Preface: This story I originally wrote back in May, 2009.
I'm mowing my lawn and come into the house for a drink of water. A quiet knock on the door, and I go to see who it is. Two sweet ladies toting what appears to be bibles, greet me with smiles.
told me they were from the Watchtower
Bible and Tract Society, commonly called the
Jehovah’s Witnesses. They
inquire if anyone from their group had visited me before, and I told
them they had. They want to know if I am religious. I say I don't think
much of "religion", but I do have a "personal relationship" with God.
They ask me if I read the bible. I say every day. They ask me if it is
useful. I say it is essential!
by now, Vicki makes herself visible to put any guests at ease. But not
today ... and the ladies exercise due caution and we stay on the porch.
I leave the door open.
They mistranslate the verse as "a god.", because they deny who Jesus is and they have changed their Bible to make it agree with their theology. I explained to them that there were scores of other bible translations (KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, etc.) that are accepted by true, historical, orthodox Christianity, and that God had said in both Revelation and in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy ... not to add to Scriptures.
(Although I did not quote the chapter and verses... The warnings are very clear. ... phh (1)
§ "I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;" Revelation 22:18
§ "Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it." Deuteronomy 12:32
another example of scripture twisting to fit their theology, The
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society denies that the Holy Spirit is alive,
the third person of the Trinity. In
Genesis 1:1-2 they have
changed the correct translation of "...the Spirit of God was moving over
the surface of the waters," ... their NWT says "...and God's active
force was moving to and fro' over the surface of the waters."
They ask me if I want someone to come another time where he (or she) could sit down with me and go over the verses where they had made "corrections" in their bible translations. I said that I already had invited them into my house, and we could do it right now. They started backing away.
As they made their retreat, I asked them to at least consider this:
Their bible was adjusted to fit their theology, resulting in a different
Jesus, and a different Gospel.
Since we are both staking our eternal security on two opposite belief
systems, we might both be wrong, but in no way could we both be right.
Now let me get back to the point of my title ... Should we allow false teachers into our home? This is addressed by the Apostle John, who wrote 5 books of the New Testament: Gospel of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation.
In relation to false teachers, John tells us:
“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.” 2 John 10-11
Apostle John is referring specifically to bringing a false teacher into
your home in the sense of giving him a place to stay. Allowing a false
teacher to stay in your home and “set up shop” in your home is wrong. To
do so would be sharing in his wicked
The focus is on giving such a person a “base of operation” from which to spread their false teaching. We should always be wary about even allowing a false teacher into our home in that sense, but we are not necessarily commanded to prevent a false teacher from stepping foot into our home.
Finally, a warning must be given to any who are unprepared to talk with those who come to our doors to discuss the Bible. It would be best to ask them to come back another time and invite a strong Christian to assist in talking with them about the Truth.
I cannot greet a person ... as a Christian ... who is not a Christian ... nor, should I condone their false doctrines.
Whether it is in my front living-room, office, front porch or back yard or wherever - we should "always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks" concerning our hope and our trust in Jesus Christ.
"... sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;" 1 Peter 3:15
By Preston Hazzard
Source: Adapted from an article at www.gotquestions.org
"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13
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Amen and God bless you.
"Saint Pete", Sr.
Author & Webmaster: Preston
H. Hazzard, Sr.