Once again, I’ve had a comment inexplicably removed from the comments section of Brother King’s site, so I’ve decided to repost my comment here (albeit, somewhat expanded now) – since it pertains to the subject of whether the Watchtower Society’s “Jehovah’s Witnesses” are the sole body being used by Jehovah in these times.
This particular point has to do with preaching, which the WTS, Brother King and other JW apologists argue is conclusive proof that it is the JWs alone that can possibly obtain God’s approval, while all other Christian denominations/groups/individuals, regardless of how honest-hearted, faithful, sincere & loving they may be, are destined for the dustbin of destruction.
The New Testatment clearly teaches that the preaching of the good news will be accompanied by “signs & wonders”.
“For if the word spoken through angels proved to be sure, and every transgression and disobedient act received a punishment in harmony with justice, how will we escape if we have neglected so great a salvation? For it began to be spoken through our Lord and was verified for us by those who heard him, while God joined in bearing witness with signs and wonders and various powerful works and with the holy spirit distributed according to his will.” Heb 2:2-4
“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.” Mark 16:20 KJV
“Now Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began to preach the Christ to them. The crowds with one accord were paying attention to what Philip said while they listened and observed the signs he was performing. For many had unclean spirits, and these would cry out with a loud voice and come out. Moreover, many who were paralyzed and lame were cured. So there came to be a great deal of joy in that city.” Acts 8:5-8 (Philip was not an apostle, by the way…)
“and my speech and what I preached were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might be, not in men’s wisdom, but in God’s power.” 1 Cor 2:4
“because the good news we preach did not come to you with speech alone but also with power and with holy spirit and with strong conviction, just as you know what sort of men we became among you for your sakes.” 1 Thes 1:5
The Apostle Paul gives the Biblical standard of what it means to “fully (thoroughly) preach the good news”:
“For I will not presume to speak about anything except what Christ has done through me in order for the nations to be obedient, by my word and deed, with the power of signs and wonders, with the power of God’s spirit, so that from Jerusalem and in a circuit as far as Illyricum I have thoroughly preached the good news about the Christ.” Romans 15:18,19
Notice that Paul considered the good news preached “thoroughly” (Gk.: πληρόω, meaning “fulfil, full, complete”) by means of “words, deeds, signs & wonders”. Thus, the biblical standard for “thoroughly preaching the good news” is only met if there are “words, deeds, signs & wonders”; if there are only “words & deeds” then the preaching work simply cannot be considered done “fully” or “thoroughly”.
JWs have “words” (largely from the WTS) and many have godly “deeds” (as far as any imperfect human can), but how many JWs are displaying “signs & wonders with the power of God’s Spirit” in their preaching work?
The answer is nil. (Could this have something to do with their “words”, i.e. that they are not altogether approved by Jah?)
If there were “signs & wonders” we could rightly expect the very same reaction that was recorded in the scriptures when Jesus & others performed such signs through the power of the Holy Spirit:
“Then he went throughout the whole of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news of the Kingdom and curing every sort of disease and every sort of infirmity among the people. And the report about him spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all those who were suffering with various diseases and torments, those who were demon-possessed and epileptic and paralyzed, and he cured them. Consequently, large crowds followed him from Galilee and Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from the other side of the Jordan.” Matt 4:23-25
“And they went into Capernaum. As soon as the Sabbath began, he went into the synagogue and started to teach. … But Jesus rebuked [the unclean spirit], saying: “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, after throwing the man into a convulsion and yelling at the top of its voice, came out of him. Well, the people were all so astonished that they began to discuss it among themselves, saying: “What is this? A new teaching! He authoritatively orders even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” So the report about him spread quickly in all directions throughout the entire region of Galilee. … After evening had fallen, when the sun had set, the people began bringing to him all who were ill and demon possessed; and the whole city was gathered right at the door.” Mark 1:21,25-28,32-33
“Then they set out and preached that people should repent, and they expelled many demons and greased many sick people with oil and cured them.” Mark 6:12,13
“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Luke 10:17
Acts 2:1-41 gives the account of the Holy Spirit being poured out upon the believers at Pentecost and how a crowd of people gathered at this location because of the subsequent miracle of speaking in tongues. Peter, seizing the opportunity afforded to him by the miracle, spoke to the gathered crowd with the result that 3000 (!!) people were baptised that day alone.
