Category: Salvation (page 1 of 7)

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

Did Jesus Die on a Cross or on a “Torture Stake”?

Bible teach Ch 5

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Does it matter whether Jesus died on a traditional cross or on an upright stake without a crossbeam (as the Watchtower teaches)? For Christians, this isn’t a salvation issue. But to Jehovah’s Witnesses, it’s  salvation issue which sets them apart from pagan “Christendom.” Continue reading

What Is the Real Value of Christ’s Sacrifice?

Bible teach Ch 5

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“What is the greatest gift you have ever received?” (paragraph 1, p. 47)

It’s obvious from the title of Chapter 5 of “Bible Teach” that you are supposed to answer that it’s the ransom (or atoning) sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

But that’s not the answer I would give. While not wanting to minimize the importance of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice, I would say that the greatest gift I have received is Jesus Christ himself. Continue reading

Did Jesus Preach the Watchtower’s Kingdom Message?

Bible teach Ch 4

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After the discussion of the Watchtower doctrine that Jesus is a created being, the rest of “Bible Teach” Chapter 4 covers Jesus’ life and ministry. Most of this you can agree with and continue to build bridges. However, there are some points you will want to challenge.

Assertion #4: Jesus preached the same message that the Watchtower does today Continue reading

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