Jehovah Witnesses

Jehovah Witnesses

A mind controlling cult? And/Or, a Multi-Billion Dollar Publishing Business?
They routinely re-write the "Word of God" to suit their own heretical doctrines.

 

We have no doubt that most Jehovah Witnesses are good, God-fearing people who are loved by God.  Jehovah Witnesses are in fact untiring in their efforts to spread the truth about God the Father (Jehovah).  What they do they do with sincere love of God and of their neighbor. 

But, all the deceit and lies that Jehovah Witnesses tell about Jesus, so that their goal of convincing people that there is no Triune God (One God, with 3 distinct natures) is what is ultimately responsible for dragging untold numbers of innocent souls to Hell - which they don't believe in, by the way.

 
The orthodox Christian understanding of the Trinity has always been: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit being three distinct co-eternal persons, sharing one indivisible Divine essence. Jesus told is God is Spirit... Even Jesus told his apostles to baptize (entire families/even infants)in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit...

Each One is a Divine Person, making up The Supreme Being, God or The God-Family.

You have a human nature; I have a human nature, your neighbor has a human nature - we are human beings not reptiles or plants or rocks, etc.  Yet, even though we have the same nature and are human beings, we are not the same person - we are three separate persons.  It is the same with The Blessed Trinity, which could be called a God-Community or a God-Family.  God The Father, God The Son, and God The Spirit have the same nature - Each One is Divine, or is a Divine Person.  But, They are not The Same Person - Each One is a Separate Person with The Same Divine Nature.  When They are Interacting among Themselves, They act separately, as God The Father is known as The Creator, God The Son as The Word or The Knowledge that God has of Himself, and God The Spirit as The Love that God The Father has for His Son and The Son has for His Father.  But, when The Three Divine Persons act outside Themselves, they act as a God-Community, As One.  /s/ E. McCullough

 


Remember dear brethren, a cult succeeds because they teach something different, which innocent, uneducated searching souls may want to hear.  A cult succeeds by "mind control".  No member of the Jehovah Witness Society is ever allowed to think independently for himself.  The Jehovah Witnesses have deceitfully presented what the early Church Fathers taught to further their "power" and influence.  Jehovah Witnesses teach an entirely different Gospel. 

The truth is we were told by Jesus that God is spirit.  Our God is spirit, light, power, glory and mighty awesomeness; just as Jesus is.  Jesus' light and spirit is one and the same light and spirit as the Father's.  Only Jesus and Jehovah share the same glory.  Search Scripture and you will see where Jehovah says; I will not give my glory unto another. 

John 17:5 tells us Jesus said; "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the *glory which I had with thee before the world was*."


Additionally, Jesus told us that He is the ONLY way to the Father.  Jesus, God Himself, the 2nd Person of the Trinity, is our only mediator.
 
An example how Jehovah Witnesses distort the truth about the Trinity is from their 1989 tract entitled; "Should you believe in the Trinity?"  Jehovah Witnesses like to grab a particular paragraph from what an early Church Father said, so long as just those few sentences make one believe the false teachings about Jesus that they are putting out.  The Jehovah Witnesses know, if they printed the quote from the Church Father in its entirety, they would have no argument.  It's deceit pure and simple. 
 
Their 1989 tract quotes Clement of Alexandria.  The tract says Clement of Alexandria, who died about 215 CE, called Jesus in his prehuman existence "a creature" but called God "the uncreated and imperishable and only true God."  He said that the Son "is next to the only omnipotent Father" but not equal to him.
 
Here's the typical deceit.  This most important information was not revealed from Clement of Alexandria's writings vis-ŕ-vis Jesus being one with the Father: 
 
This Word, then, the Christ the cause of both our being at first (for He was God) and of our well-being, this very Word has now appeared as man.  He alone being both, both God and man - the Author of all blessings to us;
 
"...the Divine Word, He that is truly most manifest Deity.  He that is made equal to the Lord of the universe; because He was His Son, and the Word was in God... (The Ante-Nicene Fathers, volume 2). 
 
Moses in Deuteronomy speaks of a Triune God.  Perhaps Jehovah Witnesses first got befuddled by Deuteronomy 6:4 where Moses says; "Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one." The Hebrew word for "one" in this passage is 'echad', which in Hebrew refers to a combined unity.  From the root word meaning to unify or collect together. In the Bible 'echad' often refers to the combining of two or more things. A few other examples in Scripture where the word 'echad' is used are in Genesis 2:24: "The two shall be one flesh". The two dreams that Joseph interpreted for the Pharaoh are describes being 'one'. (Genesis 41:25-26). 
 
