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Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 30

The Russellites have a peculiar view in regard to transfusion of human blood. It behooves those of us who do represent our Lord to set the record straight.
Following the death of Judge Rutherford in January 1942, a new doctrine began to develop under the succeeding regime headed by Nathan Homer Knorr. The Judge, like the “Pastor” (who died October 31, 1916), gradually faded into Russellite shadows, and a new teaching foreign even to the Judge’s prolific pen crept into the Theocratic fold. By some method of reasoning, not connected with the processes of logical thought, the Watch Tower suddenly “discovered” that blood transfusions were Biblically forbidden!! Unhampered by the fact the Bible NEVER mentions the subject, the Watch Tower announced that it was a violation of Jehovah’s covenant to transfuse human blood, even if the life of the patient was at stake!! This “new” revelation caused no end of confusion from informed medical men who knew that human life was in jeopardy and that they were sworn to preserve it. Of course, we would agree with Homer on the issue involved IF it were based on Scriptural grounds, but in no sense can their argument be supported from the Bible. The “new” doctrine seems to be based on an odd interpretation of the Levitical priesthood ruling on the office of sacrificial blood.
In Awake magazine, May 22, 1951, page 3, Homer quoted Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 3:17, 7:27, and 17, 10,11,14, and maintained that these texts support their refusal to recognize human blood transfusions. Genesis 9:14 (as quoted from Awake) reads: “Flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat”. Now, it is only fair to say that this verse does not have the remotest thing to do with human blood, much less transfusions. In the previous verse, Jehovah clearly tells Noah that He is speaking in reference to animals and their flesh and blood. God told Noah that animal flesh was for food with but one provision-that he eat not of the blood. “Every moving thing that lives shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, SHALL YE NOT EAT”.
Homer and the boys cite many more passages against the eating of blood from the Old Testament. In the New Testament they continue in the same vein. Awake listed Acts 15:19, 20,28,29, and 21:15 to support their theory. It is difficult to discuss this subject with someone who does not know the difference between eating and transfusing blood. Homer insists that the transfusion of human blood through the veins is as much feeding the body as eating through the mouth. This might seem clever, but in view of the Scripture’s true teaching IT CANNOT STAND SCRUTINY.
In the Old Testament (which we do not live under anymore, by the way) eating the blood of animals was forbidden as unclean, and likewise the blood of man. Blood transfusion is in the technical medical sense of “feeding” of the body when disease or anemia lower the blood count and “starve” the vital organs. Transfusion does not involve the sacrifice of life, the impairment of another’s health, or the violation of a code of sacrificial laws as found in the Old Testament. IF IT DID, like physical circumcism, instrumental music in the worship, worshipping in Jerusalem, or keeping the Sabbath day, we do not live under that Law!! (I am sure Homer knows this but has just forgotten about it!!) When one gives a transfusion, IT IS NOT A SACRIFICE OF LIFE, and the eating of forbidden blood, but a transference of life from one person to another, a gift of strength offered in the spirit of mercy and love!!

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 29

One of the most dramatic proofs of the resurrected Lord was the words from His own mouth: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”. John 2:17-19 So no one would misunderstand about what He was speaking, John tells us that “He spoke of the temple of His body”. Vs 21 This would have been THE place to teach the Russellite doctrine that Jesus arose in a spiritual, mystical body!
Paul describes the resurrected body of the Lord in 1 Corinthians 15:11-17 In the Greek there is a great difference between a spiritual body and a spirit body. A spiritual body is a physical form possessing spiritual characteristics where a spirit is merely the manifestation of spiritual substance. There are other instances in the Bible where some have been raised and appeared and their physical body not yet resurrected. 1 Samuel 28:14 tells us of the appearance of Samuel when Saul hired the witch of Endor to communicate with him. The resurrection of the body of the Lord Jesus was not illusory or phantom-like; it was indeed the direct fulfillment of God’s promise to raise His Holy One from the dead not allowing His body to see corruption. Christ arose from the valley of death in a mortal body in which He was to offer the sacrifice for sin to the Father. Now He resides in a body forever exempt from decay or death, possessing a form which we some day by His grace shall likewise possess when He returns for His bride, the Church of Christ. “For our conversation is in heaven from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.” Philippians 3:20-21 Jesus was not playing a con game when He offered Thomas the opportunity to TOUCH His riven side and the nail holes is His hands. He was not hoping against hope that Thomas would be buffaloed into backing out of the opportunity it was the REAL DEAL my friend!! “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:1-2
Finally, when quoting from the inspiration given King David, the Holy Spirit destroys any attempt to deny the bodily resurrection of Christ. “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He held by it. For David speaks concerning Him, I foresaw the Lord always before My face; for He is on My right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did My heart rejoice, and My tongue was glad; moreover also My flesh shall rest in hope. Because Thou wilt not leave My soul in Hell, neither will Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. (The body begins to decay on the fourth day, John 11:17, 39). Thou hast made known to Me the ways of life; Thou shall make Me full of joy with Thy countenance.” Acts 2:22-28 Read it and weep all you Russellites, had Jesus body stayed in the tomb ONE MORE DAY, His body would have begun to decay. God, the Father had promised Him His body would not see corruption. Who lied, God or Charles Taze Russell?

