THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Wednesday, March 20, 2019|
Cameron, Texas, USA
hey are everywhere. Their ubiquity must have afforded you the opportunity to bump into their phalanx, because they are parabolic peripatetic evangelists. Indeed, their zeal is so infectious you would count them as the real deal and shoo-in messengers of the Good News; except their zeal is not based on knowledge as Apostle Paul aptly noted about the Jews who rejected our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and instead pride themselves as the Judaizers and Circumcision Group in Romans 10:2: "For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge." The pseudo-Christian group we want to talk about this week operate as a sect which truly they are and have had run-ins with the law in many nations. As they move from house to house ostensibly spreading the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; they have become like the early believers in Crete whom Apostle Paul warned Titus to beware of because "… many are rebellious and full of empty talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced. For the sake of dishonorable gain, they undermine entire households and teach things they should not…" (Titus 1:10-11). I am talking of the JW: The Jehovah Witnesses. As they move in groups to proselytize, they venerate some of their man-made and earthly-written literature mostly eschatological in nature than the revealed Word of the Lord God Almighty; the Holy Bible, the Written Word and Manual of Life.
My experience with the Jehovah Witnesses began while growing up in my native town of Owo in Western Nigeria, Africa in the late 60s and early 70s. My paternal aunt; Mama Agidi who was my late father's elder sister had joined the group. Mama Agba as we used to call her joined the group when she was in her 60s and her determination to spread the news motivated Mama to learn how to read and write in Yoruba Language. Consequently, in the cool of the evening when kids used to play football in the neighborhood at Iloro Quarters, Mama would call me at the expansive Fayemiwo Family Compound to teach her how to read the Yoruba Language versions of many of the newsletters of the JW. Awake was one of the popular eschatological literatures I learned from Mama as she would use a small broom to navigate her reading while I served as the teacher. I didn't pay much attention to the various stories of wars, ecological and climatic degradations, social dislocations, diseases, political turmoil and many more that dominated most of the Yoruba Language literatures. I loved the graphics and pictures in the literatures and because I would be able to use my soiree teaching of Mama as excuse not to fetch water from the tap across the street, I loved keeping a date with my paternal aunt of blessed memory. Then midweek, Mama would never miss the weekly assembly at the so-called Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses which is the equivalent of the sect's church gathering or synagogue. In my hometown, the sect's pejorative description of; "Alakatakiti" literally "The Rabble Rousers" was intriguing. As Mama grew in the JW and immersed herself in reading, she soon "graduated" and didn't need me to teach her the Yoruba Language texts of the JW and of course, her children toed Mama's paths. One of her daughters and my cousin whom I affectionately referred to as Auntie Titi followed her mother's devotion to the teachings and doctrines of the JW and so also her children who are mostly grown-ups now, but still parrot the teachings and beliefs of JW. After all, as they say, the way the twig is bent so it will grow.
Not until when I moved to metropolitan Lagos in the 1980s at the University of Lagos were my paths to cross most intimately with the JW and what exactly they teach. I pored over their cornucopia of literature and soon had a copy of their published version of the Holy Bible. I didn't know the sect had its own Bible, commissioned and written by their handpicked leaders, because at my early Christian conversion, I had peremptorily assumed that all Christian sects, including the JW used the same version of the Holy Bible. Now don't get me wrong; I knew there are versions of the Holy Bible in terms of languages and translations, but the translation of the Written Word of Life by a sect to fit into their convoluted and jaundiced doctrinal beliefs were beyond me. By the time I relocated to the United States and cuing into Doctor Luke's admonition while writing his first epistle bearing his name to Theopilus that: "Many have undertaken to compose an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by the initial eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught" (Luke 1:1-4); I began to invite members of the JW to my home in Florida, later Albany, NY and much later Chicago, Illinois for proper disquisitions on the Words of Eternal Life. My wife; Dr Margie would have nothing to do with them while we were in Chicago, but I insisted in talking to them to educate them on what they audaciously proclaim. The first act of intellectual inquiry into any belief or doctrine is the proof of evidence. You can't form an objective analysis of any thought, belief and set of beliefs and doctrine unless you have carefully investigated such beliefs and doctrines just as Dr Luke did in his epistolary as part of the Synoptic Gospels. I was gob smacked to learn that many of them do not even understand the Holy Bible while only few of them could defend their sect's teachings and doctrinal beliefs.
