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Jehovah Witness Bible Deception


When Jehovah Witnesses Call, Don’t Hide, Evangelize!

In 2011, the Jehovah Witnesses claimed to have preached worldwide an astonishing 1,707,094,710 hours! That means Witnesses performed 142,257,893 door to door preaching hours per month or 4,676,971.81 hours a day. They also claim to have accomplished this with only 7,659,019 witnesses worldwide; therefore, each witness averaged 223 hours a year or one hour of door to door witnessing every day! The unprepared Christian will be at a considerable disadvantage when the well trained Witness arrives at the door.

Some people refuse to answer the door. Others engage the witnesses, but get lost in a game of biblical ping pong. Many become frustrated at their inability to penetrate the Watchtower built around the Witness, and simply give up. There is a way to break through!

The Christian need not fear an encounter with Jehovah Witnesses. Christ called us to witness to everyone, including Jehovah Witnesses. This can be done quickly and easily. Instead of being intimated by Jehovah Witnesses, Christians can lovingly put them on the defensive very quickly, while simultaneously sowing seeds of doubt in the mind of the Witness.

Pray, pray, pray. Pray that God brings Witnesses to your door, and pray that you will have the right words when they come. Pray silently while they are visiting, and pray for them when they leave. Pray for them whenever they cross your mind. I still pray for Witnesses I met years ago. I have no idea where they are, or if they have surrendered to God. It only takes a few minutes whenever they cross my mind to place them before the throne of the Almighty.

Have the right attitude. The salvation of lost souls is the only goal. Never seek to win an argument. It is better to lose the argument and win the soul.

NEVER TRY TO TEACH JEHOVAH WITNESSES! Jehovah Witnesses believe that they are the only ones who understand the Bible. If you attempt to teach them, they will shut down and not listen to you. They have been taught that non-Jehovah Witnesses cannot properly interpret the Bible. Since the Watchtower programmed them to have all of the answers, let them teach you! They will jump at the opportunity to answer your questions; therefore, ask them questions designed to expose their false religion, lack of biblical knowledge, and sow the seeds of doubt all at the same time.

Either Jesus rose bodily or He is a Liar. Jehovah Witnesses are taught that Jesus’ body was destroyed after the crucifixion. They believe that he materialized bodies as needed to convince his followers that he was resurrected. (Witnesses cannot even see the deception in that statement.) Your goal is to make them see the deception by sowing seeds of doubt with Scriptures they cannot refuted or reason away. They will attempt to give an answer, but unless they are ready to get out of the Watchtower, the answer will never be correct. To agree destroys their theology, and the must protect the Watchtower at all cost.

ASK THE WITNESS TO READ AND EXPLAIN THE FOLLOWING TEXT. If they agree with the text, the Watchtower is wrong, if they do not agree, Jesus is a liar.

John 2:18-22
Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken. (NIV)

They have walked into the trap. The Jehovah Witness will read the passage and possibly state what it clearly says without realizing that it contradicts Watchtower doctrine. Ask the Witness a question similar to this, “I am a little confused. I was told that Jehovah Witnesses do not believe that Jesus was raised in his own body. But these Scriptures clearly state that he was. Can you explain this to me?”

They cannot give an honest answer. The Witness will attempt to answer your question. Remember in their minds, they have the “truth” and we don’t. But they will NOT give a correct answer. They will revert to their theology that Jesus manufactured bodies to convince his followers that he was resurrected. If you inform them that Jesus must have lied if he made up temporary bodies to “fool” is followers into believing that it was him, they may attempt to lead you down a rabbit trail. Don’t go! Tell them that you must resolve this conflict before venturing to another topic. Remember; never appear threatening or overtly confrontational. Sincerely seek an answer, if they can give you a good one, evaluate it. Remember, their answers will not work.

Beware of reverse traps!
Mark 16:12
After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. (KJV)

The Jehovah Witness will use Mark 16:12 as proof that Jesus appeared in another form.

The Jehovah Witness will either use a King James Bible or the New World Translation (NWT) which they created. Although the KJV is a very good Bible, there are many questions pertaining to the ending of Mark Chapter 16. The KJV was translated in 1611 mostly from the Septuagint; however, older manuscripts have been found which ends at verse 8. Most modern versions of the Bible will indicate in footnotes or margins that verses 9 -20 are questionable and probably not part of the original text. Even the NWT acknowledges two separate endings.

