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.
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.
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