Jehovah’s Witnesses: Important Background, Facts, and Conflicts with Christianity

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Important Background, Facts, and Conflicts with Christianity 

51ys1hNo0FL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses or Watchtower Society was Charles T. Russell. He was raised in a Protestant Church in Pennsylvania. He did not like the teaching of hell and eternal judgment or the teaching of the Trinity. The Trinity was not “rational” and he could not understand it. Early in his ministry he calculated when Jesus Christ was going to return visibly to this earth. He originally prophesied 1874. When Christ did not show up he changed the year to 1914 and when it didn’t happen again he redefined the return as an invisible spirit or ghost, which helped him set up his organization. Russell died in 1916 being a false prophet! Joseph Franklin Rutherford followed Russell in leadership of the society and prophesied that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would return between1925-1929; he also turned out to be a false prophet.

Five Important Facts

  1. They have accepted the Organization as the prophet of God.
  2. They have accepted the Organization as God’s sole channel for truth.
  3. They believe that to reject the Organization is to reject God.
  4. They believe that only the Organization can interpret the Bible; as individuals they are unable to do so.
  5. They believe that the Watchtower magazine contains God’s truth, directed by Him, through the Organization.

Conflict with Christianity

The Organization and the Watchtower magazine teach these things:

  1. Jesus is a created being – a creature.
  2. Jesus is actually Michael the Archangel.
  3. Jesus was not resurrected bodily, but as a spirit being.
  4. Jesus returned invisibly in 1914 (secretly to the Organization).
  5. Jesus was only a man when on earth, not “the Word become flesh.”
  6. The Holy Spirit is only an active force, not a Person of God.
  7. Hell is simply the grave.
  8. Heaven’s doors are open to only 144,000 people.
  9. The majority of Witnesses must remain on earth.
  10. Salvation is found only through the Organization.
  11. Salvation can be maintained only by energetic works for the Organization until the end, when one may then merit eternal life on a paradise earth.
  12. Satan is the author of the doctrine of the trinity.
  13. Jesus cannot be given worship, but only honor as Jehovah’s first creation.

Denial of the Essentials

The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe or teach some of the very basic tenants of Christian doctrine. They deny:

  1. TRINITY (Mt 28:19; 2Co 13:14)
  2. DEITY OF CHRIST (Jn 10:30; 14:9-10; Mic 5:2; Jn 5:23; Col 2:9; Php 2:5-8)
  3. BODILY RESURRECTION OF CHRIST (Mt 28:6; Lk 24:38-39; Ac 2:30-31; Ro 4:25; 8:34; Heb 7:25; 9:24; 1Jn 2:1)
  4. VISIBLE RETURN OF CHRIST (1Th 4:16; Titus 2:13; Mt 25:31; Lk 1:32-33; Ac 1:10-11; 2:29-30)
  5. PERSON OF GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT (1Co 2:10-13; Eph 4:30; 1Co 12:11; Heb 9:14; Ps 139:7-10; Is 40:13-14; Ro 15:13; Jn 16:13; Mt 28:19; Ac 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1Co 12:4-6; 2Co 13:14; Jer 31:31-34 with Heb 10:15-17)
  6. PROMISE OF HEAVEN TO ALL BELIEVERS (1Ti 4:8; 1Ti 6:19; 2Ti 1:1; Jas 1:12; Jas 2:5)
  7. NECESSITY OF NEW BIRTH FOR ALL BELIEVERS (Jn 3:3; 2Co 5:17; 1Jn 1:9)
  8. LORD’S SUPPER FOR ALL BELIEVERS (NOT ONLY 144,000). (Ac 2:38-42; 1Co 11:23-32)
  9. ETERNAL SECURITY FOR BELIEVER (Jn 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Ro 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1Co 1:4-9; Eph 4:30; Heb 7:25; 13:5; 1Pe 1:4-5; Jude 24)
  10. CONSCIOUS ETERNAL PUNISHMENT FOR THE LOST (HELL) (Jn 5:28-29; Mt 25:41; Rev 20:11-15)

The Truth from the Bible

  1. God exists in a Trinity of three eternal and co-equal person.
  • Father (Romans 1:7)
  • Son (John 20:28)
  • Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4)
  1. Jesus is not less than God in human flesh (Colossians 2:9).
  2. God, the Holy Spirit, is the third member of the Holy Trinity (Matthew 28:19; Acts 13:2).
  3. Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave (John 2:20-21; Luke 24:39).
  4. Jesus is visibly coming again to set up His kingdom on earth (Matthew 24:30; Acts 1:8; Revelation 1:7).
  5. Salvation is in the Person of Jesus Christ and comes through faith in Him (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9).
  6. It is the work of God for man, not a work of man for God (Titus 3:4-6).
  7. Jesus was and should be worshipped (John 20:26-28; Matthew 2:10-12; Matthew 14:33).

Reference:

Carlson, Ron; Decker, Ed. Fast Facts on False Teaching. Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 1994. Print.

J.D.N

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