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THERE IS GOOD NEWS THAT ALL NEED
“The good news . . . is, in fact, God’s power for salvation.”—ROM. 1:16.
What do many jws think is the good news for them? How many wish for the end so they no longer need struggle financially, or with their health or face death? But do they realize they are wishing away the lives of 7 billion non-jws, men, women and children, eternal destruction with no resurrection?
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1, 2. Why do you preach the “good news of the
kingdom,” and what aspects of it do you stress?
‘I AM happy to share the good news each
day.’ Likely that sentiment has crossed
your mind or lips. As a devoted Witness of
Jehovah, you know how important it is to
preach “this good news of the kingdom.”
You may be able to recite from memory Jesus’
prophecy about our doing that.—Matt. 24:14.
Likely = WTS are mind readers
Devoted Witness of Jehovah = not a devoted Christian (by divine providence)
Can you be a Christian and not a jw?
How many jws can recite any scripture—I could but I was viewed suspiciously by other jws that as a single sister I had time to memorize scriptures.
Does being able to recite something mean you understand it? (10 year old Koran)
How often does the WT CD Library use Matthew 24:14 each month on an average in 2009?
2 In preaching the “good news of the
kingdom,” you are continuing what Jesus
started. (Read Luke 4:43.) Doubtless, one
point that you stress is that God will soon intervene
in human affairs. With the “great
tribulation,” he will end false religion and
clear the earth of wickedness. (Matt. 24:21)
You probably also highlight that God’s
Kingdom will reestablish Paradise on earth
so that peace and happiness can flourish. In
fact, the “good news of the kingdom” is part
of “the good news [declared] beforehand to
Abraham, namely: ‘By means of you all the
nations will be blessed.’ ”—Gal. 3:8.
Is there any proof that Jesus went door to door?
How that must draw people to the WTS to tell them that soon all 7 billion non-jws, men, women and children are going to descend into eternal destruction!
Instead of “paradise earth” which phrase does not occur in the Bible, the WTS says “Paradise on earth.” Can you find the word in paradise combined with earth in the bible?
Yes, can you tell them about the peace in your congregation, how Sister COBOE will not talk to Sister Watchtower Conductor?
3. Why can we say that the apostle Paul emphasized
good news in the book of Romans?
3 Could it be, though, that we might give
little attention to a key aspect of the good
news that people need? In the letter to the
Romans, the apostle Paul used the word
“kingdom” only once, but he used the expression
“good news” 12 times. (Read Romans 14:17.)
What aspect of the good news did Paul
refer to so often in that book? Why
is that particular good news vital? And why
should we keep it in mind as we preach “the
good news of God” to people in our territory?—
Mark 1:14; Rom. 15:16; 1 Thess. 2:2.
How often does the WTS use the word kingdom in its “suggested” presentations in the KM each month? How many times good news?
Is the good news that jws look forward is the destruction of the wicked = wickedness?
What Those in Rome Needed
4. During his first imprisonment in Rome, about
what did Paul preach?
4 It is instructive to note the topics that
Paul addressed when he was first imprisoned
in Rome. We read that when a number
of Jews visited him, he bore ‘thorough witness
concerning (1) the kingdom of God
and used persuasion with them concerning
(2) Jesus.’ The result? “Some began
to believe the things said; others would
not believe.” Thereafter, Paul ‘would kindly
receive all those who came in to him,
preaching (1) the kingdom of God to them
and teaching the things concerning (2) the
Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Acts 28:17, 23-31) Clearly,
Paul gave attention to God’s Kingdom. But
what else did he stress? Something that is
central to the Kingdom—Jesus’ role in God’s
How many times does “Jesus” appear in those “suggested” presentations.
How much do jws teach about Jesus or is it all about Jehovah?
5. What real need did Paul address in the book of
5 All people need to know about Jesus and
put faith in him. In the book of Romans,
Paul addressed this need. Early on, he wrote
of “God, to whom I render sacred service
with my spirit in connection with the good
news about his Son.” He added: “I am not
ashamed of the good news; it is, in fact,
God’s power for salvation to everyone having
faith.” Later he referred to the time
“when God through Christ Jesus judges the
secret things of mankind, according to the
good news I declare.” And he related: “From
Jerusalem and in a circuit as far as Illyricum
I have thoroughly preached the good news
about the Christ.” * (Rom. 1:9, 16; 2:16; 15:19)
Why, do you think, did Paul stress Jesus
Christ to the Romans?
