“6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” – Heb 1:6-8
“13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” – Rev 22:13-16
Gal 1:6-9 “6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But 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. 9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) are known for evangelizing and preaching what they believe to be the message of Jehovah’s Kingdom, not participating in holidays due to their pagan origins and persistence. Many people will believe them to be Christians because they teach from a Bible, talk about Jesus and salvation and come across as Christians they know. Often, a person (such as a young Christian) may believe some of the doctrines taught from JWs because they do not know how to answer questions from JWs, do not know where to find answers to support their faith, or were not given the foundation to strengthen their faith to understand why they believe what they believe.
Some of the beliefs, doctrines & history of the JWs include:
- They believe they are the one true religion/Christians of the world. Only JWs will be saved. Everyone else (including Christians) will be destroyed.
- Jesus is not God but a created being. He was originally Michael the Archangel in Heaven. He was reincarnated into a physical body and was born of Mary as Jesus. Upon death, His body was destroyed/disintegrated. Jehovah had to make Him a new body from memory. He was given a spiritual body as Michael/Jesus in Heaven.
- Jesus will not return to earth in the future with everyone seeing as stated in Matthew 24. He came back invisibly in 1914 and has been ruling from Heaven, invisibly, since then.
- The Holy Spirit is not a Person or Deity but an impersonal, invisible active force.
- There are three classes of people. Those outside of JWs who will be exterminated from the face of the earth, JW majority who will inherit the earth, and JWs who are the “anointed ones” that make up the 144,000 in the Bible that will rule and reign with Jesus. These anointed ones are the only ones who will ever see God or Heaven.
- Hell does not exist. One of four things will happen when a person dies:
- 1) He is an anointed one and will go to Heaven due to his outstanding work on earth.
2) He has been a faithful JW but was born at the wrong time of life and missed the opportunity to be an anointed one and inherits the earth.
3) He is truly evil, so Jehovah annihilates him so the person ceases to exist.
4) He dies but has a chance to do right after death. If he doesn’t pass the second time, he pretty much dies again and is annihilated.
- The Bible Scriptures that have been used for almost 2 thousand years are corrupted. The New World Translation is the only Bible JWs use which not only reduces the deity of Christ but is “biased and deceptive” according to Dr. J. R. Mantey (Greek scholar JWs misquoted to support their false Bible). The New World Translation is based on the Wescott and Hort text of 1881, Jesuit and Catholic manuscripts (see NWT forward of 1950).
- The governing body interprets Scripture for the entire following since the normal person can’t read and understand without them to explain, teach and issue publications for instructions.
- Expect to spend 5 hours a week witnessing, sell 12 subscriptions/month to the watchtower and conduct a Bible study each month in the home of new converts (in addition to hall meetings)
- Disfellowship/Excommunication is a penalty for those who are considered to be operating outside the rules of the governing body. Not only is the person not permitted to go inside the hall, but JWs (including family members) are not permitted to talk or associate with the disfellowshipped person. Not only is this hard on the family, but the person now believes the panel that speaks for Jehovah has condemned them to annihilation since salvation is only available through JWs and the work they do for the organization.
- JWs are forbidden to use the Bible alone for study. Books, literature or websites not approved by the governing body/”faithful and discreet slave” are forbidden. Penalties including disfellowshipping have been administered to JWs that read, talk about, ask questions dealing with things that do not present them in a favorable light (expose them) or allow them to ask questions about what they believe (think for themselves outside of what they’ve been taught). [Example of deliberate changes to fit doctrine in the Jeremiah book- 2010.]
False Prophecies/Contradictions include:
- Predicting the world would end in 1914, 1918, 1925, 1975 & 1989. JWs encouraged people not to get married, not to go to school, not to have children, sell their homes, donate the proceeds to the watchtower and go full-time bringing people into the organization. While they struggled in the Great Depression, Rutherford lived in a mansion deeded to the patriarchs of the Bible (who had to prove their identities in order to get the house).
- Their doctrines have had to change as the panel changed their minds, prophecies failed to come true, information about JW associations came out and to calm their members. Ex: If the people of Sodom & Gomorrah would inherit the earth. [changes]
- Secret societies and dealings with the occult are forbidden (watchtower article), yet their roots and foundation came from Charles Taze Russell, a 33rd degree freemason. Note his grave marker. Russell is buried under a pyramid in the Greater Pittsburg Masonic Center. See the picture of the templar cross & symbology under the all seeing eye of horus (the sun god of Egypt). The Russell bloodline founded the Skull & Bones Society at Yale. [Russell]
- They teach not to be involved in politics (neutrality within the devil’s system), yet the JW organization was a registered member of the United Nations about a decade. This is a recorded trial hearing of “an anointed one” – here In it, he mentions the contradictions of the JWs and speaks specifically about their involvement (and the proof he has) with the UN. He was accused of trying to cause division with his information and was disfellowshipped – although he was supposed to be an “anointed one” of Jehovah with one of the 144,000 seats in Heaven.
