Correct Doctrine 21


5.8 The Fullness of the Holy Spirit is exhibited today when believers show boldness and zeal when witnessing to unbelievers (Luke 1:67, 12:12, Acts 4:8, 4:29, 4:31, Eph. 3:12).

5.9 The Holy Ghost is given at the moment of salvation; however, we may pray to be filled with the Holy Ghost temporarily to witness boldly. (Acts 4:8, Eph. 4:23)

Easy one today!

67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Luke 1:67 (KJV)

12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. Luke 12:12 (KJV)

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, Acts 4:8 (KJV)

29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, Acts 4:29 (KJV)

31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31 (KJV)

12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Ephesians 3:12 (KJV)

Easy, huh?

Here’s the last two.

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, Acts 4:8 (KJV)

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; Ephesians 4:23 (KJV)

Enjoy!

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Correct Doctrine 20


5.5 The Holy Spirit is the agent of the new birth, sealing the believer once and for all (Acts 1:8, Eph. 1:13, 4:30).

5.6 The Holy Spirit guides, teaches, directs, comforts, calls us to service, sanctifies, and grants spiritual gifts to every believer according to their calling (John 14:26, 16:13, 15:26, Eph. 1:7, 4:4, 1 Cor. 6:11, 1 Cor. 12:9, Acts 20:8).

5.7 The Holy Spirit sealed the New Testament Canon in AD 95, and at that time the “sign gifts” of divine healing, speaking in tongues, and prophesying passed away from the earth until after the Rapture, when they (prophesying and miracles) will return after the sealing of the 144,000 to be used by the Two Witnesses Moses and Elijah the Prophet (1 Cor. 13:8, 10-12, Rev. 22:18-19, Jude 1:3, Rev 7:3-8, 11:3-12)

5.8 The Fullness of the Holy Spirit is exhibited today when believers show boldness and zeal when witnessing to unbelievers (Luke 1:67, 12:12, Acts 4:8, 4:29, 4:31, Eph. 3:12).

5.9 The Holy Ghost is given at the moment of salvation; however, we may pray to be filled with the Holy Ghost temporarily to witness boldly. (Acts 4:8, Eph. 4:23)

Part of 5.5 we completed yesterday. However, please read the verses in context. It helps to understand all these important elements of Biblical Doctrine.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:13 (KJV)

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8 (KJV)

Now for the major part of the Holy Spirit,s incredibly busy job… the guiding and instructing of the Believer of God.

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)

4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; Ephesians 4:4 (KJV)

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11 (KJV)

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 1 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)

8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. Acts 20:8 (KJV)

The Holy Spirit guides you, instructs you, and if you listen (and we don’t) will often advise you as well.

However, let’s understand one area in which the Holy Spirit no longer does. The Holy Spirit gives certain gifts today. Some of the gifts the Holy Spirit used to give, He no longer gives. Believers used to be able to speak in foreign tongues they did not know, and also used to be able to understand them. Thanks to a self-styled prophet named Frank W. Sandford of Shiloh, Maine who lived at the turn of the 20th century, many believe today those gifts still exist. That was put to the test in the 1930’s by a missionary couple who went to India, after advising the mission board they did not require Language School, as they had the “gift of tongues”. Needless to say, they were embarrassed when they reached India, to find that the tongues they thought they knew – were none of the myriad languages of the country of India.

Other people teach that men speak in “Unknown tongues” today – something the Bible actually spoke against, even in the days when the actual gift still operated. Here’s what the Bible says about Tongues.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 1 Corinthians 13:8 (KJV)

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:10-12 (KJV)

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19 (KJV)

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 1:3 (KJV) That which is perfect – the Holy Bible – is come. It cannot be as some teach that this refers to the Lord, as He’d already come in the flesh, died, ressurected and ascended to heaven before this gift was given!

The age of miracles has passed us for now. It will return briefly to the Two Witnesses Moses and Elijah during the Tribulation.

