"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippines 4:8
” . . . people cannot see the Divine Plan in studying the Bible by itself . . . if he then lays them [Scripture Studies] aside and ignores them and goes to the bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness. On the other hand, if he had merely read the Scripture Studies with their references, and had not read a page of the Bible, as such, he would be in the light at the end of the two years, because he would have the light of the Scriptures,” (Watchtower, Sept. 15, 1910, p. 298).
An anti-christ statement straight from the Watchtower, they conclude that a person must read their publications/magazines in order to understand the Bible, if not then you will be in spiritual darkness. A tactic Watchtower utilises controlling others critical thinking, they don’t want you to think for yourself and tell members to solely rely on the Watchtower’s interpretation of the Bible.
The Bible Says
We are to search the scriptures (God’s word) not additional books or magazines.
Acts 17:10-11 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming [thither] went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
The Christian is to study the word/scriptures that we may never be ashamed and can rightly divide the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The scriptures makes us wise unto salvation in the case of Timothy.
2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Scripture can be understood and no one has a monopoly on God’s Holy word.
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
Jehovah Witnesses often give lip service that they believe salvation is grace through faith in Christ, yet they also say that a Witness “is not yet declared righteous”. The Watchtower teaches that a Witness is not declared worthy of the right to everlasting life until the end of the Millennium, only then will they know if they have everlasting life. This means no Jehovah Witness has the assurance of salvation.
The truth is Jehovah Witnesses aren’t going door to door or standing next to carts because they care. The truth is they believe the only way they can make it into “paradise” is by doing “good works”. This is why you’ll see Jehovah Witnesses everywhere as if a penyata exploded.
The Watchtower teaches it’s members that they need to work for salvation or “exercise faith” in Jehovah God. And what entitles “exercising faith”? This entitles going door to door, standing on street corners counting their time and baptism, is something a person must do to gain everlasting life. Here’s what the Watchtower says.
Just as Noah was preserved through the Flood, loyal baptized ones will be preserved when the present wicked world meets its end. (Mark 13:10; Rev. 7:9, 10) This makes dedication and baptism very important. A person who needlessly delays getting baptized endangers his prospects for everlasting life. – Baptism A Requirement for Christians The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom (Study) 2018
What the Bible Says about Assurance Of Salvation?
Every believer is sealed by the Holy Spirit unto salvation
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
The Bible Describes The Various Ways In Which The Believer’s Security Is Confirmed. The believer in Jesus Christ can know right now that we have eternal life.
1 John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
The Lord Jesus will never leave the believer.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
We have passed or be translated from death to life.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
The believer is free and not a servant of sin.
John 8:32-36 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
We have been set free from the law of sin & death.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
We shall never face judgment/condemnation again and have passed from death to life.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
There is no condemnation for the born again believer.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The old man of the flesh is put to death.
Romans 6:3-6 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
There is new life in Christ, you’re made a new creature in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
We have become identified in Christ.
Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
He is able to save believers forever, the Lord Jesus Christ saves us fully!
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society claim exclusivity when it comes to truth, some claims they make are that “Jehovah Witnesses are the only true Christians” (The Watchtower, Feb. 15, 1979, p. 30.) or because they go “door to door” they alone are doing God’s work. Another group called Mormons also goes “door to door” will Jehovah Witnesses say that Mormons are the only true Christians? Is going “door to door” how we determine who’s a “true Christian”? A true Christian is a person who has been born again, a follower of the Lord Jesus.
Both are Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses are known cults and both claim exclusivity when it comes to “the truth”. In this post, we will look at the society’s Bible called the New World Translation and see for ourselves if it’s “the truth”. Before we examine the text in the NWT we first should understand how it came to be, who are the men responsible for translating the grey Bible all Jehovah Witnesses stand by.
New World Translation Beginnings
The Watchtower created a committee of 6 men all of which were former governing body members and published their first New World Translation in 1950. The men responsible for the translation are Raymond Franz, Nathan H. Knorr, Fredrick W. Franz, Albert D. Schroeder, George D. Gangas, and Milton G. Henschel, out of the 6 only Frederick Franz claimed to have had sufficient knowledge in biblical languages. Franz had stated that he was familiar with not only Hebrew, but with Greek, Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French for the purpose of biblical translation.”
Franz couldn’t translate the languages here’s the transcript to the court case in which Frederick Franz was examined in court regarding his “biblical knowledge”. The following is a court transcript of F W. Franz was questioned in a Scotland.
