The purpose of this study in God's word is to weigh ALL the evidence to see if the what the Jehovah's Witnesses teach is SOUND BIBLICAL teaching based upon the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
In other words, does the Jehovah's Witnesses teach BIBLICAL Christianity?
Let us begin this study by first taking a look at what the Jehovah's Witnesses teach in their statements of faith from their own websites. When you first go to a Jehovah's Witness website you will find topics relating to every day issues that people struggle with in their lives. In other words, they minister to people first before they teach them what they believe. Here is a link to the official Jehovah's Witness website: http://www.jw.org/en/
Now if you scroll down to the bottom and click on “About Jehovah's Witnesses it will take you to a page that has some other questions about Jehovah's Witnesses in the right side margin. I then clicked on the question “Are the Jehovah's Witnesses Christian?”, and here is what I found written by the Watchtower Society on an official Jehovah's Witness website:
Are You Christian?
"Yes. We are Christians for the following reasons:
However, in a number of ways, we are different from other religious groups that are called Christian. For example, we believe that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, not part of a Trinity. (Mark 12:29) We do not believe that the soul is immortal, that there is any basis in Scripture for saying that God tortures people in an everlasting hell, or that those who take the lead in religious activities should have titles that elevate them above others.—Ecclesiastes 9:5; Ezekiel 18:4; Matthew 23:8-10.
Now the MAIN STREAM Church would jump on the HOWEVER we are DIFFERENT statements at the end of these statements of faith and say that the Jehovah's Witnesses are a CULT, because they do NOT believe in the “DOCTRINE” of the trinity.
But in all fairness the Jehovah's Witnesses simply state that they believe that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the SON OF God, and NOT part of a Trinity.
Please understand that I am NOT a Jehovah's Witness, NOR have I ever been a Jehovah's Witness, but rather I am simply a Christian who has been deceived in the past by the doctrine of the trinity like many other true born again Christian who are not under the teaching of the Watchtower Society. Again I did NOT learn what I teach from ANY man made organization, but rather I learned what I teach by the leading of the Holy Spirit. And it just so happens that what the Holy Spirit has taught me is SOMEWHAT similar to what the Jehovah;s Witnesses teach. Again this is NOT to say that ALL of what the Jehovah's Witnesses teach in the truth of the WHOLE word of God.
The TRUTH of the matter is that the Jehovah's Witnesses are CORRECT on this particular point, in that, Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God the Father and that the “DOCTRINE” of the trinity is NOT taught in the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. No where in the Bible is the CLEAR PLAIN and SIMPLE teaching of this man made “DOCTRINE”of the trinity. Yes we do clearly see THREE in the Bible that are united in one purpose, but it is just man's INTERPRETATION that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one and the self same being or person who is THE Almighty God himself. For a deeper understanding of why the “DOCTRINE of the trinity is a false teaching that causes division in the church please read the study “WHO IS JESUS?” and the many studies that are related to this subject that are listed withing this study.
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, the only CLEAR verse of scripture in the Bible that PLAINLY states the Jesus IS God is found in Hebrews 1:8 where Almighty God the Father himself is speaking to his Son Jesus and says, “Your throne O God...” whereby CLEARLY teaching us that Jesus IS GOD.
BUT does this clear statement “Your throne O God...” mean that Jesus is the ONE TRUE and ONLY ALMIGHTY God? You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, if you KEEP this verse in the CONTEXT of where it is found you will ALSO CLEARLY and PLAINLY see that Almighty God the Father is THE ONE true and ONLY Almighty God, who is OVER his Son Jesus and that it is Almighty God HIMSELF who ANOINTED his Son Jesus to be “THEOS, which is the Greek word that can be translated as either God referring to THE Almighty God the Father, or a god, who would be UNDER and SUBJECT to the one true and only Almighty God the Father.
“But unto the Son he (Almighty God the Father) says, Your throne, O God (or your throne O theos, which again can be translated as God or god), is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.
9. You (my dear beloved Son in whom I am well pleased) have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; THEREFORE (or for this very reason of doing all my will) God, EVEN YOUR God, has ANOINTED you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.”
So I have to AGREE with the Jehovah's Witnesses on this particular point, because they do in fact rightly and correctly teach that Jesus is NOT the one true and ONLY ALMIGHTY God, who ALONE is the FATHER. Again for a deeper understanding on the subject please read the study “WHO IS JESUS?”, but for now let us take a look at the second difference that the Jehovah's Witnesses openly state, which is that they do NOT believe that the soul is IMMORTAL.
Well to ME, just a little common sense should tell you that AGAIN that they are teaching the TRUTH on this matter as well. Think about this for a moment, IF we were ALREADY IMMORTAL beings, or beings that possessed an IMMORTAL soul, then WHY would we be given the promise of ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come to make us IMMORTAL beings? There would be no need for the promise of ETERNAL LIFE, because we would ALREADY be IMMORTAL, if so be that the soul is indeed immortal as some falsely teach. The TRUTH of the matter is that the soul is NOT immortal as some in the main stream church teach, because the word of TRUTH in Matthew 10:28 CLEARLY teaches us that we are not to fear man that is able to kill ONLY the body, but rather we are to fear God who is able to destroy BOTH the body AND the SOUL.
Please read the study ""IS THE SOUL OF MAN IMMORTAL?" for all the verses that CONTRADICT the false teaching that that man possess an immortal soul.
The next statement where they differ from the main stream church is that Jehovah's Witnesses do NOT believe in the doctrine of eternal TORTURE in the flames of hell fire or more precisely in the lake of fire that was prepared for the angel that rebelled against God.
