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Warning the Witnesses

Discussion in 'Modern Cult Groups & Errant Religions' started by Chris, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Warning the Witnesses

    Warning the Witnesses
    By T.A. McMahon

    One has to admire the zeal of the Jehovah's Witnesses. They put in many hours going door to door trying to convince people they don't know to believe what they believe. Although the zeal is commendable in one sense, it's tragic in another. Their incessant labor to attain salvation is worse than fruitless; even more important, it is a rejection of the only way they can be saved.

    Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John:14:6). Jesus is God "manifest in the flesh" (1 Timothy:3:16). He declares that He is Jehovah God and that those who do not believe in Him cannot be saved: "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins" (John:8:24).

    There are many very good ministries and resources that address the errors and deceits of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. Even though I am familiar with a number of such ministries and their books, articles, and videos, I have to admit that I am hardly the well-equipped, ready-to-straighten-them-out apologist I should be when JWs come to my door. One of the problems is that they come by at unexpected, even inopportune, times, and too often my flesh would much rather avoid them or send them packing. My wife takes another tack (which doesn't help matters). She uses the "honey approach," which is not to be confused with the "you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" tactic. After she greets them, she calls out to me, "Honey, it's for you!" To say that I've had a good attitude in the past about engaging them would be as truthful as their New World Translation. So, I'm under much conviction to repent of my former ways and, by God's grace, be willing to minister to those who are just as lost and in bondage as I was before Christ transformed my life.

    To that end, this article is hardly the "be all and end all" for witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses, but some may find it helpful. Part of the problem is that the JWs have so many false teachings that it can be a dilemma remembering them, not to mention deciding what to address. They have their own error-filled bible, which was fabricated in order to support their unbiblical doctrines. They have false prophecies. They have another gospel. They have an erroneous view of death and eternal punishment. And they have dangerous practices that are based upon their false beliefs. To compound the problem, at least one of the JWs who comes to your door is a veteran and well trained to argue against anyone who would object to his cult's beliefs.

    What I propose, for those who want to minister to the JWs yet who identify with my own shortcomings, is to keep things simple by zeroing in on their chief problem: they do not believe that Jesus is God, but rather a created god. Their New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) spells that out quite clearly by corrupting John:1:3: "In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god." Jesus, whom JWs believe is "the Word," is "a god." The problems with that teaching defy both what the Bible teaches and reason. Exodus:20:1-3 declares, "And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Jehovah God forbids the manifestation of other gods simply because there is only one God: "I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any" (Isaiah:44:6,8). Isaiah declares that same truth over and over again (Isaiah:43:10; 45:5-6,18,21-22). Therefore, all other gods are false gods.

    The biblical objections to Jehovah God having created Jesus as a god are found throughout Scripture. First of all, no verse in the Bible testifies to that JW teaching, and, as we've seen, it clearly contradicts the many verses declaring that there is only one God. Moreover, Jesus, rather than being a "created god," is the creator and sustainer of all things: "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist" (Colossians:1:16-17). The NWT injects the bracketed word "[other]" between "all" and "things" in order to deny the exclusive aspect of Jesus creating "all things," of which only God is capable. Written to support the false teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the NWT nevertheless elsewhere unwittingly confirms Jesus as the exclusive creator of "all things": "All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence" (John:1:3 NWT).

    The false JW teaching that Jesus is inferior to Jehovah God as a "created god" makes His many statements of claiming to be God a lie, and therefore He himself a liar. In Exodus, the Lord declared to Moses, "I AM THAT I AM: and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you" (Exodus:3:14). In Isaiah:43:10, as well as many other places, Jehovah announces that He is the only true God by declaring Himself to be the "I am," that is, the eternal self-existing One. JWs argue that Jesus is not Jehovah, which contradicts the numerous times Jesus identifies himself as Jehovah, the "I am" (John:8:28; 11:25; 13:13; 14:10-11, and many others). In John:8:58-59 Jesus proclaimed, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." Although the Watchtower Society doesn't accept the fact that Jesus was claiming to be Jehovah God by His declaration, the Jewish religious leaders took Him at His word when He said that He and His Father are one: "Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God" (John:10:30-33). Jesus did not correct their accusation because He indeed is God.

