Month: June 2016

The Two Sticks

Two sticksAn article from the July 2016 online edition of The Watchtower provides a great illustration of how the Watchtower organization takes symbolism from the Old Testament, applies it to itself, and uses it to teach its doctrines.

The “Questions from Readers” section contains the following: “Ezekiel chapter 37 describes two sticks that became one stick. What does this mean?”

The first sentence of the answer states, “Through his prophet Ezekiel, Jehovah foretold that his people would return to the Promised Land and that they would be united as one nation again.” The article goes on to explain that the two sticks represented the southern kingdom of Judah (which consisted of two tribes of Israel) and the northern kingdom of Ephraim (which consisted of the other ten tribes).

So far, so good.

But then it says Continue reading

Tampering with the New Testament Text

Papyrus 46, one of the oldest New Testament papyri

Papyrus 46, one of the oldest New Testament papyri

The name “Jehovah” comes from an English rendering of the Tetragrammaton—a name consisting of 4 letters (YHWH). This name appears more than 6000 times in the Hebrew Old Testament text. The Septuagint, a Greek version of the Old Testament, also contains the name.

However, no New Testament manuscript contains this name at all, not even when the writers quoted Old Testament passages where the Tetragrammaton appeared. Instead, the Greek text substitutes the words kyrios (Lord) or theos (God).

The Watchtower admits that no existing New Testament Greek manuscript contains the Tetragrammaton. On page 11 of its Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures, it states, “One of the remarkable facts, not only about the extant manuscripts of the original Greek text, but of many versions, ancient and modern, is the absence of the divine name.”

Despite this, the Watchtower’s New World Translation inserts the name “Jehovah” into the New Testament 237 times. How do they justify this? Continue reading

3 Ways Christians Doom Their Witnessing Efforts

"Don't slam the door" sign - my own photoFrom the fact that you are reading this blog, I assume that you want to be able to get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses with the light of the gospel.

The good news is that they want talk with you about God and salvation. That’s why they go door-to-door.

More good news. Witnesses know that it is hard to get people to change their religious views. Like salespeople, they have been trained to keep going even when they meet resistance that takes the form of reluctance, misunderstanding, questions, and objections.

However, once they become convinced that you will never agree to become a Jehovah’s Witness, they will stop meeting with you.

That can happen in one of three ways. Continue reading

10 Steps to Becoming a Jehovah’s Witness: The Watchtower Conversion Process

10 StepsJehovah’s Witnesses come to your door with the objective of starting a process that will eventually lead you into becoming a Jehovah’s Witness yourself.

They are experienced enough to know that this won’t be accomplished in five minutes on your doorstep. They will have to build rapport with you and meet with you many times in order to persuade you that this is what God wants you to do.

They won’t be ad libbing. Just as salespeople are trained by their companies in how to persuade you to buy their product, so the Watchtower trains Jehovah’s Witnesses with methods for bringing you into their religion.

Understanding this Watchtower conversion process will help you witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses more effectively. I’ll talk more about that in future posts. For now, I just want to acquaint you with the Watchtower conversion method.

I am going to describe the process to you in terms of 10 steps. Continue reading