Last week I answered the door to two Jehovah’s Witnesses. They were two lads probably still in their teens, yet I had long learned not to mock youth nor underestimate the intrigue of the spirit empowering them, still I wished to share my faith and so invited them in.
I informed them that I was a Christian and belonged to no denomination but studied alone. Being familiar with the cults I hoped to encourage them to dare risk ‘thinking out of the box’ for I too had once tasted the sour grapes of guilt when revisiting doctrines once accepted. The elder of the two soon cottoned on to what I was doing and set-out to assure me that although he had been brought-up by Jehovah’s Witness parents, was still a ‘free thinker’ and had extensively studied other faiths, finally being convinced that Jehovah’s Witnesses did in fact worship the true God.
Anyway I got my Bible out and started presenting my case until the moment anticipated, when their once lofty testimony of being ‘free thinkers’ would come crashing down. In fact it had only been about three or four minutes before the elder of the two began to fumble about in his bag soon after to pull-out one of their infamous ‘Little Red Books’, those apostate creations manufactured by the Watchtower expounding how all Jehovah’s Witnesses should interpret scripture. For the Watchtower cares nothing for what the Scriptures say, only about what ‘The Watchtower’ say the scriptures say.
How well do the words of Isaiah suit them, just as they did the Pharisees when Jesus quoted Isaiah to them all those years ago.
8 - This people honour Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.
9 - But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
As most Christians I sometimes listen, refer to and even seek the opinion of others regarding this or that Scripture, but I never consider their words doctrine as though from God [As do the Cults their prophets]. For the scriptures state that we shall be taught of God.
1 John 2:27a
As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things.
At times the hearing might be of men, but the teaching and the understanding is from the Lord, even from the comforter whom God sent.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
Many of the cults like to point to the egyptian eunuch, who asked Philip to help him understand who Isaiah was speaking of.
30 - Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 - “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
To which I would agree regarding those who do not know the Lord, but not when they say “We know Him!”. For if they knew Him they would have been taught by Him, and not have to constantly refer to their ‘Little Red Books’.
How then shall they [Who know not the Lord] call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Therefore I conclude that the cults, especially the Jehovah’s Witnesses as well as the Mormons do not know the Lord else they would not constantly have to consult their “Little Red Books’ for the Spirit of the Lord would teach them. The Eunuch was lucky to have had the Spirit draw Philip by his side, but not everyone will be so lucky thus I say...
Beware the Men in Black,
for they know not the Lord nor of His ways.
Before they left, I informed my guests that ‘they could have never have learned what was written in their “Little Red Books” by reading the Bible’ but had to have been taught such things.
I was of cause quoting directly from the late great ‘Walter Martin’, wise words indeed but not doctrine. A man whom if I had quoted his words as doctrine would likely have beaten me [metaphorically] about the head with a Bible. Yet these men in black frequently quote the words of mere men [and women] as doctrines of God. The Mormons Joseph Smith or Brigham Young, Jehovah’s Witnesses Russell or the secret figures lurking behind the Watchtower and the Seventh-day Adventists, whom casting aside Paul’s warning...
1 Timothy 2:12
That women should neither teach nor exercise authority over ‘believing’ men.
Quote the writings of Ellen G White’s as church doctrine and so fall into error, especially regarding prophecy.
Paul’s warnings [least the Serpent should beguile you] given not because women are inferior to men but rather because they are superior regarding their tremendous insight, emotive and persuasive powers amongst other attributes. Paul pointing to the events of The Fall to rest his case, where Satan used Eve’s powers to overthrow Adam and our Race. Thus Paul’s warning to the Church not to repeat that error but use our attributes lawfully.
2 Timothy 2:5
Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.
Many Christians who have done great things in the eyes of men, are going to be shocked when they suffer loss at the ‘Judgement Seat of Christ’ because they did those things lawlessly, whom knowing the will of God preferred the honour of men.
For the praise of men was dearer to them than the approval of God.