A Biblical Refutation of the Jehovah's Witness Cult
Biblical Christianity has nothing in common with the false doctrine and cultish lies of the Jehovah's Witness Doctrine.
Below is a comparison of the false teachings of the Jehovah's Witness vs Christianity:
- Jehovah's Witness believe that salvation can be earned through works: "To get one's name written in that book of life will depend on one's works, whether they are in fulfilment of God's will and approved by his Judge and King." (Watchtower, August 15, 1972).
- The Bible says that For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. ... (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the Trinity is a doctrine of Satan: "Never was there a more deceptive doctrine advanced than that of the trinity" (Reconciliation, 1928 ) "...sincere persons who want to know the true God and serve him find it a bit difficult to love and worship a complicated, freakish-looking, three-headed God" (Let God Be True, 1946). "Satan is the originator of the trinity doctrine" (Ibid.)
- While the word "trinity" does not appear in the Bible as a description of God, the scriptures definitely indicate one God with a triune nature - existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Jehovah's Witnesses believe that there is no eternal hell for the wicked. All "unbelievers" will be annihilated, and simply cease to exist. "The fiendish concepts associated with a hell of torment slander God and originate with the chief slanderer of God (the Devil)" (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985).
- The Bible says:
- Revelation 21:8 - But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
- Matthew 25:41 - Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
- Matthew 25:46 - And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
- Mark 9:43 - And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
- Matthew 10:28- And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
- Jehovah's Witnesses believe Christ returned invisibly in 1914 and began setting up His Kingdom. World War I was a sign He'd arrived. "...Bible evidence shows that in the year 1914 C.E. God's time arrived for Christ to return and begin ruling...Christ's return invisible...Christ himself gave a visible 'sign' by which we may know that he is invisibly present...'NATION WILL RISE AGAINST NATION'...Surely you have seen this part of the 'sign' being fulfilled since 1914! In that year World War I began" (You Can Live Forever In Paradise on Earth )
- The Bible says: Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be visible.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses got their start in 1884, when Charles Russell formed Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society, though their true roots sprang up fourteen years earlier from a Bible Study Russell organized in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. From these meager beginnings, much like the Mormon Church, evolved a large empire. In 1999, Jehovah’s Witnesses Worldwide reported that a total of nearly 6 million JW’s spent about 1.1 billion hours evangelizing in 234 countries.
The JW’s publish two semi-monthly magazines as their primary publications. Awake! targets mostly non-JW’s and focuses on non-Biblical topics such as current events and news stories. The Watchtower magazine is toted as the “chief means of instructing members in doctrine and practice” (Jehovah’s Witness Literature, p.155). The Watchtower circulation per issue was 16,100,000 in 116 languages as of 1994.
In a manner similar to Mormonism, JW’s believe that their organization is the only true Christian organization. They believe that the truths of scripture were lost through a great apostasy centuries ago until God used Charles Russell to restore the gospel. JW shares some doctrinal beliefs with Christianity, but most of their beliefs either completely contradict, or at least pervert Biblical truths.
On the JW.org website they were asked if they were Christian and the response was as follows:
Yes. We are Christians for the following reasons:
- We try to follow closely the teachings and behavior of Jesus Christ.--1 Peter 2:21.
- We believe that Jesus is the key to salvation, that “there is not another name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must get saved.”--Acts 4:12.
- When people become Jehovah’s Witnesses, they are baptized in the name of Jesus.--Matthew 28:18, 19.
- We offer our prayers in Jesus’ name.--John 15:16.
- We believe that Jesus is the Head, or the one appointed to have authority, over every man.--1 Corinthians 11:3.
They twist Scriptures and make them appear as though they are correct, but they do not coincide with the true Jesus of the Bible, Whom "said it is finished". (John 19:30). The only way the sin debt can be paid is through the precious blood of Jesus Christ and no other. (John 14:6). He is the sinless Saviour and God will accept no other. (2 Corinthians 5:21). We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23). Not one man or woman can save themselves and many are the false prophecies of this religious cult claiming to be of God.
The Bible warns that in the last days we are going to see many false prophets (Matthew 24:3-11) and we are to be watchful and prayerful and sober, because our adversary prowls around seeking whom he may devour. ( 1 Peter 5:8, Matthew 26:41).