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Thoughts 5/26/12

05/26/2012

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I have not been very committed to this blog over the past year. My heart, at the outset of creating this was to inform and help both old and new Christians alike become aware of what is going on in the world concerning our faith. I was always taken off track…continuously, it seemed, whenever I was thinking of a topic of discussion. Statements such as, “Eh, no one reads it anyway so what’s the use” or “Who are you to say what someone should believe” consistently popped into my head. Enough is enough. The spiritual warfare has been acknowledged and it’s time to get to work praying through those diminishing thoughts.

My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and His accomplishment on the cross is worth much more to you than to keep the wisdom He’s given me to myself.

I was part of a group today that witnessed to, get this, Jehovah’s Witnesses. Heath from Burnbrothers Ministries put the call out to those that would take part in witnessing to the witnesses last month. I’ve always wanted to take part but was usually out of town as the witnesses’ convention is always held on Memorial Day weekend and we’re out of town. It is typically held at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI and 5,000-6,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses attend to get an update on their newest teachings and whatnot. I saw thousands of people walk by us. We had two gentlemen take turns open air preaching with three others initiating conversations with them as they walked by us. I arrived a bit late and got to the meeting place just as Heath was finishing up the prayer before the workers went out. Initially I was pumped! Let’s tell them the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!! How could they not listen? Want to take a guess at how many of them tried to talk with us? You guessed it. Zero. Zip. Nada. Not one!

I was floored. I stood there and watched dozens of witnesses walk by. Most just ignored us and carried on conversations with who they were with. Others mocked, shook their heads or stared in disgust. One young girl in her twenties plugged her ears with her fingers as she walked by. Unbelievable. I couldn’t help but think, “Are these people from the same group that goes out of their way to knock on my door at times to give me a little paperback booklet???” Yes they are. They even claim to be “Christians”!!!

We weren’t there to mock them or belittle them. We love them. As Paul states in 1 Timothy 2:3-4 “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (ESV)” He desires all to be saved. That certainly does not imply that all will be saved but we must obey the words of Christ in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” If He desires them to be saved, we must desire them to be saved. His burden for the lost becomes our burden for the lost. The lost can not be saved without hearing the gospel of Christ Jesus, plain and simple. Seeing these people walk by us, one after another and not care to say a word to us about the hope they have within them made it blatantly apparent to me after a while. They have no hope within them to tell us about. Without the Spirit of God living in them, they have no hope. I could see it in their eyes. We are saved by grace alone, though faith alone, in Jesus Christ- alone. There is no work we can do to gain favor with God. It has been done for us, the only way it could have been done, through the work of God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, sending His Son to earth in the flesh, fully God and fully Man, to bear the Holy wrath of God on the Cross as a propitiation for our sin. He was crucified and died on the cross, buried and was resurrected on the third day. After a short time, He ascended to Heaven and sits at the right hand of God Almighty. Amen.

I honestly don’t understand the Jehovah’s witnesses. It’s ok. I don’t understand a lot of things, actually. I see the world from a Biblical Worldview and many things in this world I will never understand. Father, I pray that eyes are opened to see and ears are opened to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that they would believe and repent of their sin today. I pray your name is glorified through them being saved, Father. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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6 Comments on “Thoughts 5/26/12”

  1. Danny Haszard Says:

    Jehovah’s Witnesses proselytizing is a false Gospel. (Gal. 1:8)

    A) They are at your door to recruit you for their watchtower society corporation,they will say that *we are just here to share a message from the Bible*… this is deception right off.
    B) Their *message* creed is a false Gospel that Jesus had his second coming in 1914.The problem with this is it’s not just a cute fairy tale,Jesus warned of the false prophets who would claim *..look he is here in the wilderness,or see here he is at the temple*.
    C) Their anti-blood transfusion ban against *whole blood* has killed thousands.
    D) once they recruit you they will *love bomb* you in cult fashion to also recruit your family & friends or cut them off.
    —-
    My family was spiritually and financially swindled by the Watchtower society,3rd generation Jehovah’s Witness Danny Haszard
    *Tell the truth don’t be afraid*
    FMI
    http://www.dannyhaszard.com

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    • Eric Pillsbury Says:

      Thanks for your thoughts Danny. Insider information is always handy to learn when we come in contact with the JW’s. I am thrilled to know that you were brought out of the darkness of their madness into the glorious light of our Savior, Jesus Christ! May God bless you and your family!

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  2. Truth Says:

    I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and I am one of the people who walk pass you at the Resch Center. There are a few things you need to know. Apostates, ones who have been a Jehovah’s Witness in the past but did not have the peace of god in their heart. Will stand out side and shout at us. We know o leave these people alone for their intentions are corrupt. So when we see people shouting with a bible we ignore them. Even Noah had to turn his cheek when others would ridicule him. This weekend I actually took 2 minutes to talk to someone. And he starts of his conversation in a respectable way…. By asking questions… This is a usefull conversation starter. But he didnt listen to te answers. I said to him “right now I have a convention to attend to. But later we can meet up and I will discuss the bible with you.” The man turned me down. My point is that we don’t come to your door and harass you about your religion. We respectfully find a common ground for we are all created by the same god. And we encourage you. If god draws your heart to us then that is great. But we are not just recruiting people. We are searching for the meek. I hope you understand our view point a little better. And so you know, we also believe that Jesus Christ has saved us with his sacrifice. And this is a free gift of god that is not earned by works. But it is activated by them. “Faith without works is dead” I had a digital camera that my parents gave me, I would not be able to use it unless I take the proper steps to charge it and turn it on. So yes I have the camera it’s right there for me to use but I have to Take the steps to use it. If you would like to understand our purpose more please email me. Playitbyear@hotmail.com

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    • Eric Pillsbury Says:

      Thanks for your comments. I want you to know that I will pray for you and that I speak the following in love and I wish for you to know the Truth. In the future please be respectful and capitalize God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit and all other forms of His Holy name such as King of kings and Lord of lords or the posts will not be approved. This is not a smack down on you, just me wanting this blog to be respectful of the Creator of all.