The below information is meant only to point out to present and future Jehovah Witnesses how much they differ in their beliefs from "mainstream" Christians.  The below teachings by Jehovah Witnesses "rob" sincere souls of the wonderful relationship they could be now having with Jesus Christ, the only mediator between man and the Father.

Did Paul have Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, among other "cult-like" groups in mind when he actually cursed anyone who would change the Gospel of Jesus. Perhaps "cult-like" is a bit too strong of a word for Seventh Day Adventists only.  However, the SDA acts like a "borderline cult" in our opinion. A cult always has something other than the Bible to shock & awe its members into submission.


Apostle Paul's warning / curse on those such as Jehovah Witnesses & Mormons who have changed the Gospel of Christ:

Galatians 1:6-9


"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 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. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than ye have received, let him be accursed."

Jeremiah 14:14- "They prophecy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophecy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of naught, and the deceit of their heart".

The main difference between Jehovah Witness and "main line" Christian Church beliefs are big ones.  These are over no less than the Trinity, Hell, the resurrection, and the divinity of Jesus 

Jehovah witnesses believe Jesus is the Son of God, but not God; and that He did not always exist -but was himself a created being named Michael, the Archangel. Jehovah Witnesses also teach that Jesus never rose bodily from the dead, but that He did rise from the dead as a spiritual being.  Jehovah Witnesses will not allow Jesus to be worshipped and they don't believe there is a hell.

Jehovah Witnesses are justly afraid of the "everlasting fire" prepared for the devil and his followers (Matthew 25:41):

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:

The entire Jehovah Witness system of theology is dedicated to a contradiction of this important biblical teaching of God's eternal wrath upon those who perpetrate the infinite transgressions of denying His beloved Son.  Rightly then, does the Bible say that "the wrath of God continues to abide upon them". See John 3:36, Revelation 20:10, Mark 9:43, 47-48; and Daniel 12:2.

Jehovah will share  His glory only with Himself (Jesus).  Jesus says so...

In Isaiah 42:8 Jehovah himself is speaking, and He emphatically declares "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Again, in Isaiah 48:11, Jehovah is speaking, and He declares: "For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another."

John 17:5 tells us Jesus said; "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the *glory which I had with thee before the world was*."

Of course that is what Jesus is speaking of. He is speaking of being part of the Godhead Himself.
Since God will not share His glory
. And Jesus tells us He had this glory with Yahweh/Jehovah before creation. What more proof from Jehovah's lips or from the lips of Jesus do you want?

 

John 27:  Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

John 28: And Thomas answered and said unto him (Jesus), My Lord and my God.


Isaiah 9:6 (written: 712 Before Christ) - For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

John 8:24: "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I Am, you will die in your sins."

John 8:58: Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was,
I AM."

Matthew 1:23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they
shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

1 Timothy 3:16:  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

The Scriptures bear unmistakable testimony to the creative activity of God's Son, distinguishing Him from among the "things" created, as the Creator and Sustainer of "all things."
 

The Book of Colossians:

The entire context of Colossians 1:15-27 is filled with superlatives in its description of the Lord Jesus as the "image of the invisible God, the first begetter [or according to Erasmus 'original bringer forth'] of every creature." The Apostle Paul lauds the Son of God as Creator of all things (v.16) and describes Him as existing "before all things" and as the one by whom "all things consist" (v.17). This is in perfect harmony with the entire picture Scripture paints of the Eternal Word of God (John 1:1), who was made flesh (John 1:14) and of whom it was written: "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:3). The writer of Hebrews also pointed out that God's Son "[upholds] all things by the word of his power" (Hebrews 1:3) and that He is Deity in all its fullness, even as Paul wrote to the Colossians: "For...in him should all fullness (of God) dwell" (Colossians 1:19)

Reference for above: The Kingdom of the Cults (Walter Martin & Ravi Zacharias), page 96



Watchtower Building

watchtower building

Brooklyn, New York
 

The local congregation of Jehovah Witnesses most often seen in an American neighborhood is called a Kingdom Hall. The main governing Body of Jehovah Witnesses with "absolute power" is Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.  This is called the Watchtower". Their governing Body  is lead by a president and a group of men known as "The Governing Body". This group oversees every aspect of the organization including the material that is written for the periodicals and the study books. "The Watchtower" claim that they are an organization directed by God.  Since 1931, the name for Jehovah Witnesses has been officially "The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society". Some refer to it as just "the Society". Their legal name is: the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.

Rank and file Jehovah Witnesses are unaware that the "Watchtower" "boards" over the years have constantly changed their doctrines to suit their needs, including twisting  biblical references out of context.  Jehovah Witnesses have a history of false prophecies, including teachings that Armageddon and the subsequent end of the world would occur in 1914, 1918, 1925, and 1975.  

