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My Study with Jehovah’s Witnesses

Knowing next to nothing about what Jehovah’s Witnesses believed, I embarked on a six month “home Bible study” with them. However, what was studied was not the Bible itself, but a small Watchtower book entitled The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life. Unaware of any danger, I passively submitted to this study because I realized my lack of Bible knowledge and because the study conductors were sincere people who were donating their time sharing the Watchtower message free of charge. (pp. 11-12). Continue reading

My First Meetings with Jehovah’s Witnesses

My book’s first chapter—”Here They Come-Now What?” begins with my childhood experiences involving Jehovah’s Witnesses. (pp. 1-2)

My parents followed a popular strategy of not engaging with Jehovah’s Witnesses either by hiding behind the curtains, pretending not to be home or by turning them away at the door by politely telling them, “No, thanks. I have my own religion.” (pp. 1-2) Continue reading

Introduction to the Key Points Series

Today begins a new “Key Points” series based on my book, Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses: Approaching Bible Discussions in Unexpected Ways.

The series will work its way through the book and contain what I consider to be the key points. References will be given to page numbers in the book which discuss these issues.

When I published the book, I did not include study questions because they would have added significantly to the length of the book and cost to the reader.

This “Key Points” series will contain study questions for each post. Continue reading

Summing Up the Series

Bible Teach Ch 99 summaryThis series has used the contents of the Watchtower’s study book, What Does the Bible Really Teach?, as a springboard for employing the approaches contained in my book, Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses: Approaching Bible Discussions in Unexpected Ways.

I’m sure you can see the difference between the passive student role the Witnesses are expecting you to fulfill and the active approach I have set out in this series.

By knowing ahead of time what topics are likely to be covered, making your own notes, and being ready to address the topics using the various approaches I have given you, you will be able to present the gospel effectively to the Witnesses in the midst of their own Watchtower book study.

Going through “Bible Teach” step by step has made this a long series—more than 60 posts.

Because of that, this summarizing post contains two indexing outlines: Continue reading

Do We Have to Earn Our Salvation?

Bible teach Ch 19

Click image to access this “Bible Teach” chapter on the Watchtower’s website

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

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