Article ID: DJ200
From the Pursuer’s Proof of the cross-examination held on Wednesday, November 24, 1954, p. 7, paragraphs A-B. Examining Fred W. Franz, vice-president of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society and sent as representative of the Society and the Translation Comm.
Q: Have you also made yourself familiar with Hebrew?
A: (Franz) Yes.
Q: So that you have a substantial linguistic apparatus at your command?
A: Yes, for use in my biblical work.
Q: I think you are able to read and follow the Bible in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French?
The Truth is that F W. Franz holds no degree in Greek or Hebrew,
and cannot read either Greek or Hebrew, as a translator should. He dropped out of the University of Cincinnati after his sophomore year and had not been studying anything having to do with theology. Therefore, his qualifications as the only officially recognized member of the translation committee are definitely not adequate. Later during the same crossexamination, Franz had to admit that he was unable to translate a Bible verse.
Q: You, yourself, read and speak Hebrew, do you?
A: I do not speak Hebrew.
Q: You do not?
Q: Can you, yourself, translate that into Hebrew?
Q: That fourth verse of the second chapter of Genesis?
A: You mean here?
Knowing this information we can see that none of the “committee translators” had the appropriate knowledge to translate any verses of the Bible. Let’s see how the Watchtower has purposefully changed scriptures to fit their own doctrine.
How the Watchtower changed the scriptures
Here’s the Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures published by the Watchtower in 1969. Notice in their own Greek interlinear for Colossians 1:15-17 a favourite passage among Jehovah Witnesses when trying to prove Jesus Christ is not God. The Greek text says “all things” are created by Jesus Christ. If all things are created by Jesus Christ then that would make Him God. The Watchtower doesn’t believe Jesus Christ is God. They say that Jesus was “a god” making Him a created creature more specifically Michael the Archangel according to Watchtower theology. Of course, Watchtower is against the fact that Jesus is God and felt the need to change the scriptures to suit their own teachings.
New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (1984 Edition)
Here we see a copy of their New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (1984 Edition) and the same passage for Colossians 1:15-17. Notice that the word “other” is in brackets to signify that word is not found in the original language and has been inserted into the text. All members of the Jehovah Witnesses are to understand that this rendition is not how the Greek language reads in the scriptures. Moving forward the Watchtower wanted to further deny the deity of Christ and would later come out with another version of their Bible.
Here’s the latest version of the Jehovah Witness Bible New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (2013 Revision). Notice how the brackets are removed but the word “other” remains. If a person for the first time would read this Bible they wouldn’t realise that the word “other” doesn’t belong in the text. This is very underhanded and deceitful, why would the Watchtower go to such lengths to try to cover up the fact that Jesus Christ is God? It’s because this organization is not directed by God at all, this is one of the reasons why the Jehovah Witness religion is a cult.
Here’s the actual rendition of Colossians 1:15-17.
Colossians 1:15-17 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
To Jehovah Witnesses
Is this really the kind of organization you can trust in? One that will deliberately use sneaky tactics in order to indoctrinate you with unscriptural teachings? I understand it’s hard to come to the truth that the Watchtower is false after investing so many years into the organization but your soul is in great danger by staying in this cult. You must be born again the Lord Jesus said.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The Watchtower is ruled by a group of men called “The Governing Body” who rule with an iron fist. These 7 men are according to Jehovah Witnesses as “anointed ones” they’re responsible for all doctrines believed by the Jehovah Witnesses. While they say the bible is their ultimate authority it’s simply not true if any JW disagrees with these men the individual will be disfellowshipped with the snap of a finger.
The Watchtower has made the following statement in one of their Watchtower February 2017 (Study Edition) concerning these men at the top running the organization. Let me first say that the Watchtower magazine is where Jehovah Witnesses go for their doctrine which is handed down from the governing body and is considered on an equal level to the bible. This is, of course, the case with any cult, Mormons would say the same for the book of Mormon. But this is not our focus today. In the Watchtower February study addition under “Who Is Leading God’s People Today?” on page 26 we read.
“The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible. Therefore, it can err in doctrinal matters or in organizational direction.” – Watchtower
The Governing Body is not inspired
If you’re a current Jehovah Witness reading this do you take comfort in this statement? “The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible. Therefore, it can err in doctrinal matters or in organizational direction” and has. These individuals who are disseminating information have confessed that they’re not “inspired nor infallible”. This means the doctrines JW’s adhere to can be false and are false. This is tremendous for the Watchtower to make this statement. For those following these men are placing their families in grave danger.