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 28

The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society has as one of the cardinal doctrines in its platform a teaching completely alien to historic and Biblical Christianity, the teaching that Jesus Christ was raised from the grave a “spirit being”, only.
In the words that no once could possible misinterpret the Watch Tower boys deny the physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, stating that “the King, Christ Jesus was put to death in the flesh and was resurrected in an invisible spirit creature.” Let God Be True, edit date 1946, p. 122 Following up this clear-cut statement on page 272 of the same edition the Watch Tower stated, “This first-born one from the dead was not raised out of the grave a human creature, but he was raised a spirit.”
We have already discussed some verses in the preamble to the New Testament that show how ridiculous this false doctrine is, but for the searching souls who think we need to give them tolerance, we will discuss more verses. In the 24th chapter of Luke’s gospel, beginning at ver4se 13 and going through 49, the risen Christ is represented as appearing to two of His disciples traveling on the road to Emmaus. Verse 16 clearly states “that their eyes were holden (Greek-“held from recognizing Him”) that they should not know Him.” This is a clear indication indeed that although it was the risen Lord Jesus Christ, nevertheless by an act of His will He veiled their eyes so that they could not recognize Him!! It was possible for Him to speak with His disciples, and at the same time for them to be totally ignorant of His true identity. As the chapter continues Christ reveals Himself through the conversation which He has taken charge of which leads to its supernatural conclusion In verse 31 the full radiance of His resurrection glory shines through to them as He blessed the bread (which, by the way Spirits do not eat), “And their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight.” Then and only then did they come to the full realization that the “man who had walked with them” was indeed the risen Lord of Glory. “And they arose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, “the Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. “ And they told what things were done in the way, and how He was known of them in breaking of bread.” Verse 33-35 “And as they spoke, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, ‘Peace be unto you”.
What the disciples thought an apparition or a spirit suddenly dispels all their doubts as to His true nature and identity, for our risen Lord said, “Why are you troubled? And why do thought arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you se Me have.” No honest person needs any more proof than what is already given, but the Lord went a little further!! “He showed them His hands and feet”. This is hardly the behavior one would expect from the “spirit creature” of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. This Being, by His very presence and Nature destroyed the entire Russellite teaching of a spirit resurrection and established beyond question the fact that the Christ came forth from the borrowed tomb in an physical form. Next, we have His interview with the brother that was too busy to attend supper that evening!! (This brother is like some today, they only have to come to ONE service!!) Thomas doubted the literal, bodily resurrection of our Lord. In fact, he ran his mouth to the other disciples when he came to the next Sunday evening service. “Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will NOT believe.” John 20:25

