A Conversation with a Jehovah's Witness

The following is a conversation I had with Steve, an ardent follower, supporter, and defender of Jehovah's Witnesses practices and doctrines. It is hoped that you, the reader, will see that in spite of the claims of Steve and other Jehovah's Witnesses to the contrary, Jehovah's Witnesses and the organization to which they belong (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society) teach a different gospel from the one taught in the Bible. As a result, one who joins this religion does so at his peril. The conversation may not flow as smoothly as desired because it was taken from a series of 10 e-mail posts from May 20, 1997 to June 2, 1997.

Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 09:31:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: Rolaant McKenzie
To: Steve
Subject: Re: question

On Tue, 20 May 1997, Steve wrote:

> RLM wrote:
> > Hi Steve! How long should one remain in an organization that gives out
> > inaccurate information? This is a question I have had to consider and I
> > would like to get some outside input. Hope I hear from you!
> How do you define "remaining in an organization"?  I won't be naive and
> believe that you are not referring to us as ones giving inaccurate
> info.  I define being in the organization as attending meetings and
> associating with the brothers and sisters, and preaching the kingdom and
> teaching the bible and learning the bible to improve ourselves.

I would define remaining in an organization as supporting its goals
through studying its literature, financial means, and seeking to bring in
those outside the organization.

> In that case, one should remain in forever.  The reason is that Jesus is
> not looking for people who have 100% accurate information.  But since we
> have the closest to 100% he wants people with us.  Also what Jesus wants
> is people to be humble and meek and to follow him and do his work.

I realize that Jesus wants people who will accept Him by faith and follow
Him, but anybody can claim to have more truth than everyone else. And
usually, I have noticed, when such people or organizations makes such
claims they are usually invalid. They usually promote some accurate
information with a lot of inaccurate information.

My understanding is that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life, and that no
one comes to the Father except through Him. Should we not focus on Him as
we seek to live a life pleasing to God?

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