*Similar expressions appear in other inspired books.
—Mark 1:1; Acts 5:42; 1 Cor. 9:12; Phil. 1:27.
All people need to know about Jesus = but what has the WTS said about all being preached to individually?
And while Paul may have emphasized Jesus, but that does not mean the WTS does. Remember Paul made himself known as a Christian, not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses highlighting Jesus not Jehovah.
I wonder how many people in India and China have been called on (2 billion); how about the Muslim countries which outlaw proseltyzing?
Oh, that's right everyone doesn't have to have an individual witness...
*** w00 1/15 p. 13 par. 17 "Keep on the Watch" ***
Fifth, we see a global preaching work being accomplished, which Jesus said would take place just before the end of this system. Jesus stated: "This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14) Today, that prophecy is in the course of fulfillment on an unprecedented scale. True, untouched territories still exist, and it may be that in Jehovah’s due time, a large door leading to greater activity will open. (1 Corinthians 16:9) Nevertheless, the Bible does not state that Jehovah will wait until every individual on earth has received a personal witness. Rather, the good news must be preached to Jehovah’s satisfaction. Then the end will come.—Compare Matthew 10:23.
*** w65 9/15 pp. 575-576 Questions From Readers ***
Since millions of persons in China and other places have never heard the Kingdom message, will these people be preserved through the destruction of Babylon the Great and the war of Armageddon, or perhaps be resurrected later?—H.S., U.S.A.
It is important to understand what the Bible says about the destruction to come at the end of this system of things. In his illustration of the sheep and the goats Jesus indicated that a separating work would be done "when the Son of man arrives in his glory," and that persons would be classed as either "sheep" or "goats." (Matt. 25:31-46) In part, the basis for the separation would be the reaction of people to the preaching of the good news of the established kingdom. That preaching work is now being done by Jehovah’s witnesses. Jesus explained that those on earth who favorably responded to that message and treated kindly its bearers would be classed as "sheep" and would enter into "everlasting life." The rest of mankind who did not respond favorably to the preaching work and offered no aid to those who carried the Kingdom message would be classed as "goats" and would go, not into a temporary death, but into "everlasting cutting-off" at the time when judgment is executed.
But some persons, appreciating that millions of people are to be resurrected and given an opportunity to serve God, wonder if the millions of individuals living today who apparently have never heard the Kingdom message preached will be everlastingly destroyed without ever having had a witness about God’s purposes. It is true that at present it appears that there are vast numbers of mankind who have not heard the Kingdom preaching. Also, from what the Bible says and from conditions in the world, we know that we are in the "last days." But we do not know just how much more will be accomplished in preaching the Kingdom message before the end comes. (2 Tim. 3:1-5; Matt. 24:3-13) If at the end of the second world war someone had said that the Kingdom preaching would be carried out, by more than a million publishers, in over 190 lands, including communistic countries, many might have found that hard to believe. Yet, Jehovah has blessed his people, and that is exactly what is being accomplished.So, if it is Jehovah’s will to have this message personally carried to the millions on earth who seemingly have not yet heard it, that will be accomplished. If he chooses, he could see to it that this message is spread in ways that we cannot yet imagine. Jesus did foretell that "this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come." (Matt. 24:14) We can rest assured that God will see that the preaching work is done to his satisfaction. After that "the end" comes.
Then those who correspond with "goats," whether in China or elsewhere, will be pronounced "cursed" and will not be permitted to survive that "end" into God’s new order of things. Since these go into symbolic "fire" (like the Devil and his angels), their punishment will be everlasting. They will never be resurrected.—Matt. 25:41-46.
"Just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; and you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace."—Ps. 37:10, 11.
6, 7. What can we say about the start and makeup
of the Roman congregation?
6 We do not know how the Roman congregation
started. Did Jews or proselytes who were
present at Pentecost 33 C.E. return
to Rome as Christians? (Acts 2:10) Or did
Christian merchants and travelers spread
the truth in Rome? Whatever the case,
by the time Paul wrote the book, about
56 C.E., the congregation was long established.
(Rom. 1:8) What type of people made up that
We do not know = but then the WTS gives 2 opinions which jws know must be viewed as fact.
7 Some had a Jewish background. Paul
greeted Andronicus and Junias as “my relatives,”
likely meaning relatives who were fellow
Jews. Tentmaker Aquila, in Rome with
his wife, Priscilla, was also Jewish. (Rom. 4:1;
9:3, 4; 16:3, 7; Acts 18:2) But many
brothers and sisters to whom Paul sent
greetings were likely Gentiles. Some may
have been “of the household of Caesar,”
perhaps meaning Caesar’s slaves and minor
officials.—Phil. 4:22; Rom. 1:6; 11:13.