3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. 5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. Revelation 7:3-8 (KJV)

3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. Revelation 11:3-12 (KJV)

I should point out that some believe the 144,000 will also have some of these gifts to a lesser extent during the Tribulation, hence my including that passage here as well. I’m not convinced of it, as I see little in the New Testament to suggest such a thing.

I guess you can say “I told you so” if I’m wrong while we’re in Heaven and we see this with our own eyes!

Correct Doctrine 19


5 We Believe that the Holy Spirit is Equally God, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son, and is a distinct person of the Holy Trinity (1 John 5:7).

5.1 The Holy Spirit is the representative of God on earth, drawing all men to Jesus Christ. (John 15:16, 1 John 5:6)

5.2 The Holy Spirit is given to every believer at the moment of salvation once and for all (Acts 4:8, 2 Cor. 1:22, Eph. 4:30, Titus 3:5)

5.3 The Holy Spirit directed and moved men in the past to write the Holy Bible, choosing the very words for them (John 14:26, 2 Pet 1:21).

5.4 The Holy Spirit testifies in these modern times only of Jesus Christ, and not of himself (John 15:26, 16:13, Acts 1:8, 2 Cor. 3:3, Eph. 1:17, 1 John 5:6).

Moving on to the Holy Spirit, we understand first of all that the Holy Spirit is a living being, fully God, capable of thought and emotion.

7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 1 John 5:7-8 (KJV)

The Holy Spirit is sentient, and not “Electricity” or “power”.

1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. Acts 5:1-4 (KJV)

You cannot lie to electricity. You cannot lie to power. You cannot lie to radiation. You can only lie to someone capable of independent thought, and reasoning.

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16 (KJV)

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, Acts 4:8 (KJV)

22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 1:22 (KJV)

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)

5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Titus 3:5 (KJV)

These verses are important, as they show that the Holy Spirit marks and seals us unto salvation. Having drawn us unto Christ, the Holy Ghost then permanently seals us once and for all as “Saved”.

The Holy Spirit also had an additional job of communicating the very words and letters of the Bible unto the Apostles.

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26 (KJV)

21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21 (KJV)

The Bible is completed today. There will be no further books of the Bible as it tells us in Jude, “the faith once delivered unto the saints”.

The Holy Spirit, finally, testifies not of Himself, but of Jesus Christ.

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: John 15:26 (KJV)

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13 (KJV)

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8 (KJV)

3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 2 Corinthians 3:3 (KJV)

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Ephesians 1:17 (KJV)

6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 1 John 5:6 (KJV)

It’s odd how some groups speak so little of the Lord Jesus Christ – except to make dramatic pronouncements of how the Lord Jesus came to them and said, “I need you!”. But these same men talk over and over again about the Holy Spirit, as if the role was reversed, that the Lord Jesus was bearing testimony of the Holy Ghost!

As you see from the verses above, it’s actually supposed to be the other way around. I’m not in any way diminishing the role of God. I will say that these men (despite their other erroneous and often blasphemous teachings) have done a great thing by reminding us that the Holy Spirit is God, and we need to be cognizant of the fact that God dwells inside us. Too often we treat the Trinity as a Duo, with a faithful companion. We need to remember that God lives in you, and that engaging in any kind of sinful behavior while God is in you can be grieving to Him.

Study To Shew Thyself Approved


15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Let’s say you’re a brand new Christian, newly saved. And you’re wondering… “What now?”

Let’s start by buying a Bible. Go to a bookstore, and grab yourself a King James Bible. It has tools in it no other bible has, and often people’s very objections why they don’t like it are the very things that make it so valuable.

I use a King James Study Bible. Indeed, it’s called “The King James Study Bible”, produced by Liberty Press.

You’ll need some liquid paper, some colored Bible markers, some pens, and a notebook for notes.

What’s the liquid paper for? It has some footnotes that question the Bible, like at 1 John 5:7. Any footnote that questions the Bible, or says things like “This verse is not in the oldest and best manuscripts”… use the liquid paper on those footnotes. Remember to let it dry, because it does have many footnotes that ARE good.

