Jehovah's Witnesses see themselves as the authority
that God channels all spiritual food through. They even believe their writings
in the Watch Tower are divinely guided by God. This is why they study both the
Watch Tower magazine teachings and the Bible. They don't allow anyone to
interpret the Bible for themselves, they are taught the Watch Tower will give
them the understanding of the Bible. in the words of the Jehovah's Witness
website: "The Watchtower shows us
the significance of world events in the light of Bible prophecies. It comforts
people with the good news of God’s Kingdom and promotes faith in Jesus Christ.
Awake! shows how to cope with today’s problems and builds confidence in the
Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world." This is a third
clue of a cult - they have their own book and in this case, magazines, that need
to be read in order to understand the Bible and to live the Christian life. And
lets next look at how accurate the Watch Tower is in understanding Bible
Failed prophecies abound in this cult, just like in the Seventh Day Adventist religion. The founder, Charles T. Russel predicted the world would end 1914 and when it didn't he changed it to say 'Jesus had returned to earth but was invisible'. Rutherford kept on with the 1914 prediction by saying that anyone born in that year would be around to see Armaggedon. In 1925 Rutherford announced that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the prophets were to return so he prepared a mansion, Beth Sarim in San Diego, where they could live. Once ready he moved in himself (he also died there in 1942) and purchased a car so he could drive Abraham etc. about once they were resurrected. After he died and a couple of leaders later Jehovah's Witness teachings touted 1975 as the year of Armageddon. In 1995 they changed their position to be "Armageddon would happen soon". So clearly within Jehovah's Witness Society we can see another sign of a cult which is failed prophecies.
Lastly let's look at the Jehovah's Witness Bible - the New World Translation. The New World Translation (NWT) altered hundreds of King James Bible (KJB) verses in it's first edition. Every few years it revises more verses to fit with the ever changing Jehovah's Witness doctrine. So how can the NWT be the solid rock of truth?
In the KJB in Genesis 1:2b it says, "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters". It does not say as the NWT states - God's active force. The Holy Spirit is not a force (like something from Star Wars), He is the 3rd person of the Godhead.
In the KJB in John 1:1 it says, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The NWT states the Word was a god. Jehovah's Witness teaches Jesus was Michael the Archangel who became a man so they added an 'a' and made the G lower case to try and take away Christ's divinity.
In the KJB in Galatians 6:14a says, "But God forbid I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. But the NWT teaches Jesus was crucified on a stake. Since Jesus had nail pierced hands it would make sense he was crucified on a cross, not a stake. Jehovah's Witness negate the cross because they say it is pagan but they twist this nonsensically because history proves Romans crucified people on a cross.
In the KJB in Matthew 5:29, 10:28 & 23:33 as well as Luke 16:19-31, Jesus taught that hell is real and it is everlasting. These verses also prove there is a conscious existence after death. Jehovah's Witness teaches something called 'soul sleep" which means a person ceases knowing anything after they die, that they are annihilated until the future resurrection where their soul is created again. Seventh Day Adventists teach 'soul sleep' also but their version is that the person ceases to exist except in the mind of God.
In the KJB in Luke 24:40-43 we learn that Jesus bodily resurrected so he can not be Michael the Archangel. Also verses Luke 22:69, Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1 and Hebrews 1:13 all state Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father and that God never invited an angel to sit at his right hand.
In the KJB in Romans 1:17, 3:28 and all of chapter 4, as well as Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:16, 3:8-11 salvation is explained as 'faith in Christ alone', not by works. Yet Jehovah's Witness teaches a person is saved by works. The reason they are so faithful to door-to-door witnessing is they are taught they have to have a certain amount of converts to get into heaven. The number they need? Well they don't know, they just believe that only 144,000 witnesses will get into heaven, so they have to try real hard to be one of those 144,000. Isn't that sad? What kind of peace can a Jehovah's Witness have with that kind of belief system? None. So, Jehovah's Witness proves over and over again by their teachings they are a cult through-and-through.
One last word of warning, the Bible says in II John
1:10 - If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not
into your house, neither
bid him God speed. This verse is very important to remember with Jehovah's
Witnesses because they mostly travel in twos and are very aggressive in trying
to get recruits. A personal story that happened to me is one Sunday while I was
out street witnessing a Jehovah's witness man came up to me to see if I was
representing them and more accurately if he could get me to represent them. He
thanked me for my street witnessing and I was abrupt and said "I am not doing it
for you or the Jehovah's Witness. I continued to be firm in my rebuffs and he
left. The next week he showed back up with an elder from his church. He
thought I would be convinced if he brought someone more versed in witnessing. I
turned them both away with words and a tract designed to tell them the truth
about their religion. They left the tract on the ground and drove off never to
be seen again. A few months later a couple of Jehovah's Witness women came up
to me with large smiles and very sweet dispositions. The main speaker held up
her Watch Tower magazine which had a picture of a likeness of Jesus on it. I
say likeness because no one knows for sure what Jesus looked like. But she was
sure that by holding up this picture I would think of them as the same as I was,
a Christian. I was quick to point out to her that they teach a different Jesus
than who I believe in. She was dumbfounded and said "I didn't know there was
another Jesus" and I replied "oh, yes, your organization has created a different
Jesus than the Bible, just like the New Agers, the Catholics and other cults".
She and her friend hurried away. I prayed my response would open their mind to
the truth so they can look into how their gospel is no gospel at all and so they
can turn to the true Jesus and be saved.
For more information on Jehovah's Witnesses please visit these websites, (though this is not an endorsement of all of the material by these authors):
If you want to get born again in Christ Jesus, please take this time now to talk to God. You can say something like this: God I know I am a sinner and I need a Savior and I believe Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah. I believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin mother, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and that He lived a sinless life because He was God in the flesh, and that He was crucified as the once for all sacrifice for mankind's sins. I believe he was buried and rose from the grave and was witnessed alive before ascending to heaven where He now sits on the throne as King of Kings. I repent of my sins and accept Jesus' gift of salvation today and I ask Him to be my Savior and Lord. I ask the Holy Spirit to come and make a dwelling in my heart and to lead me into all righteousness. Thank you God for hearing my prayer and for sending your Son to save me by dying in my place at the Cross so I can be in the family of God. And Father, I understand that while I am saved by my confession of faith, it is also Your will for me to get water baptized to show my private confession in a public way, and so I ask you to lead me to the church or baptismal situation you have for me so I can get baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!