Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe they are the chosen and only they are saved?


Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Feel That They Are the Only People Who Will Be Saved?

(This question is found on their website.)
If you have talked with one personally, you know what they are taught.

How they “feel” cannot be found in the Holy Bible. Neither is it relevant, however, they do answer and tell you how they feel.  I will share that with you and then we will read together what the Bible says about who will be saved.

Watchtower says:

No. Many millions who lived in centuries past and who weren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses will have an opportunity for salvation.  The Bible explains that in God’s promised new world, “there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. (Acts 24:15) Additionally, many now living may yet begin to serve God, and they too will gain salvation. In any case, it’s not our job to judge who will or won’t be saved. That assignment rests squarely in Jesus’ hands.John 5:22, 27.

The Bible says:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…John 14:16

Thus says the LORD,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the LORD your God,
who teaches you to profit,
who leads you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:12-13

“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him…” John 3:16-17

(Jesus speaking) I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9

(Jesus speaking) And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:11-13

(Jesus speaking) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28

…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. Acts 2:21

Declare and present your case;
let them take counsel together!
Who told this long ago?
Who declared it of old?
Was it not I, the LORD?
And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
there is none besides me.

“Turn to Me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:21-22

In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which He will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’ Jeremiah 23:6

And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

John 16:33 (Jesus said) I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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Biblical Answers to a set of Questions Posed by Watchtower


James Thurber said, “There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.”

 With this quote in mind, the questions below are questions that are taken from ‘Watchtower Bible and Tract Society’. Rather than dispute their legalistic answers found in Watchtower, I am looking to see what is found in God’s Holy Word. Thankfully,  we are under this New Testament (Covenant) spoken of by Jeremiah.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”Jeremiah 31:33-34

Who Is Jesus Christ?

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Matthew 1: 21-23

Matthew 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

Matthew 12:6 (Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath) I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7 And if you had known what this means,  “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

Matthew 16:5 (He is the Christ) He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of  hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and  whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

John  3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. and So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by Him who said to Him,“You are my Son, today I have begotten You”; Hebrews 5:5

(Jesus is the One who receives praise due only to God.)But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to Him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” Matthew 21:15-16 and again in Luke 19:40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

John 8:58 (The I Am) Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

John 1:29 (Lamb of God) The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Revelation 17:14 14 They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

1 Timothy 6:14-16 keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

2. Why did Jesus come to earth?

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:17-21

3. Why do we need a ransom?

Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate…Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”…And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:13-15, 17-19

 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— Romans 5:12

For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:22-23

4. Why did Jesus die?

Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Timothy 1:15  The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

5. What is Jesus doing now?

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high..Hebrews 1:3

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:2-3

Mark 16:19 So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

Acts 7:56 And he (Stephen) said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

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The Ransom- Jesus Blood shed for you at Calvary


The questions found on this poat were posed by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Organization. The answers are not their answers. These answers are found in the ESV translation of the Holy Bible. There are other passages there at well that may answer these questions.

What is the ransom?

But I am the LORD your God
from the land of Egypt;
you know no God but me,
and besides me there is no savior…. Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol?
Shall I redeem them from Death?
O Death, where are your plagues?
O Sheol, where is your sting?
Compassion is hidden from my eyes. Hosea 13:4,14       

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

How was it provided?

And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Peter 1:17-19

… the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Matthew 20:28

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8

What can it mean for you?

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  Romans 5:6

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…1 Timothy 1:15

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit…There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. 1 Peter 3:18, 20-22

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name…Philippians 2:9

For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. Romans 19:4

How can you show your appreciation for the gift? (No where does the Bible tell us that this is a requirement in order to be saved! Still, I will attempt to tell my readers what the Bible teaches.)

 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth…Philippians 2:9-10

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29

Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 1 Peter 4:16

And now:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14

 

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A Christian Witness vs A ‘Jehovah Witness’ Updated and Corrected


Not too long ago, I published a post entitled A Christian Witness vs A Jehovah WitnessAt that time, I knew a little second-hand information about the organization who call themselves “Jehovah’s Witness”. I now know much more. I still have not attended their meetings, but I have talked at length with one of their members.

