Jehovah’s Witnesses Bondage

God has blessed my wife and I with a group of Jehovah’s witnesses that comes regularly to our home to share their faith.  I have been twice to their kingdom hall which is 15 minutes from where we live, to hear their teachings, making new friends and also to see how they worship Jehovah God(curiosity).

Charles Taze Russell

I read their literature, What Does the Bible Really Teach? and Watchtower and Awake!  magazines, which they normally bring when they visit us. They are wonderful literature if you want to keep up with their latest teachings and also finding common ground to talk about.

The greatest challenge I am facing to which I would like to share, is how to help a  Jehovah’s witness to read the Bible outside the controlling hands of the Watchtower governing body’s understanding of the Bible and commentaries(“Aid To Bible Understanding“).

I found out that the founder of the movement, Charles Taze Russell(1852-1916) was the one who firstly chained his fellows to his narration of the Bible. The bondage that I believed shut the kingdom of heaven in witnesses’ faces ever since.

I believe, Jehovah’s witnesses are in captivity of Russell’s interpretation of the Bible, “Studies in the Scriptures” to this very day. They are locked in Russell’s chains, as they find and search within the walls built by his Scriptures studies(his work echoes in Aid To Bible Understanding).

The Watchtower, September 15, 1910 p 298,  Russell laid chains and erected walls to which his followers chained and locked themselves into his bondage:

“If the six volumes of Scripture studies are practically the Bible, topically arranges with Bible proof texts given, we might not improperly name the volumes The Bible In An Arranged form. That is to say, they are not mere comments on the Bible, but they are practically the Bible itself.

(Writes C. T. Russell. Emphasis added)
Russell knew that his followers whom began to read the Bible without his “understanding of the Bible”, the Scripture studies, walked out of his understanding of Bible. He continue:

Furthermore, not only do we find that people cannot see the divine plan in studying the Bible by itself, but we see, also, that if anyone lays the Scripture Studies aside, even after he has used them, after he has become familiar with them, after he has read them for ten years – if he then lays them aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness. On the other hand, if he had merely read the Scripture Studies with their references, and had not read a page of the Bible, as such, he would be in the light at the end of two years, because he would have the light of the Scriptures.

Into the darkness? I do not think so. I believe they went into the light, breaking the chains and walls  laid by a man who shut the kingdom of heaven.

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.(Matthew 23:13 ESV)
Christ Jesus

To Christians:

If you are a Christian and God happened to bring you two loving Jehovah’s witnesses knocking at your door, I would recommend you to welcome them,  share your food, your faith and love.

Ask Good Questions

You do not have to debate with them(mostly the first time) or be defensive or offensive, listen to them with great care, learn to ask them good questions, show them the greatest love as that you freely received from Christ Jesus, with your deeds and talks.

Pray with them. Get their phone numbers or e-mail and stay in touch. Read the material they will present to you, prepare yourself by taking notes. Invite them back with coffee and cake on your table.

Focus on who Christ Jesus is and what he has done. (Avoid side tracking as much as possible). Show them that, it is not about our goodness or work that we are accepted but the mercy and awesome love. Show them that it is be faith alone, Christ alone, grace alone that we are accepted by Jehovah our Father. Explain that we ought to obey the laws not because we have to, but because we love to.

Read from your Bible and compare with theirs. And if God will, He will break the bondage and  draw them to his Son, our Lord and our God, for his own joy and glory.
Try not to dominate the talk, let them do the talking and you asking the right questions at right times. Always end with the good question which would make them come again with the answer. Pray with them before they go for God to open both their hearts and yours to see Him.

10 Questions I Found Useful Asking Jehovah’s Witnesses:

  1. Why did Jehovah’s Witness properly worship Christ Jesus until 1954?
  2.  If all that was made was made through him(John 1:3) why add word “other-allos” in Col 1:15-17?
  3.  Was Jehovah God without wisdom before creating him(Proverbs 8:22-31) ?
  4.  If firstborn means first created, then what does firstborn of the dead mean?( or what does Israel(Exo. 4:22) and Ephraim(Jer. 31:9) been firstborn mean?)
  5.  Why is Christ Jesus calling himself the first and the last?(Revelation 1:17-18)
  6. Were the first Christians from 30-250 A. D understanding of Jesus as God wrong?
  7.  If Jesus is a lesser god because he is only Might God(Isaiah 9:6), would that not make Jehovah God also lesser god since his called Might God(Isaiah 10:20-21)?
  8. If Only-begotten(John 3:16) means Jesus was Jehovah’s first creation, how then do we explain Isaac(Hebrews 11:17) being the only-begotten of Abraham and not Ishmael?
  9. Why is God in Genesis 1:26 say let us make man in our image(God image, not angel + God)?
  10. Could you explain how “Jehovah made it rain sulphur from Jehvoah” Genesis 19:24 NWT?

Literature To Read: What To Say To Mormons & Jehovah’s Witnesses When They Knock On Your Door By Mike Licona(Free PDF 52 pages book)

The Kingdom Of The Cults by Walter Martin

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5 thoughts on “Jehovah’s Witnesses Bondage

  1. Héhéhé…”The bondage that I believed shut the kingdom of heaven in witnesses’ faces ever since.”…

    I couldn’t help but chuckle (imperceptibly, of course) the other day when a Hindu I work with scoffed at what Muslims believe…”They don’t eat pork!!”…right after telling me how he worshiped cows (I didn’t know they actually WORSHIPED them, I thought they just thought they were sacred or something, like a sacred stone or something)…

    I think you should speak of the Bible, the Koran, other religious texts, religious upbringing and change that to: “The bondage that I believed shut the kingdom of REALITY in SO MANY PEOPLE’S faces ever since.”

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