The next body of text reads “In fact, the Watch Tower Publications Index includes the heading “Beliefs Clarified,” which lists adjustments in our Scriptural understanding since 1870.” Beliefs Clarified is an index which shows Jehovah Witness doctrine which needed to be “corrected” because of misunderstanding. The list is enormous over 100+ doctrines needed correction and proves without a shadow of a doubt that the Watchtower is not God’s “organization” as they would lead people to believe.
Here is a list of beliefs which were changed because of a misunderstanding of scripture, it’s actually astounding.
Beliefs Clarified Watch Tower Publications Index 1986-2019
1928, Christmas: kr 102-103; w95 5/15 19; jv 199 cross: kr 104-105 Easter: kr 105 ‘good news of kingdom’ not preached by Bible distribution: w06 2/1 24-25 Great Pyramid of Giza (Gizeh): w00 1/1 9-10; jv 201 Kingdom more important than personal salvation: kr 50
1988, 144,000 sing new song before 24 elders (Re 14:3): re 200-201 approved associates: w88 11/15 10-15, 17 figurative heart: it-1 1057-1058 no resurrection for dead in Sodom and Gomorrah: w88 6/1 30-31 parents may study with disfellowshipped minor child: w88 11/15 20 Revelation: w95 5/15 21; jv 148 unbaptized publishers: w89 2/15 29; w88 11/15 16-20
1991, meaning of Proverbs 27:23: w91 8/1 31
1992, Nethinim and sons of the servants of Solomon after exile: w92 4/15 12-17, 31
1993, kings of north and south during time of the end (Da 11, 12): w93 11/1 13-23 start and end of 1,260 days (Re 11:3) and time, times, and a half (Da 7:25; 12:7): w94 8/1 31; w93 11/1 9-10
1994, tribulation and celestial phenomena (Mt 24:29-31; Mr 13:24-27; Lu 21:25-28): w94 2/15 16-21
1996, acceptability of customary (tribal) marriage: g96 12/8 23 civilian service in lieu of military service: yb97 16; w96 5/1 19-20 “flesh” saved through “great tribulation” (Mt 24:22): w96 8/15 15-20 great tribulation “cut short” (Mt 24:22): w96 8/15 17-18
2002, courtyard in which “great crowd” serve (Re 7:15): w02 5/1 30-31
2003, meaning of baptism of Jewish believers at Pentecost 33 C.E.: w03 5/15 30-31 why some early Christians observed features of the Law: w03 3/15 23-25
2007, start of heavenly resurrection: w07 1/1 27-30 when calling to heavenly hope ceases: w07 5/1 30-31; w07 8/15 19
2008, illustration of dragnet (Mt 13): w08 7/15 20-21 illustration of foundation of house (Lu 6:46-49): w08 2/15 31-32; w08 11/1 29-31 illustration of leaven hidden in flour (Mt 13; Lu 13): w08 7/15 19-21 illustration of man casting seed (Mr 4:26-29): w08 7/15 14-16 illustration of mustard grain (Mt 13; Mr 4; Lu 13): w08 7/15 17-19, 21 Mary’s pain during Jesus’ birth: w08 10/1 23 “this generation” (Mt 24:34; Mr 13:30; Lu 21:32): w10 4/15 10-11; w08 2/15 23-24; w08 4/15 29
2009, “all creation that is under heaven” (Col 1:23): bt 217 head covering for female interpreters for the deaf at meetings: w09 11/15 12-13 resurrection hope for baby dying in womb: w09 4/15 12-13
2010, illustration of wheat and weeds (sowing of seed) (Mt 13:24, 38): w10 3/15 20 illustration of wheat and weeds (wheat brought into storehouse) (Mt 13:30): w10 3/15 22
2011, entering Jehovah’s rest (Heb 4): w11 7/15 24-28 feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream image (Da 2): kr 177; w12 6/15 15-16, 19 Jesus “a corresponding ransom” (1Ti 2:6): w11 6/15 13; w11 8/15 32 olive tree (Ro 11): w11 5/15 23-25 Peter in Rome: w11 8/1 25
2012, “all these kingdoms” (Da 2:44): w12 6/15 17 Mordecai and Esther “divide spoil” in fulfillment of Genesis 49:27: ia 142; w12 1/1 29 ruin caused by “king fierce in countenance” (Da 8:23, 24): w12 6/15 16 toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream image (Da 2): w12 6/15 16 when seventh world power emerged: w12 6/15 15, 19
