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Posted: 01/17/08

Witnessing to Jehovha's Witnesses

 How do you witness to a Jehovah's Witness? Simply say this: "I have a knife in my back, and I am dying. I have three minutes to live. How can I enter the Kingdom?" Then listen to what he says. He will be thrown into a flurry, because his religion is based on works (as apposed to the biblical truth that salvation is a gift--see Romans 6:23). A Jehovah's Witness must do things to be saved, and that scenario exposes his motives--he is trusting in "self-righteousness." From there, ask if he thinks that he is a good person. He will more than likely say that he thinks he is. The reason for this is because his self-righteous efforts reveal it. He knows that he is a sinner, but he believes that his sin isn't so bad that he can't earn his own way out of it, and "merit" Heaven.

So, you have to take him through the Ten Commandments to show him that what he is trying to do it impossible. The small leap he is trying to make is a gigantic chasm. To be saved he first must understand that God is perfect and holy, that He considers lust to be adultery, hatred to be murder, and He will see to it that absolute justice is done. That means that adulterers, murderers, liars and thieves will be damned forever. Once a person sees that he is a Law-breaker (a criminal who is trying to bribe the Judge of the Universe with his "works") he will hopefully trust in His mercy alone to save him. That's how the thief on the cross was saved--through mercy alone. He didn't do anything to be saved. He couldn't go door-to-door or do good works. He couldn't, because he was nailed to the cross. That's what God's Law does to us. It nails us because of our guilt. The only thing we can do is turn to Jesus on the cross, and say, "Lord, remember me." And even that ability to "turn" to Him is given to us by God. He "gives repentance to the acknowledging of the truth" (see 1 Timothy 2:25-26). We are saved by grace, through faith, and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9). So plant that seed in the hearts of those who think they can be saved by their own works, and then pray that God causes it to grow and produce fruit.

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By Ray Comfort


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Posted On: 01/27/08 11:08:49 AM Age 49, FL
Thank you Ray Comfort for all that you have taught us regarding witnessing with the Ten Commandments and with your tapes showing us your examples. Many of us have learned so much and implemented the same. God has used you mightily. However, 1 Timothy 2:25-26 does not exist, the verse quoted is found in 2 Timothy 2:25-26. Here are the verses starting with verse 23 - "And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will."

Posted On: 01/21/08 03:25:16 PM Age 64, OH
I do not see the problem. Obviously it is the MERCY of God that causes Him to extend us the GRACE. So if Ray cites the cause and you quote the effect, what difference is there. It is because of God's MERCY and GRACE that any man is saved. No man is saved on his own efforts. The same is true of the sin vs guilt argument. We sin and this sin makes us guilty. So are we condemned because of our sin or of our guilt is a silly argument. we are condemned because we are GUILTY OF SIN. Eph 2:8-10 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.-- Yes we were created in Christ Jesus to do good works but it is NO LONGER I THAT LIVES BUT CHRIST JESUS IN ME. It is not me that does the good works for I am evil and can not do good; but it is Jesus Christ who does these works in me and through me if I surrender completely to Him and no one or nothing else. Lou

Posted On: 01/19/08 07:13:54 PM Age 61, MO
Good works can only proceed out of a relationship with Christ. When we start assuming that the Holy Spirit would have us do thus and so, then we are letting our Adam will get in the way of what the Spirit might otherwise have us to do. "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." (Galatians 3:24-25). In Ephesians 2:10, "for" verifies the assertion that man's good works have no part in obtaining salvation. "Created in Christ Jesus unto good works" means "having been recreated by Christ Jesus for good works. There can be no good works by Adam man prior to conversion. Good works always follow rather than proceed salvation. Jehovah Witnesses are not the only group that fall into the legalism trap. George Cancilla

Mercy Alone?
Posted On: 01/18/08 03:50:37 PM Age 45, MN
Quote 1: "So, you have to take him through the Ten Commandments to show him that what he is trying to do it impossible." This is not what Scripture states, 1 John 5:3 - For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. Quote 2: "Once a person sees that he is a Law-breaker (a criminal who is trying to bribe the Judge of the Universe with his "works") he will hopefully trust in His mercy alone to save him." This is in contradiction to the author's quote of Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. So, is it God's mercy, or His grace? There is a difference. Quote 3: "That's how the thief on the cross was saved--through mercy alone." Actually that would be by God's grace, and secondly, this understanding completely discounts the thief's repentance, the very same Gospel that Jesus preached. Quote 4: "That's what God's Law does to us. It nails us because of our guilt." Scripture says that the Law condemns us because we transgress it, Romans 5:5:20 - The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is not our guilt that "nails us," is it because of our sin. What is sin? 1 John 3:4 - Everyone who practices sin also practices Lawlessness; and sin is Lawlessness. Interesting, Scripture says that transgressing the Law is sin, yet this author states that the Law condemns us because of our guilt, and that obedience to the 10 Commandments (which are part of the Law) are impossible. Yet Paul states in Romans 7:12 - So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. So, are we condemned because of our transgression of the Law, or because of our guilt? Those who are quick to quote Ephesians 2:8-9 in order to judge others, are often loathe to quote verse 10, as it doesn't fit with their "grace alone" (or is it mercy alone?) dogma.

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