Likely = another case of adding to the Bible by the WTS
MAY HAVE BEEN = another adding to the Bible in a way that jws will take as fact.
8. Those in Rome faced what predicament?
8 Every Christian in Rome faced a predicament
that also confronts each one of us.
Paul put it this way: “All have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
Clearly, all to whom Paul wrote needed to
recognize that they were sinners and had to
put faith in God’s means to meet that need.
Notice even the WTS does not say that “every jw” in Rome
All may have sinned but the WTS excuses their sins by saying they are only “imperfect men” and cannot be held accountable.
Recognizing the Problem of Sin
9. Paul called attention to what possible result of
the good news?
9 Early in the letter to the Romans, Paul
pointed to the wonderful result that could
come from the good news he kept mentioning:
“I am not ashamed of the good news; it
is, in fact, God’s power for salvation to everyone
having faith, to the Jew first and also
to the Greek.” Yes, salvation was possible.
However, faith was necessary, in line with a
profound truth quoted from Habakkuk 2:4:
“The righteous one—by means of faith he
will live.” (Rom. 1:16, 17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:
38) But how does that good news, which
can lead to salvation, relate to the fact that
“all have sinned”?
Salvation was possible = but the WTS teaches only through the organization, salvation resides only in being a jw.
The good news highlighted in Romans involved Jesus’ vital role in God’s purpose
10, 11. Why is the concept mentioned at Romans
3:23 not strange for some people but is for others?
10 Before a person can develop lifesaving
faith, he must acknowledge that he is a sinner.
The idea of being such would not be
strange for those who grow up believing in
God and having some familiarity with the
Bible. (Read Ecclesiastes 7:20.) Whether
they agree or have doubts, at least they have
an idea of what Paul meant when he said:
“All have sinned.” (Rom. 3:23) Yet, in carrying
out our ministry, we may meet many
who do not understand that statement.
Then because those taking the lead in the WTS excuse their sins by saying they are “imperfect men” can they develop faith?
Yes, and we meet many in the jw organization who do not understand the statement, “all have sinned.”
11 In some lands, the average person is not
raised thinking that he (or she) was born a
sinner, that he inherited sin. Granted, he
probably realizes that he makes mistakes,
has undesirable traits, and may have done
some bad things. And he observes that others
are in a similar situation. Still, given his
background, he does not really understand
why he and others are like that. In fact, in
some languages, if you say that a person is a
sinner, others may think that you are saying
that he is a criminal or at least a person who
broke some rules. Obviously, a person growing
up in such an environment may not
readily think of himself as a sinner in the
sense that Paul meant.
In some lands (which ones), the average (what is average) person is not raised
Some languages (which ones)
What does the average jw think “sinner” means? What answer would you get the next time they drop by (I’m not holding my breath, it’s been 10 years since they have dropped by)
12. Why do many not believe that all are sinners?
12 Even in lands of Christendom, many
do not believe in the concept of being sinners.
Why not? Even if they go to church on
occasion, they consider the Bible account of
Adam and Eve to be merely a fable or a
myth. Others grow up in an anti-God climate.
They doubt that God exists and therefore
do not understand that a Supreme Being
set moral standards for humans and that
failure to uphold those standards amounts
to sin. In a sense, they are like those in the
first century whom Paul described as having
“no hope” and being “without God in the
Did you know that “Christendom” is a pejorative term in the WTS?
*** w05 9/15 p. 19 par.13***Likewise today, Bible prophecy indicates that militarized powers within the United Nations will see religion as a disturbing element and will act to destroy modern-day Jerusalem—Christendom—as well as the rest of Babylon the Great. (Revelation 17:12-17) Yes, the entire world empire of false religion stands on the brink of destruction.
*** w521/1p.30TellthePeople“UntilCitiesBeWasteWithoutInhabitant”***That desolation will be accomplished by the ten “horns” of the beast which will turn on Christendom’s whorish system of Babylonish religion and wreck it. All of her religious systems will be affected, none will escape.
So how many think Adam and Eve is a fable; has the WTS ever been in born again southern states or recognize conservative Christian religions?
Anti-God climate-- who exactly, everyone outside the WTS actually since they don’t believe in the right God or the correct beliefs.
