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This is the second segment of my Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Deceits and Heresies series. In my first segment, I exposed a couple of diabolical deceits and heresies of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ (JW) New World Translation (NWT), Christ’s deity and the Holy Spirit. My prayer to those who have been trapped by the false doctrines of JW is that the TRUE living God will shine and open the minds of its decieved followers.
In this part we will examine together about their misguided theological doctrines of Trinity, Christology, Eschatology and YAHWEH. Again, these series is not intended to fully debunk all their denials and heresies against the true Christian doctrines. My main concern here is to merely provide my readers with an exposé following with a brief comments of what the Watchtower and Track Society (WTS) teaches.
Moreover, I have provided links directly to Watchtower Official website just to avoid the misquotations and misrepresentations against their false dogmas. If you’re a practitioner of the JW remember I’m not here to attack you personaly. My main beef is with the WTS. Without further ado let us begin with misguided accusation towards the doctrinal teachings of the holy Trinity.
Heresy #I: The Christian Doctrine of the Trinity Is Pagan
The Watchtower and Track society denies the doctrine of the trinity. They believe that the doctrine itself is non-biblical and has a pagan origin. They, also complain that the teaching is incomprehensable and therefore false! First of all, just because a doctrine, such as the trinity, sometimes confounds our finite minds doesn’t in itself refute the idea and its doctrines.
There lots of thing we cannot FULLY comprehend. Think about quarks in physics, or electricity, for instance, just because we do not understand it doesn’t mean that we should discard quantum physics and electricity!
Besides, are we in the position to say that we FULLY comprehend about God but not the doctrine of trinity? Isn’t this a bit of arrogance? Isn’t the attribute of God as omnipotence belongs solely to HIM? Can we just be honest and tell ourselves that both God and the dogmas of trinity are perplexing and even a paradox. Isn’t this the most humble way to state? What about the pagan origin of the trinity? Believe it or not, NO encyclopedia ever stated that trinity is a pagan origin.
Most sources they use to quote are mostly from atheists and liberal modernists literatures. The problem is that these same sources ALSO claim that Christians borrowed most of Jesus’ teachings, virgin birth, the name “Mary” for Jesus’ mother, communion, Noaic Flood story, creation story from the pagans! Such selective quoting is both dishonest and unscholarly. Why not discard the whole Bible then shall we? (More about this subject in my up-coming article “Trinity Unbound”).
In addition, JW’s are quick to point the supposedly unbiblical teachings of evangelical Christians while overlooking their own false and heretical dogma such as polytheism. The will try to convence anyone that they are strickly monotheists (ONLY one God). Is this true? They believe there is ONLY but one God the ALMIGHTY Jehovah. But, then they’ll tell you that the Son is a MIGHTY god and that angels and men are gods! This kind of thinking makes you think if they really are monotheists as they always purported to be.
Heresy #II: Jesus Christ Is Not God But A Created Being
As I have demonstrated in the first segment of this series, Christ cannot have been created nor was He a preincarnated Michael the archangel. Jesus Himself is the Creator of all there is including the angels. This is the true, biblical, and coherent Christology. To say that Christ is only a created being is a worst heresy and do not fit with the biblical teachings and that of the fathers. Moreover, no creeds of any kind that has existed through centuries ever describe Christ as the JWs does. On the contrary, most of the creeds that has been unearthed always describes Jesus Christ as God not just a created being, for instance, the Nicene Creed which was written during the 4th century A.D. in an attempt to unify the Christian church under emperor Constantine and it reads as follows.
We believe (I believe) in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and born of the Father before all ages. (God of God) light of light, true God of true God. Begotten not made, consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And was incarnate of the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary and was made man; was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried; and the third day rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, of whose Kingdom there shall be no end. And (I believe) in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son), who together with the Father and the Son is to be adored and glorified, who spoke by the Prophets. And one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We confess (I confess) one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for (I look for) the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.”
Deceit #1: “Annihilation” and “Soul Sleep”
In their eschatology, according to the Witnesses, once a non-believer die both body and soul will be judged through annihilation–Caput! out of existence! But this is contrary to what the Scripture teaches. The teaching of Scripture describes the place of judgment for the unrepentant sinner as a place of ETERNAL torment; “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever .” Rev. 20:10 This particular verse doesn’t at all read “annihilation” now does it?
Another deceit that is being thought among Witnesses is that once a person dies his soul sleeps until the day God the righteous judge will wake him up one day. Is this biblically consistent? Is “soul sleep” a biblical doctrine? Again, let us examine this idea through the lens of the Scripture itself. If you read Hebrews 9:27 it reads that, the moment we give up life we face the judgment of God. Also, if you read 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 and Philippians 1:23 it is abundantly clear that for believers, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and everlasting torment in hell for those who rejected Christ (Lk. 16:22-23).
Witnesses’ literalism is at fault here. Of course, when your dead you do appear as if you’re just taking a nap or just plainly sleeping.
Deceits #II: The God of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Certainly, Witnesses doesn’t worship the same God of the orthodox, and biblical Christianity. I say orthodox because I follow the teachings of the early church fathers down to this very day. I say biblical Christianity because it is quite illuminating that the Bible or Scripture itself teaches that God is tri-unity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and these three are ONE. But since the Witnesses denies the doctrine of the TRINITY, Christ’s divinity and the personhood of the Holy Spirit then they are the ones who are being UNbiblical.
Recommended readings and Referrences_____________
David A. Reed; Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered: Verse by Verse; Baker Book Publisher
Ron Rhodes; Reasoning From The Scriptures With The Jehovah’s Witnesses; Harvest House Publisher
Walter Martin; The Kingdom of The Cults (Rev Upd edition), Bethany House