Quotes and Notes for the Day
BE WARE OF FALSE CHRISTS – IV
( The Jesus of the Jehovah’s Witnesses !!)
When the disciples asked Jesus “… What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?” . The very first thing He said was, ” Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matthew 24:3-4) He went on to warn them that the last days immediately prior to His return would be characterized by the greatest deception this world has ever seen. Religious deception is the first major sign that Jesus gave to indicate His second coming is near. This religious deception would involve, false prophets, false Messiahs and false miracles. We know that down through history there have always been false teachers and false prophets. But Our Lord warned us that in the last days there would be many, and that they would deceive many people.
3. The Jesus of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Many people are confused about the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s). Often comes the question, “Are they Christians with just a different view or “do they worship a different God?” Who is the “Jesus of the Jehovah’s Witnesses”? Yes, they call themselves Christians, but they deny all that the Bible teaches concerning the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now the Deity of Christ is the central point of the Scripture. The Scripture clearly teaches that Christ is God. And The Deity of Christ is the litmus test ( the vital test) as to whether a religious system (belief) is a cult or not. And like all other cults the JW’s deny the deity of Christ. This is the one doctrine that they hate and despise so much that they condemn all who believe it, of the Devil. Their Jesus is a created being and not God the Son from all eternity. For this reason they consistently refuse to refer to Jesus Christ as God with a capital G, and teach that Jesus Christ is not God, but “a god”, who is positionally in a close relationship with God, but not co-equal person of the Godhead.
The JW’s Jesus was a spirit creature before his earthly life, and He was and is and always will be beneath Jehovah. They say, “God’s justice will not let Jesus , as a ransom be more than a perfect man. So he could not be the supreme God Almighty in the flesh.” Their Jesus is not God with all the attributes of deity. In other words Jesus was no more than a perfect man. He is a “mighty god” and not The “Almighty God-Jehovah.” Therefore no distinct worship is to be rendered to the Jesus of the JW’s.
With regard to the resurrection of Christ; the Jesus of the JW’s was raised as a spirit rather than in a glorified body. They reason that their Jesus had to give up His physical body permanently in order to atone for mankind’s sins. In Luke 24:37 we find that the disciples were startled and frightened by the sudden appearance in their midst, “thinking that they had seen a spirit:” In other words they mistakenly thought that their risen Lord was some sort of a spirit creature. Jesus did not confirm their fears, instead Jesus said, unto them, “… Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: hand me and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” Luke 24:38-39
Since,the Jesus of the JW’s resurrected from the dead Spiritual, they believe that His Second coming will be also spiritual rather than literal and physical. They tell us that ” Christ Jesus comes, not again as a human, but as a glorious spirit person. Since no earthly men have ever seen or can see the Father, they will be unable to see the glorified Son.” The Word of God says otherwise. in Titus 2:3 the apostle Paul writes by the inspiration of the Spirit that we should be , “looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ…… ” We know the Second coming of Christ will not be a spiritual and invisible one. We read in Revelation 1:7 ” Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him…………”
For The JW’s the cross work their Jesus is not enough for salvation. They tell us that the “ ransom for all” given by “the man Christ Jesus” does not guarantee everlasting life of blessing for any man: but it does guarantee to every man another opportunity for trial for life everlasting.” Not one of the JW’s followers know anything about a definite experience of salvation – not one of them believe that a person could know for sure that they are saved, born again by the Spirit of God. They despise the phrase ” born again” and they have a funny way of explaining that away. They teach and practice a ” works” salvation.
The fact that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are sincere is no reason for us to believe what they teach. The apostle Paul was sincerely wrong when he persecuted the church of God. Yes, “they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” (Romans 10:2). God makes clear our responsibility when the truth concerning Christ is rejected: “ Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ , has not God, he that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If any come unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
To be continued……………………………..
from the Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff