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Fast Facts on Important Points to Remember When Witnessing to a Jehovah’s Witness

  • First, Most Jehovah’s Witnesses have no hope of entering Heaven. Only the original 144,000 members of the Watchtower organization were promised Heaven. Today, the best a Jehovah’s Witness can hope for is to prove their worthiness to Jehovah so they might live in paradise on earth one day.
  • Second, the average Jehovah’s Witness today will spend 8 to 10 hours a week going door to door witnessing. They do this not out of their great love for non-Jehovah’s Witnesses, but because their eternal destiny is connected to their obedience to the Watchtower organization.
  • Third, Jehovah’s Witnesses have no experience of God’s grace. The Watchtower organization teaches that, “more than faith is needed” for salvation and Jesus’ death only saves us from the guilt of Adam’s original sin. This is why Jehovah’s Witnesses strive personally to prove their worthiness to Jehovah.
  • Fourth, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been conditioned by the Watchtower organization to believe that anyone outside the organization is of the Devil. Most initial witnessing encounters leave true Christians frustrated because Jehovah’s Witnesses are often close-minded to considering anything from someone outside of their organization, no matter how good the arguments may be. Prayer, patience, and a commitment to ongoing dialogue are essential when witnessing to a Jehovah’s Witness.
  • Lastly, and most importantly, remember, Jehovah’s Witnesses are lost souls. They are not the enemy. They are victims of the enemy.

For more information on the Jehovah’s Witnesses and how to reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, please check out the documentary DVD, Jehovah’s Witnesses: A Non-Profit Organization, available in our online store.

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Fast Facts on Advent Apologetics – December 25th as the Date of Christmas

  • There is no historical evidence that Jesus was born on December 25th. However, while this date is improbable it is not impossible. A springtime date, though, better fits the gospel accounts of the birth of Christ. So, where does the December 25th date for Christmas come from?
  • Historical evidence shows Christians observing December 25th as the date of Christ’s birth as early as the 200’s A.D. However, the first official Christmas celebration occurred on December 25, 336 A.D. after Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity.
  • The most likely reason the early Church chose December 25th as the date to celebrate Christ’s birth was simply because of the metaphorical significance of the winter solstice to the arrival of the Messiah (i.e. the idea of light, new life, etc.).
  • It is also possible the Church chose December 25th as a rival to certain pagan religious practices in the Roman Empire that were centered on the winter solstice and the “birth” of their sun gods (Saturnalia, Mithra, Sol Invictus, etc.).
  • Some Christians become concerned when considering the possibility that our December 25th celebration of Christmas might have any association with pagan religious practices, even if as a rival.
  • However, while it is right to be concerned as Christians about syncretism with non-Christian religious practices, we must also remember that the Church has historically viewed the reshaping of culture as a positive endeavor.
  • When it comes to our celebration of Christmas on December 25th, like Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.), we can affirm that, “We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of Him who made it.”

Give the gift of apologetics this Christmas! We’ve got some great resources, like the book, Apologetics For A New Generation, available in our online store.

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