    The Jehovah's Witnesses are in serious trouble and they need to be told so. The denial of the biblical teaching that Jesus is Jehovah God is a direct rejection of the only One who can save them. They say that's not the case because they believe Jehovah is their savior. They are half-right because Jehovah is certainly the Savior. In fact—Jehovah is the only Savior: "I, even I, am the Lord [Jehovah]; and beside me there is no saviour.…There is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else" (Isaiah:43:11; 45:21-22). Yet their being "half-right" is akin to a bridge that only spans halfway; travelers attempting to cross it will go to their death. Jesus said if they do not believe that He is Jehovah they will die in their sins (John:8:24).

    If there is only one Savior, what then of the verses proclaiming "our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ"? (2 Peter:1:11; 3:18) Jesus and God can be our Savior only if they are one in the same. That's exactly what we are told in Titus:2:13, which refers to Jesus as "the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." The Greek grammar is indisputable in support of this verse that God and our Savior Jesus Christ are the same.

    Only the teaching of the Trinity can reconcile those verses declaring that there is only one God and one Savior, yet Jehovah is the Savior and Jesus is the Savior. JWs, however, not only reject the Trinity doctrine, they also distort what biblical Christians actually believe, insinuating the false idea that they worship three Gods. Not true. The God of the Bible, that is, Jehovah God, consists of the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit: one God, three Persons. Although a comprehension of God existing in three persons is beyond the grasp of the human mind, that is the clear teaching throughout the Scriptures. Furthermore, the revealed character of God offers many logical reasons why God cannot be a singular Being as the Jehovah's Witnesses claim. Consider, for example, the truth that God is love (1 John:4:8). God is also eternal and perfectly complete. Yet love demands an object to love. As a singular Being, He would need to create an object of His love in order to love. Such a need, if true, would exhibit His lack of being perfectly complete. But couldn't He simply love Himself? No. Self-love is unbiblical. Since 1 Corinthians:13:5 teaches us that love isn't self-seeking, God would be contradicting His own Word. Love, therefore, must always have existed in the Trinity, in which all three Beings of the Godhead love each other.

    Are there two Jehovahs? The first part of Isaiah:44:6 declares, "Thus saith the Lord [Jehovah] the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord [Jehovah] of hosts," and just so there is no misunderstanding, the Lord Jehovah sets the record straight in the latter part of verse 6: "I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God." Again, only the doctrine of the Trinity makes sense of this verse. Furthermore, the King of Israel and His redeemer the Lord of hosts both signify Jesus, who is the King of Israel and the King of kings and our redeemer (John:18:33,37; 1 Timothy:6:15; Revelation:19:16; Titus:2:14).

    Further proofs abound that Jesus must be Jehovah God. Consider for example His acceptance of worship. Jesus himself declared that only God is to be worshiped (Matthew:4:10) yet He accepted worship as a child by the wise men (2:11), by a leper (8:2), by a ruler (9:18), as the Son of God by His disciples (14:33), by the two Marys after His resurrection (28:9), and by many others including Thomas, who declared to Him, "My Lord and my God" (John:20:28). He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians:1:15). By Him all things consist (vs. 17). Jesus is identified as the Son, the mighty God, the everlasting Father(Isaiah:9:6). Jesus is the "Almighty" God, as the Book of Revelation proclaims throughout (Revelation:1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7,14; 19:15-16). He made Himself equal with God (Phil:2:6; John:5:18). In Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians:2:9). Only God can forgive sin, yet Jesus forgave sin (Luke:5:20-25).

    Jehovah's Witnesses have been deceived into believing that their zealous works are what Jehovah requires for His forgivness of their sins and their acceptance by Him. Jesus, however, set straight those who had the same belief: "Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent" (John:6:28-29). Only Jesus, as God and Man, could (and did!) pay the penalty for the sins of mankind. This He fully accomplished as He hung upon the Cross. Tragically, JWs have rejected their only hope of eternal life with Jesus because they are looking to "another Jesus," a created one of their own fabrication. They need to be warned, however brief one's encounter with them might be.

