Saturday, August 29, 2009

I don't think they are coming back

The Jehovah's Witnesses were here again. I got kind of preachy near the end because I could sense they were not going to make another visit. They brought something up that was kind of odd, in that they were trying to argue that Proverbs 8:22 was proof that Christ was a created being and not eternally co-existent. Proverbs 8:22-23 reads:

"The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. (Pro 8:22-23)

They were arguing that this was speaking about Christ and that it showed that Christ was created. I think I finally convinced them that even though this was apparently an important proof text for them, in context it is speaking of wisdom, not of Christ specifically. I think they finally gave in. We also spoke at some length about the triune nature of God an delved a bit into the importance of qualified individuals to translate from the original languages. I sincerely pray that what we spoke about today will flourish in changed hearts because I doubt they will come back. I also know that God is sovereign and that if these men are of the elect that God will change their hearts and they will come to faith, in spite of and not because of my efforts.

The one guy came from a Roman Catholic background. What is sad is that he grew up surrounded by religion but never came to know who Christ is. My immediate prideful thought was that it was no wonder someone would grow up as Catholic and then go astray. Later though I thought that his background is little different from so many people, with a religious background and no knowledge of Christ. The rituals are different, the emptiness is the same. Please pray for Dan and Victor, but also pray for the Body of Christ. Pray that we will not be satisfied and content with rituals and traditions but instead will only find satisfaction in Christ.

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1 comment:

Jeremy Lee said...

The one's who were coming to my house used the same passage in Proverbs insisting it was speaking of Christ. I asked them to read the entire context so that they could see who it was referring to, but they refused to read it until I asked three times. Finally, they read it and I asked so who is the passage speaking about? He reluctantly said wisdom.

It was obvious that they do not know the Bible, only certain proof texts. Sadder still, some Christians fall for their false theology because of their proof texts. I pray that their visit to your house results in them coming to Jesus Christ in faith.