Here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center, Texas it is very difficult for them or anyone for that matter to enter the sprawling mansion, because you are either on appointment or buzzed in as expected visitors. But trust the JW, they bumped into me at our local grocery store here in Cameron and insisted I accepted an invitation. Not willing to entertain them, I told them pointblank three fundamental differences we depart in the Words of Life as a born-again child of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and as apostle of His Written Word. They were taken aback by my references to their Bible which I have read from cover to cover and the falsity of many of the claims they made. They didn't allow me to finish before they winked at one another to let go. So for those in the JW sect who are just followers and many souls around the world who need salvation, what exactly do the JW believe? What are the doctrinal beliefs of the JW?
There are many departing areas between us-I mean born-again Christians-and the JW, but for space, I am going to draw three fundamental areas that the JW have missed it. You see, there are many sects within Christendom today, who do lead and cause differences among the elect which is normal as Apostle Paul observed in his letter to the Corinthians; "No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God's approval." (I Corinthians 11:19). So, there is nothing wrong for Christians to disagree on doctrines, but all is wrong with certain fundamental principles of the Christian faith in three broad areas. If any soul misses it in these three fundamental Christian beliefs as laid down in the Holy Bible and revealed to us the saints in our experiential encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ; these three fundamental beliefs determine our individual's eternal destination. Take it or leave it, if you say you are a believer and follower of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and you argue, and debate, doubt or do not belief these three fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith, your eternal destination hangs in the balance. To reiterate once again, it is spiritually fulfilling for Christians to engage in intense debates and arguments during Bible Study Sessions, because that is why it is called Bible Study. Even the Almighty Father admonished us in His Words to come to Him for serious debate and argue with Him "Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence" (Isaiah 43:26). Consequently, if the Sovereign Lord God Almighty the Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient wanted us to argue and debate with Him, who is that pastor or so-called man or woman of God to stop debate, argument and disquisition in the house of God? That was what Apostle Paul told the believers in Corinth and by extension to us believers of today. They should argue about spiritual matters, because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ argued with the Pharisees and Sadducees on virtually all matters and issues under heaven ranging from salvation, marriage, death, adultery, re-marriage, hell, judgment etc. But the Lord Jesus Christ bested them all, "…because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law." (Matthew 7:29). Stephen took on the babblers of his days; the Freedmen, the Cyreneans and Alexandrians in Acts of Apostles with strong convictions of his apologetics; albeit he was martyred but none of his accusers could assail the Power of the Holy Spirit in his life and exegeses (Acts 6:1-15). Ditto for Apostle Paul who debated the Epicurean philosophers and the Areopagus on Mars Hill (Acts 17:22-31) and even Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul spared against each other in Galatia over doctrinal matters (Galatians 2:11: "But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong"). Just as we do in this column; you may disagree with what the Holy Spirit is teaching us here; you may not like my face and manner of delivery of the very Words of Life entrusted into me here at the Jesus Christ Solution Center, Texas; but you cannot fault the Power of the Holy Spirit and His Authority on what we dish out weekly in this column, Hallelujah! But apart from doctrinal differences, there are certain Holy Grail fundamental beliefs of our Christian Faith solidly etch out on Rosetta stone that cannot be argued, debated and off the radar in disquisition. These fundamental beliefs are the grundnorm of the Christian Faith; they are unalterable motifs of Christianity. The JW departed from the rest of us born-again redeemed children of the Most High on these tripods of the Christian Faith and thus have either deliberately or unwittingly compromised and indeed hang the eternal destination of their members in the air in this regard.
WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? First, who is the Lord Jesus Christ the JW believe in their congregation? Who is this Jesus Christ depicted by the Bible commissioned and written by the apex leadership of the JW to millions of their sect's members around the world? You see, it is not enough to say I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, because many human beings profess with their mouths today their belief in Jesus Christ, but it is important to know for certain which Jesus Christ do you believe in? There are seven non-negotiable features, unique and outstanding characteristics of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every truly-regenerated and born-again Christian must know, profess and propagate. If you say you are a true born-again Christian and genuine believer and follower and child of the Lord Jesus Christ; yet, you cannot profess these seven unique characteristics of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; then you do not belong to Him. First, the Jesus Christ we are talking about and whom we put our trust and future into His Eternal Hands was born of the Virgin Mary in the Town of Bethlehem in the Land of Judea. "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14 KJV). Second, this Jesus Christ Who is worthy of our worship lived a sinless life for thirty three years as God in the flesh throughout His earthly sojourn here with us. "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Three, the Jesus Christ we worship and pray in His Holy Name died on the Cross of Calvary and shed His Sinless and Precious Blood for the sins of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the sins of the whole world, including my sins, your sins and sins in the past, present and future. He paid it all on the Cross in order to satisfy the righteous requirement of a Holy God Who made the law for as the True Lord God Almighty set up His System: "In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Hebrews 9:22). Fourth, this Jesus Christ Whom we call our Lord and Savior is also our Redeemer, because after His agonizing Death on Calvary for our sins; He came back to life three days later and resurrected after defeating Satan and his demons in hell and today this Jesus Christ holds the keys of Death and Hades in His Hands. "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross" (Colossians 2:15) Fifth, the Jesus Christ we adore and praise is seated at the Right Hand of God the Father today and through His sacrificial Death on the Cross and His resurrection from the Dead, those of us who have put our faith, trust and confidence in His finished work have been redeemed and are equally seated with Him spiritually and positionally at the Right Hand of the True Lord God Almighty the Father in heaven. "And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6). Sixth, this Jesus Christ Whom we have taken as our Lord and Savior is the Only Way-not one of the ways-but the Only Way to the Father and to heaven, because; "There is no salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people-the human race-by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Seventh and lastly, this Jesus Christ Who is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is coming back again physically to this earth and all eyes will see Him-both the living and the death-to judge every human being on the earth-both the living and the dead as the angels disclosed to the apostles on Ascension Day: "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen Him going into heaven" (Acts 1:11). And to make His Second Coming foreclosed to dispute, argument, contestation or doubt, but distinct future reality; our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ told us: "Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End" (Revelation 22:12-13).
If you say you are a Christian, truly-regenerated and thoroughly born-again and you cannot articulate these seven unique features and characteristics of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you are not His. In their Bible-which I cannot refer to as Holy Bible-the JW disputed the Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. They asserted that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God but not God in the flesh. They countered and rejected Apostle John in his exegeses in John 1:1-5: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." If Jesus Christ is not God in the flesh; all of us who are His believers and followers and call Him our Lord and Savior and pray billions of times in His Name; that is you and I redeemed by His Precious Blood and waiting hopefully and confidently for His Second Coming are doomed. Yes, we are lost, because we have violated the aorta of the Decalogue thusy: "You shall have no other gods before me."You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments" (Exodus 20:3-6).
Consequently, if Jesus Christ is distinct from God Almighty and the Two are not One, we have made God the Father jealous and are thus subject to His Eternal wrath, period! I do not care the name of your Christian sect, your fanciful title or spirituality, if you doubt the Divinity of Jesus Christ and reduce Him to an angel, or subordinate Him to the True Lord God Almighty, then He is not worthy to be called, addressed and worshiped. In fact, every born-again Christian that ends their prayers with; "In Jesus Name, I pray" has missed it. If the Lord Jesus Christ Himself audaciously and unambiguously declared to Phillip and by extension to you and me and the whole human race: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father" (John 14:9) and the JW in their book referred to as Bible degraded Him as Son, it is either Jesus Christ lied and the JW are true or Jesus Christ said the truth and the JW lied. Both cannot be true at the same time. This is a very serious matter that all members of the JW must ponder about. This is about eternity folks and we must treat it with all seriousness. We are passing through this earth once; there is no re-do. This is akin to buying me a Rolls Royce-one of the most expensive cars on earth-and you remove one of the tires. That car cannot operate again.
