by David J. Stewart
Jehovah’s Witnesses are false prophets! I believe they are very sincere, but dead wrong on the truth of Jesus Christ. They are one of the most dangerous false religions in the world today! Why Dangerous? Because they come closer to imitating true Christians than any other religion. They dress like Believers, talk like Believers, go door-to-door like soul-winning Believers, etc. Nevertheless; they are Satan’s workers, full of lies and deceit. There are an estimated 6,000,000 Jehovah Witnesses (JW’s) in the world today, small when compared to the billions of Muslims, Catholics and Buddhists.
We are admonished in I John 4:1, “Beloved, believe NOT every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: BECAUSE MANY FALSE PROPHETS ARE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD.” Now we must be careful here to “rightly divide” the Word of Truth. I John 4:2 tells us that “Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.” Nearly every false religion believes a person named Jesus once came in a fleshly body and walked this earth. So this Scripture obviously means more than is read at a casual glance. We must be careful to “Search the Scriptures” as Jesus commanded in John 5:39. I believe this Scripture is referring to Christ’s deity (that God Almighty came in the flesh, Jesus Christ). I never quite understood this verse until I found out that JW’s believe that Michael the Archangel came down to earth and became Jesus Christ. That’s right, JW’s believe that Michael became Jesus! I find no biblical evidence to even remotely support this crazy teaching. Anyone who denies that God Almighty came in the flesh is a liar.
Every false religion one way or another attacks (either by denying or diminishing) the deity of Christ. JW’s will say that Jesus is “a god,” but not Almighty God. They will say that Satan himself is also called a “god” and do their best to diminish the deity of Christ, tearing Him down. How silly can they get? Deuteronomy 6:4 proclaims that THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD! We are commanded in the ten commandments (Exodus 20:3), “Thou shalt have NO OTHER GOD’S BEFORE ME.” So either Jesus is Almighty God, or He’s no god at all. There is only one true and living God, all other gods are false gods. The JW’s worship a false God just as do the Muslims, Catholics and so many others. JW’s also deny the bodily resurrection of Christ and His bodily second coming. They deny the rapture and instead believe that Jesus returned (only in Spirit) in the year 1914 to start setting up His kingdom on earth (through the JW’s of course). JW’s don’t believe that the Holy Spirit lives inside (indwells) the true Believer. They deny that Jesus is God or that the Holy Spirit is a person. JW’s like to point out that the word “trinity” isn’t in the Bible. No, but the word “Godhead” is! Colossians 2:8,9 says, “…after CHRIST. FOR IN HIM DWELLETH ALL THE FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY.” This Scripture (amongst many others) teaches us that there is a Godhead, one God who has manifest Himself to mankind in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. What a truth! God the father and God the Holy Spirit walked this earth in the bodily person of God the Son, Jesus Christ. Look back to Colossians 2:2, “…to the acknowledgement of the mystery of GOD, AND OF THE FATHER, AND OF CHRIST.” Even the Word of God tells us it’s a mystery. Some things weren’t meant to be understood, just believed. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face…” (I Corinthians 13:12).
The problem with so many people is that they refuse to believe in something they can’t understand. They rely on their HEAD for guidance instead of their HEART. II Corinthians 3:14-16 tells us that people’s minds are blinded because of the hardness (veil) upon their heart. If a person will turn in their stubborn, sinful heart to the Lord—they will come to the knowledge of the truth. JW’s prey on those who have to make sense out of everything. Their whole religion is based on “what makes sense.” I’ve witnessed to several JW’s and they always say the same thing, “That doesn’t make any sense.” It might not make good sense, but IT’S GOOD BIBLE! Why is this such a surprise? Many things don’t make sense: people don’t make sense, the boss doesn’t make sense, government doesn’t make sense, etc. Faith is believing what you cannot understand. “For THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS TO THEM THAT PERISH FOOLISHNESS…” (I Corinthians 1:17). The truth is foolishness until you get saved. “…BUT UNTO US WHICH ARE SAVED IT IS THE POWER OF GOD.” You see my friend, you must accept Jesus Christ by heart’s faith as your personal Savior—Nothing will make sense until you do. I Corinthians 2:14 makes it clear that the Bible is foolishness to the unbeliever (the natural man). If you reject Christ, it is only because of the wicked, sinful pride in your heart.