Acts 3 & 4 gives a similarly-themed account. 3:1-10 speaks of the miraculous healing of a lame man. 3:11-26 record the words given by Peter to the crowd that had gathered as a result of this miracle. 4:1-22 recounts Peter & John’s detainment by, and witness to, the “rulers of the people and elders” after which they were released & returned “to their own people”. Notice 4:29-30, where Peter, John & the gathered believers prayed:
“And now, Jehovah, give attention to their threats, and grant to your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand for healing and while signs and wonders occur through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:29,30
“Look! Jehovah’s hand is upon you, and you will be blind, not seeing the sunlight for a time.” Instantly a thick mist and darkness fell on him, and he went around trying to find someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul, on seeing what had happened, became a believer, for he was astounded at the teaching of Jehovah.” Acts 13:11,12 (Notice that the proconsul was astounded at “the teaching of Jehovah”. Why didn’t Luke write “the miracle of Jehovah”? Because the gospel is preached “fully” by “words, deeds, signs & wonders”.)
“So they spent considerable time speaking with boldness by the authority of Jehovah, who bore witness to the word of his undeserved kindness by allowing signs and wonders to be performed through them.” Acts 14:3
“At that the entire group became silent, and they began to listen to Barnabas and Paul relate the many signs and wonders that God had done through them among the nations.” Acts 15:12 (Incidentally, Barnabas, like Philip, was not an apostle.)
(The examples above can also give us great hope that many doors-of-opportunity may open in countries/areas in the future that are currently closed to Christian preaching (e.g. North Korea, Islamic countries, etc.); miracles of healing and other undeniable signs & wonders will most certainly arrest the attention of everyone there and give an ample opportunity for the gospel to be preached. Indeed, the people will be clamouring for it…)
In the example given above from Acts 2, the miracle of speaking in tongues is reported. And on that note, I’d like to give another proof that it is not exclusively the WTS’ “Jehovah’s Witnesses” that are doing God’s work.
(I have avoided making mention of this proof up until now because I was concerned that it would offend just about everyone who visits this site – but I pray that sincere truth-seekers (compare 2 Thess 2:10) will understand the point I’m about to make and neither be offended nor dismiss it out-of-hand.)
In Isaiah 28 Jehovah says:
“Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose” — but they would not listen.” Isa 28:11,12
(I’ll admit that I’m not sure exactly who “this people” are. It might be referring solely to the leadership, since the chapter is largely directed at them. But it might also be “the remnant of Jehovah’s people” (vs 5). One thing’s for certain: He’s speaking to a group of Israelites, His people.)
Now, it would seem that the “foreign lips and strange tongues” in Isa 28 is referring to the Assyrians – and that may have been the case in Isaiah’s time – but notice the interpretation of this passage by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament:
“In the Law it is written: ‘With other tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.’ Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers.” 1 Cor 14:21,22
Paul, under inspiration from the Holy Spirit, seems to be saying that these people of “other tongues and through the lips of foreigners” whom Jehovah is using to speak to “this people” (His people) refers to those who speak in tongues.
Of course, that categorically rules out the JWs, since they “forbid tongues” (1 Cor 14:39), but it does include those denominations/groups/individuals who do teach speaking-in-tongues.
(For those who may recoil at the idea of Christians speaking-in-tongues, saying that “tongues have ceased” on the basis of 1 Cor 13:8, please note that they will only cease once “that which is perfect is come” (1 Cor 13:10 KJV))
Anyway, that is all for now. I do have many more scriptures to cite & comment upon regarding the topics discussed on this thread but I’ll wait for another occasion to write again…
May our wonderful God Jehovah will bless each of you (and me!) with increased fruitage of the Holy Spirit and knowledge, understanding & wisdom of Him & our Lord Jesus.
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