2013, anointed not to survive Armageddon on earth: w13 7/15 5 ‘Assyrian invades our land’ (Mic 5:5): w13 11/15 20 chosen ones gathered (Mt 24:31; Mr 13:27): w13 7/15 5 “evil slave” (Mt 24:48-51): w13 7/15 24 “faithful and discreet slave” (Mt 24:45-47): w17.02 26; w15 3/15 8-9; w13 7/15 8, 20-25 great tribulation: w13 7/15 3-8 illustration of wheat and weeds (Mt 13): w13 7/15 13-14 Jesus comes, arrives (Mt 24, 25): w13 7/15 7-8, 24 Jesus inspects spiritual temple 1914-1919 (Mal 3:1-4): w13 7/15 11-12 meaning of name Jehovah: w15 12/15 10-11; nwt 1735
2014, appointment of elders and ministerial servants: w16.11 11; w14 11/15 28-29 basis first-century Jews had for being “in expectation” of Messiah (Lu 3:15): w14 2/15 26-27; w14 6/15 22 drinking an alcoholic beverage before engaging in sacred service: w14 11/15 17 duration of cleansing of spiritual temple (Mal 3:1-4): w14 11/15 30 marriage in resurrection (Lu 20:34-36): w14 8/15 29-30 “solid foundation of God” (2Ti 2:19): w14 7/15 8-9, 13 two witnesses (Re 11): w14 11/15 30
2015, Gog of Magog (Eze 38, 39): rr 240; w15 5/15 29-30 head covering for sister conducting Bible study: w15 2/15 30 illustration of talents (Mt 25): w15 3/15 20-24 illustration of ten virgins (Mt 25): w15 3/15 13-16 paradise Paul saw in vision (2Co 12:1-4): w15 7/15 8-9 types and antitypes: w15 3/15 9-11, 17-18; w15 6/15 32
2016, anointed zealously active during World War I: w16.11 27-29 captivity of anointed to Babylon the Great: w16.03 29-31; w16.11 21-30 congregational expression of joy over reinstatement of someone: w16.05 32 Jesus taken by Satan to battlement of temple (Mt 4:5; Lu 4:9): w16.03 31-32;w16.06 32 man with secretary’s inkhorn (Eze 9): rr 238; w16.06 16-17; w16.12 18 meaning of two sticks (Eze 37:15-28): rr 240; w16.07 31-32 valley of dry bones (Eze 37:1-14): rr 239; w16.03 29-31
2017, Jehovah “will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear”—how? (1Co 10:13): w17.02 29-30 line of descent of Messiah not tied to firstborn: w17.12 14-15
2018, Ezekiel’s temple vision (Eze 40-48): rr 138-141, 240 four faces of living creatures (Eze 1, 10): rr 43, 45, 48, 238 meaning of term “new world”: w18.12 8 Oholah and Oholibah (Eze 23): rr 166, 239 “river” embraces worship in addition to rulership (Ps 46:4): rr 204 to whom Psalm 144:12-15 applies: w18.04 32 whether Christendom is antitypical Jerusalem: rr 174, 239
After looking at this extensive list of failed teaching which needed correction, there no shadow of doubt that this organization of the Watchtower is not lead by God. God never makes any mistakes and for a group of men who claim to get direct divine instruction from “Jehovah God” have in this list alone over 100+ doctrines which needed correction.
“Raised in the truth”
When engaging with Jehovah Witnesses they will make statements such as “I was raised in the truth” or they might ask someone “when did you come into the truth”. Jehovah Witnesses refer to the organization as “the truth”, this is pretty disturbing because the only Truth is Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Jehovah Witnesses say that they are the “only true religion” and all others are false.
According to the 1981 Watchtower magazine, the Jehovah Witnesses made this claim of being the only true organization from God.
Interestingly enough we see that we must be in touch with God’s channel of communication and that reading the bible alone is not going to help? The Watchtower is saying that unless you’re a part of their organization then you just won’t understand the bible neither will you “progress along the road to life”. This is how the Watchtower cult brainwashes people to believe they must be a Jehovah Witness in order to have salvation. Outside of the Watchtower no one can be saved or make it to “paradise earth”.
Here’s an inside look as to the structure of the Watchtower in how they distribute doctrine while the 7 men we mentioned earlier keep themselves at the top of the “food chain” sort of speak.
As you can see this is how the Watchtower is structured. According to Watchtower “Jehovah God” gives spiritual food through Jesus Christ that then is passed down to “the governing body” they, in turn, will pass it down to the “elders” and “ministerial servants” then to everyone else.
