Friday, December 16, 2011

Jehovah's Witnesses

The Jehovah's Witness cult was started by a man by the name of Charles Taze Russell. In 1879 he founded a publication called "Herald of the Morning", which is today called "The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah's Kingdom". Sadly, this publication puts out over millions of copies each month in more than one hundred languages.

Later in Pittsburgh, Russell started the "Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society" in 1884. This organization has branches all over the world. There are Jehovah's Witness missionary works in over two hundred and fifty countries. The organization has about half of a million volunteer workers.

When Russell died in 1916, a man by the name of Judge J.F. Rutherford took over the Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society. The headquarters was moved to Brooklyn. This is when the cult took the name "Jehovah Witnesses". When Rutherford died in 1942, Nathan Knorr took over and the membership grew to over two million. The cult then published their own translation called "The New World Translation" in 1961.

The Jehovah Witness's Cult deny the doctrine of the Trinity. In their book called "Let God Be True", they say that the Trinity was not conceived by Jesus and early Christians and that the Trinity is an attempt by Satan himself from keeping people from learning the truth about Jehovah and His Son. They are completely wrong because the Trinity is taught all throughout the Bible. Read Genesis 1:26, 11:7; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 John 5:7.

The JW's attack the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. In books published by the JW cult such as "The Kingdom is at Hand", "Let God Be True" and "The Truth Shall Make You Free", the doctrine of the deity of Christ is viciously attacked. They claim that Jesus Christ was only a direct creation of Jehovah God. The cult states that if Jesus was God then during his death, God was dead in the grave. They even say that God's Son was "a god" and even though he is "a mighty god", he is not the Almighty God. Yet, the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity and stands co-existent in eternity with the Father and Holy Ghost. Read Zechariah 12:10; Revelation 1:7; John 1:1, 14; 1 John 5:7; John 20:28; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 9:6; John 10:30; Micah 5:2; John 8:58; Exodus 3:14; John 9:38; Matthew 14:33; Luke 24:52; Revelation 22:9; Mark 2:5-7; Matthew 18:20, 28:20; 2 Cor. 13:14; Mark 11:2-6; Matthew 12:40; Revelation 19:6; Matthew 28:18; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18. After reading all of those verses it is impossible to deny the deity of Christ.

In their publications, "The Kingdom is at Hand" and "Studies in the Scriptures", they deny that Jesus Christ literally rose from the dead. The JW's say that the "bodies" of Christ after his resurrection were not the same body that was nailed on the Cross, rather just "bodies" materialized for the occasions when he appeared the to Disciples. They believe that the body of Jesus Christ was either dissolved into gasses or is preserved somewhere on this earth. According to the Bible their teaching on this doctrine is utter blasphemy. Jesus Christ is a literal and physical risen Saviour according to the scriptures. Read Luke 24:36-7; Luke 24:38-39; John 20:27; John 2:18-22. Either the JW cult is lying or Jesus lied. Jesus said that He would rise from the dead in the above verses and if He did not then according to 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, we are all going to Hell. This is why JW doctrine is dangerous. The belief of a literal death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is essential for salvation.

The JW's do not believe in the literal Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In their publication, "Let God Be True", they say that Jesus Christ will only come back spiritually and not literally because no earthly man could be able to see the glorified Son. Once again, they are absolutely wrong. The Bible speaks of a LITERAL Second Coming in Acts 1:11, Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:30; 2 Thess. 1:8; 1 Thess. 3:13; Revelation 6:16; Revelation 20:1-7. Look them up! The problem of this cult is that they do not believe what the scriptures say, rather put their faith in their corrupt traditional teachings.

In "Let God Be True", the JW's deny a literal eternal Hell for the lost. Hell according to them is just the grave. They insist that the doctrine of a burning Hell is not true. JW's believe that the saved are given eternal life on this earth after the White Throne Judgment, while the unsaved in the graves will be annihilated once and for all in the Lake of Fire, no eternal punishment. The Bible teaches that the unsaved go to a burning Hell after death, then after the White Throne Judgment, the unsaved are cast into the Lake of Fire to burn for eternity. Their doctrine is refuted in Luke 16:22-24; Deut. 32:22; Matthew 5:22, 18:9; James 3:6; John 2:2; Matthew 25:41; Matthew 18:8-9; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 14:11. Since God is an eternal being, there is an eternal payment for sin (Mark 9:44-48; Isaiah 66:22-23). That eternal payment is a LITERAL burning Hell, but this can be escaped by trusting the Lord Jesus Christ after realizing you are a sinner.

There are many more false doctrines in the JW cult, but those are the main ones. As you can see, the Jehovah's Witness doctrine does not line up with God's word. Most of my audience are Bible Believers, so I did not take too much time in explaining each doctrine thoroughly, rather gave the verses dealing with the subject for time sake. I have wrote articles on each of these doctrines in depth in my blog if anyone is interested in studying them further. Also, I have cited the JW publications throughout the article so that if anyone thinks that I am lying or misrepresenting them, they can get their books and read it for themselves. In conclusion here are the doctrines that I covered that the JW cult denies: The Trinity, the deity of Christ, the literal resurrection of Christ, the literal Second Coming and a literal Hell.