A new thing I’ve seen is the habit of marking down what dates you read that passage in the Bible. It’ll be a good way to lessen the amount of backsliding you’ll do. And you’ll be able to track how often that happens.

It’s okay to underline things in your Bible. I do it all the time. I often take notes on sermons as I hear them preached, so I’m constantly jotting down the three points of the sermon. Put those in the margins. Your pastor is specifically teaching these things to help you. It’s terrible to just let him speak, and the words fall aside unneeded and unheeded. The very things you write down can have a great impact on your Christian growth.

First read through of the Bible – read it. You’re trying to be familiar with it. I encourage people to start with the book of John, then go back to Matthew and read the other Gospels. Next, follow the New Testament all the way through. Once you reach the last word of Revelation, go to Genesis and read through the Bible again, this time all the way through, from Genesis to the maps.

By the way, those maps are there for a purpose. When you see Beersheba in the Bible, STOP. Do you know where that is? Have you ever been there? No? Look it up in the Bible maps. Ever been to Lebanon? No? Look it up in the maps when you come to it in the Bible. Do that for every city. You wont’ find them all. “Hey!!! Where’s Ai????” um.. keep reading. You’ll see why there’s no city named Ai on the map. It was obliterated. We think we know where it is now, but… it was obliterated. the remains of the city walls removed and destroyed. Houses razed, burned, and the rubble strewn around until Ai ceased to be.

This phase – well, I can’t tell you how long to take. I know it takes 72 hours to read through the Bible out loud. But some people read slower than others. And it’s necessary to retain what you’re reading, so SLOW DOWN.

Second read through of the Bible – Prophecies of Christ. Find them. There are hundreds of them. You’ll find types and symbols of Christ everywhere you look, once you get familiar with how to look for them. Don’t cheat, and use the center column to find them! As you read through the Bible, highlight any verse you see that appears to be a prophecy of Jesus Christ. Hint – it’s important to pay attention to anytime blood is mentioned in the Bible!

Third read through – Start underlining important things! If you haven’t, then this is the time to start going through the Bible and circling important words in important verses. Underline important parts of verses. Highlight them using the colored Bible pens. I use the CBD Bible Highlighters, which come in pink, green, yellow and blue. My system is that Green is the enemies of God, and Pink the most important verses. I then break that up by highlighting verses around them in yellow and blue. It breaks up the page, and your eyes are drawn to the verses better.

Things to look for – Therefore wherefore. Those are important words, and it means, “WHat you just read is connected to this thought.” There are several chapters in Romans that are connected like links in a chain, all through wherefore-therefore. You will be safe from ALL kinds of heresy and apostasy if you take note of this!

“Thee and thine”. A lot of Bible critics whine about the uses of these words. T words – thee, thine, thou – are singular. Y words – you, ye, yours – are plural or multiples.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:7 (KJV)

I said unto Thee – “You, Nicodemus” – “Ye” – everyone – “Must be born again.”

Important – read verses and chapters in context. The verse and chapter numbers came later. the Bible was written in thoughts. You’ll see where one thought continues, and another picks up. I see people all the time citing arguments from say, Corinthians – and it was taken out of context. And the context itself revealed that it means the EXACT OPPOSITE of what the people say it means!

For instance,e recently I saw a blog where someone had written articles for pastors, and rebellious people tried to refute the article by citing “everyone had a word, a prophecy, a vision, a psalm! So the church is not supposed to have one person over it!!!”

In reality the verse says this:

26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. 1 Corinthians 14:26 (KJV)

Huh! Sure sounds like what they say, right? Nope – look at the first words. “How is it then brethren?” Paul is asking, how is this possible?

Look at the next verse…

27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. 28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 1 Corinthians 14:27-28 (KJV)

Oh! now, that’s different! Paul starts by demanding order in the church, and suddenly lays down rules of how to limit the expressing of gifts! No more than three people may speak at a single meeting. That’s a rule. Okay, then if that’s Pauls’ rule (in reality. God’s divine order…) then the Corinth church was in error if all of them (not three) had a psalm, a revelation, a tongue, a doctrine!