These 7 men claim they alone receive direct revelation from God. But if you recall their statement “The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible. Therefore, it can err in doctrinal matters or in organizational direction”, So which is it? If they are getting doctrine straight from God Himself as this chart portrays, they wouldn’t have countless failed prophecies.
Before we look at some of those failed prophecies let’s take a look at one of their quotes from the Awake magazine 1968 speaking about false prophets.
“True, there have been those in times past who predicted an ‘end of the world,’ even announcing a specific date. …Yet, nothing happened. The ‘end’ did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing? …Missing from such people were God’s truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them.”—Awake!, October 8, 1968, p. 23
Let us also hold the Watchtower to the same standard that we may determine if they have “God’s truths”? Here’s a list of some failed prophecies which never came to pass from the Watchtower.
Jehovah Witnesses believe in a God that doesn’t exist God will never destroy His church this reminds me of when the disciples asked the Lord Jesus to command fire to come down from heaven and the Lord rebuked them (Luke 9:55-56).
If you’d like to look into it more here’s a link to a bunch of their false prophecies.
It’s plain to see that the Watchtower is not of God, they follow erroneous doctrines some of which are blasphemous, and they have predicted a ton of false prophecies which never came to pass when they said it would. This qualifies them as false prophets, the bible says:
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Judge for yourself can God make mistakes absolutely not, and if an organization which claims to be God’s only theocratic organization on earth and God’s prophet makes false predictions such as these then we must reject all claims and beliefs from the Jehovah Witnesses. Here’s another statement from them just so you can see that they claim to be a “prophet”.
“So, does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to come? …He had a “prophet” to warn them. This “prophet” was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah’s Christian witnesses. …Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a “prophet” of God. It is another thing to prove it. The only way that this can be done is to review the record. What does it show?” —The Watchtower, April 1, 1972, p. 197
To the Jehovah’s Witness
This is not an attack on you this is to disprove the false doctrine of the Watchtower. You must understand that you have been deceived by this cult. Because you never trusted in the true Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible you’re still dead in your sins. Don’t be angry at the messenger it was the Watchtower who lied to you. Abandon this cult and be saved by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ said:
John 5:39-40 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Prove All Things
We as Christians are to prove all things and to hold fast that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21) if we hear something which doesn’t agree with God’s word then we are to reject it, for God cannot lie. Therefore we can conclude that anything that’s against God’s word is a lie straight from satan himself the father of lies (John 8:44).
If the Christadelphians truly believe in God’s word then they would have to agree on that point that God’s word is the final authority, not a man or group of men; but God Himself. That being said let us look at God’s word to see if the beliefs held by the Christadelphians concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and His knowledge is accurate or not.
Another point: God is all-knowing, Jesus learned (Luke 2:40, 52) during his life, which implicitly means acquiring knowledge or wisdom not previously possessed. In fact, there were some things Jesus never knew until after his resurrection – like the date of his return (Mrk 13:32). Traditional Christian thought (see above) has it that he never ceased to be God, so how did he learn? Did he just ‘forget’ for a while, while on earth? Did he later “remember” that he was omniscient? Again, omniscience and humanity are mutually exclusive characteristics. And if you are omniscient, you can’t shed that quality temporarily. – Christadelphians
The problem with cults such as the Christadelphians is that they try to reduce the Lord Jesus to a mere human being. The carnal mind cannot comprehend the things of God (Romans 8:7) nor receive the Spirit of God because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). The mistake the Christadelphians make is that they refused the deity of Christ but they are more than willing to accept the humanity of Christ, this is common among the cults. More on the Christadelphians beliefs.
The Two Natures of Christ
Any group which believes that Jesus Christ is a created being falls into this grave error because they have adopted the Arianism heresy. The true biblical Jesus Christ of the bible has 2 natures. He always existed as God because He (Jesus) is the Word or the Logos from the Greek. Here’s the Greek text which is very precise and powerful.
this for LET-BE-beING-Disposed In You Which and In Anointed Jesus WHO IN FORM OF-God belongING NOT Snatching Deems The To-Be Equal to God.
The rest of those verses tell us what Jesus Christ did while He was still God.
Philippians 2:7-8 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
He took on the form of a servant and humbled Himself going to the cross paying for our sins that we could have eternal life. Those verses in Philippians shows forth both natures of the Lord Jesus, He being both fully God and fully man. Jesus Christ as the man was at times hungry (Luke 24:41-43) and wearied or tired (John 4:6), He didn’t know the hour because of the human nature of the Lord Jesus. But that in no way negates the fact that He’s God in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16).