      Now, you need to understand something. I do not beat around the bush. I’m going to tell you the Truth and I have no reason to lie to you because there is absolutely nothing I can do to earn favor with God. Ok?

      I appreciate you searching and finding this site. I know you’re searching for Truth and with guidance of the Holy Spirit, I will help you as much as I can. You are deceived and I am sorry, but that is the bottom line. No bush beating beating here, I warned you. As a matter of your eternal future, you need to look into the history of the witnesses, especially the past presidents of the organization. There, you will find true apostates. Apostate is defined as “somebody who renounces belief.” Exactly the case for Charles Taze Russell who was the first president of the Watchtower Society from 1872-1916. Russell along with a group including adventists took true, Biblical Christianity and renounced 1,800+ years of Biblical truth about the Trinity, hellfire and inherent immortatlity of the soul and created the beginning of what we have today call Jehovah’s Witnesses. That’s truth. You are a part of a man-made religion based on Christianity. Nothing more. Russell was also a false prophet, claiming the end of the world was to come in 1914. He began that thinking and making it public through sermons in the 1870s. We are currently in the year 2012 making him a false prophet – the man that created Jehovah’s Witnesses.

      I really am sorry. But know that you are not the first to be lied to. There is thorough evidence of the falsehoods of the Jehovah Witnesses. First being the true Word of God, the Bible. When I say Bible, I am certainly not referring to the New World Translation. Do not take my word for it! Compare your translation and the Christian Bible (ESV is a very good translation) on Titus 2:13 (NWT changes made to deny deity of Christ), Colossians 1:17 (NWT changes the fact that Christ is eternal and therefore God-a doctrine you deny), Matthew 25:46 (NWT changes made to deny biblical teaching on eternal punishment and replace it with their doctrine of annihilation of the wicked), Acts 20:28 (NWT changes made to circumvent Christ’s deity), Hebrews 1:8 (NWT changes made to deny deity of Christ), Colossians 2:9 (NWT changes made to deny deity of Christ), John 1:1 (NWT changes made to deny deity of Christ). Do you see a pattern?

      I am here for you and will help you. For your sake and for your family’s sake I strongly urge you to continue your search for the Truth. The book I used to gather some of the information for this post is called “Cult Watch” by John Ankerberg and John Weldon, copyright 1991. Like I stated earlier, I am here to help you but you need to take the steps necessary to begin walking out of the darkness and into the glorious light of Jesus Christ. The Jesus of the Bible, that is. No where will you find that Jesus was created as an angel. Please don’t even try to back that up because it is blasphemy.

      I hope to hear from you again.

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      • Truth Says:

        I am sorry you have become so blind to the big picture. Charles Russel was simply an imperfect man who did not have all the answers but could see how corrupt and pagan many doctrines had come to be. Actually his partner who wrote in columns and was an Adventist convinced Charles that the second presence of Jesus would come in 1914. Charles was convinced and preached that message. Does that make him a false prophet? No. He did not fake a vision or pretend to do anything other than math. Later though we understood that 1914 proved to be the “beginning of the last days.” When he was asked if he was upset about being wrong he said “how can I be upset about Jehovah’s arrangements.” I was actually searching for news reports not this thread. It was a very up building and encouraging convention though. And I will pray that you accept Jehovah as the almighty creator and Jesus as your savior and his Son. I do not expect you to post this on your thread but I hope you do. Many turn to Charles Taze Russel an imperfect man to try to find fault in our belief. But it is not him we follow and until you see that you won’t understand. Moses was not even allowed to get into the Promise Land because he made a willing mistake. Yet he was still used by Jehovah to deliver the Israelites. All through the Bible we see Jehovah using imperfect men to lead his people. All religion is man made. But ours is inspired by God. The Ark Noah built was man made… But it was inspired of God.

  3. Eric Pillsbury Says:

    Oh, I’ll post it and pray not one reader falls for the deception that is called Jehovah’s Witnesses. There is a difference between imperfect men and false prophets. All men are imperfect but false prophets falsley claim the gift of prophesy. Now, I will not enter in a boyish quarrel over facts. Facts are facts. The man said 1914. It’s 2012. Just like the second president said 1925. That didn’t come to pass either. They are facts that the Watchtower admitted was false prophesies in the Awake! magazine! (Oct. 8, 1968, p. 23). Research my friend. Your eternal welfare depends upon it. You are following Russell. He created your religion and it is not of God. Don’t you think that if it were of God the NWT would accurately reflect the original Greek and Hebrew text that were written 1,800+ years before JW came about???

    “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Peter 2:1-3

    Also…in Revelation 1:17-18. Take a look at your NWT. Can you tell me when God died?

    You may not have been looking for this blog my friend, but the Holy Spirit works in wondrous ways. 🙂

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