Again I am inclined to agree with the Jehovah's Witnesses on this point as well. Please read the studies "IS THE DOCTRINE OF HELL BIBLICAL?" and ""DOES Revelation 20"10 TEACH ETERNAL TORMENT?". I have studied this subject for myself and there is far more evidence that support total destruction of the wicked as opposed to eternal TORTURE. It is true that the Bible teaches us about an eternal fire that will never be quench. And it is true that the wicked, who when they realize that the could have had eternal life in paradise with be tormented with this thought as they are cast into these flames of fire to be be eternally destroyed. In other words, this judgment is eternal, the flames are eternal, the SMOKE arises from the pit as an eternal reminder, but nowhere do I find any CLEAR, PLAIN, and SIMPLE teaching in the Bible of eternal TORTURE, where Almighty God sadistically keeps these wicked souls alive for all eternity to be TORTURED. This goes entirely against the true nature of our loving and MERCIFUL Almighty God.
The TRUTH of the matter is that NONE of these beliefs that we have looked at thus far qualify for categorizing the Jehovah's Witnesses as a “cult”.
So then, WHY exactly does the main stream church deem the Jehovah's Witnesses as being a “cult”? Well as I said before, MAINLY because they do NOT believe in the “DOCTRINE”of the trinity and therefore are automatically considered a “CULT” or a heretical teaching based on their non conformance to man made church “DOCTRINE” of the trinity that again is NOT a SOUND BIBLICAL teaching.
But let us continue this study to see if the Jehovah”s Witnesses are in fact a “cult” by asking another question, “Do you as a Jehovah's Witnesses believe in Jesus?” Again here is their answer from their official website:
Yes. We believe in Jesus, who said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) We have faith that Jesus came to earth from heaven and gave his perfect human life as a ransom sacrifice. (Matthew 20:28) His death and resurrection make it possible for those exercising faith in him to gain everlasting life. (John 3:16) We also believe that Jesus is now ruling as King of God’s heavenly Kingdom, which will soon bring peace to the entire earth. (Revelation 11:15) However, we take Jesus at his word when he said: “The Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) So we do not worship Jesus, as we do not believe that he is Almighty God.
Now we are beginning to see some areas that I personally do not see as being entirely Biblical.
First of all let us take a look at the statement of belief of eth Jehovah's Witness that that do NOT believe in taking on TITLES where one rules over another. Here is there exact statement:
And yet the Watchtower Society "lords OVER the discreet SLAVES" in even a great way that the Roman Catholic church "lord OVER the laity". and THIS is where I myself would consider the Jehovah's Witnesses to be a CULT. It is easy to become a Jehovah's witness, but if one every wants to leave, because they can no long believe ALL that the Watchtower Society DEMANDS that they believe, then they must pay the high price of being DIS FELLOW SHIPPED or SHUNNED by ALL their family members. Please read the study ""IS SHUNNING BIBLICAL?". This is NO light matter so therefore I strongly WARN people NOT to become a Jehovah's Witness or have anything to do with the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
Secondly the verse in Revelation 11:15 that they quoted to try and support their belief that Jesus is NOW presently, as is, right NOW today ruling as King of God's heavenly kingdom is rather a PROPHECY that has not yet been fulfilled. The second coming of Jesus has NOT occurred as yet. But the Jehovah's Witnesses FALSELY teach that Jesus has indeed ALREADY come in 1914 INVISIBLY. We will get into this more further on in this study.
Thirdly they simply state that they do NOT worship Jesus, BECAUSE they do NOT believe that Jesus is THE ALMIGHTY God.
Again I agree that Jesus is NOT THE ALMIGHTY God, who the Bible clearly teaches is the FATHER.
However, I myself do praise and give honor to Jesus, because the word of TRUTH clearly teaches us that we are to honor the Son EVEN AS we honor Almighty God the Father. And this word translated as "HONOR" does mean to show reverent worship to the SON OF Almighty God even as we worship the Father. Therefore I believe that the Jehovah's Witnesses are in ERROR by NOT worshiping Jesus as Almighty God teaches us to honor his Son Jesus, whom he himself has now HIGHLY EXALTED and has given him a name above every name. When Jesus comes again ALL will bow down to his name to the glory of the Father. Almighty God himself will say let all the angles WORSHIP him.
You see, when Jesus comes again in his Father kingdom even the angels will WORSHIP him. The word of TRUTH says that EVERY knee shall bow to that name of Jesus to the glory of Almighty God the Father. So then to ME, if it pleased Almighty God the Father to HIGHLY EXALT his Son Jesus and give him a name ABOVE EVERY other name and commands us to HONOR his Son EVEN AS we honor the Father, then that is what I myself am going to do. Jesus gave his LIFE for me. Jesus is WORTHY of all our praise and thanksgiving and by praising Jesus we are NOT dishonoring Almighty God the Father, because it PLEASES God that we honor his Son Jesus even as we honor Almighty God himself.
The Jehovah's Witnesses are definitely in ERROR for NOT worshiping Jesus, but they do have it CORRECT in stating that Jesus is NOT the one true and ONLY ALMIGHTY God, who alone is the Father and they are WRONGLY persecuted by the main stream church for their stand on this particular TRUTH.
This is one of the reasons WHY I willing take the persecution that I get from my fellow brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ and stand firm in what I believe the WHOLE word of God teaches about Jesus, because there are Christians just like me that are also seeing this TRUTH that Jesus is NOT THE one true and ONLY ALMIGHTY God as the main stream church DOGMATICALLY DEMANDS and teaches. And when these dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ begin to see that they are NOT being taught the TRUTH, they then turn to groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Mormons and the Unitarian Universalism, because these groups teach that Jesus is NOT the Almighty God, whom the Bible teaches is the FATHER not realizing the OTHER teachings of these groups that are in fact NOT teaching SOUND Biblical doctrine in OTHER areas of their teachings.
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, what these innocent babes in Jesus Christ do NOT fully realize is these OTHER doctrine that these groups teach ARE in fact NOT ALL sound biblical teachings and therefore can lead them to lose their salvation. And it this that is the very purpose of this study in God's word to inform you, the reader, of ALL what the Jehovah's Witnesses teach so that you will NOT be DECEIVED by their FALSE teachings. I want you the reader and seeker of the TRUTH to be able to discern truth from error and keep ONLY that which is the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
Fourthly the Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Jesus came DOWN form heaven as a SPIRIT being called the Word. This is a study in and of itself so I will not even attempt to even try to explain why this teaching is NOT a sound Biblical teaching in this study. So please read the study "JOHN 3:13 WHEN DID JESUS DESCEND FROM HEAVEN?"
