An internal critique of the Christology and Theology proper of Jehovah’s Witnesses

jw1So, I had some interesting interactions with some JW’s over the weekend and something that was said was that they considered that Jesus was divine, but not God. Their explanation was that Jesus’ attributes mirrored those of Jehovah, with the exception of being created.

Let’s see how much of a mirror it is then with that ‘one exception’.

Let’s get a list of some of God’s attributes in front of us first and see how it holds together:

God’s immutability & self-sufficiency.
God does not change, He remains the same yesterday today and forever, and in Him there is no …

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Peripatetic 28 – TD Jakes, Todd Bentley, Bill Johnson, Psalm 19, and the Sufficiency of Scripture

solaMailbag edition, answering a question I was asked recently concerning various ministries, then a positive presentation of the sufficiency of Scripture, then finishing with a testimony for those concerned with such things.

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Peripatetic 27 – Rebuttal to Diane Bass Preaching a Pro-Homosexual Sermon in a Mississippi Southern Baptist Church

Diane and Lance BassDiane Bass is the mother of Lance Bass, formerly of N’Sync – a native of Mississippi, where I call home.  As far as I can tell, she preached the message linked to on The Huffington Post (and by a multitude of “gay rights” organizations shortly thereafter) at Northside Baptist Church, in Clinton, MS.  My attestation for this claim can be found here.

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Peripatetic 26 – Emotions not Arguments – the Homosexual Advocacy Narrative

We review an excellent example of the homosexual advocacy narrative du jour – a post for HuffPo by Micah J. Murray. Notice the crucial word that is missing from his material. Repentance. Notice also the lack of clarity and precision found throughout, and the intense focus on emotions.

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Peripatetic 24 – Resume Inflation

Christmas, Apostasy, and Resume Inflation.

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Infallibilism, Knowledge, Attenuated Presup and Unwitting Clarkianism

So, I was involved in a bit of a dustup with some folks yesterday. Essentially, the bone of contention was concerning knowledge. The position of our antagonists, essentially, was that knowledge, to be knowledge, must be “infallible.” There are a variety of issues with this stance, but chiefly, my concern is from theology proper, as we will explore; although we will address a few other issues along the way as well.

My response is first to the notion of infallibility being applied to “knowledge” in the first place. Fallibility, obviously, means an ability to fail. Well, to fail, one has …

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Peripatetic 23 – Love is Love and God Isn’t Mad At You?

Shrill objections to Russia’s laws against homosexual behavior and Joyce Meyer! How do these fit together? Take a listen and find out!

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Peripatetic 21 – Response to Brett Gallaher

(Subtitle: What 3/4 of an MA in theology at Asbury buys)

A response to his article, reposted here at the Huffington Post.

Edit: For some reason, during an edit of this post, I inserted “Brian”, instead of “Brett” Gallaher. My apologies.

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Peripatetic 16 – Eclectic Responses

An Eclectic Peripatetic responding to Kurt Jaros, Jordan Cooper, Michael Patton, and a commenter named Scott.

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The Apostle of Doubt vs. Calvin

Why I Lack Certainty about Christianity – C. Michael Patton:

Some people say that they have no doubt at all, and they never have. I have difficulty believing assertions such as this, though I suppose they might be true for a very small number of individuals. However, at this point, I think it would be valuable for us to distinguish between “certainty” and “certitude” (Daniel Taylor introduced me to this concept, but I don’t know if the distinctions he made are embedded in the specific definitions of the terms). “Certainty” is the more objective type of conviction. It is the

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