No hope = doomed to eternal destruction soon, all 7 billion non-jws, men, women and children.
13, 14. (a) What is one reason why those who do
not believe in God and in sin are inexcusable? (b) To
what has disbelief led many?
13 In the letter to the Romans, Paul presented
two reasons why such a background
cannot be an excuse—not then, not today.
The first reason is that creation itself bears
witness to the existence of a Creator. (Read
Romans 1:19, 20.) This accords with an observation
Paul made when writing from Rome to the
Hebrews: “Every house is constructed
by someone, but he that constructed
all things is God.” (Heb. 3:4) That line of
reasoning points to there being a Creator
who constructed, or brought into existence,
the entire universe.
The background cannot be an excuse = see back to that those in India, China, and Muslim countries have no excuse because of their background, eternal death is still their future.
*** w65 9/15 pp. 575-576 Questions From Readers***
Sincemillions of persons in China and other places have never heard the Kingdom message, will these people be preserved through the destruction of Babylon the Great and the war of Armageddon, or perhaps be resurrected later?—H.S., U.S.A.
It is important to understand what the Bible says about the destruction to come at the end of this system of things. In his illustration of the sheep and the goats Jesus indicated that a separating work would be done “when the Son of man arrives in his glory,” and that persons would be classed as either “sheep” or “goats.” (Matt. 25:31-46) In part, the basis for the separation would be the reaction of people to the preaching of the good news of the established kingdom. That preaching work is now being done by Jehovah’s witnesses. Jesus explained that those on earth who favorably responded to that message and treated kindly its bearers would be classed as “sheep” and would enter into “everlasting life.” The rest of mankind who did not respond favorably to the preaching work and offered no aid to those who carried the Kingdom message would be classed as “goats” and would go, not into a temporary death, but into “everlasting cutting-off” at the time when judgment is executed.
But some persons, appreciating that millions of people are to be resurrected and given an opportunity to serve God, wonder if the millions of individuals living today who apparently have never heard the Kingdom message preached will be everlastingly destroyed without ever having had a witness about God’s purposes. It is true that at present it appears that there are vast numbers of mankind who have not heard the Kingdom preaching. Also, from what the Bible says and from conditions in the world, we know that we are in the “last days.” But we do not know just how much more will be accomplished in preaching the Kingdom message before the end comes. (2 Tim. 3:1-5; Matt. 24:3-13) If at the end of the second world war someone had said that the Kingdom preaching would be carried out, by more than a million publishers, in over 190 lands, including communistic countries, many might have found that hard to believe. Yet, Jehovah has blessed his people, and that is exactly what is being accomplished. So, if it is Jehovah’s will to have this message personally carried to the millions on earth who seemingly have not yet heard it, that will be accomplished. If he chooses, he could see to it that this message is spread in ways that we cannot yet imagine. Jesus did foretell that “this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.” (Matt. 24:14) We can rest assured that God will see that the preaching work is done to his satisfaction. After that “the end” comes.
And in 2000, the WTS again judged those who never were contacted as still worthy of eternal destruction.
*** w001/15p.13par.17***(Matthew 24:14) Today, that prophecy is in the course of fulfillment on an unprecedented scale. True, untouched territories still exist, and it may be that in Jehovah’s due time, a large door leading to greater activity will open. (1 Corinthians 16:9) Nevertheless, the Bible does not state that Jehovah will wait until every individual on earth has received a personal witness. Rather, the good news must be preached to Jehovah’s satisfaction. Then the end will come.—Compare Matthew 10:23.
14 So Paul was on solid ground in writing
to the Romans that any—including the ancient
Israelites—who gave their devotion to
lifeless images “are inexcusable.” The same
can be said for those who gave in to immoral
sexual practices contrary to the natural
use of the male and female bodies.
(Rom. 1:22-27) Referring to such reasoning,
Paul rightly concluded that “Jews as well as
Greeks are all under sin.”—Rom. 3:9.
While “devotion” is not mentioned re elders, what does the Bible mean to give them “double honor”?
Sexual practices contrary to the natural use = what about the WTS past and current practices dealing with pedophiles in their midst?
We were all born with a fatal flaw—sin!
