In this podcast we continue to examine the Jehovah’s Witness cult and equip Christian’s to speak to them and give them the Truth of the Gospel. We also examine Colossians 1:12-20 and provide a defense of that text for the deity of Christ.
In the last episode of the podcast (LBM Podcast 0004) we covered a false prophecy of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. I am going to outline this false prophecy in this post and provide the documentation so you can use this in your discussions with JWs.
In Deuteronomy 18:20-22 God gives us the requirements for a prophet that is from Him. If the prophet makes a prediction about anything that does not come to pass he is a false prophet and should not be trusted.
Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’ 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. ESV
Do you know for certain the the Quaran is the inspired and authoritative Word of God?
If you are a devoted Muslim, you most assuredly believe that Islam is the only true religion in the world and that the Quran is the written, true Word of Allah (God), which has been given to Muslims by Allah himself, through the prophet Muhammad. I am sure that you, as a true believer in Islam are fully trusting and believing in every word that is written in the Quran.
If this is so, then according to a third chapter of the Quran, you must believe that the Bible (the Scriptures) is also the inspired Word of God.
This is what the Quran say: “It is He Who has sent down the Book (the Quran) to you (Muhammad) with truth, confirming what came before it. And he sent down the Taurat (Torah, which is of the Old Testament of the Bible) and the Injeel (Gospel, which is the New Testament of the Bible)”. (Surah 3:3)
I want to explore and address this question from a Biblical perspective. This is a question I have been asked by people in the past. I have been told “JW’s love Jesus, doesn’t that make them Christian?” This is the first objection I will address.
When a Jehovah’s Witness says they love Jesus they are referring to a created being (Michael the Archangel) not the eternal Son of God, the second person of the Triune God. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has resurrected a centuries old heresy known as Arianism. Arianism denies the deity of Christ and says that Christ was a created being. Arianism was condemned as a heresy by the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. Scripture tells us that when a person denies the deity of Christ they are denying Christ. 1 John 2:23 says that those that deny the Son do not have the Father. Those who do not have the Father are not Christians. Those that deny the deity of Christ are dishonoring Jesus and in doing so they dishonor the Father (John 5:23). Someone can name a totem pole in their back yard Jesus and worship it, but that does not make them a Christian. They have redefined Jesus and are bestowing his name upon something or someone who is not Jesus and giving love and obeisance to it. JW’s do the same thing. Michael the Archangel is not Jesus, Jesus is not a created being. God’s Word reveals the nature, being and actions of Jesus Christ, anyone who worships or gives obeisance to a Jesus created in the imaginations of men is engaging in idolatry (Ex 20:3). The Jesus of the Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot save a single person because he does not exist.
Is faith a gift from God or is it something that comes from the heart of man? This is a question that I want to examine and answer from two different perspectives. The first perspective will be from the character and nature of God himself and his relation to his creatures and secondly we will examine the question from the direct testimony of Scripture.
The first thing we want to examine and establish is the holiness and absolute perfection of God. The Biblical usage of the word “holy” means to be sacred or set apart. God is “set apart” from His creation. He transcends and is outside of His creation. He is not corrupted by or a part of His creation. He is perfect and does not change for He is outside of time and space (Creation). He is immutable (unchanging) in His perfection. Time is the measure of change in a system. We as creatures exist in time and therefore we change. What is interesting is that the Bible commands us to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16) and commands us to be perfect as He is perfect (Matt 5:48).