Is the Jehovah's Witness religion Christian?

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  • Zagor Almanah
    Zagor Almanah

    Is the Jehovah's Witness religion Christian?

    The answer to the question is, "No. It is not Christian." Like all non-Christian cults, the Jehovah's Witness organization distorts the essential doctrines of Christianity. It denies the deity of Christ, His physical resurrection, and salvation by grace. This alone makes it non-Christian. To support its erring doctrines, the Watchtower organization (which is the author and teacher of all official Jehovah's Witness theology), has even altered the Bible to make it agree with its changing and non-Christian teachings.

    Typical with cults that use the Bible to support its position is a host of interpretive errors:

    • Taking verses out of their immediate context.
    • Refusing to read verses in the entire biblical context.
    • Inserting their theological presuppositions into the text.
    • Altering the Biblical text to suit their needs.
    • Latching onto one verse to interpret a host of others.
    • Changing the meanings of words.
    • Proclaiming some passages to be figurative when they contradict their doctrines.
    • Adding to the Word of God.

    Additionally, the Jehovah's Witness organization requires of its members regular weekly attendance at their "Bible Study" meetings where they are repeatedly indoctrinated with anti-Christian teachings. This is done by reading the Watchtower magazine, following along with what it says, reading the questions it asks, and reciting the answers it gives. In other words, the Watchtower Organization carefully trains its members to let the Organization do their thinking for them. For confirmation of this, please read Does the Watchtower organization control the JW's thinking?

    The Witnesses are told they will be persecuted when they go door to door teaching their doctrines. They are further told that this is simply the enemy fighting against God's organization because they are in "the truth." So, when someone disagrees with them, they are conditioned to reflect on what the Watchtower has told them. They then feel confirmed in being in God's true organization on earth (like all cults claim). They are strongly encouraged to have friends and acquaintances that are only JW's, thereby keeping outside examination to a minimum. They are told to shun those who leave their group, for in this way there is no way to see why someone has left and no way to find out that they are in error from those who have found the truth in Christ. They are conditioned to shy away from any real biblically knowledgeable person. An example of this is frequently found on the Internet. I was once banned from a Jehovah's Witness chat room after I not only answered their objections to the Trinity and deity of Christ, but challenged them in return. Subsequently, my name was passed around to all other Jehovah's Witness rooms where I was banned from them as well. This is a frequent occurrence on the Internet where the Jehovah's Witnesses are alive and well. It is obvious that critical examination of their doctrines is not encouraged by the Watchtower Organization.

    The Jehovah's Witnesses consider themselves to be Christians because they believe they are serving the true and living God. Like many cults, they think they are the only true church on earth. Yet, they deny the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, Jesus' physical resurrection, and salvation by grace through faith.

    The Jehovah's Witnesses are discouraged from looking into Jehovah's Witness history or old Watchtower literature which is replete with contradictions, altered doctrines, and false prophecies. Instead, they are indoctrinated repeatedly against basic Christian doctrines (Trinity, deity of Christ, etc.) and into the notion that they alone are the true servants of God and that all others are either in "Christendom" or simply unbelievers.

    Primarily, the Jehovah's Witness organization is a mind-control organization that uses its people to pass out literature and send in "donations" to the headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.

    "Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible."1

    The Watchtower organization of the Jehovah's Witnesses is a non-Christian organization that uses its people to promulgate false doctrines, and collects "contributions" for distribution of a multitudinous amount of literature, and expand its grip into the lives of its members and their families.

    It is a non-Christian cult.

  • Christ Alone
    Christ Alone

    I struggle with this question. Do they believe in Jesus? Yes. Do they believe he is the son of God? Yes. Do they believe that the Bible is God's word and inerrant? Yes.

    But the flip side: Do they believe in the diety of Jesus? No. Do they believe in salvation by faith alone? No. Do they believe Jesus died for their personal sins? No.

    So WHAT is Christianity? Do you HAVE to believe exactly as orthodox Christianity believes to be considered Christian? What is the criteria? I know that Paul warned about following another gospel and another Jesus. And I suppose this is what the WT has done.

    Yet, they deny the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, Jesus' physical resurrection, and salvation by grace through faith.

    But was understanding the truth of these things what Jesus required? Wouldn't enforcing a specific belief be akin to saying that works saves you? They DO believe that Jesus is the Christ. And as far as 1John 5:1 says, this was all that was necessary to be saved.

    I go back and forth on this. I'm not defending their doctrine in any way. But who are we to say that because they don't understand who Jesus is that they will not be saved?

  • PSacramento

    To be a Christian is to believe and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, that He came in the flesh, that he was crucified, that he was burtied and rose on the 3rd day and that He will came again.

    That is the crux and core of being a Christian, beyond that is a denominational thing.

  • jgnat

    By denying the Nicene Creed, they are not Orthodox Christian.

    By their definition, adoption of the trinity has marked all of orthodox Christianity as non-Christians and they the only "true" followers.

    To my way of thinking, a Christian is a "follower of Christ". Jehovah's Witnesses are "followers of Jehovah".

  • Christ Alone
    Christ Alone

    To my way of thinking, a Christian is a "follower of Christ". Jehovah's Witnesses are "followers of Jehovah".

    Valid point...

  • jgnat

    P.S. I should amend that. They are followers of the Faithful and Discreet Slave, AKA the "Governing Body".

  • kurtbethel

    Aside from the doctrines, since they constantly bash on Christians, they couldn't also be one.

  • Deputy Dog
    Deputy Dog

    How can you call yourself "Christian" if you outright refuse to worship the Christ?

  • PSacramento
    To my way of thinking, a Christian is a "follower of Christ". Jehovah's Witnesses are "followers of Jehovah".

    That is a very valid point.

    I think that in terms of creeds, thet are CHristian in the since I showed above BUT in practise, that is harder to accept.

    The thing is that there is a direct command from Christ in Acts 1 that states two very crucial things:

    1) We are NOT to try and figure out when the end is, that is God's decision alone and NO ONE will know or should try to "guess":

    7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which ( N ) the Father has fixed by His own authority;

    2) We are to be witnesses to CHRIST:

    8 but you will receive power ( O ) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be ( P ) My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and ( Q ) Samaria, and even to ( R ) the remotest part of the earth.”

    It is thought provoking that the JW's break those two direct commands from Christ before He left.


    The Watchtower Society has presumed to take the place that Jesus holds in the minds of most Christians. Instead of looking to Jesus as the mediator for Christians and the only way to salvation, they claim that only by joining and following them can one have a relationship with Jehovah. This means that all members are personally answerable to the Watchtower Society.

    Members have been trained to believe a relationship with Jehovah through Jesus is impossible without belonging to the Watchtower Society. At the start of 2010 Jehovah’s Witnesses began using a new song book entitled, Sing to Jehovah. It contains 135 songs, 42 of which are new. Not one of the song titles contains the name Jesus or Christ. The Society’s own Bible states, ‘ He that does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.’ John 5:23

    I don't claim to be a Christian but when I was a Jehovah's Witness I did make that claim. I was sincerely wrong.

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