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Chris: John, youíre a Jehovahís Witness, right?

John: Thatís right, Chris.

Chris: Can you tell me what the gospel is that you preach, that is, the good news?

John: Sure, Chris. We preach the good news of the Kingdom.

Chris: What do you mean by that, John?

John: Well, basically, the good news is that Jesus Christís second presence and kingly reign began in 1914 with the re-establishment of Godís Kingdom. By the way, Chris, out of all the religions in the world, we are the only ones preaching this good news.

Chris: I see. Well, the gospel that my church and all true Christian churches preach is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Would you say that this is the same gospel that the Watchtower preaches?

John: Well, not exactly. Although we do feel as though that is important.

Chris: Do you know, John, what the gospel is that Paul and all the apostles preached?

John: Sure, they preached about the Kingdom.

Chris: Actually, the gospel that Paul preached is defined in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Do you mind if I read that to you?

John: No, go ahead.

Chris: ďNow brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the twelve.Ē So, John, Paul said that the gospel which saves us is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

John: Again, Chris, we do feel as though Jesusí ransom sacrifice is significant.

Chris: Notice that Paul said that the death, burial and resurrection of Christ was not just significant but of first importance. John, is this the same gospel that you preach when you go door-to-door?

John: Well, uh, not really, Chris.

Chris: Do you know what the consequence is of preaching a gospel thatís different from the one Paul preached?

John: What do you mean?

Chris: Can I read to you another Scripture, John?

John: I guess so.

Chris: In Galatians 1:8-9 Paul said, ďBut even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!Ē Did you hear that, John? Eternally condemned! Thatís very strong language.

John: Sure is.

Chris: Also, in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Paul said to them, ďFor I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucifiedĒ. And if you read through the book of Acts, the good news that the first century Christians preached was the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ; exactly what Paul said it was. Again, John, is your gospel the same, or different from the one that the early church preached?

John: Iíll check into that and get back to you, Chris.

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