Jehovah’s Witness Tract

Last summer, we took a quick road trip to the other side of the state, and as we would drive through various towns, I would see a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, and wish I had an applicable tract to slide under their door. I decided to write one, and anyone is free to download it and pass it out. It prints 2 tracts per 8.5×11 sheet, front and back. I also plan to stop and talk to Jehovah’s Witnesses when I see them out witnessing, so I’m going to keep a few copies in a secure place in the car, along with a Bible.

The topic of the tract is about being born again, and Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only the 144,000 people who will go to heaven are born again. The rest of them aren’t born again, but believe this is only relevant for determining whether they go to heaven, or paradise on earth. They illustrate their lack of understanding of biblical topics when they want to argue that point. After discussing this topic with a few Jehovah’s Witnesses, and reading some Watchtower articles, courtesy of a commenter on this blog, it’s clear that they don’t have an answer for this line of reasoning. So you can download it here: jwflyer.doc, and read it below.

A Choice for Life
What does “born again” mean for us?

According to the Bible, all people are born dead in their sins (Ephesians 2:1-5, Colossians 2:13, Luke 15:24, 32, John 1:12-13, Romans 6:13, 8:14-17, 1 John 3:14), unable to obtain righteousness. Something must happen for us to be raised to life so that we can have arelationship with a holy God and live forever with Him.

This is where the term born again comes in. We are born once from our mothers, and then we are born again spiritually. At this point, God sees us as righteous through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins; He adopts us as His very child.

Whether we spend eternity in heaven or on paradise earth is not the question. Those who are not alive spiritually are dead in their sins—and they will go to neither place. Those who are not born into God’s family as a child of God remain a child of the devil.

1 John 5:1 (NWT) says, “Everyone believing that Jesus is the Christ has been born from God…”

Even though Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in Jesus Christ, most say that they are not born again (w68 12/1, pp. 733-735 What it Means to be Born Again). Why aren’t most Jehovah’s Witnesses born again? Is it possible that they believe in the wrong Jesus—one who isn’t capable of fulfilling the promise found in 1 John 5:1?

Maybe you don’t believe you were born dead in your sin. Take a moment and consider the Ten Commandments. If you’re like me and the rest of the world, you’ve told a lie and are a liar. If you’ve ever stolen anything, regardless of value or how long ago it was, you’re a thief. Jesus said that if you’ve ever looked at a woman with lust, you’ve committed adultery with her in your heart (Matthew 5:28). The Bible is clear that these sins will not be ignored by Jehovah (Revelation 21:8, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). No one has to teach us how to break His law—it’s our very nature. There is no one who hasn’t broken it; we are all born dead in our sins.

If the Jesus you believe in can’t bring you from the death of sin to life with Him, the Bible says you are still spiritually dead. Please carefully consider the verses I mention. If you like, try to prove me wrong. As you do, remember the Bible is inspired (2 Tim. 3:16); by its own admission, the Watchtower is not (Awake! Mar. 22, 1993, pg. 4; see other side). As the Bereans were commended for verifying what Paul said to be true, so God will commend us for verifying the Watchtower’s teaching with the Bible (Acts 17:11). Present yourself to God as an approved workman who correctly handles His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).

This is your life and your choice, but I implore you to repent and trust in Christ alone so that you won’t die in your sins (John 8:24). Remember, you’re either born again, or you’re still dead in your sin.

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12 Responses to Jehovah’s Witness Tract

  1. Chris Taylor says:

    Wow, you’ve really got a mad on for the JW’s :)

    Everyone has a different ministry area I reckon.

  2. There is some interesting recent research at Oxford on the origins of the Bible in Palestine:

    SEE VIDEO:
    Ancient Judaism Tanakh – Astarte-Ishtar and the Host of Heaven, Origins of Pagan New World Order Western Judeo Christian Values

  3. downdrift says:

    hmmm, I’d love to be able to have the opportunity to have you personally give this “tract” as you call it to me. Why? Because I could verbally run circles around your warped thinking.

    And guess what? I’m at least twenty years your junior.

