Jehovah Witness on Salvation, Allegiance & The Blood

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JEHOVAH WITNESS - SALVATION, ALLEGIANCE, & BLOOD

 

I The Doctrine of Salvation: second chance salvation

1a The Statement of the Doctrine

1b The need of Salvation

1c Adam was created perfect – God demanded obedience if he was to live forever in Eden

2c Adam sinned through rebellion with two results

1d Adam forfeited his chance for eternal life since he was perfect to begin with – at death he passed from existence (same as angels)

2d Adam, through heredity, passed on to all this descendants the inheritance of sin – a flaw by which we have no choice whether we
sin or not, only Adam had that choice

3c Adam’s descendants, because of sin must face annihilation

2b The provision of Salvation

1c A sinless sacrifice to eliminate the consequences of sin

1d The sacrifice was Christ who was a perfect human being like Adam, lived a sinless life and was put to death on the cross

2d He arose the third day spiritually, not physically, for his body dissolved into gasses thus leaving the empty clothes in the tomb

3d Through his sacrifice we can be resurrected as perfect beings to have a second chance

1e Gives man a clean slate before God by faith and daily confession

2e Provides for a second chance during the Millennium – there it is up to us to rebel or obey (probation period)

1f Obey: eternal life

2f Disobey: annihilation

3b The work of Salvation

1c Good works – why necessary if every one is given a second chance?

2c Three reasons they work

1d Sets a precedence for the probation period: where all will be Jehovah Witnesses or perish – better opportunity to be prepared for the probation period

2d Be a part of the 144,000 who will spend eternity in Heaven,

1e A select group of believers who get a body like Christ’s and do not have to go through the probationary period and end in heaven

2e A very select group from all the ages considering that not even John the Baptist or David are a part of it (Acts 2:29, 34; Matt. 11:12)

“Many readers of the Bible, however, are aware of Jesus' words: "In the house of my Father there are many abodes. . . . I am going my way to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2, 3) Does this not contradict the idea of life everlasting on a paradise earth? These teachings are not contradictory. In fact, one supports the other. To begin with, the Bible states that only a limited number of faithful Christians—namely, 144,000 of them—are raised as spirit creatures to live in heaven. Why are they given this wonderful reward? Because they make up the group that John saw in a vision who "came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for a thousand years." (Revelation 14:1, 3; 20:4-6) Compared with the billions on earth, the 144,000 truly are a "little flock." (Luke 12:32) Moreover, having experienced the problems common to humankind, like Jesus they will be able to "sympathize with our weaknesses" as they supervise the rehabilitation of mankind and of the earth.—Hebrews 4:15. . . .By providing the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God began gathering the 144,000 almost 2,000 years ago, and indications are that this group is now complete. (Acts 2:1-4; Galatians 4:4-7) (Website of the JW).

3d Escape dying at Armageddon – the end of this age and the beginning of the Millennium: Christ has already returned to earth

1e 1874 – upper air to met those of the 144,000 who have died

2e 1914 – Christ ended the times of the Gentiles and began to reign

3e 1918 – Christ came to His spiritual temple and began the judgment of the nations – Armageddon would be within one generation of that date (Matt. 24:33, 34)

4b The Means of Salvation

1c Dedicate our lives to Jehovah through Jesus Christ through faith, prayer, and obedience which expresses your desire to be one of His servants

2c Baptism: requirement

3c Preach the Word: door to door evangelism

1d Saves both witness and one witnessing (Back of Bible)

2d Avoids bloodguilt (Back of Bible)

2a The Examination of the Doctrine

1b #1: The Nature of the Perfect Man

1c Adam was the perfection of mankind and yet he fell

2c In what way are the inhabitants of the Millennium going to be different in their perfection to not fall – it took a God man to avoid this problem

2b #2: Man’s destiny is already determined: man’s destination is sealed here and now, not in the life hereafter (John 3:16-18; Eph. 2:1-3; Lk. 16:19-31)

3b #3: Our sins condemn us to hell: not the consequences of Adam but of our own sinful choices (1 Cor. 15:3; Gal. 1:4; Heb. 1:3; 1 Pet. 2:24)

4b #4: There are two resurrections: (John 5:25-29; Rev. 20:9-15; 1 Cor. 15:20-28)

5b #5: Eternal life is given at salvation (Jn. 3:16)

6b #6: Works are never a criteria for salvation (Eph. 2:8-9)

7b #7: 144,000 must be Jewish (Rev. 7:1-18)

8b #8: New birth is a pre-requisite to getting into the Kingdom (Jn. 3:3)

II Allegiance to Nations and Rulers

1a Stated: the believer is the citizen of heaven and to give his allegiance to any other nation is to give to man what belongs only to God (Phil. 3:20): this includes military service as well

2a Analyzed the error in this doctrine is seen in two points

1b We are commanded by our Lord and the Epistles to submit and recognize the secular govt. over us (Matt. 22:21; Rom. 13:1-8; Titus 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13-17)

2b Keep in mind that when assign our allegiance to a secular govt., we are assigning our allegiance to the one who established it, God Himself

III The Doctrine of Blood

1a Stated

1b God places a great deal of importance on the life in the blood

Gen 4:9-11, “Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said,"I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?" And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground.”

Gen 9:5-6, “Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man's brother I will require the life of man. "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.”

2b The reason for this importance is the fact that the soul and life force are found in the blood (explains why they believe in soul-sleep and annihilation of the soul)

1c Thus, God has commanded that blood is not to be eaten (Leviticus 17:10-12; Deut 12:15, 16; Acts 15:20, 29)

2c Since a transfusion of blood is the eating someone else’s blood and it is therefore sin and should be avoided under all circumstances (this reason many die – see article)

2a Analyzed the error in this doctrine is seen in three points

1b #1: The soul is not in the blood: once the life is gone the soul continues on (Phil. 1:23)

2b #2: Transfusion has nothing to do with the eating of blood

3b #3: The reason for avoiding blood is because the life force is present and was to offered up to God in the sacrifice – to eat it is to desecrate it (Lev. 17:11)