A ‘Witness Bearer’
15. Who have the faculty of conscience, with what
15 The book of Romans identifies another
reason why people should recognize that
they are sinners and need a way out of that
predicament. Regarding the code of laws
that God gave to ancient Israel, Paul wrote:
“All those who sinned under law will be
judged by law.” (Rom. 2:12) Continuing his
reasoning, he points out that people of nations
or ethnic groups unacquainted with
that divine code often “do by nature the
things of the law.” Why do such ones commonly
forbid incest, murder, and stealing? Paul identified
the reason: They have a conscience.—
Read Romans 2:14,15.
So if the “people of the nations” can recognize that incest and by association child sexual abuse is wrong without the Bible, why does the WTS not recognize the sin by chalk it up to faulty memories?
While the ransom sacrifice is applied to humans, at what point will sin disappear in individuals and in human society? In the WTS paradise on earth after Armaggedon? But how far into that arrangement, 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, or not until the end of 1,000 years? Will everyone become sinless at the same time or on a different timetable?
*** wt chap. 21 pp. 188-189 par. 12***In like manner, Christ Jesus, as heavenly King of God’s Kingdom, will miraculously heal the blind, the speechless, the deaf, the physically maimed, the mentally afflicted, and those with any other sickness. (Revelation 21:3, 4) All obedient ones will get “sin’s law” nullified so that their thoughts and actions will be pleasing, both to themselves and to God. (Romans 7:21-23) By the end of the Millennium, they will have been brought to human perfection, in the ‘image and likeness’ of the only true God.—Genesis 1:26.
*** w87 1/1 p. 27 par. 18 ***By the end of the Millennial Reign, all traces of inherited sin and imperfection will have been wiped out and God’s loyal ones on earth will be celebrating the full climax with which the Jubilee terminates.
Why is it that the anointed jws on earth are sinners until they die and then they are instantly without sin, not needing 1,000 years?
16. Why does having a conscience not necessarily
mean avoiding sin?
16 Nonetheless, you have likely seen that
having a conscience that functions like an
inner witness bearer does not mean that a
person will follow its guidance. The case of
ancient Israel shows that. Though the Israelites
had both a God-given conscience and
specific laws from God against stealing and
adultery, they often violated both their conscience
and Jehovah’s Law. (Rom. 2:21-23)
They were doubly culpable and thus certainly
were sinners, falling short of God’s standards
and will. This seriously marred their
relationship with their Maker.—Lev. 19:11;
20:10; Rom. 3:20.
Today the WTS means “we have no legal responsibility for our members choices” saying it is a “conscience” matter when everyone inside the organization knows it will lead to shunning/disfellowshipping by the organization (taking a blood transfusion, joining the military, voting for example)
But then doesn’t the WTS teach that all fall short of God’s standards, that is are imperfect, often excusing their own serious errors and that of the elders, their representatives, saying “we are imperfect men.”
*** w09 10/15 pp. 16-17 par. 18***At times, we may find it a challenge to obey the Bible-based direction given to us by the local elders. We are likely aware of their imperfections, and this may distort our view of their counsel. Still, Christ, the Head of the congregation, is pleased to use these imperfect men.
*** w08 6/15 p. 4***Jehovah uses imperfect men to accomplish his will despite their shortcomings and problems, and the honor rightly goes to him.
*** w07 4/15 p. 27 par. 11***Granted, the local elders were imperfect men, as was Titus, whom Paul sent to congregations to “correct the things that were defective.”
*** w98 5/15 p.18 par. 9***Furthermore, in each local congregation, there are men appointed to take the lead. They are imperfect men whose faults we may readily see; yet we are urged to respect such overseers and to be submissive.
17. We find what encouragement in the book of Romans?
17 What we have considered from the
book of Romans might seem to paint a grim
picture of the human situation before the
Almighty, including ours. However, Paul did
not leave matters there. Quoting David’s
words at Psalm 32:1, 2, the apostle wrote:
“Happy are those whose lawless deeds have
been pardoned and whose sins have been
covered; happy is the man whose sin Jehovah
will by no means take into account.”
(Rom. 4:7, 8) Yes, God has arranged a legally
proper means for pardoning sins.
First ask yourself, doesn’t the WTS teach that Catholic priests do not have the authority to pardon sins? That Christians are not required to confess to priests but to elders? Why?
*** w96 4/15 p. 28 Questions From Readers***There is no Scriptural basis for concluding that Christians in general, or even appointed elders in the congregations, have divine authority to forgive sins.