- Jesus is said to not have been crucified on a cross but a stake, so they see the cross as a pagan symbol of idolatry. Yet, their watchtower society featured the Knight’s Templar (predecessor to freemasonry) cross on their literature for decades. (watchtower cover)
Here’s the problem. The Bible is supposed to be what they use to base their doctrines and decisions, but their teachings and actions openly and purposely contradict the Bible.
Rev 22:18-19 “18For 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: 19And 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.”
- Jesus is the Son of God. He is God and never refused worship as God. (too many verses to list) Deut 6:4 “4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” “God” in this verse is elohiym which is plural (God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit) and appears throughout the Bible beginning in Genesis 1 with the Creation.
- The Holy Spirit is not an “it”. He is the third Person in the Godhead. John 14:16-17, 26; John 15:26; John 16:7-14
- 144,000 in Rev 7:3-9 and Rev 14:1-5 refer to Jewish male virgins! The 12 tribes of Israel are listed by name.
- Salvation cannot be earned. It is only through belief in the completed atoning work of Jesus Christ that we may be saved. Eph 2:8-9
- When God sent/sends forth a Word, it doesn’t have to be changed. Isa 55:10-11, Matt 5:18, Psalm 119:89
- Hell is real. To deny hell is real is to call God a liar. Matt 5:29-30, Matt10:28, Luke 16:19-31, Rev 20:13-14, Rev 14:9-11
- The Holy Spirit is able to help people understand the Bible. A “governing body” is not needed to interpret Scriptures for God’s people or demand what we should read and how often. We are allowed to read, study and learn for ourselves. 2 Tim 2:15, John 14:26, 1 Cor 2:13
- Classism (respecter of persons) is not supported in the Bible. Either you are saved, or you’re not. One person isn’t “more saved” than another. Everybody will see Jesus. Acts 10:34-35, John 12:26, Proverbs 24:23, Col 3:25, James 2:1-2, Rom 2:9-11
- Jesus will return visibly for all to see. While interaction with one who calls himself a brother but chooses to oppose the ways of Christ may be limited, Christians cannot judge and condemn a person to hell nor do we seek to cut them completely from fellowship. We desire to see people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and will welcome any who want the same. Christians are to reach out to the lost – not to shun them. Matt 24:30 (all shall “see”), 2 Peter 3:9
- Baptism – People are not to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son & the spirit-directed organization vs. the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost as commanded in the Bible. Matt 28:19-20
- If the Bible is our authority, then we do not change the Word to fit us. We adjust our actions to God’s way. His Word will take precedent over man’s.
This is not an attack on Jehovah’s Witnesses. I have family in this organization. They’re some of the dearest, sweetest people you could know. However, the Jesus of JWs cannot save because he is not the Jesus of the Bible. This is a salvation issue – not a personal one. This is written for two purposes: 1) for Christians to understand the importance of reading & understanding the Bible, to not fall into this deception and to know not everyone that holds a Bible believes in the God of the Bible and 2) to provide information to those in the organization that are usually unaware of what has been hidden.
As with other religions that are similar to Christianity but often classified with Christians because “Jesus” is mentioned, it is necessary to understand what JWs understand. The goal is not to win an argument but to win souls. These people are precious to the Lord also, and the Lord does not want them to perish either.
“32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32
How to witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses: (with a non-NWT)
Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses: What Every Christian Should Know (through the NWT)
Documentary showing – confessions of a former member of the governing body, Dr. J. R. Mantey (Greek scholar), connection the occult, publications foretelling the end of the world, etc. – documentary
Is Jesus God? YES! – page
NWT mistranslation – page
Answers to JW friends – link
Questions for JWs – page
Quotes from the watchtower & other JW publications – page
watchtower article – compares belief in Trinity and of Jesus being God as pagan worship
watchtower article – note that the last big paragraph states that “Michael the archangel” is Jesus Christ in his heavenly position.*
watchtower article – scroll down and note they outright deny Jesus was God in the flesh, which is a direct contradiction of many verses including 1 Tim 3:16
watchtower article – teaching against hell, denies that God gave Adam a soul, and denies that there is a life or death after a physical death (2 Cor 5:6-8)
See Beth Sarim mansion
Recorded trial of an “anointed one” & the disfellowship decision
Therapist discusses mind control and spiritual abuse