Some of the things written earlier were not completely correct and I want to correct those things at this time and add a few things that I have learned.

One thing I said was this:

The group I have in mind have ignored all the scriptures that clearly indicate that Jesus is God.

That isn’t accurate. They do not ignore these scriptures. They simply have done one of two things. They have chosen to use a version of the Bible that has rewritten the passage so as to change the meaning of the verse that indicates Jesus is God, or they claim they have a different interpretation that is the ‘true’ interpretation and that any other interpretation is simply a “lie”. Everyone who is outside of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society are considered to be ‘in Babylon’ and therefore we are, in the eyes of those who believe Watchtower publications,  considered to be unsaved or not Christian. As such, we are unable to understand the Bible and ignorant because we do not study Watchtower.

Another statement that I made was this:

So what we have is a religious group of people who do not believe that mankind will be punished for sin, yet they think Jesus died to save us?

This isn’t completely accurate either. They believe that punishment will be destruction, but they do not believe Matthew 25:46 means a person will be eternally aware of the destruction. The Watchtower Society believe that they and Jehovah provide a way for mankind to avoid destruction and that Jesus was involved by dying on a stake (not a cross). Watchtower members do not believe as other Christians do concerning salvation. They have done away with the fact that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. For example, this is a quote from their own website:

10 How did Jehovah provide the ransom? He sent one of his perfect spirit sons to the earth.

Christians believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We believe that we are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We trust that when the Father draws us and we are convicted of our sins, that by repenting of sins and turning to Christ we will be forgiven of our sins and born again into the family of God. We have found that at this time we are filled with the Holy Spirit who seals us and keeps us until the day we stand before the Lord and our names are found written in the Lambs book of life.

A Jehovah’s Witness or Watchtower Member might tell you that they do not disagree with the above. They will tell you that Jesus is a savior and a son of Jehovah, HOWEVER, they always add to this fact at least one line – a line that I have yet to find in the Holy Scriptures. This line is found on their web-site. It reads:

To receive those blessings, we need to show that we appreciate the gift of the ransom.

Are they talking about salvation here? Yes.  Here is the context:

All those future blessings, including life everlasting in perfect health, are made possible because Jesus died for us. To receive those blessings, we need to show that we appreciate the gift of the ransom.

How do you show your appreciation? The Watchtower Organization willingly provides members with a to-do list and that list is actually found on their website. (I prefer not to link to this web-site due to the misleading information found there.) The sad thing about the organization is how they take scripture out of context and twist it or rewrite it to suit their purposes in order to deceive members into believing they have found the “truth.”

Let us remember that it was before the New Testament was written that Jesus said to those who were similarly offended by Him:

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from people. But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. John 5:39-42

If you or I, as a born again, believing Christian, should attempt to point out to a member of Watchtower that we believe and trust the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and all that the Bible says a person must believe in order to be saved, the words fall on deaf ears. They are firmly convinced that one cannot believe Matthew 28:19, John 1:1-3, John 8:58, Colossians 1:13-17, or many other verses in ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ’ as they are written in every reliable translation of the Holy Scriptures, and still be saved. The only translation they will accept is their own New World Translation. Watchtower has approved this translation.

I have not changed my opinion as to the nature of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society other than to realize even more how deeply deceived the members are.

I do want to have accurate  information on this site.

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“I have heard your prayer…”


Does God Hear America’s Prayers?

Does God hear the prayers of Christians in America, and if not, why not?

There is no shortage of books and materials on the topic “How Christians Should Pray.”

Do  you long to hear these words from the LORD God, ““I have heard your prayer…?”  This is taken from 2 Chronicles 7 and is followed soon after with these familiar words:

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

How is  your prayer life?

This morning I examined my prayer life and the Lord brought something to my attention. I am consumed with my own problems rather than being consumed with the things that are important to the Lord God Almighty.

