I am in earnest. I will not excuse; I will not equivocate;
I will not retreat a single inch. And I will be heard."
--William Lloyd Garrison--
15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.16¶All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. II Tim 3:15-17
1. Is the Bible your authority for doctrine?
2. Do you view the scriptures the same way the apostles did? (II Timothy 3:15, 16)
3. Do you believe your religion clearly teaches what the Bible teaches?
4. Could someone studying the Bible alone come up with exactly what you believe?
5. Do you believe that someone who only has the Bible can read it and be saved?
6. Which would you say is the authority for your religious beliefs; the Bible or your church leaders? Which is primary?
7. Could there be a discrepancy between what your religion's leaders teach and what the Bible teaches? Has there ever been?
8. If you discovered a discrepancy between what the Bible says and your religion teaches, which one would you believe?
9. Do doctrinal modifications made by your religious leaders always act as a corrective to change what you believe the Bible teaches?
10. Could the Bible ever act as a corrective to change your beliefs contrary to what your religions leaders teach?
11. If a person puts his complete trust in a Bible scholar, with an “if he says it, I believe it” attitude, would his faith ultimately be in the Bible or the scholar?
12. Do you believe that your religious leaders were given an exclusive an mandate and ability to interpret the Bible for Christians?
13. When and how was that mandate first given? Who were the original recipients? On what basis were they chosen?
14. Is acceptance of your religion's leadership necessary to be saved?
15. If you somehow lost faith in your religion's primary leadership, would you lose your faith in God and the Bible?
16. Do you believe it could be wise to put ones complete faith in fallible men? (Psalm 146:3)
- If Jehovah exalts His word above His name, would it be wise to exalt fallible men above His word?
- Was it wise for JWs in the 20s and 30s to put their faith in leaders who mistakenly condemned smallpox vaccinations as a “direct violation of the everlasting covenant”?
- Could some faithful JWs have died simply because they believed the Watchtower's prohibition against vaccinations was biblical?
- Was it wise for JW farmers to refuse to plant crops in the spring of 1925 because the Watchtower determined that Armageddon would be over by the fall?
- Was it wise for JWs to forgo having children in the 40s and 50s because the Watchtower taught the end was so close that it would be unwise to start families?
- Was it wise for those JWs to refuse cornea transplants in the 60s and 70s because the Watchtower denounced all organ transplants as a sin equivalent to cannibalism?
- Was it wise for JWs in the late 60s and early 70s to be selling their homes, abandoning post secondary education and delivering papers to support their families because the Watchtower taught Armageddon was only months away?