    I suggest that the first question to ask the Jehovah's Witnesses at your door is whether or not they believe that Jesus is Jehovah God. You are not looking for their rationale but rather a declarative yes or no! "No" will be their obvious response, and following that, I recommend that you give them the solemn warnings from the Scriptures, beginning with Jesus' words: "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins" (John:8:24). Then, "if we deny him, he also will deny us" (2 Timothy:2:12), and "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day" (John:12:48). And finally, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John:3:36). Those verses contain the seeds of conviction that I believe need to be planted, followed, of course, by prayer that God's Word will take root within those lost souls at your door and deliver them from their temporal bondage and eternal separation from Jehovah God. TBC
  2. Any Minute

    Any Minute Well-Known Member

    "Honey, It's for you!" :lol: :pound:

    Thanks for posting Chris. This was a good article.
  3. WKUHilltopper

    WKUHilltopper Well-Known Member

    I see nothing commendable at about about their "zeal". The SS had great zeal too. The DOJ and ATF had great zeal running guns to Mexican drug lords.
  4. Lily

    Lily Looking Up

    May God's grace be upon and may God bless those who work to bring the JW's the Truth.

    I have tried to do this and it is most difficult. There are so many of their lies to confront. :(( I found this to be one hard job, for me any way. I mostly pray for them, I feel that that's the most effective weapon.
  5. caligal

    caligal Well-Known Member

    Even if I memorized what to say to them, the moment I open the door my head would go.................:thinking::ohno
  6. Ducati

    Ducati Well-Known Member

    My wifes grandmother is a JW. We get into it all the time. I don't argue the small details with them , its pointless. I try to disprove the WatchTower Org. to them. They claim and take pride that there "New World Translation" is taken right from the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. I find this a bit hard to believe when there "governing body" leaders are scholared in neither Greek or Hebrew. This is a fact.

    But still pointless to them. :faint2:
  7. Lynn

    Lynn Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Chris, for the great JW article. I printed two copies and plan to have them handy next time we have a visit.
  8. Lujack Skylark

    Lujack Skylark Well-Known Member

    I find it interesting the Jehovah Witnesses don't want to acknowledge their founder was Charles Taze Russell since they want to name people before Charles Taze Russell as Jehovah Witnesses. They say Adam's son Seth was a Jehovah Witness! When Charles Taze Russell died his tombstone was made in a shape of a pyramid! Sign he was involved in Egyptian occultic practices.

    Tell them about their false prophecy that the end of the world would take place in 1975 and they will tell you they never heard of that prophecy that they were not Jehovah Witnesses at that time even if they have been Jehovah Witnesses for over 50 years.

    They say God has abandoned the nation of Israel and that Israel is no longer in Bible prophecy. Ask them to explain Ezekiel 36:24 as coming true. Tell them about the Syrian crisis (Isaiah 17:1-14) and the nations formulating against Israel in (Ezekiel 38:1-Ezekiel 39:9) Current events show the J.W.'s are wrong and they become speechless about these prophecies and quickly want to change the subject to their translation of the Bible and to another topic. Usually you leave the newly recruited J.W. out of the two who come to your door speechless about the current events but at the Kingdom Hall the elders will quickly dismiss actual Bible prophecy and replace it with their gibberish. Its really hard to lead these people so brainwashed to Jesus Christ.
  9. Bramwell

    Bramwell Member

    I disagree with a lot of JW theological beliefs. But I also admire their zeal, and feel that a number of them show signs of genuine faith and sincerity, even if we would consider them misguided in their practice.

    Sort of in defense of the JW's, I should point out that they seem to be one of the most universally hated "Christian" groups in the world. Despite there being literally thousands of Christian denominations throughout the US, if you were to take a random survey test among Christians on which mainstream denomination they most dislike, I reckon the JWs would be very near the top of that list. That begs the question of why.

    I dare say that at least part of the reason for the universal hatred of JWs is because they are willing to express their faith in ways most Christians are not. Wrong in their beliefs or not, why aren't there more genuine Christians going around to share their faith in Jesus? Why do JWs seem to trump us all in terms of evangelistic zeal? Why do they seem so red-hot about sharing their beliefs, whereas most of us seem so lukewarm by comparison?

