This is a comment which Nathan recently made on an old posting that you might miss. I think it is really useful information that you need to have. Well done Nathan, keep up the great work!
“I had an hour-long discussion with a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses who came to my house this morning. The guy who started talking seemed to be ‘in training’. When I challenged his message of the need for Christ’s death + good works as both necessary for salvation, the other guy, seemingly a JW guru, took over for the remaining 55 minutes. Thankfully, I’ve read about and had a bit of practice in talking with JWs about their discrepancies (to say the least!) in their understanding of Christianity. During our conversation we were able to discuss most of the differences between orthodox Christian belief and the teaching of JWs. Here is a (very) brief outline of some of what JWs believe:-
- God is not a Trinity-
- Jesus is not fully divine and not co-equal with the Father (Jehovah)-
- The Holy Spirit is not God either; rather ‘it’ is a force-
- Jesus was pre-existent as the arch angel Michael-
- There is no eternal damnation in Hell-
- Good works must accompany the death of Jesus for salvation
I was able to challenge him on most of these points and a few others. The difficult thing is that they are programmed by the Watchtower institution to not listen to people, nor are they to interpret the Bible for themselves (the Watchtower people do this for them).
The good thing was that the three of them were able to hear the gospel (there was a little kid with them too). Another good thing was that I held them up for an hour, which is an hour less of JW teaching being promoted.
Hopefully this guy will come back (he said he had to go and ‘meet someone’, but that he’d return next weekend).
A few basic tips on how to deal with JWs–
- Don’t invite them in (2 John 10-11)-
- Know your Bible-
- Read a good book on the cults (Fritz Ridenour’s “So What’s the Difference” is a good start)-
- Know what JWs (and Mormons) teach-
- Have nothing to do with them if you don’t know how to correct them.”