To accept verses 9 – 20 would mean that baptism is a requirement for salvation (verse 16)-which is a work, and (verse 18) believers can handle snakes and drink poisons. I do find too many people living who are engaging in those activities.

These doctrines are not found in any other parts of the Bible; therefore, one shouldn’t base his eternal destiny on those questionable “Scriptures” alone.

Jesus was not recognized

There are several post resurrection Scriptures in which the disciples did not recognized Jesus. Jehovah Witnesses will attempt to use them to convince you that Jesus took up other bodies. Never forget the main premise, if he did, he still lied. The explanation is that Jesus prevented people from recognizing him until he was ready for them to.

Luke 24:13-16
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. (NIV)

Walter Martin once used the analogy that a hypnotist could make a person forgot people by giving that person a shot of mental Novocain. The hypnotist uses suggestion to block the mind of the subject; Jesus could do the same thing by his sovereign will. In the above stated Scriptures as well as the others in which Jesus was not recognized, he delayed the disciples’ ability to recognize him until he wanted them to. At no point did the Scriptures ever say that it wasn’t Jesus.
If you study the remainder of Luke Ch. 24 along with John Ch 20:26-30, you will have ammunition Witnesses must refute but can’t. They may display a confident face to go along with their distorted logic, but they will not bring the truth. Since they must either renounce Jesus as a liar, or accept him as the bodily resurrected Lord, they will twist in the wind, because they can do neither!
Let the Jehovah Witness leave with integrity. It is always better to lose the argument and win the soul. They will already feel defeated even if they do not show it. How would you feel if you thought you had all the answers, but ended up in a non-defensible position?

God is sovereign and worthy of all praise! He gave us all the answers we need to use against the cults. Once the seeds of doubt have been sown, back off and continue to be gracious. Only the power of God can breakdown through the clay walls of the Watchtower; therefore pray, pray and pray some more that the Jehovah Witnesses will see the real Jesus Christ and submit to His will.

 

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Mormonism Truth or Consequences Pt. 4

(11) We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our conscience, and allow all men the same privilege let them worship hew, where, or what they may.
Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of god, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth. BOM 1Nephi Ch.14 v. 10
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Articles of Faith state that all men should worship as their conscience dictates, but the Book of Mormon claims that others churches are abominable and whorish. So, what do they really think?
(12) We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law.
I will take the Government of the United States, and the laws of Missouri and Illinois, from the year 1833 to 1845, and if they had been carried out according to their letter and spirit, they would have strung up the murderers and mobocrats who illegally and unrighteously killed, plundered, harassed, and expelled us. I will tell you how much I love those characters. If they had any respect to their own welfare, they would come forth and say, whether Joseph Smith was a Prophet or not, “We shed his blood, and now let us atone for it;” and they would be willing to have their heads chopped off, that their blood might run upon the ground, and the smoke of it rise before the Lord as an incense for their sins. I love them that much. But if the Lord wishes them to live and foam out their sins before all men and women, it is all right, I care not where they go, or what they do. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 2, p. 186
Brigham Young’s avocation of voluntary decapitation of government officials doesn’t appear to be an example of honoring authorities as stated in Article 12 or Titus 3:1-2.
Remind the people to be subjct to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. Titus 3:1-2 (NIV)

(13) We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul “we believe all things we hope all things,” we have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”
I do know that there are sins committed, of such a nature that if the people did understand the doctrine of salvation, they would tremble because of their situation. And furthermore, I know that there are transgressors, who, if they knew themselves, and the only condition upon which they can obtain forgiveness, would beg of their brethren to shed their blood, that the smoke thereof might ascend to God as an offering to appease the wrath that is kindled against them, and that the law might have its course. I will say further; I have had men come to me and offer their lives to atone for their sins. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 4, p. 54
The Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints reveals their true identify and whom they truly serve. Mormons use the name of Jesus, but they do not serve Him. The blood of Christ wasn’t enough for salvation according to Brigham Young. What is required is the blood of the Mormons themselves! This surely isn’t Christianity, because the blood of Jesus Christ offers salvation to the whole world!
When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. Heb 9:11-12 (NIV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)

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Mormonism Truth or Consequences Pt. 3 Articles of Faith (6-10)

(6) We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive Church, viz: Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, &c.
(7) We believe in the gifts of tongues, prophesy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, &c.

