We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Did They Really Say That?!?

Just in time for Christmas, I came across this little gem:

"Who do you think made what appeared to be a star guide the astrologers to Herod?  It was not the true God, Jehovah, but his adversary, or enemy, Satan the Devil!

The Watchtower, December 1, 2013.

Matthew 2 is the only place in Scripture which discusses the star which led the Magi to the house where Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were.  It did NOT lead the Magi to Herod.  That the Magi arrived in Jerusalem and inquired of Herod as to where Jesus was to be found doesn’t mean the star led them to Herod.  In fact, after their arrival in Jerusalem and their meeting with Herod, the star apparently appeared again (2:9).  So the Magi really didn’t have to stop in Jerusalem - they apparently stopped there assuming that the “King of the Jews” would be born there.  So the Jehovah’s Witnesses have just resorted to another lie, which is nothing but what their whole religious system is based on.

By the way, Magi were apparently followers of Zoroaster, but did not necessarily have to be astrologers.


Anonymous said...

If you read the text, what the JW's are saying about the maji not following the star is actually true.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...


Would you please explain? The JW said that Satan gave the star for the Magi as a guide to Herod.

The text says that the Magi saw the star and that was the reason to come to Jerusalem - heading to where the star was. And when they left Jerusalem the "star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was." That says pretty clearly that they followed the star.