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 27

Are there three in the Godhead? This is consistently denied by all those who claim to know more intimately about Jehovah than any other religious group. In all their publications and public lectures the Trinity is denounced as “pagan” and “a false un-Biblical doctrine” they taunt those who teach there are THREE beings that possess the nature called GOD!! We will clear the Biblical position and the haze which exists in the minds of some people relative to this important message from Heaven.
Many times in the Old Testament, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3:22, Genesis 11:7, composite unity is indicated within the members of those who have this nature. While it is quite true that God cannot be conceived in fleshly, physical terms, He has chosen to express Himself. John 4 indicates the true nature of God. Whomever you think John 4 speaks of John 1:1, 8:58, and Hebrews 1:2-3 speak of Christ in the same fashion and that He voluntarily surrendered at His incarnation His all-knowing, all-power nature to become like the sons of men. We ought never to overlook one fact in our study of the Trinity that God is Triune, not triplex. The nature called God is not a mathematical contradiction; it is merely outside the realm of mathematical application. It is not 1+1+1=3 or 1+1+1=1; it is 1x1x1=1. The nature of God is incomprehensible!! The best we have in Scripture is the declaration that God is ONE Nature manifested in THREE Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. In Matthew 3:16-17, we have recorded the baptism of the Lord Jesus. At this time the Father spoke from Heaven, the Son was baptized, and the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove-this is strong evidence, indeed, of the threefold existence of three beings that possess the nature called God!! John writes in John 5:23, “All men should honor the Son even as they honor the Father.” The New World Translation renders this verse this way: “in order that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father, He that does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” Wonder if they read their own translation? None of their professed LOVE for Jehovah amounts to anything in light of John’s words. While they profess to honor the Father, they have indeed dishonored His Son, whom God has commanded that all men should honor even as they honor Him!!
Again, are there THREE? In John 14:16-26 there is a discussion that will remove anyone’s doubt about there being three. In verse Christ said, “And I will pray the Father, and He will send you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.” Can the Russellites count? I mentions one being, the Father is the second being mentioned, and the Comforter is the third being mentioned. It states the Christ will pray, that the prayer will be directed to the Father and that the Father would give the Holy Spirit as Christ is requesting of the Father. Verse 26 of the same chapter states, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, who the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Again, let us look in the New World Translation for a correction of these passages. “And I will request the Father and He will give you another Helper to be with you forever, the Spirit of the truth, which the world cannot receive, because it neither beholds It nor knows It.” Verse 26 of the NWT: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit (they did not respect the Holy Spirit so they have written of Him in small letters) which the Father (they seem to understand they capitalize the name Father) will send in My Name (Jesus is not capitalize either), that One will teach you all things and bring back to your minds all the things I told you.” Man and wife are ONE, that is 1×1=1, but there are two!!

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 26

When the Watchtower gets through “working over” the Son of God, they then turn to the Holy Spirit. We have sent a lot of time lately discussing, studying, and learning about the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. We know He is God in every aspect that makes any being God, Acts 5:4, and as are the other two who possess this vaulted nature called God, He is eternal. The Russellites teach the Holy Spirit is an “IT” and has no existence except as the power of God. The rail about Him being God’s active force, a wind or breeze and in no true sense is He a Being, much less Deity!!
Isaiah 6:8-9; “also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” And He said, “Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not…” In Acts 28:25 Paul relates; “Well spake the Holy Spirit through Isaiah the prophet unto your fathers, saying “Go thou unto this people, and say, by hearing ye shall hear, and shall in no wise understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall in no wise perceive.” Who was this person called LORD? Was He just some active breath? Was He just some IT standing around in Heaven somewhere? Was He not identified as “Jehovah”?? Yes, that is their word, they claim, the only name for Deity, the only God—yet here we see Him called JEHOVAH!! I bet this fries them every time this is pointed out to them!!! This is a major “oops” for them; they ought to be smarter than this!
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts..” Jeremiah 31:33 “And the Holy Spirit also bearing witness to us; for after He hath said, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts..” Lord is the Greek word Adonai and the Hebrew word Jehovah which is the tetragrammation YHWH!! Written in Hebrew, Jeremiah was calling the Holy Spirit Jehovah, again. This is another “oops.”
Acts 5:4, “While it remained, did it not remain thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thy power? How is it that thou hast conceived this thing in thy heart? Thou hast not lied unto man, but unto God.” Read Acts 5:3; “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the price of the land?” It would take a fool not to see that when Ananias was lying to the Holy Spirit he was lying to God?? You would think anyone smart enough to correct God would be smart enough to beat this, wouldn’t you??
”That word, I say, you know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached: How God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God (the Holy Spirit) was with Him.” Acts 10:37-38 Do you mean to tell me Jesus was anointed with God’s active breath or hot air?? Remember, this is the same Being that has been referred to as Jehovah!! How unbelievably stupid can you be?
The Holy Spirit has personality. Animals, plants, matter, nor do insects have personality. They cannot resist arguments or error, Acts 7:51, they cannot be blasphemed, Matthew 12:31-32; be vexed, Isaiah 63:10; make intercession, Romans 8:26; be grieved, teach, send, give life, sanctify, reveal mysteries, testify, lead, convict of sin, work miracles, and on and on. All of these the Holy Spirit of God does!! The Bible is not guilty of such nonsense as what the Russellites teach!!