Most Jehovah Witnesses cannot see that their true point of authority is not the bible, but the ever-changing views of their Brooklyn-based Governing Body.  The Word of God in the Bible does not change and a prophecy that does not come true is not of God's doing.  This history of false prophecies by "The Society" should have been enough for Jehovah Witness members to run--not walk away from these false teachings. 

 


Charles Taze Russell

Charles Taze Russell, 1911


The Jehovah Witness Movement was begun by Charles Taze Russell et al (and others) with all the appearances to BibleProbe.com as a 'business venture' including stock buying. Russell, and others founded the Zion's Watch Tower in 1879 and later incorporated the group under the name "Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society" in 1884. 

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE BEGINNINGS:  William H. Conley, an Allegheny, Pennsylvania banker (350 shares)– not Charles Taze Russell – was the first president of the Watch Tower Association formed in 1881.  Russell’s father, Joseph (100 shares) , was the first vice president, and Charles Taze was the secretary-treasurer (50 shares). The appointments were based on shares purchased for $10.00 each. Reference: Here

Russell born on February 16, 1852.  He was raised a Presbyterian, but later joined the Congregational Church because of its "more liberal views." His mother died when he was 9, the year the Civil War began.

As a youth Russell seems to have been obsessed with hellfire and torment; he also apparently saw himself as the instrument of men's salvation. An early associate of Russell's tells us that 14-year-old Charles Taze would go out Saturday nights "to where men gathered. . .to loaf, and would write Bible texts on the sidewalk with colored chalk . . . .He hoped to attract their attention, so that they might accept Christ and avoid being lost and going to eternal torment." [Faith, p. 17] .  When Russell was 17, he suffered a revulsion against the concept eternal punishment and against the doctrine of predestination.

Russell began his teachings shortly after wandering into a religious meeting where Jonas Wendell was teaching "Second Adventism" in 1870. Charles Russell subsequently began his own movement with his father and a small group of others after forming a small Bible study in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.  From 1870 through 1875 the Russell family, and others, participated in an analytical study of both the Bible and the origins of Christian doctrine, creed, and tradition. "Millerite" Adventist ministers George Storrs, and George Stetson, were also closely involved. Russell's group believed they had found significant errors in common Christian belief. As a result of such study, the Russell family believed they had gained a clearer understanding of true Christianity, and were re-baptized in 1874.  His personal "message" began with his rejection of the Christian doctrine of Hell, and he later added many physical and spiritually dangerous doctrines of his own making. Ultimately, Russell rejected nearly every other Christian doctrine, and published his bizarre teachings in a 6-volume series under the name "Studies in the Scriptures".

Several Protestant denominations have either formed around, or adopted some style of, Pastor Russell's views, among them the Worldwide Church of God, the Concordant Publishing Concern, the Assemblies of Yahweh. Among the numerous Bible Student off-shoot groups include the Pastoral Bible Institute, the Layman's Home Missionary Movement and others.

Charles Taze Russell was a proven liar, who claimed in a New York Court in 1913, that he was an ordained pastor, and that he was well versed in both Greek and Latin. But when pressed on the stand in Court, he could not read anything from the Greek alphabet. He also could show no proof of any ordination from any mainline church.  In his own defense, Russell said he believed that his ordination was "of God" according to the biblical pattern, not requiring any denominational approval, and that his annual election as "Pastor" by over 1,200 congregations worldwide constituted him as "ordained", or chosen, to be a minister of the gospel.  Russell died on October 31, 1916 while traveling on a train near Pampa, Texas.  His successor, Joseph F. Rutherford began revising Russell's doctrine.  

Also, unknown to many - Charles Taze Russell and his wife had a celibate marriage. Reference - here

In 1920, Rutherford  began speaking to large crowds falsely telling them that millions of people then living would never die. Between 1921 and 1941, Rutherford wrote twenty books and numerous pamphlets, beginning with his first publication, known as "Harp of God". 

Some Extremely False Jehovah Witness Teachings:
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, teaches that The Father is the supreme God whose real name is Jehovah.  They say that Jesus has not always existed, but he was a created being who was originally named Michael, the Archangel.  

They teach Salvation is by Works - including monthly quota's of peddling books:

Jehovah Witnesses teach Falsely that Salvation is by Works.  The real teaching of the Bible as Christians know it is that salvation is ONLY via the Grace of Jesus Christ and NOT by works. 

If Jehovah Witnesses would only believe this single truth in their hearts they would be set free from their present bondage to this false man-made Watchtower organization who routinely misinterpret God's Holy Word to suit their false "Russelite" teachings.

