|A Sunday Afternoon Encounter With the Jehovah's Witnesses|
|Written by Ben Winslett|
|Sunday, 29 March 2015 13:03|
Allow me to share an experience I had after church today. This isn't an essay but a rough recollection of the event, so forgive if the words I've penned in brief don't detail it clearly.
What happens when an Old Baptist preacher pulls up to his house and the Jehovah's Witnesses are standing on his porch? Evidently, he preaches to them all the way down the walkway, drive, and up the sidewalk!
It starts like this. I see them as I pull in the drive, exit the van with Bible in hand, and walk up to them. We're all cordial, and they invite me to their Easter service. I told them thanks, but I won't be attending because, as I understand it, they don't believe Jesus is God manifest in the flesh.
They confirmed this, and so I said there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost and these THREE are ONE. Then I said Jesus in John 10 said He and His Father are ONE. The head lady replied in a snarky voice, "why did Jesus say he was inferior to His Father?" I replied that He didn't - but Jesus is the Son of God AND the Son of Man and has TWO natures, Divine and human. His human body died on Calvary but His Divine essence never ceased or died, that as John 3 reports Jesus descended from Heaven, would ascend to Heaven, yet WAS with the Father IN Heaven. I quoted "When the fullness of time was come, God sent HIS SON, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." (By this point I am starting to preach - I mean corn shucking pulpit preaching)
I then ask whose image Adam was made in. She says Adam was made in God's image. I said "YES! What did God say when he made Adam?" She replied "Let us make man in our image." I reply "Precisely! Adam was made in God's image, and God said 'let US make man in OUR image!' God refers to HIMSELF as US and made man in His image." She then says she isn't here to argue and starts heading toward towards the curb. I follow and tell her I'm not arguing, I just stepped out of the Pulpit and the Spirit of God is on me - I'm preaching to them.
I then continue, begging her to answer. "Whose image? To whom did God refer?" She says "Himself and His Son", to which I replied "EXACTLY! And God said 'OUR IMAGE', meaning the US was God - Father, Son, and Holy Ghost - and Adam was made in GOD'S image." She asked me to read that actually out of the Bible, so I did. She said "well, let's look in mine" and I retorted that I wasn't interested in her book - mine was translated from the Textus Receptus Greek and Masoretic Hebrew and I know from study it was a proper translation. She started yet another point of reasoning but I said "no, no - you haven't answered my first point about Adam being made in God's image." They really started moving to the curb by now.
At this point, I gave them both a hug (what am I thinking??) and tell her "Look, I love you and it seems that you love Christ. But you've been taught this terrible error and I know you're only replying with what you've been trained to say, but it's wrong and I call upon you to repent and turn from this! I hope to see you in Heaven but this is error." She replied "well, we hope to live on the Earth" (their theology). I said "I AM living on the Earth - but I look for a New Heaven and a New Earth where there is no more death where GOD Himself will wipe all tears from my eyes, not this old sin cursed Earth."
They're at the road at this point, moving up the sidewalk away from me thanking me for my time and telling me goodbye (and probably thinking I am a loon). I'm yet preaching to them - "in the beginning was the Word. The same was with God and WAS God"....but they walked away. As they leave my final words were "Come back some morning when I haven't just been preaching and I will be less animated" (while moving my hands and feet in an elaborate motion).
When I returned to the top of my drive way, the family was a bit giggly and Ethan said it was "Paul-ish." All I can say is I felt pulpit liberty in my front yard and by the time it was over, I was ravenous!
You never know what seed gets planted in someone's mind. Paul beckoned with the hand, calling men to turn. Peter said with many words to repent. It was an opportunity, even if they quite literally ran to the road and left. Never know.
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