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Creation 40(3):44–46, July 2018

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Knock, knock … are you ready?

Get equipped for evangelism opportunities that come to your door!

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It’s Saturday morning, and you’re enjoying your breakfast when you hear a knock at the door. When you answer it, you find some very nice people on your front porch, and they say they want to talk to you about God. While you might be put out at the early visit, this is actually a great evangelism opportunity … if you’re ready for it!

The most likely people you are going to meet in this way are Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. In different ways, they deny central truths about God, such as the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and the personhood of the Holy Spirit. Because going door to door and talking to people is a big part of their religion, they spend a lot of time studying pre-rehearsed lines to defend the errors they teach regarding God.

Many Christians are intimidated when challenged by these groups, but if you are prepared with a few simple biblical truths, you will be able to refute their heresies with confidence, and share the Gospel with them at the same time.

A simple explanation of the true doctrine of the Trinity

While a lifetime of study of the doctrine of the Trinity will not exhaust its riches, the basic truths are simple enough for a child to understand:

God is One. There is only one God. Deuteronomy 6:4 says, “Hear O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.” He also pre-exists the universe, which He created.

The one eternal God exists in the three Persons of Father, Son, and Spirit. And this relationship is one of perfect harmony. They are equal in deity, glory, and power. As Wayne Grudem states, “The word trinity is never found in the Bible, though the idea represented by the word is taught in many places. The word trinity means “tri-unity” or “three-in-oneness”.

The three Persons are distinct. The Father is not the Son or the Spirit, the Son is not the Father or the Spirit, and the Spirit is not the Father or the Son. While the Persons always act in complete agreement and harmony, bringing about the will of God in all ways, sometimes this involves one Person doing something that the other two do not: for instance, only the Son took on human flesh in the Person of Jesus.

It is important to be able to state the main elements of the doctrine of the Trinity, because many heresies can be identified as twisting one of these elements.

Refuting errors about the Trinity

While there are lots of different groups that embrace errors about the Trinity, it is easy to sort them into groups and address the error that various groups have in common.

Unitarianism is the error of saying that God is one, and only one. Groups that believe this include Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christadelphians, and followers of Islam and modern Judaism.

Tritheism is the error that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three gods, not one. There are not many people today who believe this, but it was a big deal in early church history. Some Muslims conflate the Trinitarian doctrine with tritheism.

Polytheism is the belief that there are many gods. Mormonism believes that Yahweh is one of many gods, and that humans may ascend to godhood themselves (see Genesis 3:5).

Denying the deity of the Son

One of the most common errors people make when talking about Jesus is to say that He was just a man, or that He was an exalted created being, but not God. Practically all cults make this error in one way or another. However, the Bible is clear that God the Son is eternal, and thus had no beginning. He is not a created being; rather, He is the agent of Creation, and He became incarnate in the Person of Jesus.

The beginning of John’s Gospel testifies clearly about the deity of Christ: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:1–3). There are many other passages that testify to the deity of the Son, including Titus 2:13, which calls Jesus “our great God and Saviour”, and Colossians 2:9 which states that “the fullness of deity” dwells bodily in Christ.

Many cultists have ready-made responses to the most common passages that are cited regarding Jesus’ divinity, such as John 1. So it is useful to have some less-commonly cited passages ready at hand. For instance, in John 12:37–41, John cites Isaiah 6, and says, “Isaiah said these things because he saw his [Jesus’] glory and spoke of him”. Yet when you turn back to Isaiah 6, Isaiah saw Yahweh’s glory. This means John is identifying Jesus as Yahweh.

Denying the Personhood of the Spirit

Many cults say that the Holy Spirit is not a distinct Person, but a way of speaking about the power of God, or a ‘force’. Jehovah’s Witnesses make this error, but many Christians also erroneously downplay the Personhood of the Holy Spirit.

In Scripture, the Spirit interacts with the Father and the Son. He also indwells, comforts, and empowers believers. He can be grieved. He even speaks saying “me” and “I” (Acts 13:2). These are not the actions of an impersonal force, but of a Person. He (not it!) has the same glory, and is as worthy of worship, as the Father and the Son.

