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Arian Heresy Returns!
The doctrine of the Jehovah's Witnesses is a return to a heresy in the 4th century started by one named “Arius”, a presbyter in the church of Alexandria. He declared that Jesus had a beginning, that he was created BY God, and that he was not of divine nature! This heresy was overthrown by the Council of Nice in 325 A.D. in which over 300 Bishops of the Christian faith gathered together to research the scriptures and writings of the early church fathers. You can read the whole story in “Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History” written in the 4th century. For a study on this topic go to: John 1:1
If you will read the writings of the early church fathers, the early Christians were slaughtered because they would NOT deny the name “Jesus Christ of Nazareth”, NOT Jehovah! The name “Jehovah” had NO significance to the martyrdom of early church Christians. The name of Jesus Christ was the “Name above every name” that millions of Christians died for!
Scriptural Text Comparing apples with oranges
Be careful when you study the Bible with the JW's. The New Testament “interlinear Bible” is a Bible that has the actual scriptures in Greek and they will use it to persuade you that the King James Version has errors.
What they will NOT tell you is that there are MORE than one “Greek Text” of the New Testament. Whereas the KJV uses the Greek text known as the “Textus Receptus” or “Received Text,” the JW's "New World Translation" uses the Greek text known as the “Critical Text” which was found at St. Catherine's monastery at Mt. Sinai in 1844 by Constantine Tischendorf and later compiled by Westcott and Hort. So when they review the scriptures comparing your KJV with their “Interlinear Bible” it will differ. You are in fact, comparing “apples with oranges!” Although there are only a few differences between the two texts, with the trickery of their tactics, it will only take a few scriptures of comparison for them to persuade you that the KJV is corrupt by comparing it with the Greek "Critical Text" instead of the Greek "Textus Receptus". This assumption is, in fact, false! The question is, which of the two Greek texts are truly accurate? No one has been able to give undeniable proof of the validity of one Text verses the other. My argument here is not to prove which Greek text is more accurate (which has been debatable both ways), but to clarify their means of trickery in taking you away into some very heretical and devilish doctrine.
If you will get a New International Version, which also used the same “Critical Text” as the NWT, you will have a correct word for word rendering of the Greek Text they used and will be able to prove the many times the New World Translation corrupted the Greek “Critical Text” in removing the deity of Jesus Christ in the scriptures by adding, removing, and changing the scriptures. My study will cover some of them as you review these pages!
In my study, I will use the the KJV for reproof of their doctrine.
Misquotation of Bible scholars
The Watchtower often misquotes key Bible scholars to pass their heresy as fact to their followers. Please note the following Bible scholars whom they use to prove their heresies and how the Watchtower had misquoted their studies by leaving out portions of their writings to cause them to say the exact opposite of what the scholar had actually written or intended! The following web links will show how the Watchtower distorted the truth of the writings of these scholars, but I will give you a taste by noting a few comments that were made by these men about the Watchtower and its deceptive practices:
Dr. Julius R. Mantey I was disturbed because they (Watchtower) had misquoted me in support of their translation. " Dr. Julius Mantey calls the NWT "a shocking mistranslation." "Obsolete and incorrect." "It is neither scholarly nor reasonable to translate John 1:1 'The Word was a god.'" "I have never read any New Testament so badly translated as The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of The Greek Scriptures.... it is a distortion of the New Testament. That is a distortion not a translation." the translators of the NWT are "diabolical deceivers."
Dr. Bruce M. Metzger Dr. Bruce M. Metzger, professor of New Testament at Princeton University, calls the NWT "a frightful mistranslation," "Erroneous" and "pernicious" "reprehensible" "If the Jehovah's Witnesses take this translation seriously, they are polytheists."
Dr. William Barclay Dr. William Barclay, a leading Greek scholar, said "it is abundantly clear that a sect which can translate the New Testament like that is intellectually dishonest." "The Watchtower article has, by judicious cutting, made me say the opposite of what I meant to say."
Review of Watchtower doctrines
Jehovah's Witnesses are trained into believing that they can only get the truth through the Watchtower Organization. Instead of reading the scriptures to seek truth, they are brainwashed by the watchtower magazines, which control their thoughts. They simply confirm the scripture verse referenced by the magazine. Many of their false doctrines can be proven false simply by reading the verse in context with the rest of the paragraph or book of the Bible they are referencing.