Read it in context! Don’t be afraid to ask “Why?” when the wording seems odd. Sometimes it’s a clue you misunderstood what the verse was saying. Pausing to re-read it again and try to understand it is often a prompting from the Holy Ghost that you’re making an error, and go look at it again.

Character study. The next read through should be preempted by character study. What does the Bible say about Elijah, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Joseph? Ask yourself WHY Genesis begins with the patriarchs, then suddenly switches to Abraham, then dodges by Isaac to Jacob/Israel, then suddenly is spending all its time on Joseph?

These are important questions. The answers are worth the study.

At this point, you should invest in a concordance. I recommend Strong’s. You can’t go wrong with it. Nave’s topical dictionary is very well recommended, but it’s obvious Mr. Nave disliked the doctrine of Hell intensely, and his entries on it reflect his bias. So you might want to also get Torrey’s Topical as well.

Commentaries. The older I get, the more mature I am as a christian, the less I turn to commentaries. Adam Clarke is good – but he has biases. Matthew Henry was good – but he did not live long enough to complete his work, and some of his students were simply not his equivalent. Matthew Henry was also Calvinist, so in some entries his bias shows. B. H. Carroll was Baptist, but I can’t stand his polished pessimism.

Bible programs. I recommend Wordsearch 10. Wordsearch Basic is free, but there are a lot of powerful things you can do with Wordsearch 10 that you cannot with Basic. Get into the habit of using it as much as your regular Bible, and making notes in it constantly.

I’ll have more coming up later on about how to study your Bible!

Southern Baptists Need Their Sovereign Grace Heritage (by Dr. James Willingham) | SBC Open Forum


Southern Baptists Need Their Sovereign Grace Heritage (by Dr. James Willingham) | SBC Open Forum.

No, no we do not. Despite the arguments of the SBC, it neglects the fact that Baptists have been people of the Bible for 2,000 years. Calvinism is only a few centuries old. We don’t HAVE a “Sovereign Grace Heritage”.

Calvinists try to make it sound like they just want equality within the convention. In reality, that doesn’t explain why 9marks and other “Sovereign Grace” ministries are writing pamphlets on how to subvert the SBC?

The SBC stands for the view of salvation of the Bible – “Ye must be born again.” “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH…”

Calvinism turns that around to mean “only the elect”. They insist these verses apply only to those who are predestined.

That’s not how I read my Bible.

Calvinists routinely try to make it sound as if Calvinism is a Baptist doctrine, and non-Calvinist Baptists are somehow wandering off the beaten path.

I can’t disagree more. The Bible speaks constantly of “whosoever will”. The TULIP theology is not a Biblical doctrine, indeed in many cases is the exact OPPOSITE of what the Bible says.

Calvinists are welcome to go get their own Convention. They can indeed call it the SGBC, Sovereign Grace Baptist Convention. Be my guest. But be out of the SBC.

I will examine Calvinism on this blog soon, and will indeed answer them. Soon. In the meantime, I’ve got a lot of other stuff to write on. Stay tuned!

Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses 32


Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered 31


We’ve established:

