Most Christian churches offer free Bible studies. However, studying the Bible with a Christian church is very different than studying the Bible with the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Read this article first before getting involved with the JW's.
Jehovah's Witnesses interpret the Bible differently than all other Christian religions. They say it's because they are 'Jehovah's organization'. Witnesses believe they have 'the truth' and all other religions are 'false'.
You will be told that former Jehovah's Witnesses (or 'apostates') are bitter with the organization and have an axe to grind. That's why they say so many negative things. We agree that some of them are bitter but we are not.
We invite you to look at both sides of the fence. Read the articles on this website. Then go to the Society's official website and compare what they have to say. Thoroughly research what Jehovah's Witnesses believe before getting involved.
If you think the Jehovah's Witnesses are nice people, they are! We still miss all our dear friends and wonder how they are. There are so many good things to say about them. Outsiders see the honey and find it attractive.
There are pros and cons about getting involved with the Jehovah's Witnesses. It's easy to study the Bible with them and it's easy to join. The hard part is the unhappiness of being trapped in a fictional world that's hard to escape.
The New World Translation of the Bible is used only by Jehovah's Witnesses. Instead of being an accurate translation, it was written to harmonize with their religious doctrines. You will find that their Bible contains errors and missing scriptures.
You will not be studying the Bible. You will be studying Watchtower publications and doctrines sprinkled with Bible passages. You will be studying the doctrines of Jehovah's Witness. Watchtower study materials have questions at the bottom of each page. You will be expected to answer all questions correctly based on what the Watchtower says in their publications.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe in Jesus and know what he says, but their God is different. They worship Jehovah. The viewpoints of Jehovah are not the same as the viewpoints of Jesus. See Jehovah vs Jesus Also see the 'Law of Christ'
If you have a personal relationship with Jesus now, you will lose it. They will tell you that the Bible is not correct when it says 'For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,' 1 Timothy 2:5 NIV. They will tell you that Jesus is mediator between God and the 'faithful and discreet slave'. (i.e. the Watchtower Society) Therefore all people need to affiliate themselves with Jehovah's organization in order to be saved at armageddon. See Mediator
The Bible says that eternal life is a free gift. Romans 5:15,17; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8; Payment for a gift is not required. Although the Bible talks about being an example of Christ's love, and spreading the good of Jesus, James 2:26, .the Jehovah's Witnesses take it one step farther. Participating in 'Jehovah's organization' is expected. This means studying all Watchtower publications, finding new recruits, attending national conventions every year, attending several meetings every week, going door to door, distributing literature, and being loyal to all the teachings of the Watchtower. Long term involvement with the Jehovah's Witnesses can be very expensive in terms of time and money.
Their free Bible study offer is how they attract new people into their religion.
It's very important to understand the doctrine of Theocratic Warfare, which means hiding the truth from those who are not entitled to it. The question is this. Are you entitled to know the truth? Be sure to thoroughly research this controversial subject.
Are you willing to give up all your friends and relatives who disagree with the Jehovah's Witnesses? Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the entire world, is dominated by Satan the Devil except for their organization. Watchtower Sept 1, 1989. See Temptations of the Devil.
The Bible's good news of Jesus is different than the good news Jehovah's Witnesses talk about. See What Is The Good News
If you decide to become a Jehovah's Witness, you will be required to be very 'separate from the world'. Consider 141 Things Jehovah's Witnesses can't do.
If you become a member and decide later want to leave, all your Jehovah's Witness friends and family members who don't live with you, will no longer speak with you. (Subject to limited exceptions.) See disfellowshipping
Be aware of how mind control works. Jehovah's Witnesses look forward to a unified world in which independent thinking, thoughts, beliefs, and discussions contrary to Watchtower teachings are strictly forbidden. As in other cults, Jehovah's Witnesses pride themselves in being 'like minded' and 'speaking in agreement'. They are even willing to die for their controversial beliefs. For example, consider their Bible based reasons for not allowing blood transfusions.
The literature of Jehovah's Witnesses has told readers to hate enemies and Jehovah's Witnesses who leave their religion. See Apostate Jehovah's Witnesses. This directly opposes the teachings of Jesus when he said to love your enemies, persecutors, and ridiculers.. Matthew 5:43-48: Luke 6:31-37; (Compare the crucifixion accounts in John 19:1-30, Mark 15:12-37, and Luke 23:33-44 about how Jesus was insulted, ridiculed, and tortured :with what Jesus said in Luke 23:34), Cor. 11:12-15.
To understand the Bible, it is recommended that you purchase an unbiased translation that is recognized by Bible scholars and historians. You will find these Bibles at bookstores and online. Even though Jehovah's Witnesses believe you can't understand the Bible without their publications, this is simply not true.
It is a good idea to purchase a 'Study Bible' written in plain English. Many Christian churches and non denominational churches offer free Bible studies where the Bible is their primary textbook. Stay away from religious groups who rely of their literature to explain the Bible.
Jehovah's Witnesses try to harmonize the 'entire Bible' and critics say this is a big mistake. When we do this we dilute the powerful message of Jesus with rules and regulations Jesus didn't teach. 2 John 1: 9 - 11. It's interesting to understand the entire Bible, but only the words of Jesus are required. Matthew 28:18,19.
Pray for the Jehovah's Witnesses and treat them with love. Pray that some day they will accept God's grace. The words of Jesus set us free to believe in whatever we want. Working hard for an organization does not save Christians.
Everlasting life cannot be purchased by dedicating our life to one religion. Jesus already paid the price.
Eternal life is a free gift for everyone who follows him. Jesus said ALL authority has been given unto him. Matthew 28:18,19. All Jesus requires is for us to love one another. That's what unites true Christians.