They are taught that all other study material is “propaganda” or “apostate” literature and this frame of thought prevents them from ever reading other literature by which their doctrine will be proved false. They are taught that they cannot even trust the undefiled Word of God (Bible) alone without their magazine studies to discern truth! In fact, they claim in one of their articles, if the JW were to stop reading their magazine studies and read the Bible ALONE, after two years the JW would go into utter “darkness”! The truth be told, the Word of God alone, would bring them to the TRUE light… ”Jesus Christ!”
2 Tim. 3:15
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
JW's believe that ONLY the 144,000 of Rev. 14 are able to read the Bible and understand it and that THEY (or at least their earlier members, are the 144,000)! Less than 10,000 of these supposed 144,000 remain on earth today and they are the ones who are, according to their mind, "enlightened" to understand the Bible and publish their articles.
That is why they are forbidden to read literature from Christians!
As the Pope is Jesus Christ Himself to the Catholics, so the Watchtower is Jesus Christ Himself to the Jehovah's Witness. J.W.'s are "Watchtower Slaves", required to send a weekly and monthly report card, they must report their every move to the Society. They are convinced that the Watchtower is “infallible” and have entrusted their very souls to this group!
No wonder that many Jehovah's Witnesses are former Catholics. Instead of going directly to Christ, they simply transferred their faith in the Pope as being the mouthpiece of Jesus Christ, to the Watchtower. From the cooking pan into the fire!
WHO IS JESUS?
The greatest error of their doctrine, is the question of the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus said:
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
Because of their false teachers, the JW slave will NOT come to Jesus for salvation. They have reduced Him to being a created being of God, Michael the Archangel! Jesus said:
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.  Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Very simply, Jesus claimed to be God Himself. By the words of Jesus Christ, unless the JW converts and places his trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and God, the JW will “die in your sins” and perish! Unless they can proclaim the words of “doubting” Thomas who finally believed and declared:
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Although the Watchtower has tried to explain away this verse of scripture, my study at 22. JESUS shows the proof that Thomas was, in fact calling Jesus “the” God (Jehovah)!
If you are seeking Truth, and Jesus promised the Truth will make you free, I pray this letter will bless you and help you and make you free!
John 1:1 How many Greek scholars agree with the NWT?
BIBLE TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION (“BTD”)
I will only deal with the “TOPICS" which are major doctrinal errors. The rest I either agree with or they are not major errors worth disputing. If you are a J.W., In the back pages of the "New World Translation", (the Bible translation of the J.W.'s) you will find the "Bible Topics for Discussion" which I will abreviate as "BTD". I am using the 1984 edition which is in my possession. In reviewing these topics, I have found some items be true and others to be misleading. Please get your own Bible and review these doctrines with me to prove what is the truth.
"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free"
1. Ancestor worship
The doctrine of the JW's are correct in this except in reference to the “unconscious dead" see “10 .Death”.
In sect. B. the “BTD" says "Creative days not 24-hour days." and then they write "Day can mean simply period of time" and reference Gen. 2:4. Although it is not an important doctrinal error, the truth is that Gen. 1:5,8,13,l9,23 & 31 all indicate 24-hour periods by saying "There Came to be evening and there Came to be morning, a first day.” (up to the sixth day).
The idea that the 6 days of creation is not literal, is tantamount to a belief in evolution, a modern day heresy that denies the creating power of God!
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
11. Devil, Demons
In sect . B. it says the Devil will be destroyed. Reference is made to Rev. 20:2,3,10
Please look up Rev. 20:10. It says the Devil "will be tormented day and night Forever." (not destroyed)
16. HELL (HADES. SHEOL)
The "BTD" says Hell is “Not a literal place of fiery torment."
You would have to deny many scriptures to agree with the Watchtower on this one! There are more, but I will give you a partial list here!
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 25:41, 46
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: "and these will depart into everlasting punishment
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
The following are the Greek and Hebrew words that are used in scripture when explaining the place of death! The error of these false teachers' doctrine is quickly seen when you are able to see that there are words in both Hebrew and Greek, that simply defines "the grave" or "sepulchre"compared with other words that carry a deeper meaning, more specifically, an underworld prison for the dead! These false teachers wish to force EVERY word to mean, simply .... "the grave" ... so that they could deny the truth of God's word, specifically, that there is an underworld prison for the dead!
