Now, before you burn me at the stake, I want to explain the title of this blog post. I came across an article which was entitled the “Jehovah’s Witness Shuffle.” It’s basically a guide on how to Bible Bash with a Jehovah’s Witness. Now, I am in no way condoning this. Fighting over scripture does nothing but drive away the Spirit, and doesn’t bring either of the two parties closer to Christ.
While serving my Mission in New Mexico, we would come across Jehovah’s Witnesses quite frequently. I always found them to be pleasant people. We would be knocking doors down the side of one street, and they would be knocking doors on the other. Upon passing, they were always pleasant people and would greet us with a smile and a wave. They were only doing the same that we were, and they deserved the same amount of respect that we expected from them.
There are only two or three times, that I can remember, where I got into somewhat of an argument with members from the of the Jehovah’s Witness religion. I remember one time in particular where I stood on the porch of a woman’s trailer for an hour trying to convince her of our doctrine. I walked away an hour later with no new investigator, no Spirit, feeling frustrated, and the top of my head very sun burnt.
In that moment, more than anything, I wished for scriptures in which I could convey the points that I was trying to share with them. Not in attempts to tear down their faith, but simply to show them why we believed what we did, and where the scriptures were found.
You may still be asking though, “Why such a brutal title for a blog post if that’s not your intent?” To be completely honest: Web traffic. Nobody Googles, “How to talk kindly with another religion.” If this is your intent to destroy another religion with this information, then turn around right now and leave.
Anyway, to return back to my point: I came across this article, “Jehovah’s Witness Shuffle” and was rather offended by the language used in the article. Things such as, “bring out the heavy scriptures,” “Witnesses are known for their lacking the ability to see the incredibly obvious…,” “the unschooled Witness…,” “to nail the casket shut,” and “to put the screws in tighter…” just to name a few. The article was full of language like this. It is blatantly obvious that it was written with the intent to completely obliterate any testimony that a member of this religion may hold. My intent is to take the scripture references that I felt were pertinent and valuable from this article, and turn it into a positive resource that people can actually use to share our doctrine in a presentable way. If you really want to read the original article, I have posted it here.
Jehovah is Jesus Christ
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ, we believe that “Jehovah” of the Old Testament, is that same Jesus Christ from the New Testament. To demonstrate this point:
1) First, establish that Jehovah is the only Savior by using scriptures such as: Isaiah 43:3,11; Isaiah 45:21; Isaiah 49:26; Isaiah 60:16; and Hosea 13:4. Then, show that Jesus Christ is the only Savior with scriptures from the New Testament such as: Acts 4:10-12; Matthew 1:21; 2 Timothy 1:10; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:14-15; Acts 13:23; Acts 5:31-32; Luke 2:11; Titus 1:4; Titus 2:13 and Titus 3:6. Then, make the comparison to show that Jehovah, or Christ, is the only Savior of the world.
2) Then, show that Jehovah is the only Redeemer with scriptures such as: Isaiah 41:13-14; Isaiah 43:14-15; Isaiah 54:5; Isaiah 59:20; and Psalms 19:14. Show that Christ is the only redeemer with scriptures such as: Galatians 4:4-5; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Romans 3:24-25; Ephesians 1:5-7 and Titus 2:13-14. Once again, draw the comparison that Jehovah, or Christ, is the only Redeemer.
3) Show that Jehovah is the Creator with: Isaiah 42:5; Genesis 1:1,26-27; Genesis 2:4; and 2 Kings 19:15. Then, once again, show that Christ is the Creator with John 1:1-3,14; Ephesians 3:9, and Hebrews 1:1-2.
4) And the last point to show that Jehovah will be the Judge of the Earth is to use Isaiah 33:22; Psalms 7:8; Psalms 50:6; and Psalms 96:13. With John 5:22; Acts 10:40-42, 2 Corinthians 5:10; and 2 Timothy 4:1, show that the Judge, who is indeed Jehovah is also that same Jesus Christ from the New Testament.
John the Baptism Forerunner
Establish first, that John the Baptist was indeed a forerunner for Jehovah, by using Mark 1:3; Luke 1:76; and John 1:23,26,29 where John the Baptist identifies Jesus Christ as being the one who he was a forerunner for. Luke 3:15-16 can also be used.
Divinity of Jesus Christ
To explain that Jesus Christ is a God in the same sense as God the Father, one can use scriptures such as Matthew 11:27, John 3:35, John 5:18, John 16:15, John 17:10, and Hebrews 1:1-3.