Jehovah’s Witness -- True or False!
Good day to you loved one’s of our Lord Jesus Christ. I trust that you are all well, as we are coming to the final stages of the winter season, and with spring just around the corner we look forward to some warmer weather. Without a doubt we have seen heavy down-pours of rain. Our dams are full and for that we are truly grateful to the Father. But sadly many homes have been destroyed because of the storms that have caused the damage. But as we have experienced these disasters not only here in South Africa but in most parts of the world, one cannot but come to the conclusion that the Coming of Jesus Chris is at hand as promised by the Lord in Matthew 24. Just having concluded a six-part series on end times events; I have felt a strong need to address something that has made me realise how important it is to expose false doctrine. I have in other messages addressed false doctrine and also apostasy, but I am going to be writing and trying to explain from the research material that is available concerning the false doctrine and teachings of the Jehovah’s Witness Movement or Watchtower Society as they are also known.
My own experience concerning the JW is that from a young teenager growing up during the 60’s and 70’s. I can remember seeing people walking on the streets of our cities or towns mostly in pairs, knocking on people’s doors on a Saturday morning and selling a little booklet. And being of an inquisitive nature as to whom these people were and why they go around from door to door trying to get inside people’s houses, I made a point of finding out. Speaking to my parents I did not get satisfactory answers. But growing up into adulthood I got a clearer picture from church-elders who told me more. So through the years I had a slight knowledge of them. But not fully understanding whether their teachings were true or false because of the lack of God’s Word in my heart, I tended to have a certain respect for them because they were after all doing the scriptural thing of being witnesses to the gospel. I can remember one day visiting with my mom, and two ladies knocking on the front door. And my mother being the person that she is and knowing who and what these ladies were knocking for, invited them in. I kind of sat in the kitchen but could clearly hear
the conversation. Eventually I distinctly heard the one lady quote John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. Only she quoted the last portion of that scripture, “and the Word was a god”. As I mentioned I had little knowledge of God’s Word at that time but this particular verse I did know. And immediately I knew that this lady quoted the verse wrong. I did not at that time try to correct the lady out of respect for my mother although I knew that my mother would not be easily misled by this. After the two ladies had left I spoke to my mom about this and she said that at the time she herself was not sure of this particular verse, therefore she did not get into a scriptural discussion as to this false misquote of the Lord’s Word. My mom has gone onto to her heavenly reward, and I have increased my knowledge of the Word of God and still learning. I am now in my mid-fifties and have a pretty good understanding of the false doctrine and teachings of the Jehovah’s Witness cult, for that is what it is.
So here we are going to explain what maybe many Christians possibly know or do not know, and then also to the many misled followers of this false-church and there leaders.
Jehovah’s Witnesses, as almost everyone knows, are very persistent and aggressive in door to door so-called ministering if one can call it that. They do this to gain entrance into one’s home so that they can sell their little booklets to you concerning their false teachings which in turn helps them to sort of buy points for them to an eternal life here on earth that will according to them come some day. The founder leader of the JW was started by Charles Taze Russel. Russel founded the movement out of frustration for his own Presbyterian upbringing. Rejecting his Presbyterian roots he joined a more liberal Congregational Church and left them also after awhile. Russel denied the deity of Christ and the scriptural teachings of hell and eternal lost-ness and punishment. Russel had no formal Bible training, but borrowed his teachings from various Adventist influences. He was very interested in end time prophecies. He borrowed the belief from an Adventist splinter group under leadership of a NH Barbour, that Jesus Christ had returned invisibly to the world in 1874, and that the world of his day would be destroyed in the year 1914, where-after the millennium would begin. One wonders how he explained the fact that he denied the deity of Christ but that the Millennium will begin after the destruction of the world. For those of you, who know God’s Word, will agree it does not make sense other than he taught false doctrine even so far back. Russel started his own magazine, Zion’s Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s Presence. Today it is known as The Watchtower, wherein is promoted Russel’s false doctrines. As people tend to get caught up in all this sensationalism of end time predictions, his organization grew. Notwithstanding his lack of formal training in theology and biblical languages, Russel grew arrogant to the point of claiming that he alone had the truth and he very willingly without regret condemned all other Christian religions as false. But as a result of his false accusations various ministers who knew the scriptures began exposing Russel’s false teachings and very questionable intentions. Russel continued his false teachings of a non-existing hell and the total destruction of the unsaved [according to him not JW-followers]. This is a doctrine he picked up from the Seventh Day Adventist organisation. He taught his followers of the non-existence of the Triune God. He believed only the Father, Jehovah, is God. He identified Jesus with the Archangel Michael, and the reduction of God the Holy Spirit from a person to a force, the mortality of the soul, and the return of Christ in 1914. And of course when Christ did not return in 1914, Russel modified his lie and said that Jesus had indeed returned to the earth but invisible, but His visible return would occur later. The visible return would result in the final conflict between God and the Devil - good against evil type conflict. This final conflict will result with God as victorious, which Witnesses believe and teach to be the Battle of Armageddon. They are even till this day very adamant on these teachings as their central doctrine.
