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Scripture to tell Jahovah's Witnesses
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Witnessing Tips
By David A. Reed, Ex-Jehovah’s Witness elder
Encounters between Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses typically
revolve around a discussion of deity. The reason for this is twofold.
First, this is the area where Watchtower theology deviates most dramatically
from orthodox Christianity. In contrast to the Trinitarian concept of
one God in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—the
JWs have been taught to believe that God the Father alone is "Jehovah,"
the only true God; that Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel, the first
angelic being created by God; and that the Holy Spirit is neither God
nor a person, but rather God’s impersonal "active force."
Second, the subject of deity is a frequent confrontational focus because
both Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christians (at least those who like
to witness to JWs) feel confident and well-prepared to defend their stand
and attack the opposing viewpoint. Due to the profound theological differences,
such discussions often take the form of spiritual trench warfare—a
long series of arguments and counterarguments, getting nowhere and ending
in mutual frustration. But this need not be the case, especially if the
Christian will "become all things to all men" by taking a moment
to put himself in the Witness’s shoes, so to speak (see 1 Corinthians
In the JW’s mind he himself is a worshiper of the true God of the
Bible, while you are a lost soul who has been misled by the devil into
worshiping a pagan three-headed deity. He is, no doubt, quite sincere
in these beliefs and feels both threatened and offended by the doctrine
of the Trinity. To give any serious consideration to your arguments in
support of the Trinity is simply unthinkable to the JW; he would be sinning
against Jehovah God to entertain such a thought. So, in order to make
any headway with the Witness, it is necessary to bridge the gap—to
find common ground that will enable him to rethink his theology. Rather
than plunging into a defense of "the doctrine of the Trinity,"
which can be mind-boggling even to a Christian, take things one step at
a time. A good first step would be to consider the question, "Is
Jesus Christ really an angel?" It will be frightening to the Jehovah’s
Witness to open this cherished belief of his to critical reexamination,
but not nearly as frightening as to start off discussing evidence that
God is triune.
Since the Watchtower Society speaks of "Jesus Christ, whom we understand
from the Scriptures to be Michael the archangel" (The Watchtower,
February 15, 1979, p. 31), put the JW on the spot and ask him to show
you "the Scriptures" that say Jesus is Michael. There are none.
The Watchtower Society New World Translation (NWT) mentions Michael five
times as: 1) "one of the foremost princes" (Dan. 10:13); 2)
"the prince of [Daniel’s] people" (Dan. 10:21); 3) "the
great prince who is standing in behalf of the sons of [Daniel’s]
people" (Dan. 12:1); 4) "the archangel" who "had a
difference with the devil and was disputingabout Moses’ body"
but "did not dare to bring a judgment against him in abusive terms"
(Jude 9); and 5) a participant in heavenly conflict when "Michael
and his angels battled with the dragon" (Rev. 12:7).
Ask the Jehovah’s Witness which one of these verses says that Michael
is Jesus Christ. Help him to see that it is necessary to read Scripture
plus a complicated Watchtower argument to reach that conclusion. Rather
than being merely "one of the foremost princes," Jesus Christ
is "Lord of lords and King of kings" (Rev. 17:14, NWT) and is
"far above every government and authority and power and lordship
and every name named, not only in this system of things, but also in that
to come" (Ephesians 1:21, NWT). And, unlike "Michael who did
not dare condemn the Devil with insulting words, but said, ‘The
Lord rebuke you!’" (Jude 9, Today’s English Version),
Jesus Christ displayed His authority over the devil when He freely commanded
him, "Go away, Satan!" (Matthew 4:10, NWT).
In arguing that Jesus is Michael the archangel, the Watchtower Society
also points to another verse that does not use the name Michael but says
that "the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding
call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet . .
." (1 Thessalonians 4:16, NWT). However, the expression "with
an archangel’s voice" simply means that the archangel, like
God’s trumpet, will herald the coming of the Lord, not that the
Lord is an archangel. Point out to the JW that none of the verses he has
attempted to use as proof-texts even comes close to stating that Jesus
Christ is Michael the archangel. In fact, Scripture clearly teaches the
opposite: namely, that the Son of God is superior to the angels. The entire
first chapter of Hebrews is devoted to this theme.
Have the Witness read Hebrews chapter one aloud with you, and, as you
do so, interrupt to point out the sharp contrast between angels and the
Son of God. "For to what angel did God ever say, ‘Thou are
my Son . . .?’ And again, when he brings the first-born into the
world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him’"
(vv. 5,6, Revised Standard Version). Remind the JW that angels consistently
refuse worship ("Be careful! Do not do that! . . .Worship God,"
Revelation 22:8,9, NWT), but the Father’s command concerning the
Son is, "Let all God’s angels worship him" (Hebrews 1:6).
That is how the Watchtower’s own New World Translation read for
some 20 years until, in 1970, the Society changed it to read "do
obeisance to him" instead of "worship him"—part of
their consistent campaign to eliminate from their Bible all references
to the deity of Christ.
True, you have not yet proved the "doctrine of the Trinity"
in this discussion. But you have laid a good foundation by giving the
Jehovah’s Witness convincing evidence that Jesus Christ is not an
angel (he is now faced with the question of who Jesus really is), and
you have shown that the Watchtower Society has misled him, even resorting
to altering Scripture to do so. Now you are in a much better position
to go on to present the gospel. (3:16 continued)