Spiritual Life
Reasons to Believe
Religions & Sects
Church History
Theology
Philosophy
Ethics
Interviews
Testimonies
In the News
Miscellaneous
Faith & Reason Press Speaker's Forum Links Resources About Us

Jehovah's Witness



†††††††††Isaiah the prophet warned the Israelites about false religion saying,


For those who guide this people

are leading them astray;

and those who are guided by them

are brought to confusion.

(Isaiah 9:16)


†††††††††As we know, God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40). He will not give any doctrine, contrary to His Word. Therefore, our task is to lovingly correct the J.W. (2 Timothy 2:24-26); and to pray that their eyes will be opened, that they may see Truth (John 14:6); and the One who is our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).

†††††††††We begin our task, with a challenge. Show the Jehovahís Witness, their own statements, from their own publications. Below are a few suggestions. These quotes speak for themselves:

We need to examine, not only what we personally believe, but also what is taught by any religious organization which we may be associated. Are its teachings in full harmony with Godís Word, or are they based on traditions of men? If we are lovers of truth, there is nothing to fear from such an examination.

(The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life, 1968, WTBTS, p. 13).


†††††††††Also:

It is not religious persecution for an informed person to expose publicly a certain religion as being false, thus allowing persons to see the difference between false religion and true religion.

††††††††††††††††††(Watchtower, November 15, 1963, p. 688)



†††††††††††Letís also include:

If the message Jehovahís Witnesses are bringing to the people is true, then it is of greatest importance to mankind. If it is false, then it is the duty of the clergymen and others who support them to come boldly forward and plainly tell the people wherein the message is false. (Golden Age, January 18, 1933, p. 252).



†††††††††Our second challenge, is understanding the false teaching within the Watchtower organization, and using Godís Word to reveal Divine truth to the J.W.

†††††††††Many of the articles, in the sections below, have links to original Watchtower sources. Feel free to print them out, and put in a notebook with dividers for each category. Please, letís not resale this material, in any form. The Lord freely gave this vital information to Faith and Reason Forum, so that you may use this material, freely. In turn, pass this treasure trove on to others, freely. (If you have a website, and believe your readers would be interested in this materialĖsimply link them over to this section. Thank you.)

†††††††††If you donít know how to discuss certain J.W. teachings/doctrines to them, it is our hope that the introduction in many of these categories will help you along. Feel free to get in touch with us, if you are having any difficulty, or if you need further clarification. Please understand that when we receive a volume of questions, it may take awhile before we can get back to you.

†††††††††In ending, letís remember that most J.W.ís donít know about the comments, the controversies, the false teachings from their own Watchtower organization. Oh, to think that God may give us the opportunity to show them truth! What an honor! Letís try to take that opportunity when itís knocking at our door.

†††††††††If the Jehovahís Witnesses catch you by surprise (which they usually do), reschedule a more convenient time to talk to them (say, the following week?). Then, contact all your friends to be praying for you, and the J.W.ís, you will be sharing with. Thatís not all. You pray too, for not only the opportunity in sharing (Luke 10:2) but for your preparation time, as well (1 Peter 3:15). May the Lord bless your evangelistic efforts.

"Delighting in sharing not only the Gospel of God, but our lives as well."
1 Thessalonians 2:8

The Jehovah's Witnesses and Prophetic Speculation: An Examination and Refutation of the Witnesses' Position on the Second Coming of Christ, Armageddon, and the 'End of the World'
This book was written by Dr. Ed Gruss

