This morning, Jackson and I spent approximately 45 minutes standing in our driveway having a lively debate with two Jehovah's Witnesses. I both love and hate it when people come and try to evangelize us. It's kind of fun if you have the time and mental capacity to debate with them. But it can also be annoying. Today was one of those days when Jackson and I had both the time and the interest to try to show the Witnesses the light. At the end of the convo, we kind of agreed to disagree.
Here are some highlights of our convo:
-Debating the existence of Hell. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that there is no real hell and that people who aren't believers just cease to exist after they die. "Weeping and gnashing of teeth anyone??"
-Debating whether or not all who believe in Jesus go to Heaven. JW's think that some "superior" Christians go to Heaven while others merely live forever on earth. Scriptural evidence for this was grossly lacking.
-They believe that a literal 144,00 believers will go to Heaven, the number found in Revelation regarding the tribes of Israel.
-They confessed that they were unsure if they were going to get to go to Heaven or if they would merely get the second class status and live forever on earth. One even said he didn't want to go to Heaven because he loved the flowers on the earth so much.
-We asked them what the gospel was and one said "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John"...
-I asked them how they feel about being regarded as a departure from the orthodox Christian tradition and they said they didn't think they were.
-I also asked them how they feel about their "religion" being founded by a man (Charles Russell) only about 100 years ago. They didn't answer.
Jackson is inviting one of them to come by the church office in two weeks when he is on staff to go through more scriptures. We should pray for them. It's just sad how they have been deceived but are so zealous in their cause.
Matthew 24: 11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many."
Titus 1:9 "He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it."
Lord, let this spur us on to know your Word and Biblical doctrine more clearly and more thoroughly. Let us not get puffed up with pride but be humble and gracious in explaining your Word to others. Help us guard our doctrine carefully that we may not stray from your truth and be able to detect and refute false teaching when we hear it. Amen.