A Look at the Jehovah Witnesses
Normally, my articles are in reference to Roman Catholics, and my first 50 articles concerned reaching them. But there are many others in this world that God loves just as much and need to hear the true Gospel before they die as well. Last month, I said that I would expand my articles to give some information on these other beliefs with this month’s article focused upon Jehovah’s Witnesses. Are they true Christians?
I have had a few experiences with the Jehovahs Witnesses, publishers of the Watchtower, but I confess that I have not been a very good outreach with them. Several times I’ve confronted the door-to-door person just being angry at them and chasing them out of my neighborhood. The last time I did such a thing, my wife reminded me that Jesus died on the cross for their sakes as much as for me or Catholics. They need to hear the true gospel as much as the next person.
In checking out the beliefs of the JW’s, I came across some very good material that explains much of the JW’s beliefs. The following paragraphs come from http://jehovahswitnessrevealed.com/how-to-witness-to-a-jehovahs-witness/ and states, "This is the way I think you should start any discussion with a Jehovah’s Witness. You should focus on the Watchtower itself by exposing the so called "Gods Organization". You see, the Jehovah’s Witness take direction from "the channel of communications that God Uses" which is the Watchtower and anything you say they will reject as coming from Satan’s organization. Satan’s organization is anyone who is not a Jehovah’s Witness. With this in mind, you could have the best argument there is for the deity of Christ or the Trinity and they will dismiss it as just a deception from the Devil. In order to have any kind of meaningful conversation with a JW, you will need to get them to see the mind control and brain washing that is used by the Watchtower to keep them in bondage to their lies. Focus on the organization and how they flip-flopped on their doctrines, about their false prophecies and just how much they have covered up these issues by their dishonesty. Once you can open their eyes to this, the more likely they will be able to see the truth in the scriptures."
Now we’ll take a brief look at some of the Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs and how they compare with God’s Holy Word, the Bible. Addressing the Deity issue, JW’s believe that there is one God Almighty - a Spirit Being with a body but not a human body. There is one God and no Trinity. The Bible however does speak of a single God but in the Trinity form. For instance, in Genesis 1:26, it says, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion." Notice the pluralities? Then Scriptures show us the Holy Spirit in a form of a dove at Jesus baptism, found in Matthew3:16,17, which says, "When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He[c] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Plus, we see Jesus referring to the spirit as a third part of the Trinity in John 14:26, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you," John 15:26, "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me," and John 16:7, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you." The Trinity is also found in 1 John 5:7,8, which says, "For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one."
The Jehovah Witnesses, in regard to incarnations, would tell us that Christ is Lord and Savior, but not God (Jehovah) incarnate, not a God-man but inferior to God, not part of a Godhead. He was a created spirit being, God's only begotten son, sent to Earth as a perfect human. His sacrifice became the "ransom" price to redeem mankind from sin and death. God created all in heaven and on Earth through Christ, the "master worker," God's servant. After Christ's resurrection by God, he was "exalted" to a level higher than angel. However, the Bible tells us in John 1:1-3, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." And as we know, John wrote his gospel knowing that Jesus is God, as he says in John 1:14, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
As to their beliefs concerning the Origin of Universe and Life, they tell us that God created the heavens and earth in six days, but each "day" is equal to thousands of years. God created and controls all processes and events. But the problem is that Genesis 1 creation account shows that after each day we had a morning and evening, so where does that add up to more then a week for seven days? They no doubt got it from 2 Peter 3:8, "But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." But Peter was just describing the patience of God in this part using a simile to show this.
Jehovah's Witnesses also tell us that After Death no soul remains. Soon, Jesus Christ will return to resurrect the dead, restoring soul and body. Those judged righteous will be given everlasting life on a paradise earth. Those judged unrighteous will not be tormented, but will die and cease to exist. If that was it for a non-believer, why would it matter? Now that may be what some wish they had, but that isn't what God tells us in His Word which shows us in Revelation 20:15, "And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." Nor do Scriptures say we escape God's wrath elsewhere such as in John 3:36, "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him", and we even get a glimpse of the terrible suffering in Luke 16:19-31 with the rich man and Lazarus. They claim that the only ones to enter Heaven, with the other practicing Jehovah Witnesses spending their eternity on a revitalized Earth, are the special 144,000 elite Jehovah Witnesses referring to Revelation 7:4. But look at this verse. It says, "And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed..." These are not Jehovahs Witnesses, they are the Jews referring to a yet future tribulation period, but that is another totally different subject.
In closing about the Jehovah's Witnesses, they do not know Jesus as God, nor do they recognize what Jesus did at Calvary for them. and thus it is clear that no matter how "nice" or how religious these people are, or how righteous they may appear to be, they need to repent of their false beliefs and get saved just, like everyone has needed to do.