Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. - Irenaeus

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jehovah's non-trinitarian Witnesses

by Dale Brown

One thing that all non-Christian cults have in common, from Islam to American inventions such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, is they attack the doctrine of the Trinity and the deity of Christ.


Scripture tells us that in the last days difficult times will come and some will fall away from the faith and pay attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, and that some will hold to a form of godliness yet denying its power (1 Tim. 4:1, 2 Tim. 3:5). This is precisely the situation today. Apostle Paul warned us in several places that we should not rest our faith in the wisdom of men, but on the power of God (Gal. 1:8, 2 Cor. 11:4, 1 Cor. 2:5).

When Jesus commissioned the original twelve to go preach that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, he did not stop there. He said, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.” Then when the seventy were sent out they too rejoiced at the power over demons (Matt. 10:8, Lk 10:17). Is this the gospel you know?


We have also been warned that there would be false teachers and prophets that would rise up and secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master and will not believe the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 2:1, 2 John 7). The apostle Paul tells us that “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, your faith also is in vain and you are still in your sins.” (1 Cor. 15:14-17) Jesus himself rebuked his disciples, after rising from the dead, because they too had doubts thinking He was only a spirit; “Touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” Then He showed even more proof by eating some fish (Luke 24:38-43). Some have thought that Jesus was only an angel. According to the Bible, angels are spirits which have no desire to be worshipped (Heb. 1:14, Rev. 22:9). Jesus however, who has been given a name above every name, has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18) and every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil. 2:9-11). After Thomas finally believed in the physical resurrection of Jesus, his response was, “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:28)

This Jesus is a God-Man, IMMANUEL, which means God with us. His mother being of flesh, a virgin, and His Father being God the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18-25). The Jews themselves knew what He was referring to when He said, “I and the Father are one,” for they picked up stones to stone Him because they said, “because you being a man, make yourself out to be God.” (John 10:33) When He had forgiven the paralytic of his sins they reasoned in their hearts, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7) This is why Jesus could say, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up,” while in another place the scripture tells us that God raised Christ up after three days (John 2:19, Acts 3:26).

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. . .” “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-3,14)

Paul’s words were much the same in his letter to the Colossians (1:15-17) “And He is the imagine of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.”

Peter says it in a somewhat different way when speaking of those who mock the promise of the Lord’s return, “it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and earth was formed out of water and by water” (2 Peter 3:5). Jesus being the water of the word (Eph. 5:26).

Jesus said, “For unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.” But we have this promise, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. (John 8:24, Romans 10:9)

After the resurrection Jesus commissioned his disciples saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. . .”. Using the triune formula Jesus was referring to His ultimate authority in which He is to judge the living and the dead (2 Tim. 4:1) as “Lord of lords, and King of kings” (Rev. 17:14), with the same authority as the Lord Jehovah the King of Israel our redeemer (Isa. 44:6). Jesus is the King of the Jews and our redeemer.
Even the dubious Jehovah’s Witness bible, the New World Translation (NWT), agrees that we are to be witnesses of Jesus, “. . . but you will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon you, and you will be witnesses of me (Jesus Christ) both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distant part of the earth”(Acts 1:8&9).

He said, “And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna) (Matt. 10:28). Paul wrote, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved completely, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 5:23).

These verses show that the body and the soul are separate entities yet make up one person, as well as pointing out the teaching of eternal judgment portrayed as a conscious place of torment, which flies in the face of the Jehovah’s Witness idea of annihilation. The Old Testament used the illustration of the burning garbage dump (Gehenna) as God’s final resting place for the wicked, “Where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” (Isa. 66:24). Jesus continued this illustration in the New Testament (Mk. 9:48) with eternal and everlasting consequences where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 25:30, 41).

As Isaiah the prophet foretold some six hundred years before the event took place, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9:6)

Jesus spoke of God the Holy Spirit in the first person. The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal it, or an energy that can be manipulated by man’s will as some metaphysical cults would try to lead us to believe. He is the third member of the Godhead. Not that there are three Gods. But rather there are three persons within the one God. Of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said He would send Him, and when He arrives, He will convict of sin, He will guide, He will speak, He will declare, etc. (John 16:7-15), for as Paul puts it, “the Lord (Jehovah) is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:17&18).

It is true that the concept of the Trinity is difficult to grasp but that is no reason to dismiss it without first looking at what the Bible really teaches. Even the nature of the Hebrew word for God Elohim is plural, yet it is nearly always translated singular with a singular verb and singular pronoun. This anomaly is present in the famous declaration of God’s oneness, the shema. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord [Yahweh/Jehovah] our God [Elohim] is one [echad] Lord [Yahweh/Jehovah]” (Deu. 6:4).

This brief study of Scripture clearly refutes the ideas of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and others who have gone to great lengths to twist the facts.
If you are in need of a miracle in your life, Jesus is waiting to answer your prayer. He said, “whatever you ask in My name that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son”(John 14:13).

“He that hath truth on his side is a fool as well as a coward
if he is afraid to own it because of other men’s opinionsDaniel Defoe

The Jehovah's Witness bible, The New World Translation has altered many of the texts in question

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