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christians, as two of the cardinal doctrines of Christianity include the Godhood of Jesus Christ and the Trinity.
  • The translators of the New World Translation were not “experienced, anointed Christians” as the Watchtower Society claims – but rather untrained, inexperienced Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • It would take doctorate degrees in Greek and Hebrew to be qualified to translate the Bible
  • According to Ray Franz, only one of the Translators knew any Greek, and no Hebrew
  • There is no good reason to withhold the list of the translators of the NWT, and suggest the Watchtower Society has something to hide by concealing the names of the translators.
  • Fred Franz, who served on the translating committee of the NWT, was incapable of recognizing a single Hebrew word in court, or even a single Hebrew letter – after claiming under oath he knew both Koine Greek and Hebrew.
  • The JW’s rely on the United Bible Society text and Kittel’s BHS Hebrew – for what, I don’t know, since their translators don’t know any Hebrew or Greek
  • The oldest Greek texts are actually the Textus Receptus, not the Wescott-Hort The majority of the oldest forms of the manuscripts are actually Textus Receptus
  • The earliest of church fathers, living in the time of the apostles until AD 130 all quoted from the Textus Receptus.
  • If Vaticanus or Sinaiticus were truly the original Greek, then they wouldn’t quote words or verses that those manuscripts leave out
  • The NWT has major inconsistencies compared with the Textus Receptus
  • The NWT revealed its bias against the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ by forgetting to twist a verse that shows the Lord Jesus Christ willingly received worship, and that some worship Him in vain (Matt. 15:9)
  • The usage of “Sheol” in the Old Testament in context means “The abode of the dead”
  • Sheol contained both Abraham’s Bosom (Paradise) and Hell, with a great gulf fixed between
  • Both the Old and New Testament say that Hell is a place of fire, perpetual torment and burning
  • a Grave is cool, and does not torment or burn.
  • Luke 16 is a record of fact, and not a parable
  • names are never mentioned in parables, but Luke 16 names Abraham and Lazarus
  • The rich man in Luke 16 is not named because obviously we don’t need to know who it is.
  • Almost every verse in the Bible on Hell is speaking of a literal place of torment and suffering.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ is not an Angel
  • Angels Are Created beings, hence the terms “sons of God”
  • Jesus Christ is eternally God, therefore not a created being, therefore cannot be an Angel.
  • The term “Son of God” refers to the relationship between God the Father and God the Son.
  • Angels do not permit human beings to worship them – only Fallen angels encourage this.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ obviously is not an Angel as He permitted people to worship Him.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ stated many times that He was the only way to salvation
  • There is no such thing as a small g god in the Bible – only God.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ has always existed as God the Son
  • Unless you accept and confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, you will be condemned to hellfire and eternal suffering forever.
  • Salvation By Grace is available to all, according to the Bible
  • The Trinity is a Biblical doctrine
  • There is no proof the “144,000” were physically descended from Israel
  • the British Israelite theory does not account for descent from individual tribes such as Gad, Asher, Benjamin, Issachar, etc.
  • The 144,000 must come after the 5th seal. The 144,000 of the Jehovah’s Witnesses come almost a century before the Tribulation.
  • It has been more than seven years after member #144,000 joined the Watchtower Society.
  • The tribulation must end 7 years after it begins.
  • The Temple in Jerusalem has not been rebuilt
  • There’s nothing in the Bible about only the 144,000 are saved by grace or may partake of the Lord’s Supper
  • The 144,000 must all be male
  • The 144,000 must all be virgins. We have no information that the 144,000 Jehovah’s witnesses are all virgins.
  • Elijah and Moses must appear in the Tribulation at the same time as the 144,000. Moses and Elijah apparently are quite delayed, as it’s 99 years later and they’ve never shown up.
  • Soul Sleep is not Biblical
  • The Bible makes a distinction between the soul and the body in death
  • We must read all verses on a doctrine to get the correct understanding of the doctrine
  • The Bible portrays the souls of the dead aware, speaking, praising God, and the souls of the unsaved pleading, weeping, begging, in torment
  • Charles Taze Russell adopted the unBiblical doctrine of Soul Sleep from Seventh Day Adventists, and from the teachings of Ellen G. White
  • The return of the Lord will be visible. Every eye will see Him return in power.
  • The Bible does not speak of an investigative judgment. The concept is an unBiblical doctrine.
  • God’s Chosen organization is the local church, not the Watchtower Society
  • There is nothing in the Bible referring to a select few within a multi-church organization running that organization
  • There is nothing in the Bible about the writing of any future book that will equal the Bible.
  • The book Jesus Christ supposedly found so perfect that he chose the Watchtower Society because of it, is the Finished Mystery, by Charles Taze Russell – which Jehovah’s Witnesses are not permitted to own or read.
  • The Finished Mystery is an embarrassment to the Watchtower society, as it is so fanciful and ridiculous that any Witness that reads it will realize they’ve been lied to and are in a cult.
  • The Watchtower Society will not permit you to celebrate Christmas and your birthday, because you’ll end up spending money that could go to them. Stop paying your tithe to them and see what happens.
  • The Watchtower Society will not allow you to have back issues of their magazines, tracts, and publications because it will reduce their control over you. Prove me wrong, ask them for copies of all of their back issues of magazines, books and tracts
  • You are saved by grace, and not of works, lest any should boast
  • Salvation is available to all, not just the 144,000
  • We are not saved by works, but by grace
  • Anyone who teaches you that you are saved by any other Gospel is under a curse
  • The Watchtower Society teaches the very opposite of the Bible
  • If you do not get saved by being born again, you cannot enter the kingdom of God, and will die in your sins, and will spend eternity in the very Hell whose existence I’ve demonstrated.
  • We are justified not by works, but by faith
  • The spirit of the Antichrist teaches the opposite of the Gospel, just like the Watchtower Society
  • The spirit of the Antichrist denies the Godhood of Jesus Christ, just like the Watchtower Society
  • Cults try to strip you of your identity to maintain control of you – as does the Watchtower Society
  • The Sheep are the Jews, and the other sheep are Gentiles. Once in the local church, they then are one group, the body.
  • There is no “two classes of believers” other sheep and anointed – all of the sheep are anointed, or they are not saved.
  • There’s no scriptural support for two classes of believers, the other sheep and the anointed – but rather one class, both anointed and sheep.
  • Paradise Earth is not in the Bible
  • The Great Multitude, according to the Bible, is in heaven, not earth.
  • Paradise is not on earth, but according to the Bible, is in heaven.
  • Pastor Russell was never ordained.
  • The Finished Mystery book three times invalidated itself as the book that allowed the Lord to choose the Watchtower Society as the “Faithful slave”.
  • The Finished Mystery says the faithful slave was not the society, but Charles Taze Russell.
  • dates and events in the Finished Mystery do not line up with actual historical events.
  • The Finished Mystery contradicts established Jehovah witness doctrine.

