Reasoning with Jehovah's Witnesses

14. Persecution


Part 1: The Nature of God 
1. The Deity of Christ 
2. The Personality of the Holy Spirit 
3. The Trinity 
Part 2: The Nature of Man 
4. The Spirit of Man 
5. The Soul of Man 
6. The Nature of Death 
7. Resurrection 
8. The Nature of Hell 
Part 3: God's People 
9. Israel 
10. The 144,000 
11. God's Organization 
12. The Great Crowd 
13. The Faithful and Discreet Slave 
14. Persecution 
Part 4: Man's Salvation 
15. The Gospel 
16. Being Born Again 
17. Salvation 
18. Justification 
19. Sufficiency of Christ's Redemption 
20. Relationship with Christ 
21. Christian Freedom 
22. Witnessing 
Part 5: The Last Days 
23. The Return of Christ 
24. Watchtower Chronology -- The Year 1914 
25. The Rapture 
26. The Kingdom 
27. The New Heaven and New Earth 
Appendix A: Disassociation Letter 
Appendix B: The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures 
Scripture Index 
Subject Index 

14. Persecution

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that:

a. Christians are persecuted for being servants of Jehovah and for their undivided allegiance to his Kingdom. 19


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Q1. Why are Christians persecuted?

Matt 5:11-"Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my [Jesus'] account."

Matt 10:22-"and you will be hated by all for my name's sake"

Matt 24:9-"you will be hated by all nations on account of My name"

Mark 13:13-"and you will be hated by all on account of My name"

Luke 21:12-"persecute you...for My name's sake"

Luke 21:17-"and you will be hated by all on account of My name"

John 15:21-"But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake"

Acts 9:16-"for I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name"

Gal 6:12-It is only those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ

Phil 1:29-for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake

2 Ti 3:12-And indeed, all who desire to live in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

1 Pet 4:14-If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

1 Pet 4:16-However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

Rev 2:3-"I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary."

Rev 16:6-blood of the witnesses of Jesus

Rev 20:4-beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God


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a. Christians are persecuted for bearing the name of Jesus Christ.



19. Aid to Bible Understanding, p. 1292