The Christian Church – Are Jehovah Witnesses Christians? Should We Open Channels of Engagement With Them?

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Subject – The Christian Church – Are Jehovah Witnesses Christians? Should We Open Channels of Engagement With Them?

 

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Sunday, 27th of January 2019

 

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Key verses:

 

Deuteronomy 6:4 The Message (MSG)

Attention, Israel!

God, our God! God the one and only!

 

Exodus 3:14 The Message (MSG)

14 God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’”

 

John 8:58 The Message (MSG)

58 “Believe me,” said Jesus, I am who I am long before Abraham was anything.”

 

John 14:1-21 Living Bible (TLB)

“Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me. 2-3 There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am. If this weren’t so, I would tell you plainly. And you know where I am going and how to get there.”

“No, we don’t,” Thomas said. “We haven’t any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me. If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him—and have seen him!”

Philip said, “Sir, show us the Father and we will be satisfied.”

Jesus replied, “Don’t you even yet know who I am, Philip, even after all this time I have been with you? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking to see him? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say are not my own but are from my Father who lives in me. And he does his work through me. 11 Just believe it—that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or else believe it because of the mighty miracles you have seen me do.

12-13 “In solemn truth I tell you, anyone believing in me shall do the same miracles I have done, and even greater ones, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask him for anything, using my name, and I will do it, for this will bring praise to the Father because of what I, the Son, will do for you. 14 Yes, ask anything, using my name, and I will do it!

 

15-16 “If you love me, obey me; and I will ask the Father and he will give you another Comforter, and he will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, for it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, for he lives with you now and some day shall be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm—I will come to you. 19 In just a little while I will be gone from the world, but I will still be present with you. For I will live again—and you will too. 20 When I come back to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 The one who obeys me is the one who loves me; and because he loves me, my Father will love him; and I will too, and I will reveal myself to him.”

 

Matthew 16:15-20 Living Bible (TLB)

15 Then he asked them, “Who do you think I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “The Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 “God has blessed you, Simon, son of Jonah,” Jesus said, “for my Father in heaven has personally revealed this to you—this is not from any human source. 18 You are Peter, a stone; and upon this rock I will build my church; and all the powers of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; whatever doors you lock on earth shall be locked in heaven; and whatever doors you open on earth shall be open in heaven!”

20 Then he warned the disciples against telling others that he was the Messiah.

 

 

Acts 5:3-4 The Message (MSG)

3-4 Peter said, “Ananias, how did Satan get you to lie to the Holy Spirit and secretly keep back part of the price of the field? Before you sold it, it was all yours, and after you sold it, the money was yours to do with as you wished. So what got into you to pull a trick like this? You didn’t lie to men but to God.”

 

 

James 2:19-20 Living Bible (TLB)

19 Are there still some among you who hold that “only believing” is enough? Believing in one God? Well, remember that the demons believe this too—so strongly that they tremble in terror! 20 Fool! When will you ever learn that “believing” is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith.

 

Matthew 28:19 Living Bible (TLB)

19 Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations,[a] baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Dear brethren, welcome to the forth part of our series on The Christian Church. Today, we are looking at the Jehovah Witnesses. What are their believes? Are they Christ Followers or not? Are their areas of mutual believe? Do we need to open windows or channels of engagement with the JWs? Let see…

 

These input are from Jehovah Witness website http://www.jw.org

 

As Jehovah’s Witnesses, we strive to adhere to the form of Christianity that Jesus taught and that his apostles practiced. This article summarizes our basic beliefs.

 

If you have further questions about the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you can read more about us on our website, contact one of our offices, attend a meeting at a Kingdom Hall near you, or speak to one of the Witnesses in your area.

 

 

Conclusion:

What I can conclude from reading the JW doctrine are that they believe in God, They believe in Jesus as the Son of God and Jesus Christ is their savior hence they are Christians. Every other deviation is a matter of maturity, revelation and understanding. They do not believe in the trinity. Will that make a them a non-Christian? I don’t think so. We all know the Holy Spirit is alive and well and working in our time and age. Even Jesus Disciples had difficulty understanding the concept of trinity as we read in John 14. Will I extend a hand of fellowship to the JW? Why not?

Will Jesus reject them because they do not believe in the trinity or if their understanding of the kingdom is screwed? Not the Jesus that I know.

 

Prayer:

Dear Lord God, we present Your body of believers around the world before You today, Lord, help us to let go of petty differences but to focus on the high calling of God for our lives. Help us to accommodate those who have differing revelation from ours but rather seek points of agreement that does not compromise Jesus stand. Help us to be reconciled to You and to one another despite our diversity in Jesus name I have prayed (Amen)

 

Shalom!

 

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