At last, drawing to a close on the Watchtower Society. I may return to this subject in the future, but I think I’ve systematically answered just about all the major issues with this cult.

And you know it’s the truth if you’ve been following all of these posts. You’ve always had doubts about what the Watchtower Society, and I’m sure that if you’re honest with yourself, I’ve demolished all of their claims.

Except one, and a challenge that a Witness Apologist aimed at me in a confrontational and very aggressive fashion. So, I’m going to answer those here, and then sum up the arguments, and I’ll be done with this issue and ready to move on.

Ready?

The Watchtower Society claims there is no biblical evidence for a bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is one of those arguments they tend to bring up in-house only. Why?

To be honest, it’s the weakest and most embarrassing doctrine they have, besides the blood issue.

There’s more proof for the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ than for the existence of Hammurabi or the Greek poet Homer.

I like to point at the Garden Tomb, also known as Gordon’s Calvary. It’s just outside Jerusalem, it has the most likely spot for the crucifixion right above it. And… it’s empty.

Tombs don’t stay empty in Jerusalem very long. Real Estate there is kind of at a premium, which is one reason why there’s so much bickering about it over there. I’m not going to get into all the other varied reasons here, just suffice it my point is made.

Tell me, why if Jesus Christ did not physically rise from the dead, why that tomb was not used by an entire family over the years? I can think of only one reason why nobody was placed in that tomb.

Because they put someone in it, and they didn’t stay dead.

“Don’t use that tomb, you remember what happened last time!”

19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:19-31 (KJV)

We’ve mentioned the events of Lazarus before. It’s not a parable, as I’ve proved earlier. And the points of the story are this: There is a hell, a paradise, and… most men will not believe the Gospel, even if one rises from the dead.

Now, if the Lord did not physically rise from the dead, then this passage makes no sense. Because a ghost is… still dead. Saying the Lord only raised spiritually, and not physically is denying the Resurrection. If I meet the Ghost of Abraham Lincoln, he didn’t raise from the dead – he’s STILL DEAD. He’s a ghost. Most of us define a ghost as “someone still dead.”