The next question that is asked on this official Jehovah's Witness website is “Do you believe that you as Jehovah's Witnesses are the ONLY true church?”
Jesus Christ didn’t agree with the view that there are many religions, many roads, all leading to salvation. Rather, he said: “Narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it.” (Matthew 7:14) Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they’ve found that road. Otherwise, they’d look for another religion."
Please notice that they skirted around this question and did NOT come right out and tell you up front that they TOTALLY believe that they are the ONE and ONLY TRUE church and if your are NOT a Jehovah's Witness then you have absolutely NO chance of salvation!
You will see this for yourself as we dig DEEPER into what the Jehovah's Witnesses actually believe and teach, but for now I want you to be AWARE that if ANY church teaches you that they ALONE have the TRUTH and that you MUST be a part of THEIR church, then you are IN a "CULT" in my own personal opinion. NO church can save you, it is the word of TRUTH that sets you free from sin and death. Search the WORD of God daily to see if what you are being taught is in fact the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
The next question is more direct and to the point, but as you will see again their answer is still yet vague and avoids a direct answer to the question.
"No. Many millions who lived in centuries past and who weren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses will have an opportunity for salvation. The Bible explains that in God’s promised new world, “there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts 24:15) Additionally, many now living may yet begin to serve God, and they too will gain salvation. In any case, it’s not our job to judge who will or won’t be saved. That assignment rests squarely in Jesus’ hands.—John 5:22, 27."
Please notice that they say in centuries PAST people were saved, but they do not openly tell you that these people who were saved in centuries past who were indeed not Jehovah's Witness, BECAUSE there were NO Jehovah's Witnesses back then Centuries ago. They neglect to tell you that the Jehovah's Witnesses did not yet exist in centuries past.
Also notice the vague statement that many may YET BEGIN to serve God, which in reality means that many yet in the future MAY realize that the Jehovah's Witnesses are the ONLY ones that have the TRUTH and then they will BEGIN to serve God by BECOMING a Jehovah's Witness and therefore be saved. Then notice that they get off the subject entirely by putting it in the hands of Jesus and saying we are not here to judge whether a person is saved or not. So again be WARNED about what the Jehovah's witnesses do NOT say up front, but only after you are baptized into their man made organization.
In TRUTH we are here to judge BY the word of TRUTH and WARN all men everywhere to REPENT of their sins and call upon the name of the Lord to be saved. Please read the study “HOW CAN I BE SAVED?” for a deeper understanding of true BIBLICAL salvation.
Again I want to point out to you my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ, if you go directly to a Jehovah's Witness website, or you listen to the Jehovah's Witnesses who come to your door you will not find one thing that stands out and screams at you that this group is a “cult”. Please do NOT misunderstand what I am saying. I am NOT saying that ALL Jehovah's Witnesses are NOT saved and they are NOT Christians, but rather that there is an EXTREMELY high price for leaving this church denomination. Where as most every other church denomination allow Christians to attend other churches and even switch churches if that is their desire with NO SHUNNING of those Christians who choose to leave and go to another church denomination.
That is MY definition of a "CULT". So ANY church denomination that teaches that THEY ALONE have the truth and you MUST be a part of THEIR church in order to be saved is a "CULT" by MY OWN personal definition.
You will not see so readily that the teaching of the Jehovah's Witnesses is NOT SOUND BIBLICAL teaching if you already see in God's word that Jesus is NOT the Almighty God, whom the Bible clearly teaches is the Father. So then, when the main stream church teaches that the Jehovah's Witnesses are a “cult”, it is simply BECAUSE they do NOT believe in the doctrine of the trinity. Some of you who already see that Jesus is not the Almighty God the Father will say, “So what, the Bible itself does NOT teach that God is a trinity”, and then think in your mind that the Jehovah's Witnesses are teaching the TRUTH, because they have it right on this POINT that Jesus is NOT Almighty God HIMSELF as the main stream churches falsely teach, and you may WONDER WHY, the main stream church, calls them a “cult”, because they teach the TRUTH about Jesus NOT being THE ALMIGHTY God who ALONE is the FATHER? And then you, as an innocent babe in Jesus Christ look into this group for yourself to see what else they believe by going to their official website and before you know it you are THINKING about becoming a Jehovah's Witness. And WHY is it that you are being DECEIVED? Simply because the main stream church would not take the time to search out the TRUTH for themselves and TEACH you the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
I do not place the blame on these “cults”, but rather the blame for the “cults”should be placed upon the main stream church for NOT teaching these babes in Jesus Christ the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
You know my dear brother and sisters in the Lord in the main stream church, just going to websites that you KNOW teaches the doctrine of the trinity is NOT searching out the TRUTH for yourself. You are just PARROTING what you have been TAUGHT by those who are merely PARROTING what they have been TAUGHT from generation to generation. So PLEASE take some good advice from HISTORY and LISTEN to those that gave their LIFE for what they believed to be the word of TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. Take time to CONSIDER the WHOLE matter. Crawl out of that TUNNEL VISION that has you BLINDED by this false man made “DOCTRINE”of the trinity and take a closer look at what the CLEAR, PLAN and SIMPLE word of God teaches.