It is Satan's "works" system of monthly quota's and door-to-door peddling of Watchtower Books. Anyone merely has to believe in their heart that Jesus Christ is the only begotten (not made/but from the Father) Son of God, one with the Father, who died for our sins and rose from the dead. Jesus is the Word of God, the Second person in the Trinity. One only has to sincerely go to Jesus and ask that He wash your sins in His blood, and you will be saved. Satan can no longer hold those sins up in front of you, because they are washed clean and you will be "reborn" and saved. Sincerity is the key and underlying principle. Do not do this if you are lukewarm. Pray to the Lord Jesus to heal your heart if you are unsure and lukewarm. Search the Scripture, but not the Watchtower perversion of the true Word of God. And stay clear of any new bible that came into being after the 1880's. BibleProbe.com recommends Protestants use only the King James (1611) version, and Catholics use only the older Catholic Douay Reims version. See why
here

Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that they believe in the grace of God and that one does not earn salvation by their works. Consider the Jehovah Witness policy of making a disfellowshipped person earn their way back into the congregation. Remember you must be a Jehovah’s Witness "in good standing" to survive the end times, and to remain in good standing you must follow the rules and works set out by the Watchtower Organization. If someone breaks a rule, the elders decide whether that person is repentant or not. If they decide they are not repentant they are disfellowshipped.  A disfellowshipped witness will not survive the time of the end. Is it not these Elders are deciding for God who deserves God’s grace?

Like Muslims, Jehovah Witnesses are never ever sure of their salvation which itself is bondage to Satan.  Reborn Christians are sure of their salvation. 

John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" and 

Colossians 2:8, 9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast"

Another extremely false Jehovah Witness Teaching:

Jesus never rose bodily from the dead according to Jehovah's Witnesses.

In "The Kingdom is at Hand" they explain, "At death he laid aside the human organism in which he ministered as a new creature for three and a half years; and in his resurrection he was no more human.  Jehovah Witnesses say; Jesus only rose spiritually, not bodily, from the dead. Jehovah Witnesses teach that after the crucifixion, Christ died and was resurrected as an invisible, non-material, glorious spirit creature. Jehovah Witnesses also teach that the Holy Ghost is not a separate entity, but is a force: the method by which God interacts with the world.  Jehovan Witnesses corrupt the Gospel teaching about this. This teaching ignores the fact/truth that the Lord invited Thomas to touch His wounds.

This group also teaches the Heavenly Kingdom took effect in 1914 with the invisible enthronement of Christ as King. They preach it is currently occupied by a little flock or Anointed Class of about 135,400 people. All were selected after Christ's ascension into heaven at Pentecost (33 A.D.) and during subsequent centuries according to them. Jehovah Witnesses say the selection of the full complement of 144,000 was completed in 1935. Some 8,600 are still living on earth. They will spend eternity with God and Christ as spirit creatures. The latter number increases slightly from time to time as anointed but unfaithful members are replaced. Witnesses say; Christ's Second Coming was not a physical return to earth. It was an invisible event in 1914 in which Satan and Christ engaged in a heavenly battle. Afterwards, Christ began to rule the Heavenly Kingdom as King of Kings. Satan was expelled to Earth. They say World War I was a visible sign of Satan's earthly demise and the beginning of the woes that would accompany the "last days of this system of things."  So for Jehovah Witnesses, Christ is not coming.  He is already here (since 1914).  They think Jesus is directing His activities exclusively through His theocratic Watchtower organization in Brooklyn.  They totally disregard the warnings to us in Matthew 24:23-27:
 

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

MAN'S DESTINY:

Jehovah Witness doctrine says that those people who are not members of the Watchtower organization will be destroyed by Jehovah God and cease to exist. But that if a faithful Jehovah Witness is not part of the 144,000 anointed ones they will live forever on earth in paradise. The 144,000 anointed ones will reign with Jehovah God in heaven.  Jehovah Witnesses teach no concept of hell.  Going door-to-door will help determine a person's fate according to the latest Jehovah Witness doctrine.  This figure 144,000 is in Scripture.  But it refers to 12,000 Israelites from each Hebrew tribe.

Bible Probe Comment: Christians know this to be a false doctrine, because salvation is dependent solely on a person's relationship with Jesus, the Christ.  One cannot buy or "peddle" their way to eternal life.

LORD's SUPPER ONCE A YEAR:

This is done once a year at the Memorial of Christ's death. Only the approximately 8600 living Jehovah's Witnesses who are part of the 144,000 Anointed Class actually partake in the meal.  The general membership (formerly called the Jonadab Class and now called the Great Crowd) are present and observe.

