LET THE BIBLE SPEAK
ABOUT JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES


INTRODUCTION:

In 1870, at the age of 18, Charles T. Russell organized a Bible class in Pittsburgh Pa. USA, which in 1876 elected him as "pastor" of the group. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society was founded in 1879. The leadership of the "Society" eventually went to J. F. Rutherford and the name Jehovah's Witnesses was taken at Columbus, Ohio, in 1931. Their headquarters are in Brooklyn, New York. They have their own translation of the Scriptures in which they have taken unwarranted liberties with the Greek text called the "New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures." Their leading periodical is the "Watchtower" and they publish millions of Pamphlets each year which are distributed by their adherents.

Because Jehovah's Witnesses are the product of man's teaching and not the result of Biblical teaching, there are many points at which they are not only unscriptural but anti-scriptural. This tract does not allow a thorough treatment of all the errors believed and taught by Jehovah's Witnesses so we limit our observations to basic doctrinal errors. They believe and teach error in regard to:

THEIR NAME

No place in the Word of God do you find the name "Jehovah's Witnesses. " In the New Testament, those who pleased God were called disciples (Acts 11: 26), saints (Jude), Christians (I Peter 4: 16), and brethren. (I John 3: 14).

DIVINITY

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that there is one God and that His name is Jehovah. Thus, they deny the deity of Christ and the deity of the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that Christ is God. (Isa. 9:6; Jn.1:1-4,14; Phil. 2:5-8; Jn. 5:23.) The Word of God also teaches that the Holy Spirit is God. (Acts 5:3,4). These three: God, the Father; Christ, the Son; and the Holy Spirit, comprise deity. (Col. 2:8).

CHRIST

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Christ was the first creation of God. The Bible teaches that Christ is eternal in nature and that he was with God the Father in the creation of all things. The word " God" in Genesis 1:1 is plural and includes the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The New Testament writers teach that Christ played an important role in the creation. (Jn. 1:3, Hebrews 1:2). Christ was not "created" but was the "creator."

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Christ was put to death in the flesh and that God disposed of that body just as he disposed of Moses' body and that he was raised an invisible spirit creature. The Bible teaches that Christ, following his resurrection, was not invisible but could be easily identified. (Lk. 24:37-39, 42-43; Jn. 20: 25,27).

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that the promise of Christ's second coming was fulfilled in 1914 at which time he was supposed to have received the kingdom. They also claim that his coming was spiritual and not visible and thus he was unseen to men. The Bible teaches that Christ's second coming will be visible, "every eye shall see him" (Rev. 1: 7) and audible (I Thess. 4: 16- 17). The Bible also teaches that Christ is NOW reigning over his kingdom. (Acts 2:29-36)

THE NATURE OF MAN

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that man is wholly mortal and that like the animals he ceases to exist when he dies. It is something like the little dog Rover; "when he is dead, he is dead all over. "The Bible teaches that man is a triune being; body, soul, and spirit (1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 4:12). Man is composed of body which come from the dust of the ground. He is composed of a soul, which is his breath or life, and he is composed of a spirit, which is made in the image of God. Because there are so many different meanings for the word "soul" and "spirit" they must be defined according to their usage in context. Sometimes the word "soul" is used to refer to nothing more than man's breath, which he has in common with the animals. (Gen. 2:7). There are other times when the word "soul " is used in the Bible to refer to man's eternal nature or spirit.

God Himself has a soul. (Lev. 26:11,30; Isa. 1:14; Matt 12: 8; Heb. 10:38). Since God is a Spirit (Jn. 4:24) he has no animal breath. His soul is the same thing as his spirit. Though man's soul (breath or life) can and does die (Gen. 37:21; Num. 31:19) his immortal substance cannot die. (Matt 10: 28). That immortal substance (spirit) is often referred to as his soul. (Psa. 103: 1; Gen 35:18; 1 Kings 17:21; Revelation 20:4).

ETERNAL PUNISHMENT

Since Jehovah's Witnesses deny the continuous conscious existence of man's soul, they deny the Bible doctrine of eternal punishment for sin. To Jehovah's Witnesses the only hell is the grave. The Bible teaches that man will be "punished with everlasting destruction." (2 Thess. 1:9; Matt. 25: 46).

CONCLUSION

No person who is interested in his soul's salvation can afford to espouse the doctrine of Jehovah's Witnesses. Their teaching contradicts the teaching of God's Word at almost every vital point. Follow the Bible and the Bible alone!