Confusing and conflating the Persons of the Trinity

Unfortunately, many Christians confuse or conflate the Persons of the Trinity. Because much teaching in this area is deficient, many Christians formally believe in the Trinity, but their descriptions of the Trinity are actually unbiblical.

One of the most common errors is called ‘Modalism’. This is the belief that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all manifestations of the same Person. In the Old Testament, we see the Father. Then in the Gospels we see Jesus, and after Pentecost we see the Holy Spirit. But in the Bible the three Persons interact with each other, meaning that they cannot be the same Person ‘wearing different hats’.

Some errors conflate the actions of the Persons. For instance, Patripassianism asserts that the Father suffered on the Cross. The popular (and unbiblical) movie The Shack portrayed ‘Papa’ with scars on ‘her’ wrists, compounding error upon error.

The Trinity and salvation

Each of the three Persons in the Trinity is active in the salvation of those who trust in Him. The Father put the plan of salvation into place before the world was created. The Son became incarnate, lived a righteous life, and died as a sacrifice for sin so that all who would believe in Him could be pardoned and credited with His righteousness. He then rose from the dead. The Holy Spirit indwells, sanctifies, and empowers believers. While this hardly exhausts the ways in which the Trinity acts to save believers, this shows how important it is to have a correct understanding of this important doctrine. A wrong view of the Trinity inevitably warps our view of salvation.

Answer the door with confidence!

As Christians, we should be prepared to explain the basic doctrines of our faith with unbelievers and cultists at any time—even if too early on Saturday morning! Some dedicated study can help you to be ready to take full advantage of opportunities to share the Gospel.

Trinity

The Trinity and Creation

The very first action attributed to God is creation. God alone is uncreated and not dependent on anything. While there is a hint of God’s plurality in His use of the plural in Genesis 1:26 and elsewhere, the Old Testament does not explicitly teach the Trinity or detail how the different Persons acted with regard to the creation.

The New Testament reveals that the Son was the agent of creation. John says of Jesus, “Through him all things were made, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (1:3). He also has a role in upholding the creation. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16–17).

While we do not get a clear picture of what the Spirit did in creation, we are told that He was hovering over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2). He may have been the Person to imbue life into human beings (Job 33:4; Psalm 104:30).

Scripture passages that show the Trinity

Matthew 3:16–17

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (The three Persons all appear in this scene—Jesus is being baptized, the Spirit is descending like a dove, and the Father speaks from Heaven).

Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have the same name, not names, and they are mentioned without any hint of hierarchy).

Romans 8:16

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (The Spirit testifies we are children and heirs of the Father and co-heirs with Christ, the Son).

1 Corinthians 12:4–6

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. (This is one of many Trinitarian formulas in Paul’s letters—the Spirit, Son, and Father are referenced deliberately—this does not directly teach the doctrine of the Trinity, but it assumes it.)

Readers’ comments

David B.
One thing the Spirit has taught me is that God brings people to us. We don't go and find them (we train ourselves and He sets the 'battles'. The better you are trained, the more battles you will see). Even if they aren't ready to accept the gospel, we are the next brick wall they are going to hit their heads against. I've heard it said people need to hear the gospel 8 times before coming to faith. That would not surprise me. Dealing with JWs specifically, I always focus on the person of the Spirit and the worship of Christ. Hebrews is usually a go-to book for the worship arguments. On top of that I'll add something that is also good for witnessing to Jewish people: Isaiah 9:6 6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. I have them read that. I don't think their leaders deal with it at all when they are being programmed. I've literally seen a light go on (or someone bumping their head on the wall) when they have read that. It may not convert them then and there but a crack of light gets through and that is enough for the Spirit to start doing His work. That verse is great because it is from an Old Testament author and it is virtually impossible to deny Who the Child 'born of the flesh' truly is
Ewan K.
So the OT was written by Moses and the prophets . They believed in One God. They did not teach a Trinity. Jews don't believe the Trinity. Jesus, a Jew, restated the Shema in Mark's gospel. He prayed to and worshiped the God of Israel. His followers claimed he was the promised messiah / Christ, the Son of God. Many Christian scholars admit that there is no Trinity in the OT and some admit that there is no trinity in the NT. The teaching of the Trinity evolved over time and later, when it became the official Church teaching, it was projected back into the Bible. I think you should stick to science..
Lita Cosner
The Old Testament did not explicitly teach the Trinity because the truth of the Trinity was revealed at the incarnation of Jesus. However, there are indications of the Trinity in the Old Testament, such as when Yahweh rained fire on Sodom from Yahweh (Genesis 19:24). Also, the angel of Yahweh is worshiped as Yahweh, acts for Yahweh, yet is distinct from the Father. Many make a convincing case that the angel of Yahweh is in fact the pre-incarnate Christ.

