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Jehovah's Witnesses! What is Your Gospel?

Assume the Bible

Something that - I believe - is very good ... - Something that is very important to help the Jehovah's Witnesses, and anyone who denies the divinity of Christ, that is, if they [the Jehovah's Witnesses] ask me: "Why do you believe that?" And I say: "Well, because I believe the Bible. And I believe the Bible to such an extent that I must accept everything what it says. Even if I can not explain it." And then I go in the attack: "Your problem is, you believe that you can only believe what you can explain. And if you can't explain it, the Scripture can not say it, and then you warp or twist or modify a few texts of Scripture, so that they fit into your reason. You can not do that."

I say: "I am and shall be subject to the Scriptures as a slave. I have to submit my intellect to Scripture. If Scripture says that there is one God, but Scripture attributes diety to three persons equaly - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - I have to accept this truth, even if I can not explain. You can not explain it, therefore, you change the text. I can not do that."

Adventure in the Jungle

Also another thing that is very, very useful in dealing with a Jehovah's Witness: I'll never forget it. I was for some days in the jungle with a missionary named Homer Crain. And we came out there and it was not good for us. We were to meet with other mission groups, supposedly, but we did not meet them. We had to sleep outside in the jungle without a mosquito net, I mean, we were lying on the ground. That was no fun. Well, I came back and I'll never forget it: I wore this diesel reserve, this large diesel barrels, I was much younger. And I pulled it out of the boat tail and I carried it up the dock. I got diesel all over me.

And I was not only full of mud, I had not even been taken off my boots five days long, had not bathed, and now the diesel was everywhere on me. Finally, I had done everything and I'm back and I go through this mosquito swarms and just try to get into a hotel. That's all I wanted to do. And here the Jehovah's Witnesses just converged on me. And I say: Oh no, not now, Lord! And I sit there, while they talk, and I ask: Lord, shall I now join a debate? What do you want me to do?

And suddenly it came into my mind what I should do. So I just looked at him and said: "You know, I love to talk about God. I truly love it. And I appreciate people like you talking really about God." I said: "But do you know what I would like to talk about best?" And I said: "And you will understand that because you are people who love God. I love to talk about these times, you know these times of prayer. We pray and God's presence seems suddenly fill the room, and fill your heart. And you raise and pray and this goes on for a few hours. And you must almost literally cry out to God and ask him to take his hand from you, because it kills you. Because he is so real and his presence is so powerful and there is so much joy in your heart that it literally ends in the fact that you cry: »Oh God, take your hands of me, so I will not die.« Tell me about some of these moments, so you have spent in prayer."

And they look simply: "Huh?" Because they don't know it. For there is no presence, there is no force, there is no joy. And when you see the puzzled expression on their faces, you say: "No, you can not even talk about it, isn't it? Because you do not know what I mean. Because you have a religion. You do not have God. You don't have God, because you do not have Christ."

The Gospel

Another very, very helpful thing is, if a Jehovah's Witness comes to me, I say something like: "You see, I do not want to talk about many things that may be important, but not most important. So what I want to talk, that is: I want to tell me your gospel. I'll give you three minutes, five minutes, so you tell me what is the gospel."

And they will begin to speak about the Kingdom, the church, works, anything at all. Okay? And now, when they have done, I say: "Well, that's your gospel?" "Yes." "If you were to repeat it again? I want to be sure I have understood you." They tell me once again. I say: "Okay. So this is the gospel." "Yes." "Now you let me repeat because I want to assure myself that I completely understand you." And I repeat them exactly what they have told me. "Well, this is your gospel?" And they say: "Yes" and talk about the rule, the Kingdom, all the different things.

And then I say: Okay. 1. Corinthians 15, 1-4. I read it, this was Paul's gospel. "That Christ died for us according to the Scriptures, that he was raised on the third day. That he was buried and that he was resurrected on the third day according to the Scriptures. You did not talk about it." And before they can answer: Galatians Chapter 1: "Everyone who comes with some other gospel, let him be accursed." And they say: "No, no, no. We thought it that way ..."

And I say: "No, sir. I gave you two occasions. You have repeated yourself. I even repeated what you told me and asked to confirm, if I really understand your gospel. And not even one time you mentioned these things."

Let them repeat themselves several times so that they can not say later you would have misunderstood. And it will bring them to a complete silence, because I had very rarely a Jehovah's Witness, who spoke of the death of Christ.

Jehovah's Witnesses! What is your gospel?


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