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Identifying Misconceptions About Faith and Works

01 Identifying MisconceptionsWhen you tell Jehovah’s Witnesses that salvation comes by faith apart from works, they completely misunderstand what you are saying.

In order to overcome their misconceptions, we first need to identify them and realize why Witnesses have them. Continue reading

The Watchtower Perpetuates Immaturity Through Legalism

312 The Watchtower Perpetuates Immaturity Through LegalismYoung children need the structure of household rules established by their parents, backed up by rewards for obedience and punishment for disobedience. However, if they live under such a system all their lives, something has gone seriously wrong.

Why do I say the Watchtower perpetuates immaturity through legalism? What is wrong with the way it functions? Continue reading

The Watchtower’s Thoughtcrime of Apostasy

311 The Watchtower's Thoughtcrime of ApostasyJehovah’s Witnesses can be disfellowshipped and shunned as apostates for believing differently than what the Watchtower teaches as truth.

The Watchtower states that “apostates are ‘mentally diseased,’ and they seek to infect others with their disloyal teachings… Jehovah, the Great Physician, tells us to avoid all contact with them.”[1] It compares them to “a dog that returns to his own vomit.”[2] Continue reading

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Fear of Armageddon

310 Jehovah's Witnesses' Fear of ArmageddonThe Watchtower does not believe in everlasting torment. “Many have striven to be pious out of fear of hellfire,” it says, “but God does not want you to serve him because you are terrified of him.”[1]

However, many former members have related on online forums that as Jehovah’s Witnesses they were terrified by constant Watchtower teaching about Armageddon. Continue reading

Motivating Jehovah’s Witnesses by Bloodguilt

309 Motivating Jehovah's Witnesses by Bloodguilt“Bloodguilt” isn’t a concept most of us think about, but the Watchtower uses it as a powerful motivator to keep Jehovah’s Witnesses going door-to-door witnessing. Continue reading

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