MUST BE A JEHOVAH WITNESS TO BE SAVED: According to the Witnesses, Salvation requires that one must accept doctrines as interpreted by the Governing Body from the Bible to be saved.  To be saved they must also be baptized as a Jehovah's Witness and follow the program of works as laid out by the Jehovah Witness Governing Body.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to associate with non-Witnesses: including family. Exceptions are made if the non-Witness family member is living in the same household.

UN-CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR (SHUNNING): The shunning or harassment of former Jehovah's Witnesses by active members of the sect is behavior that is mandated by the governing body of the Jehovah's Witnesses' church. Shunning has been known to cause severe emotional distress to estranged Witnesses, occasionally even leading to their suicides.  Suspected of apostasy, many very sincere and well-respected Jehovah Witnesses have been "disfellowshipped" in "kangaroo court" judicial proceedings with little or no advanced warning. 

To Jehovah Witnesses who leave and find the truth that Jesus is one with the Father and also God, please take consolation in these words:

Matthew 10:29-30- "No man has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or mothers, or fathers, or wife, or children, or lands for my name sake and the gospel that will not gain a hundred fold of houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and fathers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life"

In September 1981 the governing body changed the rules so that suddenly, Witnesses were to stop greeting practically all disfellowshipped persons, not even saying 'hello' to them.  And for the first time family members were to cut any and all unnecessary ties with relatives who were disfellowshipped. Although husbands and wives had to continue rendering marriage dues to disfellowshipped mates and parents were to provide for minor children, except in cases of extreme illness or emergency, disfellowshipped family members were to be shunned.

Year 1889: Jehovah's Witness founder Charles T. Russell falsely prophesized:

"...the final end of the kingdoms of this world, and the establishment of the Kingdom of God, will be accomplished at the end of A.D. 1914."

Year 1910: Jehovah's Witnesses are told not to read the Bible by itself, because it is not the final authority. In modern days they encourage Bible study through use of Watch Tower publications as guides and their own version of the Bible.

Year 1938: Jehovah Witnesses are told that because the end is so near, they are to wait until after Armageddon to "marry and rear children". (see: Watchtower, November 1, 1938)

Year 1966: The Watchtower predicts, "According to this trustworthy Bible chronology six thousand years from man's creation will end in 1975".

Did you know that the Jehovah Witness founder Charles T. Russell was well into Astrology and Egyptology and pyramidology, and it was later printed in a Watchtower Magazine (June 15, 1922)  that he had wrote:

"When Uranus and Jupiter meet in the humane sign of Aquarius in 1914, the long promised era will have made a fair start in the work of setting man free to work out his own salvation, and will insure the ultimate realization of dreams and ideals of all poets and sages in history"

Did you know that Pastor Charles T. Russell's book "The divine plan of the ages" shows Russell was a Freemason and used all the Logo's on his publications for years. The cross and crown being one of these and the spread wings with the sun dial in the center was used on most of his early books. Even the terms later used by the Watchtower organization such as "Golden age" and "Mellennium dawn" were associated with the occult and magic movements, and did not have any foundation in the Bible as they would lead you to believe.  When Charles T. Russell died in 1916 he was buried with a marker a few feet away from his tomb sculptured as a large pyramid five to six feet high, with the Mason logo embossed on it and remains to this day for all to see. See more on the occultist society known as Freemasonry here.

Did you know that Jehovah Witnesses believed for about 50 years of their history that the great pyramid of Giza, in Egypt was the second witness for God after the Bible? (see hints of it in their book "Jehovah's Witnesses proclaimers of God's Kingdom" p. 200).

Did you know that Jehovah Witnesses falsely prophesized that the old men of God (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc.)  would rise from the Dead in 1925?

Symptoms of a Cult (Isolation/Separation):

Did you know that Jehovah Witnesses are not encouraged to socialize outside their religious circle and they are discouraged from developing interests outside their community. For example, they are advised not to seek a higher education, or to pursue private pastimes such as hobbies.

Did you know that Jehovah Witnesses cannot accept blood transfusions and cannot sing national anthems.

Did you know Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to: salute a nation's flag, serve in a nation's military, and vote.

 
 
 

Jeremiah 14:14- "They prophecy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophecy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of naught, and the deceit of their heart".

The main difference between Jehovah Witness and "main line" Christian Church beliefs are big ones.  These are over no less than the
Trinity, hell, the resurrection, and the divinity of Jesus.  

Jehovah witnesses believe Jesus is the Son of God, but not God, and that He did not always exist -but was himself a created being named Michael, the Archangel. Jehovah Witnesses also teach that Jesus never rose bodily from the dead, but that He did rise from the dead as a spiritual being.  Jehovah Witnesses will not allow Jesus to be worshipped and they don't believe there is a hell.