But in typical speech out of both sides of their mouth, the WTS says:
*** w96 4/15 p. 29 Questions From Readers***There are serious sins that congregation elders have to handle, such as stealing, lying, or gross immorality. They try to correct and reprove such wrongdoers, moving them to repentance. But if someone unrepentantly practices grave sin, these elders apply the divine direction to disfellowship the wrongdoer. (1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 11-13) What Jesus said at John 20:23 does not apply in such cases. These elders do not have miraculous gifts of the spirit, such as the ability to heal the physically sick or raise the dead; those gifts served their purpose in the first century and then ended. (1 Corinthians 13:8-10) Furthermore, elders today do not have divine authority to forgive serious wrongdoing in the sense of pronouncing a serious sinner clean in the eyes of Jehovah. This kind of forgiveness has to be on the basis of the ransom sacrifice, and only Jehovah can forgive on that basis.—Psalm 32:5; Matthew 6:9, 12; 1 John 1:9
Good News Centered on Jesus
18, 19. (a) On what aspect of the good news did
Paul focus in Romans? (b) To get Kingdom blessings,
we must recognize what?
18 You might well respond, “That is really
good news!” Indeed it is, which brings us
back to the aspect of the good news that Paul
highlighted in the book of Romans. As mentioned,
Paul wrote: “I am not ashamed of the
good news; it is, in fact, God’s power for salvation.”—
Rom. 1:15, 16.
What does the WTS is the way to salvation the source of that power?
*** w93 9/15 p. 22***But if we were to draw away from Jehovah’s organization, there would be no place else to go for salvation and true joy.
*** w90 11/1 p.26par. 16***We cannot take part in any modern version of idolatry—be it worshipful gestures toward an image or symbol or the imputing of salvation to a person or an organization.
19 That good news centered on Jesus’ role
in the outworking of God’s purpose. Paul
could look forward to “the day when God
through Christ Jesus judges the secret things
of mankind, according to the good news.”
(Rom. 2:16) In stating that, he was not minimizing
“the kingdom of the Christ and of
God” or what God will do by means of the
Kingdom. (Eph. 5:5) But he showed that for
us to live and enjoy the blessings to prevail
under God’s Kingdom, we must recognize
(1) our situation as sinners in God’s sight
and (2) why we need to exercise faith in Jesus
Christ to have our sins forgiven. When a
person comes to understand and accept
those parts of God’s purpose and sees the future
that this opens to him, he can rightly
exclaim, “Yes, that truly is good news!”
When jws think of God’s purpose, do they think of vindicating God’s sovereignty or their own personal problems being fixed?
Do non-jws realize that the WTS puts itself between them and Christ, that the only way to approach Christ is through the WTS organization?
20, 21. In our ministry, why should we bear in
mind the good news that is stressed in the book of
Romans, and with what potential result?
20 We should definitely bear in mind this
aspect of the good news as we carry out our
Christian ministry. With reference to Jesus,
Paul quoted Isaiah’s words: “None that
rests his faith on him will be disappointed.”
(Rom. 10:11; Isa. 28:16) The basic message
about Jesus may not be strange to those who
are acquainted with what the Bible says
about sin. For others, though, this message
will be quite new, something not known or
generally believed in their culture. As such
ones come to believe in God and trust in the
Scriptures, we will need to explain Jesus’
role. The following article will consider how
Romans chapter 5 develops this aspect of the
good news. You will probably find that study
to be useful in your ministry.
So how many times does the average jw use the word “kingdom” in their presentation at the door? How many times is it modeled by the WTS in their suggested presentations?
2009 Kingdom Ministry (What to say about the magazines—4 per km = 48)
Jehovah 0 (the WTS never uses Jehovah in these presentations)
God 28 (but never Jehovah)
Good news 0
What do non-Christians believe about sin?
21 How rewarding it is to help honesthearted
ones to understand the good news mentioned
repeatedly in the book of Romans, the
good news that “is, in fact, God’s power for
salvation to everyone having faith.” (Rom. 1:16)
Beyond our being thus rewarded, we will
see others agree with the sentiment that Paul
quoted at Romans 10:15: “How comely are
the feet of those who declare good news of
good things!”—Isa. 52:7.
Do jws highlight the “good news”? Not that I have seen in their publications regarding how to preach or in practice from door to door (consider that I spent 32 years after my baptism doing such 10 hours a month and for almost 10 years, 100 hours a month, with many other jws).
Do You Recall?
The book of Romans highlights what
aspect of the good news?
What fact do we need to help others
How can “the good news about the
Christ” mean blessings for us and
Next week, GOD RECOMMENDS HIS LOVE TO US.
But only through the WTS, so they say.