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Exposed: Jehovah's Witnesses

By: David Lyda (From: Volume 2 - Issue 1)

It is very likely that you’ve had them knock at your door. The faithful Jehovah’s Witnesses are persistent evangelizers of their faith, and why shouldn’t they be? Public preaching is a required part of the works needed to obtain salvation. They do teach that Jesus made a ransom sacrifice for mankind, but who is Jesus to them? What do they believe?

Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, but a quick review of their beliefs shows that they are not followers of Christ. This organization that grew out of a Bible study group from the late 1800s soon became the Watch Tower Society (aka: Jehovah’s Witnesses). Their founder, Charles Taze Russell, denied essential truths of the Bible. He supported his claims with extra-biblical writings. Jehovah’s Witnesses also prefer their version of the Bible called the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, which is a perverted translation used to back up their erroneous views. The Watch Tower Society literature further interprets the organization’s beliefs.

Followers are discouraged from studying any other religious documents outside of the society, and they are told to completely trust the Watch Tower Society’s leadership. Interestingly enough, the Governing Body does not claim their interpretations of the Bible to be inspired or inerrant. This serves them well since there have been numerous failed prophecies from their leaders, including dates for the end of the world. The organization tries to cover this by stating that they continue to receive “brighter light” or fuller truths. We must realize that as Christians we know the unchanging Truth, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses desperately need it.

The Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity is an essential part of the Christian faith. God is one in three persons. It can be something that is hard to understand, but our lack of understanding doesn’t make it false. Billy Graham once said, “God the Father is fully God. God the Son is fully God. God the Holy Spirit is fully God. The Bible presents this as fact. It does not explain it.” Jehovah’s Witnesses state that the belief in the Trinity is a satanic doctrine, yet the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are mentioned more than 60 times together in the New Testament. It is confirmed with the presence of all three Persons of the Trinity in Matthew 3:16-17 “16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus even calls for us to baptize “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).

God the Father

Jehovah is the organization’s preferred translation of “Lord” that is used in the New World Translation. Their lack of Biblical scholarship is very obvious when studying the oldest Greek manuscripts of the New Testament though, as the Greek word “Kurios” is actually translated “Lord” instead of “Jehovah.” This seems to be a minor mistranslation of the Bible, but it is an example of how the Jehovah’s Witnesses distort the text. They believe that God the Father is Jehovah, and that no other deserves the title. That includes Jesus, who they believe is the first of God’s creations.

Jesus Christ

The Watch Tower Society’s teachings about Jesus clearly veer off course when it comes to Christianity. They believe that Jesus was originally Michael the Archangel, and that He took on human form. As Michael, Jesus is considered the first creation of the Father and was used to create everything else. They deny Jesus’ deity, stating that He was not God in flesh but only a perfect man. The Bible is explicit about the fact that Jesus is God incarnate. Jesus himself stated that “I and [my] Father are one”, and the Jews knew what He meant by that. They took up stones to kill Him for proclaiming to be God (John 10:24-39).

Jehovah’s Witnesses also state Christ was only resurrected in a spiritual, not physical body. On the contrary, Luke 24:39-43 shows that He had a physical body with “flesh and bones” that the disciples were able to touch and see. He also ate “a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb”, which a spiritual body wouldn’t need.

We eagerly wait on Christ’s second coming, but the organization believes that He has already returned invisibly in 1914 and subsequently became King of Heaven. Matthew 24:30 describes a very visible second coming that will be witnessed by “all the tribes of the earth… and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs about Jesus clearly make them not a Christian organization.

The Holy Ghost

A further denial of the Trinity is found in the Watch Tower literature concerning the Holy Spirit. Jesus taught in John 14:26 that “the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the Holy Ghost to only be an impersonal force of God the Father. They deny the person of the Holy Ghost, but an impersonal force surely couldn’t teach us, comfort us, or speak to us. Peter even referred to the third person of the Trinity as God in Acts 5:3-4. He remarked, “why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land?... thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”

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