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Salvation

The aforementioned salvation by works is in clear contrast to Ephesians 2:8-9, “8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Watch Tower teachings do describe salvation as a free gift through Christ’s ransom sacrifice, but that it is unattainable without good works. They believe that only those who follow the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses will receive eternal life or immortality. One catch to that is they state you might get a second chance. According to their teachings, people will be resurrected during the Millennium Kingdom and have another chance to accept salvation as they see it. The Bible clearly teaches that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Heaven

So, who is going to be in heaven? Well, a lucky 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses will go there according to the Watch Tower Society. This comes from one of their many misinterpretations of the Book of Revelation. The 144,000 actually refers to a group of chosen Jews that will proclaim Christ as the Messiah during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:4). Jehovah’s Witnesses believe this small number, called the “little flock”, to be special anointed individuals that will receive immortality once they die.

Those who follow the teachings of the Watch Tower Society (but are not one of the 144,000) will be able to live on earth in a resurrected body that still has to eat, sleep, etc. This group is referred to as the “other sheep.” They receive eternal life as a physical body on earth, and the 144,000 receive immortality as a spirit body in heaven. The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that the soul is separate from the body. Upon death, the “little flock” goes to heaven, while the “other sheep” lie in the grave waiting upon the resurrection at the Day of Judgment.

Hell

Jesus taught more about hell than heaven during His ministry. Despite this fact, the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in a place of eternal punishment. They teach that those who reject the teachings of their organization are simply annihilated (aka: destroyed). Matthew 25:41, 46 teaches something in stark contrast to that. “41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” In other words, there is everlasting fire and everlasting punishment awaiting the wicked, not annihilation.

The rejection of Jesus Christ is serious business, and hell is real. Sadly, there are many who will not accept Him. The Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to have been given more light but are desperately stumbling through the darkness. If you hear that knock at your door, be prepared to show them the love of Christ. Let them know about the Truth that never fails.

“3 Grace [be] to you and peace from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 5 To whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen. 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:3-9)

From: Volume 2 - Issue 1


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