- What they believe vs. what Scripture says about what they believe
Scaling the language barrier is of utmost importance when witnessing to a Jehovah’s Witness. Often Jehovah Witnesses (as other cults) will use the same words as Christians, but the meaning behind the word is often radically different. Before any significant Biblical dialogue can take place, a Christian must know the meaning behind the cultists’ terms. This list will show you differences between the Jehovah Witnesses and Christianity. These definitions should help give you an inroad when dialoguing with the JW’s.
– Jehovah, the Father.
Christianity-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:18-20)
-First created being by Jehovah, a god, Michael the Archangel.
Christianity-Fully God and fully man, equal to the Father in nature, Eternal, Omnipotent Creator. (John 1:1, 5:18, 20:28)
-God’s active force, impersonal.
Christianity-Third member of Trinity, fully God, personal. (Acts 5:3-4, 8:29, 13:2, 1 Co. 2:10-11, Eph. 4:30)
– False doctrine originating with Satan, stems from Babylonian and Greek Mythology.
Christianity- The essence and Nature of God, One God manifested in 3
Persons, all equal in Nature but different in position. (see above
– The common grave of mankind, no conscious existence and/or punishment.
– Eternal separation from God, conscious everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:41,46)
– A state of nonexistence, soul sleep, deny an immaterialsoul and/or spirit.
– Soul and spirit remain conscious after physical death.(Matt. 10:28, Luke 23:43, 2 Co. 5:8, Rev. 6:9)
Resurrection of Christ-
– Rose as an invisible spirit being.
– Rose bodily and visibly. (John 2:19-21, Luke 24:36-39)
– Jesus’ death paid for Adam’s (inherited) sin only.
– Jesus’ death paid for all sins, personal and inherited. (1 Peter 2:24, Galatians 1:4, Isaiah 53:5)
– Living forever on a restored earth, or Paradise.
– Eternal life in heaven in the presence of God. (Phil. 3:20)
Second Coming of Christ
– Occurred invisibly in 1914.
– A future event that will be plainly visible. (Matt. 24:27,30 ; Rev. 1:7)
- What is the point? – How to evangelize to these cultists
It’s always best to define terms and find out exactly what they mean by their terms. Remember, context, context, context! Usually they will take verses out of context or twist them to their convoluted doctrine. Focus in on Jesus. This is the most important factor. Focus on who He is, His blood, and His atoning work on the cross.