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The polytheistic "Henotheism" of Jehovah Witnesses is apostate doctrine: Henotheist
19There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
23For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
24Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
9And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
Oct 6 12 1:25 AM
Seven Ways Jehovah's Witnesses Distort True Christianity by Ralph F. Wilson
Peter preaching against ancient heresies, which one modern form is Jehovah Witnesses
Because Jehovah's Witnesses are constantly trying to convert Christian believers to their religion, it is important that Christians know what they believe. Jehovah's Witnesses are zealous, persistent, and sincere. In this case, sincerely wrong.
All strands of Christianity have minor variations. What unites Christians, however, is our belief in Jesus as the unique and divine Son of God. This gives us a sense of unity with all Christians as brothers and sisters despite differences in history and style.
It is typical of cults, however, to see themselves as the only right way of serving God, and the only ones who will be saved when God judges mankind. In the case of Jehovah's Witnesses, they systematically proselytize people who attend Christian churches, categorizing Christendom as "false religion," "the Harlot," and "Babylon the Great."
Several heretical groups deny that Jesus is the fully divine, unique Son of God--Unitarians, Mormons, Christian Science, and Jehovah's Witnesses. Jehovah's Witnesses revive the ancient heresy put forward by Arius in the Fourth Century and rejected by faithful Christians at the Council of Nicea.
For Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus is not fully God, but "a god." They identify him as Michael the archangel. They believe he is God's first creation, and thus a creature rather than the Creator. The Bible, on the contrary, says of Jesus, "In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form."
For Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus' resurrection was not physical but spiritual. Like the angels, "he was obliged to materialize a body of flesh in order to make himself visible." This is how Jehovah's Witnesses explain that Jesus' second coming--his second "presence," as they call it--"is unseen to natural human eyes." True Christians believe that Jesus' resurrection was physical. The body was gone. He told his disciples. "See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." True Christians also expect to see Jesus return in the same way he was taken up into heaven.
Jehovah's Witnesses deny Jesus' full divinity, his physical resurrection, and his visible return.
In addition to denying the divinity of Jesus, Jehovah's Witnesses also deny the personhood of the Holy Spirit. "This spirit is not a person at all, but is God's invisible active force by means of which God carries out his holy will and work," they teach. The New Testament, however, speaks of the Holy Spirit as a person who speaks, sends, reminds, convicts, and may be lied to.
Once they have dispensed with the divinity of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit, Jehovah's Witnesses are free to dismiss the idea of the Trinity: God in three persons, each of the same substance, coequal, co-existent, co-eternal. While the Bible does not use the term "Trinity," the idea is clearly there. For example, Jesus directed that people be baptized "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
Early Jehovah's Witnesses taught that the end of the world would come in 1914. When that didn't happen, they quietly changed the prophecy in their books. To explain it away, they changed the definition of a word in the Bible that talks about Christ's "coming," to mean Christ's "invisible presence." After all, it is difficult to disprove that Christ's "invisible presence" did not take place in 1914. But Jesus said, "For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming (parousia) of the Son of Man." All nations will see his coming. Next, Jehovah's Witnesses predicted that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would return in 1925. That didn't happen either.
Nobody likes to think about hell. But to twist Jesus' words to pretend he didn't teach it is dishonest. Jesus described hell (both hades and gehenna) as a place of "torment," of "agony" in the fire, where "the fire never goes out," and where "their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched." What does it matter that Jesus taught it? Jehovah's Witnesses pronounce that it is unloving and unjust for God to punish the wicked forever. Are they going to correct Jesus?
Jehovah's Witnesses deny that a human being has an immortal soul at all. "If ... man does not have a soul but is a soul," they teach, "then there is no conscious existence after death. There is no bliss, and there is no suffering. All the illogical complications of the `hereafter' disappear." When a person dies, they believe, he (i.e., soul) goes to the grave. Those who are righteous will rise at the resurrection; the evil not will not return but be annihilated. Convenient, but certainly not what Jesus taught.