Jesus indeed worshiped and prayed to God. He also accepted the worship of Thomas after his resurrection. We see in Acts that the reaction of a righteous man who is only a man is to reject worship in the strongest possible terms, and we also see God judge a man for not responding by refusing worship. We see in Revelation that even the righteous angels strongly refuse worship. Yet Jesus accepted worship, meaning Jesus is either God, deserving worship, or he is guilty of blasphemy. The Jews wanted to stone Jesus for making Himself equal with God. Were they right to want to? Which is it?

You can precede any silly statement with 'Many Christian scholars admit' because Christian scholarship is diverse enough that there's a fair amount of silliness in it. That does not mean it is biblical.
Jefferson A.
Não acredito Na Trindade. Jesus nunca a ensinou. Em João 17:3. Jesus disse que as pessoas conheceriam ao Pai como único Deus verdadeiro. E em João 4:23 Jesus disse que os verdadeiros adoradores adoram o Pai e não uma Trindade. A Bíblia é clara em dizer que só o Pai é o Deus Todo Poderoso. Obrigado

[Google translate of message: I don't believe in the Trinity. Jesus never taught it. In John 17: 3. Jesus said that people would know the Father as the only true God. And in John 4:23 Jesus said that true worshipers worship the Father and not a Trinity. The Bible is clear that only the Father is the Almighty God. Thanks]
Lita Cosner
Jefferson, apologies that I have to respond in English as I do not speak Portuguese. Please see Our Triune God for a thorough explanation of how Jesus taught the Trinity and why it is essential for our salvation.
Paul R.
Hi Lita, excellent article as usual. I have had many encounters with the JW's on this. I found that they switch off when I try to teach them this Truth, all they are doing while I speak is think up the next argument to respond with. So I now ask them to come in and do a little study with me. I get a piece of paper and ask them to do the writing (this makes it their study). I first get them to agree that something must be true or false, that there is no middle ground. Having agreed I get them to write on one side of the paper the word true, and write false on the back. I then ask how many true Gods are there. They will say one true God 'Jehovah'. I get them to write Jehovah on the paper with Scripture references they find (sometimes they need help). I then ask if the Bible mentions false gods, which they will look up and show me. I get them to write them on the paper. I then ask if Scripture refers to Jesus as God, which they are happy to show me, I then ask them to write His name on the paper. At which time they see they have a problem. Do they write His name with the false gods, therefore teaching Jesus is a false god, or do they write His name on the side with Jehovah, where they will see they either have two Gods or Jesus and Jehovah are the one and same God. At which point the study usually ends. JW's never take literature from people, but this they can take home for it is their own writing. I always tell them that I will pray for them, that they will come to understand the truth.
Ronald H.
In the image on this page if you replace " Father, Son, Holy Spirit" with "body, soul, spirit" and "God" with "Me". You end up with a diagram of our own triune being that is made in the image of God. The cults can believe in trillions of unholy human triunes but not one Holy Triune (Although some cults deny that we have a soul or spirit)
Lita Cosner
As with all analogies of the Trinity, this one has problems. "Body" "soul" and "spirit" are all parts of one person ("Me") in the tripartite view of humanity (the bipartite view would have soul/spirit as the same nonmaterial aspect of humans, but that's beside the point here). But Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are not three parts of God; each is fully God, and each is a distinct person.
Derek W.
a Saudi contact denies all sorts of things - the crucifixion and the trinity. But when he claimed that Jesus did not mention the trinity, he went silent when I referred him to John 16: 1-11 and John 17 1:1-5, where Jesus does explicitly differentiate between the persons of the trinity. I have not heard from this person since!
Rodney P.
The Hebrew word for "one" in Deuteronomy 6:4 (“Hear O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.”) is "echad" which means one in unity, rather than in singularity. The same Hebrew word "echad" is used in Genesis 2:24 where God says that the husband and wife shall become one flesh. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