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT? Second, in their Bible, the JW described the Holy Spirit also known as the Holy Ghost as the active force of God. In their Bible, they began the narration of the Book of Genesis thus: "In the beginning Jehovah Lord created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the active force of God was hovering over the waters"(Genesis 1:1-2). In all Bible translations in sync with the beliefs and faith of all genuinely born-again and regenerated children of the Most High God, we announce the Book of Life in Triune Form; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Third in Trinity; the Holy Spirit was and will never be rendered and referred to as an Active Force as the JW did in their Bible quoted above. This is heresy. To deny the Life of the Holy Spirit Who is Third in Trinity is to deny the very essence of the Christian Faith. To assert that the Third Person in the Triune Divinity is inanimate is to deny the existence of the Almighty God. Our Lord Jesus Christ told us emphatically that: "…when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you"(John 16:13-14). You can see the reference to the Holy Spirit as "He" by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. An active force which is inanimate cannot be referred to with pronoun "He" eight times in two verses above. The Holy Spirit is not a dove, but alighted like a dove; He is not fire, but purifies like fire and He is the Almighty God Himself. An existential disclaimer of the Holy Spirit by the JW in their Bible is tantamount to atheism. This is not a doctrinal fallacy. Indeed, any Christian who doesn't have the Holy Spirit is not a Christian, for as Apostle Paul aptly pointed out in Romans 8:9: "You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Holy Spirit, since the Holy Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Holy Spirit of Christ, he or she does not belong to Him." In bringing us back to Him after the fall of our First Parents; Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, the True Lord God Almighty the Father purposed salvation; God the Son; our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ carried it out and God the Holy Spirit is now applying it. To discountenance and disclaim this Divine Amity in the work of salvation and human redemption as the JW are doing in their evangelistic activities is Satan artifice to lure many beguile souls into the Nether Gloom. When we say the Almighty God is a Triune Personality, we are now talking about Three Gods, but in situ God is a Triune Personality in His Being which He replicated in us as Man the spirit, soul and body created in the Image and Likeness of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26-27; I Thessalonians 5:23 & 3 John 1:2).
DO HELL AND HELL FIRE EXIST? Finally, the most egregious and unbiblical teaching that members of the JW purvey around the globe today is that hell and hell fire do not exist. Yes, this Satanic sect affirms in their man-made and uninspired Bible that once a human being dies, that is it; no human being will face judgment and no human soul that has rejected the lordship and fatherhood of our Savior Jesus Christ will be made to account for his or her misdeeds here on earth. To the JW, hell is a figment. What hogwash! What the JW are telling us is that Adolf Hitler will go scot free for all the monumental carnage he wreaked on the world in WWII. Joseph Stalin will not be made to account for the millions of souls he wasted in the defunct Gilded Cage; the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia has nothing to be afraid of; Idi Amin Dada, the Butcher of Uganda is a free man, Sani Abacha will not need to be punished and billions of souls that were raped to death, murdered by Boko Haram, slaughtered by ISIS and Al-Qaeda and all the injustice on earth since the fall of Adam and Eve will be forgotten. If there is no hell and a place of eternal punishment for those who rejected the Lord Jesus Christ, why did our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ say there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth on the Day of Judgment? If there is no hell punishment for the bad guys, why would Jesus Christ give us all a heads up in Revelation 22:12: "Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done." Why will our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ return, if there is no punishment to mete out to those who have rejected Him as Lord and Savior? To come and do what since there won't be hell according to the JW?