You can’t say Jesus was a ghost, and then say He rose from the dead “spiritually”.

That point made, the Gospels mention a resurrection, seen by many. As many as 500 saw the Lord in a risen state. To prove He was physically risen, He invited them to touch Him, and ate with them.

36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them. Luke 24:36-43 (KJV)

There you go. The Bible says He physically rose from the dead. It also says He ascended bodily into Heaven.

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:6-11 (KJV)

If He was a ghost, as the Watchtower Society claims, then He would have just… vanished.

It’s a weak argument, and utterly without any merit to claim no physical resurrection. If the Lord was the earnest of our resurrection, then wouldn’t it also stand to reason we also would not physically resurrect. But you’ve already seen, the Watchtower Society has downplayed the Lord Jesus Christ at every opportunity, another reason why I say that they are not Christianity, as Christianity is based upon the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have to assume a phrase for Witnesses, then call them “Michaelites” or “Mikianity”.

Next argument.

The blood.

10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Matthew 12:10-13 (KJV)

23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. John 7:23-24 (KJV)

The principle here is, life is more important than mere religious practice. That’s what the Lord was teaching in these verses. If a Witness needs a transfusion, and the Watchtower Society prevents it… then they will have to account for that before the Lord. It’s already quite a lengthy list of things they have to account for, I’m sure on that day all the members of the Governing Body will be regretting a great deal.

Last issue.

“You are scared to post the truth. Answer the question. Who gave Jesus all authority in Heaven? Matthew 28:18 Himself? ROFL”

By your own words…

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)

Here’s your answer.

23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? 24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? 26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. 27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. Matthew 21:23-27 (KJV)

For the enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ, this is His answer. For those who honestly want to know,

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. John 5:25-27 (KJV)

Really. A quick check of the Bible (a real one) would have revealed the answer.

That’s the method used by Witness apologists – question dropping. They try to throw out questions (to attempt to raise doubts) without answering them.

I draw your attention at long last to my last point. Why did I invest this much work? To bash the Society? out of hatred for anyone? No, I did this because I don’t want you to suffer in the Hell you vainly try to deny. And at night, on your bed, the terror of Hell momentarily grips you, before you can dismiss it. You know Hell is real. You know its the truth. And you know that unless you repent and get saved, it’s your destination.

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. John 5:25-27 (KJV)

What is the judgment on?

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24 (KJV)

Witnesses deny that the Lord Jesus Christ is God. They may say “a god”, but the Bible doesn’t make that distinction.

Anyone that denies the deity of Christ will not enter into heaven. And I’ve already proved there is no “paradise earth”. Anyone not going into heaven is going into Hell. Forever.

This is the moment. You know I’m telling you the truth. Repent. pray to the Lord and acknowledge you are a sinner, deserving nothing but punishment in Hell forever for your sins. Ask Him to forgive your sins, and take them away. Do this in your own words. Ask the Lord to save your soul.

Take as long as you need! It’s the most important prayer you’ll ever make.

After that, what next? Find a good Bible believing church. Here’s what I want you to do, even though it sounds counter productive. Let the pastor know you’re a former witness, and ask for help.

Then don’t go to the sunday night service. Don’t go to the wednesday night service. Just go Sunday mornings for a while, until you’re healed. Why? The Society has you enslaved, and you’re required to do this and that and this study and that class and weekly doorknocking and…

Take some time off and heal. Just go to church once a week until that healing is done. Then slowly you can build back up by going to the Wednesday night prayer service. Then the Sunday night. And finally, Sunday School.

The one thing I aask you to do (and this is the most important) is learn to read the Bible by yourself. Read it through all the way once. I’d really cram it in, seven or eight chapters a day. Force yourself to read. Get that word in you. Then get a notebook or the Wordsearch Basic bible program (it’s free) and begin STUDYING. Take lots of notes in the Bible Notes window. Check back on this blog, because I’m going to be shortly working on some posts on how to study your Bible.

Be free.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36 (KJV)