Jehovah’s Witnesses: Call Now For Your Free Gift!

We’ve all heard the call to action from advertisers:

“Call Now For Your ‘Free’ Gift!”

As Americans we are marketed to on a daily basis. We are inundated with countless “free” offers from sales companies who’s only intent is to get their “foot in the door” with us and sell us a bill of goods.

We’ve become jaded to the point that when someone does truly offer us something free we question it, back away from it, and many times simply won’t accept the gift because we think there is a “string attached”.

This morning I was reading in John and the following scripture really brought it home for me. I thought this would be a great post to begin the week with so here it is:

John 6:27-29

“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.

Amazing isn’t it? The work that the Watchtower so adamantly claims to be the only way to be saved is to go door to door and sell magazines. However Christ Himself said that the work of God was to believe in Jesus Himself.

Jesus said that His yoke was kindly and His load was light. He wasn’t lying when He said that!

It is sad that Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide believe that they are gaining salvation by going door to door hawking literature for the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. It is unfortunate that in so doing they have negated the sacrifice of Christ for themselves. Until they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and believe that He is the only “Way and the Truth and the Life”, they will never be truly saved by grace. They will stumble around thinking that by “being good” and “working hard” for The Watchtower (aka the seven old men in Brooklyn) they will earn their salvation.

Imagine, if you will, that I came to your home and paid your entire mortgage for you. Let’s say that I told you that it was a free gift and you only had to deposit the check in order to receive it. However, instead of depositing the check you came over my house and started cutting my lawn, watering my plants, painting my house, and changing the oil in my car. You did this for years. The check of course became yellow with age and was no longer “good” because you let it sit for so long. You also offended me with your attempts to earn what I had freely given you. You questioned my ability to give good gifts without conditions and as a result I decided never to give you another one.

That is how Christ feels when you reject His dying for you on the cross and instead attempt to earn the grace He already offered to you, without conditions, by working for it.

Salvation cannot be earned. It can only be received as a free gift.

Yours in Christ,

Doug Shields