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So-called Jehovah’s Witnesses Cult Suppressed in Russia

December 9, 2009

This is something that would have happened in Geneva under a Reformed view of the two kingdoms, but would not happen under a Lutheran view of the two kingdoms (link to story).

Of course, calling the radical view of two kingdoms theology promoted by Darryl Hart and others “Lutheran,” is perhaps unfair to modern Lutherans. After all, Germany recently (two years ago) declared Scientology not to be a religion, which opened the possibility of banning it in Germany (link).

Finally, let’s not forget modern-day Geneva, or at any rate, Switzerland, where the people and the cantons voted to prohibit further construction of minarets (link to story).

None of these actions, of course, is a substitute for gospel preaching. And none of these actions will be of ultimate good to the people of Switzerland, Germany, and Russia, if the gospel is not preached, heard, and followed in those lands. Nevertheless, we would be wise to consider Jesus’ remarks on hearing that there were those who cast out demons in his name, but did not follow Jesus with the disciples:

Mark 9:38-42
And John answered him, saying, “Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.”

But Jesus said, “Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, ‘he shall not lose his reward.’ And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.”

-TurretinFan

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Dealing with Jehovah’s Witnesses

March 26, 2009

It’s not quite a “how to” but the first half of the Dividing Line program for March 24, 2009, provides a good introduction to how we can speak with Jehovah’s Witnesses in a productive manner (link).

Enjoy!

-TurretinFan

The New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses

January 18, 2009

I happened to come across some recordings of Dr. James White being interviewed on the program Issues, Etc. regarding witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses. This discussion may be very handy for those of us who wish to try to share the gospel with the followers of this particular group.
The New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Part 1, with James White on Issues, Etc. (The segment from Dr. White starts aroudn 40 minutes into the file.)
The New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Part 2, with James White on Issues, Etc. (The segment from Dr. White ends around 24 minutes into the file.)

To the glory of God,

TurretinFan

Charitable Prayers Unwelcome

February 13, 2008

According to a Reuters article, thoughtfully brought to my attention by the American Papist (link), some Jews are suprised and offended by prayers by Roman Catholics for the “conversion of the Jews.”

I’m quite sure that these prayers are meant by many Roman Catholics in a positive way. That is to say, they really sincerely believe that conversion is something that would be benenficial for the Jews. They would not consider themselves “anti-Semites” for making such a prayer, and they shouldn’t consider themselves as such.

We too, as Reformed Christians, prayer for the conversion of the Jews, and the conversion of Mormons, Muslims, Ebionites, Gnostics, and Satanists. We pray for them not because of some antipathy or hostility to them, but because we desire their salvation.

We Reformed Christians also pray for the salvation of those within the chuch that are not saved: those who profess Christ’s name with their tongue, while their heart is far from him. One group that particularly concerns us is the Roman Catholic Church, because her official teachings point people away from the pure gospel message:

Repent of your sins and trust in Christ alone for salvation.

Of course, expressing those sorts of concerns could cause the same reaction in Roman Catholics that their prayer caused to the Jews in the article. It could cause that reaction if we were not clear that there is a fundamental difference between the gospel we preach and the gospel they preach.

Some Roman Catholics will still call us names like “anti-Catholic” (see this example). Nevertheless, such characterizations show that they missed the point of the dialog as much as the Jews missed the point of the Catholic-Jewish dialog.

May God bring to faith and repentance all those who have not repented and trusted in Christ alone, whether they be hypocrites in our midst, Roman Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Ebionites, Gnostics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, or Satanists.

-Turretinfan


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