Exposing The Jehovah’s Witnesses (Part 3)
By: Brian A. Yeager
The JW’s deny the deity of Christ. While that may seem shocking, since the Bible so clearly declares that Jesus is God, they do so as one of their core doctrines. Adding to the sin of denying Christ, they also deny that the Holy Spirit is deity.
In their own blasphemous words: “Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was alone. Countless ages ago, however, God became a Creator. Who was his first creation? The last book of the Bible identifies Jesus as ‘the beginning of the creation by God.’ (Revelation 3:14) Jesus is ‘the firstborn of all creation’… Jesus today is neither a man nor God Almighty. Rather, he is a mighty spirit creature, a reigning King. Very soon now, he will manifest his rulership over our troubled earth” (http://www.watchtower.org/e/20050915/article_02.htm). Before I forget to cover this, let’s understand that when the Scriptures speak of Christ as the “firstborn”, that means He was the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:15-18)! To twist the Scriptures (II Peter 3:16-17) to say otherwise is pure blasphemy (cf. Luke 22:63-65).
The JW’s continue to say: “Jehovah God is the Creator. (Revelation 4:11) He is without beginning or end, and he is almighty. (Psalm 90:2) Jesus, on the other hand, had a beginning. (Colossians 1:15, 16)” (http://www.watchtower.org/e/20050915/diagram_01.htm). We’ve already seen that they’ve twisted the Scriptures relative to the “firstborn” meaning Jesus was created. Their dishonesty is glaring in that they even cite Colossians 1:15-16 and do not go to verse eighteen for the definition of “firstborn”. They did set a standard in the quote above. They claim that being eternal makes one deity. It is here we shall start!
Jesus Is God – Because He’s The Everlasting Father
Speaking of Jesus (cf. Luke 1:31-33), Isaiah prophesied saying: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7). Notice this as well: “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations” (Exodus 3:13-15). Then, what did Jesus say: “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:56-58).
The JW’s even, as we discussed briefly last week, came up with their own translation of the Scriptures where they make Jesus “a god” (New World Translation; John 1:1). You can view this perversion of the Scriptures at this location online (http://www.watchtower.org/e/bible/index.htm). The JW’s and other false teachers cannot see that you cannot separate the Father and the Son from each other (John 10:30 and John 14:9). They refuse to see that Jesus is the Almighty (Revelation 1:5-8). They cannot see that Jesus was rightfully worshipped (http://www.watchtower.org/e/bh/article_04.htm). The fact that Jesus accepted worship, by His own words, shows that He is deity!
Jesus Is God – Because He Accepted Worship
Jesus taught and understood that only God is to be worshipped (Matthew 4:9-10, Luke 4:7-8, and John 4:22-24). Jesus said He and the Father are one (John 17:11 and John 17:21). Such is also true with the inclusion of the Holy Spirit (I John 5:7). That being said, Jesus did accept worship for He is deity. Notice: “When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed… And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God… And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen… Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him” (Matthew 8:1-3, Matthew 14:32-33, Luke 24:51-53, and John 9:35-38).
Since Jesus both knew and taught that only God was to be worshipped, we know He considered Himself God as He accepted worship. To be even clearer, understand that no MAN who knew the truth would accept being worshipped (Acts 10:25-26). Even an angel from Heaven would not accept being worshipped (Revelation 22:6-9). Jesus is God for His acceptance of worship proves it. Some would say that is a weak argument. No, it is fact. Yet, if you consider that weak how can one escape the Scriptures plainly declaring that Jesus is God?
Jesus Is God – Because The Bible PLAINLY Says So!
For this section of our study, notice what the Scriptures plainly declare concerning the deity of Jesus Christ: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth… Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen… And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory… Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ… But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows… 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” (John 1:1-5, John 1:14, Romans 9:5, I Timothy 3:16, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:8-9, and I John 5:20).
Jesus was in the flesh (Philippians 2:5-8), but He never gave up the inherit characteristics of being deity (Matthew 1:23 and Colossians 2:8-9). Jesus knew the thoughts of men (Matthew 9:3-4, Luke 6:7-8, and Luke 11:15-17). As God, Jesus could forgive sins on earth (Mark 2:6-10). How could Jesus call the temple His house if He were not God (Matthew 21:12-13; cf. Nehemiah 10:39)? Jesus even accepted man calling Him God (John 20:28-31)! It was Jesus who died to purchase His body the church (Ephesians 5:25), yet the Scriptures use the term “God” in telling us this fact (Acts 20:28). Jesus and the Holy Spirit are part of the godhead (a scriptural term - Romans 1:20), which consists of three persons in one (I John 5:7).
Yes, The Holy Spirit Is Deity Too!
Again, let’s just see what the Scriptures plainly declare: “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God” (Acts 5:3-4). Who can honestly deny the clarity of these Scriptures? I suppose the answer is the Jehovah’s Witnesses, though they are not honest. Such is also true of some who profess to be in the Lord’s church (John Welch and Jeff Asher). These folks will find out that Jesus is God, when it is everlastingly too late (Romans 14:10-12).
Our next and final article on the JW’s will be a potpourri of sorts. We will cover several things in that conclusion before we move on to the next denomination we shall expose using the Scriptures. I don’t know about you, but I have nothing nice to say to the next JW who comes knocking on my door to deny Jesus!
Volume 10 – Issue 7 - November 8th, 2009