One of the things I have learned in witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses is the necessity of providing a positive presentation of your beliefs. The reason being, you can spend hours explaining the false predictions of the Watchtower to a JW, but the response will often be, “So what? Where else am I going to go? No other organization has proven to be God’s sole channel.” Where does this attitude come from? One can point to many places in Watchtower literature, but one of the primary Scriptures a JW will use is John 6:68,
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12 We will be impelled to serve Jehovah loyally with his organization if we remember that there is nowhere else to go for life eternal. When Jesus’ statements caused ‘many disciples to go off to the things behind,’ he asked his apostles: “You do not want to go also, do you?” Peter replied: “Lord, whom shall we go away to? You have sayings of everlasting life; and we have believed and come to know that you are the Holy One of God.”—John 6:66-69.
Notice the contrast between Peter’s words and the Watchtowers:
The Watchtower: Where shall we go?
Peter: To whom shall we go?
Peter’s application is personal. His loyalty was with Christ, not an organization. Thus, to ask “where shall we go?” is looking for the truth in all the wrong places. Our task should not be to point the JW to our church, but to the person of Jesus Christ to salvation. It is simply amazing how the Watchtower misses Peter’s point. In John 6, the emphasis is on Jesus for eternal life. But for the Watchtower, one must go to the organization for eternal life.
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Consider this issue:
If Jehovah’s Witnesses would be the religion that are more likely to follow Jesus Christ than any other church, the statement would be not that wrong, would it?
And if JW are NOT the religion following Christ best, there would be NO reason to be or become a JW,
If you just want to follow Christ, you are and always will be my brother in Christ, even when you are not a JW. But you need to ask yourself if your or my logic fails.
The statement would still be wrong. If the JW’s are the only true followers of Christ, it would still be wrong to point to them (or an organization) for salvation.
The issue isn’t whether we should work in unity with those whom we consider true followers of Christ. Instead, its where you point them for eternal life. No doubt, the Watchtower points people to Jesus Christ. But they also point them to the organization. The latter, I believe, is unbiblical and has nothing to do with the Scriptures cited above.
Hi Mike. You said:
“The Watchtower: Where shall we go?
Peter: To whom shall we go?”
Wouldn’t you agree though that the principle is the same? Wouldn’t we want to work together with the body of Christ? Why would the body of Christ be divided? How would that honor God and Christ? See Ephesians 4:12.
I’m sorry but It is simply amazing how you missed both Peter’s and the Watchtower’s point. In John 6, the emphasis is on Jesus for eternal life. Same with Jehovah’s Witnesses. We point to Jesus and the his only true God for salvation. You may also want to read the resurrected Lord Jesus’ words of admonition as recorded in Revelation to enlarge your understanding of Jesus’ viewpoint on this important subject.