Another concern is the Jehovah's Witness' New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. Translated by a committee of five, none of whom were trained in Hebrew and Greek, it changes the meaning of the Greek and Hebrew texts in order to support spurious Jehovah's Witness doctrines. For example, their translation of Colossians 1:16 reads, "By means of him all [other] things were created...." The word "other" is added so that Jesus would be seen as a created being, and not as the divine, uncreated Creator. Philippians 1:22 in their translation reads "what I do desire is the releasing and the being with Christ," rather than "I desire to depart and be with Christ." Their strange, awkward rendering is intended to support a belief in "soul sleep," since this verse in its true form tells believers that they will be with Christ in heaven the very moment they die. In their translation, Matthew 24:3 reads "What will be the sign of your presence" rather than "What will be the sign of your coming," to support their teaching that Christ's coming is an "invisible presence." John 1:1 reads "the Word was a god," rather than "the Word was God," in an attempt to hide the full divinity of Christ. The New World Translation twists scripture to make it say what the Jehovah's Witnesses want it to say.
In a rather well-known distortion of scripture, Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood transfusions on the basis that the ancient Jews were forbidden to eat the blood of animals (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 7:26-27; Acts 15:29; etc.). It should be obvious to any reasonable person that eating blood (a pagan practice) has nothing to do with receiving someone's blood donated to save your life. Unfortunately, from this kind of scripture twisting, many lives have been lost.
Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that true religion remains "untainted by worldly politics and conflicts. It is neutral in time of war." As a result, they do not participate or serve in our government. Nor do they help defend our country and freedoms when threatened. Perhaps they forget faithful Daniel, who was prime minister of the Babylonian empire under several pagan kings, and the military leaders who followed Jehovah, such as David, Gideon, and Joshua in the Old Testament, and the centurions and soldiers who were believers in the New Testament.
When the Jehovah's Witnesses began in the 1880s, they believed that a literal 144,000 people, and only a total of 144,000, would go to heaven (the "heavenly Kingdom class," they call it). That worked when they were a small sect. But as the movement grew, their cumulative numbers swelled to more than 144,000. In 1965 we are told that less than 12,000 of this original 144,000 still remained alive. What about the next generation of Jehovah's Witnesses? They think of themselves as the "great crowd" of Revelation 7:9 who will rule with Christ on the earth.
The problem is that the wonderful promises of the Bible--being born again by the Holy Spirit, the comfort of partaking of the Lord's Supper, and the joy of heaven--these promises are "already taken." Present-day Jehovah's Witnesses believe they will never experience them.
How sad to have the most precious promises of the Bible be reserved for someone else. How sad to believe in a Jesus stripped of his deity, his physical resurrection, and his visible return. How sad to believe that you were born a generation too late to go to heaven when you die. How sad to read, "No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again," and know that doesn't mean you. To ponder "If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ" and wonder if you are excluded. How sad.
 Mankind's Search for God (Brooklyn, NY: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, 1990), p. 370.
 In Mankind's Search for God (pp. 274-275), the author describes Arianism as a "Biblically supported viewpoint."
 John 1:1 in the Jehovah's Witnesses' own New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.
 The Watchtower, May 15, 1969, p. 307; December 15, 1984, p. 29. Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 5, p. 84; The Truth Shall Make You Free, p. 49. Hebrews chapter 1 explains that Jesus is superior to angels.
 Things in Which It Is Impossible for God to Lie (Brooklyn, NY: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, 1965), p. 122.
 Colossians 2:9 (NIV). A careful study on the divinity of Christ can be found in Bruce M. Metzger, "The Jehovah's Witnesses and Jesus Christ," Theology Today, April 1953, pp. 65-85.
 Studies in the Scriptures, Series 2 (Allegheny, PA: Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, 1889), p. 129; The Watchtower, September 1, 1953, p. 518; August 1, 1975, p. 479.
 Things in Which It Is Impossible for God to Lie, p. 332.
 Luke 24:39 (NASB).
 Acts 1:11.
 Things in Which It Is Impossible for God to Lie, p. 269.
 See Acts 5:3-4; 13:2,4; 21:10-11; John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-14.
 Matthew 28:19 (NIV). See also 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1:21-22; 1 Corinthians 6:11-12; 12:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:18-19; 1 Peter 1:2; etc.
 Studies in the Scriptures (n.d., probably 1907 edition), Series 2, "The Time Is at Hand" (Allegheny, PA: Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, 1889), p. 99, says, "... we consider it an established truth that the final end of the kingdoms of this world, and the establishment of the Kingdom of God will be accomplished at the end of A.D. 1914."
 Studies in the Scriptures (1907 edition), Series 3, "Thy Kingdom Come" (Allegheny, PA: Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, 1891), p. 228 reads: "That the deliverance of the saints must take place some time before 1914 is manifest.... Just how long before 1914 the last living members of the body of Christ will be glorified, we are not directly informed." The 1916 edition changed this to read: "That the deliverance of the saints must take place very soon after 1914 is manifest.... Just how long after 1914 the last living members of the body of Christ will be glorified, we are not directly informed." This is deception, clear and simple.
