|What About the Jehovah's Witnesses?|
Jehovah's Witnesses is the current name for a pseudo-Christian cult founded by Charles Taze Russell in the late 1800s. Pastor Russell taught, and his successors still teach, that the organization (currently known as the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society) is the sole possessor of biblical truth, and that historic Christianity is the product of Satan. In former Watchtower president J.F. Rutherford's words: "Christendom's religion is demonism" (Religion (WTBTS 1940), p. 104). "Pastor" Russell and his "Society" is responsible for a 120-year legacy of false biblical teachings and false prophecies. Despite this, the Jehovah's Witnesses continue to be one of the most active cults on the mission field.
Many Christians are aware that there is "something wrong" with the Jehovah's Witnesses' teachings, but are often unsure just what that "something" actually is. After all, the JWs "sound so Christian." The confusion arises because Jehovah's Witnesses (as do other pseudo-Christian cults) use Christian terminology, but redefine the meaning of the terms. What follows is a comparison of Watchtower teachings with those of the Bible.
THE AUTHORITY OF THE WATCHTOWER
Q. "At any rate, Jehovah God is now the editor of the paper, is that
So, does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to come? ... affirmative ... This "prophet" was not a man, but was a body of men and women ... known as the International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah's Christian witnesses. (THE WATCHTOWER 4/1/72)
WTBTS: Jesus is the archangel Michael. "He (Jesus)
resumed his pre-human name, Michael, so that again there was a 'Michael the archangel"
in heaven' (God's Eternal Purpose Now Triumphing, 1974, p. 155).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
WTBTS: The Holy Spirit is not a person. "From God there
goes forth an invisible active force ... it is correctly called holy spirit" (Holy
Spirit, 1976, p. 11).
WTBTS: Satan originated the doctrine of the Trinity.
"Never was there a more deceptive doctrine advanced than that
of the Trinity. It could have originated in only one mind, and that
the mind of Satan the Devil" (Reconciliation, 1928, p.101).
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
WTBTS: Jesus was resurrected a spirit. "So he
must be a spirit being ... Jesus simply materialized bodies"
(Awake!, July 22, 1973, p.4).
WTBTS: There are four necessary requirements for
salvation. The first is "taking in knowledge" of God.
The second is "to obey God's laws." The third is to "be
associated with God's channel, his organization (the Watchtower)."
The fourth is that "God requires that prospective subjects of
his Kingdom support his government by loyally advocating his Kingdom
rule to others" (The Watchtower, Feb. 15, 1983, pp. 12, 13).
CONCERNING FALSE PROPHETS
WTBTS: "True, there have been those in times past who
predicted an "end to the world," even announcing a specific
date ... The end did not come ... Missing from such people were God's
truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them" (Awake,
Oct. 8, 1968, p.23).
SOME FALSE PROPHECIES GIVEN BY THE WATCHTOWER
The "battle of the great day of God Almighty" (Rev. 16:14), which will end in AD 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth's present rulership, is already commenced" (The Time Is at Hand, 1888 (1911 ed.), p. 101).
The date of the close of that "battle" is definitely marked in scripture as October 1914. It is already in progress, its beginning dating from October 1874. (The Watchtower, Jan 15, 1892, p.22)
The present great war in Europe is the beginning of the Armageddon of the Scriptures. (Rev 16:16-20) (Pastor Russell's Sermons, 1917)
The Apostle Paul in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews names a long list of faithful men who died ... They are to be resurrected as perfect men and constitute the princes and rulers in the earth ... Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, 1920, p. 89)
In view of the short time left, a decision to pursue a career in this system of things is not only unwise but extremely dangerous. (Kingdom Ministry, June 1969, p. 3)