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 25

“And when all things shall be subdued to Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” 1 Corinthians 15:28 The Russellites argue that Christ is shown here to be inferior/subject to God the Father and will always be, that this verse proves Christ is something LESS than God! This passage is stating something the Russellites (and many others) have completely missed: Christ is at the present not subject to God, the Father!! When He resurrected from the grave He appeared to His disciples and declare: “ALL authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:18 In Ephesians 1:22-23 Paul writes by the Holy Spirit, “And has put ALL things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which in His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.” Again: “And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in ALL THINGS He might have the pre-eminence.” Colossians 1:18
When Christ has completed the task of vanquishing ALL things, subjected ALL things, THEN Jesus will subject Himself to the Godhead. This subjection involves, verse 24, the final act “when He shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down (abolished) all rule and all authority and power.” Jesus had said; “it is the Father’s good will to give you the kingdom”, it was the “Father’s will that Christ came to do”, John 7:16-23, and “According as He hath chosen us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children BY Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” Ephesians 1:4-5 Redemption is NOW complete, all things that Jesus had as a part in man’s eternal salvation, He has completed, so the Son will return to the Godhead the infinite, un-originated, absolute equality They had before the grand mystery, the plan of redemption, and the church was ever the thought of the Father!! The term God, here, refers to the Godhead, not just the Father! The distinctions made necessary by the coming of the Word into the world to accomplish salvation will be NO MORE, therefore the distinctions in the roles played (which necessitated the distinguishing descriptive titles, they were never names per se) by the eternal Three will be dropped!! Jesus and the Spirit will return to Their original forms and positions They had before the world began!! “And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own Self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.” John 17:5 “Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” Philippians 2:6
God (all three) gave Jesus a job to do. That job was to defeat sin, vanquish death, and liberate those who would make up the Church of Christ. The day will come when that task will be fully and finally accomplished, and then, to think of the thing in pictorial terms, the Son will return to the Father the object of His greatest love, the Church, ready to fellowship with Deity for the endless realms of eternity and like the victor coming home, Christ will judge those of His Church finding those who “remained faithful unto death” will “present her to the Father, a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that we would be holy and without blemish.” As the Godhead sent forth the Son to redeem the world (Church), so in the end of all things this World (Church, John 3:16) God will receive to the glory of the Son. Then, there will be nothing in heaven or in earth outside the love and power of God!! What lies beyond that has not been revealed!!

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 24

We will go through many scriptures that a well-informed Russellite would have to confuse those who are seeking the truth, answer them quickly, and move on.
“And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.” John 20:14 Their claim is that Jesus was resurrected in a spiritual body, that His physical body is hidden away in a gaseous form later to be revealed. (I think when you tell a lie, you ought to at least be creative!!)
No person in their right mind would have expected what Mary Magdalene encountered that very early Sunday morning at the sepulcher. She ran and found Simon Peter and John out of her mind with fear: “they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid Him.” Peter and John ran to see just what they could make of the situation. John outran Peter but Peter went into the tomb first. The Book says, “Then went in also the other disciple, who came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed. What did he believe? What he had been told; “they have taken away the Lord!!” Mary is now beside herself, weeping. She had conversed with the two angels, but either couldn’t comprehend what they were saying or just outright, did not believe them!! They asked her why she wept. She answered as she had told Peter and John, “Because they have taken away my Lord.” The angels tried to reason with Mary: “why seek the living among the dead? He is not here but is risen: remember how He spoke unto you when He was yet in Galilee. Saying, ‘The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again”. At this moment she looked out from within the tomb and saw Jesus, although she did not recognize Him. Mary was alone, the angels were still seated inside the tomb, and she sees someone outside who she might have thought had known the person or persons that had taken the body of Christ and she had her back to Him.. At this moment, Jesus spoke to her. She thought Him a gardener. (What a gardener would have been doing there working at around day-break would be also impossible to explain.) Can’t you just imagine Mary was thinking; “where is Peter and John when you need them!” Intent on finding where they had laid the Lord, Mary with her back to Jesus hears the voice that would have awakened the ALL the dead and one day will!! Jesus calls her by NAME. Immediately, she turned herself, and says unto Him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.” She is by now close enough to Christ that she is clinging to His clothing. Jesus says to her; “stop clinging to Me. For I have not yet ascended to the Father. But be on your way to My brothers and say unto them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father and to My God and your God.”
The message is clear. “Stop clinging to Me, go and tell My disciples I will be leaving to the Father’s abode, soon, meet Me as I had previously directed!!” This was the first Sunday evening service!! To ignore the real message and concentrate on “touch Me not” causes a misconception and misunderstanding of the message intended by the Lord.
Did Jesus resurrect in the body He had previously inhabited? Yes, Mary was not expecting to see Him, it was early in the morning, and she was hysterical, thinking someone had stolen His body away. What brought her to sense was Jesus calling her name. Was His resurrected body spiritual? No, telling the same event Luke records Jesus showing His hands and feet remarking “a Spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see Me have”, He also asked for food: “Have you here any meat?” that for which a spirit has no need. “He took it and ate it before them”. Luke 24:43

