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Watchtower Society (the Jehovah’s Witnesses)

03/18/2013
Link: http://www.orble.com/christian-apologetics-resource

 

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES: The Watchtower Society

If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.(Isaiah 8:20)

FALSE TEACHINGS

The Deity of Jesus Christ

Watchtower Doctrine: Jesus was an angel who became a man (Watchtower, 5/15/63, p 307). He was just a man, however — not God in the flesh (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, p 306).

Biblical Doctrine: Jesus is/was fully God and fully man. [See The Deity of Jesus Christ]

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Watchtower Doctrine: Jesus was only ‘spiritually’ raised, not physically (Awake, 7/22/73, p 4; Let God be True, p 276).

Biblical Doctrine: Jesus was literally physically raised from the dead. In fact, Scripture teaches Jesus raised Himself from the dead. [See The Resurrection of Jesus Christ]


Eternal Judgment / Hell

Watchtower Doctrine: The doctrine of eternal torment (hell) is not valid. (Let God be True, p.90-90, and p. 94-95) The soul becomes extinct (nonexistent) after death, also known as Annihilationism (Let God be True, p. 74, 75 and p. 99).

Biblical Doctrine: Scripture, in both the Old and New Testament, teaches that the wicked will be eternally tormented in hell. [See The After-life]


Salvation

Watchtower Doctrine: Salvation is by works (Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 1, pp. 150, 152), through membership in the organization (Watchtower, 2/15/79, p 30).

Biblical Doctrine: Salvation by grace through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ. [See Salvation]

The Trinity

Watchtower Doctrine: The doctrine of the “trinity” is an invention of man. (Let God be True, p 100, 101)

Biblical Doctrine: Although the word “trinity” is not in the Bible, the concept of the three-in-one Godhead is given throughout the Old and New Testaments. [see The Godhead]


The Holy Spirit

Watchtower Doctrine: The Holy Spirit is an inanimate force or power. (Watchtower, 6/1/52, p 24; Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, pp 406, 407)

Biblical Doctrine: The Holy Spirit is a person and is part of the triune Godhead (the Trinity). [See The Holy Spirit]

What does Scripture say about false teachers?

1. It is the personal responsibility of the individual believer to test doctrine (Ephesians 4:14) and see if it is “the doctrine of the Lord” (Acts 13:12), “sound” (I Timothy 1:10; 2 Timothy 4:3; Titus 1:9; 2:1) and “good” (Proverbs 4:2; I Timothy 4:6).

2. Scripture repeatedly warns of the coming of false teachers.
(Deuteronomy 13:1-3; Matthew 5:19; 7:15; 15:2-20; 16:12; 23:2-33; 24:23-26; Mark 8:15; 13:21-23; Luke 11:38-52; Acts 15:11 24; 20:28; Galatians 1:7 ; I Timothy 1:3-7;6:3-5; 2 Timothy 3:13-14; 4:34; Titus 1:10-11; 3:10-11; Hebrews 13:9; 2 Peter 2:1; 2 John 7-10; Jude 1:4; Revelation 2:14-15)

a.) They teach the “doctrines of men” (Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7; Colossians 2:22) and demons (I Timothy 4:1), not the “doctrine of Christ” (2 John 9).

b.) If it is the “doctrine of God” (Titus 2:10), it will in every aspect correspond with the written Word of God (Isaiah 8:20).

c.) Teachers of “divers and strange doctrines” (Hebrews 13:9), who use the scriptures but twist their meaning (2 Peter 3:16), make no distinction between right and wrong (Ezekiel 22:26). Often their motive in ministry is one of monetary gain (Micah 3:11).

3. Because people without a solid foundation in the Word can so easily be led astray (Matthew 24:24), “handling the Word of God deceitfully” (2 Corinthians 4:2) will be met with severe punishment (James 3:1).

3 Comments
  1. 03/18/2013 04:15

    Thanks for sharing.

    My issue with Jehovah’s Witnesses is that their entire doctrinal superstructure rest squarely on the ‘invisible’ second coming of Jesus October 1914.There is no way they can evade this patently false dogma.
    Jesus specifically forewarned about false prophets who would say,”look he is here in the wilderness,or see he is here in the Temple”.Jesus further warned to “not go after them”.
    (Matthew 7:15)

    Danny Haszard Bangor Maine FMI dannyhaszard(dot)com

    • 03/18/2013 21:40

      The major issue regarding the heresy of their beliefs is that they deny the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a major tenet of Christianity, in fact, the Apostle Paul warns that to deny this fact is to deny Christ; one cannot be saved while denying the resurrection of Christ! Many churches won’t discuss this issue in depth for fear of offending, but, there it is…..John 11:25, Romans 1:1-4 (states that the literal physical resurrection of Christ validates His sin-atoning death, and therefore justifies our faith in Him as Lord and Savior), Romans 8:11, 1Corinthians 15:1-4,

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