The Christadelphians cannot understand this they place God in a box and are saying He can’t be both; God can do anything He wishes, you and I cannot. It’s not hard to understand that God came in the likeness of sinful flesh (Romans 8:3).
As for the Lord Jesus’s knowledge as God. The disciples clearly said He (Jesus) knows all things. Did Jesus ever rebuke the disciples saying no He doesn’t know all things? No, He did not. Because He clearly did, this is why Christ could tell Simon Peter “thou shalt deny me thrice” (Matthew 26:34, Mark 14:30, Luke 22:61). Peter remembered this after he did deny the Lord (Matthew 26:75) no mere man can do the things the Lord Jesus can. Here are the supporting scriptures proving Christ knew all things.
John 16:30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
As for why the Lord Jesus said He didn’t know the hour only further proves the Triune Godhead (Trinity). The Father reserves certain things unto Himself, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are all co-equal and co-eternal but it also displays the distinct persons in the Godhead as being the one true God. I know that may be hard for Christadelphians to understand but it’s true. And the reason why they don’t understand it is that they’re not saved. Just like Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and Unitarians. If you trust in a God that’s different from the God of the bible you just cannot have salvation; and if you’re not saved how can you know God? You just cannot.
Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
The Father the Son and the Holy Spirit all have different roles. The Father calls or draws the sinner to His Son Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus redeems the sinner by the sacrifice on the cross covering our sins by His blood and the Holy Spirit indwells the believer sealing him unto that day marking those who have received salvation and signifying those individuals who are redeemed and belong to God; empowering us to live a life pleasing to God through His Spirit.
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Revelation 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
This is the third post concerning the erroneous doctrine of the Christadelphians, we are going to visit each doctrine concerning this cult and prove why it’s ungodly and carnal. Here’s another belief from the group which states.
“For the temptations of Christ to have been in any way real, there had to exist the possibility that he could sin. If Christ is God, it is impossible that he could have sinned, for God is perfect by nature. Jesus pointed this out in Mt 19:17, marking the distinction between himself and God (only ONE is good…). If Christ was God, and therefore couldn’t sin, all his ‘temptations’ were faked, and his identification with mankind a cruel sham! And for those affirming the “fully God/fully man” idea, do you really see God locking Himself into a nature that could potentially sin? Finally, James explicitly states that God cannot be tempted by evil (1:13-15).” – The Christadelphians
First, let’s look at the quote from Matthew 19:17 this is when the Lord Jesus was approached by the rich young ruler and he asked a question saying: “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” Matthew 19:16 the context of these verses shows forth the truth of these verses.
The Deity of Christ
Our Lord’s deity was not diminished by His coming into the world. However, cults like the Christadelphians attempt to deny this truth. The purpose of this article is to consider Scriptures that they use (or, rather, abuse).
The “rich young ruler” addressed the Lord as “Good Master,” or “Good Teacher” and asked Him, “What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” The Lord replied, “Why callest thou Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God” (Matthew 19:16, 17). Some claim that here the Lord Jesus is saying that He is not God, however, the opposite is the case.
The man was mistaken on two counts. First, he thought that he could get eternal life by his own works “What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?”. Second, he only recognized Jesus as a good teacher, not as God. The Lord’s response points out the inconsistency of what the man was saying. If He is not God, the man cannot rightly call Him “good.” If He is “good,” He must be God. Thus, He is not denying that He is “good” or that He is God. He is showing the man that He is “good” because He is God. Contrary to it being a denial of His deity, it is an affirmation of it.
By fully understanding the context of the scriptures we understand that Jesus Christ is God and was asking the “rich young ruler” in the form of a question, are you confessing that I AM God? After which the Lord guided him through the commandments showing him that perfection is God’s requirements and because this man was trusting in his own works for salvation. The Lord had to show him that he’s not capable of keeping the law since he’s not perfect.
Only God alone is perfect and that in itself proves the Lord Jesus Christ as being God. Only He was perfect without sin just as (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:22) Paul and Peter affirmed in their epistles. The Lord Jesus is the light of the world and has no darkness in Him (John 8:12, John 9:5, John 12:46).