  4. billphillips says:

    Downdrift,

    Consider it done. I’ve personally given you this tract. I’d love to hear your response. I’d be especially curious to find out whether you’re spiritually dead or born again.

    Are you really 10 years old? Why are JWs so cocky?

    Thanks,
    Bill

  5. men4god says:

    Bill, this is great! I will happily make use of this the next time JW’s approach me at a bus stop. Thank you for producing such a wonderful tool.

    http://men4god.wordpress.com, http://russbonchu.reachby.com

  6. downdrift says:

    Bill,

    who said anything about me being a JW or not? I don’t think I’ve mentioned my faith. I believe what the Bible as God’s word says. Not everyone is born again. How then can the “meek inherit the earth?” (ps. 37:11) If you believe in hell, which there is no biblical basis for, and you believe in going to heaven, you are sadly mistaken.

    You go as far as to question JWs for their beliefs on whether or not they “they believe in the wrong Jesus—one who isn’t capable of fulfilling the promise found in 1 John 5:1?” Let’s see what it says in 1 John, okay? KJV says this: “1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” Please tell me where it says born again here. it says begotten, am I right? According to Webster’s dictionary, the definition of begotten is:To produce as an effect; to cause to exist. (Webster 1913) So that would mean then, in modern english the verse would read this way: “People who believe Jesus is really the Christ is a creation of God: Therefore those who love Jesus who was created by God is caused to exist by God.”

    Furthermore, you agree that all man sins. Are you possibly asserting that by your warped reasoning as to what “born again” is you somehow come into the good graces of Jesus and the Father? Is it all of a sudden your right to judge who is deemed fit to be saved by becoming “born again”? From my understanding of the bible, only God has the right to judge people, because he is the Reader of Hearts, and he does this through his kingdom which you pray for in the Lord’s prayer every time you say it. “Let thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven” it says clearly.

    Instead of proving JWs wrong, do me a favor and prove your faith right. Only cowards put people down for their faith without proving their own. The best way to find a counterfeit dollar bill is not to study all the fake ones, but rather to study the true dollar bill. Prove to me the trinity, hell fire, all people are going to go to heaven if they become born again, and whatever all else you put your faith in. But there is a catch. I want scriptural proof for each point. Can you do that?

    I challenge you.

  7. billphillips says:

    Downdrift,

    I’m sorry for assuming you were a JW. What religion would you say you’re a part of?

    1 John 5:1 says that if you believe Jesus is the Messiah, you are born of God. This is a synonym for born again, which you’re just going to have to prove to yourself by studying the Bible. Another way of looking at it is that you are born into God’s family to become a child of God, or “born from above,” which is a more precise translation of what Jesus said in John 3:3. John said something similar to his statement from 1 John 5:1 in John 1:12-13. Also, take a look at Romans 8:14, “because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Don’t you believe that Jesus is the Messiah? Aren’t you led by the Spirit of God? Why aren’t you a born again, child of God?

    What are the implications of not being born again? Do you believe you’re spiritually dead? What happens to those who are spiritually dead? You’re doing the same thing as the JWs I’ve discussed this have done. Rather than discuss whether you’re spiritually dead, you’re discussing what your destination is. Like I said in the tract, that may be an interesting conversation, but it misses the point. Are you alive or are you dead?

    I don’t understand where I’m judging anyone. If someone tells me they’re not born again, I’m not going to judge them as a liar; I’m going to take them at their word, and believe they’re not born again.

    I believe the purpose of the tract is to show the true meaning of born again versus the counterfeit Watchtower definition of born again, which would be in accordance with your advice. However, I reject the premise that I should only prove what I believe rather than disproving what others believe, as there is much discussion in the Bible about various cults that would spring up, such as in Colossians. I believe I have proven the true meaning of being born again, because no one has even attempted to discuss the root of the definition. I welcome you to try to do that, and if I turn out to be wrong, I’m willing to admit it.

