The Bible and Jehovah's Witnesses
By Brother Mike
As with all the so-called Christian cults, Jehovah's Witnesses claim to go by the Bible even though much of their teaching actually contradicts what the Bible says. It seems all the so-called Christian cults want to claim the Bible as their authority, but actually teach something quite different. Jehovah's Witnesses are no exception; they claim the Bible, but in reality they view the Bible in the light of their Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society literature instead of in the light of the Bible itself, and so they come up with a whole array of false teachings in the name of the Bible while the Bible as a whole actually teaches something quite different. They are without question following a false Jesus, and must be considered a cult.
A Wider Authority than the Bible
So the Jehovah's Witnesses have a wider authority than just the Bible. Whereas the true gospel is circumscribed by the Bible alone, the Witnesses have expanded the Bible's authority because they base Bible truth upon the teachings of the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society (WTB&TS). Because many of their teachings are clearly refuted by the King James Bible, they have even come up with their own Bible entitled the New World Translation Bible in order to support their false teachings. With every new edition, this New World Translation has been actually rewriting scripture to make it fit as much as possible to the teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses. This is in violation of what we read in Revelations 22,
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
By tampering with God's Word, the Witnesses reveal themselves to be under the judgment of God. They are NOT teaching the Bible, but they are teaching the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society (WTB&TS). Based upon this, the Jehovah's Witnesses would be better called the Watchtowerites (see "
Jehovahs Witnesses are Really Watchtowerites"
Rejection of the Trinity
Jehovah's Witnesses reject the doctrine of the trinity, and go so far as to call it a doctrine of the devil. To them, there is only one God, and that God is Jehovah who is one and the same as God, the Father. In opposition to the truth, they teach that Jesus is not God. Rather, they say Jesus is Michael the Archangel who came to this earth as a perfect human, and then he rose from the dead to once again become the spirit being Michael the Archangel. Furthermore, to a Jehovah's Witness, the Holy Spirit is not God either, but is simply an impersonal force; that is, the Holy Spirit is not a person, but simply a force that works in accordance with God's will.
To clearly see that the Jehovah's Witnesses' view on the Trinity is contrary to the Bible, see God is a Trinity.
Rejection of the Deity of Jesus Christ
As was previously stated, the Witnesses teach that Jesus was Michael the Archangel made flesh. Jesus, therefore, was not God, but only a sinless man who died on a stake, and then was raised in a spirit body that only appeared to be flesh and bone, but was actually just a spirit. According to them, this raised spirit is Michael the Archangel.
The problem with all this is that the Bible teaches Jesus to be God. Here are some of the verses to prove it:
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son [Jesus] , and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given [Jesus] : and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Joh 1:1,14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word was made flesh [Jesus] , and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.
Joh 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Joh 20:26-28 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 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. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Col 1:16, 2: 9 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him . . . For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Re 1:8 I [Jesus] am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
But even though the above passages clearly reveal Jesus to be God Himself in the flesh, the New World Translation Bible of the Witnesses has been written to change what many of the above verses say. For instance, John 1:1 says,
but in an attempt to thwart this clear teaching of Jesus being God, the New World Translation puts the same verse like this: "the Word was a God." Notice how this takes away from Jesus being the one and only God, and it makes Him a lesser "a God," which is completely contrary to true scripture (see
John 1:1 the Word was a God
There are many other passages as well that have been changed and then rewritten in the New World Translation to make it seem that Jesus is not God, or to support Jehovah's Witness doctrines in general. Some of these are listed and refuted below for your reading:
1 Chronicles 29:20, is Jesus worshipped the same way David was?
Isaiah 40:3; Mal. 3:1; Matt. 3:3, Prepare the way of the Lord.
John 5:18, "...making Himself equal with God."
John 5:30-32, "By Myself I can do nothing."
John 8:58, "Before Abraham came into existence, I have been."
John 8:58 and 10:30-33, "I am."
John 10:30-33, What made the Jews want to kill Jesus?
John 14:28, "The Father is greater than I."
John 17:3, "The only true God."
1 Cor. 1:2, Call upon the name of the Lord Jesus
Col. 1:15, "firstborn of all creation"
Col. 1:16-17 - "...all [other] things were created by him..."
Heb. 1:6, "Let the angels do obeisance to him."
Heb. 1:8 and Psalm 45:6, "God is thy throne."
For more biblical responses to the Witnesses attacks on the deity of Christ, click here .
Rejection of Christ's Physical Resurrection
According to the Witnesses, Christ was not resurrected with a physical body, but He was raised with a spirit body, which is Michael the Archangel. But the Holy Scripture teaches that Jesus arose with a physical body as can be realized in the following verse:
Lu 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
Notice how in this verse Jesus, having risen, makes it clear that He is not a spirit, but He is flesh and bones. Jesus is not saying that He just appeared to have flesh and bones, but He is clearly saying that He arose with flesh and bones.
Rejection of Salvation by grace alone
In opposition to the Jehovah's Witnesses teaching on salvation by grace and works, the Bible teaches that salvation is a gift, and it does not depend upon works at all. God says in Ephesians 2,
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
It is also stated in Titus 3,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Notice also that these verses speak of people already being saved in this life: " For by grace are ye saved" and " according to his mercy he saved us." Clearly, although some teach that you cannot know whether you are saved in this life, the Bible teaches the complete opposite: you can know that you are saved in this life because you actually can become saved in this life. This assurance of salvation is also stated most plainly in a verse like 1John 5,
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
But even though salvation is entirely a gift of God and does not depend upon doing works at all, this does not mean that one who is saved does no works. On the contrary, if one is really saved, that person will do works as a result of salvation, but not in order to gain salvation. This is why it is stated in James 2,
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also .
In other words, although works cannot save anyone, they will be seen working through everyone who has been saved (that is, given the gift of faith). Works do not bring about salvation in any way, but they are the result of salvation. This means that if one claims to be saved, but does not obey the teachings of Holy Scripture, such a one is a liar and the truth is not in him (1John 2:4) . Can such a disobedient faith save anyone? Of course not! If it were true saving faith, or salvation, there would also be good works that go along with it.
Salvation may best be viewed as a complete package of faith which results in works of obedience to the Word of God. To be saved means that one has been completely gifted with faith and the ability and motivation for certain works to be done or worked out in this life which were specifically prepared for that person to do from before the foundations of the world. As we read in Ephesians 2,
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus [saved] unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
What we see, then, is that God saves people for the purpose of doing good works. They are not saved by doing good works, but they do good works because they were already saved or " created in Christ Jesus." This doesn't mean that everyone who does good works is saved, but it does mean that everyone who is saved will do the good works of which they were ordained to do by God in obedience to the Word of God.
Rejection of Blood Transfusions
Jehovah's Witnesses are strictly against blood transfusions. They base their belief on a scripture such as Acts, Chapter 15 where we read,
For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
The problem with this is that this passage is not addressing blood transfusions, but the eating of blood. Indeed, blood transfusions were not even possible back when this scripture was written. This notion of not eating blood goes all the way back to the Jewish law which states in Leviticus 7,
26 Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings. 27 Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.
This command to not eat blood, therefore, has nothing to do with blood transfusions; it has to do with the eating of blood. Christ came to save life as we read in Luke 9,
Lu 9:56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them . . .
And, because blood transfusions save lives, we can be assured that Jesus is not against saving a life by the use of a blood transfusion. What a blessing such a procedure is! I am fully convinced that Jesus would say to anyone who is against blood transfusions,
Lu 9:55-56 . . .Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them . . .
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