How to witness to a Witness (Jehovah)

English: Picture of Joseph F. Rutherford from ...

English: Picture of Joseph F. Rutherford from the 1911 Bible Students Convention Souvenir Booklet. At the time this picture was taken, Rutherford was serving as chief legal counsel for Pastor Charles Taze Russell. Rutherford became President of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society in 1917 and later renamed the movement Jehovah’s Witnesses. Rutherford died in 1942. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beth Sarim was built in San Diego, California ...

Beth Sarim was built in San Diego, California in 1929. Rutherford died at the property in 1942. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charles Taze Russell (1852–1916).

Charles Taze Russell (1852–1916). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Background:

Most people in America have encountered people from the Watchtower organization who claim to represent Jehovah, God. The origin of Watchtower doctrine did not originate from the Bible but from Charles Taze Russell, its founder.  It was in 1879, while reading scripture that Smith formulated an unbiblical opinion regarding Hell, the Trinity,  and the Deity and Personhood of Christ. He began promoting his teachings world-wide by publishing the Watchtower Magazine.  In addition, Smith produced a series of commentaries (to the Bible) called Reason from the Scriptures and these are used by Jehovah Witness to interpret scripture.

Approaching the Jehovah’s Witness

An effective approach to Witnessing to Russellites is to begin the conversation with the history of false predictions by its founders.  Russell , Rutherford, and Knorr have made futuristic predictions that were proven false over time. For example, Charles Taze Russell predicted  at least twice (in 1874 and 1914)  that Jesus would return to the earth in those years. This didn’t occur resulting in a new claim by Russell that He came spiritually and established His theocracy or rulership.

Following his pattern of prognostication, Joseph Franklin Rutherford predicted the return of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to earth between 1925-1929. To prepare for their arrival, a home was built in San Diego, California to house them. However, when his prophecy failed to occur as predicted, Rutherford lived in the home until his death in 1942. Not to be outdone, Nathan H. Knorr became President of the Watchtower Tract Organization  and envisioned Armageddon occurring in 1975. Obviously, he too spoke presumptuously and was proven to be a false prophet.

Dealing with False Prophets

According to scriptures found in Chapters 13 and 18 of the book Deuteronomy, false prophets were to be put to death for speaking presumptuously and leading God’s people astray. “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you saying, ‘ Let us go after other god’—which you have not known and let us serve them, you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams…but that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the Lord your God…” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3,5) Evidence that a prophet has heard from God is that his words or prophecies are 100% accurate, and in each of these cases the opposite is true. “How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?—when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken…” (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)

The purpose for discrediting the founders of the Watchtower organization is to prove that their writings, statements, conclusions, and the like cannot be trusted or believed.  Jehovah Witnesses will primarily refer to the Reasoning from the Scriptures to interpret or understand the Bible. It is best to suggest that all extra biblical sources be restricted from use because of its lack of creditability.

When Did Jehovah Die?

The best way I have discovered through trial and error to refute their claims regarding the Deity, Resurrection, Visible Return, Trinity, Angelical, Creation of Jesus is to point out that Jehovah said “I was dead and behold I am alive…” (Revelation 1:18) To help illustrate that Jesus is in fact Jehovah-God, have them read Revelation 1:8, 21:5-7, and 22:13. Each time after they read the verse from their New World Translation, politely ask them the question “Who is the Bible referring too?” Their response will be Jehovah. Once you have established the point that the Alpha and Omega, First and the Last, and the Beginning and the End is Jehovah, ask one final question. Verse 17-18 of chapter one of Revelation refers to the death of Jehovah. Ask them,  “When did  Jehovah or God die?” and wait for their response. They will either respond with shock or anger that Jesus cannot be Jehovah.

From this point on it is up to God to remove the blinders from their eyes and lead them to repentance of their blasphemies.  “And the Lord’s bond servant must not be quarrelsome…with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Tim 2:24-25)

In my most recent encounter with 2 JW’s I did all of the above  in order to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with these souls.  In my case, they both yelled that Jehovah didn’t die and immediately left the restaurant!

To God Be the Glory!

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19 Responses to How to witness to a Witness (Jehovah)

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  3. You yourself agree that God would provide for Himself an acceptable sacrifice in order to reconcile man to Himself. This would be the second Adam and not God Himself, because God was there already from the beginning and could have stood up straight ahead in he Garden of Eden, not having the people to suffer for such a long time. Jesus was the best solution fro mankind and the only man who proved that man can be truthful to the Creator God.

  4. We do believe in the Messiah and consider Christ Jesus as the fulfilment of the promise of God. That is just our main point and difference in your opinion; you taking Christ as God;we taking Christ as the fulfilment of the promise; He being the person who really could be tempted (though God can not) and really could die (while god is eternal and can not die)..

  5. Salvation didn’t just occur or begin with Jesus’ arrival as recorded in the New Testament. Throughout history men, women, and children were saved by looking forward to His coming. God appeared to Abraham in chapter twelve of Genesis in order to established a covenant agreement with him. Part of that agreement included the promise that the Messiah would come through his linage, plus the Jewish people.

