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A Theological Examination

By Dr. P. Bradley Carey
From his book
The Darkness In The Light
1992, 1996

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, more commonly known as Jehovah's Witnesses, will tell you that they have always existed and are the one and only true religion of God, whom they insist must always be called Jehovah. In actuality, they were first incorporated in 1884 by Charles Taze Russell.

The Jehovah's Witnesses will tell you that, to obtain salvation, "more than faith is required of true Christians than mere confession of faith."1 They will also tell you that, "Jehovah God will Justify, declare righteous, on the basis of their own merit, all perfected humans who have withstood that final, decisive test of mankind" (LIFE EVERLASTING, p. 400).

This, however, is not what the Bible teaches. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

The Jehovah's Witnesses would have you believe that the wars in heaven "happened around the time of World War 1, which began in 1914...Satan was removed from the heavens at this time..." (YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER IN PARADISE ON EARTH, p. 22).

According to the Bible, this is incorrect. In Isaiah 14:12-15, the prophet speaks of Lucifer (Satan) being "cut down to the ground." In Ezekiel 28:12-15, the prophet here speaks of the fall of the anointed cherub (Satan), using the past tense. If Satan was not cast out until 1914, why did both of these prophets of God speak of him in the past tense? Even Christ spoke of Satan being cast out of heaven, using the past tense. He said, "...I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven" (Luke 10:18).

The Jehovah's Witnesses would have us believe that the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ never occurred. Instead, they teach that, "He was re-created as a divine spirit creature" (LET GOD BE TRUE, p. 116) and " the king Jesus was put to death in the flesh and was raised as an invisible spirit creature." (LET GOD BE TRUE, p. 122).

Once again, the Bible tells us something different. In it, we find, "...Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him" (Matthew 28:9) and, "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I Myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have...Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat it before them" (Luke 24:39-43).

As Christ Himself said it, "a spirit hath not flesh and bones." Yet, He did, so the only conclusion one can come to is that He was not a spirit.

According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, "The end of the world will not mean the end of our earth. Rather, as happened at the worldwide flood of Noah's day, it will mean the end only of bad people and their way of living. But those who are serving God will survive to the end. Then, on an earth made clean, they will enjoy freedom from all who want to hurt and oppress them" (YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER IN PARADISE ON EARTH, p. 14) and "...those who survive Armageddon will have the work of cleaning up the earth and...of cultivating the earth and making it a beautiful place in which to live." (YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER IN PARADISE ON EARTH, p. 159).

And yet again this contradicts what the Bible says. If we look at Revelation 21:1, we find the following, "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away..."

No one will have to make the earth into a paradise once again. A new one will take its place, because the old earth has passed away. This new earth will be created by God Himself, and when He does create it, He will do it without the help of the Jehovah's Witnesses or anybody else.

In closing, when dealing with members of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, remember the warnings of the Apostle Paul which are found in Galatians 1:8, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."