The Denial of the Jehovah's Witness
The Denial of the Jehovah’s Witness
By Robert Simmons Jr.
Subject; False Religion
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3) If you dive a little deeper into this amazing passage about the deity (divine nature) of Jesus Christ, you will also read that “this Word” that “was in the beginning” and that “was with God” and that also “was God” also “became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14) Now… If you are a follower of the religious organization that goes by the name Jehovah’s Witness, you have a problem with this passage of scripture… Namely the fact that as a Jehovah’s Witness, you do not believe that Jesus is God in the flesh… Before we elaborate on this issue, let me see if I can properly elaborate on your beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness (also abbreviated as JWs throughout this article).
From my own dealings with, and studies on this religious organization, it is apparent to see that Jehovah’s Witness consider themselves to be a Christian based religious group. Not only that, they consider themselves to be the only source of God’s truth here on earth. The JWs was founded in the mid to late 1800’s by a man named Charles Taze Russell. What was formally known as the Watch Tower Society, was later renamed The Jehovah’s Witness after Mr. Russell’s death. The issues that Mr. Russell had with The Bible is what formed the doctrines and beliefs that the JWs hold to today. These are not light issues… The doctrines that Mr. Russell took issue with includes, but is not limited to (1) The Trinity (The doctrine that teaches that God is one being existing in the unity of three distinct persons), (2) Eternal Punishment (The belief that those who do not find their redemption Jesus Christ will spend eternity in a tortuous separation from God), (3) Deity of Christ (The belief that Jesus is both 100% God and 100% man in one being) and (4) The personage of The Holy Spirit (The belief that The Holy Spirit is a person).
JWs believe that salvation is brought about in a person by placing their faith in Jesus Christ and possessing certain good works to accompany your faith. Amongst these good works door to door witnessing is essential. The JWs primary form of study is literature called The Watch Tower. They also study from their own rendition of The Bible in which they title The New World Translation of The Holy Scriptures. Both The Watch Tower and the accompanying scriptures hold to Charles Taze Russell’s core beliefs. You could consider JWs as a theocratic (a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission) group. Reason being… They don’t advocate any affiliation with Government. As a matter of fact, because they believe that the world is ran by Satan himself, they deem The Government is also controlled and upheld by his schemes. Because of this, JWs do not vote, they refuse to salute The American Flag and they are not allowed to join or support The Armed Forces (Army, Navy, etc.). To further show their devotion, they do not celebrate holidays, they do not celebrate birthdays, and they don’t believe in blood transfusions.
I greatly commend this religious belief for their devotion… While at the same time I greatly condemn this religious belief for their deviation. Deviation from Christian doctrine that is necessary if one wants to be a true follower of The Savior, Jesus Christ. There are so many ways in which I could dissect the fallacies of the JWs faith. Do I want to break down the fact I believe that this faith system is a work-based religion that justify themselves by what they do… Nah… Do I want to go the route of explaining how their founder had a problem with the true scripture and declared that his interpretation is the truth?… Nah… I could go the route of showing the many false prophecies of that their faith has declared but that wouldn’t be fair… “You never want to judge a worldview based on its abuse of that worldview.” That’s a quote I took from one of my favorite Christian Apologist, Ravi Zacharias. This is what I’ll do… I’ll explain the insufficiency of the JWs belief system by talking about one person… JESUS CHRIST!
(1.) If Jesus is not a man, he cannot be a priest of men…
Hebrews 5:1 says, “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” JWs hold to the belief that Jesus is Michael the archangel manifesting himself as Jesus. If this is the case, Jesus is not a man after the fashion of all men. This would disqualify his humanity and be an inadequate priesthood… Even though his priesthood is different from that of the Levitical priesthood seeing as he is a priest after the order of Melchizedek (see Hebrews 7), he’s still a man nevertheless. I never heard of a doctrine taught in which angels offered sacrifices on behalf of men. God has appointed men for that task. In a supreme fashion, Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice given on behalf of men to be a propitiation for their sins.
(2.) If Jesus is not a man, how can he relate…
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) To allude that Jesus is an angelic being or a spirit man and not fully human is to put him above what we relate to. Jesus was tempted as we are, he hungered, he thirst, he became tired and weary… Jesus felt the stress and strain of this fallen world. I believe JW’s fail to give Jesus his proper human attribute by making him to be an angel incarnate. If this is the case, God did not feel what we feel... God cannot sympathize… therefore making him cold and distant from humanity.
(3.)To change paces, if Jesus is not God, then the JWs serve two “gods.”
Isaiah 44:6 says “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god…” Here, and a number of other places throughout scripture, it is plain to see that there is only one God in all existence. With that said, if you read John 1:1 in The New World Translation of The Holy Scriptures (the text JWs study from) it is said that “The Word was not God” but “The Word was a god.” It appears that in an effort to explain away the tri-unity of God, the JWs have set up another god alongside the one true God. If there is besides God no other god, then how can you say Jesus was a god? Either Jesus, in that sense, becomes an idol or we have a heretical contradiction (or both). In the Christian worldview, Jesus is not another deity alongside The Divine… He is The Divine incarnate.
Please... As you read this article, don’t misunderstand my heart. There are people very close to me who follow the JWs faith. I, in no way, hate, despise or dislike those who follow this faith. My only aim is to protect the validity of The Christian Faith. There are a number of other defects that this faith produces that are not named in this article. My prayer is that we search Scripture and allow Christ to remain who he is portrayed to be and not alter his person and work. For to alter His person is the sin of blasphemy, and to alter His work is to reject why He was sent and what He accomplished, and if men are mad when their names and identities are misappropriated, how wrathful shall the Almighty God be in the day of judgement on all who has distorted His Divinity.