1 John 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
The Christadelphians argue that because God cannot be tempted and because Christ was tempted therefore He’s not God? Is that really logical to think because something was attempted therefore that’s proof that Christ was not God? This kind of thinking is faulty and irrational. satan was not going to sit back and not try to thwart God’s plan of salvation and just because he tried to do so doesn’t in any way take away the fact that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
It was not possible for the Lord Jesus Christ to sin but satan is still going to try, the same is true with believers, we are purchased by the blood of Christ and belong to Him but satan is still going to try to tempt the child of God and cause us to stumble. And while that may be so we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and kept until that glorious day when we’re with the Lord. We can agree that God cannot be tempted and it’s impossible for Him to sin but that doesn’t mean the enemy is not going to try.
To the Christadelphian
To those who identify as being a Christadelphian, you have a responsibility to look into this for yourself. Don’t allow others to influence/indoctrinate you into false teaching which is leading you away from God’s truth. I hope that you’ll follow these postings as this is not an attack on you. We are reaching out to you because your precious soul is at risk of ending up in hell, separated from God for all eternity. The scriptures speak of the Bereans who were more noble than those in Thessalonica and searched the scriptures daily to make sure those things were so or true (Acts 17:11).
John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.
Consider the majesty and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, He alone can lay claims to all of these and more because He is the great I AM. We hope and pray that God will open your eyes to the truth of His word that you may have eternal life. Remember Paul the apostle said that it’s possible for you to fall for “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4) which is a false Jesus and that’s who the Christadelphians fell for. A Jesus which has no power to save, we want you to come to know the true Lord Jesus of the Bible.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
“Mortality and Immortality are mutually exclusive characteristics. If Jesus is God, he couldn’t have really died, for God is immortal by nature. Likewise, if Jesus died, he couldn’t really be God, for God cannot die. Immortality is not a fluctuating quality! A being is either mortal or immortal. You can’t have it both ways with this. Either Christ died, and he was mortal during his time of ministry 2000 years ago, or he’s God and could have never died. Pick one alternative, as holding both is simply untenable. Traditional Christians typically respond to this point with the idea stated above in the introduction, that Jesus was fully human and fully God. But look at the next point.” – Christadelphians
Why Jesus Christ is God
Another trait among the cults is the misunderstanding of the nature of Jesus Christ, they cannot wrap their head around the fact that the Lord Jesus before coming into the inhabited world (oikoumenē) always existed as the Word (John1:1) and is God because He shares the same divine nature as God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
The greek word for the ‘inhabited’ world is oikoumenē, here’s a better definition from the greek.
1. the inhabited earth
2. the universe, the world
οἰκουμένη oikouménē, oy-kou-men’-ay; feminine participle present passive of G3611 (as noun, by implication, of G1093); land, i.e. the (terrene part of the) globe; specially, the Roman empire:—earth, world.
Therefore because of the Lord Jesus not being created as cult members would say, they try to demote the divinity of Christ stating that He was just a “man”. The Bible proclaims differently as we are going to prove right now. The book of Hebrew opens with a dialogue which is taking place between the Father and the Son.
Hebrews 1:1-3 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Here we read that God in many times and ways spoke in the past to the fathers (first generation of Israel) by the prophets, has in these last day have spoken to us by His Son (Jesus). And Jesus was appointed heir of all things by whom He created the worlds. It goes onto say “when he had by himself purged our sins”. That’s speaking of the crucifixion of Christ when He had shed His precious blood at the cross.
As we continue reading the following verses we’ll come across a statement from God the Father when speaking to the Son (Jesus Christ). God the Father calls the Son God when we simply look at the text there’s no denying this fact.
Hebrews 1:8-9 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
It’s as plain as day we see God the Father tell the Son “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God,”. If God the Father calls the Son God then why don’t Christadelphians call the Jesus Christ God? Because they’re a cult who masquerades as being Christian; the same is true of Jehovah Witnesses. All cults share this common trait they all deny Jesus Christ as God manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16).
Let’s keep reading in the same chapter of Hebrews and see what the rest of the text says.
Hebrews 1:10-12 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
After reading these verses we can see that it clearly speaks of Jesus Christ as the creator. Let’s keep reading in the same chapter of Hebrews because it goes onto say that the Lord Jesus created all things, He “laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands”. This is speaking of the account of creation and it fits perfectly with other scriptures which also say Jesus Christ is the creator (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16).
Keep this in mind that these passages are saying the Lord Jesus created all things. The Christadelphian will disagree saying Jesus is not God. Well, let’s look at another verse because this verse in Hebrews is a direct quote from an Old Testament scripture and we don’t believe that God’s word will ever contradict. The scripture I would like to bring to your attention to is in the book of Pslams.
Pslams 102 is a prayer from David to God as he was troubled.
