Answering a Jehovah's Witness

Using their Bible, the New World Translation!

Yesterday, I received a letter from someone named, Micaiah, a Jehovah's Witness (JW) whom I've never met. She asked if I'd like to learn about "a person" who was promised to set up a better form of government, which was promised by our Creator. She pointed me to their website to learn more. I'm touched that she wrote me, a random person. (But nothing is random with God. So of course I had to respond!) The JWs are probably sending letters, rather than calling door-to-door due to Covid. This gives Christians a great opportunity for longer discussion. I pray my letter finds its way to her. The return address was to a local Kingdom Hall. Please pray that she receives it and God opens her eyes to have understanding.

Before continuing, I need to give you a back-story. About 10-15 years ago, when my kids were living at home, I would drive them to the bus stop. Many mornings we would read Scripture while waiting for the bus. Oftentimes, there were neighborhood kids that I'd invite into our van to join us. On one particular day, one of the neighbor boys hopped in and was excited to report that he'd been given a Bible. It was a New World Translation (NWT) written for Jehovah's Witnesses. I asked him to trade it for a better Bible that he could read more easily, which he agreed to do. Since then, when I have opportunity, I use the NWT to witness to a JW. 

It's important to understand that JWs do not believe in the Trinity or in the same Jesus that Christians believe. They think Jesus is Michael the archangel. The NWT strips away the deity of Jesus Christ. One well-known distortion in the NWT is found in John 1:1, which says, "In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god ." On its face, this verse says there is more than one God, which is strange, because JWs teach there is only one God. However, they had to change it to fit their theology, so that Jesus, the Word made flesh, wouldn't be called God (see the verse comparison pictured, above). 

However, this is not the debate I pursue with JWs, because that requires explaining how the Greek language was translated incorrectly. There are many more obvious arguments to be made, and are found in the cross-references of their Bible (at least the 1984 edition). Over and over again, these cross-references in the Old Testament link verses about Jehovah to New Testament verses about Jesus, and vice versa. It's mind-blowing that they were included by the translator(s); there are literally hundreds of them! (I wonder if the 1984 version is still in print?) 

The following letter is what I wrote to the "random" stranger. In it, I quote several NWT passages and their linked cross-references. Some words and phrasing in the NWT are also different, such as "fine shepherd," instead of "good shepherd," or "John the Baptizer," instead of "John the Baptist."

I hope this helps you to witness to a friend caught up in this cult, or to the next JW that shows up at your door or sends you a letter! At the end of the letter I ask, "Who raised Jesus from the dead?" The answer is revealing! This single question, with the answer, is a great place to start when witnessing to a JW. Also, don't miss the video link below, "The Shocking Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses."

I'd love to receive your feedback. Please share this link with your friends and pastors. 

Now on to the letter:

Dear Micaiah,

Thank you so much for writing. I see that you have zeal for spiritual things. In response to your request, I have some Bible verses for you to consider. Please note, all quotes and cross-references are from the 1984 Revised New World Translation (NWT). This letter may seem like a fire-hose of passages, but I encourage you to take time to read them and their cross-references.

Jehovah Shepherd

To begin, please read Ezekiel 34:1-10. In this passage, Jehovah told the leadership of Israel that they had failed to care properly for his people—for his sheep. What did Jehovah then say to the crooked leadership? “For this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: Here I am, I myself, and I will search for my sheep and care for them . . . I myself shall feed my sheep and I myself shall make them lie down. . . the lost one I will search for and the dispersed one I shall bring back . . . And as for you my sheep . . . I am judging between sheep and a sheep, between the rams and the he-goats” Ezekiel 34:11-17.

Now here’s an interesting thing, the NWT cross-references several scriptures, thereby linking them to this Ezekiel passage. Among them are Psalm 23:1 “Jehovah is my Shepherd . . .” and John 10:11, which quotes Jesus as saying, “I am the fine shepherd . . .” 

Who did Jehovah in the Ezekiel passage say would care for his sheep? “I myself.” 

What did Jesus say about himself? “I am the fine Shepherd,” he would care for his sheep, and surrender his soul for them. (See John 10, particularly verses 11-18.)

Who did Jehovah say would search for his sheep? “I will search for my sheep and care for them.” The NWT cross-references this, thereby linking it to Matthew 15:24, which quotes Jesus saying that he was sent for the lost sheep of Israel.

What does Ezekiel 34:17 say Jehovah would do with the sheep and goats? He would judge them! And now let’s look at Matthew 25:31-33. Who is it that separates the sheep and the goats? The Son of Man—Jesus! Amazingly, this Matthew verse is cross-referenced and linked back to Ezekiel 34:17 in the NWT!

Someone calling out in the wilderness . . . Clear up the way of Jehovah

Read Isaiah 40:1-3, then read Mark 1:3 and John 1:14-15. Mark 1:3 says that John the Baptizer called out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of Jehovah . . .” quoting Isaiah 40:3, which is cross-referenced to the Mark 1:3 passage, linking them together. Then in the gospel of John, we read to whom John the Baptizer referred, “the Word who was made flesh, John bore witness about him (about Jesus)” (see John 1:14-15, 23-33). John the Baptizer called out preparing the way of Jehovah/Jesus!

There is only One Savior

Isaiah 43:11 says, “I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.” Luke 2:11 says, “Have no fear . . . because there was born to you today a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,“ See also Titus 2:13. Who is the savior mentioned in the Titus passage? It is Jesus! And what did Jehovah say about himself? Besides me there is no savior! 

Jehovah’s Glory

Look at Isaiah 42:8, “I am Jehovah. That is my name; and to no one else shall I give my own glory . . .” Now look at John 17:5. Jesus says, “So now you, Father, glorify me alongside yourself with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was.” 

Jehovah: First and Last, Alpha and Omega

See Isaiah 44:6, “This is what Jehovah has said . . . , I am the first and I am the last, and besides me there is no God.“ Now look at the NWT cross-reference linked to Revelation 22:12-20. What does Jesus say about himself? “Look! I am coming quickly . . . I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end . . . I Jesus sent my angel to bear witness . . . yes, I am coming quickly. Amen! Come Lord Jesus.” 

In these passages, who is called first and last, Alpha and Omega? (Jehovah/Jesus!)

Jehovah Became Dead and Living Forever

See also Revelation 1:8; 17-18, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, says Jehovah God, the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty . . . I am the First and the Last, and the living one; and I became dead (vs 18), but, look! I am living forever and ever.” These verses in the NWT are cross-referenced and linked to Romans 5:6, Romans 6:9, and John 11:25, which says respectively, “For indeed, Christ, while we were yet weak, died for ungodly men at the appointed time.” “For we know that Christ, now that he has been raised up from the dead, dies no more; death is master over him no more.” “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.’” 

Who became dead and now lives? (Jehovah/Jesus!)

Who Raised Jesus From the Dead?

Question: Who raised Jesus from the dead? (see Acts 2:32; John 2:18-21; and Romans 8:11.)

Answer: Jehovah: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, he is one God, expressing himself through three distinct personalities.

How can all these things be? Jesus tells us how in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” This was a radical statement. The Jewish leadership wanted to stone Jesus for blasphemy because he claimed to be God (vs 33)!

I’m just scratching the surface with NWT cross-referenced verses that link Jehovah to Jesus! There are many, many more! I encourage you to read them in your own translation to discover this truth. 

Feel free to write back!

May Jehovah give you understanding of the real Jesus!
Sarah Keith
sarah@sundayschoolnetwork.com


Copyright 2021 Sarah Keith

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