David S.
While I completely agree with your explanation of the Trinity, I can't help thinking that the Trinity is very confusing concept to many people. I am of the view that we should not be punished for the many wrong views concerning the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as long as we love God (whatever we conceive Him to be) with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbour as ourselves. David Samuel
Lita Cosner
There is truth in that, insofar as most new Christians are ignorant of the finer points of the Trinity. If you had asked me to explain the Trinity 5 minutes after I was saved, I would have sounded like a modalist! But understanding the Trinity is so important that it should be intentionally taught to new Christians so that we can conceive of God rightly, to better and more faithfully worship Him. It shouldn't be a matter of "whatever we conceive Him to be", because He has revealed Himself to be one way and not another. While we can understand how a child or a new convert may not be able to fully grasp the truth of the doctrine of the Trinity right away, that does not mean that the doctrine isn't important.
Geoff C. W.
One avenue I have been waiting to suggest to a 'visitor' is to ask who it is right to worship. Answer: God. But there are many instances in the Bible where Jesus is worshipped, and where he does not refuse the worship, including in Revelation, where the worship occurs in heaven. Surely God would not allow this if Jesus were not God! And speaking of visitors, we are usually visited by children on 31 October for Halloween. I have been wondering about adding to the treats something written that talks about what Halloween is, and adding something about the Supreme Spirit.
Lita Cosner
Anytime I do evangelism with everyone, I am very clear about the Gospel and who the God is I'm speaking about. So instead of 'Supreme Spirit', I would do something a little more explicitly biblical if you do decide to hand out tracts with the treats.
John F.
While the doctrine of the trinity is importantant. I would never discuss this with mormons or jw's, as these are areas they major in. I prefer to talk about Jesus via 2cor132:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? Both groups donot know Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
Lita Cosner
Hi John, I would never criticize someone for how they take on Mormons and JWs as there are so many Christians who don't do it at all! But I find that having a good grasp of some of the less common biblical proofs of the Trinity and the Deity of Christ can be very effective for dealing with them. But as long as they are confronted with the reality of the deity of Christ and their own lost state apart from trusting in Him, I would call that an effective strategy!
Alan H.
The comedy with the Jehovahs Witnesses NWT translation is the twisting of scripture to say what the JWs want rather than what Jesus said in John chapters 14, 15 and 16. If you look at the Greek Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as 'He' but that is erased in chapters 14 and 15 to an impersonal 'it' or 'that one'. In chapter 16 verses 13 and 14 we end up with in the NWT:- "13 However, when that one comes, the spirit of the truth, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own initiative, but what he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things to come.e 14 That one will glorify me,f because he will receive from what is mine and will declare it to you." Of course in the chapter comment for the NWT then does somersaults with the text: "16:13 Both “that one” and “he” in vss. 13 and 14 refer back to “the helper” in vs. 7. Jesus used “the helper” (which has the masculine gender in Greek) as a personification of the holy spirit, an impersonal force, which has the neuter gender in Greek." Point the JWs to John 16 v13 and 14 then tell them to look at the Greek for John 14 v17. There is no 'it' in the Greek, the 'it' is a He or Him! Do not go any further if they cannot read the words in front of their eyes you are wasting your time as they have been blinded Isa 6 v9-10, you will also find this quoted 6 times in the NT including the parable of the sower in Mat 13:13-15 and referenced in the article John 12 v37-41. As a note John 12 v37-41 is good to point to those who have been taught that there are more than one author of the book of Isaiah. Yes so called scholarly biblical criticism can have more than 3 different Isaiahs. Just point them to John 12 v37-41. John quotes Isaiah 53:1 and Isaiah 6 v9-10, referencing only ONE Isaiah!
Mark B.
