Is God’s Love Conditional?

Bible teach Ch 19

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With the Watchtower’s emphasis on works, it’s not surprising that the title of the last chapter of the book comes from a partial quotation from Jude 21—“Remain in God’s Love.” Continue reading

The Meaning of Baptism

Bible teach Ch 18

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What is baptism all about?

“Bible Teach,” Chapter 18, paragraph 23 (p. 182) states that baptism “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit… means that a baptism candidate recognizes the authority of Jehovah God and of Jesus Christ. He also recognizes the function and activity of God’s holy spirit, or active force.”

This provides a good opportunity to use The Holy Spirit is God Approach from my book, Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses: Approaching Bible Discussions in Unexpected Ways, especially pp. 193 and 197 regarding the “name” shared by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

The Contrast Between Watchtower and Bible Baptism

Bible teach Ch 18

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After you have worked your way through all the baptism requirements set out in Chapter 18 of “Bible Teach”, ask the Witnesses to contrast that with what the Bible reveals about baptisms of people in the New Testament.

Take your time with each passage. Continue reading

1. Have you ever pulled the curtains and pretended you weren’t home in order to avoid talking with Jehovah’s Witnesses? Have you ever opened the door but turned them away by saying something like, “No, thank you. I have my own religion”? (p. 1) Share your experiences.

 

2. Dave says that all he knew about Jehovah’s Witnesses when he first started talking with them was (p. 3):They call God “Jehovah”

  • They go door-to-door witnessing in pairs
  • They offer people a magazine called The Watchtower
  • They won’t take blood transfusions.

What else did you know about Jehovah’s Witnesses before you started reading Dave’s book?

 

3. Did you know that Jehovah’s Witnesses teach these things?

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians. (p. 3)
  • They are the only true Christians in the world. (p. 3)
  • King David and John the Baptist will never go to heaven; theirs is an earthly hope. (p. 4)
  • Only 144,000 “anointed” Jehovah’s Witnesses will go to heaven. (p. 5)
  • All the rest of those who will be resurrected will live on a paradise earth. (p. 5)

Requirements for Watchtower Baptism

Bible teach Ch 18

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Paragraph 4 (p. 175) of Chapter 18 of “Bible Teach” states: “Water baptism is a requirement for all who want to have a relationship with Jehovah God… To qualify for baptism, however, you must take definite steps.”

 

The chapter goes on to spell out no fewer than 15 requirements the Watchtower says you must meet before you can be baptized.

 

These are not matters left between the individual and God.

Rather, they are matters which Watchtower elders examine and evaluate.

This establishes a religious culture in which converts learn to be completely dependent on what a small group of elders thinks of them.

Later, you’ll want to contrast all this with the baptisms of people in the Bible.
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