    As far as the trinity, I’d love to get your thoughts on the deity of Christ. In particular, in Genesis 18, the LORD (Jehovah) walks up to Abraham, eats with him, and discusses Sodom and Gomorrah with him. Also, in Isaiah 6, Isaiah is taken up to heaven, and sees the LORD God Almighty being worshipped by angels. However, Jesus said no one has seen the Father (John 6:46), and the Father is spirit (John 4:24). So, people have seen Jehovah, but no one has seen the Father. Furthermore, John 12:40 quotes Isaiah 6:10 (as far as I know even the NWT has this cross reference), and in John 12:41 it says Isaiah saw His (Jesus’) glory. So John is saying that when Isaiah saw the LORD God Almighty being worshipped by angels in heaven, he was seeing Jesus.

    A few verses about eternal torment in a lake of fire would be Daniel 12:2, 2 Thess. 1:8-9, Matthew 25:46, Revelation 21:8. Those who are born again going to heaven would be John 3:3-5. The deity of the Holy Spirit would be Acts 5:3-4. The trinity would be the deity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit along with there being only one true God anywhere, anytime, which would be Isaiah 43:10.

    I graciously accept your challenge, and look forward to the discussion. I’m truly grateful for your taking the time to write to me. There is one more question I have to ask you. If you were to die today, and stand before God Almighty, and He said, “Why should I let you into heaven (or paradise or whatever you believe)?” What would you say?

    Thanks,
    Bill

  8. Reneldo says:

    I am a JW, and I have all the answers you need. I’d much rather discuss this born again issue with you via my email dbsjehovah@yahoo.com. I’d even be interested in discussing hell or the trinity.

    For now though; you can chew on this.

    : “Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born from water and spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. What has been born from the flesh is flesh, and what has been born from the spirit is spirit. Do not marvel because I told you, You people must be born again.” (John 3:1, 5-7) The water here mentioned no doubt refers to the literal water of baptism. And the spirit? To Jehovah’s holy spirit acting upon the individual.

    Obviously the patriarchs, and prophets of mosaic times were not baptzed as Jesus was, nor were they ever said to be born again. I challenge you to show me where Noah, Abraham, Isaiah, etc were baptized and born again! Yet they had a relationship with God and will live again in the new world.

    If you claim, as JW do, that being born of water and spirit started only from the time of Jesus earthly ministry; then you admit that this whole matter of being born again is time related. All in the first century who were Christian were born again as God’s focus was the gathering of the heavenly class.

    Do you deny that both the new heaven AND the new earth will be inhabited by righteous people? Don’t you see in all those prophecies in Isaiah, Psalms, Peter, Rev, etc that paradise will be restored on earth? Just because something was the case 2000 years agaon does not meant that it is that way now!

    Chat with you later.

  9. Chris Taylor says:

    ergh…the water in that verse refers to the water of the womb. ACK! I hate it when people screw that up. LOL

    God Bless,
    Chris
    http://sharpeningiron.wordpress.com/

    P.S. I posted a new blog about Pharaoh, Moses, and God over at my blog and how God allows choice (and what choice) and still maintains His control. It is called revisiting Pharaoh, Moses and God.

  10. fourpointer says:

    Bill,

    Whatever happened to downdraft? Did she realize that you might actually know what you’re talking about? I was so looking forward to seeing her “run rings aorund you.” :)

  11. Bill says:

    Fourpointer,

    She never responded to my last comment, so I left her a comment on her blog, and she responded with a comment on my “About” page. I’ve found JWs to be extremely cocky (I know it comes from being able to run rings around most who claim to be Christians), but as soon as they run into someone who knows what they’re talking about they must discontinue the conversation.

    I think it also comes from there not being any real consequences in their mind for not being a JW. They’re just aiming for the low-hanging fruit, and if someone doesn’t hang on their every word, all that’s going to happen to them is that they cease to exist like 99% of the rest of the world’s population.

    Bill

  12. Liz says:

    I just find JW’s odd, they don’t talk like normal people they talk like they have been brain washed or hypnotised and they probably have been, I have never been forced to make any secret vows and if someone “left” my church I would not be told and would not choose to disown them either which I know has happened to a good friend of mine who was asked to leave a Kingdom Hall when he began asking questions!

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