-JW’s and Human Government:

JW’s refuse to pay homage in any way to the flag of any nation or even to defend their own individual nation from assault by an enemy. Patriotism as displayed in bearing arms is not one of their beliefs, since they claim to be ambassadors of Jehovah and as such deem themselves independent of allegiance to any government other than His. But of course all their arguments come to no avail because in Romans 13:1-7, Paul clearly outlines the case for human government as instituted by God. Paul goes through great lengths to stress that the “higher powers” (human government rules) are allowed and sanctioned by God.

         

- Romans 13:1-7, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”

 

-The Existence of Hell & Eternal Punishment:

The question of the existence of hell and eternal punishment presents no problem to any biblical student who is willing to practice honest exegesis unhindered by the teachings of any organization of man. JW’s use emotionally charged words such as “hellfire screechers” and “religionists” to describe the theological views of anyone who disagrees with their philosophy.

 

To the average JW, hell (sheol) is literally “the grave,” the place where mortals await the Resurrection. Their chief argument is that a Greek or Hebrew word means one thing and has no contextual connotation. This is a typical JW approach and again reveals the linguistic failings of the organization. A little research would have revealed the truth. In the Hebrew text, the word sheol has differences of meaning, which must be decided from the context and not by conjecture of misinformed authors.

 

In the second place, JW’s have conceived of death as being unconscious or extinct, which definition cannot be found in the Bible. Death in the biblical sense never means extinction or annihilation, and not one word, Greek or Hebrew, in either Testament will be found to say that it does! Death in the Bible is portrayed as “separation.” When Adam sinned, his soul became separated from God in the sense of fellowship- and consequently, as a result of sin, all men die or are separated from God by Adam’s as well as their own sin.

 

In Matthew 17:1-3, when Moses and Elijah talked with Jesus, Moses’ body was dead- this no one will deny; his soul was also dead according to JW’s. Then what or who was talking to Jesus? The answer is simple. Moses, as a living soul spoke to Christ, and he was alive and conscious! Substantiating all this is Christ’s own declaration in John 11:25-26, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

 

JW’s claim that in all places where hell is translated from the Greek word “Gehenna” that it means everlasting destruction. This is a bold-faced misrepresentation of the Greek language and ranks next to the “a god” fallacy of John 1:1 as an outstanding example of a complete falsehood. There is no evidence that Gehenna ever means “annihilation” in the New Testament, but rather, there is abundant evidence to the contrary. In Matthew 5:22 Gehenna is portrayed as literally “the hell of fire.” And so, unless Jesus meant that this hell fire was only for people living at that time, Gehenna must be what it is, the symbol of eternal separation in a conscious state of torment by a flame that is unquenchable.

 

Jesus said in Mark 9:47-48, “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”

-Family Bible Notes commentary says this about this verse:

The language used here is borrowed from Isaiah 66:24, where the carcasses of God's enemies are represented as devoured by worms that never die, and fire that is never quenched. This terrible imagery teaches that in hell the misery of the wicked will never end.

And so it is clear from the context of Scripture, that more than the grave or extinction or annihilation of the soul is portrayed in the use of the words sheol, hades, and Gehenna. Hell refers to a place of everlasting conscious torment where Satan and his followers must remain in a place of future eternal punishment, separated from God’s presence and the glory of His power.

 

-II Thessalonians 1:6-9 says, “Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”

 

-Revelation 19:20, “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

 

-The Kingdom of Heaven.

To understand JW’s interpretations of the kingdom, it is necessary to understand that only 144,000 faithful servants will rule with King Jesus in the heavenly sphere. They quote Revelation 7:4 and 14:1 & 3, but neglect to notice that the 144,000 are of the tribes of Israel, 12,000 of each tribe and are in no sense to be construed as anything else!

          -Revelation 7:4, “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”

          -Revelation 14:1 & 3, “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”

 

This is not figurative but rather actual, because the tribes are listed by name. It is clear that Israel is not spiritual symbolism, therefore the 144,000 conjecture pertaining to kingdom rule as advanced by JW’s crumbles under the light of scriptural truth.

