I’ve very pleased to announce my book, Shutting the Door to the Kingdom of God: How Watch Tower Stole Salvation from Jehovah’s Witnesses, is now available as an audiobook.
So if you prefer to listen to a book rather than read one, you can obtain a copy that will run on your mobile phone or your tablet at Amazon or Audible.
You can use this QR Code to get it, or you can use one of the link in the description field of this video. If you already have an Audible account, you can use one of your monthly credits to obtain the audio book.
The book is also available in print in English, Spanish, Italian, and German, and now, thanks to the selfless efforts of fellow Christians an eBook version of “Shutting the Door” is available in Slovenian and Romanian through both Apple and Google book stores. Here are the links which I’ll also provide to you in the description field of this video.
It takes a lot of work to translate a book like this. I have no words to properly thank those who have labored so hard to provide this information to fellow Christians who are still caught up in the false teachings of men in organized religion. It is a labor of love to be sure. Love of truth and love of neighbour.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. (1 John 5:1, 2 NLT)
Wonderful. I had no intention of responding to this post, until I read the last two paragraphs. I am currently working on my third book, the first was on the Trinity doctrine and the second on the JW organization. This book, (a treatise) will be focused on identifying a large chasm that exists between Christianity and being “Christ-like.” My treatise (“Conciliatory”) will focus on three main argumentation – Biblical, Historical, and Philosophical. As a previous JW of some 45 years, I observed many of whom we dare believe exemplify the true meaning of “Christian.” I have learned that there are… Read more »
Hi rusticshore. I understand “Christian” to mean “follower of Christ”. Is that your understanding of the word “Christian”?
I think he is referring to people calling themselves Christian. For example, I can call myself Christian, but that doesn’t mean I am. Being Christ-like makes one a Christian. If I’m not Christ-like, calling myself Christian would be deceptive. Sadly, there are many who label themselves “Christian”, but go about their daily lives in a very un-christian way. We all are guilty of that to some degree, but I am referring to people who display a clear contrast. Think of someone who goes to church every week at least once, has a very judgmental attitude toward others, but is never… Read more »
My argument is not about the definition of “Christian,” respectively. The argument is, must one need to identify as “Christian” to have salvation?
I believe that one may call on the “name” (Grk “Onoma” – see “Ginosko”) of our Father, and the son by living a life our Father expects… without identifying as “Christian.”
The arguments will be definitive and anything but terse.
Just as we all once believed that identifying as a “JW” was essential for salvation, I intend to prove through my treatise that one may have salvation without claiming to be Christian.
Rusticshore, Do you agree that a Christian is a follower of Christ?
I think one will have to acknowledge Jesus’ authority by free will at some point to avoid adverse judgment. It is true that Romans 2 speaks of people who by nature do the things of the Law, so that their conscience may even excuse them, but the message is unmistakably clear about Jesus being the only way to the Father. There is a reason why, in Revelation, people who share in the first resurrection are declared happy. Maybe many reasons. We’re only given the conclusion of something that we haven’t seen and do not know, let alone understand. I think… Read more »
I do not believe that to be the case any longer. This will be definitvely covered in the treatise.
As it pertains to Revelation – I will be covering that topic in deep… with sources. I no longer believe Revelation should have been canonized. The Jesus we find in Revation is not the same Jesus we find elsewhere in the gospels. For instance, early on when the 5th seal is broken and those martyred are symbolically shown beneath a tomb …they cry out to Jesus for revenge. Jesus assures them that those who killed them will themselves be destroyed. This narrative vastly changes from the man we get in the gospels. Not to mention the irreverance of those martyred… Read more »
If God has not been able to deliver to his servants a reasonably accurate representation of his inspired word, to paraphrase Paul from 1 Cor. 15:19, “we’re the most pitiable of all men”!
I gave thumbs up on your reply. However, I am certain Paul was not speaking of written material, narratives, or even books that was willfully written and/or admitted into the canon that shouldn’t have been. For example, most all are familiar with the adulterous woman narrative of John 7:53 – John 8:11, where Jesus invited those without sin to cast the first stone. That narrative has been omitted from almost all modern translations, including the NWT. Why? Our earliest manscripts do not have the narrative. Hence, a scribe willfully inserted it during the copying process. Textual critics have identified a… Read more »