Page 4: The changes in the brain, it is claimed, include the lowering of the level of serotonin, a brain chemical that is thought to keep aggression at bay. Studies reveal that alcohol can lower the level of serotonin in the brain, thereby giving some scientific basis for the long-known link between violence and the abuse of alcohol.
Correction: The Watchtower does not teach the sin nature of mankind.
James 4:1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
Page 4: Something else makes this an especially violent time. "Woe for the earth and for the sea," says the Bible, "because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time." (Revelation 12:12)
Correction: Satan will not be cast out of heaven until after a third of mankind is killed in a war.
Revelation 9:15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
Page 5: The man, Saul of Tarsus, did not agree with Stephen's religious stand and supported the violent murder as a justified way of stopping Stephen's activities.
Note: Stephen was calling on the name of Jesus as he was being killed. Will you?
Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
Page 5: Following that conversion, Saul's way of dealing with others changed. An incident that took place some 16 years afterward demonstrated the change. A group of people came to his home congregation in Antioch and urged the Christians there to conform to the Mosaic Law. "No little dissension" resulted. Saul, by this time better known as Paul, took a position in the dispute. Apparently, sparks flew. But Paul did not resort to violence. Rather, he assented to the congregation's decision to refer the matter to the apostles and elders of the Jerusalem congregation. - Acts 15:1, 2.
Note: Paul writes this summation of what happen in Antioch to the churches of Galatia.
Galatians 2:15-16 "We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified."
Pages 6-7: "Well, God's Son Jesus, was willing to give up his life for mankind, including ones like me. I was stunned, as though I had been struck with a mallet."
Correction: The phrase "God's Son" does not exist in Scripture.
Page 8: These faithful servants of Jehovah have hearts full of hope. They cannot help but wonder. 'Will this person come to love and serve Jehovah - and remain faithful?' Of course, such an outcome is not automatic. It takes work.
Note: Early Christians were servants of Jesus Christ.
1 Cor. 4:1 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Correction: It takes the grace of God for someone to become a lover of God.
Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Pages 8-9: Jesus knew all about the importance of foundations. He was present when Jehovah founded the very earth. (Proverbs 8:29-31)
Note: Jehovah created the universe all by Himself.
Isaiah 44:24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: "I am the LORD, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;
Note: Jesus Christ created the universe.
Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
Page 9: Rather, Paul preached "Christ impaled," which the nations dismissed as so much "foolishness." (1 Corinthians 1:23)
Correction: A telephone pole was not stuck through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was not impaled.
Webster's: to pierce with or as if with something pointed; example: to torture or kill by fixing on a sharp stake.
Note: Early Christians were preaching Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:22-24 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Page 9: Paul taught that Jesus is the central figure in Jehovah's purposes.
Note: Is Jesus Christ central to your message or is your message centered on paradise earth?
Page 10: Granted, we today do not have the miraculous gifts that were bestowed upon first-century Christians. And we might not think of ourselves as gifted teachers. But in an important sense, we are. Consider: Jehovah gives us his holy spirit to help us.
Note: If a person truly has the Holy Spirit, they will be Jesus witnesses.
John 15:26 "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me."
Page 10: When we lay Christ as a foundation, we do not present him as a helpless babe in a manger, nor as Jehovah's equal in a Trinity. No, such unscriptural notions form a foundation for counterfeit Christians.
Correction: Paul would say that The Watchtower is a counterfeit.
Philippians 2:5-7 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
Pages 11-12: Build with durable materials! If we teach our students so as to reach their hearts, moving them to value such Christian qualities as wisdom, discernment, fear of Jehovah, and genuine faith, then we are building with durable, fire-resistant materials.
Note: True Christians will have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide themselves.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Page 12: Our goal is not to teach them to view us as a primary source of wisdom. We want them to look to Jehovah, his Word, and his organization for guidance.
Correction: Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God.
Colossians 2:1-3 For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Page 13: There are other factors that come into play besides our own role as builders. For example, notice what Paul says regarding even the teacher who has done a poor job in this building work: "He will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved." (1 Corinthians 3:15) If this individual may eventually gain salvation - whereas the Christian personality he endeavored to build in his student is pictured as being "burned up" in a fiery test - what must we conclude?
Answer: The Watchtower is wrong!
Correction: First Corinthians chapter 3 is speaking of your personal responsibility toward God.
1 Corinthians 3:17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
Page 14: There are, to be sure, religionists who insist that the Bible teaches something like this, the doctrine of predestination. According to this doctrine, God long ago foreordained every event in your life.
Correction: The Watchtower does not believe in the sovereign of God.
Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.
Page 14: We are encouraged to learn, though, that according to the Bible, we can 'work out our salvation.' (Philippians 2:12) How can we bolster our confidence in this positive Scriptural teaching?
Answer: By reading the next verse!
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Page 16: If so, it is not hard to see why he would have penned the words: "My soul has been sleepless from grief." (Psalm 119:28) Despite his grievous troubles, Hezekiah let Jehovah's Word guide him in life. Psalm 119:105 says: "Your word is a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway." Yes, Hezekiah made his own choice - the right choice.
Page 16: Nevertheless, with the help of Jehovah's spirit, we can overcome these! As Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, God's Word is powerful enough to overturn even "strongly entreached things." (2 Corinthians 10:4)
Note: Overturn strongly entreached Watchtower teachings by reading the Holy Bible!
Page 18: Love of Jehovah God is what Adam and Eve needed in order to stay faithful in Eden. Such love is what each of us needs in order to survive Armageddon and pass the final test at the end of Christ's Millennial Reign. (Revelation 7:14; 20:5; 7-10)
Note: According to Paul, we must be in love with Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 16:22-24 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Note: Jesus Christ will deliver true Christians from the coming horrors of Armageddon.
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Pages 26-27: The relief effort in behalf of the Judean Christians provides a sterling example for our day. Jehovah's Witnesses have undertaken a worldwide preaching campaign, bringing nourishment to millions who are spiritually famished. (Isaiah 65:13, 14)
Page 27: At times, Jehovah's Witnesses also provide relief assistance in areas that have been devastated by natural disaster.
Correction: The relief effort by true Christians continues today in churches of Christendom.
James 2:15-16 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
Note: The Watchtower organization in New York never sends help. You can't eat magazines.
Page 27: They do this in obedience to Jesus' command: "Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them ... teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you." - Matthew 28:19, 20.
Note: Again, the Watchtower edits out the Trinity in Matthew 28:19.
Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Note: The name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is Jehovah! Amen.
Page 30: Imagine the disciples' surprise, then, when Jesus became indignant with them! "Let the young children come to me," he told them. "Do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to suchlike ones." Then Jesus added: "Truly I say to you, Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a young child will by no means enter into it." - Mark 10:13-15.
Note: Have you received the kingdom of God into your life?
Note: Have you received my Lord Jesus Christ into your life?
John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Note: Have you received the grace of God through the name of Jesus?
Romans 1:5-6 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.
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