Part 1 Challenging a Jehovah’s Witness

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After spending the night in Torrance California visiting my elderly dad, I was out for a morning run around the Alondra Park Golf Course.  As I was going along I decided to change my course and shorten my run so I could walk with my wife Peggy.  As I was passing the small lake on my left, a Jehovah’s Witness reached out to give me a Watchtower Magazine.  She had no idea who I was and how much I knew about her religion.

Knowing I was on a time bind, I had to make sure I hit her with one of my strongest arguments.  After we exchanged some pleasantries, I said we have a different view over who Jesus is.  To demonstrate our differences I had her turn to John 20:28.  I gave her some background information on the passage.  Jesus had risen from the dead and appeared to the disciples.  However, Thomas was not present at that meeting.  As the disciples explained how Jesus appeared to them Thomas said unless Jesus showed him the nail prints in His hands and feet and the hole in his side he would not believe.  Jesus then appears to Thomas and tells him to touch his wounds and believe.  I then had her then read verses 28: Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’”  Thomas  called Jesus the one true God.  This passage clearly contradicted her beliefs about Jesus.  

The conversation went great and afterwards as I ran off towards my dad’s house, I knew I had given her something to think about.  This had all the appearances of a divine appointment.  My sudden change of my running course and the fact she wanted to stop me pointed to God’s intervention.  Utilizing John 20:28 was an excellent quick hitting challenge that God could use in this woman’s heart.

In my first series on Jehovah’s Witnesses I gave background information on the Watchtower Organization and answered some of their favorite scriptures.  In the second series I examined the lies and deception of the Watchtower Organization.  The primary focus was the anti-Trinitarian booklet, “Should You Believe in the Trinity?”  I presented how they misrepresented the resources and scholars they quoted.  In the booklet they attempted to make Trinitarians agree with their false beliefs.

In this third series I would like to present three solid arguments based on what the Bible teaches that contradicts the Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs.  I will present them in the order of my preferences.

  1. Thomas calling Jesus Lord and God in John 20:28.  By far my favorite verse for “on the run” evangelism.
  2. The Alpha and Omega argument from Revelations.  Both Jesus and Jehovah (God) claim to be the only Alpha and Omega.  This is a powerful argument establishing two persons of the Trinity.
  3. John 2:18-21 where Jesus says He will raise Himself up from the dead.  I will show you how you can challenge three Jehovah’s Witness doctrines in one set of passages.

Most Christians, especially in our country, will have multiple future opportunities to share with a Jehovah’s Witness.  The question I am often asked, what are the best quick hitting scriptures to confound the Witnesses at my door?  People are busy but want to make a difference in the lives of the two individuals engaging them in conversation.  They want them to walk away with a spiritual stone in their shoe.  I have presented all of these arguments multiple times and have yet to hear a good answer.  These are truly passages that if presented well cannot be answered adequately.  The primary reason is they all expose the false teachings of the Watchtower Organization.  The individuals at your door will walk away spiritually limping as they hopefully begin to question their beliefs; similar to the woman I talked to on my run.

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  • Norman B. Douglas,Sr August 28, 2016, 1:04 pm

    God bless your web page. When talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses about the Deity of Christ, you have them, any way they try to go with their false teaching about Who Jesus Really Is. Thank You! Thank!

  • Steve Bruecker August 29, 2016, 6:14 pm

    Norman,
    Thanks for the encouragement. I have tons of experience talking with JWs trying to move them towards the truth. For Christians like yourself, my attempt is to equip you to share. I hope my posts continue to help you.

    Steve

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