Psalm 102:1 [[A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.]] Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
It speaks of the LORD being the creator talking about the account of creation, I hope you’re still following along; if you read Psalm 102:25-27 and connect that with Hebrews 1:10-12 there’s no mistaking that God created all things but the writer to the Hebrews applies this to Jesus Christ as being the creator.
Psalm 102:25-27 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
This proves that Jesus Christ is God, He’s not the God the Father or God the Holy Spirit; but the 3 persons of the Godhead (Trinity) are all co-equal and make up the 1 God. I know this is hard for cult members to understand therefore they try to dismiss this, but how do you reconcile this? Either you’re willing to say this is a contradiction or you’re forced into believing that Jesus Christ is God Almighty as He said in Revelation.
Why Jesus Christ is man
Now let’s focus on the man Christ Jesus. This is the part all the cults will agree on that Jesus Christ was truly a man. He had to be in order that He would be a perfect sacrifice for us on the cross. That’s why He took on flesh (John 1:14, Philippians 2:8, Hebrews 2:16) He took on human nature. An angel cannot die in our place neither can any other created creature. God Himself had to come into His own creation to redeem us by His blood.
Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
In the above verse, it’s clear how Christ Jesus came “in the form of God” in addition “thought it not robbery to be equal with God” it was not robbery to be equal with God because He is God. And what did Jesus Christ do? “took upon him the form of a servant”, this is why Jesus would say I came to do the Father’s will. It’s goes on to say “he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”.
The same verse in the Greek says: 2:6 ὃς ἐν μορφῇ θεοῦ ὑπάρχων οὐχ ἁρπαγμὸν ἡγήσατο τὸ εἶναι ἴσα θεῷ
hos (Who) en (in) morphE (form) theou (of God)
The Greek is very powerful and precise and makes it abundantly clear that Jesus Christ is not a lower form of god as the Jehovah Witnesses or Christadelphians would say. They focus on the humanity of Christ while neglecting His deity as being truly God.
Another reason why Jesus was also truly man was He is our Kingly High Preist, only a man can be our mediator between God and man. The verse I would direct your attention to is in the book of 1 Timothy.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
A priest in the Old Testament had to be a man one from the line of Aaron the priestly line but Jesus Christ who is our great High Priest came from the line of Judah, king David. He also was made our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, the book of Hebrews addresses this all for us.
Hebrews 5:6-10 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 7:11, 17, 21 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? … For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. … (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
Do you see the great significance in this? If Jesus Christ was not truly a man then we would be without a mediator and in big trouble before God. This is why God (Jesus Christ) was manifest in the flesh, to be a ransom for us. And only a man can give HIs life for men.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Angels cannot die in our place, therefore Jesus Christ is not an angel sorry Christadelphians but Jesus Christ is not Michael the Archangel. The Lord Jesus is the Creator of all things. The Christadelphians say “you can’t have it both ways” that’s just the point you and I are not God. We cannot do what Jesus Christ did which is die for our sins and rise again from the dead 3 days later conquering death and hell. But God can do both God can whatever He wants to do and did.
All cults like the Christadelphians deny that Jesus Christ is God, but Jesus Christ Himself said He’s God and that’s why the Jews picked up stones to kill Him.
John 8:58-59 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
John 10:31-33 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
The Jews knew exactly what Jesus Christ claimed, that He is the Son of God and is God. Therefore we conclude and see how the cults are in serious error and need salvation. Depending on which cult you’re referring to they either deny the resurrection in some way or will try to put you in bondage under the law like Seventh Day Adventist. One thing all the cults have in common is that they all deny the “Trinity” or Godhead.
If you’re a Christadelphian
If you’re a Christadelphian we tell you out of love to leave the Christadelphians they are dragging you to hell, you’ll be separated from God for all eternity. They believe that it is possible to lose one’s salvation. (What They Believe, p. 212) They deny the doctrine of the Trinity. (What They Believe, p. 84-87) They deny that Jesus is God in flesh. (Answers, p. 22) They deny that Jesus existed prior to his incarnation. (What They Believe, p. 85, 86) They deny the personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit. (What They Believe, p. 115) They deny the substitutionary atonement of Christ. (Answers, p. 25; What They Believe, p. 71).
These are all serious errors among many others they hold too. If you never read the Bible for yourself without Christadelphian glasses, I seriously recommend that you read it for yourself without Christadelphian teachings. And test all things by God’s word, you need to take this very seriously it’s your eternity at stake and where you will be spending it either in heaven or hell you choose.