Jehovah Witness: The real truth!

Doctrine of Jehovah Witnesses

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Much like Mormons, Jehovah witnesses sprung out of Pennsylvania and believe that after the death of the apostles, the Church embarked on a “Great Apostasy” diverging from the original teachings of Jesus. Influenced by Restorationism in the 19th century, Charles Taze Russell and his associates formed a Bible study group in the 1870s in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, developing teachings that they considered to be a revival of “the great truths” who were taught by Jesus and the Apostles. The watch tower publications use this claim from the parable of wheat and the weeds in Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 to depict their truth. Although many of their eschatological teachings have changed over the years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have consistently claimed to be the only true religion again based on their interpretation of Revelation 18:2-24.  They also believe that all other religions are part of Babylons modern day world, controlled under Satan. This group is wholly different in they believe only “the truth” comes out of the Watchtower Society, who is the supreme interpreters of God’s holy word.

WATCHTOWER SOCIETY

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Charles Taze Russell (1976)—founder of Jehovah’ teachings through the Bible Student Movement — and all successive presidents of the Watch Tower Society, Joseph Franklin Rutherford and Nathan Homer Knorr made the doctrinal decisions through the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Only they are privileged to understand the true teachings, everyone else who tries to read the word of God will inevitably be lead astray through their inabilities to comprehend accurately. This group is comprised of elders at the religion’s Brooklyn headquarters and disseminate their teachings through the Watchtower magazine and other publications of trough conventions and congregation meetings. These elders do not seek the advice or approval from any “anointed” witnesses other than high-ranking members at the Brooklyn headquarters. 

In 2012, at the Annual Meeting of the Watch Tower Society, the “faithful and discreet slave” was defined as referring to the Governing Body only.  There religion makes no provision for members to criticize or contribute to official teachings and all Witnesses are expected to abide by the doctrines and organizational requirements as determined by the Governing Body. Watch Tower Society publications strongly discourage Witnesses from formulating doctrines and “private ideas” reached through independent Bible research.    

Their mission

Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Armageddon is fervently at our door steps. Although previous prophets claimed Armageddon would happen in the early 1900’s and 70’s, and did not come to pass, none the less, they hold ferment the present age of human existence is about to be terminated by the direct intervention of Jehovah (God). It will be Jesus Christ who will fully establish his heavenly government over earth, in turn,  destroying all existing human governments and nonbelievers. This will create a new earth of a cleansed society of true worshipers. They see their mission as primarily evangelical spreading the “good news” warning, as many as possible must become Jehovah witnesses’ before Armageddon occurs. All members of the religion are expected to take an active part in preaching and all believe their ways are the only truth it is said that only 144, 000 will enter into this covenant with Christ. 

They also believe that new instruction is welcomed if/or when changes need to be made to doctrine–refering to as “adjustments” as “new light” or “new understanding” from God. These views are based on selected scriptures Proverbs 4:18, which they believe refers to a continuous progressive advancement in doctrinal knowledge and scriptural understanding for “righteous ones.” They believe they are lead by the holy spirit which helps them stay responsible representatives of ‘the faithful and discreet slave’ at world headquarters to discern deep truths that were not previously understood.” Of course only the watch tower government can be enlightenment with application of reason and study and the guidance of holy spirit, direction from Jesus Christ and God’s angels.

Their Belief in GOD, CHRIST, HOLY SPIRIT

They believe that the entire protestant canon of scripture is the inspired, inerrant word of God Jehovah’s Witnesses consider the Bible to be scientifically and historically accurate and reliable. However they base all of their beliefs on the Bible, as interpreted by the Governing Body. They use the terms Hebrew and Christian Greek Scriptures rather than Old and New Testament to avoid implication that the Old Testament is outdated or inferior. They believe that the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) contain prophecy that was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and that the books of the Christian Greek Scriptures (New Testament) are primarily directed to the 144,000 chosen by God for life in heaven. The Watch Tower Society’s New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures—the main translation used by Jehovah’s Witnesses—renders the name of God as Jehovah, rather than God or LORD as found in English translations such as the King James Version (wikipedia, 2015).

Witnesses believe God is the Creator and Supreme Being, but reject the triune doctrine. They view God as the Father, an invisible spirit “person” separate from the Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is described as God’s “active force,”rather than the third part of the triune They believe God, whose personal name is Jehovah, is “infinite, but approachable;” he is not omnipresent,  and has a location in heaven and allows for personal relationship with him as a friend without Jesus Christ. God, being respectful of the principle of free will, does not force his sovereignty on people, choosing to save only those who want to serve him, even though the course of mankind in general may lead them to harm. They also believe that because they use the word Jehovah to describe God, they believe only their religion is making God’s name known.

