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What Are We Saved From?

The only salvation that Jehovah's Witnesses recognize, is a sparing of their physical life at the battle of Armageddon. However, this battle is a military conflict primarily against "kings of the earth" in the valley of Megiddo seen below.

Valley of Megiddo

One day while I was out in the door to door ministry of Jehovah's Witnesses, one of the members of the car group that I was in was the presiding overseer of our congregation.

When he returned to the car from a door he stated that he had gotten into a rather tedious biblical discussion with a householder regarding the soul. He admitted that the bible had some "rather unfortunate terminology" that described the soul. In relating his experience, he featured what he felt was the high point of the discussion when he responded to the householder's question: If he died tonight, did he know for sure if he'd be saved?

The presiding overseer mockingly relived the experiece. "I said SAVED FROM WHAT", he retorted . He indicated that the householder just stared at him without saying much after that. We all had a big laugh as if this exchange illustrated the ignorance of the householder for believing in a salvation when he didn't even know what he was being saved from. More than likely, the Christian believer was simply stunned at the lack of knowledge and godly fear of the presiding overseer.

This memorable experience illustrates the near total lack of personal accountability to God among Jehovah's Witnesses. Members are led to believe that they will somehow escape a personal judgment by virtue of their church membership, "in good standing" of course.

Two scripture passages dispel this myth:

Hebrews 9: 22 - 28: And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission... For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us... it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

The idea of a personal judgment for each person who lives is well attested to in the Old and New Testaments. However, this is a foreign concept to the psychology of Jehovah's Witnesses. For them, everything is by the group. They reason that if the WT organization is chosen of God, then they must be too. However, scripture teaches clearly that there will be a personal judgment and that Christ must speak up for us personally ... "for us", as indicated in Hebrews above.

I can now answer that elders' question: "SAVED FROM WHAT?". - Judgment.

As Jehovah's Witnesses, we used to mock the term "personal savior" as some sort of silly, sappy, emotional, sactimonious cliche' that certain Christians were in the habit of apparently mindlessly repeating. Now I know why some Christians use the term "Personal Savior". It is because there surely will be a personal judgment. There will be no guilt by association at that trial, just as there will be no acquittal by association, except by personal identification with Jesus. He makes clear the value of godly fear: 

Matthew 10: 25-28: It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.... And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Jehovah's Witnesses, as well a those who don't even try to be moral are headed to hell, then judgment after the thousand years, and then the lake of fire after the "Great White Throne" Judgment ... not because they didn't try to be good, but because they are sinners without a PERSONAL SAVIOR and are not justified by the blood of Jesus as the Watchtower itself admits:

The ...“other sheep”, are in a different condition. The Jonadabs have fled to the Lord and there found refuge. They are still human creatures, not even justified, - w.38 p.104,105

Question for Jehovah's Witnesses: If you are not justified before God by the blood of Jesus, how do you become justified? And, Is justification necessary? The bible is clear:

                 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through
                                    our Lord Jesus Christ - Romans 5:1

                Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved
                                  from wrath
through him. - Romans 5:9

As noted above, without being justified, you do not have "peace with God" and you will not be "saved from wrath". Can you justify yourself by being "in good standing" with the WT organization? You tell me:

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ,   even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. - Galatians 2:16

So, what can the average Jehovah's Witness do to become justified? The same as every other person; exercise faith in Jesus Christ ALONE, regardless of church affiliation or non affiliation. 

Think about it.