Jehovah’s Witnesses: The Only Way To Serve God?
The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe and teach that they have “the truth” and that nobody else does. They also believe and teach that any other religion out there that doesn’t follow them is “of the devil” and part of the great apostasy.
In my daily bible reading I came across a scripture that I had seen before and it really helps clarify God’s view of those who might not follow to the letter our preferred method of serving God.
Mark 9:38-41 (New King James Version)
38And John answered Him, saying, “Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name, but he followeth us not, so we forbad him because he followeth not us.”
39But Jesus said, “Forbid him not, for there is no man who shall do a miracle in My name that can lightly speak evil of Me.
40For he that is not against us is on our side.
41For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in My name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
It is easy to see here that the disciples were indulging in the all too human tendency of limiting what others could do in the name of Christ. If they weren’t doing it “by the numbers” then it must be wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth as Christ so aptly stated!
Yet religions like the Jehovah’s Witnesses preach a message of judgement, contempt, and condemnation against any religion that doesn’t follow their teachings. Again the parallels between the Pharisees of Jesus’ day and the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society are very clear to anyone who has read the bible.
Perhaps there is a Christian rock group that preaches the message via their music. Do you condemn them for their use of that format because you don’t like rock music? What about a man who comes on television and preaches? Do you automatically place him or her in the category of a charlatan just because they use television as a medium to preach the word of God?
The beautiful part about being Christians is that we’re all called in different ways to serve God with our own unique talents. Some do it with music. Others with art. Others with the spoken word and myself by the written word. Even volunteering to help the needy or underprivileged is a great way to serve God as Jesus stated so many times in His ministry! Mother Theresa was a prime example of someone starting where they were and doing the right thing giving God the glory.She didn’t require any special authorization to help the needy and neither do you or I! All we need is the desire to help others and to bring those that we can to Christ!
I would much rather have someone say about me “His life was a sermon.” rather than “He preached a sermon.” Most of the time our actions are much louder and more effective than anything we could ever say!
Whatever our unique talents or gifts are, we can use them to praise God and to help others to Christ.
Instead of condemning others for not doing things “just so” the way we might do them perhaps we should examine ourselves and focus on our service to God and let others serve Him in their own unique and beautiful way.
Yours in Christ,