Posts Tagged ‘Gospel’

Apologetics Class: Jehovah’s Witnesses

See here for the slide packs for Jehovah’s Witnesses:

JW’s Overview

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Duplicity? You be the judge . . .

My wife and I often find ourselves in the ethical conundrum of being offended by Christian Music comprised of weak and/or incorrect theology, BUT NOT being offended by a Jack Johnson song or a Styx song [she listens to Styx, not me . . . 😉 . . . ] Why are we so, I don’t know, hyper-focused or hyper-critical about Christian things, but not so much about non-christian things?

This brings up the issue that breaches the topic of culture as of late, in the upcoming memorial ceremonies of 9/11/01. Carl Trumen wrote the following:

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The Gospel

Christianity is not one of many world religions – it’s reality . . . only because Jesus/God is reality. That is where it must always begin.

God really Is. (; ; )

The Godhead is made of of Three Persons, yet Triune as God (; ; 1 Cor.8:4; ; ,  10:30, 14:9; ) unique in Roles and Personhood, but not essence nor being.

This means the Father is God ()

Jesus is God ()

The Spirit is God () {At this point let me mention the obvious that these are but granular sample-texts within a Sahara of truth the Scriptures teach on the subject}

So, there is God and He is before all things, made all things, holds all things together and will bring to account all things – AND He made it all for Himself. ()

That is what is really going on. That is where it must always begin.

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1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (ESV)

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (ESV)

34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,

for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; (ESV)

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (ESV)

I am the Lord, and there is no other,
besides me there is no God;
I equip you, though you do not know me, (ESV)

16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 28:19

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (ESV)

18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (ESV)

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (ESV)

27 Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (ESV)

28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (ESV)

But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” (ESV)

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”

36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (ESV)

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