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Highlights of the Beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses
The Watchtower Organization teaches that it is God's sole earthly
Jehovah's Witnesses are controlled by a "Governing Body" which they claim is the
"faithful and discreet slave" spoken of at Mathew 24:45. This group consists of 10 to 15 mature men that, Jehovah's Witnesses are
told, have direct guidance from God. The Governing Body in turn instructs followers with this guidance through the pages of the Watchtower and
other publications. Jehovah's Witnesses are told by this "Governing Body" that Scripture alone is insufficient to understand the
things of God. One needs the Watchtower Society and the literature it publishes to properly understand the Bible. ("Jehovah God has also
provided his visible organization, his "faithful and discreet slave," made up of spirit-anointed ones... Unless we are in touch with
this channel of communication that God is using, we will not progress along the road to life, no matter how much Bible reading we do.
Watchtower, December 1, 1981 p.27) They are the instruments God is using to teach the world the deeper things of the scriptures. People are not
to think for themselves but instead submit to the Watchtower Society teachings. (" But a spirit of independent thinking does not prevail
in God's organization, and we have sound reasons for confidence in the men taking the lead among us. Watchtower September 15,1989 p. 23)
Jehovah's Witnesses believe they are the only people on earth that are serving God and the only ones that will be saved. They dare not
question the teachings of the Watchtower Society; one who questions the Watchtower Society is considered to be weak in faith and could be
Most Christian churches have a system of moral oversight, but their systems are set up to
help individuals with problems. Only after extensive effort over a period of time is action
taken. Jehovah's Witnesses claim that Disfellowshipping is a
loving act but in fact it is their most important control
mechanism. It allows the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
to control its members with
guilt and fear.
The Watchtower Society makes a lot of rules, based on their interpretations of various
scriptures, that all Jehovah's Witnesses must follow. Members are taught that that they must turn each other in for any rule violations. If
they observe another Jehovah's Witness breaking a rule and do not report him or her to the elders they are as guilty as the offending
party. Anyone breaking any of the Watchtower Society rules is called before 3 elders in a private meeting that is conducted like a trial. The
elders become judge and jury deciding whose is repentant and who is not.
Members who are found to be unrepentant of violations of Watchtower rules by these elders,
are disfellowshipped. Jehovah's Witnesses can be disfellowshipped for a number of rule violations: premarital or extramarital sex, using
alcohol excessively, using tobacco products, celebrating Christmas, reciting the pledge of allegiance, lying, stealing, joining the military,
speaking to a disfellowshipped Witness, reading religious material not published by the governing body, or running for political office just to
name a few. Fellow members are then required to shun him/her completely, having no contact even if the disfellowshipped person is a family
member. (Some allowances are made if the family member is living in the same household).
Disfellowshipping has a devastating effect because the individual's entire religious, family and social life are rooted in the Society. Keep in mind Jehovah's Witnesses who are disfellowshipped are
no longer part of the Watchtower Society and have, therefore, lost all hope of salvation until they can prove themselves worthy of being
accepted back into the Watchtower Organization by their works. Elders in the congregation are the ones who decide when an individual has earned
the right to come back into the fold, and the Watchtower Organization instructs elders that it would be very rare for one to earn their way
back in less than a year. In order to earn their way back they must attend meetings regularly, sit in the back of the church -Kingdom Hall-
while everyone in the congregation ignores them, if anyone did dare to speak to them they could be disfellowshipped themselves. They must do
this with the knowledge that if Armageddon should come before they have earned their way back they will be destroyed. Sad to say
Disfellowshipping has resulted in suicide. Those who leave on their own are treated just as a disfellowshipped one. Once you join their group
there is no easy way out.
member is guilty of breaking a minor rule such
as associating with a worldly person (one who is not a Jehovah's Witness) that individual could be marked. This means that
other Jehovah's witnesses may only speak
to them at the Kingdom
name Jehovah's Witnesses use for their churches). Jehovah's Witnesses
are not allowed to associate with a marked
individual in a social setting.
Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to accept blood transfusions for themselves or
their children, believing that this is the same as eating blood and is forbidden by the Bible. Many of Jehovah's Witnesses have died
because of this restriction the Watchtower Society has placed upon its followers. In the past the Watchtower Society has forbidden its
followers to get vaccinations or accept organ transplants, many people died needlessly before the Watchtower Society changed its rules and
allowed these procedures. They still hold fast to the prohibition of receiving blood transfusions. See the web site "New Light on Blood"
Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to salute the flag of any nation, recite the pledge of
allegiance, stand for or sing the national anthem, run for public office, vote, or serve in the armed forces.
Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to celebrate Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving,
or any other holidays, claiming they all have pagan roots.
Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to associate with non-Witnesses including family.
Exceptions are made if the non-Witness family member is living in the same household.
They do not believe in the Trinity. Instead, they follow a strict monotheism, in which: Jehovah
is the Supreme Being. Jesus is the Son of God, a created being. Christ is believed to have originally existed in a pre-human state as the
Archangel Michael. He later took human form as a man like any other person, except that he was sinless at birth and remained so throughout his
earthly life. Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ. They believe that after the crucifixion, Christ died
and was resurrected as an invisible, non-material, glorious, spirit creature. They believe that Jesus appeared on earth after his resurrection
in a special body that Jehovah created for him.
The Holy Spirit they believe, is not a separate entity, but is simply a force: the method by
which God interacts with the world.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that a person is the soul the Bible speaks of, and when a person
dies nothing lives on, the person is dead and is conscious of nothing. When the time comes for God to resurrect them from the dead He will
create a new body for them from His memory.
They totally deny the existence of the traditional Christian view of Hell. Satan is regarded as
having created the concept of Hellfire in order to turn people against God. They believe that hell is the "common grave of mankind"
where people go when they die. They are not conscious there. Unbelievers simply cease to exist at death. Believers remain in death until the
The Heavenly Kingdom took effect in 1914 with the invisible enthronement of Christ as King. A
little flock or Anointed Class of about 135,300 people currently occupies it. All were selected after Christ's ascension into heaven at
Pentecost (33 AD) and during subsequent centuries. The selection of the full complement of 144,000 was completed in 1935. Some 8,700 are still
living on earth. They will spend eternity as spirit creatures in heaven with God and Christ and will rule over the other Jehovah's
Witnesses who remain on earth. Those spending eternity on earth are what Jehovah's Witnesses call the Great Crowd or Other
Salvation (Grace vs. Works)
Salvation requires that one accept Bible doctrines as interpreted by the Governing Body, be
baptized as a Jehovah's Witness and follow the program of works as laid out by the Governing Body.
Jehovah's Witnesses claim that they believe in the grace of God and that one does not earn
salvation by their works. While they give lip service to God's grace, their actions indicate differently. Consider the policy of making a
disfellowshipped person earn their way back into the congregation. Remember you must be a Jehovah's Witness "in good standing" to
survive the end times, and to remain in good standing you must follow the rules and works set out by the Watchtower Organization. If
someone breaks a rule, the elders decide whether that person is repentant or not, if they decide they are not repentant they are
disfellowshipped. A disfellowshipped witness will not survive the time of the end. Think about it, they are deciding who deserves God's
grace and who does not.
Wherever you find the word grace in most Bibles you will find the term "undeserved
kindness" in their Bible. While this may or may not be an acceptable translation of the original Greek word, it gives them a great deal of
latitude in their teaching. In the December, 1993 issue of The Kingdom Ministry (a publication for members only) in an article titled
"Sow Bountifully but With Discernment" the Watchtower Organization printed this thought "We want to give deserving ones the
opportunity to learn of Jehovah's undeserved kindness and the Kingdom hope". This brings to mind some serious questions: How can
anyone deserve God's undeserved kindness if it's undeserved? And just what methods would mortal man use to discern who deserves
God's undeserved kindness and who does not, are not God's thoughts higher than man's? This statement really shows the
attitude of The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society-not all people deserve God's grace and it is the job of Jehovah's Witnesses to
discern who does and who does not. Jehovah's Witnesses constantly boast that they alone are "preaching the good news of the
kingdom in all the inhabited earth". Are they preaching in all the inhabited earth or just to the ones
they deem deserving?
