When I wrote my blog “Lacking Biblical Knowledge,” I based it on an encounter with Jehovah Witnesses at my door. What I didn’t realize was how I would stir up comments from followers of the Watchtower Organization. As I read through the posted comments, I realized how much this organization violates basic principles of Biblical interpretation. Since this is an equipping site for Christians, I thought I’d address issues that surfaced and how to properly interpret the Bible.
The Apostle Paul, writing to Timothy, encouraged him to make sure he handled God’s Word accurately. In 2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB) Paul writes, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” I believe this verse from Paul was not only for Timothy but for us as well. We need to do the hard work of studying and interpreting the Bible, so we can be confident we are accurately handling the word of truth. This will be my desire as I respond to their materials and interpretations.
Over the next few weeks, I will seek to show how the Watchtower Organization fails to meet this standard. I will begin with interpreting the key verses in Psalm 37. They used this Psalm to demonstrate their desire for me was to spend eternity on a paradise earth. They don’t believe people like me, who are followers of Jesus Christ, will enter heaven; they think that is reserved only for the 144,000. As I work through Psalm 37, I will include their teachings on the 144,000 outlined in the Book of Revelations.
I realize by doing so I will likely incur responses from the Witnesses. I have no problem publishing their comments as long as they are respectful. I love disagreement; it is one of the best ways to learn how to defend your beliefs. I too will follow my own guidelines of writing in a respectful manner; this is what a good ambassador for Jesus Christ would do. Peter writes to believers under persecution, “…to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15b (NIV).