 Mankind's Search for God, p. 353. The Greek word parousia means physical "presence," "coming," "advent" (William F. Arndt and F. Wilbur Gingrich, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament [University of Chicago Press, 1957], p. 635). There is nothing "invisible" about it.
 Matthew 24:27 (NIV).
 Matthew 24:30 (NIV).
 Jehovah's Witness President Joseph F. Rutherford, Millions Now Living Will Never Die, pp. 89-90. His sermons were quoted to that effect by the press also: Los Angeles Morning Tribune, February 25, 1918; San Francisco Chronicle, February 16, 1920, p. 8; San Francisco Chronicle, February 14, 1925.
 Luke 16:23 (NIV), describing the rich man in hades.
 Mark 9:48 (NIV), describing gehenna.
 Mankind's Search for God, p. 377.
 Mankind's Search for God, p. 128. This also leads them to the doctrine sometimes called "soul sleep," that a believer does not go immediately to be with Jesus in heaven, but await in the grave for the resurrection.
 Four of the five members of the translation committee had only a high school education. The fifth--Fred W. Franz--was shown under oath (Edinburgh, Scotland, November 24-25, 1954) to lack Hebrew translation knowledge. He dropped out of the University of Cincinnati after his sophomore year. (Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah's Witnesses [Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1993], pp. 97-98.)
 See Walter R. Martin, The Kingdom of the Cults (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1965), p. 68.
 See Metzger, p. 75 to understand their error in translating the Greek.
 Mankind's Search for God, p. 377.
 Things in Which It Is Impossible for God to Lie, p. 337.
 Communion is received only at Passover, and only by those who are part of the 144,000 (Mankind's Search for God, p. 357).
 John 3:3 (NIV).
 Romans 8:9 (NIV). http://copelandd.tripod.com/jw.html
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Jehovah's Witnesses claim to be "Christians believing in the Bible", hence their real danger to the unaware Orthodox Christian. The heresy of Jehovah's Witnesses is clearly presented in their books; some of which are the following:
To sum up, their denial of the Hypostatic Nature of the Holy Spirit is a part of their denial of the Three Persons. Accordingly they deny the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Jehovah's Witnesses also believe that Jesus Christ is the Archangel Michael. They say that Jesus Christ Himself does not have an immortal soul, but gained immortality as a reward for His success in the test and for His faithfulness to the Father until death.
Jehovah's Witnesses have their own false translation of the Bible, in which they have altered many verses to suit their doctrines. For example, John 1:1 in their New World Translation reads, "In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god." Other verses worth noting in this context include Acts 20:28 (reads "with the blood of His own" instead of the correct "with His own blood"), Luke 23:43 ("Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise" instead of the correct "Assuredly I say to you: 'today you will be with Me in Paradise'" - note the different meanings of 'today'), and 1 Timothy 3:16.
They believe in numerous resurrections, each one being for a particular group of people, and in an eternal earthly paradise as a literal fulfilment of Isaiah 65:21: "They shall build houses and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit" [earthly resurrection for the good (the "remnants" or the "other sheep"), with the exception of 144,000 (the "little flock") who would go to "Heaven"].
They do not believe in the immortality of the soul (sharing this belief as well as that of the earthly paradise with Seventh Day Adventists). Instead, they believe in the annihilation of the wicked (including, according to their beliefs, the annihilation of both Satan and Adam, the first man), i.e., they do not believe in the eternal punishment of sinners. They also do not believe in the intercession of the departed saints.
Jehovah's Witnesses predicted that Jesus would come in 1914 to judge the Earth and annihilate the wicked. When nothing supernatural happened in 1914, they changed the year to 1925 then many times thereafter.
Jehovah's Witnesses do not accept whole blood transfusions (even when life-saving) based on their false interpretation of Acts 15:28, 29.http://orthodoxwiki.org/Jehovah's_Witnesses
Nov 9 13 5:45 AM
Sep 20 14 4:18 AM
The Jehovah's Witness movement has been on a year-long drive to recruit commuters at UK train stations, shopping centres and parks. It's a change of tactics, writes Sophie Robehmed.
Everybody is familiar with the Jehovah's Witnesses' standard modus operandi. Two polite people knock at the door and try and engage a householder in conversation.
The visit is often less than welcome and there are plenty of examples of comic sketches mocking the phenomenon.
