Oftentimes, when the topic of Conferred Immortality (Annihilationism) is brought up, some variation of this rebuttal soon follows: “Isn’t that what the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe?” The intention of this sort of rebuttal is to shut down the argument immediately, because who on earth wants to be associated with a cult like the JWs, right? This argument is fallacious though. It’s known as the genetic fallacy. That is, the actual position isn’t attacked. Instead, people who are associated with it determine the validity of the argument. Logically, it doesn’t matter if a 20 headed tiger monster believed it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
I usually give the extreme example of a Nazi. If a Nazi was strangling someone and looked up at the sky and said, “The sky is blue!” Would he be wrong? Of course not. Should we say that the doctrine of Christ’s deity isn’t true because the Roman Catholic church affirms it too? Of course not. So, the truth of Annihilationism isn’t reliant on those who hold it. It stands or falls based on whether the Bible attests to it or not. The most interesting and ironic part about using the JW-Annihilation argument is those using it shoot themselves in the foot, seeing as how far more cults believe in conscious eternal torment than do annihilation. It would certainly be improper and fallacious to bring this up in an argument. Whatever your position is on any topic, be sure to be fair to the other person. Go after the position, not the person, origins of the argument, or those associated with it.