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Jehovah’s Witnesses, Translations, and the New World Translation

Jehovah’s Witnesses, in support of their New World Translation, make extensive use of obscure, questionable Bible translations. You won’t find them in your local Christian bookshop. You won’t find them on the shelves in a typical Jehovah’s Witness home. It is enough for them that the Society approves these translations, enough that they appear to confirm what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe….read more →

5 Reasons People Join Cults and Cults are Successful

We are frequently asked why people join cults, often with a tone of incredulity. The truth is no one joins a cult. People find themselves in a cult having joined a community of people with whom they have come to identify, a settled community that seems to have answers not found elsewhere. They have been invited, included, taken seriously, treated…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: The Battle For Truth

1 John 2:15-17 – What’s Wrong With The World? There is a battle for truth in our world today. We have, so far, seen that true fellowship with God is marked by: An increased consciousness of sin (1 John 1:6-10) A growing likeness to Christ (1 John 2:1-6) God’s light shines in God’s law and in Christian love and conviction…read more →

Mormonism and Dog-Whistle Theology

The Mormon Church has a history of dismissing established truth in order to establish its own. What has history made of the Bible, and how does Mormonism’s attitude compare? ‘I have taught you nothing but God’s holy word, and those lessons that I have taken out of God’s holy book I have come hither to seal with my blood’ (Rowland Taylor, to…read more →

Is The JW Bible (NWT) Accurate?

On their website, jw.org, the Watchtower Society asks, ‘Is The New World Translation Accurate?’ It is a good question. The Bible speaks to our deepest concerns, explains our purpose in the world, and introduces us to the God who made us. Every movement that seeks to identify itself with Christ claims to get its teaching and authority from the Bible….read more →

Halloween: Its Pagan So Get Over It

Halloween, and we have spent the afternoon with family in Mumbles. A leisurely walk along the front to Verdi’s ice cream parlour, ice cream cones for everyone, and a stroll back to the car. We saw witches, zombies, and monsters, none more than four feet tall, bless them, and a husky dog dressed as a witch, complete with pointy hat,…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: Love Marks Christian Reality

We have considered God’s love in us from a negative perspective in a previous post, Walking in God’s Light, and found: “Whoever hates his brother…walks in the darkness.” (1 Jn.2:9) In the Christian life we don’t refuse fellowship with others. “If we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves…” (1 Jn.1:8) In the Christian life we don’t deny our sinful nature….read more →

LDS General Conference October 2016: Only Believe

As we listen in on the 2016 semi-annual General Conference of the Mormon Church we remember how Mormons sound like us but believe very differently. When you are listening in on a group to which you don’t belong it is important you hear what group members hear. The temptation is to import the language of their world into your own,…read more →

The Orthodox Church 2: Saints, Relics, and Tradition

Praying to and Communion with Saints In the first article we looked at The Orthodox Church claims to apostolic succession, its teaching on baptism, confession, deification, and the Eucharist, and what it has to say about icons and Mary. The Orthodox Church consider that since physical death is not the end for a Christian and that those who have passed…read more →

Jehovah our God is One Jehovah

We have seen that the Watchtower Society God, in the Jehovah Witness mind, sits on a throne ‘in heaven’ issuing his edicts via his spirit broadcasting system. Jesus, sitting at the right hand of the majesty on high (Heb.1:3), is able to ‘inspect the earth’ by means of this same spirit. For a Jehovah’s Witness, God is channelled through a…read more →

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