But for the last year, the Christian-based religious movement has been trying a different method in the UK.
Volunteers are targeting train stations, as well as shopping centres and other busy places, in 14 cities across Britain and Ireland - Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield.
In London alone, the movement says it has 1,000 people giving away literature - and they get through about 6,000 brochures, 20,000 books, and 100,000 magazines every month.
The tactic was pioneered in New York three years ago and is set to expand further. At weekly congregation meetings, volunteers are encouraged to let passers-by approach rather than trying to stop them. The tactics seem the polar opposite of the doorstep approach - most of the day the volunteers stand there smiling but saying little.
At Oxford Circus, in the centre of London and the fourth busiest underground/metro station in the UK, the Jehovah's Witnesses are passed by hundreds of thousands of people every week.
Deep Singh, a coordinator for this latest street drive, who converted from Sikhism 23 years ago, stands with his arms outstretched, holding books with the title, What does the Bible really teach?, in capital letters. His wife, Ruth, meanwhile, hovers by a stand, stocked with copies of Awake!, the Jehovah's Witnesses' flagship magazine. The couple are joined by another volunteer. And the station's other entrances and exits are manned by other groups.
Even standing by the volunteers for an hour, it seems that few passers-by stop to talk.
The movement doesn't have figures for how many converts this part of its mission has produced. And it's emphasised that it's an addition rather than a departure from the door-to-door evangelism, but adherents are optimistic that the new tactic is making an impact.
The UK Jehovah's Witnesses say that the May issue of Awake!, with its cover line Stress - Keys to Managing It, was the most popular of the current drive.
"People were queuing up for a copy in the City [of London]," says Deep. "One woman asked if it was possible to take copies for her colleagues because she said her whole office was stressed."
The Singhs are both cutting back on their paid work away from the movement in order to be, as Deep states on his WhatsApp mobile messaging profile, "On the Lord's Work!!" from 7am-7pm. "I feel for people. Life is a mess, and we help to improve people morally, spiritually and emotionally," says Deep.
"This ministry is definitely better for secular people who like to be in control," he adds. "They can ignore us, ask questions or just pick up a book to get the answers they're looking for." Ruth, who grew up with a Jehovah's Witness mother and atheist father, agrees. "It makes sense," she says. "People are so busy and this ministry conveniently fits in with their hectic schedules."
But Scott Terry, a former Jehovah's Witness for 14 years and author of Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion, believes that a widespread apathy towards door-to-door ministry is behind this latest approach.
"Many of the Jehovah's Witnesses I know detest door-to-door work," says Terry. "Yet they are required to turn in their time cards each month to prove that they have spent the required hours preaching. I know Jehovah's Witnesses who go to great lengths to stretch those hours by including time spent in the car, travelling to the designated neighbourhoods.
"Setting up at a train station is the easy way out. It is less confrontational than knocking on people's doors, and it is an easier way to acquire the hours needed to remain in good standing in the congregation."
The movement regards the street drive as just another way of proselytising, says Mark O'Malley, a spokesperson at the Office of Public Information for Jehovah's Witnesses. And there have been many different tactics. "'Photo-Drama of Creation' was released in 1914. It combined moving pictures, sound recordings, and coloured glass slides to re-enact Biblical scenes. In the 1920s, we started to use the radio to spread the message from the Bible.
"Today, jw.org, which can be navigated in more than 300 languages, receives about one million individual hits each day."
And in some senses, the current street drive is a return to previous tactics.
"There are many recorded instances of preaching in public places in the 1930s and 1940s that I am aware of but, in my opinion, the Witnesses began favouring door-to-door preaching in the 1960s," adds Terry.
"The Jehovah's Witnesses is a proselytising religion and its members believe that aggressive ministry is essential for the inauguration of Armageddon and the subsequent New Kingdom," says Dr Andrew Holden, author of Jehovah's Witnesses: Portrait of a Contemporary Religious Movement. "At one time, it was common for the Jehovah's Witnesses to minister and to distribute their literature in busy city centres until their evangelistic activities were curtailed, both by law and by local council policy."
The Jehovah's Witnesses, with a global membership of almost eight million people, believes that we are now living in the "end times", says Holden, but that this will only be fulfilled when the "true" word of God has been ministered to the ends of the earth.
"The street drive is, in the Jehovah's Witnesses' terms, the final push for converts before the millenarian age begins," he adds.
Sep 20 14 4:27 AM
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