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The Bible Vs The Jehovah’s Witness View Of Grace

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Eph 2: 8. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.

How appropriate that while my fellow brothers in Christ are in UTAH telling Mormons about the wonderful grace of God, Bobby Gilpin gives me the assignment of writing about it!

At UPFC we have done many articles before about helping Jehovah’s Witnesses understand grace, Jason Wright also did a talk on this at the last EX Jehovah’s Witness for Jesus day a few years ago..(See link below, well worth a watch!)

This post is going to be a bit different from previous posts we have done on grace. This post we will go through the following points :-

  • What is grace to a Jehovahs Witness?
  • How can you get across to a Jehovah Witness that we are saved by grace through faith – but this doesn’t mean we excuse our sin?
  • Does the bible say that grace is enough for your salvation?
  • Does Jehovah give underserved kindness (grace) to Jehovah Witnesses?

I can hand on heart say that not only did the word grace never come up in the kingdom hall, songs like amazing grace where also forbidden! Does this mean grace means nothing to Jehovahs Witnesses?

You find NO references even in Watchtower literature that talks about grace, they do however talk about undeserved kindness. The most interesting reference I found is in the “reasoning book”.

Reasoning from the scriptures, p359 – If someone says “Are you saved? (because of God’s grace)”. You might reply: ‘So far, I am. I say that because I am also aware of the Bible’s counsel not to be overconfident of our standing. It is by growing in knowledge of God’s Word that we fortify our faith.’

Wow! This is what the Watchtower is teaching there members to say! So according to Jehovahs Witnesses, you only saved are up to a point, but you can’t be too confident in the grace of God, and you have to grow in your knowledge to fortify faith…..WHAT!!!”

Hebrews 11:1- Now faith is the ASSURANCE of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

I make no apology for being confident in my salvation, why? Because he gives ASSURANCE of the things hoped for!

If a Jehovahs Witness is HONEST this is how undeserved kindness works :-

 Jw grace

Is that a God of love, justice, grace and mercy? That he makes NO guarantee of salvation and that is promises are only enough for the ones that are good enough for him? What does his word says?

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 – It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

Romans 4:16 – Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring–not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

So is salvation a “maybe” from God? Are his promises a maybe? No! It’s a GUARENTEE from God.

Sadly then the God of the Jehovahs Witnesses is not one of the bible. The bible talks of a merciful God and that one that is gracious, Jehovahs Witnesses teach of God that makes you work for salvation with no guarantee of salvation, how sad!

“Knowledge, that leads to everlasting life, page 179”

Although baptism is vitally important, it is not a guarantee of salvation. Jesus did not say: ‘Everyone baptized will be saved.’ Instead, he said: “He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13) Therefore, it is vital that you seek God’s Kingdom first by making it the paramount concern in your life.

Well the first thing to point out is that they have taken Matthew 24:13 out of context, but this is another argument. However later in the quote we get the real reason they have put this in, and twisted the verse.

18 To endure in your service to Jehovah, you will want to set spiritual goals for yourself. One worthy goal is to further your knowledge of God through regular personal study of his Word. Plan for daily reading of the Bible. Attend Christian meetings regularly, for the association you find there will help to give you spiritual strength. For your part, why not make it your goal to comment at congregation meetings and thus praise Jehovah and seek to up build others? Another goal might be to improve the quality of your prayers.

 So what do we have to endure in? The religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses keeping all the commandments that the governing body have set out, and if they change, we change with them. Seriously though Jehovah’s Witnesses, are you really going to stand before Jehovah and have him say:-

“Sorry you didn’t answer up enough meetings” I am not saving you.

How are we ACTUALLY saved as true believers according to his word. This verse changed my life :-

Ephesians 2:8.“By faith, you HAVE been saved through GRACE, and NOT OF YOUR OWN WORKS, lest any man should most”. 

That Watchtower however always wants to add something on to grace :-

Watchtower 1st Dec 1985, Page 6.

However, some Protestant churches teach “justification by faith alone”. Some Protestants believe that it is sufficient to believe in Jesus to be saved and, therefore, that justification precedes baptism. It is necessary to have a righteous standing before God, and this involves much more than merely “believing in Jesus.”

I have heard many Jehovah’s Witnesses say, “grace is just an excuse for Christians to do what they want”. This is false. But rather grace is a pardon for sin, because guess what we are all sinners!

Why do we need Gods grace? Simple, none of us can stand righteous before God.

Romans 3:10 says

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.

Surely though we need works?

Isaiah 64:6

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

So does this mean we don’t bother with works as Christians because of God grace. NO!

Works come as a result of salvation not because we want to be.

I want to end this blog by giving you 5 questions you could ask Jehovahs witnesses and Mormons who believe works give you salvation :-

  • If we are saved through keeping various laws, why did Jesus die?
  • If we are saved through works, how much work do I need to do?
  • If we are through works, does this mean the Pharisees are going to be resurrected?
  • Are YOU good enough to get through Armageddon?
  • How many sins would I commit before I lose the promise of the paradise?

In addition I want to give you 5 verses that helped me realise what grace was all about.