It is a delight to see such an excellent commentary on the truth of the Trinity! Your witness to the truth will be blessed as you also are a blessing to many! Keep up the great work, and may the LORD be with you and grant you His richest blessing!
Jack S.
Well done Lita. But this is just the beginning. The adversaries of Biblical Christianity have taken on many new faces in the prevalent world views. There is always the urge to action (from within the Church) but little preparation or training for the battle. It is no wonder that many Christians are reticent to engage the opponents. They fear they may lose or be embarrassed during the encounter. If Ephesians 6:10-20 demands anything it is rigorous training and equipping. Having worked among Jehovah's Witness (so called) for many years (~50) I find that the study and preparation for those encounters seems to have no end. Their theological and social positions keep hopping all over the place and in order to show my understanding of what they promulgate I have to continuously prepare. If we expect our fellow believers to engage with the ever changing but always the same world views we must train and prepare them lest they become casualties in the on-going battle. Thanks again for your faithful and productive work on behalf of the one who died for us while we were His enemies. Jack
Henri D.
Thank you Ms Cosner for yet another very good and useful article. I am one of those who tend to shy away a bit because I often find that I only think of the appropriate points after these guys have gone. Sometimes my mind is just too slow to remember and I am not able to think as quickly on my feet as is necessary. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was a journalist - being used to having the time to think as you write!
Rodney P.
David S, I think that you make a reasonable case there. In fact, I believe that most Christians would most likely hold some inaccurate views about some doctrinal issue somewhere, as we are all human. That includes me, but I don't know what I don't know. But God expects us to at least love to learn the truth and pursue truth whenever we get an opportunity. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV) "9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie," From the context, I infer that Paul here refers to the danger to Christians of being deceived - because they wouldn't receive the love of the truth. But I could be mistaken about my inference.
Joanbeth S.
Thank you for this most interesting explanation of the Trinity.
I am a new Christian I am enjoying all the knowledge and scripture concerning all.
Peter H.
The last time that I had JWs come to see me I was working on the patio (and didn't have a Bible handy. So I asked to borrow THEIR bible (so I wouldn't get the excuse that MY Bible was translated incorrectly). I turned to 1 Timothy 3:15 &16. "God" is mentioned twice in verse 15 (NWT), so they readily agreed that verse 16 also was speaking about God. Then when they got into the verse, they found "He was made manifest in flesh", and when I asked them who it was who was "received up in glory" (at the end of verse 16) they changed the subject. They left very soon afterwards. Of course I couldn't resist the opportunity to invite them to come to our Sunday night gospel service where, as it happened, it was my turn to speak. I was not surprised when they did not show up.
Ronald W.
In the past I was presented with the argument that the idea of the Trinity is based on a 'pagan' concept. However, it did not take long for me to realize the pagan triad (usually Egyptian gods) is nowhere close to the biblical concept of God's triune nature. Thank you for providing such a well thought out article on this subject.
David G.
Perhaps a good 'illustration' of the trinity is 1 to the power of 3: there are 3, but it is still 1.
Lita Cosner
Except that numbers have neither personality nor being (they are completely abstract).
Tommy S.
I certainly agree that there are many wrong views of the Trinity and having a good understanding of the correct concept of the trinity is important. However, the concept of 3 distinct persons in a single being is actually beyond human comprehension. We can say it is so and we can point to scripture that says it is so, but we cannot grasp what it really means. And no amount of diagrams nor analogies are going to cement any real understanding. It's just not possible for the human mind to understand things like this nor things like eternity, all powerful, all knowing, etc. If we could actually comprehend these things then we would be God ourselves.

