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You must be wondering, “Why this site?” And, “Why are you wanting members of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WBTS) to come here?” After all, what are we trying to accomplish?

We are biblical Christians who live in Utah and work regularly with the culture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To see the myriad of articles, YouTube videos, and other resource material, go to www.mrm.org.watchtower

But we are also concerned with those who call themselves “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” There is no doubt that those leading the WBTS claim to be the one and only true religion. According to page 256 in the JW manual You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth,

Do not conclude that there are different roads, or ways, that you can follow to gain life in God’s new system. There is only one. . . And there will be only one organization–God’s visible organization–that will survive the fast-approaching “great tribulation.” It is simply not true that all religions lead to the same goal. (Matthew 7:21-23; 24:21) You must be part of Jehovah’s organization, doing God’s will, in order to receive his blessing of eternal life.

This philosophy is very similiar to the Mormon culture that many of us live in throughout Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. Mormons are also told that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and no other is the one true church on earth. Other religious movements, including Roman Catholicism, Islam, and others, teach the same thing.

Jesus did say that there would be only one road  to truth and that was through Him (John 14:6). Many members of religions (including the ones listed above) claim to be authentic followers of Jesus. Hence, Jehovah’s Witness theology is either true or it is not true. It cannot be true if Islam is true too. Nor can Watchtower theology be correct if biblical Christianity is true.

With that as a background, what are some of the important differences between what is taught in WBTS and what Evangelical Christians believe? Here are just a few:

  1. Who is God? 

According to the WBTS, Jehvoah is the only God and the doctrine of the Trinity is false. According to page 39 of the JW manual You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth:

“Who is this wonderful God? Some persons say his name is Jesus. Others say he is a Trinity, although the word ‘trinity’ does not appear in the Bible…Well, did Jesus ever say that he was God? No, he never did.”

This information is false. Click on Does the Bible really say that Jesus is God? for more information. Although JW leaders insist that Jesus is Michael the Archangel, we invite you to visit here for more infomration on this very important topic and explain why the Trinity is not a man-made invention but rather a biblical teaching.

IMG_0005What many Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t know is that the cross was once celebrated in the history of the JW organization.  Jehovah’s Witnesses are even taught to minimize the cross. It says in the August 15, 1987 Watchtower, “Jesus most likely was executed on an upright stake without any crossbeam.” In the Awake magazine of April 8, 1974, it says that there is “no biblical evidence even intimat(ing) that Jesus died on a cross.”

However, there was a cross on the cover of the Watchtower magazines beginning in January 1891. It remained there until October 1, 1931, a period of more than 40 years and 960 issues. And the WBTS taught that Jesus died on a cross until 1936.

Consider this quote from the Watch tower dated April 15, 1907 on page 302:

“Nor can the rewards of present temporal prosperity in worldly things be expected by those who are running for the prize of this high calling to glory, honor, immortality as kings and priests unto God; for the way to the crown is the way of the cross.”

Take a look at the photo to the left. I own a copy of the book The Harp of God that was printed during the administration of J.F. (Judge) Rutherford in 1921. What you see here was printed on page 113! Does it look like the organization was minimizing the cross?

Maybe this isn’t a big deal. But it’s not the only time JW theology changed. For instance, Jehovah’s Witnesses used to celebrate Christmas, something they’re not allowed to do today. Consider:

Watchtower, 12/15/1903, p. 457 – “…it is quite immaterial upon what day that event, of so great importance to all, is celebrated. Upon this day, so generally celebrated, we may properly enough join…”
Watchtower, 12/1/1904, p. 364 – “…it is not necessary for us to quibble particularly about the date. We may as well join with the civilized world in celebrating the grand event on the day which the majority celebrate—Christmas day.”
Watchtower, 11/15/1907, p. 351 – “Dear Friends:– It might interest you to know that we are already offering the books for ‘Christmas gifts.’”
Watchtower, 1/15/1919, p. 31 – Rutherford gives thanks for the “numerous Christmas presents which I and my associates have received.”

However, the Watchtower published on 12/15/1983 said on page 7, “We all need to face up to the fact that Christmas and its music are not from Jehovah, the God of truth. Then what is their source? …Satan the Devil.”