While I am busy asking God to fix little things in my life and the lives of my children and grandchildren, America is sinking deeper and deeper into the depths of sin and degradation. What part of 2 Chronicles 7:14 have I paid the least amount of attention to? Shamefully I must admit it is the phrase:  Seek My Face.

Seek My Face

How can we turn from wickedness if we never truly seek the face of God?

Revival

There has been no shortage for pleas for revival in the USA.  OneCry is a nationwide call for a spiritual awakening.  Leading the Way has led a campaign for prayer for the USA called God Save America. Many individuals have asked for Americans to pray for revival like Daniel on Standing Firm, and this 120 days of Prayer for Revival.

Isaiah 59:1 tells us that:

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;

Jeremiah 32:17 tells us that:

‘Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.

Jesus told us:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…Matthew 6:33

In God’s kingdom, there will be no sinful living. When we seek God’s face, we seek His righteousness which is Christ. When we see His express image, we see Jesus Christ. Jesus led a life of  loving service to others and denied the desires of the flesh. If we in America are sincere when we ask for revival, we must sincerely follow Jesus. If we really follow Him, we must pray for a way for the eyes of  our nation to be opened.  We must pray that somehow we as Americans will be able to see what has happened to our children.  How can God even look upon us when our children’s innocence is being destroyed by sexually degrading movies, TV programs and videos, co-ed dormitories in our colleges, and violent games that feed nothing but the desires of the flesh among other wrong attitudes and ideas.  How can God  send revival to our nation and churches? Our children hear His name used in profanity or in vain every time they tune in to social media. How can we even ask God for revival in this country without repentance on a major scale?

Let us, as Christians revise our prayer-lists to match God’s heart and God’s will. Let us show our young people that seeking God’s face means being willing to end the things that offend Him. When our heart’s desire is to see our young ones saved from the things of this world that destroy them and prevent them from knowing Him, perhaps then, we will see the change He desires in America and revival will come.

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The New Covenant – In Christ’s Blood –


The voice of sin may be loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder. —D. L. Moody

The old covenant shows us our guilt before a righteous God. The new covenant show us His forgiveness and faithfulness to all those who call upon His name.

Thus says the LORD:…I have loved you with an everlasting love;  therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you…

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”Jeremiah 31:2-3, 31-34

And he (Jesus) took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:19-20

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Have your eyes been opened so that you can recognize Jesus?


If you have ever been around a mother cat with new-born kittens, you know kittens are born with their eyes tightly closed. They cannot survive without the mother nudging them and helping them find her nourishing milk. Their survival depends upon the one who cares for them.

Spiritually, it is the same for us. An example of this is found in Luke chapter 24.

After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They walked the road with Him and talked with Him, but they had no idea with whom they were walking. They only thought they knew Him, but in truth, they  did not recognize Him. Interestingly, Jesus did not tell them who He was. Instead, He spoke of Himself in the third person.

Luke 24:25 And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into  His glory?”

Christ asked the men didn’t they, being disciples, understand that the prophets taught Christ would do two things:

Certainly these disciples were interested in Christ and probably knew what was written by the prophets. They were discussing the events that had taken place in Jerusalem. Yet, they were like the new-born kittens. Their spiritual eyes had not been opened.

Jesus could have just said, “Don’t you know who I am and what I just did?” He didn’t do that and never does that. Christ allows us to come to know Him by the revealing work of the Holy Spirit. Then, we, like the two men on the road to Emmaus, truly come to know Him. Shortly after Jesus spoke these words to the men, the Bible tells us that Jesus took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. At that moment something marvelous happened.

Luke 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight.

Once our spiritual eyes are opened, and we see Him and actually come to know Him, we will also recognize Him. The Bible teaches that those who belong to Christ come to know Him as He is.  We will see and here is what we see:

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:7

Whoever has seen me has seen the Father… John 14:9b

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17

I find in these verses that Jesus tells me when I see Him, I see and/or know the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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