Other wise more and more Christians will be converted to Islam, or to become Jehovah's Witnesses, or joining the Mormons or some other “cult”such as Unitarian Universalism, UNTIL the main stream church starts TEACHING God's people the WHOLE word of Almighty God. Then these babes in Jesus Christ will NOT become the prey of wolves that TRY will DECEIVE them, because they have been rooted and grounded in the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
But those who continue to cling to the false teaching of the trinity will be the WHO will be held responsible for these little ones being DECEIVED by false teaching of cults like the Jehovah's Witnesses? At the very LEAST the main stream church should REMOVE this “DOCTRINE” of the trinity from their DOGMATIC and NON NEGOTIABLE statements of ESSENTIAL beliefs and place it in the DEBATABLE section of beliefs, because NO WHERE in the Bible are we COMMANDED to believe such a “DOCTRINE”. WHY can you not see the DIVISION that this man made “DOCTRINE” has and is yet causing in the body of Jesus Christ. May Almighty God have mercy upon you in the day of judgment who teach this false “DOCTRINE” of the trinity.
Moving on in this study, let us take a look at what some FORMER Jehovah's Witnesses, who eyes of understanding have been OPENED and who have come out of Jehovah's Witnesses have to say about what the Watchtower Society teaches.
For those who have never heard of the Watchtower Society it is a group of 10 to 15 so called mature Christian men who are believed by the Jehovah's Witnesses to be the ONLY men who receive direct revelation from Almighty God. And these 10 or 15 men then write ALL the TEACHINGS of the Jehovah's Witnesses in magazines called the Awake and the Watchtower, which are used then used to TEACH the people. And ONLY the writings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society are used to teach the discreet slaves forbidding Jehovah's Witnesses to study on their OWN.
In other words, the Jehovah's Witnesses are not encouraged to be free thinkers, and read the Bible for themselves, but rather they are TOLD what to believe and they are taught that ONLY the elders of the church can interpret the Bible correctly. But yet the elders say that they do NOT receive direct REVELATION from God.
Now in truth the main stream churches do the SAME thing, but not in such an extreme way as these different “cults” do when RESTRICTING their members to read ONLY APPROVED books.
Where has the TRUST in the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit gone? WHY do so many church denominations dogmatically teach that you must read ONLY their APPROVED books, which in my own personal opinion are often more UNSOUND Biblical teachings than some of the books that have been banned to read. Let us get back to the study at hand.
Here is just a short portion of a very long personal testimony of a life long Jehovah's Witness who is at this present time still yet an active member, but definitely see the ERRORS of the DOGMATIC NON NEGOTIABLE governing body of the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Watchtower Society.
“I realize as an elder that I am speaking out against the very organization I try to faithfully represent, but I personally think that the Governing Body is wrong by teaching that only what they teach us, as printed in the Watchtower publications, should be considered to be “the truth.” They’ve made the expression of any personal opinions or group debates over their official versions of Biblical truths subject to disciplinary action – often leading to someone being dis-fellow-shipped.
That is why I feel that I must keep my own identity somewhat anonymous. I don’t feel that addressing problems within the organization should be punished as long as it is done with good intent and an honest heart, but that is the way things are at this time. Until Jehovah changes the hearts and understanding of the Governing Body through his Holy Spirit and love for his Witnesses on Earth, I don’t want my family to suffer because I want to speak out. I’m not ready for that. I’m not sure I will ever be prepared to leave the Truth.
To be a faithful Witness of Jehovah, according to the Governing Body, you must accept what they teach without question and without debate. I personally know of several excellent and otherwise faithful brothers and sisters who have left the organization or have been dis-fellow-shipped because they honestly questioned just a few details of the Watchtower’s doctrinal teachings.”
I can relate somewhat to what this person is feeling. I recently made a stand at the church I have been a member of for many years. Long story made short they started up this policy that you had to sign their statements of faith in order to teach. Well in all good conscience I could not sign their document, because to me it was NOT entirely Biblical, so I had to step down from teaching at the church. Now to me, whose teaching God's word is my life, this took the wind right out of my sail, so to speak. I lost all the joy that I had of going to church. You see, to me, if I could not teach the word of Almighty God, then why go to church. I live to teach God's word, it is what brings me joy and purpose to my life. So the only choice I have is to stay and fight for the truth or go find another church that believes like I do about the “DOCTRINE”of the trinity being a FALSE teaching. This is WHY many turn to these “cults”not realizing that they are “cults” until they have been deceived again in another area.
Now I do realize that being a Jehovah's Witness and leaving that faith that there is a higher price to pay, which is disfellowship. This means you are treated as an outcast by your own family members and even your spouse, just because you do not agree with the man made doctrines of the church. Please read the study ""IS SHUNNING BIBLICAL?"
Thank God my wife and family stand by me and agree that many of the “DOCTRINE”in the main stream church needs to be RE-WRITTEN in order to be SOUND BIBLICAL teaching. But is many of these “cults” the price is very high for leaving. The price for leaving ISLAM is DEATH, and yet their are CHRISTIANS who are being convert to ISLAM, because Muslims are using the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible itself to prove to these babes in Jesus Christ that Jesus is NOT THE ONE TRUE and ONLY ALMIGHTY God. And when these babes in Jesus Christ SEE this TRUTH, they then convert to the religion or “cult” that showed them that they have been LIED to by the main stream church. These babes in Jesus Christ TRUST these FALSE groups NOT knowing that they are false, but rather WRONGLY see them as having the TRUTH is all areas, because they EXPOSED the LIES that they had been taught in the main stream church all their lives about God being a so called trinity.
This is WHY the main stream church needs to WAKE UP and ADDRESS this issue or CONTINUE to lose these babes in Christ to these FALSE religions and “cults”.
The good thing is in all of this controversy Almighty God is MOVING on both sides to get us to put away these doctrines of men and teach only the CLEAR, PLAIN, and SIMPLE word of TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. So hang in there my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, who are struggling over this doctrine of the trinity and are looking for people of like minded faith. God is OPENING the eyes of understanding both in the main stream church and in these “cults” that have broken off from the main stream church over this ONE false teach of the doctrine of the trinity. Unity of faith is coming! Keep your FAITH in Jesus Christ!
There are some who have cast away all faith in God when they find out that they have been LIED to a SECOND time after joining one of these cults of false religions and finding out later that they too have NOT been teaching the WHOLE TRUTH.
