"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
If you’ve ever had the chance to speak with a Jehovah’s Witness your conversation may have touched upon if Jesus Christ was crucified on a stake or cross? Jehovah Witnesses claim that Christians who “worship” the cross are not “true Christians”. Jehovah Witnesses are taught by the Watchtower that the cross is a pagan symbol. Is this true?
Here’s a quote from the JW.org notice the double talk. The Jehovah Witnesses claim “no one can know its shape with absolute certainty”.
Many view the cross as the most common symbol of Christianity. However, the Bible does not describe the instrument of Jesus’ death, so no one can know its shape with absolute certainty. Still, the Bible provides evidence that Jesus died, not on a cross, but on an upright stake. – Watchtower
Then they say “the Bible provides evidence that Jesus died, not on a cross, but on an upright stake”. Which is it can no one know or can they, and how did the Watchtower come to this conclusion?
Jehovah Witnesses will typically point you to the Greek word “stauros” as there proof. Here’s what the Greek definition is concerning the word stauros.
σταυρόςstaurós, stow-ros’; a stake or post (as set upright), i.e. (specially), a pole or cross (as an instrument of capital punishment); figuratively, exposure to death, i.e. self-denial; by implication, the atonement of Christ:—cross.
At this point you may have the Jehovah Witness point you to this verse in their manipulated Bible the New World Translation which reads.
Matthew 27:40 NWT and saying: “You who would throw down the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are a son of God, come down off the torture stake!”
Notice the Watchtower inserted the word “torture stake” in order for the text to align with their biased teachings. Here’s what the Bible actually says when speaking about the cross, all translations render it as a cross not a stake. The New World Translation is the only Bible to insert the word “stake” in their own Bible.
Matthew 27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest [it] in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
Jehovah Witness must ask themselves because their translation renders the word stake in their Bible does that mean every other Bible is wrong?
On their website, they have an article titled “Did Jesus Die on a Cross?”. In this article, there’s another statement I’d like to draw to your attention.
According to A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament, stau·rosʹ “never means two pieces of wood joining each other at any angle.” – Watchtower
Ethelbert w. Bullinger
The quote contained above was from Mr Bullinger and was noted as being contemporary thinking on his part. He is the only “scholar” that directly opposes the cross with every other scholar who agrees that Jesus Christ did die on a cross.
The Jehovah Witnesses include this statement on their website quoting Mr Bullinger (bolded).
The Bible also uses the Greek word xyʹlon as a synonym for stau·rosʹ. (Acts 5:30; 1 Peter 2:24) This word means “wood,” “timber,” “stake,” or “tree.”*The Companion Bible thus concludes: “There is nothing in the Greek of the N[ew] T[estament] even to imply two pieces of timber.” – Watchtower
The “Companion Bible“ and the lexicon the Watchtower is referencing are both written by Mr Bullinger the same scholar. Therefore the Watchtower is only referencing this one scholar who is against the cross, as opposed to looking at other scholars who disagree with Mr Bullinger and collectively say that Jesus indeed was crucified on a cross.
In addition to this Mr Bullinger was the president of the Trinitarian Bible Society which is odd because the Jehovah Witnesses deny the Trinity and call it satanic; but if someone agrees with their position on something they will quote it. They pick and choose what words to reference when it agrees with their doctrine they’ll display it on their website, but when this same scholar who believed in the Trinity they choose to neglect that teaching.
The Cross Predates Christianity?
Another argument Jehovah Witnesses try to use is that the cross was used before the crucifixion of Christ. Is that a valid reason not to believe in the cross? Just because something was used beforehand doesn’t mean Jesus was not crucified on a cross? That would be a silly argument to hold.
The Watchtower would say that “pagan religions” used the cross for worship. Does that negate the fact that the Romans crucified the Lord Jesus on a cross? If He was that wouldn’t change the fact that He died on a cross and therefore that doesn’t make the cross “pagan” because others somehow used it.
