“But one day a Pastor, had the courage to open the door that Saturday morning and challenge my views on the Trinity. The trajectory of that conversation would change my life forever to the initial horror and dismay of my husband. He was very proud and adamant that he married a Jehovah’s witness and that is what he wanted……”
What a time that was.
You see I was armed with my prepared presentation of the Jehovah’s Witness arguments against the Trinity. I was up against a gruff baptist preacher and his wife. It was an exciting time for me as I loved to debate the bible. I was only 12 or 13 at the time and I was in a full-time door to door knocking ministry for the month. I went to the door the couple was gracious, asked us to come in and we sat and had refreshments. Before I could begin, the preacher began to tell me how excited he was that I had come back and asked if I was ready to be taught. The fellow Jehovah’s Witness (JW) woman interrupted and began to take over the conversation. I remember feeling so disappointed as I had prepared for this visit a week in advance. I tried to learn how to repeat what I had seen during the demonstrations or roleplays of the door to door ministry. ( It was called the service meeting back then) As they went back and forth over the rendering and translations of John1:1 I stared at the pictures in the booklet I was given from the watchtower tract society ( publishers of Jehovah’s witness books and magazines). I looked up as I heard the conversation getting heated. The preacher took me by surprise and asked me what I was staring at. I showed him the picture and thought finally I will get my chance! I couldn’t wait to show off what I had been learning. Before I could utter a word he told me that my religion had lied to me. The JW woman I was with angrily told me to gather my things and that we had to leave. As we left the man kept talking and shouting JESUS LOVES YOU! I remember the nervous butterflies and embarrassment I felt at hearing him say the name of Jesus. As the JW woman tried to comfort me and debrief from our visit. She commented that I did well. That I stood in the face of persecution. Funny, I remember thinking, No, we just lost the debate and you got mad and we left.
What is up with the Trinity Brochure I began to think. If those were not pagan idols than what were they? Had the Jehovah’s Witness Leaders lied or made a mistake? After all this pastor believed in the Trinity and said I explain it wrong. I would come to learn later that the Watchtower stumbled and wrote their Trinity booklet with the view of modalism or the oneness doctrine.
I didn’ t stand a chance with that PASTOR. The booklet was out of print. I learned much later that there were many misleading and often deliberate misquote to malign many scholars and the Trinity teaching itself.