When the Jehovah’s Witnesses are Right

I had some nice Jehovah’s Witnesses come to the door the other day. I have noticed that they are not near as pushy as they used to be and are quite pleasant. They handed me a brochure called Can the dead really live again?  I took a look at it and I must admit that there is not much wrong with it. In fact the only thing I noticed that is not quite accurate is they call the raising of the dead in the New Testament resurrections when they are more accurately resuscitations, since those people all died again at some point. But I hear evangelicals being just as loose with language.

The point of the brochure is that what the Bible teaches is that the dead are to experience a resurrection. I think their hope is that people will notice that the Bible’s emphasis is on the resurrection and not on heaven. Most Christian churches point to heaven rather than the resurrection. In this case, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are correct. The Bible is much more interested in the resurrection than heaven.

I believe the problem here is not that Jehovah’s Witnesses are trying to deceive but that churches are failing to teach the biblical doctrine of the resurrection. I have preached the resurrection of the dead in church and have experienced Christians tell me that they have never hear this before. That is the church’s fault. If you are a pastor or a Bible study leader, please emphasize the resurrection of the dead. The best place to start is 1 Corinthians 15. If people understand that, they will not be surprised when this truth is revealed by groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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10 thoughts on “When the Jehovah’s Witnesses are Right”

  1. Resuscitation happens when someone dies on an operating table and is brought back to life before oxygen starvation destroys the brain. Resurrection, on the other hand, is like when Jesus resurrected Lazarus after Lazarus had been dead four days. Note Martha made the comment about Lazarus death odor (John 11:39). The brain starts dying after as little as four minutes. Four days is not a resuscitation.

    True, those who are resuscitated now before Armageddon will most likely die again. When will the dead who are resurrected come to everlasting life. Recall the statement Jesus made about letting the dead bury the dead? Now look at Rev 20:5. Here the Bible plainly says the rest of the dead won’t come to life until the thousand years have ended. How is that to be? None of mankind today are really alive in God’s eyes. We are alienated before him. But thanks to the love he has shown for man, alienated as we are, by providing his son as a ransom to buy back what Adam had lost, the ability to father a clean human race. (Isa 9;6, 7). When will mankind be clean before God again? Look at Rev 21:1-7 for the answer. Note specifically verse 7. “Anyone conquering will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son”.

    Now you know the ultimate purpose of the resurrection.

      1. I wonder if you have any idea where they get the authority to disfellow people. Is there a scripture they might take a reference from? I am pretty sure other Christians don’t go that far.

  2. Yes, thank you. It is odd how some religious branches take a major focus on some scriptures that others don’t. I remember a witness telling me one time that nowhere in the Bible is it mentioned that Jesus was put on a cross, then they showed me a drawing of him on a tree. But the biggest difference I find is the view of a hell. It would be interesting to listen to both sides explain where they are coming from, scripture-wise.

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