  • John 3:18 – There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him (Contrary to the 1985 Watchtower quoted in this post).
  • John 5:24 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
  • Galatians 2:21- I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
  • 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
  • Romans 5:1-2Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The God of the Watchtower therefore does not offer “grace” to his people. He offers a “maybe, if you keep the rules such as refraining from blood transfusions, birthday’s, Christmas and anything else the organisation tells you to do.

The true God, the God of the bible, our Lord offers free salvation for all who believe in the real Jesus.

I do not boast in anything, no power no gifts no wisdom, but I will boast in Jesus Christ – his death and resurrection.

Amen, Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. God bless you, Jason, for this inspired post. Oh, how the Witnesses strive to earn the right to be declared righteous by merit of their works! How they have been deceived into thinking their salvation depends on belonging to an organization! May the truth of God’s word reach out to them so they can experience the freedom that comes when we turn, in faith, to Christ Jesus and trust in Him alone.

    • My love, we have ALL been deceived. What if I told you that we are supposed to be vegetarians? Because, “Thou shalt not kill.” Anything. It does not specify which soul. When we purchase all toxic meat, we partake in in things sacrificed to idols. We are also deceived by chemical and medical holocaust. Web need natural Christ cures, medicines mostly kill, not heal. It is a money making scheme. And what is the word “Grace” capitalised so much in the bible. What if I told you, just as Paul, Moses, Abraham, Grace IS a female character. The catholics say” Hail Mary. Full of Grace.” Perhaps SHE is Grace, the bride He returns for? Amen, and all women.

      • Hi Amy
        Thanks for your comment. I am curious to know what you believe and why. If you would like to chat about this please email me on tony.brown@aofe.org.uk

        Blessings
        Tony

      • Thanks for your comments, Amy.  I was brought up from birth as a Jehovah’s Witness and am aware of just how deceived they are, especially on the subject of God’s grace.  With regard to the points you make, allow me to respond:
        We are supposed to be vegetarians based on the command “Thou shalt not kill.”  The Hebrew word translates into English as the verb murder, and usually refers to a premeditated and deliberate act of violence against another human, not an animal.  Also, after the flood, God told Noah “Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything” (Genesis 9:2-3).  The only exclusion was not to eat meat that still has blood in it.  So no, we are not obliged to be vegetarians, although I concede that modern farming methods often result in harmful chemicals getting into the food chain – and plastics that are not biodegradable get into the oceans and contaminate fish.
        As for medicines mostly killing, I’m afraid I can find no basis for that claim.  Although some medicines will never cure disease, they do give relief from symptoms and from pain.
        In the Bible, when speaking of God’s grace, it is not capitalised.  Grace can be variously defined as “God’s favour toward the unworthy” or “God’s benevolence on the undeserving.”  In His grace, God is willing to forgive us and bless us abundantly, in spite of the fact that we don’t deserve to be treated so well or dealt with so generously.  Jesus Christ is the embodiment of grace, coupled with truth: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).  To better understand what God’s grace is, please read this article: https://www.gotquestions.org/definition-of-grace.html
        God’s grace has nothing to do with gender.  Grace, like wisdom, is a quality and is not a person.  The four dogmas of Roman Catholic Mariology are: 1) the title “Mother of God”; 2) the Immaculate Conception; 3) the Perpetual Virginity of Mary; and 4) the Assumption of Mary.  Catholics are seriously mislead in their view of who Mary is.  https://www.gotquestions.org/Mariology.html
        If Mary is the bride Jesus returns for, then that means he is going to marry his mother.  That is not what the Bible teaches and that is not a Christian view.  I found an article about the bride of Christ:  https://www.gotquestions.org/bride-of-Christ.html
        I hope you find these articles helpful – they explain the reformed Protestant view of God’s grace.
        With every good wish, Lesley.

  2. Jason, I found out that the Insight book (volume 2, page 857) applies JUSTIFICATION only to those who become “Christ’s brothers” – the 144,000 with a heavenly hope. Justification is what they describe as being “declared righteous.” Under RIGHTEOUSNESS on page 811, it says those accepting Christ were declared righteous, not as something earned, but as a gift. But since they say only the 144,000 can ever be declared righteous, then they should not imply in this section that those who persevere in righteousness include those to whom the earth is promised. This leads Witnesses with the earthly hope to think that even though they have not been declared righteous by God, they can still work at being righteous and this will merit them a paradise earth!

    Also, the Insight book says that SANCTIFICATION is “the act or process of making holy, separating, or setting apart for the service or use of Jehovah God.” But under the heading ‘The Process of Sanctification” (volume 2, page 857) they apply this only to those who will go to heaven – the 144,000. Sanctification is a “procedure for those who are to become joint heirs with Christ.”

    Given their position that only 144,000 persons can ever be declared righteous (justified), and sanctified, they still try to give the impression that God’s grace, justification and sanctification can be experienced by ALL Witnesses. How can those 8 million earth-bound Witnesses receive God’s grace when they are not born-again (born from above), when they are not indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and when they think they can work to earn the right to be declared righteous?

  3. I am a JW looking to separate as I disagree with many of their teachings. I found this article great, and need to look at it closer and take it to heart. Thank you for the article. Sorry to be pedantic but there are a few typos in the article. I guess that’s my JW upbringing, always striving to be perfect. 😀 But it might help to correct them as time permits to remove destractions. Thanks again for article.

  4. Thanks, for your offer and your kindness. I may take you up on that sometime.

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