|A Conversation with a Jehovah's Witness|
|Date: Mon, 2
Jun 1997 09:00:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: Rolaant McKenzie
Subject: Re: question
On Mon, 2 Jun 1997, Steve wrote:
> > > So tell me where in my area I should go? Don't you have a congregation
> > > in my area?
> > Find a Christian church that preaches the gospel as it is in the Bible,
> > the one that the apostles taught.
> You have to be more specific.
Why? I have already shown you from the Bible you claim to believe that faith
in Jesus Christ alone is what counts, not faith in an organization, or
Try learning what the gospel of Christ is from the Bible (without
depending on WTS literature or any other church literature), then find
a congregation that teaches the gospel according to Scripture.
You can do your own research.
> > If you ask sincerely, He will guide you to such a congregation.
> NO, God does not guide the people to hise servant, he guides his
> servants to the people.
So I take it you do not ask Jehovah for guidance? Hmm... I thought JWs
prayed to the Father.
> > > AND WHAT DO I DO WITH IT?
> > Believe and follow it.
> You have to be more specific.
You can read. Read the Bible and do what it says. I have twice given you
Scriptural passages that describe what the gospel of Christ is and what
one must do to be saved. Both times you have chosen not to say anything
about them. This only shows that when faced with Biblical passages that
contradict JW teachings, JWs try to ignore or evade them. This indicates
that JWs' teachings cannot stand up against Scripture, and that they
have no idea what the gospel of Christ is.
But I cannot boast, because most of my life I didn't know what it was
either. I used to work so hard to be good and do good in the hopes that
God would perhaps love me enough to want to save me. But no matter what I
did, I had no hope or assurance. I never felt I was doing enough to
But God had mercy on me, a sinner. He reached down to me and helped me
to understand the gospel. I turned to Jesus and He tore the veil from
over my heart, the thing that prevented me from seeing and understanding.
I learned that salvation could not be worked for even a little bit. It is
a gift from God by His grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Jesus said that we are to come to Him for rest (Matt 11:38), and I did. I
rested from my working for salvation and accepted the gospel. I read the
Biblical description of the gospel (rather than the different gospel of a
religious organzation, which really wasn't), believed it, and follow it.
I was born again at that time.
Life since then has had its trials and tribulations, but you know what? I
have never been so full of joy and assurance. I can say with humility,
great joy, and conviction, that I am saved by the grace of God alone
through faith in Jesus Christ alone! Whatever good I do, I do it because
of Christ and what He did for me. My life has been transformed by Him and
continues to be. Though I am still a sinner (of course) and need a lot of
work, I am no longer unsure about my salvation because it has been secured
by Jesus Christ.
So now I am free to be as good as Jesus can make me.
He can do the same for you, Steve, if you just ask Him. He is knocking on
the door of your heart. Will you not let Him in?
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