One of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ biggest arguments against mainstream Christianity is that we don’t emphasize using the name of Jehovah. I have no doubt that one of the times you will encounter JW’s at your door they will be ready to stress the importance of this point with you.
For example, here’s a quick quote from a Watchtower magazine I happen to have right in front of me (October 15, 2000):
“Some people feel that the omission of God’s name is a trivial matter. But think: Is it harder or easier to develop a close, enlightened relationship with a nameless person? Such titles as God and Lord (which are used of false gods) might draw attention to Jehovah’s power, authority, or position, but only his personal name identifies him unequivocally. (Exodus 3:15; 1 Corinthians 8:5, 6) The personal name of the true God captures his qualities and characteristics. Theologian Walter Lowrie rightly stated “A man who does not know God by name does not really know him as a person.”
The last time I met with Abbie, it seemed we stayed awhile on this topic. I found some photocopied notes of mine prepared for our discussion. I honestly don’t know if I found this information somewhere or came up with it during my own study. I can’t even remember if Abbie and I covered this information yet either. If you recognize any of this material, please let me know so I may site a source.
Here are my notes:
I was looking into one of the “identifying marks of a true believer,” which referenced Matthew 6:9, “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name…”
I spent a little time looking up “name” in scripture, and found that the New Testament OVERWHELMINGLY points to, focuses on, and lifts up the name…of Jesus Christ.
In whose name should we meet together? (Look up Matthew 18:20, 1 Corinthians 5:4)
Demons are subject to whose name? (Luke 10:17, Acts 16:18)
Repentance and forgiveness are preached in whose name? (Luke 24:47)
In whose name are you to believe and receive the forgiveness of sins? (John 1:12, 3:16; Acts 10:43; 1 John 3:23; 5:13)
By whose name, and none other, do we obtain salvation? (Acts 4:10-12 — wouldn’t this have been a good, logical place in scripture for God to have used the name “YHWH” if the use of the name Jehovah, especially for SALVATION, was so important?)
Whose name is above every name? (Ephesians 1:21; Philippians 2:9-11)
According to Acts 1:8, of whom are we to be Witnesses?
With the exclusive emphasis on Jehovah, are you being obedient to Acts 1:8?
In Jeremiah 23:5-6, Jesus was prophesied to share the name of Jehovah. One of Jesus’ names means “God came to be with us” (Isaiah 7:14). We are to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (note, not “names” but “name”) Matthew 28:!9
Jesus said we’d be persecuted in the His name (Matt 24:9; Mark 13:13; Luke 21:12, 17; John 15:21)
“Kurios” is translated as “Jehovah” in Revelation 1:8, Romans 9:28-29, etc. Why is not translated Jehovah in Luke 2:11?
You’ll probably find better leads for discussing this topic if you look into books on witnessing to JW’s. Here a few websites I found after just a quick Google search:
The Name of God (scroll down to section with this title)