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Cults and Sects- Jehovah’s Witnesses

The religious system, currently known as Jehovah’s Witnesses, was originally known as Russellism and was conceived by Charles Taze Russell. Russell was born of godly parents and as a lad was possessed of a soul- haunting fear of hell. Russell was a self- styled pastor, who warned people to attend church and escape hell.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses reject Christ as ‘Jehovah God.” They believe He is Michael the Archangel, who became man in the Jesus who was born in Bethlehem. They do not speak according to the Law and to the Testimony, because they are destitute of the enlightenment of the Spirit. To the Jehovah’s Witnesses Jesus was not the pre-existent, divine One we know Him to be. When Jesus was in the flesh he was a perfect human being; prior to that time he was a perfect spiritual being of the highest or Divine Order. It was not until Jesus’ death that He received the earnest of his inheritance of the divine nature. The Jehovah’s Wit­nesses believe the blending of the two natures produces neither one nor the other, but an imperfect thing, which is obnoxious to the divine arrangement.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the in­carnation of Christ while Christ walked on earth. He was nothing more than a perfect human being and now He is no longer a human being. Since Christ is no longer in any degree a human being we must not expect him to come again as a human being. Christ is no longer a man but a spirit being, whom no man hath seen or can see without a miracle. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Christ was not exalted to the divine nature until the human nature was actually dead.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the saving work of Christ. They do not believe that Christ died at Calvary. The blood of Christ was not sited there, but only the blood of a mere man and as a human being, gave himself a ransom for men. The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they, as members of Christ’s body, are yielding up their lives in sacrifice during this age, and these sacrificial lives counted in with his, constitute the blood of Christ which seals the new cov­enant between God and the world.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses deny Christ’s physical resurrection. They believe Christ’s human body was supernaturally removed from the tomb and we know nothing of what became of it except that it did not decay or corrupt. Christ lives as a spirit now, His spiritual being was given divine honor because of His former godly life. God miraculously hid the body of Christ.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the teach­ings of Christ on immortality. They believe that at death the soul sleeps, and that the grave is the only hell. Those who die are never again conscious. Before the millen­nium dawns the people of God will be resur­rected and taken into heaven. Those who have not heard the Gospel will be given a chance to make up their minds. When they see the blind, deaf, dumb, and crippled gradually develop a sound body, few of them will refuse a gospel bringing them these perfect earthly conditions. If they ac­cept “the gospel” during the millennium they will make amends for former disobe­dience to God, and they will not receive “everlasting punishment.” Those that will be living during the beginning of the mil­lennium will receive this opportunity with­out dying. Those that do not obey the Gospel during the millennium will receive “everlasting punishment” which means com­plete extermination.

Thus, the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny many of the cardinal truths of Scripture such as Christ’s incarnation, His redemption, His resurrection and the immortality of believers.

In this way, they lack the greatest com­fort for God’s people and His church as expressed in Acts 20:28: “Take heed there­fore unto yourselves and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God which He hath purchased with His own blood.”