Jehovah Witnesses are justly afraid of the "everlasting fire" prepared for the devil and his followers (Matthew 25:41):

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:

The entire Jehovah Witness system of theology is dedicated to a contradiction of this important biblical teaching of God's eternal wrath upon those who perpetrate the infinite transgressions of denying His beloved Son.  Rightly then, does the Bible say that "the wrath of God continues to abide upon them". See John 3:36, Revelation 20:10, Mark 9:43, 47-48; and Daniel 12:2.

Jehovah will share  His glory only with Himself (Jesus).  Jesus says so...

In Isaiah 42:8 Jehovah himself is speaking, and He emphatically declares "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Again, in Isaiah 48:11, Jehovah is speaking, and He declares: "For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another."

John 17:5 tells us Jesus said; "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the *
glory which I had with thee before the world was*."

Of course that is what Jesus is speaking of. He is speaking of being part of the Godhead Himself. Since God will not share His glory. And Jesus tells us He had this glory with Yahweh/Jehovah before creation. What more proof from Jehovah's lips or from the lips of Jesus do you want?

John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God
. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
 

See Bible references of Jesus as one with the Father here

Have you wondered why Jesus did not teach Torah (Old Testament) the way Moses did (i.e. "He said").  Jesus taught Torah in His own name.
 

Testimonials from ex-Jehovah Witnesses

 

Haydee Cortes' Near Death Experience:
 
I was baptized by the Jehovah witnesses in 1970. I believed in God but I didn't believe that Jesus Christ was God.  I believed Jesus Christ was a god created by the true God. I didn't believe in life after death much less that there was a conscious spirit that would leave the body when one died. I didn't believe in any kind of miracle healing nor I believed that God would communicate with people through visions or dreams. I believed that all kind of healing, miracles and visions were the work of the devil. I was very loyal to these Jehovah Witness teachings, and nobody could convince me of the contrary.

I then started going up. I was aware I didn't have a solid body. I was some kind of energy force moving at a high speed like in a circular motion. I was completely conscious. I knew I was me and I had all my memories with me. I knew I had left the earth. I found myself in a pitch black place.

Read this entire incredible true Near Death Experience here

 

Sandra Sharpe's testimony:

She asked me if I was one of Jehovah's Witnesses and I said, "Yes". She asked me who my God was and I said, "Jehovah". She then asked me if the apostle Thomas had the same God as I, again I replied, "Yes". Then she turned to John 20:28 in my own Bible and had me read it out loud. I had never read that scripture before and was stunned. Thomas referred to Jesus as his God.
Read this heartfelt story of an ex-Jehovah Witness who found truth by the Lord's side - here
 

Tom Cabeen's Testimony:

My experience with the Witnesses made me see clearly how easy it is to get caught up in organizational activity and lose sight of the true nature of Christianity and the richness of the Christian life and experience. I believe that the Bible tells the story of a living God who created us for a purpose. When we rebelled against Him, He sent his own Son, Jesus Christ, who willingly died as a ransom to rescue us from sin.
 
Former overseer of the Watchtower printing and pressroom at Bethel Headquarters discusses his questioning of Watchtower publications after he began reading the Bible.  here
 

 

Barbara Anderson - A Former Jehovah’s Witness Insider Who Was an Eyewitness to Deceit:

Carefully concealed by the Watch Tower Society is the fact that they have been settling child sexual abuse lawsuits out-of-court for many years, although quietly, secretly, one at a time. However, since 2003, attorneys for dozens of plaintiffs publicly filed twenty or more child sexual abuse lawsuits against the group, mostly in California. During that time, I was actively aiding attorneys to understand policies and practices of Jehovah's Witnesses in the matter of child sexual abuse. I was disappointed that, to my knowledge, none of these lawsuits made it to open court. Quite a number of lawsuits were dropped by plaintiffs' attorneys, but in early-winter of 2007, seven California cases, one Oregon case, and another in Texas, were settled out-of-court by the leaders of Jehovah's Witnesses for millions of dollars.

One extraordinary discovery was that William H. Conley, an Allegheny, Pennsylvania banker – not Charles Taze Russell – was the first president of the Watch Tower Association formed in 1881. This was a thrilling find for no one at headquarters knew Conley was the first president, or that Russell’s father, Joseph, was vice president and Charles Taze was secretary-treasurer. The appointment was based on shares purchased for $10.00 each. Because I handed over the source document almost immediately, I’m not certain of the exact number of shares Conley purchased, but I think it was 350 for $3,500. However, I do remember that Joseph Lytel Russell purchased 100 shares for $1,000.00, and Charles Taze purchased 50 shares for $500.00. When I looked at page 576 of the new Witness history book where the Conley information was noted, it is curious why Karl Adams did not include the fact about Joseph Russell’s vice-presidency. Also omitted was the number of shares purchased by each man.


