Followers of Messiah Yeshua (the Lord Jesus Christ) need to be able to defend their faith.
It is so important to be equipped to share with others the Truth! This is often called “apologetics.”
But rather than apologizing for what you believe, your task is to share it! And be able to explain why you believe what you believe!
Today, I will focus on how one simple verse from Genesis can be used as a powerful weapon against one of the fastest growing cults: The Jehovah’s Witness organization.
The Jehovah Witness sect presents both a challenge and opportunity to Bible-believing Christians.
Challenge yourself to share your faith and lead a friend to the True LORD of the Bible!
Truth is superior to cult religions and teachings
The Jehovah Witness cult continues to grow around the world. It is highly likely you will encounter a Jehovah Witness follower at some point. You might think I am being very harsh calling it a cult. However, given the high level of deception and falsehood, kinder terms would not do.
My husband and I pastored a congregation in the southern USA for many years. The influence of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the area astounded us. They were particularly successful among the Latino/Hispanic community. The JW movement convinced many Spanish-speaking farm workers that an adulterated bible, their “New World Translation” was superior to any standard (ie. reputable) English or Spanish language Bibles such as the King James Version or Reina Valera 1960. We had our work cut out for us teaching the Truth of Scripture as many lay folk didn’t seem to really care about the scholastic origins of the Bibles they were reading.
Founding of the JW Movement
If you have ever studied comparative religion or sects, you may know the founding of the Jehovah Witness movement sounds more like a business enterprise than a revelatory experience. A group of men (most say about 30) reportedly gathered in a Brooklyn, NY building and invented the religion. They produced a “translation” of the Bible without knowing the Biblical languages Hebrew or Greek. They changed generous portions of Scripture (in complete defiance of the command in Revelation to never add to or take away from the LORD’s Book).
It is true many of the first followers of our Messiah Jesus were not highly educated men. However, it is not true that folks should wholeheartedly trust translations from people who cannot at least rudimentarily engage the languages they are working to translate. The sinister nature of the NWT translation becomes obvious from the very beginning of the tarnished text: right there in Genesis.
Genesis 1:2 is a perfect starting point for effective evangelism. (The e-word isn’t popular, I know, but we MUST share the Good News!)
I discovered an easy way to strike up a conversation with Jehovah Witness followers. Simply ask them about the Holy Spirit. Additionally, I would ask them to open their Bible to Genesis 1:2. A well known verse, it tells us the Spirit of God hovered over the waters at creation.
In the false translation used by the JW organization (the New World Translation), the word for the Holy Spirit (Ruach Elohim in Hebrew) has been completely eliminated and replaced by a lower-case and non-personal term, the “active force.”
Those who have participated in the JW organization for a long time may be more hostile. But I found that for those who are newer to the JW ranks, many would talk to me about the glaring issue related to the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit of God (Matthew 12:31). The Holy Spirit gives believers the words we need when we need them. And I can assure you, He is faithful. He can help you to reach those who have been falsely indoctrinated with JW falsehoods. He can save those who have been deceived. So there is great hope!
The Jehovah Witness cult has injected a stronghold of deception and confusion into vulnerable people looking for answers to their lives. There are so many false doctrines in the JW religion! Another easy place to start is with the nature of God. God has been revealed to humanity as the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We can discuss semantics on “echad,” the doctrine of “Trinity,” or the “Oneness of God” another time.
The Simple Truth
For today, rejoice that you know the God of all Truth!
He is the Eternal One, Heavenly Father, the Prince of Peace, Lord of All, and the Mighty Comforter!
Our LORD is the one who saves, fully God and fully human revealed in Messiah Jesus!
He is the Conquerer of death, and the King forever!
Do not shy away from sharing your faith!
There are SO many people who are hungry for the TRUTH! You just might be the very person the LORD wants to use to bring others to know Him.
Are you reading this and have questions about the Truth of our Savior Jesus Christ (Yeshua haMashiach)? Please reach out! We would love to help you know more about the True Savior and Messiah who loves you and died for you so you could live eternally with Him. Pray today for members of the Jehovah’s Witness organization, that they would come to be free from the lies of the enemy.