Category: Bible Interpretation (page 1 of 8)

“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

Six Supposed Features of the True Religion

Bible teach Ch 15

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“Bible Teach,” Chapter 15, paragraph 5 (p. 146) says there are six features that identify those who practice “the true religion,” so let’s look at each of them in turn. Continue reading

The Focus—Jesus or Us and Our Works?

Bible teach Ch 15

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You may recall that in an earlier post, I wrote, “Watchtower study books repeat a number of points in the various chapters, so you may also have to repeat some points in various contexts or during several different sessions in order to get across your thoughts to the Witnesses. That’s fine, but don’t alienate them by beating a dead horse.”

That advice is especially applicable to this chapter.

Chapter 15—“Worship That God Approves”—doesn’t contain any new doctrinal teachings. Instead, it brings together things the book has already taught in an effort to convince you that the Watchtower religion is the only true religion and that you should join it.

So as you go through the chapter with the Witnesses, you’ll need to consider which points you have adequately challenged in your earlier discussions and which require reinforcement. Continue reading

The Blood Transfusion Ban

Bible teach Ch 13

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Under the heading, “Showing Respect for Blood,” paragraphs 10-16 (pp. 128-131) of “Bible Teach,” Chapter 13, set out the Watchtower’s scriptural arguments in support of its ban on blood transfusions.

This is the point at which I recommend that you use The Life and Death Issues Approach from my book, Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses: Approaching Bible Discussions in Unexpected Ways.

That approach deals with this subject in two ways. Continue reading

The Book of Job Isn’t About Job Proving His Integrity

Bible teach Ch 12

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In Chapter 12, “Bible Teach” focuses on what the Watchtower considers to be the sovereignty challenge by Satan and points to the experience of Job.

Paragraphs 8-9 (p. 117) say, “Satan questioned Job’s motive for serving God. [He]…argued that Job served God just for what he got in return.”

To that statement, I would respond, “How are our own motives? For example, would you personally be going door-to-door as diligently if the Watchtower didn’t require you to turn in time reports? Would you serve Jehovah out of love even if he didn’t offer you any hope of a resurrection or of everlasting life on a paradise earth?”

Don’t expect them to admit anything to you, but pray that these questions will have an impact on them. Continue reading

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