I’m crazy about my wife. But not long after we married she became a Jehovah’s Witness (perhaps due to deep respect for her mom after she moved from her mom’s house to mine). She participates in Watchtower events 2-3 times per week. Now this is not all bad. I like every JW I’ve ever met (with one exception). I also have Mormon friends in the neighborhood (I moved to Utah in 2002) and always felt blessed when I joined my last wife at her Eastern Orthodox church and was friends with the priest. All of this has resulted in a revival of sorts in my own faith such that I know I’m closer to God than ever before in my life. I have searched the scriptures daily to see whether what these folks say is so. (So much of it is not so!) And I don’t want to be outdone in devotion to God than those of these other faiths.
She agreed last month to sit down and spend the morning telling about each other’s faith. My three points, presented firmly but with as much love as I could muster, were (1) There is abundant testimony in the Bible to the deity of Jesus Christ, (2) Why should anybody desire to follow a faith that was founded by a false prophet? (3) JW has a shameful history of covering up child sex abuse among members.
I won’t ask for prayer that she may be converted, a very low-percentage scenario (O me of little faith!). I just want to be convinced that she’s going to heaven! The Bible says, If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. The Bible says, Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Jesus said the two great commandments are: (1) Love the Lord thy God … and (2) Love your neighbor as yourself. My wife does all of these things. Doesn’t that mean that she’s a member of the family and household of God, though “misguided” (a theologian’s euphemism for “heretical”)? Can anybody who denies the deity of Christ be called a Christian?
At this time in my life my fondest aspiration is to take captive every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your point of view.