May I also say that there is a great danger that I must warn you about concerning the Jehovah Witnesses. JW’s have become very crafty in their teachings and twisting of the Scriptures. II Peter 3:16 says that Peter had a hard time understanding some of Paul’s epistles, “…in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable WREST (twist), AS THEY DO ALSO THE OTHER SCRIPTURES, UNTO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION.” “JW’s will tell you that they believe in accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. This is enough to lure many multitudes of unsuspecting people, woefully ignorant of the truth, into their false religion. The problem is that your being led to a false Jesus. The Apostle Paul warns us in II Corinthians 11:3,4 of those who would corrupt us by preaching “ANOTHER JESUS.” There are many false Jesus’ in the world today because of multitudes of woefully ignorant people tampering with God’s Word. Peter said they do it to their own destruction. The Islamic Muslims and Black Muslims don’t believe that Jesus was crucified, nor is He the Savior. The Mormons deny Christ’s deity as do the JW’s. Catholics elevate Mary to deity with Jesus and form a damnable heresy all of their own. Buddhists deny Christ as Savior and God. On and on we could go, false religion and more false religion. If a man persuades you to accept Jesus as Savior but then tells you that Jesus was really Bozo the clown incarnate, would you believe him? Of course not! So why believe the JW’s when they try to tell you that Michael the archangel became Jesus? This is ludicrous and totally unscriptural. Interestingly, JW’s try to hide this ridiculous teaching of theirs from new converts because it exposes JW’s for what they are—Satanic liars.
A young man once asked an older preacher if he believed a person could deny the deity of Christ and still be saved. The old man replied, “YOU WILL BELIEVE IN THE DEITY OF CHRIST IF YOU ARE SAVED!” I accepted Jesus as my Savior, asking Him to forgive me of my sins when I was a teenager. I didn’t know about the deity of Christ or the virgin birth because I simply had not heard those things. When I grew older and heard of these truths, I knew in my heart that they were true. The Holy Spirit of God (who lives within every Believer) bared witness to my spirit that these doctrines were true. I never had a problem believing the deity of Christ, the Godhead, the virgin birth, Jesus’ sinless life, etc. Even though some things didn’t make sense, I knew in my heart that they were true.
If you deny that Christ is God, you are not a true Believer. In John 8:24 and 57-59, Jesus claimed that He was the “I AM” of Exodus 3:14 (see also John 5:18 and Philippians 2:6). The Jews began to stone Jesus for what He had claimed, that He was God—Jesus escaped the wicked crowd. John 8:24 reads, “…for IF YE BELIEVE NOT THAT I AM he, ye shall die in your sins.” Notice that the pronoun “he” is in italics. This simply means it was added by the King James translators because they were scholarly enough to let us know it wasn’t in the original (unlike modern translations which have no italics). Jesus said we will die in our sins if we do not believe upon Him as He is! The false Jesus of the Jehovah Witnesses cannot save because it is a mythical character and does not exist in reality! Paul made clear in II Corinthians 11:3,4 that Satan is subtle and wants to deceive us just as he did Eve in Eden. The Devil always misquotes the Bible, rarely avoids it completely. I am always amazed that false prophets will bring up Bible verses until you prove them wrong with the Bible, then they’ll tell you they don’t believe the Bible. If they don’t believe God’s Word, why do they keep quoting it? Because they are of their father, the Devil, who is a master counterfeiter. Only Jesus ever accepted worship from another (Matthew 8:2;9:18), only Jesus ever forgave sin (Mark 2:5), only Jesus had the Holy Spirit without measure (John 3:34). Only Jesus! Jesus is Almighty God!