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The Bible Does Not Approve of Everything It Records

Our young people face an unprecedented assault on their faith. It seems to come at them from every side. One area that is effectively used by the enemy is social media. On media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it is very easy for people to share rhetorically powerful posts that can leave young Christians scrambling to find an answer.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | March 2, 2016

Jehovah’s Witnesses Can’t Consistently Affirm the Reliability of the New Testament

Jehovah’s Witnesses commonly refer to modern translations of the Bible as “Lord Bibles.” It is often used as a pejorative. They claim that so-called “Lord Bibles” remove the name of Jehovah more than 7,000 times and replace it with the word Lord. Only they have the true Bible, because their New World Translation (NWT) uses the name Jehovah. All other versions are rejected because they’re thought to be unreliable.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | January 15, 2016

Where Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Get Their Name?

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they alone are God’s chosen witnesses to the world. As justification for their self-designation, they cite Isaiah 43:10. It says: “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,    “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me     and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed,     nor shall there be any after me.”

Blog Post | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | January 9, 2016

Challenge Response: The Disciples Didn’t Believe Jesus Is Divine

Here's my response to this week's challenge:  COMMENTS

Blog Post | Student | Tim Barnett | December 31, 2015

Does Proverbs 8:22 Teach That Jesus Was Created?

When you tell Jehovah’s Witnesses that Jesus is uncreated, they are likely to take you directly to Proverbs 8:22-30 in their New World Translation (NWT). They believe this is undeniable proof that Jesus was the first created creature. Before looking specifically at this passage, we should familiarize ourselves with the context. This chapter begins with a personification of wisdom as a woman calling out in the streets. A personification is a figure of speech where human qualities are given to non-human things.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | December 24, 2015

Is It Unloving to Tell People They Are Sinners?

Is it unloving to tell people they are sinners? While thinking about this question, an analogy immediately came to mind that I think brilliantly articulates why telling people they are sinners is not only loving, but also life-giving. I hope that you find this illustration as helpful as I have. 

Blog Post | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | December 19, 2015

Can People Be Saved through Natural Revelation? (Video)

Is belief in God through natural revelation enough to be saved?  COMMENTS Read more posts

Blog Post | Philosophy | Tim Barnett | November 16, 2015

Is All Worship Equally Acceptable to God?

I have become increasingly concerned at the cavalier attitude many people have about how they approach God. There are many people who believe that it doesn’t matter how you come to God, so long as you come. They believe that the true God will take their worship—in whatever form and to whatever god—and transpose it onto Himself. On this view, it doesn’t really matter how I worship, as long as I’m sincere. Implicit in this thinking is the belief that all religions worship the same God.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | November 7, 2015

How Did You Get a Soul? Creationism versus Traducianism

It's not a question most of us have thought very much about. How did you get your soul? Even to ask the question is a little awkward since “you” are your soul.

Blog Post | Theology | Tim Barnett | September 29, 2015

Witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses – Part 2

(Notes for the video “Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses”—available in our store—are below. See Part 1.) POINT #2: JESUS IS DIRECTLY IDENTIFIED AS GOD 

Blog Post | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | September 12, 2015