Now the part to me that makes the Jehovah Witnesses a “CULT” is the fact of their DOGMATIC NON NEGOTIABLE governing body teaching the people that they CANNOT understand the word of Almighty God WITHOUT their teachings. In other words, the governing body EXALTS themself above all other Christians by dogmatically teaching that WITHOUT them and their TEACHING, then there can be NO salvation.
This is a LIE from the pit of Hell by the Watchtower Society so to my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, who are yet Jehovah's Witnesses, DO NOT BE DECEIVED any longer. COME OUT from under this governing body that has deceived you into believing that they ALONE are the ONLY TRUE church. I know that the price is high, but Go dis the God of ALL COMFORT and HE will give you complete and perfect PEACE as you seek HIM over any church ORGANIZATION.
The following is a quote taken from a former Jehovah's Witness:
you study with the Jehovah's Witness, you agree to attend five
meetings a week where you are taught from Watchtower literature. You
cannot be baptized until you have studied their material for at least
six months and have answered numerous questions before a panel of
elders. Men are not supposed have long hair or wear beards and women
are to dress in modest apparel. They refuse to vote, salute the flag,
sing the "Star Spangled Banner, celebrate birthdays or
Christmas, won't take blood transfusions, and they can't join the
armed forces. A schedule of door-to-door canvassing is REQUIRED where
you distribute the Watchtower literature, acquire donations, and
forward all monies to the headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.
Again I know the price is high, but do not fear what MAN can do to you, but rather fear Almighty God and his judgment if you do not obey what his Holy Spirit is teaching you and leading you to do.
Keep reading and you will clearly see WHY the teachings of the Watchtower and Bible Tract Society are NOT SOUND BIBLICAL teachings when exposed to the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
The Watchtower teaches that Jesus was a spirit being that existed in heaven BEFORE he came to the earth to become a man. The Watchtower also teaches that Jesus was the archangel name Michael before he became a man. Please read the studies ""DID JESUS PREEXIST AS THE SON OF GOD?" and ""IS JESUS MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL?" but for now here are a few reasons why the Bible itself does NOT teach the Jesus preexisted as the SON OF God.
The CLEAR, PLAIN and SIMPLE word of TRUTH teaches that in the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was WITH God, and the WORD was God.
It is MAN that INTERPRETS this verse in John 1:1 to mean that in the beginning was JESUS, and JESUS was WITH God and JESUS was God, but in TRUTH the WORD was MADE or BECAME flesh in John 1:14. And in Philippians chapter 2 we are clearly taught the whatever form Jesus had before with God was laid aside and put off in order to BECOME in the likeness of a MAN, a HUMAN BEING. For a deeper understanding of this subject of the WORD becoming a MAN please read the study “WHO IS JESUS?” along with all the related studies that I have listed within that study.
But for now let us take a look at WHY Jesus was NOT Michael the archangel or any other angel before the WORD that was with God was one day made to become flesh and was given the name Jesus, which means the salvation of YEHWEH, that is transliterated to the name Jehovah or more precisely as Yehovah in English.
The word of TRUTH teaches us that all of MANKIND, which INCLUDES Jesus, was made a little LOWER than the angels. Please read Psalm 8 in order to see that it is Almighty God the Father that brought forth his Son Jesus into existence in the form of a man who was made at first to be a little LOWER than the ANGELS, but then Almighty God would EXALT him ABOVE the ANGELS for hos obedience to do all his will.
“O LORD our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth! Who has set your glory above the heavens.
5. For You have made him (speaking specifically of pointing to Jesus, but in truth the him here is teaching us that ALL of mankind are created) a little LOWER than the angels, and (You Almighty God) have crowned him with glory and honor.
Then we see in the Bible that if man OVERCOMES just as Jesus himself OVERCAME the enemy of Almighty God that old serpent called the Devil and Satan, then we will be granted to sit on the Almighty God's throne with Jesus and be given the authority to JUDGE the angels in the world to come.
Please read Revelation 3:21,22
Then we read in 1 Corinthians 6:2,3 that we shall be given authority to not only judge the world but also we shall JUDGE the ANGELS that rebelled against Almighty God the Father.
Just as Jesus was HIGHLY EXALTED because he OVERCAME the enemy by become OBEDIENT unto death on the cross so shall we who also OVERCOME be granted o sit and REIGN WITH Jesus during his 1000 year reign. So then, how can MAN be ANGELS before mankind was created? This make NO SENSE whatsoever. We are plainly taught in Genesis that Almighty God formed the body of man out of the dust of the ground and then BREATHED his LIFE into this body of dirt and it BECAME a LIVING SOUL. There is NO mention of mankind being ANGELS before their creation. The Bible even tells us that ANGELS were CREATED perfect in all their ways before they made the choice to rebel against him. Please read the study “IS LUCIFER SATAN?” for a deeper understanding on this subject, but for now let us continue to examine the teachings of the Watchtower to see if they are SOUND BIBLICAL teachings in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
Here is a list of twenty things that the Jehovah's Witnesses teach that gives that references in the writing of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. I will emphasize in bold letters, underlining and highlighting the teachings that are NOT SOUND Biblical teachings. And again this is NOT to say that ALL of the teachings that are not emphasized are ENTIRELY sound Biblical teachings:
Let us take these statements of faith of the Jehovah's Witnesses and view them in the light of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
#1. There is one God in one person, Make Sure of All Things, p 188.
The word of TRUTH clearly teaches that there is only ONE ALMIGHTY God who ALONE is the FATHER, so I have to agree with this statement that there is ONE God, in that this means there only one ALMIGHTY God and this ONE TRUE and ONLY ALMIGHTY God is ONE person or ONE being. The Bible clearly teaches us that Almighty God is a SPIRIT, therefore Almighty God the Father who is SPIRIT and his Holy Spirit are ONE and the SAME BEING.