The Watchtower claims they don’t know if Jesus died on a cross or not and turn around saying the cross shouldn’t be worshipped is double talk. Here’s another quote from their site which states.
THE cross is loved and respected by millions of people. The Encyclopædia Britannica calls the cross “the principal symbol of the Christian religion.” Nevertheless, true Christians do not use the cross in worship. – Watchtower
This is a strong statement to make without knowing for certain if Jesus died on a cross or not according to Watchtower while at the same time saying “true Christians do not use the cross in worship”. Since the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus all Christians recognised the cross for thousands of years yet the Jehovah Witnesses are claiming to be the only “true Christians” when they are anything but a cult masquerading to be Christian.
The Bible uses the word “cross” 28 times in 28 verses in the King James Bible, occurs 86 times in the NKJV and occurs 50 times in the ESV. Only the New World Translation changes it to “stake”, the Watchtower is basically saying every scribe and scholar has it wrong except them.
If they hold to this position then the burden of proof would lie with the Watchtower, since they so strongly feel the cross is “pagan” and “true Christians do not use the cross in worship” one might think they have solid proof of this but they don’t.
The Watchtower solely references only the works of Ethelbert w. Bullinger when it suits them, and he is discredited by all of his peers as his teachings are not aligned with archaeological findings. The Bible is very clear that Jesus Christ died on a cross.
Matthew 27:31-32 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify [him]. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
The One Who Died
Christians are not worshipping the cross itself we’re worshipping the One who died on that cross giving Himself for our sins. Just because the cross is referenced has nothing to do with idolatry, is the Watchtower willing to say the bronze serpent which Moses told the children of Israel to look at (Numbers 21:6-8); would they consider that idolatry as well? When we ask these simple questions the answer becomes clear, of course not.
Numbers 21:6-8 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
God would never lead anyone to commit idolatry
John 3:14-15 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
No matter how hard the cults try to get rid of the cross, or deny Jesus as God, or deny the Godhead/Trinity. They will never succeed because the truth of God’s word will endure forever!
Psalm 119:89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Psalm 102:12 But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
Psalm 104:31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
If you’ve done some digging around about the beginnings of how the Watchtower came to be there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Charles Taze Russell. He’s known as the founder of the Watchtower cult. What you may not know is how the name “Jehovah Witnesses” came about?
When Charles Taze Russell started the organization the magazine he published in July 1879 then was called Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence.
In 1909 the name was changed to The Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence. In 1920, the Watch Tower Society reprinted all issues from 1879–1919 in seven volumes, known as the Watchtower Reprints, which have since been reprinted by various “Bible Student” groups.
On 15 October 1931, the magazine was renamed The Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s Presence; in January 1939, The Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s Kingdom. After Rusell’s death on October 31, 1916, Pampa, TX, a man by the name of Joseph Franklin Rutherford coveted to be in charge, and it’s a known fact that Rutherford didn’t like Russell and renamed the magazine in March 1939 until the present, now called The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom.
Where does the name Jehovah Witness come from?
Rutherford took a verse out of Isaiah which mentions the word “witnesses”. It can be found in Isaiah chapter 43 which reads.
Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Yes, the name comes from this verse. All Jehovah Witnesses believe that Jehovah God has declared the Watchtower to be the only true “organization” that’s capable of teaching the Bible. The truth is Rutherford wanted control of its members hence the name changes to distance himself from Russell.
It’s crazy to believe that this verse referring to Israel as God’s witness to pagan nations in Old Testament times seven centuries before Christ came into the world, would apply to a modern-day cult nineteen centuries after the time of Jesus Christ. Is the Watchtower willing to admit that they believe God had no witness for over eighteen centuries of church history? It’s a historical fact that the Jehovah Witnesses began in the nineteenth century.