Russel died in 1916 and was succeeded by a Joseph Rutherford. Rutherford was born in 1869, and brought up as a Baptist, and was also the legal advisor to the Watch Tower. He at first claimed Russel as an expounder of the gospel on a par with the Apostle Paul. But later he orchestrated his writings as better than Russel’s, by making Russel’s writings to go out of print. Rutherford also predicted that millions living in 1914 would still be alive when Armageddon happens and paradise is restored to the world. Rutherford also made some ridiculous prophecies by saying that in 1925 Abraham, Isaac ad Jacob and all the prophets of the Bible would return to earth. He prepared a mansion and bought an automobile to drive the patriarchs around. The prophecy of course never became a reality and The Watch Tower Society quickly sold the mansion and automobile to cover up an embarrassing moment in the history of this pathetic sect and their false prophecy’s. Rutherford went on to change the name of the sect to the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He claimed that Jehovah instructed him this way through the promise of Isaiah 43:10, “Ye are my witnesses” saith the Lord [Jehovah], “and my servant whom I have chosen”. Rutherford continued his fear-tactics of Armageddon to intimidate members of the JW-sect. He went on to publish a book called, The Finished Mystery. In this book he predicted that in 1918 God would destroy churches and millions of their members, and claimed by 1920 every kingdom would be swallowed up in total anarchy. He taught that the only way to escape this impending judgement would be to join the Jehovah’s Witnesses Movement. But my Bible tells me that Jesus Christ says of himself that, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life no man cometh to the Father, but by me”, John 14:6. Nowhere in the entirety of God’s Word does it say that only a specific group [Baptists, Pentecostals, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witness, Assemblies of God, Lutheran, Methodist etc] will enter into God’s Kingdom. The Bible is so very clear that whosoever will may come and drink from the water of Life, who is Jesus Christ; and acceptance of him as Lord and Saviour can enter in the Kingdom of Heaven. Living a consecrated life, striving to live a holy life through sanctification, and a personal relationship with Jesus guarantees entrance to the Father. And that can only be accomplished by Calvary and the Cross and that which Jesus did for us. The 1918 and 1920 predictions never happened and Rutherford in his hunger for financial gain set new dates in his new book, “Millions now living will never die”. It was at this time that he wrote the Old Testament saints, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David will come back to life, and building them a mansion and acquiring an expensive automobile to transport them. During the depression Rutherford drove around and his followers went from door to door spreading their so-called Armageddon lies. Rutherford died in 1942, and his successor Nathan H Knorr continued what Russel and Rutherford did, but the WT Society stopped their date settings for a time.
Because of the theologians who knew the Word of God and refuted easily their teachings from the King James Bible, Knorr published different Bible for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to use in their door to door campaigning. This bible is called the New World Translation. Of course the best example of these altered verses is John 1:1, where instead of saying, “And the Word was God”, they say in their bible, “and the Word was a god”. Another example is Zechariah 12:10. The Lord himself is speaking here, “and they shall look upon me, whom they have pierced” which is understood by all bible scholars to be referring to the crucifixion of Jesus. The WT Society changed this to read, “they will certainly look to the One whom they have pierced”. Why do they do this? The WT Society denies the deity of Jesus Christ; therefore if they leave these verses mentioned here as it is, it will reflect that they acknowledge the Son of God, Jesus to be God. My friend the truth is Jesus Christ is the second person of the Triune God, therefore He is God. He is God the Son and also the Son of God. I know it sounds confusing but that is the mystery of the Godhead as stated in Colossians 2:9, “for in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”. In other words Christ is the completion and the fullness of Deity and in Him the Believer is complete. Other scriptures that the WT Society has changed in relation to the deity of Christ in their so-called bible, Colossians 1:16-20; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8. Other verses the Society has changed regarding their false teachings on eternal punishment, Matthew 25:46, on the personality of the Holy Spirit, 1Corithians 14:14-16; 1Timothy 4:1; Jude 19. This is of course to mislead the followers and any potential converts into believing that the Bible supports their false teachings. Ok let me share with you some of the WT Societies doctrinal beliefs. The WT Society claims that they are the only true religion as does the Catholic Church, and the sole source of all correct teaching of the Bible. Yet they are the only religion who has through the many years since their beginning round about 1879 constantly deny and twist many of the basic scriptural teachings of the Bible. In short they are not consistent in their beliefs.