And yes Jesus IS GOD, but clearly from the whole word of TRUTH Jesus is NOT the one true and ONLY ALMIGHTY God who alone is the FATHER. Jesus is NOT the Father. Please read the study “WHO IS JESUS”for all the scripture left IN their CONTEXT to prove that the “DOCTRINE”of the trinity is a FALSE teaching of man.
# 2. There is no Trinity, Let God be True, p. 100-101; Make Sure of All Things, p.386.
I have already cover this point under statement #1, in which I agree that the “DOCTRINE”of the trinity is FALSE. However I do believe in THREE distinct WORKINGS of Almighty God and they are Almighty God himself, his Word, and his OWN Holy Spirit. You see Jesus as the SON of Almighty God was NOT with God in the beginning is human form of in any other form except as the WORD of Almighty God. Again please read the in-depth studies is God word on this subject that I list I the study “WHO IS JESUS”.
The Holy Spirit is
a force, not alive, Reasoning
from the Scriptures,
The Jehovah's Witnesses are definitely in ERROR on this point, because the word of TRUTH clearly teaches us that we can OFFEND and GRIEVE the Holy Spirit and an IMPERSONAL FORCE cannot be grieved!
Please read Ephesians 4:30.
Also we are WARNED in Mark 3:29 NOT to BLASPHEME the Holy Spirit. We can say whatever about Jesus, the Son of Almighty God and be FORGIVEN of our sin, but if we BLASPHEME the Holy Spirit that sin will NOT be FORGIVEN in this life or in the world to come.
Plain and simple you cannot BLASPHEME an IMPERSONAL FORCE, but rather only a PERSONAL Almighty God who ALONE is the FATHER and who is a SPIRIT and sends forth his OWN Holy Spirit can be BLASPHEMED against.
And the Jehovah's Witnesses come very close in my opinion to BLASHEMING Almighty God by calling his Holy Spirit and IMPERSONAL FORCE.
Holy Spirit is God's impersonal active force, The
June 1, 1952,
Same as # 3 above.
first creation was his 'only-begotten Son'. . . was used by Jehovah
This particular statement I find to be the TRUTH. Jesus as the SON of Almighty God was BROUGHT FORTH into being on a certain DAY in time. In other words, BEFORE this DAY that Jesus was BEGOTTEN Jesus did not EXIST as a physical human being, but rather Jesus existed only in the mind and PLAN of Almighty God before the DAY the Jesus was ACTUALLY brought forth into EXISTENCE. Please read the study “DID JESUS HAVE A BEGINNING” for all the scriptures to prove that Jesus as the SON of Almighty God did in fact have a beginning.
was Michael the archangel who became a man, The
I already cover this point in the study above. Jesus was NOT an ANGEL before he became Jesus. And Jesus is NOT going to BECOME an angel in the world to come. Jesus will ALWAYS be Jesus, the Son of Almighty God, whom his Father has HIGHLY EXALTED because of his Son's complete OBEDIENCE to do ALL his Father's will.
was only a perfect man, not God in flesh, Reasoning
from the Scriptures,
Now on this point the Jehovah's Witnesses could not be more WRONG. Yes, Jesus was fully a man tempted in every point just like we are tempted. And YES, Jesus lived a perfect SINLESS life as an EXAMPLE for us to FOLLOW.
But Jesus was NOT just a MERE ORDINARY man like every other human being. Jesus had a UNIQUE birth like no other human being has every had or will ever have. This is why Jesus is called the FIRST and the LAST. Before Jesus Almighty God had never before brought forth such a Son and we are assure that never again will God ever need to bring forth ANOTHER savior for mankind.
Jesus is the FIRST and the LAST of his kind. Jesus is the ONLY savior that Almighty God the Father HIMSELF has CHOSEN to be the MEANS BY WHICH he desires to save mankind.
God spoke forth his WORD and his WORD was made or BECAME a human being like no other human being ever before or shall ever be hereafter. Jesus was BORN of a VIRGIN, which means that Jesus did NOT have an EARTHLY father. Yes Jesus was a MAN but Jesus was not ONLY as every other man. Jesus was APPOINTED by Almighty God to be HIS LAMB, the MEANS by which Almighty God would RECONCILE mankind back to HIMSELF.
Had the principalities and powers and the rulers of darkness KNOWN this they would NOT have CRICIFIED the Lord of GLORY. Almighty God manifested of CLEARLY REVEALED HIMSELF through his Son Jesus whom he BROUGHT FORTH into existence on the earth, a created being that had never existed before THIS DAY that Almighty God had BEGOTTEN his Son Jesus, the salvation of Almighty God the Father. Pleas read the study ""WHAT DOES JESUS IS GOD INCARNATE MEAN?"
#8. Jesus did not rise from the dead in his physical body, Awake! July 22, 1973, p. 4.
Again the Jehovah's Witnesses are in ERROR on this point as well. The word of TRUTH clearly and plainly teaches us that Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day with a FLESH and BONE body that a SPIRIT does NOT possess.
“And as they thus spoke, Jesus HIMSELF stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, Peace be unto you.
he took it, and did EAT before them.”
#9. Jesus was raised "not a human creature, but a spirit." Let God be True, p. 276.
Same as #8 above.
#10. Jesus was born again, The Watchtower, Nov. 15, 1954, p. 682.
Now I do not know what the Watchtower means or infers by Jesus being born again. Certainly the Bible teaches us that Jesus was ANOINTED with the Holy Spirit of Almighty God the Father when Jesus was baptized in water by John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit descended from heaven upon Jesus and remained.
So in essence from that point on in Jesus' life he lived to do the entire WILL of his God and Father. The word of TRUTH teaches us that Jesus overcame sin THROUGH the eternal Holy Spirit of Almighty God. The mighty works that Jesus did he did through the ANOINTING or the INDWELLING of the Holy Spirit and NOT through his own strength as a man or even as the Son of God, and most assuredly NOT as being Almighty God in the FLESH and many falsely teach.