JESUS CHRIST IS GOD ALMIGHTY
The Watchtower teaches that Jesus is not God, but is this true what does the Bible say in regards to Christ and His deity? It’s interesting that the Jehovah Witnesses get their name from Isaiah 43:10 and twist the context of the verse. That chapter is not speaking about Jehovah Witnesses in fact what the chapter is really speaking of is that God was saying the nation of Israel has been a witness to God’s power. The beginning of the chapter gives us the context in which the LORD is proclaiming His omnipotence in lew of the people of the surrounding nations which worships false gods.
Isaiah 43:1-3 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
Notice God mentions “O Jacob” which is a name for Israel, God mentions again “O Israel”. Clearly, it’s the Jewish nation God is speaking too. Here’s the point the very word in verse Isaiah 43:10 they adore “Witnesses” proves Jesus Christ is God.
In the book of Acts in the New Testament, we have the Ascension of the Lord Jesus. The apostles asked the Lord “…they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6) and the Lord Jesus replied saying.
Acts 1:7-8 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
There you have it straight from the Bible, God says in the Old Testament “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 43:10) and Jesus Christ says “and ye shall be witnesses unto me” (Acts 1:8). I guess the Watchtower forgot to changes those scriptures to try to hide the fact that Jesus Christ is God.
” . . . 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.
There are groups out there which call themselves Christians while denying the One in which they would say they believe in. When the subject of Jesus Christ and His deity are spoken of among believers the orthodox belief from the very beginning has stated that Christ is equal to the Father therefore, He (Jesus Christ) is God (John 5:18, Philippians 2:6). While others affirm the same but take the position that the Father and Jesus are the same person. This debate between Trinitarians and oneness/unitarians concerning the Godhead/Triune God being 3 distinct persons has been ongoing for a long time. That’s a subject for another time, today I want to focus on the deity of Christ.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
These groups aren’t Christian at all but are really cults (Jehovah Witnesses, Christadelphians, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventist) who use the same biblical terminology while holding completely different definitions. Today I want to focus on an argument the Jehovah Witnesses often bring up when confronted with the fact that Jesus is God. If any Christian states to a Jehovah Witness that Jesus Christ is God the Jehovah Witness will deny this and may bring up this scripture to refute Christ deity.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
They’ll say see Jesus says that “Jehovah” is the only true God, and upon first glance of this verse one may think that’s correct. But if we look at the construction of this verse what it’s really saying is that the Father and Jesus Christ is the only true God. In Greek the copulative kai stands for “and”.
Kai is the conjunction in the construction of that verse. What is a “conjunction”? A conjunction is the act of joining, or condition of being joined. Kai is the root word (Etymology) Apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force. Knowing this when we read the verse again we see that the only true God is the Father and Jesus Christ.
According to the Jehovah Witnesses theology, the Father alone is the only true God and they say Jesus Christ is a lesser “god” according to their New World Translation. If that’s true then we must ask this question. Is Jesus a true God or a false “god”? When we press this question the Jehovah Witness is stuck because if they say Jesus is a false “god” then they will be contradicting the scriptures. And if they say Jesus is the true God then they’re contradicting the Watchtower. Additionally, they also forget verses such as this one from John’s epistle.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Even if you direct them to this verse in the NWT while the rendering of the verse reads a little differently you’ll still see that John is calling Jesus Christ the only true God and knowing Him is eternal life. Who else can give eternal life but God Himself?!
I hope this was helpful and encourage you to reach out to these people who are lost in cults, they have been lead astray and are in danger of being lost in hell for all eternity. We have to approach these people in the love of Christ while still being rooted and grounded in the truth. If you bring these verses to a Jehovah Witness press the question “is Jesus Christ the true God or a false “god”?” Because we know their’s only one God, therefore, any “additional gods” would be false and I don’t think they’re prepared to claim such a blasphemous statement. If they say Jesus is “god-like” just ask again is Jesus the true God or false “god”?
They won’t have a straight answer and will try to divert your attention to other scriptures to avoid answering this question.
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.