Tag: Ephesians 2:8-10 (page 1 of 2)

Irreconcilable Differences Regarding Salvation

Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses agree that all descendants of Adam (except Jesus) are born under condemnation and that faith in Christ’s sacrifice is essential to salvation, but there the similarity ends. The Watchtower salvation system and the Bible’s way of salvation are completely incompatible. The chapter sets out the contrast in a nutshell and then goes on to explain the differences in greater detail. (pp. 55-56) Continue reading

Do We Have to Earn Our Salvation?

Bible teach Ch 19

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Can we earn our salvation by our works?

The Watchtower’s answer to that question is, “No.”

Based on that, an unsuspecting Christian might well think, “Oh, I guess the Watchtower accords with Paul.”

Not so!

Ask Jehovah’s Witnesses this question: “Do we have to prove worthy by our works in order to obtain salvation?”

If they are honest, they should answer that question, “Yes.” Continue reading

Supposed Requirements of Prayer

Bible teach Ch 17

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Paragraph 2 (p. 164) states, “If we want Jehovah to listen to our prayers…we must pray to him in the way that he approves.”

Although a Christian wouldn’t disagree with that statement, I’m struck by how much of the Watchtower’s teachings are phrased like provisions of a law code.

For example, paragraph 5 (p. 166) says, “For our prayers to be favorably heard by God… we must meet some basic requirements.” Continue reading

The Relationship of Faith and Works

Bible teach Ch 12

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Chapter 12 of “Bible Teach”—“Living in a Way that Pleases God”—is a continuation of the Watchtower’s works-oriented “prove your dedication to God” salvation system.

In dealing with Jehovah’s Witnesses, it’s important for us to acknowledge the importance of obedience and good works in the Christian life.

That said, we also need to get across to them the Bible’s teachings:

  • That good works have no role in saving us
  • That without a transforming new birth, none of us can live up to God’s righteous standards.

For these reasons, I recommend that you respond to the contents of this chapter by using a combination of The Faith and Works Approach and The New Birth Approach from my book, Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses: Approaching Bible Discussions in Unexpected Ways.

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Whose Works — God’s or Ours?

09 God's Works or OursLast time, we examined Ephesians 2:8-10 verse-by-verse.

This time, we’ll examine the same passage as a unit to see the interplay between God’s work and ours. Continue reading

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