Exposing The Jehovah’s Witnesses (Part 4)
By: Brian A. Yeager
It is truly sickening to see all of the lies that the Jehovah’s Witnesses tell (cf. Psalms 119:104; 128). We have, in our first three articles, just touched the surface of their many errors. In this article we will deal with a few more and then end our exposure of this religious cult. Many who have been caught up in this organization have been held through ignorance. Though this is true, the Lord does not excuse ignorance (Acts 17:30). The ignorance they have come to follow is due to an incomplete study of the Scriptures. They focus only on the texts which they believe prove their conclusions.
The JW’s like to focus on their end of the world garbage and a few other hobbies, but they stay clear of truly examining the whole counsel of God (cf. Acts 20:26-27). If you think that is not true, set up a study with them and you’ll see the evidence quickly if you talk about Scriptures they are not “comfortable discussing”. Hopefully, this series of articles will convince someone not to listen to their errors. Such is certainly a Scriptural plea: “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge” (Proverbs 19:27). Let’s get started exposing more of their errors with their denial of the soul.
They Err When They Say That Man Does Not Have A Soul
To deny that man has an eternal soul, the JW’s teach this: “Clearly, the Bible shows what man is. He does not have a soul; he is a soul. Because of what man is—his nature—any hope for future life for the dead depends on a resurrection, a raising up. The Bible promises: ‘Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear [Jesus’] voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.’ (John 5:28, 29) That sure promise of a resurrection—not the teaching of the immortality of the soul—is the basis for real hope for the dead” (http://www.watchtower.org/e/20070715/article_01.htm).
You cannot say that man and his soul are one in the same. When Rachel died we read this: “And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Ben–oni: but his father called him Benjamin” (Genesis 35:18). The account of Rachel’s death clearly shows that a person has a soul instead of a person just being a soul. Consider also: “And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived” (I Kings 17:21-22). The death of Rachel and the resurrecting of the child by Elijah show us that a person is made of both flesh and soul. These accounts also prove that the soul separates from the body at death. When Lazarus and the “Rich Man” died, their souls continued to live on (Luke 16:19-31). Paradise is where the “thief on the cross” would also join Jesus prior to our Lord’s resurrection (Luke 23:39-43 and Acts 2:22-36). When Jesus spoke of the Resurrection, He established that those who had died in the flesh have not ceased to exist. In fact, this is necessarily inferred when He said this: “But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:31-32).
The Scriptures plainly declare that we have souls. Notice these clear, undeniable Scriptures: “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding… Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?... Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it… And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell… And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit… For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God… For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's… For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (Job 32:8, Ecclesiastes 3:21, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Matthew 10:28, Acts 7:59, I Corinthians 2:11, I Corinthians 6:20, and James 2:26). Understand this, the JW’s deny the soul of a man so that they can deny that we are immortal while trying to claim there is no Hell!
They Err When They Say There Is No Hell
Many of the things the JW’s write about the soul not being eternal turns into a denial of eternal punishment in Hell. So, these two errors of theirs are tied together. Here is what they teach: “Consider also the case of the righteous man Job, who suffered much. Wishing to escape his plight, he pleaded: ‘Who will grant me this, that thou mayest protect me in hell [Sheol], and hide me till thy wrath pass?’ (Job 14:13, Douay Version) How unreasonable to think that Job desired to go to a fiery-hot place for protection! To Job, ‘hell’ was simply the grave, where his suffering would end. The Bible hell, then, is the common grave of mankind where good people as well as bad ones go” (http://www.watchtower.org/e/20020715/article_02.htm).
To use Job, who was speaking in ignorance and committing sin in the process (Job 38:1-2 and Job 42:1-6), is a foolish choice. Job, in the very next verse (Job 14:14), doubted that man would ever live again. Now, the JW’s believe in a resurrection (www.watchtower.org/e/20060315/article_02.htm), so would that verse deny such? Of course not! Job was talking foolishly. So, Job’s foolish words do not deny the existence of Hell. Furthermore, you’ll notice in the JW argument that they needed to find a version of the Bible that agreed with their view. Their dishonesty is clear.
