- Jesus Christ – Christ is God’s son and is “inferior” to him. Jesus was the first of God’s creations. Christ’s death was sufficient payment for sin, and he rose as an immortal spirit being, not as the God-man. (Checkout the Deity of Jesus Christ for the truth)
- Heaven, Hell – Heaven is an other-worldly kingdom, the dwelling place of Jehovah. Hell is humankind’s “common grave,” not a place of torment (Checkout Hell- For Real for the truth)
- Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit, when mentioned in the Bible, is a force of Jehovah, and not a separate Person in the Godhead (Checkout Holy Spirit for the truth)
- Salvation – Only 144,000 people will go to heaven. The rest of saved humanity will live forever on a restored earth. Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs include works-learning about Jehovah, living a moral life, witnessing to others, and obeying God’s commandments–as part of salvation’s requirements. (Checkout the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the truth)
- Trinity – Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs reject the Trinity. Witnesses hold that only Jehovah is God, that Jesus was created by Jehovah and is inferior to him. They further teach that the Holy Spirit is a force of Jehovah.
These beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses are just a few of the teachings that are in direct conflict with Biblical Christianity. Witnesses’ claim that the only religious group on earth today which can interpret the Bible correctly is the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, commonly referred to simply as “the Society”.
Read on for more about the Jehovah’s Witnesses…
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Modern “Arianism“
The “religion” known today as the Jehovah’s Witnesses took root in the 1800’s under the
auspices of Charles Taze Russell and the publication of Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence. But the foundational beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses go way back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries of Christianity and the heresy that attacked foundational Biblical truths concerning the Deity of Jesus Christ. Arianism, in Christianity, is a Christological concept that asserts that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was created by God the Father at a point in time, is distinct from the Father and is, therefore subordinate to God and not the same as. Arian teachings were first attributed to Arius (c. AD 250–336), a Christian presbyter in Alexandria, Egypt. The teachings of Arius and his supporters were opposed to the prevailing theological views held by proto-orthodox Christians, regarding the nature of the Trinity and the nature of Christ. The Arian heresy is that the Son of God did not always exist but was created by God the Father.
Consider this against the Scriptures in which John writes, “….In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made…” (John 1:1-3) and Peter writes: “…He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:20-21)
Saint Nicolas and Arianism: An interesting side note, in 325, St. Nicolas was one of many bishops to answer the request of Constantine and appear at the First Council of Nicaea; the 151st attendee was listed as “Nicholas of Myra of Lycia”. There, Nicholas was a staunch anti-Arian, defender of the Orthodox Christian position, and one of the bishops who signed the Nicene Creed. Yes…this is the same “St. Nicolas” that “religion” and “culture” has morphed into what is today’s “Santa Claus”.
Read this article that expands upon Jehovah’s Witnesses as being the modern day version of of that early heresy against our Lord Jesus Christ.
From CARM : Despite the best efforts of the Orthodox Church to stamp out Arianism, there are branches of the belief that continue to this present day. One of them is the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Founded in the mid- to late-nineteenth century by Charles Taze Russell, this group contains several million adherents in numerous countries. Like the ancient Arians, these modern-day Witnesses believe that Jesus is a created being who is therefore not eternal and not God. They specifically argue that Jesus was Michael the Archangel. However, by examining a number of Scriptures, their contentions do not hold up….Jehovah’s Witnesses: The Modern-Day Arians
There is an extraordinarily thorough and detailed representation of the beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses at Christian Apologetics and Research Ministries from which most of this information comes. Be sure to check it out!!