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 23

My brother, Sherrill, once asked me why I taught Christ was equal to the Father. Of all the questions the Russellites have provoked, this seems to be the one they have made in-roads with causing some to doubt the position of Jesus Christ. Let me state again what the scriptures teach about the Godhead: first, there are three that possess the nature called God. God is a nature, God is NOT the name of some individual. God means “I who alone create”, and if that has not been proven nothing else has!! Neither man, animals, nor anything from the solar systems has EVER created anything, that job has been reserved to They who have that power!! When God, all three, decided to create there was a reason, They were not just bored!! Before creation there was an agreement, pact, covenant amongst Themselves They called it “the mystery”. This was also called the “scheme of redemption”, the “plan from the foundations of the world”, the “Fathers will”, foreordination, and predestination. God made man and had a plan for those who loved Them, it was called Eternal Life, but before it would be awarded, it had to be deserved. The greatest “dressing place”, the place where man would be tried and tested, was then by Them created, the one in the Godhead we now know as the Son was the agent of that creation! So great was this plan that all three of the beings with the nature called God participated in this venture. The originator of the “plan” was the God most often, but not distinctively, called the Ancient of Days, the Father, or Jehovah. God, the Ancient of Days made a covenant with God the Word (for so His name is known to be) TO DIE FOR MANKIND SO MANKIND COULD KNOW HOW MUCH GOD SO LOVED THEIR CREATION. It was God, the Son who chosen as the AGENT OF THE GODHEAD to die!! God the Spirit (later called Holy Spirit) would be the AGENT of communication and defense to mankind proving God’s love in writing in a book called THE BIBLE whereby He would literally tell those who wrote this masterpiece exactly what words to write by a process called ‘inspiration’!! All three bore the name Jehovah for with the power of Their nature They were the only beings who could create something out of nothing!! Herein lays the answer to the question with which we began, Who is the greatest in or among those who bear the name of God?
One cannot tell the position of an individual by the job, function, or role they are playing in life. The mother is known to be greater than the infant she gave birth but it is she who devotedly serves their every fancy!! She cooks, washes their clothes, fixes their cuts and hurts, and if she is a Godly mother, she prays far more for them than herself!! Do I need to give more examples or is this argument not won?? She is participating in a role-playing function that has but one end: to raise the children God has blessed her with to be with her in eternity, and she will do anything that is right that will created, sustain, and bring about this conclusion. It is not that Jesus was not equal to God, the Father while here on Earth, He was under COVENANT, THE WILL, OR THE PLAN created by the Father to save “all who would obey His (God the Father’s) Will”!! So, when asked if He was as great as the Father, Jesus would retort, “the Father is greater that I”. In all cases the lesser serves the greater that need!!
In spite of all the mangling of Scripture the Russellites and their lying Watch Tower Tract and Bible Society can do they cannot undo the plain teaching of Holy Writ: JESUS IS GOD!! All we have written about over the past 22 weeks has proved this from Holy Writ and we declare the argument WON!! Jesus is not now subject to the Father. Jesus has been given all authority and dominion, Matthew 28:18. One day it will not be so!!

