Here are notes from our encounter with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Hopefully this equips you to share the Gospel with them and refute their false teachings. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for our e-mail list to receive a free Special Report on witnessing to the JW’s and Mormons.
1:08-JW’s believe Jesus was a created being (I will refute this later)
1:30-Their organization was created by Charles Taze Russel in the 1800’s
2:00-JW’s try to give people a corrupt booklet called “What does the Bible really teach”
3:30-JW’s believe Jehovah is God’s personal name, even though there is no “J” in Hebrew.
3:50-5:35-In order to prove Jesus is God, go to John 2:19-21 where Jesus said He would raise Himself from the dead (remember the “temple” signifies his body c.f.verse 21). JW’s believe God raised Jesus from the dead (which is correct, c.f. Acts 2:24) however Jesus raised Himself from the dead. Therefore, if God raised Jesus from the dead, but Jesus raised Himself from the dead, Jesus is God.
6:00-6:40- Thomas in John 20:28 declares Jesus to be both “Lord” and “God” which Jesus commended Him for. If Jesus wasn’t God, He would have rebuked Thomas!
6:50-8:15-JW’s use a corrupted Bible version called the New World Translation in which they mistranslate John1:1 to call Jesus “a god” instead of God. However, by doing this, they become polytheists. I asked them then if Jesus is a true God or false god since they say only Jehovah is the true God.
8:30-9:40- JW’s have a faulty understanding of the Trinity and make out Jesus to be a lesser being. They don’t understand the Bible teaches there is one God in three persons, not three gods.
9:40- All major Bible versions translate John 1:1c as “the Word was God” not “the Word was a god” like the JW’s Bible. Even the KJV Bible (which the JW’s used in the past and is still on their website as a viable translation) translates it as “the Word was God!”
9:40-12:20-JW’s have been falsely taught Jehovah is God’s personal name even though it is a man-made term. Click here for more on this topic http://pleasetellmethetruth.org/2016/06/21/why-the-word-jehovah-cannot-be-gods-personal-name/
12:20-12:40- Jesus is eternal (Isaiah 9:6) meaning without beginning or end. Eternal does not mean created and then lasting forever.
12:40-15:50- A JW “proof text” is Colossians 1:15 where Jesus is called the firstborn over all creation. However, in context, it does not mean Jesus was created, but rather the Creator, as the following verse says He created everything. Firstborn in the Bible can mean the first child, or the pre-eminent one (the owner) as it does in this case. For example, King David was the youngest in his family, yet he was called the firstborn because of his kingship (Psalm 89:27). CAUTION: JW’s have inserted the word “other” in Colossians 1:16 because they realized Jesus can’t be the Creator of all things and create Himself.
15:50-17:40- Isaiah 9:6 tells us the Messiah (Jesus) would be eternal (without beginning or end)
17:40- 19:05- JW’s do not understand that Bible-believing Christians believe God is three distinct persons, yet one Being. Three persons comprise Yahweh God. JW’s are polytheists, not orthodox Trinitarians.
19:05-19:40- The humanity of Jesus died, not His Spirit (Luke 23:43)
19:40-23:40- Isaiah 44:6-says only Yahweh (or Jehovah) is the true God. Three persons in the Bible are called the true God, the Father, Son, and Spirit. JW’s have been deceived into thinking their organization is impressive because they have gone international. But so has biblical Christianity with 100 times the force! Also, JW’s masquerade as Christians even though they follow a false Christ.
23:40-26:15- JW’s have been taught by the Watchtower (their governing organization) certain doctrines which are not scriptural so most of this is garbage. No mere angel or created being would have the value to take on the sins of the world.
26:15-27:25- JW’s make out the term firstborn to sound like a sexual union took place to create Jesus, which is of course illogical. They haven’t thought this term out.
27:25-29:00- Revelation 1:8 states Jesus (the one coming on the clouds and who was pierced) is Almighty God. The New World Translation edited this verse so it says the Father is the Almighty, but all respected translations (including the KJV) retain the correct wording and state Jesus is the Almighty Alpha and Omega.
29:00-31:30- JW’s have been wrongly taught the Trinity doesn’t exist. They don’t understand that Jesus worshiped God the Father since He was fully God and fully man. Jesus was a Jewish man, so of course He worshiped Yahweh. Furthermore, Jesus is worshiped in Hebrews 1:6 and many other passages.
31:30-32:00- Here is biblical evidence for the Trinity: God raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:24). However, the Bible says three separate persons raised Jesus from the dead: the Father (Gal. 1:1), the Son (John 1:19-21), and the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11). Therefore, if God raised Him, but three persons raised Jesus, then God is made up of three persons.
32:00-34:20- God is a complex being, but to deny the Trinity is to commit to polytheism which is heresy. Furthermore, Christians believe in only one God. 1 Cor. 8:6 includes Jesus with the Being as God, so this is not a problem.
34:20-34:50- Through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, I was spurred to use this illustration to prove God must be more than one person. God has eternally been loving since it’s part of who he is (1 John 4:8). However, you can’t love yourself (contradicts the definition of love), so there must have been at least one other person God has eternally loved, which would be the other members of the Trinity.
34:50-36:15- Isaiah 43:10 says only Yahweh (or Jehovah) is God. JW’s believe Jesus is a lesser god, but of course, this makes him out to be a false god if only the Father is the true God! Furthermore, the Father and the Son are both called the Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6, 10:21).
36:15-38:30- It’s absurd to say God deceived the world for 1,800 years until the JW’s came around. We have all the revelation we need through Jesus and the Bible (Hebrews 1:1-4). All orthodox, biblical Christians have held that Jesus is the eternal Almighty God. Also, no core doctrine has changed since the Bible was originally written.
38:30-41:00 The key word is when the lady said they don’t feel the Trinity is true. It comes down to emotion for them, and God’s Word for followers of the Lord Jesus. Jesus gave glory to His Father, but He also prayed His Father would glorify Him (John 17:5), and God never shares His glory (Isaiah 42:8).
41:00-44:00 The NWT has changed almost all the verses where Jesus is being worshiped and inserted the word “obeisance” instead. However, you can use the KJV to show the many verses where Jesus is worshiped (Matt. 14:33). Also, Revelation 5:13 in the NWT says Jesus ( the Lamb) is worshiped. Once again, the JW woman is concerned about what she believes and feels, rather than what she knows. The Christians have God’s Word on their side, and the Triune God reigning in them! Furthermore, Jesus created everything (John 1:3) and is the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:8).
44:00-45:24 Only one of us is right, but the Holy Spirit will show us the truth through God’s Word. Amazing how they will not pray with us, even though they consider themselves “Christians.”
Hopefully this helped you to get an idea of what JW’s will say. God loves everyone and wants all people to repent and trust in His Son who is Almighty God (John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4). This is why we must learn to refute false teachings so the deceivers can be saved, and so they will stop deceiving others.