June 2006

But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence - 1 Peter 3:15
Why NOT Join the Jehovah's Witnesses?

We received a letter recently asking why this person should NOT study with the Jehovah's Witnesses and join their organization.

Actually, this is a good question, especially if the person asking it is truly concerned and desires truth regardless where he or she finds it. The problem arises is we can be so blinded by our own desires that regardless of the evidence we have found what we want and no facts will convince us otherwise. We can be deceived from without and even from within. However, as born again believers we know that it is only by the Spirit of God that truth penetrates the heart, soul, and mind and causes true conversion where one that once was lost can discern truth from error. The following is the letter that was written to Rose.

Dear Rose,

Thank you for taking the time to write this ministry and ask important questions regarding spiritual things. Your desire to know about God our Creator and His ways is the most important thing we can pursue.

Two questions you might ask yourself; are you really studying the Bible with the witnesses and can you trust what you're being taught?

You see Rose, the witnesses have never used the Bible alone for doctrine, but require their books and magazines written by the leadership of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society to interpret the Bible for you. Basically, you study the Bible with the aid of these other helps otherwise if you study the Bible alone you go into error, they say. If the leadership of the organization have an improper understanding of God's word then all the followers of the organization will likewise have a false view of God's truth's and will teach them to you. A very serious predicament indeed.

Most people studying with the witnesses simply accept what they are taught and end up joining, never really putting the organization to the TEST. It makes the most sense that truth has nothing to fear from investigation. If you are told not to read anything against the witnesses, it's a sure sign that "something is wrong." The Bible even cautions us not to believe everything we hear but to TEST those who claim to tell us the truth. I John 4:1 says:

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

More sound advice is given in 1 Thess. 5:21:

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

I would strongly encourage you to carefully investigate every possible angle of what the Jehovah's Witnesses are all about. Why is it that in every Christian bookstore across America, the Jehovah's Witnesses are always listed among the Cults? There are more books about the Witnesses and the Mormons exposing their false teachings than perhaps all the other Cult groups combined. Why is this so? Is it simply because they don't like the witnesses or is there really something the matter.

Because I am concerned for your eternal destiny, I'm giving you this book with no obligation titled, The Watchtower in Light of Scripture, which will help you understand the radical differences between Christianity and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

If you have any questions or comments, please write this ministry again.

P.S. The following is a quick summary of some of the major teachings you will be taught as a witness that need to be examined more carefully.

The Watch Tower organization is God's sole channel for truth

Jehovah's Witnesses are God's visible representatives on earth

All churches are false and of the devil.

Jehovah's Witnesses are the only true Christians

You cannot understand the Bible without Watchtower literature to explain it.

Salvation is in Jehovah's organization alone.

Salvation must be earned by actively working in the organization.

Salvation is by good works not by Grace

There is ONE God HIS name is Jehovah

The doctrine of the Trinity is false and inspired by Satan

Jesus Christ is a created being, who at one time did not exist (a.k.a. Michael the archangel)

The Holy Spirit is not a person but is "God's active force" i.e. gravity, electricity etc.

Heaven is only for select Jehovah's Witnesses

Heaven is limited only to 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses, all others if they pass a final test will live on a paradise earth.

There is no Hell (It is simply the grave)

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Jesus is not to be worshiped or prayed to

Jesus did not rise from the dead bodily but as a spirit being

Satan controls all governments

You cannot take a blood transfusion

You cannot serve in the military, vote or salute the flag.

Jesus' Second Coming occurred in 1914 invisibly

You cannot celebrate any holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc.)

You cannot celebrate your birthday

You cannot speak to former members who are shunned (disfellowshipped)

You must read and study Watchtower literature regularly

Only Jehovah's Witnesses can understand the Bible

The witnesses New World Translation is the most accurate Bible in the WORLD

Jesus did not die on a cross but an upright pole

You must appear before a Judicial committee if you are caught breaking Watchtower rules

You cannot read any anti-Jehovah's Witness material

If you see another Jehovah's Witness breaking the rules you must turn them in to the elders to be interrogated

The Watchtower organization is God's prophet on earth today…God is Father the organization is Mother

One must study Watchtower books at least six months before he can be baptized

You cannot celebrate Mothers or Fathers day (it may produce pride)

God only speaks through the "Governing Body" in Brooklyn, New York

The Lord's supper can only be offered once per year (Memorial Service)

The Lord's supper is only to be eaten by select Jehovah's Witnesses (the 144,000 group...99.99% of Jehovah's Witnesses are forbidden from taking the Lord's supper)

God will destroy all non-Jehovah's Witnesses at Armageddon

You must never enter a church building

You must never attend a church service

You can never question what is printed in Watchtower literature

It's About Him!

If you were to be asked, "What is life all about?"

What is the purpose of all creation? What is the ultimate end of all things?

"In the creature's knowing, esteeming, loving, rejoicing in, and praising God, the glory of God is both exhibited and acknowledged, his fullness is received and returned....The beams of glory come from God, are something of God, and are refunded back again to their original. So that the whole is of God, and in God, and to God; and he is the beginning, and the middle, and the end."

(Jonathan Edwards, The End for Which God Created the World)

Lest we ever forget, It's all about Him.

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