Source: The New Analytical Greek Lexicon and Strongs Hebrew and Greek Dictionary
Hades - G86 “Place of punishment, hell, lowest place, invisible abode or mansion of the dead." (ie. Acts 2:27)
Gehenna - G1067 "Valley of Hinnom, Hell, the fires of Tartarus, the place of punishment in Hades.” (ie. Mat 5:22)
Tartarus - G5020 "That part of Hades where the wicked are confined and tormented." (ie. 2 Pet. 2:4)
Mnemeion - G3419 grave, sepulchre, tomb. (ie. John 11:17)
Taphos - G5028 a grave (the place of interment): - sepulchre, tomb. (ie. Mat. 23:27)
sheh-ole', sheh-ole' (Deut. 32:22; Jonah 2:2)
From H7592; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranian retreat), including its accessories and inmates: - grave, hell, pit.
bore (ie. Ps. 28:1; 30:3; 88:4 ; Isa. 14:15,19; 38:18; Ez. 31:14-18)
From H952 (in the sense of H877); a pit hole (especially one used as a cistern or prison): - cistern, dungeon, fountain, pit, well.
keb-oo-raw', keb-oo-raw' (ie. Gen 35:20)
Feminine passive participle of H6912; sepulture; (concretely) a sepulchre: - burial, burying place, grave, sepulchre.
keh'-ber, kib-raw' (ie. Isa. 53:9)
From H6912; a sepulchre: - burying place, grave, sepulchre.
shakh'-ath (ie. Ez. 28:8)
From H7743; a pit (especially as a trap); figuratively destruction: - corruption, destruction, ditch, grave, pit.
Current Day "Sadducees" It is interesting to note that the JW doctrine of the "non-existance" of the soul after death, is a return to the doctrine of the Sadducees!
Act 23:6-8 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
The following are writings from scholars Albert Barnes and Dr. John Gill.
Act 23:8 -
No resurrection - Of the dead. By this doctrine they also understood that there was no future state, and that the soul did not exist after death. See the notes on Mat_22:23.
Nor spirit - Nor soul. That there is nothing but matter. They were materialists, and supposed that all the operations which we ascribe to mind could be traced to some modification of matter. The Sadducees, says Josephus (Jewish Wars, book ii. chapter 8, section 14), “take away the belief of the immortal duration of the soul, and the punishments and rewards in Hades.” “The doctrine of the Sadducees is this,” says he (Antiq., book 18, chapter 1, section 4), “that souls die with the bodies.” The opinion that the soul is material, and that there is nothing but matter in the universe, has been held by many philosophers, ancient and modern, as well as by the Sadducees.
Confess both - Acknowledge, or receive both as true; that is, that there is a future state, and that there are spirits distinct from matter, as angels, and the disembodied souls of people. The two points in dispute were:
(1) Whether the dead would be raised and exist in a future state; and,
(2) Whether mind was distinct from matter. The Sadducees denied both, and the Pharisees believed both. Their belief of the Latter point was, that spirits existed in two forms - that of angels, and that of souls of people distinct from the body.
Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible (1798-1870)
neither angel nor spirit; … that they did not believe any such species of beings as angels, nor indeed any spirits whatever, which were immaterial or immortal; for as for the spirit or soul of man, they took that to be only the temperament of the body, and that it died with it, and did not exist in any separate state after this life: for so Josephus (x) says, that they deny the permanence of the soul, and rewards and punishments in the invisible state. And, according to the Talmudic (y) writers, they denied that there was any other world than this:
but the Pharisees confess both; the resurrection of the dead, and that there are spirits, both angels and the souls of men, which are immortal.
John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible - Dr. John Gill (1690-1771)
For a more, in depth study refuting the often used scriptures these false teachers use to deny hell, go to my page "Mark Finley on Hell"
17. HOLIDAYS, BIRTHDAY
Gen. 40:20 and Matt 14:6 does not prove that Christians did not celebrate holidays or birthdays, as the BTD declares.
Rom. 13:13, Gal. 5:21 and l Ptr 4:3 the word "revelries" is defined as follows (Gr. potos - meaning "carousings, a drinking bout, signifies NOT simply a banquet but a drinking bout" see Vines) A birthday party or Holiday does not have to be a "drinking bout" A cake and presents and singing is not revelries.
19. JEHOVAH, GOD