Now we know that Jesus was BORN of a woman, and we also know that Jesus is called the FIRST BORN among many brethren, which is speaking of his RESURRECTION. So yes, Jesus was BORN AGAIN at his resurrection. But I do not find that Jesus needed to be BORN AGAIN in the way that the Bible teaches that we as SINNERS must be born again and become NEW creatures in Jesus Christ in order to be brought BACK into right relationship with Almighty God. You see, Jesus was NEVER OUT of right relationship with his God and Father, Almighty God.
Jesus did not die
on a cross but on a stake, Reasoning
from the Scriptures,
I personally do not see the point on why it matters whether Jesus died on a wooden STAKE or Jesus died on the conventionally and widely accepted CROSS.
So long as we are all in agreement that Jesus was CRUCIFIED and HANGED upon a TREE, as in, a stake or a cross made of WOOD.
I have never really searched out all the evidence on this particular point, but what evidence I have seen to ME points to a CROSS. But again really what does it truly matter except to cause DIVISION. Show me WHY Jehovah Witness it is so vitally important to your salvation that Jesus was crucified on a STAKE as opposed to a CROSS. Help me to understand WHY? Other wise this is a meaningless argument.
Jesus began his
invisible rule over the earth in 1914, The
Truth Shall Make You Free,
Again the Watchtower has made many ERRORS in their prophecies of the second coming of Jesus, which should PROVE to any one who is seeking the TRUTH that these men in the governing body of the Jehovah's Witnesses are FALSE prophets.
Jesus has NOT returned as yet, because there are still WARS being fought. The Bible teaches us that the weapons of war will be beat into plow shares and men will NOT learn war during the 1000 year reign of Jesus in his Father's kingdom. Please read the studies that I have related to “PROPHECY---The END of DAYS”
#13. Jesus' ransom sacrifice did not include Adam, Let God be True, p. 119.
The Watchtower teaches that Adam's sin was a WILLFUL sin and therefore can NOT be forgiven.
To him that KNOWS to do RIGHT and does it NOT to HIM it is SIN. Well this INCLUDES every one of us. We ALL have sinned WILLFULLY at one time or another in or life. So then by Watchtowers INTERPRETATION of the Bible NO man can be FORGIVEN of their sins.
The Watchtower also falsely REASON that no MURDER will be FORGIVEN of their sin of murder.
We know that Jesus FORGAVE men of their SINS. And the ones who CRUCIFIED or MURDERED Jesus were FROGIVEN by Jesus himself who said, Father forgiven them for they know not what they do. They knew very well that they were MURDERING Jesus, but what they did not know was that Jesus was the MESSIAH, the CHRIST, the LAMB of Almighty God to take away the SINS of the world, which INCLUDES MURDER.
Their church is the
self-proclaimed prophet of God, The
The key wording here is SELF-proclaimed! Need I say more?
Those EXALT THEMSELVES shall be abased or brought down low. And as far as being a “prophet” the Watchtower has only proven to be a FALSE prophet.
They claim to be
the only channel of God's truth, The
Again this is the number 1 MARK of a CULT. Anyone who proclaims that they ALONE have the TRUTH and if you do not follow them, then you cannot obtain eternal life, then GET OUT from among them as quickly as you can for they are FALSE teachers.
The book of Revelation speaks of SEVEN different churches and yet we are all of ONE body of Christ. There are many multiple different denominations, but we are all still brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. But when any church EXALTS itself above all others making the CLAIM that they ALONE are the ONE TRUE church and apart from them there is NO salvation, then I would say it is time to move on.
Now please do not misunderstand what I am saying. CHRISTIANITY is a NON INCLUSIVE faith and we as Christians do NOT accept the many roads that lead to heaven all inclusive belief. The word of TRUTH is very clear that the is NO OTHER name given among men whereby we MUST be saved and clearly that name is Jesus or Yeshua. But there are many parts of this one body of Jesus Christ called the CHURCH.
In other words, the one true church is NOT a building of a particular denomination, but rather a PEOPLE who follow their ONE Lord Jesus Christ.
#16. Only their church members will be saved, The Watchtower, Feb, 15, 1979, p. 30.
Again NO denomination or church organization can SAVE you. Please read the study “HOW CAN I BE SAVED?”.
Good works are
necessary for salvation, Studies
in the Scriptures,
Now if you men by SALVATION to obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. Then ABSOLUTELY good works ARE necessary to obtain ETERNAL LIFE. But is you mean by SALVATION to be FORGIVEN of all your past sins and be brought back into right relationship with Almighty God, the NO, absolutely NOT, because we are saved by GRACE, THROUGH FAITH and NOT of ourselves lest any man should BOAST.
But if you notice in the very next verse we are saved to DO GOOD WORKS of righteousness. And if we rebel against God and walk in DISOBEDIENCE to his commandments, then we will NOT inherit ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. This is made VERY CLEAR throughout the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
You very eternal life can be at stake of this statement of faith so you had better search this TRUTH out thoroughly for YOURSELF. WHY would you trust any man with a matter so great as ETERNAL LIFE? Please read all the studies that I have written exposing the FALSE teachings of once saved always saved.
#18. The soul ceases to exist after death, Let God be True, p. 59, 60, 67.
This is one thing I do not like about statements of faith, they are too short and do not make it clear what the writer mean. As it stands, NO, the soul does NOT cease IMMEDIATELY after death. We read in Revelation chapter 6 about the SOULS being under the alter in heaven AWAITING their change.
The souls of the wicked are awaiting the day of judgment. Now AFTER the day of judgment I would agree that the WICKED souls cease to exist, but certainly the righteous souls will partake of ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.
#19. There is no hell of fire where the wicked are punished, Let God be True, p. 79, 80.
Well the WAY it is stated, there certainly IS a literal fire where the wicked will be PUNISHED.
