August 27, 2021 E-Letter
The doctrines of the Jehovah’s Witnesses are in diametric opposition to historic biblical Christianity. There is no significant area of agreement. They are wrong on just about everything.
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Among the most essential doctrines denied by them are the deity of Christ, the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the bodily resurrection of Jesus, His visible second coming, hell, the nature of man, the gospel, and many more.
The most important doctrines of Scripture include the nature of God (the Trinity), and the person and work of Jesus (His deity and bodily resurrection).
To teach a doctrine of a lesser god and a lesser savior is to teach an inadequate salvation which is no salvation at all. With an inadequate savior you must do something to make up the difference. The Watchtower Jesus died only for Adam’s sin. Not yours. You must “work out your own salvation” (Philippians 2:12).
What Paul means by that verse is that the salvation you HAVE must be made apparent. It is like working out the beauty of a diamond in the rough. This is what James was saying in his epistle.
The following is a brief outline of Scriptures relating to these basic doctrines.
The Trinity teaches that one God exists:
Hear oh Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.Deuteronomy 6:4 with Hebrew echad meaning “united”
The Bible also teaches that three Persons are this one God so that:
- The Father is called God (2 Peter 1:17),
- The Son is called God (John 20:28),
- And the Holy Spirit is called God (Acts 5:3-4).
Thus, the three Persons are the one God.
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I [Jehovah] have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I [Jehovah]: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me [Jehovah]. You have the Trinity in this one Old Testament verse.Isaiah 48:16
In the incarnation of Jesus one of these three Persons of the Godhead came to live among men.
Jesus, while remaining fully God …
… took upon him [words of addition] the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.Philippians 2:5-11
This is why He is called Immanuel, God with us. He took UPON Himself our form so that He could experience suffering and death in our place.
He was both God and man. John 1:1, 14.
Scripture is also very clear about the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Clear statements are as follows:
Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.John 2:19-21
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.Luke 24:36-39
Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover, also my flesh shall rest in hope.Acts 2:24-26 quoting an Old Testament prophecy by David from Psalm 16:9
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