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 22

It is sad that men of good intentions are led away from the paths of truth by those who have other intentions. I know of no one who loved us more than Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. For Him to take the shame and rebuke given Him by the Jehovah’s Witnesses is beyond reason. Why they want to take such a beautiful Being and denigrate Him, speak ill of His person, or destroy any joy they might have in serving Him is without question, deplorable!! They act and talk like zombies as they walk up and down the roadsides of this great land. They are not allowed to think, only react to abuse; they never entertain a serious Bible Study for they have a memorized spiel they trumpet and when gotten off that diatribe, they are helpless. It saddens all who love our Lord to have to even write a defense hoping to deter these men and women from the Brooklyn Lying Clinic (the Brooklyn Watch Tower Tract and Bible Society) who are on their way to a place they claim does not even exist-HELL!!
“That men may know that Thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the Most High over all the earth”. Psalms 83:18 Of course they claim that only one is Jehovah, that is the Father, yet even in their own perverted writings they slip up and correct themselves. The appellation Jehovah, as discussed last week, may be applies to more than one person, yet such passages as this state the ONE. The desired affect on your mind is chaos, confusion, and “oh, they have finally caught us now”. The word ONE used here means unity, not numerically one. The claim of any Being who can call themselves Jehovah and prove it just means He is one of those who can “Alone create”.
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.” Psalms 90:2 In Micah 5:2 the inspired prophet writes: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been of old, from everlasting.” Who can deny this is speaking of the Christ child? Who among us do not know the word “everlasting” is the Hebrew word olam which means from time indefinite, eternal? Who is being describes as everlasting, or time indefinite, or eternal, or without beginning or end?? Even the Jews knew this!! “And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, “And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” Matthew 2:4-6
I have never had a discussion with the Russellites that they have not come up with the next verse: “Jehovah Himself produces Me as the beginning of His way, the earliest of His achievements of long ago. From time indefinite I was installed, from the start, from times earlier than the earth…” (NWT) Of course they claim this is Jesus when in fact it is talking about wisdom!! One has to remind them that this JESUS was He who created “all things that are created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or powers: all things were created BY Him and FOR Him. And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17
“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not; neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding?” Isaiah 40:28 This is suppose to tell you that Christ is not God, He was created. We have answered this about a dozen times!! Please read again, Micah 5:2.

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 21

There are some verses the Jehovah’s Witnesses think back up their positions on God. One of these is Deuteronomy 6:6: “The Lord our God is one Lord”. Their argument is that there is only One who is God. The term ONE is not the word in the Hebrew that means what they would hope it would. If words have definitions, the Russellites have problems, if Mr. Rutherford, Mr. Russell, or Mr. Knorr had the polemic background or the scholarly work behind either of them to qualify them in Hebrew (or Greek either) one would have patience with their error, but they had neither! They would not know Hebrew from Latin if it met them in the road. They have admitted this under oath in sworn testimony in court cases. The Hebrew word echad means unity, see Genesis 2:24 while the Hebrew word yachid means one, like one, two, three, four, and beyond. “The Lord our God is echad Lord”, hurts their position because there is inferred there is more than one Jehovah (the Hebrew word for Lord). For example: my wife and I are one-this does not mean we are a single person, this means we agree, work as one, we are unified!! Psalms 83:18: “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the Most High over all the earth.” Their play on this verse is that there is only One who is Jehovah, not three. The name Jehovah occurs some 6,823 times in the Old Testament, and is the most precious name among the Jews for God. In Genesis 19:24 the word says: “The Lord (Jehovah) rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord (Jehovah) out of Heaven.” If I can count one and one makes two! There are many names given to deity throughout the Bible, someone has counted at least 280 of them for Christ, alone! The name Jesus is an abbreviation for the word Jehoshua, which means Jehovah the Saviour”. “And God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our own image, after Our likeness…” Genesis 1:26. The Russellites will cry “fowl”, God was talking to angels!! Interestingly, we are not made in the likeness of any angel that we have been made aware!! In fact verse 27 of Genesis One reads: “So God created man in His OWN image, in the image of God…” I guess they forgot to read this verse?? “I, even I, have spoken: yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous. Come ye near unto Me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and His Spirit, hath sent Me.” Isaiah 48:15-16 Again, if I can count here are three who make up deity!! Again, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 28:19 Again, this looks like three!! “There are three that bear record in Heaven; the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. These three agree as One.” We have some erudite brethren who claim verses 7 and 8 are not in the original Greek scriptures. Tertullian, a second century leader in the Church of Christ wrote he had read the “autographed copies to the churches” and cites this verse. Cyprian of the 3rd century bears witness to the same truth. It was God’s responsibility to make sure of the verity of the Scriptures that they remain in tact; He has them in the text!! To me that settles the matter!! In Exodus 3:14: “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” The TERM for I AM is EHYEH, and is a present tense form of JAH, JEHOVAH. It is found in three places in the Hebrew, where it is translated as I AM. The origin of the word is from the verb TO BE. It denotes timelessness in existence of the One who was, who is, and who is to come, the first and the last, the Alpha and Omega. Let me introduce you to Christ!! Revelations 1:11, 17