Jehovahs Witnesses Archive

When Is the Firstborn not the Firstborn?

When He Is Not The One Born First! Foolish? Not at all. Because the word firstborn has at least TWO meanings. “And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “And the name of the second called he Ephraim” (Gen. 41:51, 52). “Ephraim is my firstborn” (Jer. 31: 9b). Manasseh is called the firstborn because […]

The Wise and Faithful Servant

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 26, number 3 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS The Jehovah’s Witnesses most important claim is that after Christ Jesus began his supposed invisible reign in 1914, he examined the religious organizations on earth and […]

Whither the Watchtower?

Summary Newly installed Watchtower president Milton G. Henschel, 73, has inherited two major problems from his predecessor, Frederick W. Franz. When Franz died on December 22, 1992 at age 99 he left in power a Governing Body mostly in their 80s and 90s, who, in turn, are dying off without eligible successors. Franz also left […]

That Hideous Strength: The Watchtower Society

The year was 1951. I was a math major at U.C. Berkeley, suffering from what we would now call cul­ture shock. My high school had been small and cozy; the campus at U.C. Berkeley, immense and disorienting. Most unsettling of all was the required course in Military Science. The profes­sor was a veteran of the […]

John 1:1 and the New World Translation

A. T. Robertson: “So in Jo. 1:1 theos en ho logos the meaning has to be the Logos was God, not God was the Logos.” A New Short Grammar of the Greek Testament, by A. T. Robertson and W. Hersey Davis (Baker Book House, 1977), p. 279. E. M. Sidebottom: “…the tendency to write ‘the […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Deity of Christ

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society or Jehovah’s Witnesses, has always taught from its inception in 1896 that Jesus Christ was no more than a perfect man, “certainly not the supreme God Almighty in the flesh.” Amplifying this, they state categorically that He was in no sense both God and man. “Some insist that Jesus […]

Discussing Deity with Jehovah’s Witnesses

Encounters between Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses typically revolve around a discussion of deity. The reason for this is twofold: 1) This is the area where Watchtower theology deviates most dramatically from orthodox Christianity. In contrast to the trinitarian concept of one God in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the JWs have been taught […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Witnessing to the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door with one main objective: to place literature from the Watchtower Society in your hands so they can come back and discuss it with you. Are you ready? After giving a prepared introduction (usually about the sorry and frightening state of the world) your JW visitors will try to determine […]

The Three Pet Texts The Watchtower Uses in their Disputing of the Deity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

(A) JOHN: 14-28: “MY FATHER IS GREATER THAN I” QUESTION: “How could Jesus Christ be God, when He states here that the Father is greater than He is? ANSWER: Note he does not state: ‘JEHOVAH IS BET­TER THAN I.” GREATER is a term relative to position, BETTER relative to nature. By position, the Father Is […]

Watchtower Instructs Followers to Breach Professional Confidentiality

“Mary works as a medical assis­tant at a hospital. One requirement she has to abide by in her work is confi­dentiality. She must keep docu­ments and information pertain­ing to her work from going to unauthorized persons. Law codes in her state also regulate the disclosure of confidential in­formation on patients ….” So begins a September […]