The other day I had the privilege of sharing the truth of the Word of God to a Jehovah’s Witness. He came to our house inviting me to a meeting they were having at thier Kingdom Hall. After he gave me his invitation and finished his scripted speech he was ready to jump into his car and leave. But I wasn’t going to let him get away that easy.
So I began to engage him…
Our conversation centered mostly on whether Jesus was God or just a powerful angel. Although I presented Scriptures to him and tried to reason with him, he was unconvinced. Jesus is not God according to what he has been taught and the Trinity doesn’t make any sense to him. After some more discussion and attempts at persuasion it was clear that neither of us were going to budge in our beliefs. The gentleman reached out his hand to me, we shook hands and he said, “Well at least we both agree that Jesus is the ransom for our sins.” I couldn’t let the conversation end that way. So I said, “But it’s not the same, we don’t agree. Jesus doesn’t mean the same thing to you and me. You have to get this right; your eternity depends on it.”
In Jude 3-4 it says,
“Beloved, although I was very eager to right to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who were long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Jude begins his letter saying that he wanted to write of salvation, the glorious salvation we have been given by our Lord Jesus Christ. All Christians love to talk about this, and ponder it, and write about it. Like William Cowper we would all have Christ’s “redeeming love” be our theme until we die. But after some consideration Jude decides to shift gears, instead of writing about our salvation he warns them of those who would pervert this salvation. He tells the Christians he was writing “to contend for the faith.” To contend means - “to strive in competition or rivalry.” In the spiritual world we have enemies. They are those who would corrupt the faith. We are called by the Word of God to strive against these teachings.
Our warfare though should never be done in pride with the goal of gaining the upper hand and putting our opponent at our mercy. The battle is not ours. We are not fighting our cause. We are contending for the faith, we are to be faithful to the Bible. We defend Christianity not to prove ourselves superior, but with the intention of seeing a soul saved. Whether it is the Jehovah’s Witness deluded by deceivers. Whether it is the atheist denying the existence of God. Or whether it is the emergent church trying to kowtow to post-modern gurus. We must contend for the faith. Not attacking but contending. When men deny the truth and when they depart from the truth, we must stand our ground and fight for the truth.
So to the Jehovah’s Witness man I spoke to the other day, “I care about your soul. I want to see you saved. But if Jesus isn’t God then He can’t be the perfect sacrifice for our sin and we can’t be ransomed. You must understand that. Sorry, but we don’t agree.”