However, the “DOCTRINE”of ETERNAL TORTURE in these flames of fire I personally do NOT believe is SOUND BIBLICAL teaching. The punishment is eternal, in that, once the wicked are destroyed there in never a chance of God changing his mind and resurrection them again. The second death is the final END for the wicked.
Jehovah's Witness go to heaven, Reasoning
from the Scriptures,
The Watchtower is in ERROR on three points in this statement of faith.
First of all the 144,000 is speaking of the sealed of ISRAEL and has nothing to do with the church.
Secondly they are in ERROR by SELF proclaiming that ONLY Jehovah's Witnesses are saved.
Thirdly the Bible teaches that we shall live and reign ON the EARTH and NOT up in heaven.
Only the 144,000
Jehovah's Witness are born again. Reasoning
Same as #20 above.
#22. Only the 144,000 may take communion.
Again any time a group EXALTS certain ones OVER others, then I would be cautious of what that group teaches.
Clearly the Lord Jesus instructs us ALL to take communion when ever we gather together for in doing so we do remember our Lord's death and the price he paid for us. Paul was teaching that because many do NOT right DIECERN the Lord's body and blood that many are SICK and die prematurely. There is NO sickness nor death for the believer who reigns with Jesus. Communion is for us NOW to partake of and be HEALED of all our sickness and diseases. For a deeper understand of healing in the atonement please read “IT IS ALWAYS GOD'S WILL TO HEAL YOU!”
#23. Blood transfusions are a sin Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, pp. 72-73.
And now blood transfusions are permissible and NOT considered a sin.
This is true, the cross is in fact a pagan symbol and has been used by pagans to crucify criminals for many years before Almighty God HIMSELF worked in the affairs of men to have his own Son CRUCIFIED on a CROSS.
So then, since Almighty God HIMSELF both prophesied and caused this CRUCIFICTION to come to pass, then who are WE to argue over whether or not the CROSS is a pagan symbol or not.
Church use the symbol of the CROSS as a reminder of the WHAT kind of DEATH our Lord ENDURED for us. The EMPTY cross reminds us that Jesus did NOT remain dead, but rather rose VICTORIOUS over death on the third day, which assure us that we who are faithful will ALSO be raised from the dead if we should die before Jesus returns.
I really do NOT see WHY Jehovah's Witnesses are so offended by the CROSS. They avoid the preaching of the CROSS, which is the very POWER of the gospel of our salvation.
This is just another of the many reason why you should come out of the Jehovah's Witnesses and get into the word of TRUTH for YOURSELF to know whether or not you are being taught the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
Salvation is by
faith and what you do, Studies
in the Scriptures,
Vol. 1, p.
I absolutely agree. FIRST we are saved by GRACE THROUGH FAITH and NOT of our WORKS lest any man should boast, and then we show or prove our faith by our WORKS.
Jesus WARNED us many times in the book of Revelation that he SEES our WORKS and warns us as Christians to REPENT or else have our names BLOTTED OUT of the book of life.
The main stream church has gone way too far to one side on what it takes to be saved AND obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. Please I implore you to read the studies that I have listed under “HOW CAN I BE SAVED” for you very ETRNAL LIFE is hanging in the balance of what you believe and DO in order to be saved.
It is possible to
lose your salvation, Reasoning
from the Scriptures,
Most assuredly it is possible for anyone of us to be deceived by the deceitfulness of sin and fall back into sin, and if we were to die in that state of sin or Jesus was to return will one in living in sin then they will most assuredly LOSE their reward of eternal life.
Again I implore you to read the studies that I have written on this subject of salvation.
#27. The universe is billions of years old, Your will Be Done on Earth, p. 43.
I would have to agree that the earth itself is far older than mankind. But I do not see how any church can be DOGMATIC on this subject. Certainly there is some evidence for different ages of the earth both in the Bible and in archeology. And the evidence points to an earth being far older than just 6000 years.
Each of the 6
creative days of God in Genesis 1, was 7000 years long.
This is just man's INTERPRETAION and given the record of the men who govern the Jehovah's Witnesses, I would be very cautious to believe anything that they teach.
They also refuse
to vote, salute the flag, sing the "Star Spangled Banner,"
These man made rules that really and truly have no sound foundation in scripture have cause many to stumble under the heavy burden of man made WORKS.
Mandatory church attendance. Mandatory witnessing and keep very accurate records are all man made rules that are oppressive and needless for godliness.
Not celebrating holidays and birthdays has NOTHING whatsoever to the KEEPING of holy days and the sabbath days that we have been set free from observing.
History has shown that children who grow up being alienated from normal every day living of other children causes rebellion in that child when they get older. These needless man made rules only drive people away from God and never toward God.
Satan was entrusted
with the obligation and charged with the duty of
I myself hold to the THEORY or SPECULATION that Lucifer BEFORE his fall ruled over the earth and a DIFFERENT creation other than mankind. This is why archeology finds these bones that resemble man, but are yet different. There is NO missing link, because the previous creation that Lucifer reigned over was DESTROYED when Lucifer rebelled against God and tried to take over God's throne.
God would have destroyed Satan right then and their, but Lucifer FALSELY ACCUSED God of CREATINING him evil. This is WHY God created mankind a little LOWER that the ANGELS in order to PROVE to all his creation that he created them PERFECT.
For a deep understanding on this subject please read the study “UNDERSTANDING WHY?”
So in conclusion after weighing all the evidence the faith of the Jehovah's Witnesses is definitely NOT SOUND BIBLICAL Christianity. Again this is not saying that the individual person who follows that teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society are not saved. I am not hear to judge any man, but rather the purpose of the studies that I right are to guide those who are seeking the TRUTH to search the word of Almighty God daily for THEMSELVES to see if what you are being taught is the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
I have weighed the evidence for MYSELF and I am just presenting to you what I have found. Ultimately YOU, the reader, must decide for YOURSELF by closely considering the WHOLE word of God. Thanks for reading. Please be sure to view the VIDEO TEACHINGS on JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES verses BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY!”
May God bless you richly as you continue to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,