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Dealing with Watchtower Faith and Works Proof Texts

When discussing faith and works, Jehovah’s Witnesses will insist on looking at James 2. They will cite you verses that seem to flatly contradict Paul.

Here are some examples. (pp. 97-100)

  • Paul (Romans 3:28): “For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.”
  • James (James 2:24): “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.”
  • Paul (Romans 4:2-5): “For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as’ Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.”
  • James (James 2:20-23): “But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.”

After they have cited you their proof texts from James, say something like this: “That’s confusing, isn’t it? At first blush, those verses seem to be saying the exact opposite. What do you think? Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Paul and James contradict each other? Does Jehovah’s Word contradict itself?” They will have to say no.

Again, putting the onus on them to be the teachers, add, “Then help me out here. How do you reconcile them?” Continue reading

Discussing Paul Regarding Faith and Works

Because Jehovah’s Witnesses believe they are “in the truth” and that we are in spiritual darkness, they insist on being the teachers.

Fine. Ask them to explain to you what Paul is teaching in Romans 4 and Ephesians 2 regarding the relationship of faith and works in the salvation process. Continue reading

The Faith and Works Approach

Key Scripture: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10) (p. 89)

The objective of The Faith and Works Approach is to correct Jehovah’s Witnesses’ false view that “justification by faith” is a license to sin and to show them the biblical relationship between faith and works in the Christian life. (p. 89) Continue reading

Overcoming Barriers to Coming to Jesus

There are three significant barriers to Jehovah’s Witnesses coming to Jesus. Here’s how to address them. Continue reading

Bible Commands to Come to Jesus

One of the most effective passages with regard to coming to Jesus for forgiveness is John 5:39-40. Have one of the Witnesses read aloud Jesus’ statement to the Pharisees: “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” Ask the Witnesses to explain to you what mistake Jesus said the Pharisees were making. Pray silently that they will realize that they are making the exact same mistake. Continue reading

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