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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

Watchtower Control Over Jehovah’s Witnesses

Bible teach Ch 16

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“Bible Teach,” Chapter 16, paragraphs 14-17 (pp. 160-161) shows the extent to which the Watchtower organization controls the lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading

Pagan Origins

Bible teach Ch 16

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Anticipating objections, paragraph 12 (p. 159) of Chapter 16 of “Bible Teach” states, “Do origins really matter? Yes! To illustrate: Suppose you saw a piece of candy lying in the gutter. Would you pick up that candy and eat it? Of course not! That candy is unclean. Like that candy, holidays may seem sweet, but they have been picked up from unclean places. To take a stand for true worship, we need to have a viewpoint like that of the prophet Isaiah, who told true worshippers: ‘Touch nothing unclean!’—Isaiah 52:11.”

As I commented in The Christian Freedom Approach (p. 224) from my book, Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses: Approaching Bible Discussions in Unexpected Ways, I recommend that you respond something like this: Continue reading

“Unclean Teachings and Practices”

Bible teach Ch 16

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Chapter 15 of “Bible Teach” told you that you need to get out of Babylon the Great.

Chapter 16, “Take Your Stand for True Worship”, says that’s not enough.

You also need to get Babylon the Great out of you!

Paragraphs 1-2 (p. 154) compare false religion to poison and warn that it “is contaminated with unclean teachings and practices.” Continue reading

Get Out of “Babylon the Great”!

Bible teach Ch 15

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Acting under the assumption that by this point in your study you believe only Jehovah’s Witnesses practice the true religion, paragraph 15 (p. 151) of Chapter 15 urges you to take immediate action: “To be approved by God, not only must we believe in his existence but we must also do his will. We must also break free from false religion and embrace true worship.” Continue reading

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