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12 December 2013
Mike Rust
Good News
It’s 9:30 a.m. on Saturday
morning. The sun is shining and
there’s a cool breeze blowing.
The cup of morning joe is
perfected by the fact that you are
still in your pajamas, sitting in
your favorite chair while the kids
are still sleeping. You think: now
is the perfect opportunity to get
some alone time with the Lord.
You quietly grab your Bible
(hoping not to wake the kids),
get settled and begin to pray.
Until…a knock on the door
sends the dog barking. You can
hear the pounding of feet getting
out of bed upstairs. Your fruit of
the Spirit is cast aside by this
disturbance of the peace.
You rush to the front door
and fling it open. Standing there
are two well-dressed individuals
who want to talk about God’s
kingdom with you. They begin
to tell you things about the Bible
you have never heard before.
You do your best to compose
yourself and provide a response,
but find yourself reeling by the
barrage of Bible verses and
questions aimed at you. In the
end, you feel like what Dr.
Walter Martin describes as a
doctrinal pretzel.
Jehovah’s Witnesses. We
have probably all encountered
them at some point; at our door,
at work, or even in the
supermarket parking lot. They
claim to be Christian. So what’s
the difference? How do we
respond to them?
Denial of the Trinity
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not
believe in the biblical concept
of who God is: the Trinity. As
Christians, we believe that
God exists as Father, Son and
Holy Spirit. For Jehovah’s
Witnesses, God exists only as
the Father. They teach that the
Father created the Son, and
that the Holy Spirit is not a
person at all, but rather God’s
active force or power.
In addressing this, it is
important to remind Jehovah’s
Witnesses that we believe in one
God. The Bible gives us ample
evidence concerning who he is.
For instance, John 1:2-3 and
Colossians 1:15-20 clearly state
that all things were created or
made by Jesus. However, Isaiah
44:24 reads: “Thus says the
LORD, your Redeemer, and He
who formed you from the
womb: ‘I am the LORD, who
makes all things, Who stretches
out the heavens all alone, Who
spreads abroad the earth by
Myself.’” If the Lord, Jehovah
says that he created all things
alone and by himself, and the
New Testament teaches that
Jesus created all things, it leaves
us with a clear answer to who
Jesus really is!
We also f ind that there
are
verses
in
the
Old
Testament about God that are
appl ied to Jesus in the New
Testament . Peter appl ies a
verse about Jehovah in Isaiah
8:14 to Jesus in 1 Peter 2:7-8;
and Paul appl ies Joel 2:32
concerning Jehovah to Jesus
in Romans 10:13.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Is the Holy Spirit just God’s
active force or power? When it
comes to the Person of the Holy
Spirit, we find that he has mind,
will, and emotion (Romans 8:27;
1 Corinthians 12:11; Ephesians
4:30). John also used the
masculine
pronoun
when
referring to the Holy Spirit in his
gospel account ( John 14:26;
16:13). But is the Holy Spirit
God? Peter makes this clear
connection when he equates
lying to the Holy Spirit with
lying to God (Acts 5:3-4).
We see that the Father, Son
and Holy Spirit work together in
unity in the Godhead. For
example, all are responsible for
the resurrection of Jesus
(Galatians 1:1; John 2:19-21;
Romans 8:11).
The 144,000
Another
teaching
of
Jehovah’s Witnesses is that only
144,000 go to heaven. This, of
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