Jesus crucified on a stake not a cross
They reject the traditional symbol of Christianity, the cross, as being of pagan origin. They
translate the Greek word from the Christian Scriptures "stauros" as "torture stake", and believe that Jesus was crucified
on a single upright wooden stake with no crossbeam. They view the cross as an Idol and wearing or displaying one is considered idol worship.
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I am finding some Jehovah Witnesses to be deceptive in their proselytizing. One who mentions Bible Study but won't directly identify their beliefs other
than they used to be an atheist. Then asks "Do you know who studies the Bible most thoroughly?" Their answer, "The Jehovah Witnesses." Then
go on to defend all of the J.W. beliefs with standard Jehovah Witness responses. Then they are seen leaving "The Watchtower" on a public bench.
Whatever your true beliefs are, always be forthright in telling others what they are. Game players are not to be respected.
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Only the Watchtower Society can interpret the Bible.
"...the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the
Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless or how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the
Bible...the Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah's visible organization in mind" (Watchtower, October 1,
1997, p. 587).
Ephesians 1:17, 18 states that the Spirit will provide wisdom and
illumination to the revelation of God in the Bible. According to the belief espoused by JW's, all people that lived until the JWs were
Founded by Charles Russell must have been doomed to failure, not being able interpret the Bible.
The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (the
JW Bible version) is the best translation of the Bible, and should be used over any other version.
"Outstanding among Bibles is the New World Translation of the
Christian Greek Scriptures...Accuracy, uniformity, clarity, and up-to-date language mark this excellent work. Bible study aids without
equal make this an indispensable help to sincere searching students of God's Word" (What Has Religion Done For Mankind,
1951, p. 351.
The JW Bible actually is plagued with errors. Greek scholar Bruce
Metzger said that "the Jehovah's Witnesses have incorporated in their translation of the New Testament several quite erroneous
renderings of the Greek." ("Jehovah's Witnesses and Jesus Christ," Theology Today, April, 1953).
The Trinity does not exist, and is an evil doctrine that
teaches the existence of 3 gods.
"Never was there a more deceptive doctrine advanced than
that of the trinity" (Reconciliation, 1928 )
"...sincere persons who want to know the true God and serve him
find it a bit difficult to love and worship a complicated, freakish-looking, three-headed God" (Let God Be True,
"Satan is the originator of the trinity doctrine"
Many religions have difficulty with an infinite God, and try to put Him
in a box - to define Him in terms they can understand. While the word "trinity" does not appear in the Bible as a description of
God, the scriptures definitely indicate one God with a triune nature - existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ was Michael the Archangel before becoming a
"...the Son of God was known as Michael before he came to
earth" (Reasoning from the Scriptures, p. 218).
There is no basis for this anywhere in the Bible.
After Jesus died, he was resurrected with His original identity
as Michael the Archangel.
"Read carefully the following Bible account: 'War broke out in
heaven: Michael [who is the resurrected Jesus Christ] and his angels battled with the dragon'" (You Can Live Forever in
Paradise on Earth, 1982, p. 21).
Michael, on his own, could not rebuke Satan (Jude 1:9), yet in Mark
9:25 Jesus Himself rebukes Satan. Hebrews 2:5 says an angel can't rule the world, but Luke 1:32-33 and Revelation 19:16 show Jesus
Christ to be the one who will reign. Therefore, Jesus and Michael can't be one and the same.
Jesus is "a god", and lesser than Jehovah
In the JW version of the Bible, John 1:1 says, "In the beginning
was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was a god." [emphasis added] "...that is the Word was
a powerful godlike one. Clearly, Jesus is not Almighty God." (Ibid., p. 40).
