Top 7 Things We Can Learn From The Doctrine of Jehovah’s Witnesses

No matter where you live, you have most likely seen Jehovah’s Witnesses going door to door to give you a copy of their publications and discuss with you their doctrines. This can happen anytime, anywhere you live, unless you live in an isolated place. As a true Christian who loves the Lord Jesus, you must be prepared to defend what the Apostle Paul calls the right and correct doctrine of our Lord, which he warned that the devil would try to twist and pollute in the final days (we pretty much are in the final days).

Lately I have found very few content that denounces false doctrines that we must protect ourselves from, like the doctrines from Jehovah’s Witnesses. If we don’t study the Bible as hard as we would do to attain an A+ on a difficult college course, we can be in real danger. In these final days, many wolves will come to devour a lot of people who just are not well equipped with the vast amounts of knowledge of the Bible that are required so that no one can fool you. Remember what our Lord Jesus said: “Study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me” (John 5:39 NIV). This is absolutely true when it comes to living a successful, knowledgeable Christian life.

Are there things you can learn from Jehovah's Witnesses?
Are there things you can learn from Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Now, let’s begin with the top 7 doctrinal things we can learn in the core doctrine of Jehovah’s Witnesses that we MUST know.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not believe that God is a Holy Trinity

You can find this belief of theirs in nearly any number of Jehovah’s Witnesses publications, but in fact, when asked about this, they will try to hide it. This is among one of their most dangerous errors. They do NOT believe that Jesus is the Son of God (they believe that He was just like any man), and they do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a real person. Instead, they believe that the Holy Spirit is a “force” of God. Of course, anyone who has read John 3:16 knows: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”, and that the Holy Spirit is a real person, and that the doctrine of the Holy Trinity is expressed in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

  1. Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not Believe That Hell Is Real

This is probably one of the most dangerous doctrines of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In fact, this belief cannot come from anyone other than the devil himself. If the devil manages to get people to not believe in the reality of hell, he pretty much makes sure that many people go to that place after they die. How do we know for sure that hell is 100% real? Because again, we turn to the source of the only and utmost authority: The Bible. Our Lord repeatedly emphasized the existence of hell in many verses, to protect us against this mistake. We find that he specially emphasized this in Matthew 5:30, where he said “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell”.  I think he could not have been clearer than that.

Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in hell
The fire of hell is real for those who live in sin.
  1. Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not Believe In The Rapture

 

Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in the Rapture
Paul calls the Rapture our “Blessed Hope”

This is one of the most jaw-dropping errors in their doctrine that really continues to make my jaw drop every day. If you don’t even believe in the Rapture, can you really call yourself a Christian? According to their founder Charles Taze Russell, thatChrist came in 1914 in an invisible form and that since then humanity has been living in “The Last Days” which will end with Armageddon. There are so many things wrong with this “invisible” rapture that “occurred on 1914” thing that they have going on. First, we must remember what the Lord said on John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me”, and then what the Apostle Paul said on 1 Thessalonians 4: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the forever”.

The Lord did NOT mean to take us in an “invisible” way. Clearly, Paul is talking about the dead Christians rising from graves, and the living Christians at that time being taken away, so we can really visualize that this will be a very visible event in the world, contrary to what Jehovah’s Witnesses wrongly believe.

 

  1. Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe Jesus Did Not Arise From The Dead in A Physical Body, But Rather In A Spiritual One

 

The physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus is the backbone of the Christian faith. If the Lord resurrected in only a “spiritual” form and left his physical body behind, it appears that the Jehovah’s Witnesses ignore John 20:25-28 where Thomas the disciple said: “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”.

Thomas PHYSICALLY touched our Lord where the nails from the cross had been. Our lovely Lord wanted us to have absolutely no doubt that his PHYSICAL resurrection had taken place. Glory be to him.

 

  1. Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe That Blood Transfusions Are Bad, Which Is Wrong

 

Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in blood transfusions
Blood transfusions do not “contaminate” man, according to the Definition given by our Lord Jesus.

They argue for this point based on Leviticus 17:11, which says: “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.[c] 12 Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.” So, therefore they consider that blood transfusions are equivalent to eating blood and this is bad. And then, in Acts 15:20, the Apostle Peter says: “Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood”. Which in the present day we should still abstain from, because the eating or drinking of blood was associated with a pagan practice that God despised and still despises today, because it contaminated them spiritually.

This is why we should really study the word of God carefully. When talking about blood transfusions, the issue takes a different twist. Since God values human life above anything else, we should really focus on this. The Lord Jesus helps us address issues like this when he said in Matthew 15:17: “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashedhands does not defile them”. Since those things that came from the heart produced spiritual contamination, our Lord condemned them, but when talking about what enters in a person’s body (when it is food/blood not associated with a pagan/demonic rituals) is cannot defile a person spiritually. Therefore, based on this verse, I consider blood transfusions to be legit.

Jehovah's Witnesses must remember what our Lord Jesus said
Only what comes out of the mouth is what defiles mankind, our Lord Jesus said.

 

  1. Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not Believe That Jesus Is The Son of God

Extremely, extremely dangerous doctrine from Jehovah’s Witnesses that they do not advertise when they go door to door. They believe that only God the Father is God, and Jesus is an archangel. We don’t have to even bother finding a biblical verse to refute this doctrine. The entire Christianity is based on believing that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the Son of God and All-mighty God, which the Bible continuously repeats throughout the entire New Testament. Seriously, I do not know where they came up with this dangerous doctrine.

 

  1. Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe They Can Be Saved Through Good Works

 

According to Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs, good works will save you.
“Good” works alone can’t and will not save you.

Who would have thought that Jehovah’s Witnesses resemble the Catholics on this one?, who also believe on Salvation through good deeds. You just have to give them this one verse  (and that’s it) from Ephesians 2:8-9 when they come up with this: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

If we could be saved by the things we can do ourselves, why would our Lord had bothered to die on the cross for our sins? Be careful people.

As true Christians who love our Lord Jesus, we must know that the Bible is perfect and it NEVER contradicts itself. In the many years that I have studied the Bible, I have found that everything complements itself beautifully and with a perfection only God-inspired words can have. I urge to remember what Paul said on Acts 20:29: “I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock”. Equip yourself with Biblical knowledge and go out into the world prepared to the devil’s attacks with false doctrine, including the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It’s up to you. Do this and you will manage to live a successful Christian life in the twenty first century and enter heaven when you die. God bless you.

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Joe Monroe
Hi. I'm Joseph, the founder of RedeemerSavior.com.  I'm the son of a Pentecostal pastor, and a voracious Apologist. I'm passionate about leading others to Jesus and living the best Christian life ever.

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