Exclusive permission has been given to Faith and Reason Forum by Dr. Gruss. Please, do not copy and resale. Direct your web followers to our link. Thank you.
Charles Taze Russell
Founder and President
If you don't know anything about how the Jehovah's Witness organization came about; how some of their doctrines came to be, and the man who started it all, read this article first.
Joseph Franklin Rutherford and His Successors
If unfamiliar with the Witness doctrine and views, read this article (after reading the Charles Taze Russell article)
Armageddon
Introduction to Armageddon, plus original pages from "Face the Facts" by JW president, Joseph Rutherford.
The Lord's Return
While you will see, in this JW section, many false prophecies of Christ's return (1874, 1914, 1915...etc), we will focus on one main point here. It will be the most important point, to make when discussing any of the false prophecies, regarding Christ's return.
1874 Prophecy of Christ's Return
Introduction, and Watchtower magazine articles that discuss Christ's return, in 1874.
1872, 1878 & 1915 Prophecy of Christ's Return
and More
Introduction, and statements from "The Time is at Hand," "Times of the Gentiles," and "The Finished Mystery" written by the JW first President, Charles Taze Russell. Also, original copies from "Prophecy," "Vindication,(written by second President, J.F. Rutherford), and a 1916 Watchtower article admitting that the prophecies had failed. Watchtower magazine articles that discuss Christ's return, in 1872, 1878, and 1915.
1914 Prophecy of Christ's Return
The 1914 Generation
Introduction, which discusses the 1914 prohecy of Christ's return, along with a discussion of the 1914 Generation.
1918 Prophecy
Prophecy: The Downfall of Christianity
1925 Prophecy
Prophecy of the Hebrew, (chapter eleven) "worthies" coming back to earth in 1925.
Beth Sarim - Deed
Introduction, along with the original Beth-Sarim Deed.
Christmas
Soon to come.
Christ's Diety
Clergy
Death
Did the JW's always believe in "soul sleep" for the faithful JW? NOPE!
Disfellowship
Faithful - Wise Steward
gods
God's Word
Independent Thinking
Inspiration
Jesus
Marriage and Children
In 1938, Joseph Rutherford told J.W.s they were not to marry; nor raise children...which is "supported by the Scriptures."
The Cross
Belief that Christ died on a cross, was changed to Him dying on a torture stake.
Military Service
The New Covenant
The Organization
Practice What They Profess?
Prophecy Statements
Resurrection
Salvation
Biography of Charles Taze Russell
Most Jehovah's Witnesses do not know that a Biography was written of their Founder, Charles Taze Russell. They claim their Watchtower Society doesn't emulate any man. Well, they are wrong when it came to Russell.
* Finished Mystery - on Russell
Russell (From other W.T. Sources)
Watchtower
Watchtower Objections
Worshipping Jesus
It's a FACT, the JW's use to worship Jesus. Take a look.
Three Wise Men: Devil Worshippers
An Interpretation of Christ --The Firstborn (Colossians 1:15)
Interpreters differ greatly. As in II. below, some in church history have viewed Christ as first to be created, thus a created being, one having high privilege before God but not God. Most take the phrase....
Divine Plan of the Ages
An introduction, along with, the original 1906 book Divine Plan of the Ages, by Charles Taze Russell.
Millions Now Living Will Never Die!
It will take a moment to pull this book up
Introduction by Donna Morley: In 1920 Joseph Rutherford, second president of the Watchtower Organization, wrote the book Millions Now Living Will Never Die! Like Charles Taze Russell, his predecessor, he had his own Armageddon prophecy, which he wrote in this book. He warned the living that the world, with them in it, would be destroyed in 1925....
Salvation by Works?
In John 5:28-29 Jesus is in a debate with the Judean Jews, talking about the authority of the Son of Man to command the resurrection of the dead. He then adds a comment that refers to the two classes of resurrected people, not as believers and unbelievers, but as "those who have done good" and "those who have done evil." Does not this indicate that eternal life is given on the basis of one's deeds?...
Why I Believe in the Trinity
My understanding of Jehovahís Witness ("JW") teaching: Jesus is not the Great God, or YHWH of the OT Scriptures, but rather His son - a lesser, created divine being. As such, he has divine attributes, but he is not equal to the Father in status, power, or worship.
The Doctrine of the Trinity
The Doctrine of the Trinity teaches that within the unity of the one Godhead there are three separate persons who are coequal in power, nature, and eternity. This doctrine is derived from the clear teaching of Scripture, and is not a man-made doctrine as some (such as the Jehovah's Witnesses) have claimed. Let us briefly examine some of the New Testament evidences for this important doctrine.
Is Jesus a True or a False God?
When showing Jehovah's Witnesses from the Bible that Jesus Christ is God, it is often best not to question their translation of such key verses as John 1:1 and Titus 2:13. This can be done by sticking to texts such as Isaiah 9:6 and John 20:28 which -- even in the New World Translation (NWT) -- call Jesus "God."
Was Jesus Raised as a Spirit Creature?
Dialoguing With Jehovah's Witnesses on 1 Corinthians 15:44-50.
Whither the Watchtower?
An Unfolding Crisis for Jehovah's Witnesses.
A Case Study in Watchtower Interpretation:
Watchtower, Authority and the Bible (Part 1)
Jehovah's Witnesses claim to believe in the Bible as the unerring word of God and to base all of their teachings directly on Scripture. Evangelical Christians are glad for the Witnesses' recognition of the Bible as the sole infallible authority in matters of faith. However, believing the Bible is more than simply acknowledging that it is God's word; it is most of all believing what the Bible actually teaches.
A Case Study in Watchtower Interpretation:
The New World Translation on Trial (Part 2)
The New World Translation (NWT)[1] is the official translation of the Bible published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society and used by all Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs). It has often been criticized for its biased renderings of crucial texts traditionally used by Christians to support the deity of Christ. Although study of such isolated mistranslations in the NWT is valuable, it can give the mistaken impression that the NWT is an otherwise acceptable translation with only a handful of verses in dispute. This is not the case, however.
Jehovah's Witnesses and Luke 23:43 (Part 3)
How do Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs) interpret the Bible? What sort of assumptions do they make, and what kind of methods do they use?
Jehovah's Witnesses and the Divine Name (Part 4)
Do Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs) understand the Bible rightly? In the previous installments of this series I have argued that JWs systematically distort the teachings of the Bible by viewing the Watchtower organization as sole interpreter of the Bible and by mistranslating and misinterpreting specific texts of the Bible. This fourth and concluding article will show that JWs likewise distort the Bible in their handling of its major doctrinal themes.
Is It Proper to Worship Jesus?
Examining a Jehovahís Witness Doctrine
Consistent with their denial of the deity of Christ, the Jehovahís Witnesses deny that Christ should be worshiped. Such worship is viewed as unscriptural and a form of idolatry. What most Jehovahís Witnesses donít know is that for more than 60 years....
Faithful and Wise Servant?
Examining the Watch Tower's 1919 Appointment
The Jehovahís Witnesses most important claim is that after Christ Jesus began his supposed invisible reign in 1914, he examined the religious organizations on earth and selected the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society as his ďfaithful and wise servantĒ (Matt. 24:45Ė47) in 1919.
Abaddon
Armageddon
Baptism
Beth Sarim/Deed
Channel Of Communication
Clergy
Creator
Creature Worship
Death
Devil
Education
False Prophets
False Statements
Flag
Heavenly/Earthly Hope
Holy Spirit
Inspiration
John 1:1
Literal Israel to Spiritual Israel
New Light NEVER extinguishes Old Light but adds to it.
New Testament
Prayer
Prophets/Prophecy
Rape
Salvation
The Great Crowd
Truth
Watchtower "proves" Christ's second coming was in 1874
Watchtower "proves" Christ's second coming was in 1914
Watchtower "proves" the last days were to be in 1975
Watchtower "proves" the last days were to be in 1995
Watchtower Literature: How to Study this "Bible Truth"
Wormwood
Worship