Regarding witnessing to Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses when they come to your door. I love when they come to my door and I am very prepared to show them in every detail through scripture how they are in error and how they can know the truth. But, quite frankly, I've never seen a single one even waiver in the slightest in their cultist ways when confronted with the truth. I pray to God that perhaps they go on their way and think about it and eventually come to the truth, but it seems unlikely. I continue to pray that God would use me to help these people and that someday I may see the fruit of it.
Stephen A.
Challenge JW's to compare Isaiah 45:21-25 with Philippians 2:9-11. Both must be speaking the same LORD. Therefore Jesus is God.
Matthew S.
This article seems great in theory, but like the first poster....JW's are not interested in you telling them anything about Truth. They won't accept it. It is a 99.99% waste of time.

My pastor's take is that we should have nothing to do we these people as they are hardened false teachers. The Bible tells us how we should treat false teachers and how much God hates false prophets and teaching about Him in His name. Yes, we should love our neighbor as ourselves, but what happens when our neighbor insists on leading people to hell and away from the true identity of Jesus. Jesus had some revealing and teachable moments with these type of folks. Was Jesus being unloving? Of course not. They needed to be awoken. Gentle words wouldn't do it.
Lita Cosner
Matthew, we cannot tell this side of eternity who has been hardened and who has simply never heard the true Gospel. I have spoken to JWs who had never heard the true Gospel, and while they didn't accept Christ when I shared the Gospel with them, we know that it often takes more than one time hearing the Gospel to respond. It's not a waste of time because we shouldn't measure in terms of whether they respond in belief, but in terms of whether we've been faithful in sharing the Gospel. And if nothing else, the hours JWs have spent with me are hours they haven't spent teaching false doctrine to someone else.
Matthew S.
But Lita, all the time you spent with JW''s has taken you away from evangelizing OTHER people that who will actually listen maybe, so it's not like that is a justification of your actions...just a choice. You assume they haven't heard the Gospel and are assuming they might respond in the future...No one knows the answer to that. That's the case for EVERYONE. Lita, "waste of time" is somewhat measurable don't you agree? When we are talking about one more soul being saved...that's great! But at the expense of others who are more receptive to the actual Truth? You never addressed Jesus' examples of how he dealt with false teachers....
Lita Cosner
Matthew, no one will listen apart from God working in their hearts, and God can work in anyone's heart. I like the way I evangelize JWs better than the way you don't. Also, I spend lots of time in evangelism among other groups of people, so it's not an either/or thing. You can't write off the adherents of an entire religion as reprobate.
Richard W.
Adding to the strategy of Geoff C.W. about who to worship I like to use the response of Paul and Silas to their veneration as Hermes and Zues, ripping their clothes and pointing people to God, compared to Herod who exalted in the adoration of the crowd and was struck down and eaten by worms contrated to Jesus who congratulated Peter for having revelation, accepted worship in the boat after calming the storm and allowed Thomas his bold declaration after His resurrection but jesus was not struck down Nor did He disabuse the Sanheddrin at his trail who clearly understood Jesus to claim equality with God. I let Holy Spirit take people from that point as JWs want to leave my presense hastily.
Matthew S.
Lita, with as many interactions as you have had via the internet, I am quite surprised to see how far you are not only reading into my actions, but also my intentions and words. Disappointing, as this is a public forum and I don't think your responses are much seasoned with grace.

I wish you all the best and appreciate your clear writing. Keep up the work for Christ!

...and you still never did address how Jesus responded...
Lita Cosner
Matthew, you neglected to say how I had read into your statements, or what I got wrong. You said that evangelizing JWs was a waste of time, they're hardened false teachers, and time would be better spent evangelizing people who are more open to the truth. My response is that unless God works in their heart, evangelizing anyone is a waste of time, and it is simply misguided to think that JWs are all in the same category.

Regarding how Jesus responded, see Is it ok to be a blunt instrument?

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