Jesus is God’s “only-begotten Son”, and that his life began in heaven. He is described as God’s first creation and the “exact representation of God,” but is believed to be a separate entity and not part of a truine GOD HEAD. Jesus is said to have been used by God in the creation of all other things. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Archangel, Michael, “the Word” of John 1:1, and wisdom personified in Proverbs 8 refer to Jesus in his pre-human existence and that he resumed these identities after his ascension to heaven following his death and resurrection. They also identify him with the “rider of the white horse” at Revelation 6 and 19. His birth on earth was accomplished when he willingly allowed himself to be transferred, by God, from heaven to the womb of the virgin, Mary. While on earth, Jesus was executed as a sacrifice to atone for mankind’s sins, becoming the “eternal father” to the human family (wikipedia, 2015).

They believe that after his death, Jesus appeared to his disciples, convinced them of his resurrection, and then ascended into heaven to sit at Jehovah’s right hand, until he would become the promised king of God’s heavenly kingdom and will always be subordinate to God. Jesus acts as the mediator of a “new covenant” referred to in Jeremiah 31:31, Luke 22:20, and Hebrews 9:15; 12:24, directly mediating only for those going to heaven (the 144,000). Those with an earthly hope are said to be beneficiaries of that covenant.

Since 1936, Jehovah’s Witnesses reject that Jesus died on a cross, instead died on a single wooden stake. They consider the cross to be of pagan origins and an object of idol worship. Some Jehovah’s Witnesses have been persecuted or killed for not bowing down to or kissing a cross. Jehovah’s Witnesses also believe Satan is God’s chief adversary and the invisible ruler of the world. They believe that demons were originally angels who rebelled against God and took Satan’s side in the controversy. We as Christians know that the demons that roam the earth looking for bodies to enter are in fact from the nephilims created in old testament times. Witnesses do not believe in a literal hell or that he has been given the responsibility to punish the wicked.

They believe that in 1914, Satan and his fallen angels were cast down to earth to influence everyone and their institutions and are blamed for human sufferings we all endure.Witnesses regard the soul as mortal, based on the scripture Ezekiel 18:4 that “the soul that sins, it shall die.” Therefore the soul does not continue to live after one dies. Death is considered a state of non-existence, based on their understanding of Ecclesiastes 9:5: “For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” Witnesses believe that the only hope for life after death is in the resurrection, which they say involves re-creation by God of the same individual with a new body. It is at this time, 144,000 will be resurrected to life as spirit creatures in heaven to be priestly rulers under Christ, ruling over everyone else (wikipedia, 2015).

FALSE TEACHINGS

  • It took a new person known as  Charles Taze Russell to recreate the biblical teachings since the great apostasy in 4 AD corrupted the new testament in 1870.
  • They take individual pieces of scripture to prove their views without taking the entire scriptural piece into complete context.
  • Jehovah, is “infinite, but approachable;” but God he is not omnipresent.
  •   The truth comes out of the Watchtower Society, who is the supreme interpreters of God’s holy word. Everyone else is incapable of understanding the word of God.
  • Their religion makes no provision for members to criticize or contribute to official teachings and all Witnesses are expected to abide by the doctrines and organizational requirements as determined by the Governing Body only.
  • Their ways are the only truth and only 144,000 will enter into this covenant with Christ in spirit form to reign under him.
  • Witnesses believe God is the Creator and Supreme Being, but reject the triune doctrine.
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Archangel, Michael, “the Word” of John 1:1, and wisdom personified in Proverbs 8 refer to Jesus in his pre-human existence and that he resumed these identities after his ascension to heaven following his death and resurrection. This makes no sense since Arch Angel Micheal still exists to this day.
  • They also identify him with the “rider of the white horse” at Revelation 6 and 19. His birth on earth was accomplished when he willingly allowed himself to be transferred, by God, from heaven to the womb of the virgin, Mary. While on earth, Jesus was executed as a sacrifice to atone for mankind’s sins, becoming the “eternal father” to the human family. Christians believe Our eternal father is FATHER GOD. Christ is our Savior
  • Since 1936, Jehovah’s Witnesses reject that Jesus died on a cross, instead died on a single wooden stake.
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses also believe Satan is God’s chief adversary and the invisible ruler of the world. They believe that demons were originally angels who rebelled against God and took Satan’s side in the controversy. Witnesses do not believe in a literal hell or that he has been given the responsibility to punish the wicked.
  • They believe only their religion is making God’s name known.
  • Souls does not continue to live after one dies
  • 144,000 will be resurrected to life as spirit creatures in heaven to be priestly rulers under Christ.
  • In 1914, Satan and his fallen angels were cast down to earth to influence everyone and their institutions and are blamed for human sufferings we all endure (refer to book of Enoch for the truth).

Please let me know if there is any discrepancy. This is not a full documentation on all of their beliefs.  Below are some video you can view on this false religion by those who previously believed. Enjoy! Remember do your own research! Never take any one thing as truth until you know that you know that YOU know!

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