Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses, by J.D.M.
March 1, 2020
Dear Amish Voice,
Greetings in the name of Jesus.
I enjoyed your article, a while ago called “What Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Actually Believe?” We have delighted to invite Jehovah’s Witnesses in for Bible study and discussions.
Knowing that they err in their beliefs, we have tried hard to discern so we can admonish and rebuke. We have found them to be very cautious and vague about what they actually believe when sitting down in study with a Bible. Maybe one of the greatest deceptions about them is their outwardness—modest dress and clean and kind speech and conduct. This is all in vain if it is not in and through Christ Jesus!
We all may have heard it said in our Plain circles that it is dangerous to reach out or study with people outside our Amish religion. While this may be true for some people, have we asked ourselves why it is dangerous? There is only one reason it could be dangerous to reach out to Jehovah’s Witnesses, and that is when we are not clearly taught, firmly grounded, and fully believe the truths of God’s Word. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all his ways (James 1:8).
It is time we step out in faith and go beyond the Mennonite, Amish, Hutterite, and Brethren beliefs, beyond the traditions and commandments of men in search of truth as found only in God’s Holy Word. The woman at the well was very sincere about following the beliefs and customs of Abraham, Jacob, and her forefathers, but Jesus told her, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22).
May we know what we believe in Jesus and be so zealous and compassionate about following Him that we would assure our hearts of His precious promise where He tells us, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand” (John 10:27–29).
Please send me a copy of your booklet “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Their Beliefs.”
Thank you. Thank you also for the Amish Voice.
In Christian love,
D. M., Ohio
Dear J. D. M.,
Thank you for your letter and your love for God and others. You are right. Jesus taught His followers to go in to all the world and proclaim His gospel. We are not really following Him if we do not know Him, if we do not live for Him, or if we do not share His truth and love with others.
If we really love God and love others, we will want to tell those around us about the Savior who died to take away our sin.
You are right, too, that there are many groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and others who preach a false gospel. As you said, we need to know and love the Word of God so that we are not deceived and so we are able to convince others of God’s truth according to His Word.
God does not tell us to glory in or boast in our religion or denomination, but in Him (Jeremiah 9:24).
Let us learn, love, and live the Word of God. As David wrote, “Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts” (Psalm 119:98–100).
— Paul Miller
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