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Brief overview of the basic beliefs and doctrines taught by Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses part of a cult?

In recent years, especially since the advent of the Internet, the Watchtower Society has been increasingly cast as a secretive and dangerous cult. Various outreach groups have as their goal rescuing Jehovah's Witnesses from the clutches of the Watchtower. Some of those who accuse Jehovah's Witnesses of being members of a cult do so for the reason that Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in the Trinity. But that is simply ridiculous. Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in the Trinity because it's not a biblical teaching.

For example, the "Christian answers" website lists the Watchtower Society as the second most dangerous cult in America, supposedly because "they deny the essentials of Christian faith," which is to say Jehovah's Witnesses do not accept the babylonish claptrap that churches consider to be Christian essentials.

However, other more credible sources of the same accusation come from ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, who claim to have “escaped.” These do not necessarily believe the Trinity either.

But what is a cult? And are Jehovah's Witnesses similar to the destructive cults such as Scientology or the infamous David Koresh or the Jonestown cult? To establish what is a cult I have referenced the criteria established, not by Trinitarians or ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, but by psychologists. An organization known as the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) describes itself as “a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic groups.” It has worked up a checklist that they describe as an analytic tool to help one discern the characteristics of an abusive cult. Over the course of the next two weeks I will consider one point each day. Here is the checklist

March 7th, 2013|Beliefs|2 Comments

Jehovah’s Witnesses – no part of the world

Going back to the days of the International Bible Students associated with Charles Taze Russell who were dubbed the “no hellers” because they rejected the myth of a fiery hell, up to the present, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been known more for what they do not believe or practice rather than for what they do believe. [...]

December 27th, 2012|Beliefs|0 Comments

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christians?

Matt Slick of The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) asks that very question (Is the Jehovah's Witnesses religion Christian?) and conveniently supplies the reader with the answer. Here is a quote taken from the no defunct CARM website: "The answer to the question is, 'No. It is not Christian.' Like all non-Christian cults, the [...]

August 29th, 2010|Beliefs|2 Comments

A Great Crowd Will Never Die

Jehovah’s Witnesses have the hope of never dying – a hope solidly based upon their unique understanding of the Bible. God made man and woman to live on the earth forever. Like the loving Father he is, Jehovah desired his earthly children to have every good thing. Jehovah endowed us with his own character and [...]

July 12th, 2010|Beliefs|46 Comments

‘Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the Deity of Christ’

A common accusation by Trinitarians is that Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the deity of Christ. That certainly sounds sinister. Denying the divinity of Jesus makes Jehovah’s Witnesses out to be unchristian, even anti-Christs. But such is not the case. In truth, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not deny the divinity of Christ. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus had a [...]

June 13th, 2010|Beliefs|42 Comments

Jesus Christ – The Only-Begotten Son of God

Jehovah God and Jesus Christ have a very special bond – even a unique relationship. Long before he was born to the Jewish virgin, Mary, Jesus had been born as a spirit and Jehovah was his Father.  Although it is humanly incomprehensible the Almighty, Jehovah, was alone for an eternity. But when God became a [...]

May 23rd, 2010|Beliefs|0 Comments