).
Daniel 10:13. As discussed above.
Jude 9. As discussed above.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 to them, means, that Jesus is Michael the archangel. Jesus is shown to be above angels in Hebrews 1:5-8.
They might ask you to get your Bible and point to the Tetragrammaton explanation in the preface of the Bible, indicating that your Bibles are very similar. This is one way of how they try to make you think that they aren’t much different than you and that they are “safe.”
They might also try to show you some of the first parts of the comparisons listed below.
Have them read Isaiah 43:11, after they have finished, ask them who it is talking about. Then have them read Acts 4:12 and then ask them the same thing.
Have them read Isaiah 45:22-23 the subject matter is clear in this verse as it also is in Philippians 2:10-11, which is the next passage to be read: the implications are clear.
Dos and Don’ts:
Don’t begin by talking about the Trinity. They might put a spiritual or mental barrier up.
Do focus on Jesus.
Do ask, “Where was Jehovah’s organization from the time between the apostles and the time of Charles T. Russell (J.W. founder)?
Be loving and gentle. Try to create an inviting and comfortable atmosphere.
Be prepared for their visit. Try reading over this information and the Bible references that are mentioned, in order to be familiar with the material.
Don’t tell them that you are “protestant” or “Baptist,” etc., but instead, tell them that you are “a believer in Jesus.”
Do take control of the conversation—using the Bible only. Maybe you could ask them if they would set the Watchtower literature aside for a week or so and let Jehovah talk to them through it exclusively.
Do invite them into your home. They are very nice and professional people than can be trusted. They are just severely misled.
Don’t accept their literature. It gives them a false hope, and the desire is to win them to Christ.
Don’t be afraid that they will take over your life. They will usually only stay for a half of an hour or an hour at the most. Invite them back to talk. They are usually surprised that people even talk with them.
Do remember that if you don’t feel comfortable having them back again, you can gently make them leave and not come back if you say something like, “I feel that we have exhausted our conversations in our debates but I also want to thank you for your respect.”
Do look them in the eye when you speak. Often, there will be two of them together, one will be older and one will be younger. It can be a good idea to keep your focus more on the younger person while reading scripture that defies or refutes their logic. Remember; try to plant a seed of doubt.
Do remember that this is only a small portion of information regarding the refutation of and defense against Jehovah’s Witnesses. I encourage you to copy and paste this post for personal use and I also encourage you to study further, starting with reading the Word of God.

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Written by Nace Howell through the grace of the Lord Jesus