 
Read this entire testimony - here
 

 
 
 

Barbara's Testimony:

When I was about 12 years old, my mom's trust fund, which we had been living on so that she could be a full time Pioneer, ran out, and she decided that we should go on welfare. She owned our home, though, and was told by one of the elders that she wouldn't be able to get welfare because of that. He suggested she sell him the house for $1.00 and then he would be her landlord, and allow her to live there and pay him rent. I protested, asking her to get a worldly lawyer to check it out, but she didn't listen, of course. She sold him the home, and that's when the real problems began.

Read Barbara's entire Testimony  - here
 


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See the Complete list of 365 Messianic Prophecies: HERE
 

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The Kingdom of the Cults
by Dr Walter Martin, Ravi Zacharias (Editor) hardcover, 704 pages

The authoritative reference work on major cult systems for nearly forty years. Working closely together, Ravi Zacharias and Managing Editors Jill and Kevin Rische (daughter of Dr. Martin) have updated and augmented the work with new material. This book will continue as a crucial tool in countercult ministry and in evangelism for years to come. Among cults and religions included are: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, Mormonism, New Age Cults, the Unification Church, Baha’i Faith, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, New Age, Spiritism, to Seventh-day Adventism, Unitarianism, and much more.

Martin provides a meaty analysis of all the major groups. He also outlines primary lines of thought within Protestant perspectives, and Roman Catholicism.

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Jehovah Witness Arian Heresy Regurgitation their denial of the deity of the Lord Jesus

 

What's this? Jesus saying, "for my Father is greater than I"

Let us never forget, that Thomas called Jesus "My Lord and my God", and that Isaiah spoke of Jesus as God among/with us, and so does the Gospel of Matthew. Emmanuel means 'God with us'. We also need to remember that Jesus forgave sins in His own name, and He told His apostles to Baptize in the name of the 'Father, the SON, and the Holy Spirit'. Jesus also cured the sick by Himself, and taught Torah (Old Testament) in His own name (not 'He said').

Grasp the concept of 'positional authority'. Jesus told us that God is Spirit. So yes, while Jesus was on earth He was inferior to His Father in Heaven. But the Father, the Son and the Spirit form the Godhead. Sounds unbelievable I know, but then again who among us understands the nature of a Spirit? That remains a mystery to all of us. Think; we are much like dogs in this matter. Can a dog truly grasp the nature of man? /s/ Steve @ BibleProbe.com

 Matthew 1:23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Isaiah 9:6 (written: 712 Before Christ) - For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is now and for all eternity Son of God and Son of Man; therefore, in this sense he is the eternal Son.  But to be biblical in the true sense of the term, we must be willing to admit that He was known prior to His incarnation as the eternal Word, and knowledge of this fact cuts across the very groundwork and foundation of the Arian system of theology espoused by Jehovah Witnesses.  For if "only begotten" means "unique" or "only one of its kind," there cannot be any ground for rendering it "only generated" as Jehovah Witnesses often attempt to do in a vain attempt to rob Christ of His deity.

If then we relegate the terms Father and Son to the sphere of time as functional vehicles for the conveyance of the mysterious relationship that existed from all eternity between God and His Word, we will be probing deeper into the truth of the Scripture, which seems to teach us that God calls Christ His Eternal Word, lest we should ever forget that He is intrinsic Deity (for never was there a moment when God had a thought apart from His Logos or Reason).  Further than this, God calls Christ His "Son," lest we should think of the Word as being an impersonal force or attribute instead of a substantive entity existing in a subject-object relationship, the Eternal God "who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe" (1 Timothy 4:10)

In summary, since the word Son in a temporal sense definitely suggests inferiority and derivation, it is absolutely essential that Christ as the Eternal Word be pointed up as an antidote to the Arian heresy of Jehovah Witnesses, and in this light we can understand quite plainly the usages of the term monogenes, not in the Jehovah Witnesses' sense of creatureliness, but in the true biblical sense of "uniqueness," i.e., "the unique or only Son of God," generated in the womb of a woman by the direct agency of the Holy Spirit, "God manifest in the flesh." "The great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).