 

In concluding this point, it is imperative to remember that there can be no kingdom without the King, and the Scripture is clear when it states that the true kingdom will be instituted at Christ’s visible return.

 

-Concluding Remarks:

This group has mushroomed from a meager beginning in 1881 until now, when it extends to every part of the globe. Because the cult does away with the doctrine of eternal punishment of sin, it appeals greatly to those who believe they have an escape from the penalty of their sin. JW’s offer an illusionary “kingdom” to the personalities who desire importance and most of all an outlet to vent their wrath upon religious leaders and organizations whose doctrines they see as “of the devil.”

 

We do not believe for one moment that the greater body of these people knows the true implications of Charles Taze Russell’s doctrines; however, let no JW ever disclaim their Russellite origins. Russell founded, operated, propagated, and gave his life to furthering this cult, and his teachings permeate every major phase of its doctrines, despite intense aloofness its leaders manifest when his past it mentioned. This begs the question, how can so many people be deceived by so obviously fraudulent a type of “religion? And to understand this, the methods of propagation of this cult must be mentioned again.

 

To begin with, no member of the Society is ever allowed to think independently for himself. All religious leaders and organizations other than JW’s are pictured as “false” and anything they say is to be discounted as the “vain philosophies of men.” The “scriptures” are always made to conform to the JW’s beliefs and never JW’s beliefs to the Scriptures. Judge Rutherford’s legal mind made most of this conjecture and linguistic chicanery appear reasonable to the minds of the people to whom he addressed it, and his books are masterpieces of illogical and invalid premises and conclusions. JW’s doctrines are a mass of half-truths and pseudo-scholastic material, which to the untutored mind appears as “wonderful revelations.”

 

Another trait of the Society is its aversion to attributing individual authorship to its publications since the death of Judge Rutherford. All publications now appear anonymously, copyrighted and published by the Society. By not committing persons to their signatures, the Society escapes the unpleasant task of having to answer for their numerous blunders. Their standard answer is, “Many persons have worked on the books, and not only one particular person.” In their predicament, having no recognized scholarship behind them, they have chosen the wisest possible course- silence. The plain truth of the matter is that the “new” books are simply rephrases of Russell’s and Rutherford’s works and contain no originality other than updated information on world conditions and new approaches to old material.

 

The main answer to “Russellism” and the all JW’s is the deity of Jesus Christ, and in teaching that one cardinal doctrine of the Christian Faith all energy ought to be expended to the uttermost. This is of course not difficult and only procrastination hinders its adoption. The end product of this whole cult is the denial of the Lord Jesus Christ as “very God,” and despite their protests that they honor Christ; they do indeed dishonor and “crucify Him afresh” since they deny His deity and lordship. Regardless of their biblical names and proficiency in their scriptures, they constantly reveal their true character in their actions, which are diametrically opposed to sound biblical teaching.

 

JW’s thrive on the confusion that they are able to create, and in their door-to-door canvassing they accentuate this trait by demonstrating extreme reluctance to identify themselves as emissaries of the Watchtower until they have established a favorable contact with the prospective convert. To put it in the terms of the vernacular, until they have “made their pitch” they are careful to conceal their true identity.

 

In short, JW’s may be proud to be the only people standing for “Jehovah God,” but they are not above neglecting to tell prospective converts their real affiliation if it will promote their cause. If evangelical Christianity continues to virtually ignore the activities of JW’s, it does so at the peril of countless souls. Therefore, let us awaken to their perversions of Scripture and stand fast in the defense of the faith, “Once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3)

 

*Note. Here is a quote from a former member of the JW’s W. J. Schnell from his book entitled, “Thirty years as a Watchtower Slave.” He states, “The Watchtower leadership sensed that within the midst of Christendom were millions of “professing” Christians who were not well grounded in the “truths once delivered to the saints,” and who would rather easily be pried loose from the churches and led into a new and revitalized Watchtower organization. The Society calculated, and that rightly, that this lack of proper basic knowledge of God and His word and the widespread acceptance of half-truths would yield vast masses of men and women in an ever growing cult.”

 

How sad to hear what we know to be true. Let’s make the effort to study to show ourselves approved unto God, workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth!

 

Let’s pray.