How to Combat Proof Texting and Bible Hopscotching About the Deity of Christ

“Proof texting is the method by which a person appeals to a biblical text to prove or justify a theological position without regard for the context of the passage they are citing.” (Theopedia)

Bible hopscotching is jumping from one part of the Bible to another or one topic to another without taking time to examine anything in detail.

Here is an example of both, taken from Watchtower argumentation against the deity of Christ, which appears on page 203 of its book What Does the Bible Really Teach? Continue reading

Refuting Modalism

A key Watchtower doctrine, and the source of many of its misconceptions about the nature of Jesus, is this: The Watchtower does not believe the doctrine of the Trinity.

It has a unitarian theology, teaching that only the Father is God, that only the Father is Jehovah.

On page 405 of its book Reasoning from the Scriptures, it explains the Trinity doctrine as follows: “… there are three divine persons (the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost), each said to be eternal, each said to be almighty, none greater or less than another, each said to be God, and yet together being but one God.”

So far so good, but then it goes on to say, “Other statements of the dogma emphasize that these three “Persons” are not separate and distinct individuals but are three modes in which the divine essence exists.”

This last statement doesn’t describe Trinitarianism at all; it’s a short description of a heresy known as “modalism.” Continue reading

Either / Or Thinking

One of the problems that we face in talking with Witnesses about Jesus is that the Watchtower engages in a great deal of Either / Or thinking and rejects Both / And alternatives.

Because of this, Jehovah’s  Witnesses usually don’t realize that there are biblical alternatives to Watchtower teachings. Continue reading

Answering Watchtower Misconceptions About Jesus

Some time ago, a subscriber to my blog wrote and asked me to do some posts about the differences between the Jesus of the Watchtower and the Jesus of the Bible.

I thought that was a great idea, so today we begin a new blog series entitled “Answering Watchtower Misconceptions About Jesus.” Continue reading

Is the Watchtower a False Prophet?

“If any prophet presumptuously speaks a word in my name that I did not command him to speak or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. However, you may say in your heart: ‘How will we know that Jehovah has not spoken the word?’ When the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word is not fulfilled or does not come true, then Jehovah did not speak that word. The prophet spoke it presumptuously. You should not fear him.’ (Deuteronomy 18:20-22, Watchtower translation)

In this post, I will show you what the Watchtower itself has said about false prophesying and false prophets.

I’ll follow their statements with my responses. Continue reading

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