They knocked on Sam’s door and offered him a copy of Awake magazine. The visitors were a woman with two of her children. They were well-dressed and friendly. The magazine’s cover article was about how to help children do better in school. The woman read a verse of Scripture, made a comment on it, and then asked Sam if he would be interested in being visited for a Bible study. Sam said he would think about it.
The woman read a verse of Scripture, made a comment on it, and then asked Sam if he would be interested in being visited for a Bible study. Sam said he would think about it.
Charles Russell started Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society in 1881 to publish his distinctive teachings. The organization changed its name to Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1931.
Russell wrote a six-volume set of Scripture studies. He said that people would be better off to read his books without the Bible than to read the Bible without his books. He said that if a person stopped reading his books and read only the Bible, he would be in darkness within two years, but if he would read only his books without the Bible, he would be in the light. Doctrines of the Jehovah’s Witnesses have been changed many times.
Leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses have made many prophecies that did not come true. For example, the second leader, Rutherford, predicted that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be resurrected in 1925 and live in a luxurious house that he prepared for them. They did not come, but he lived in the house himself.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that all other churches are Satanic, and that there is no salvation except through their organization.
Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that that they work in 239 countries, and publish in 595 languages. In the last 10 years they have printed 20 billion pieces of literature. They have 111 thousand congregations, and a membership of more than 7 million active members. Headquarters for the Jehovah’s Witnesses are in Brooklyn, New York.
Difficult Doctrines of the Jehovah’s Witnesses
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not participate in government elections or hold any government office, because they believe they are separate from the kingdoms of this world.
They do not serve in the military and do not believe that war is ever right. They do not celebrate any holidays, whether national holidays, Christian holidays, or birthdays, because they believe that all the celebrations follow pagan customs.
They do not accept blood transfusions, even to save life, because of the Scriptures that forbid the eating of blood. They do not pay tithe, and their pastors do not get salaries. Any member who does not turn in reports of witnessing is taken from the list of active members and is not considered saved.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that a person gets saved quickly. He must join the organization and begin studying their doctrines. Salvation is a process, and the moment when one can know he is saved is not definite.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not accept the cross as a Christian symbol, and believe that Jesus died on a stake.
The most serious doctrinal error of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is denying the deity of Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Tactics of Jehovah’s Witnesses
A person who is interested in joining the Witnesses goes through a Bible study for several months. He has to make changes in his life to follow what he is learning. Then he is baptized and becomes a “publisher,” and is supposed to distribute literature from the organization.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe a person becomes a Christian immediately by putting his faith in Christ. They believe he must first learn their doctrines and begin practicing the requirements.
Every member is required to turn in monthly reports of witnessing activity. A member who does not turn in reports is taken from the list of active members and is not considered saved.
On average, the Witnesses spend 8,000 hours of witnessing to gain one new member. Each member buys printed materials from the organization to distribute.
They do not call their congregations churches. They believe all churches are Satanic. They call their buildings “Kingdom Halls.”
They say that the doctrine of the Trinity should be rejected because it is illogical and impossible to understand, as if there should not be anything in God’s nature that is beyond our understanding.
They try to prove their doctrines by Scripture to people who trust the Bible without knowing much about it. They have published their own version of the Bible, called The New World Translation, with changes that support their doctrine. They changed many verses that imply the deity of Christ. This version was not produced by real biblical language scholars.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force that comes from God, comparable to the power of electricity. They claim to believe in the resurrection of Jesus, but they believe that only his spirit rose, not his body.
They say Jesus is Son of God and Savior of the world, and that he made salvation possible. They do not believe that He is God. They believe he is the first thing God created.
Do not treat Jehovah’s Witnesses rudely. Because they believe they are persecuted for the truth, they expect evangelical Christians to treat them badly. Instead, show the love of Christ and a genuine concern for them.
Don’t argue about smaller issues, like celebration of holidays or serving in the military. It is much more important to talk about the basics of the gospel and assurance of salvation.
The priority is to share the gospel. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not have assurance of salvation and a personal relationship with God.
In this course, we will explain the basic beliefs and history of selected cults and religions, contrasting them with Christianity and evaluating their doctrines and practices by the Bible.
You will be better prepared respond to the errors of wrong religions and to protect Christians from deception.
Without a doubt this is one of the most practical course SGC has developed and we believe it will make you a more informed, discerning and redemptive spiritual leader.