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Watchtower “Privileges”

103 Watchtower privilegesAs we consider how to relate to Jehovah’s Witnesses and how to get through to them, it’s important for us to understand the legalistic society that is the Watchtower religion—specifically, the degree to which local elders exercise control over the Witnesses in their congregation. Continue reading

The Watchtower Judicial System

102 WT judicial systemAs we consider how to get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses with the real gospel, I think it’s important for us as Christians to understand what it’s like for Witnesses to live under the Watchtower’s judicial system.

I don’t think the Watchtower truly understands the radical difference between the Old Testament and the New. It doesn’t believe that people become Christians by being born again, having the Holy Spirit indwell them, being transformed from the inside out, living by grace and the spirit.

Rather, it sees the New Testament as a modification of the Old Testament law system in which the Christian community has replaced the nation of Israel as “Jehovah’s organization.” Accordingly, I believe that what the Watchtower has become is essentially an Old Testament religion with a Christian veneer. Continue reading

The Watchtower’s Authoritarian “Theocratic” Structure

101 WT Authoritarian TheocraticToday we begin an examination of the Watchtower Society’s law system—that is, its rules and enforcement system. Continue reading

Summarizing Galatians with Jehovah’s Witnesses

At the end of any Bible book study, it’s helpful to summarize once again the main points of each chapter.

I recommend that you let the Witnesses go first.

Go chapter by chapter and alternate sharing what you’ve learned.

When it’s your turn, note that nowhere in the book did Paul mention God’s kingdom or the name “Jehovah.”

Instead, here are points you can summarize from each chapter. Continue reading

Studying Galatians 6: How Can I Put Grace into Practice?

Paul concludes the book of Galatians with practical applications.

1:1-5: Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.

How different this is from legalistic fellowships where people derive their sense of significance from measuring each other and comparing themselves with others. When we live by grace, we have no need for making such comparisons. Continue reading

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