Of course, there are other cornucopia contradictions and doctrinal errors and fallacies in many teachings of the sect known as Jehovah Witnesses and contained in their so-called Bible, but I have pointed out these three to warn those members in that Satanic sect to bail out and embrace the true teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that the Lord God Almighty will send revival to the JW and through His Holy Spirit arrange situations and circumstances to bring out those who are really desirous to know the real narrow truth of the authentic Gospel of Salvation and wanting to be freed to be set free by the Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Christ Name, I pray, Amen.
Readers' Letters This Week
Dear Dr Moshood Fayemiwo. I have some concerns about the future of Nigeria as an ardent reader of your column. It is being touted by some that Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu (AAT) has been promised by PMB and his APC cabal that he will be President in 2023; at the same time, Orji Uzor Kalu has also been given this promise?. But from the info from FFK, will the North really relinquish power to a non-northerner? I work and live in Minna, Niger State, although I always put Abuja in my letters to you for security reasons. We have seen and heard of quite a lot of ?ways some of the northerners (especially the Ishmaelites) behave towards the Christians here in the North. I am married to a Northerner from Southern Kaduna, a Christian. Christians have suffered direct and indirect persecutions/sidelining/rejections/etc, and this trend increased in PMB's 4 years. Chances of getting employment became slimmer for Christians, and I can go on with the list, but for time. As time goes, I will brief you with some other happenings, we are not happy with these and other trends at all. In your last two articles, you disclosed that the next four years of PMB's reign will be ugly: I pray to God for Him to have mercy on us His genuine children In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Please, I don't want this message to be made public. Thank you for your attention Sir
Yours in the Lord Jesus Christ! ---From Sister M.C via email, Abuja FCT Nigeria.
Although you do not want this email made public, I have omitted your name and made it public because of its topicality. I will refer you to my last article in this column about 2023 and the political development as answer to your questions. Here is the link: https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/031219.html
Greetings Dr Fayemiwo. When I saw a tiny picture of President Buhari on Tuesday 26th February 2019 in the London Evening Standard a woman was reading in a bus, I did not want to believe the APC has won. The matter of fact is that 'so also it wasn't that the Jehovah Lord God Almighty didn't hear our prayers on the need for a change of government and the election of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the just-concluded 2019 Presidential Election in Nigeria, but for Atiku's disobedience, unbelief and nonchalance'.
Our father the Omniscient Holy Ghost said afore time because of Atiku and his team 'my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no president to me:' (Hosea 4:6). But Jesus answered and said unto them, "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. Matt. 22:29. My dear Dr., though it pained me, but do not worry about those who are not in the spirit to connect to and obey simple instruction such as King Jehoshaphat gave for believers to be established and prosper in Chronicles. 20:20).
However, Dr, did you notice there were not the usual alarming killings during the campaign and election periods, evidence that our prayers were not in vain. Glory is to our Jehovah. Hallelujah! ---From Osondu Nwotuh, London UK
Greetings to my Prophet, I want to use this medium to thank the Lord God Almighty for giving us a creature like you, I have read some of your articles on nigeriaworld.com and I want to appreciate your interest and effort for a better Nigeria and how God has used you mightily and continues to use you in bringing joy to a lot of life across the globe. My prayer is for God to continue to endue you with spiritual sensitivity. God bless you. Remain blessed! ---From Henry Onya Abani Abakaliki Ebonyi State, Eastern Nigeria.
Dear Dr. Fayemiwo, I read your 'Open Letter to Triple-A' in the Nigeriworld.com. I felt so sad that he did not heed the instructions from the Holy Spirit that you delivered to him and his campaign. I just want to thank you for the efforts made in putting the Open Letter to Him. I was blessed by the teaching on the seven types of power on earth. Thanks. ---From Emmanuel, London, UK via email.
Next Week: We shall look at another Christian sect that has metastasized around the globe but are pseudo-Christians and adherents there need serious deliverance. Who are they? How did they begin and what do they believe in? What are the demonic contents of their beliefs and subtle Satanic characters of their adherents and what can those trapped in those beliefs do to embrace the freedom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?