Beliefs

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

Jehovah is His Name

QUESTION: Jehovah's Witnesses teach that everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah (YHWH) will be saved. The name Jehovah is "an invention" by a Spanish Dominican monk of the Roman Catholic Church back in the 13th century (according to the AID book). There are many indications of a Masonic connection with the early Bible Students. Jehovah is the most important person in Freemasonry. In the [...]

2023-02-08T15:22:05-05:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: Beliefs|

Did Jesus have a pre-human existence in heaven?

Hundreds of millions of people claim to be Christians, meaning they believe in Jesus. The vast majority of “believers” wrongly believe that Jesus is God and part of some mysterious trinity. Most do not believe that Jesus had a beginning, that he was born, that he is the son of a father. On the other hand, a small number of “believers” do not believe that [...]

2020-08-01T12:27:27-04:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Beliefs|

In the Beginning

This article appears in BELIEFS of Jehovah's Witnesses category. Although it is utterly beyond the capacity of humans to comprehend, there is a Being who has always existed. He had no beginning. He is the only person who was never born. He is not a creature. He will never have an end either. He simply exists. For good reason he is called the King of [...]

2024-03-14T19:05:22-04:00July 5th, 2016|Categories: Beliefs|

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

2019-10-01T14:43:21-04:00March 7th, 2013|Categories: Beliefs|

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. In more recent decades Jehovah’s Witnesses have been known as the [...]

2019-10-01T14:53:03-04:00December 27th, 2012|Categories: Beliefs|

The Kingdom of God

When Jesus was on the earth he instructed his disciples to go through the entire length and breath of Israel declaring the exciting message that the kingdom of God had drawn near. Originally the apostles and other disciples were under the impression that the kingdom of God they were preaching would be a restoration of the kingdom of Israel. Likely they wrongly assumed that Jesus would [...]

2019-10-02T11:17:06-04:00November 1st, 2011|Categories: Beliefs|

Jehovah is His Name

The name of God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and consequently the God of Israel, was represented in written form by the four Hebrew consonants YHWH. Probably the first appearance in writing of the so-called Tetragrammaton took place when God carved out the two stone tablets upon which he wrote the Ten Commandments for the Israelites. There, chiseled in stone by the very finger of God, the name of God appeared eight times.

Over the course of 15 centuries as the Bible was compiled by various writers, ultimately the name of God appeared in the vellum and papyrus scrolls in nearly 7,000 places – more than any other proper name. Originally the name of God was freely spoken by the Jews and used in everyday language. Hebrews often named their offspring names that incorporated some form of the divine name. For example, the common name, John, is a shortened form of the Hebrew name, Jehohanan, which means “Jehovah has been gracious.”

Places were also named names that honored God’s name. For example, when God prevented Abraham from offering Isaac upon a makeshift altar and instead provided a ram as a substitute, a grateful Abraham named the mountain Jehovah-Jireh, which means “Jehovah will provide.” Incidentally, Jewish tradition has it that the place Abraham named Jehovah-Jireh was the site where Solomon’s temple was built almost 1,000 years later, and which became known as the place where Jehovah caused his name to reside.

2023-02-08T08:07:40-05:00October 17th, 2011|Categories: Beliefs|

A New Heaven and a New Earth

After creating the first man and woman in his image, Jehovah stated his purpose for them was that they fill the earth and have in subjection every non-human creature on the planet. Being made in God’s image not only means that humans are endowed with divine characteristics but seeing that God lives forever, those in his image are also imbued with a sense of infinite [...]

2023-08-10T15:36:17-04:00January 23rd, 2011|Categories: Beliefs|

Satan – (g)od of This World

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Satan is the god of this world. (2 Corinthians 4:4) He became such when he misled Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, thereby effectively bringing the world under his evil influence before it even came into existence! To grasp the extent of his power over mankind consider the words of Jesus when he said that the ruler of the world [...]

2019-10-02T11:57:28-04:00September 7th, 2010|Categories: Beliefs|

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 Jehovah's Witness organization distorts the essential doctrines of Christianity." What "essential [...]

2020-06-17T10:41:25-04:00August 29th, 2010|Categories: Beliefs|
Go to Top

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/ewatchman/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 5420