The nature of God:
The Bible teaches that there is only one true God according to Isaiah 43:10-11; 44:6-8, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are identified as distinct Persons within the Triune Godhead according to Matthew 3:16-17; 2Corinthians 13:14. Throughout most of the New Testament the Son and the Holy Spirit as well as the Father are each one identified as God. This is distinctly scribed in the following scriptures, Mark 2:5-12; John 20:28; Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5:3-4; 2Corithians 3:17-18.
By contrast the WT Society denies the triune God and teaches that such a belief is inspired by Satan. The Society teaches that Jehovah, as the only one true God, corresponds only to God the Father. They deny that Jesus is God. They deny that the Holy Spirit is a person, but only an active force of God’s nature.
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ the Son is God come in the flesh. And according to John 1:1-3, all things were created by Him. Also Colossians 1:16 and 2:9 affirms this about Christ’s deity which the WTS also deny. Jesus took on human nature by laying aside for awhile his deity and glory that was shared with the Father, John 17:3-5; Philippians 2:6-11. On his death Jesus rose bodily from the grave, appeared to and was recognised by some 500 people. This is the basis of the preaching of the gospel and our foundation to the truth of what we believe and hope for in Christ, Luke 24:39; John 2:19-21, 1Corinthians 15:6, 14.
By contrast the WT Society denies the deity of Christ and teaches that he is a created being. According to their thinking he first existed as Michael the archangel then later was born as a perfect man. Their reasoning is that Jesus was buried, and God disposed of the physical body. Jesus was raised a spirit creature and then materialised a fleshly body making himself visible. He is now in heaven once again as the archangel, Michael.
The Bible teaches that the atoning work of Jesus Christ alone provides the solution for man’s sin-problem. Jesus took upon himself the sin of all mankind – past, present and future, 1Peter 2:24. As perfect God and perfect man he met the demands of God’s divine justice on our behalf, Romans 3:22-26. Therefore if anyone will receive Him by simple faith can be saved, forgiven and declared righteous to have fellowship with God, 2Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 7:24-26.
In contrast the WT Society teaches that only an elite group of Witnesses whom they call the “144,000”, “or the anointed ones” are at present the only ones that are credited with Christ’s righteousness. According to the JW only the 144,000 are born again and will reign in Heaven with Christ. The remaining JW’S are known as the “other sheep” and they are provided a chance to eternal life on earth.
Contrary to what the JW teach, my Bible tells me that we are saved by grace alone apart from any self-righteous works; salvation is God’s free gift to us and there is nothing you and I can contribute to this perfect sacrifice that will give us eternal life. It is the perfect gift from God to His human-creation.
Ok this is just a few examples of the false teachings that the WT Society spreads. Let’s see some more contradictions of this so-called only channel of spiritual instruction from Jehovah. In 1975 they taught that the man who sows the seed in the parable of the mustard seed, Matthew 13, is Satan. Yet later that same year they were teaching that the sower was Jesus. The WT Society has failed over and over in their interpretations of the Bible. They will teach position A and later they change to position B, always claiming that Jehovah God has given them “new light”. Then when their new light has not come to pass they revert back to position A again. Can one trust the WT Society? It has falsely prophesied over the years the end of the world. This is too intimidate their followers. Yet the Bible warns us that false prophets will come claiming to speak for God, Matthew 7:15; 1John 4:1. In Deuteronomy 18:21-22 we are told that anyone who claims to speak as a prophet of God and predicts something that does not come to pass is a false prophet. All the predictions with dates have proven beyond a doubt that the WT Society is false. Whereas one does not want to belittle Jehovah’s Witnesses; they are genuine, sincere and dedicated people who have been deceived by an organization with a history of false prophecies and doctrines. Because of this deception many JW’s believe that if they leave the WTS they will be destroyed at Armageddon. This is a fabrication of the Truth of the Bible. The Lord says, “To come out from amongst them my children” into the glorious light of the true gospel of My Son Jesus Christ.
To the many that are caught in this lie, I want to say that Jesus Christ is the Truth, the Life and the Way. There is no other life that we have to accept but the truth of God’s Word. His Word teaches us, “that if the Son sets you free you shall be free indeed”. Come and accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour and King and enjoy the freedom that is found in Him.
Please feel free to contact me concerning these matters of eternal life.