Are the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses Biblical?

Author: BibleAsk Team

The Teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Bible

Jehovah’s Witnesses adopt major teachings that clearly contradict the Bible. Here are their major beliefs in relation to God’s Word:

1-Jehovah’s Witnesses reject the Godhead. The Bible teaches that Our “One God” is revealed in the three distinct persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7). Each is God (John 1:1; Ephesians 4:6; Titus 2:13; Acts 5:3, 4; 1 John 5:20), yet the three are One. They are one in nature, character, and purpose (Matthew 28:19; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

2-Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in the deity of Jesus. They believe that Jesus is merely a created being. But the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is divine (John 1:1, 14, 8:58, 10:30; 1 John 5:7; John 20:28; Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 9:6; John 10:30). He is eternal (Micah 5:2; John 8:58). He is worshiped which is forbidden unless He is God (Revelation 22:9; John 9:38; Matthew 14:33; Luke 24:52).

Jesus forgives sins which only God can do (Mark 2:5-7). He is Omnipresent (Matthew 18:20; 28:20; I John 5:7), Omniscient (Mark 11:2-6; Matthew 12:40) and Omnipotent (Revelation 19:6; Matthew 28:18). He is the Creator (John 1-3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2). And He is sinless (Romans 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

3-Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit. They believe the Holy Spirit is only an active force and not a person. But the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is divine (Mathew 28:19; Luke 3:22; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16, 26). Though a spirit, He has all the characteristics of a separate person. The Holy Spirit speaks (Acts 8:29;13:2), teaches (2 Peter 1:21), guides (John 16:13), witnesses (Hebrews 10:15), comforts (John 14:16), helps (John 16:7, 8), and can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30). These are all traits that belong to a person and not just a force.

4-Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus only rose from the grave spiritually. But the Bible speaks of a literal and physical resurrection for the Son of God (Luke 24:38-39; John 20:27; John 2:18-22).

5-Jehovah’s Witnesses believe salvation is obtained by a combination of faith, good works, and obedience. But the Bible declares that salvation is received by grace through faith alone (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). The right kind of faith will produce good works by the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

6-Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that there will be no literal and physical Second Coming of Christ. But the Bible teaches that there will be a literal and physical Second Coming (Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:30; Zechariah 14:4; 2 Thessalonians 1:8).

7-Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Hell is not a literal place for the wicked. While the Bible teaches that hell is not forever, it confirms that God will destroy the wicked in a literal hell for wicked (Deuteronomy 32:22; Matthew 5:22; 18:9; James 3:6).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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