This is the third part in a series on apologetics to Jehovah’s Witnesses. This series focuses on defending the deity of Christ to Jehovah’s Witnesses who come knocking at the door. It’s important to remember that the Watchtower tells them that Evangelicals are rude, unloving, nasty people who will slam doors in their faces; let’s prove them dead wrong on that front, too!
Today I want to look at the old “Jesus refuses to be worshipped” argument. Mark 10:18 says “Jesus said to him: ‘Why do you call me good? Nobody is good, except one, God.’”. Here it is important to remember that Jesus was actually a very brilliant logician. So let’s look at a pretty simple logical argument for the deity of Christ:
1. No one is good except God.
2. Jesus is good.
3. Therefore, Jesus is God.
In the Mark passage, Jesus affirms (1), that no one is good except God. He does not reject (2) that He is good, or (3) that He is God. Rather, He simply draws attention to the logical conclusion of (2). So here the Jehovah’s Witness is simply mistaken — Jesus does not refuse to be worshipped in Mark’s gospel.
Furthermore, (2) is directly affirmed by Hebrews 4:15. So the passage the Witness brings up gets you started with (1), and Hebrews affirms (2), and the conclusion that Jesus is God follows inescapably!
There’s one other passage I know about that is sometimes used to try to prove that Jesus refused to be worshipped. Luke 4:8 says “In reply Jesus said to him: ‘It is written, “It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.”’”. Here it is important to note the context of the statement. Jesus is objecting to Satan’s demand to be worshipped. Satan is most certainly not Jehovah. But if we look at this logically again, we see something else:
4. Jehovah alone you must worship.
5. Jesus you must worship.
6. Therefore, Jesus is Jehovah.
In the Luke passage Jesus affirms (4). He does not deny (5) or (6). And if we take a look elsewhere in scripture we see at least one explicit affirmation of (5): in Hebrews 1:6 (as previously discussed). So the passage the Witness brings up gets a whole new argument started by establishing that only Jehovah deserves worship, then Hebrews again provides us with the teaching that we should worship Jesus, and the conclusion that Jesus is Jehovah follows inescapably!