The Walking Dead (From door to door)

Jehovah’s Witnesses are quite proud of their record of faithfully taking their message from door to door. For example, on the back cover of the December 1, 1996, Watchtower magazine, Catholics and Protestants are bashed for neglecting evangelism, particularly of the door-knocking variety. The publication proudly boasts, “Despite Christendom’s failure to evangelize, more than five million of Jehovah’s Witnesses are following Jesus’ command to ‘go and make disciples of people of all the nations’ (Matthew … Continue reading

Invested

I have been reading Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford. One of our supporters, who had been personally involved with several authoritarian groups, sent the book to me. She had been intrigued by Tim Harford’s idea of being blinded by the will. The blinding of a person’s will happens when he or she has fully invested themselves into something which turns out to be a terrible mistake. Not willing to accept … Continue reading

Aliens and Strangers

Biblically speaking, Christians are strangers and foreigners in a strange and foreign land. We are to be ambassadors for Christ for our time on Earth, though our true citizenship is already in heaven. As ambassadors, how should we interact with the lost in our culture? In 2013, we wrote a blog entitled, “Walking in Their World.” In the blog, we mentioned a group of about 300 “vampires” that gathered in a local park … Continue reading

Missionaries To America?

(This originally appeared in the Winter 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal) When we think of missionaries, we tend to think in terms of PLACE. Missionaries go places, like foreign lands, don’t they? We call them mission fields. They exist in exotic faraway places like Zaire, Ghana, and today, even rather amazing (to those of us raised in the cold-war decades) new places like Russia and Romania; “fields” which traditionally have been closed to missionary … Continue reading

Bad Heir Day

(Originally printed in the May/June 1996 Issue of the MCOI Journal) In the our last issue , we made the case that salvation is a free gift, not of works. We discussed the cultic view that “faith plus works = salvation.” Under cultic belief systems, faith in Christ is not enough to gain eternal life; faith is just the starting point, and only gives you the opportunity to save yourself through a system of prescribed … Continue reading

Fear No Evil

(Originally printed in the July/August 1995 MCOI Journal) Fear not! How many times can that phrase he found in the pages of Scripture? Your guess is as good as mine, but it’s somewhere between bunches and alot. That is why you and as Christians, do not fear anything, right? Right. Craig, one of the members of our support group, told of an experience lie had recently when he met with two JW elders. He said … Continue reading