Randy White, CEO, Dispensational Publishing House
I recently received a phone call in our church office from “Nelson” who was “on break” from his job and had a Bible question. He asked if a pastor was available to take the question, and I, of course, obliged. I was a bit suspicious because he had that “salesman tone” and because he called on a private number, something a true inquirer would rarely do.
“Nelson” asked about Genesis 1:27, specifically on the pronoun “He” in relation to God. Quickly I began to realize that “Nelson” had an agenda, not a question. “Nelson” was insisting that God cannot be trinitarian because of the pronoun usage in Genesis 1:27. When I mentioned verse 26 (“let us make man in our image”) he quickly had a rather lengthy prepared response that included the fact that God was talking to Jesus. By now I knew that “Nelson” was a Jehovah’s Witness with an agenda. I asked him plain and simple, “do you think Jesus is Michael the archangel,” to which he replied, “The scripture certainly appears to indicate such.”
At this point I asked “Nelson” if he was at work–but I called him Phillip, suspicious that he was neither Nelson nor was he at work. He did not correct me on the name but affirmed he was at work. I asked him what kind of work he did and he informed me he installed car stereos. I said, “Phillip, I don’t think you install car stereos. I think you have a script from Jehovah’s Witnesses and you have called me with an agenda and covered your agenda in a lie.” Still receiving no correction on the name, “Nelson” became upset that I called him a liar.
Through every response, I gave to any of his theological issues, “Nelson” had very lengthy responses (which sounded very “canned”). He would talk 3-5 minutes with absolutely no way to interject a thought on my end.
If you are a church worker and get a call with a Biblical question, you might want to be on the alert for “Nelson” and his kin.
If you are Jehovah’s Witness, encourage you to do two things. First, be honest about your calls. Jesus didn’t appreciate (nor placate) questions with hidden agendas, nor should we. And we certainly shouldn’t be the one who has the hidden agenda. Second, you should join a Bible study in one of the churches on our Dispensational Church Finder. Study slowly, carefully, and meticulously, and let God’s Word speak for itself.