Their dishonesty, ignorance, etc. still does not prove there is no Hell. The Bible reveals that Hell is both real (Revelation 20:10-15) and eternal (Matthew 25:41; 46). Hell is a place of fire (Matthew 5:22 and Revelation 21:8). Jesus taught that it is better to lose an eye to avoid sin than to be cast into Hell (Matthew 5:29-30). The parable of the “Wheat and Tares” reveals Hell is likened to a furnace of fire where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:38-42). What more needs to be said? Why be converted if you are just going to die? Well, that brings us to another point. They even err in their view of baptism.
They Err When They Baptize To Show One’s Dedication
Of the many weird things you read about JW’s, one is how they determine when someone is to be immersed. Their language, to any honest Bible student, is foreign. The idea that baptism symbolizes dedication rather than saves is not in the Scriptures. Here is what the JW’s say about baptism: “Let the coordinator of the body of elders of your congregation know that you want to get baptized. He will arrange for some elders to review with you a number of questions that cover the Bible’s basic teachings. If these elders agree that you qualify, they will tell you that you can be baptized at the next opportunity.* A talk reviewing the meaning of baptism is usually given on such occasions. The speaker then invites all baptism candidates to answer two simple questions as one way to make a verbal ‘public declaration’ of their faith. 22 It is the baptism itself that publicly identifies you as a person who has made a dedication to God and is now one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Baptism candidates are fully immersed in water to show publicly that they have made a dedication to Jehovah” (http://www.watchtower.org/e/bh/article_18.htm).
The Bible shows us that the JW’s are wrong on this too. Baptism is prior to salvation (Acts 2:38). We are baptized into Christ to be saved, not because we need to show a public statement of our faith (Mark 16:15-16 and I Peter 3:20-21). We do not begin a new life in Christ prior to baptism, but afterwards (Romans 6:3-6). We are baptized to have our sins washed away (Acts 22:16), not because it is the scheduled time. Nowhere in the Scriptures did someone need the permission of JW “elders” saying you are qualified. When one heard, understood, and wanted to be baptized such occurred at their will, not the will of others (Acts 8:12-13, Acts 8:30-38, Acts 18:8 , etc.). It’s no surprise they miss the truth on baptism. They even miss the more obvious on the memorial of Christ’s death, the Lord’s Supper.
They Err When They Partake Of Their Version Of The Lord’s Supper
In regard to the Lord’s Supper the JW’s teach this: “When should the Memorial be observed? The answer becomes clear when we remember that Jesus chose a particular date to institute this celebration—the Passover. God’s people had annually been observing that date, Nisan 14 on their calendar, for over 1,500 years in order to commemorate a remarkable salvation that Jehovah performed for his people. Clearly, Jesus was directing his followers to use the same date to commemorate the far greater act of salvation that God would make possible through the death of Christ. Jesus’ true followers thus attend the Lord’s Evening Meal every year on the date corresponding to Nisan 14 on the Hebrew calendar” (http://www.watchtower.org/e/20080401a/article_01.htm).
The Scriptures disagree with the JW’s. Christians in the first century assembled and partook of the Lord’s Supper together on the first day of the week. Notice: “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight” (Acts 20:7). We remember the Lord’s death by partaking of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (Matthew 26:26-29 and I Corinthians 11:23-33). It is His memorial! We cannot pick the day, frequency, etc.
We have come to the end of our exposing the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We could extend this series of articles, but enough has been said. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is always seeking to gain more disciples. We must be willing to meet them on the battlefield and expose them for the false teachers they are (Romans 16:17). We must also be capable of answering their errors so that we can stop their mouths from speaking their lies (Titus 1:10-14). We should never underestimate the zeal of the JW’s. They are motivated and heavily indoctrinated in their errors.
Our next series of articles will be on a denomination that is visible like the JW’s. We will next discuss the Mormons. They too are zealous, but ignorant (Romans 10:1-3). We’ll see their many errors starting next week.
Volume 10 – Issue 8 - November 15th, 2009