Jehovah’s Witnesses (the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of PA) got its start in the 1870s by Charles Taze Russell in Pittsburgh, PA. They were originally called Zion’s Watch Tower and Tract Society, but Joseph Franklin Rutherford (the second leader of their organization) gave them the name Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1931. Here are some of their heretical beliefs compared to the truth as found in God’s word:
- They created their own version of the Bible to take out words that disagree with their doctrine and to add words that agree with their doctrine. It is known as the New World Translation.
- God says no one should add to or take away from his words (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19).
- They believe Jesus Christ returned to earth in 1914 in invisible form.
- God’s word says when Christ returns to earth, every eye will see him (Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7).
- They deny there is a Trinity.
- The Bible says there is one God who manifests himself in three persons (1 John 5:7).
- They deny the Holy Spirit is a person.
- God’s word says the Holy Spirit is a person (John 14:26 where Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as “he”).
- They deny Jesus Christ is God. To them he is a created being, an angel, who came in the form of a man. According to their publication Let God Be True, p. 33 (1952 ed.), “…he was a God (sic) but not the Almighty God, who is Jehovah…”
- God’s word says Jesus Christ is Creator and is therefore God (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16).
- According to them, Jesus was not resurrected bodily but was only resurrected as an eternal, invisible spirit.
- According to the Bible, Christ was raised in a physical body that hundreds of his disciples saw and touched (John 20:24-28, 1 Corinthians 15:3-6). He even ate food with his disciples after he resurrected (Luke 24:40-43; John 21:10-15) and spent 40 days walking the earth after he was raised. Furthermore, “every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world,” (1 John 4:3, emphases added).
- They teach that only 144,000 believers will actually live in heaven while the remaining believers will live in a paradise on earth established by Christ.
- God’s word says that there will be so many saints in heaven that no man can number them (Revelation 7:9).
- They teach that the wicked will be annihilated (i.e. they will be wiped out of existence) when Christ establishes his paradise on earth.
- The Bible teaches that the wicked will live forever in the lake of fire after Christ’s physical return (Revelation 21:8).
- “Jehovah’s Witnesses” claim that hell does not exist. “…the Bible hell is mankind’s common grave…,” according to their publication Let God Be True, p. 92.
- God’s word says it does exist and that it’s a place of punishment for unbelievers (Isaiah 5:14; Luke 12:5).
As you can see, they may claim to be Jehovah’s witnesses, but Jehovah has nothing to do with them. (Updated March 2, 2008)