    “…And so you shall be a blessing…And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (12:2,3)

    The Bible records that Abraham by faith believed God and it was accounted to him righteousness (salvation).

    “Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness…” (Gal 3:6)

    The non-Jewish nations or Gentile people groups around the world can enter into this Abrahamic covenant by faith.

    “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel before hand to Abraham saying, All the nations shall be blessed in you.” (Gal 3:8)

    The coming of Christ is the fulfillment of the promise that the Messiah would be born for the sole purpose of becoming a curse for us. In order to enter into His “New Covenant,” one must look back to His sacrificial death on the cross and (once again) receive salvation by faith.

    Let me encourage you to read the Book of Romans (Chapter 1-3) and Galatians (Chapters 3-4). Begin by asking God to reveal these truths to you in order that you might believe in Christ and be saved!

    Thanks again,
    Steven

  6. What is all the sense of a God coming to earth and what could he proof and have the people waiting such a long time before they got saved?

  7. When we examine the Kenosis (“Emptied Himself’) of Jesus Christ, scripture reveals that He still had remarkable knowledge of the past, present, and future events unlike any normal human being. Though human, He never stopped being God, but willingly limited Himself in order to redeem mankind. For example, He knew the thoughts of both His friends (Luke 9:47) and His enemies (Luke 6:8). He could read the character of Nathaniel having seen him praying under a fig tree (John 1:47-48).Nor did He need man’s testimony about man because He knew what was in man (John 2:25). Plus, He knew that the Samaritan woman had five husbands and was currently cohabitation with another (John 4:18). He also knew that Lazarus had died (John 11:14) and that Judas would betray Him (Matt 26:25). Scripture records Jesus warning Peter of his multiple denials before it actually happened (Matt 26:34) and that He would be crucified (John 18:4).

    From time to time, He restricted His knowledge! The Lord Jesus Christ regularly asked questions about certain things leading those who have read the ‘Gospels’ to conclude that He didn’t know. For example, He asked the father of the epileptic boy, “How long has he been like this? (Mark 9:21). The example given regarding Him not knowing the day or the hour would be another (Mark 13:32). Millard states, “Perhaps we could say that He had such knowledge as was necessary for Him to accomplish His mission…It is evident that Jesus felt Himself dependent upon the Father for guidance, for strength, and for preservation from evil.” (pg. 726-727)

    Occasionally, He displayed His Deity (Transfiguration and Resurrection), and during certain circumstances He demonstrated His humanity (Garden of Gethsemane and Crucifixion). In either case, Kenotic theology focuses on the person of Christ in terms of some form of self-limitation by the preexistence Son in His becoming man. According to a Walter A. Elwell in his book titled Evangelical Dictionary of Theology “…kenotic theology represents an attempt to give central place to Jesus limited yet sinless humanity while affirming that the ultimate significance of the humanity was and is that here on earth God the eternal Son has come, truly come, to redeem.” (pg. 653)

    The Bible records from Genesis to Revelation that God would provide for Himself an acceptable sacrifice in order to reconcile man to Himself. That sacrifice was the God/Man–Jesus Christ.

    Thanks again,
    Steven

  8. But why would God lie, and say as Christ Jesus that he did not know when he would becoming back? God knows everything and normally tells no lies. God also said about Jesus “This is my only begotten son”, why did He not say “this is me”?

  9. Thank you once again for your comments. It appears that your greatest struggle is trying to make a infinite God fit into your finite understanding or comprehension of Him. Scripture clearly teaches that there is nothing to hard for God. “Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”(Jeremiah 32:27) Therefore, God can/has reveled Himself in scripture as three Persons or as Triune. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all co-existent and co-eternal.

    Millard J. Erickson writes extensively about the Trinity in his book titled Christian Theology. He states, “In Genesis 11:7 God says, “Let us make man in our image.” Here the plural appears both in the verb “let Us make” and in the possessive suffix “our.” In Genesis 11:7 there is also plural verb form: Let us go down and confuse their language.” When Isaiah was called, He heard the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us?” (Is 6:8)

    The objection has been raised that these are plurals of majesty. What is significant, however, from the standpoint of logical analysis is the shift from singular to plural in the first and third of these examples. Genesis 1:26 actually says, “Then God said [singular], Let us make [plural] man in our [plural] image.” The Scripture writer does not use a plural (of majesty) verb with ‘elohim,’ but God is quoted as using a plural verb with reference to Himself. Similarly, Isaiah 6:8 reads: Whom shall I send [singular]? And who will go for us [plural]?”

    The evidence is overwhelming regarding the Trinity, Deity of Christ, etc but they must be accepted by faith. The very faith needed to believe (these truths of scripture) is given by God as described in the book of Ephesians. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God…” (Eph 2:8) I suggest you begin by repenting and asking the Lord to forgive you of your unbelief! The “god of this would has blinded your mind causing unbelief so that you might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor 4:4) Only then will you be saved and the “light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” will shine in your heart.

