Jehovah's Witness

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Overview

The Jehovah’s Witness/Watchtower Society (JW) religion is considered by definition to be a cult sect based off the teachings of the Christian Bible. JW’s deny the essential foundations or orthodox beliefs of the Christian faith: Jesus is God in the flesh; the eternality of Jesus; that there is one God in three Persons (the Trinity); that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, was crucified on the cross to pay for sin (substitutionary atonement), and that he was buried and rose from the grave (in the flesh) three days later and ascended to the Father in heaven. JW’s believe in a works based salvation (combined with faith and obedience).

The JW’s are told that they will be persecuted when they go door-to-door teaching their doctrines. They are further told that this is simply the enemy fighting against God's organization because they are in "the truth." So, when someone disagrees with them, they are conditioned to reflect on what the Watchtower has told them.

The JW’s consider themselves to be Christians because they believe they are serving the true and living God. Like many cults, they think they are the only true church on earth. Yet, they deny the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, Jesus' physical resurrection, and salvation by grace through faith.

JW’s are a non-Christian cult that need to hear the good news of Jesus (1 Cor. 15). JW’s typically go door to door in pairs. One “experienced” and one in training. Keep in mind that your conversations will likely end in disagreement. However, you have planted the seed of the gospel and instilled doubt in their current belief system. Also, the individual in training is likely a newer member in the organization which means they have not been as heavily indoctrinated yet.

Core differences between JW and Christians

JW’s believe...

  • Jesus is a god and not the God and is Michael the archangel.
  • Jesus was created (not eternal) and is the highest created being.
  • in salvation through a combination of faith, good works, and obedience.
  • Jesus is a created being and the Holy Spirit is the inanimate power of God.
  • that Jesus’ death was a ransom for Adam’s sin (not ours).
  • the church has corrupted the Bible. They have re-translated it “correctly” in the New World Translation.
  • that Jesus did not raise from the dead in the same body he died in, but rather rose as a spirit creature and the material body was taken by God the Father.

Scripture Teaches...

The Father:

  • Is. 66:2 “All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD.”
  • Is. 44:24 “...I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens…”
  • Is. 42:8 “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other…”. And God glorifies Jesus: “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you.” (Jn 17:1). “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” (Jn 17:5)
  • Is. 44:6 “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.”

The Son, Jesus:

  • Jn. 1:3 “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
  • Is. 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  • Jn 14:8-9 “Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
  • Jn 10:30-33 “I and the Father are one. The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

The Holy Spirit:

  • He is called God (Acts 5:3-5) “...lie to the Holy Spirit…You have not lied to man but to God.”
  • He can teach (John 14:26) “...he will teach you all things...”
  • He can be blasphemed (Matt. 12:31) “blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven”
  • He comforts (Acts 9:31) “And walking in the … the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.”
  • He speaks (Acts 28:25) “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers…”
  • He can be resisted (Acts 7:51) “...you always resist the Holy Spirit…”
  • He can be grieved (Eph. 4:30) “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…”
  • He helps us in our weakness (Rom. 8:26) “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness”

The Godhead. Three Persons, one God.

  • Gn. 1:23 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
  • Col. 1:15,19 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” 19 “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell…”
  • Is. 48:16 “Draw near to me, hear this: ‘from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there.’ And now the Lord GOD has sent me, and his Spirit.