"Greater." (Greek: meizon) Another principal term utilized by Jehovah's Witnesses is the term greater, translated from the Greek meizon, as it appears in the gospel of John, chapter 14, verse 28: "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.  If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said; I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater [meizon] than I."  From this particular text, lifted conveniently out of its context by the ever zealous Russellites, the Watchtower attempts to "prove" that since Jesus in His own words while He was on earth stated that His Father was "greater" than He was, therefore Christ could not be equal with God or one of the members of the Trinity, which Jehovah's Witnesses deny so vehemently.

On the face of the matter, this appears to be a good argument from Christ's usage of the word greater , but a closer examination of the context and of the hermeneutical principles that govern any sound exegetical study of the New Testament quickly reveals that theirs is a shallow case indeed, and, one that rests rather unsteadily upon one Greek word in a most restricted context.

The refutation of this bit of Watchtower semantic double-talk is found in a comparison of Hebrews, the verse previously cited, and entirely different word is utilized when comparing Christ and the angels.  The word is kreitton and is translated "better" in the King James Version.  Paralleling these two comparisons, that of Jesus with His Father in John 14:28 and Jesus with the angels in Hebrews 1:4, one startling fact immediately attracts attention.  In the fourteenth chapter of John, as the Son of Man who emptied himself of His prerogatives of Deity (Philippians 2:8-11) and taken upon himself the form of a slave, the Lord Jesus Christ could truthfully say, "My Father is greater than I," greater being a quantitative term descriptive of position.  Certainly in no sense of the context could it be construed as a comparison of nature or quality.

In the first chapter of Hebrews, however, the comparison made there between the Lord Jesus Christ and angels is clearly one of nature.  The Greek kreitton being a term descriptive of quality, ergo, Christ was qualitatively better than the angels because He was their Creator (Colossians 1:16-17), and as such He existed before all things and by Him all things consist (vv. 17-19).  Since His intrinsic nature is that of Deity (John 8:58; cf. Colossians 2:9); therefore, qualitatively speaking he was God manifest in the flesh, while quantitatively He was limited as a man and could in all truthfulness state, "My Father is greater than I."  When this comparison of position in John 14:28 and the comparison of nature in Hebrews 1 are clearly understood, the argument Jehovah Witnesses attempt to raise in order to rob Christ of His deity is reduced to rubble before one of the greatest of all truths revealed in Scripture, i.e., that God who made the world and all things therein so loved us as to appear in our form (John 1:1,14) that the sons of men might through His measureless grace at length become the sons of God.

We should be quick to recognize, however, that had the Lord Jesus said in John 14:28 that His Father was better than He was and had used the proper Greek word denoting this type of comparison, another issue would be involved, but in actuality the comparison between Christ and His Father in that context and verse clearly indicates that Jesus was speaking as a man and not as the second person of the Trinity (John 1:1).  Therefore, it is perfectly understandable that He should humble himself before His Father and declare that in the present form in which He found himself, His Father certainly was "greater," positionally, than He. One might be willing to admit that the president of the United States is a greater man by virtue of his present position, authority, and recognition, etc., but it would be a far different matter to assent to the proposition that the president of the United States is a better man than his fellow Americans in the sense of quality, because such a comparison then involves a discussion of fundamental natures, attributes, etc.  In like manner, Jesus, as the Incarnate Son of God who had by His own voluntary act of will divested himself of His prerogatives of Intrinsic Deity, could speak of His Father as being positionally greater than He was without in any sense violating His true deity and humanity.

Hebrews 1:4 clearly teaches that Christ is better than the angels, qualitatively from all eternity and that even while He walked the earth, though He was made lower than the angels positionally for the suffering of death in the form of a man, never for an instant did He cease to be the Lord of glory who could say with confident assurance, "Before Abraham was I am" (John 8:58).

Let us constantly be aware of these facts when discussing the nature of Christ with Jehovah Witnesses, for once the distinction is made between "greater" and "better," their entire argument based upon John 14:28 melts into nothingness, and the deity of our Lord is completely vindicated by the whole testimony of Scripture.

Reference for the above: Pages 139-141 "The Kingdom of the Cults"

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One Must be a Christian to be Saved!

References for this is found in John 14:6; Acts 4:12, and 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16. One cannot be a Christian without verbally confessing the deity of Jesus the Christ. One cannot even pray to God, let alone have sins remitted by Him, without approaching Him through Jesus (John 14:6 and 13, 15:16; 16:23-24; Romans 5:2, and Ephesians 2:18).

I know Muslims and Mormons, Christian Scientists, Jehovah Witnesses, Unitarians, Scientologists, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Seventh Day Adventists -and many others - will not want to hear this, but the Bible declares that Jesus was the FINAL revelation of God to man (Hebrews 1:1-3). There have been no others.
 
Hebrews 1:2

(God) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

 

 
 
 
 
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