Counterfeits are only dangerous when they cannot be identified. The Bible provides numerous warning against them. If we know Scripture, we will know the counterfeits.

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matt 24:24 (KJV)

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Cor 11:13-15 (KJV)

(8) We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

“Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 327).

Apostle Orson Pratt. He claimed, “… who in his right mind could for one moment suppose the Bible in its present form to be a perfect guide? Who knows that even one verse of the Bible has escaped pollution, so as to convey the same sense now that it did in the original?” (Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, pg. 47.)

If the Bible wasn’t translated correctly, why didn’t Joseph Smith correct it? If we are to believe Joseph Smith, we must deny the Scriptures below.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Tim 3:16 (KJV)

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Pet 1:23 (KJV)

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Pet 1:21 (KJV)

(9) We believe all that God has revealed, all that he does now reveal, and we believe that he will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

“I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that god was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see. These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the gospel to know for certainty the character of god and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us, yea, that God himself the father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible.” Joseph Smith, History Of The Church, Volume 6 p.6305

The God of the Bible is not a man. God created man. This is not Christianity!

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Num 23:19 (KJV)

I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city. Hosea 11:9 (KJV)

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24 (KJV)

(10) We believe in the literal gathering of Israel, and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes. That Zion will be built upon this (American) continent. That Christ will reign personally upon the earth, and that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiac glory.

“Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, Jun., and others with whom the Lord was well pleased. Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation. For verily this generation shall not all pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall fill the house.” Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 1 p. 288

Did Joseph Smith’s prophecy come true? Was a temple built in New Jerusalem Missouri before the generation of Joseph Smith died? Is there a New Jerusalem Missouri? What does the Bible say about false prophecies?

If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him. Deut 18:22 (NIV)

It appears after the examination of the first 10 Articles of Faith, that Mormonism has no relationship with Christianity. If one is to believe the Bible, Mormonism must be an abomination

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Mormonism Truth or Consequences Pt. 2 Examining the Mormon Articles of Faith (1-5)

(1)“We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods. If this is in accordance with the New Testament, lo and behold! we have three Gods anyhow, and they are plural; and who can contradict it? Joseph Smith – History of the Church Volume 6, Ch. 12, p. 274
Christian view of God
The Bible states that there is only one God. The Bible calls the Father God. The Bible calls the Son God. The Bible calls the Holy Spirit God. Since the Bible states there is only one God; The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are the One God.
Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: (KJV)
Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. (KJV)
(2) We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
And they would have had no children; wherefore, they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery: doing no good, for they knew no sin. But, behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of Him who knoweth all things. Adam fell, that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy BOM 2 Nephi 2:23-25 1835 ed.
Christian view – Adam’s sin was a curse
Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (KJV)
(3) We believe that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
“One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation” (12th Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p.206; also cited in The Book of Mormon Student Manual, religion 121 and 122, 1996, p.36).
Christian view of Salvation
John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)
Eph 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)
(4) We believe that these ordinance are: 1st, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ: 2d, Repentance: 3d, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins: 4th, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.


Sounds like Christianity, but is it?


The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer, son of the morning. Haughty, ambitious, and covetous of power and glory, this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of mankind. Milton R. Hunter, Gospel Through The Ages p. 15
(5) We believe that a man must be called of God by “prophesy, and by laying on of hands” by these who are in authority to preach the gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
But who in this generation have authority to baptize? None but those who have received authority in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints: all other churches are entirely destitute of all authority from God; and any person who receives Baptism or the Lord’s supper from their hands will highly offend God, for he looks upon them as the most corrupt of all people. Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the “whore of Babylon” whom the Lord denounces by the mouth of John the Revelator as having corrupted all the earth by their fornications and wickedness. And any person who shall be so wicked as to receive a holy ordinance of the gospel from the ministers of any of these apostate churches will be sent down to hell with them, unless they repent of the unholy and impious act. Orson Pratt, The Seer, p. 255
Christian authority comes from Christ!
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (KJV)
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

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