SHORT CHRISTIAN READINGS SELECTED FOR FORMER JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES
12 REASONS YOU SHOULD NOT BE A JEHOVAH'S WITNESS
The crystal clear teachings of the Word of God will not allow a thorough going Bible Student to embrace the doctrines set forth by the Jehovah's Witnesses. The basic teachings of the WatchTower Cult are in conflict with the Scriptures. Twelve of their unique doctrinal errors are outlined below, and constitute sound reasons why no one may unite with the Jehovah's Witnesses and still hold to the truth of God.
1. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DENY THE ABSOLUTE, UNIQUE DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST
Scripture demonstrates that the Lord Jesus Christ is Jehovah, Isaiah 41:4, 44:6 and 48:12 declare that the attribute of being the "first and last" belongs to Jehovah alone.
In Revelation 1:7, 8, 11, 17 and 22, Jesus Christ is shown possessing this very attribute, thereby making Him the Jehovah of these Isaiah passages, and indeed of the entire Old Testament.
Isaiah 45:22-25 speaks of a universal worship, which one day all mankind will render unto Jehovah. Phil. 2:9-11 applies this Isaiah passage to Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 44:22, 23 sets forth Jehovah as the redeemer. Eph. 1:7 establishes Jesus Christ as this redeemer.
In Isaiah 45:24 and 54:17 Jehovah is our righteousness. In 1 Cor. 1:30 Jesus Christ is our righteousness.
Isaiah 43:11 reserves for Jehovah alone the work of saving man. "Besides Me there is no Saviour." -- Titus 2:13 teaches that Jesus Christ is the Saviour, thereby establishing Him as the Jehovah of Isaiah chapter 43.
An honest student of the Scripture will read and compare the verses used above.
2. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES TEACH THAT JESUS CHRIST IS A CREATED BEING -- SIMPLY ANOTHER GOD.
This doctrinal error is achieved through a spurious translation in their New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scripture which renders John 1:1, "And the Word was a god." Isaiah emphatically denies this error in 43:10, 44:6 and 45:5, 21, and shows their translation of John 1:1 to be illegitimate. Four times Jehovah declares the impossibility of there being "another god" or "a god" beside Himself. Every honest student of Scripture must acknowledge the solitary aloneness of Jehovah.
3. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DENY THE PERSONALITY AND DIVINITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Of the many Scripture references which demonstrate this to be false, John 16:13, 14 is representative. Eight times the Lord Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit by the personal masculine pronoun. The Greek word "Spirit" is neuter but the pronoun employed is not "it", but rather "he" or "himself". "Christ" was grammatically incorrect, for the pronoun must agree with the noun in gender, but theologically correct in this recognizing the Spirit's personality. Were the Holy Spirit not a person, the pronoun "it" would have been used and the grammar of the passage kept intact.
Even the Jehovah's Witnesses' own New World Translation acknowledges the Spirit's personality in the translation of these two verses. The divinity of the Holy Spirit is clearly demonstrated in the following references which the honest student will carefully study: Acts 5:3, 4; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 13:14. In 1 Cor. 12:4-6 the Holy Spirit is called Lord (v.5) and God (v.6). In placing Isaiah 6:8-10 along side of Acts 28:25-27 it becomes evident that the God of Isaiah 6 is the Holy Spirit.
4. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DENY THE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY
Though the truth of the Trinity is amusing to the Witnesses, nevertheless it constitutes part of the revelation of God. The Bible student discovers there is a Person in Scripture known as the Father, who is God (Eph. 1:2). There is another Person in Scripture called the Son, Jesus, Jesus Christ who is God (Titus 2:13). There is still another Person called the Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, and Spirit of God who is God (Acts 5:3,4). The one Greek word theos, "God", is used of all three Persons, thus ascribing the same divinity of each. The careful student also notes the fact of the Trinity in Isaiah 48:16, 17; 28:19 and 2 Cor. 13:14. The conclusion is simply that there is one God manifest in three Persons known as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and since each Person is God, the persons are equal.
5. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DENY THE BODY, CORPOREAL RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD
False doctrine declares "The man Jesus is dead, only His spirit arose." The witness of Jesus Christ is quite different (Luke 24:36-45). Even a casual glance at v. 39 dispels any doubt concerning the bodily resurrection. Thomas met the physically resurrected Christ (John 20:24-29), as did the other disciples who ate fish with Him (John 21:12-14). Paul testifies to the corporeal resurrection of Jesus Christ in 1 Cor. 15:3-19. The guards at the tomb, the chief priests, and Sanhedrin would never have become excited, (Matt. 28:11, 15) if "only His spirit arose."
6. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DENY THE BODILY VISIBLE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST
They say, "We must not expect Him to come again as a human being. 'Coming' is properly translated 'presence' and refers to the invisible presence of the Lord." In contrast, a Bible student discovers the truth that Jesus Christ IS coming back again physically, literally. In Revelation 1:7 "every eye shall see Him." In Thess. 4:16, 17, "the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven"; and in Acts 1:10, 11, He "shall so come in like manner as we have seen Him go into heaven." The testimony of these passages is irrefutable.
7. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DENY PRESENCE OF THE BELIEVER WITH CHRIST UPON DEATH
According to 2 Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:21-24 and Luke 16:20-22, the believer, immediately upon death, passes into the presence of Christ. The body sleeps in the ground (John 11:11-14), awaiting the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:20-23), while the soul and spirit now separated from the body (Jas. 2:26), pass into heaven.
8. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES CHIDE THE BELIEVERS' HOPE OF HEAVEN
John 14:1-3; Phil. 3:20, 21; Pet. 1:3-5; and Rev. 3:21 are but a few of the many passages in Scripture which speak of the "living hope" of being with Christ forever.
9. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DENY THE REALITY AND ETERNITY OF FUTURE PUNISHMENT
Scripture teaches that reality of hell. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke more of hell than heaven, and informs us that hell is a furnace of fire, (Matt. 13:49-50); a place for Satan and his emissaries, (Matt. 25:41); and unquenchable fire, (Mark 9:42-48) Furthermore, He insisted upon the fact that hell is eternal. The Greek word "aionios", which is defined as "that which is without end", and which is used to describe the everlasting life mentioned in John 3:16 and the eternity of God in Rom. 16:26, is deliberately used by Christ to describe the duration of hell (Matt. 18:8), and by John in Rev. 14:11.
Aionios does not have a double meaning. If it means that God is eternal and the life which the believer receives is eternal, then it must mean that hell is also eternal.
10. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DENY THE PERFECT SALVATION OF CHRIST'S CROSS
Without any warrant from Scripture, the Witnesses teach that the Millennium, the thousand year reign of Christ upon the earth, will afford all mankind from Adam onward conditions, to earn salvation. Where is there a single Bible verse supporting this? The Lord Jesus Christ has purchased our salvation on the Cross, Rom. 3:21-26, and it remains for man to believe, and be saved (Eph. 2:8-0 and Acts 16:30, 31). Salvation is wholly apart from human effort (Rom. 3:27, 28).
11. THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THE 144,000
Through good works and sincere effort, it is the hope of Jehovah's Witnesses to become one of the 144,000. In the two chapters in which the 144,000 are mentioned, Revelation 7 and 14, the student of Scripture notes that 144,000 are literal Jews of the ancient tribes with no Gentiles among them (7:4-8); are all males (14:4); are virgins (14:4); will minister during the Great Tribulation (14:6-13); and do not earn their office by works, but imagination and unsound Biblical interpretation allow a Gentile sect to claim for its devotees a place among the 144,000.
12. THE JEHOVAH"S WITNESSES USE A PERVERTED TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE
The New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scripture is a fumbling translation of the New Testament which no reputable Greek scholar will endorse. The New World Translation has been altered to fit the WatchTower Cult's heresy. For instance, the Greek word for "other", "allos", does not appear in the Greek text of Col. 1:16,17, but is inserted four times in their translation to make Christ appear as part of the creation, and hence fit their doctrine that He is a created son, another god; "because by means of Him all other things were created." This and dozens of other passages make the New World Translation a travesty of God's Word.
Adapted from a longer brochure by Robert Mignard.