The JW Bible did not provide an accurate or legitimate translation of
Salvation must be earned through works
"To get one's name written in that book of life will depend on
one's works, whether they are in fulfillment of God's will and approved by his Judge and King." (Watchtower, August
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this
is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV)
There are two classes of Christians: A
"little flock" who are born-again children of God, and the "great crowd" or "other sheep", who will live in
"Paradise" on earth after the destruction of the unbelievers. Only the "little flock" will go to
"The Bible shows that only a limited number of persons, a
'little flock,' will go to heaven...The rest of faithful humankind will live on earth as the subjects of these rulers"
(Watchtower, February 15, 1984)
There is not a caste system in Christianity. All are one in Christ
(Galatians 3:28). The "other sheep" Jesus referred to are Gentile believers who will one day join Jewish believers to form one
body of Christians.
We will be gods when we join Christ in
"...we are begotten of a divine nature...Jehovah is thus our
father...we are divine beings - hence all such are Gods...Now we appear like men, and all die naturally as men, but in the resurrection we
will rise in our true character as Gods" (Watchtower, December 1881, 1919 repr.).
This obviously flies in the face of the JW claim that they are
monotheistic. Isaiah 43:10 and 1 Timothy 2:5 are but two of many verses that confirm there is only One God. To claim we will become gods
There is no eternal hell for the wicked. All
"unbelievers" will be annihilated, and simply cease to exist.
"The fiendish concepts associated with a hell of torment slander
God and originate with the chief slanderer of God (the Devil)" (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985).
Oops! The "fiendish" concept of hell actually comes from the
Bible, not from a slanderer. (Matthew 25:46, Revelations 14:11, 19:20, and 20:10).
JW's are forbidden from saluting the flag or engaging in
"..we view the flag salute as an act of worship"
(School and Jehovah's Witnesses, 1983)
"...Jehovah's Witnesses take no part whatsoever in political
activities" (United in Worship of the Only True God, 1983).
There is nothing in the Bible to keep us from being politically active
or saluting our flag. In fact, the Bible commands us to have respect and reverence for the government because it is an authority that God
has allowed to be placed over us (Romans 13, 1 Peter 2:13-14)
JW's do not celebrate birthday
parties, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or other unbiblical celebrations. Even Christmas and Easter are not
celebrated as they are pagan holidays.
"...birthday celebrations tend to give excessive importance
to an individual...Jehovah's Witnesses do not share in birthday festivities (parties, singing, gift giving, and so forth)...."
(School and Jehovah's Witnesses, 1983).
"...nowhere in the Bible do we find that parents are to be
worshiped, or that there should be a Father's Day and a Mother's Day kept in their honor." (Awake!, May 8,
"Christendom's chief holiday, Easter, therefore finds no
support at all in the Bible. It is of pagan origin." (The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life, 1968).
These celebrations are harmless, and not contrary to Biblical
Christianity. To say that Mother's Day or Father's Day is a worship of parents is absurd. It is a show of respect and
The Christmas and Easter holidays are very Christian holidays that
coincide with pagan holidays. They were set on these dates to divert attention from the pagan holidays to the truths of God.
Blood transfusions are strictly prohibited.
Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, and Blood,
Medicine and the Law of God, 1961, claim Acts 15:29 as a prohibition against receiving blood transfusions.
Acts 15:28-29 addresses EATING blood - not having blood transfused into
your body to replenish your life-sustaining fluids.
Christ returned invisibly in 1914 and began setting up His
Kingdom. World War I was a sign He'd arrived.
"...Bible evidence shows that in the year 1914 C.E. God's time
arrived for Christ to return and begin ruling...Christ's return invisible...Christ himself gave a visible 'sign' by which we
may know that he is invisibly present...'NATION WILL RISE AGAINST NATION'...Surely you have seen this part of the 'sign'
being fulfilled since 1914! In that year World War I began" (You Can Live Forever In Paradise on Earth )
Revelations 1:7 makes it clear that when Jesus returns, we'll know
it!! He won't do so invisibly. This is one of many false prophecies the JW organization has had regarding the end of the world/2nd
coming of Christ.
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