    Just a few points to consider for perspective.
  10. Lujack Skylark

    Lujack Skylark Well-Known Member

    The Jehovah Witnesses are under the delusion the world is going to get better and be a paradice someday. They don't mention the horrors of the coming tribulation. When you show them 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 the rapture where one believing in Jesus Christ before the tribulation will be taken to heaven they say heaven will only be reserved for the 144,000 and that paradice earth will be for everyone else. The Jehovah Witnesses are appear so happy since they don't believe in hell. There appears to be no punishment for sins in their religion.
  11. Bramwell

    Bramwell Member

    Hi Lujack,

    Unfortunately I don't know much about what Jehovah Witnesses believe - mainly just aspects of their practice. As such, I can't confirm if they believe in a coming tribulation; though I agree that if they don't, that represents error.

    I have to say, though, that I am skeptical about your claim that there is no punishment for sin in their religion. Are you able to provide any evidence to support that claim?
  12. Any Minute

    Any Minute Well-Known Member

    Jehovah's Witnesses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    There are other great links in the "sticky" at the top of this page with info about the JW’s.

    I realize that your question wasn’t directed at me, I’m sure Lujack Skylark will come back to clarify.
    I think what he meant is they don’t believe in a conscience eternal Hell but rather a form of soul sleep. So if they’re wrong, they believe they only have to face eternal unawareness as a consequence.

    I wouldn’t be so quick to admire their “zeal”; their door to door indoctrination and spreading of a false gospel is something we are warned about in scripture. It’s not always of their own free will and love of Jesus and the gospel that they do this. Their visits are documented, required if they wish to be in good standing, and are used not only for the purpose of gaining new converts but used just as much as a form of control, teaching, and further indoctrinating of their own newer members. Despite their outward appearance of faith and sincerity, they are for the most part well trained in their deceptions and hold to a works based salvation.

    You bring up good points about evangelism, though many are doing what you mentioned. I would rather try and reach some with the truth than deceive many (any) with a false gospel. I apologize if all this sounds harsh but we haven’t even scratched the surface of the depths that this cult has gone, deceiving many into rejecting biblical salvation. My brother and his family are JW’s and I see some of the carnage these beliefs have inflicted on them and others. I pray often that they will be released from the bondage of this dangerous cult and come to biblical repentance and salvation. If you feel led to do so, please pray for all JW’s along with the rest of the lost, time is growing short for them.
  13. Lujack Skylark

    Lujack Skylark Well-Known Member

    My mother had a J.W. come over the house in the early 1970's and in the conversation they don't believe in a conscience eternal hell like Any minute has stated. This is what I actually meant.

    I have a J.W. friend which still talks with me. Many years ago the WatchTower came up with the topic of Ezekiel 38-39 Gog's War and the J.W.'s tried to explain it away. I sent Frank a Hal Lindsey video. He watched Hal Lindsey's take on Ezekiel and threw the video away. I lost some good money buying that video, however I may have planted a seed since the Ezekiel nations are coming into focus these days and its harder for the J.W.'s to prove the future prophecy wrong.

    Two years ago their magazine the Awake stated the Jews were no longer in Bible prophecy. I said listen lady I review the news broadcasts and have been studying Israel's rebirth since May 14, 1948.

    Everything is falling into place. These ladies JW's always come in two's then said their organization is the only true organization which is growing. I said then your organization can't be the true religion since the Bible says there will be a falling away from the truth in the end times. The JW's seemed to go away disgusted when I said John 3:16 is the only way and the scripture is not bound by a particular organization. The truth is open for all.
  14. ReadyforSupper

    ReadyforSupper Well-Known Member

    I ran upon something amazing the other day! I was doing some research on cults (for some reason, I believe it was so I'd find this weird thing out).

    I came upon a forum (didn't bother to look WHO's forum it was) and I was stunned at how hard the posters were slamming JW's.

    After realizing that I was ON THE JW"S FORUM PAGE, I kept reading. They're calling themselves "Jehovah's Quitnesses"!:lol:

    I'm stunned that there's no moderator, but if there was one, there'd be nothing on the boards! Dozens of ex witnesses are on those boards warning each other, proving the heresy of the JW's, celebrating anniversaries of "leaving the ORG"...:yeah:

    I can't post what I've read, but you can easily find it. Jehovahs-Witnesses.net

    They're even warning members who are trying to leave to get a good, Christian attorney because JW's are trained from the beginning how to take a child from it's "unbelieving" parent!

    Either a group of Christians has hijacked that forum to get a message through (which I seriously doubt) or the JW's have HAD IT!

    If any of you check on this, tell me how you feel! I'm I just nuts, or is a house dividing against itself???:pray:

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