Or how about the flag? It was once celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses:

Watchtower, 5/15/1917, p. 6086 – “…every one in America should take pleasure in displaying the American flag.”

Yet the September 8, 1971 Awake magazine says on page 14, “There are Christians today who feel similarly regarding national flags. They are Jehovah’s Witnesses… They decline to participate in flag ceremonies.”

2. What is salvation?

According to the WBTS, there are a number of things yuo must do. According to chapter 30 of the manual You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth:

  1. “You must have faith in Jehvoah and his promises.”
  2. “There must also be works to demonstrate what your true feelings are about Jehovah. (James 2:20, 26)”
  3. “You should approach God in Jesus’ name and tell him in prayer that you want to be his servant…”
  4. “If you keep close to God’s visible organization [meaning, the WBTS], you can be helped by fellow Christians…”
  5. “You need to show before others that you have made a dedication to serve God. How do you do this? By getting baptized in water.”

In Jehovah’s Witness theology, there are two groups: The 144,000 Annointed Class, a group of people living during the 20th century and who are, for the most part, already dead; and the “Great Crowd,” which is made up of all other Jehovah’s Witnesses. For those who belong to the Annointed Class, there is the hope for heaven. For the Great Crowd, the hope is a “Paradise Earth” where good works are still required.

In Christian theology, however, justification (salvation) is not based on what we do but on what Jesus did for the believers. It says in Romans 5:8:

 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Notice the beatiful language of Ephesians 2:4ff:

But God, beingrich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him andseated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace inkindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Notice, salvation comes by grace through faith alone. It’s not based on anything we do or offer to God. To answer point number 2 above, good works are important too, but for sanctification, not justification. (See Justification by Faith and the Book of James). This is why Paul continued in verse 10:

 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

If a person is not saved by “works” and yet Paul says believers are His “workmanship” and “created in Christ Jesus for good works,”it shows that good works cannot bring a person forgiveness of sins. In fact, there will be many who claim good works at the Great White Throne Judgment and yet Jesus will say He never knew them:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ “(Matthew 7:21-23)

3. Where does a person get authority?

According to WBTS theology,

God’s visible organization today also receives theocratic guidance and direction. At the headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Brooklyn, New York, there is a governing body of older Christian men from various parts of the earth who give the needed oversight to the worldwide activities of God’s people. The governing body is made up of members of “the faithful and discreet slave.” It serves as a spokesman of that faithful “slave.” (You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, p. 195).

For those Christians who want to follow God, the Bible is enough. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Paul explained,

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Of course, Jehovah’s Witnesses use the Bible too–specifically, the New World Translation. However, this is a bad translation. There are good Reasons Why it Makes Sense to Trust the Bible.

In addition, the Jehovah’s Witness is required to study the publications of the WBTS, including the church’s magazines and books. The interpretation given by those presiding in Brooklyn supposedly are to be trusted over any other interpretation. This is a very dangerous precedent. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 7:15-20:

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

Truth Matters!

Do you think Jehovah can be glorfied and pleased if someone believes false teaching about Him? Or is He only pleased when He is worshiped “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24)? I think you would agree that the latter is true, and truth really does matter. In one short website page, I can’t pretend to cover every important issue or difference between the JW religion and what the Bible says. If you are a Jehovah’s Witness, I ask you to consider the resources that are listed below.

If you are someone who has recently joined or who is thinking about joining the WBTS, I recommend looking at the other side. If the JW position is true, then it will only be confirmed by reading these other sources. But what if it’s not true. As nice as the leaders and fellow members of your kingdom hall might be, there is much at stake. Do your reserach and verify that you are following the truth.

If you would like to consider a Bible-believing Christian church in Utah, please visit this website: http://www.mrm.org/utah-churches. These are people who care about you and your walk with God.

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From the Carm.org website

Introduction

Regarding Jehovah’s Witnesses

Issues and Answers

Problems in the Watchtower Organization

Jehovah’s Witness attacks on Jesus

Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Bible

Bible Verses Examined

Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church Fathers

Interesting Quotes from Watchtower Literature

Documentation from Jehovah’s Witness Literature

Evangelism Tracts

Other websites on the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Watchtower CD’s

Debate

 

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