    Thank you again,
    Steven

  10. You yourself quote clearly “…All things have been handed over to Me by My father, and no one knows the Son except the father, and who the father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” indicating Jesus and Jehovah being two different entities of which Jesus makes the Father Jehovah known to the rest of the world.

  11. In case all personswho say “I AM.” would be God then God is still running around Europe in many places, because that is what we still say many times.

    When a person ask you if it is “you” do you also not say “I AM.” ? So then you are God?

  12. When you rite “History records” did you take notes from all those who bluntly believe the JW or did you take account of serious Historical works and serious encyclopaedias? Please go look at several Bible sTudents websites where you shall fin more about Russell and his connection with the JW organisation. You shall be able to find out that there are many sorts of Bible Students by which many came from the Russelites and never wanted anything to do with the JW Org.
    Is Walter Martin not a trinitarian? You better check by non-trinitarians, who came from the source.

  13. Julie,

    If you would like me to come to your church or association in order to help equip believers to witness to Muslims, JW’s, Catholics, etc, please contact me by phone or email to arrange an evangelism training seminar.

    God Bless,
    Steven Glover

  14. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post regarding the false teachings of the Watch tower organization. It appears, based on your comments that you are in agreement with much of the theology written by Charles Russell for the Jehovah Witness sect. Yet, at the same time, you deny that the organization originated with him. History records that Charles Taze Russell who was born in 1852, to Joseph L. and Anna Eliza Russell is the founder of what is now known today as the Jehovah Witness and Tract Society.

    Walter Martin in his book titled The Kingdom of the Cults writes, “Charles Taze Russell was the founder of what is now Jehovah’s Witnesses and the energetic administrator that brought about its far-flung organization. The name Jehovah’s Witnesses, incidentally was taken at Columbus, Ohio, in 1931, to differentiate between the Watchtower and the true followers of Russell as represented y the Dawn Bile Students and the Laymen’s Home Missionary Movement…At an early age he rejected the doctrine of eternal torment, probably because of the severe indoctrination he had received as a Congregationalist and as a result of this act entered upon a long and varied career of denunciation aimed at “Organized Religions” (Martin, pg. 38)

    His incorrect premise (assumption that something is true) regarding Hell and Eternal Punishment, Heaven, the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, Salvation by Grace, the Resurrection of Christ, Christ’s Return, and the Deity of Jesus Christ has led the entire Watchtower organization to numerous erroneous conclusions regarding scripture. The danger of believing his doctrine is that each person who accepts as true the heresy taught (by the JW’s) will die in their sins. Jesus stated, “I said therefore to you that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24) Failure to acknowledge and believe in Jesus as revealed in the Bible will lead all to an eternity in hell (rejected by Russell’s organization). In this verse and others, Jesus refers to Himself as “I AM.” He is Yahweh—the Lord of the Old Testament and also is claiming Deity for Himself (Is 43:10, 13, 25, 46:4; 48:12; John 4:26; 6:48; 8:12, 58; 10:7, 11;11:25; 14:6)

    These truths of scripture must be revealed to you by God, Himself in order that you might be saved from the judgment to come towards all who reject the Deity, Sinlessness, Virgin Birth, Crucifixion, Death, Resurrection, etc of Jesus Christ. “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 16:17) “I praise Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou didst hide these things from the wise and intelligent and didst reveal them to babes…All things have been handed over to Me by My father, and no one knows the Son except the father, and who the father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Luke 10:21-22)

    I as well as others reading our dialogue will be praying that God may grant you repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and that you may come to your senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will! (2 Timothy 2:25-26)

  15. Charles Taze Russell, is not the founder of the JW but the founder of the American Bible Students. though the JW organisation claim him to be their founder they went away from his teachings and made that there came many schisms in the American and International Bible Students Movement.

  16. God can not die, but also can not be seen by people or they would die. The Eternal God (= no beginning + no end) who does know everything and can not tell lies, can not be tempted and cannot sin. Jesus was seen by many who did not die. Jesus was born had to grow up and learn many things, was also tempted many times and could sin but did not. He never claimed to be God and did tell others he could not do anything without his Father, the only One God, to whom he prayed and we should pray too. Jehovah God said about that Nazarene man that he was His beloved only begotten son.
    Christ Jesus really died and was taken from the dead by His Father after Jesus stayed for three days in hell. Jesus who was lower than angels at first, was made higher by his Father,who is was and always shall be the Most High. Now Jesus is taken on as High Priest and Mediator between God an men. ==> Jesus is not God, nor god the son, but the son of God, a big difference.

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  18. Thank you Julie. We hope to continue to be a source of help and equipping to Christians who desire to do the work of missions and evangelism. Please continue to pray for the ministry.
    God bless, Robin for E4L

  19. Julie Garro says:

    This is helpful information. If we are going to fulfill the great commission, we must have the information to do so. Great post.

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