The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Jesus- Introduction
Jehovah’s Witnesses freely profess to believe in Jesus Christ. But what exactly is their view of Jesus?
The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Jesus- Very Different from the Scriptures
Upon close examination, we find that Jehovah’s Witnesses preach a Jesus who’s vastly different from the Jesus of the Bible. Jehovah’s Witnesses regard Jesus as the first and only being directly created by Jehovah God (cf. John 1:1-3). They believe that Jehovah God has never had any personal contact with creation, but was indirectly responsible for the creation of all beings by empowering Jesus to bring the physical universe into existence. It’s interesting to note that the Gnostics — who were denounced by the early church — held strikingly similar views.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Jesus- Denial of Deity
Jehovah’s Witnesses also deny that Jesus is God Almighty (cf. Phil. 2:6-7). They claim that Jesus is not all-powerful, that He is not all-knowing, and that He is not even all-present. Curiously enough, however, they deny these same attributes about their own Jehovah God!
The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Jesus- Jesus is not to be worshipped?
In addition to all of this, Jehovah’s Witnesses insist that Jesus should not be worshipped (cf. Matt. 2:11; 28:9; Heb. 1:6), and that prayers should not be addressed to Him (cf. Acts 7:59-60; 9:13-14). And while they concede that Jesus should be honored, they refuse to honor Him to the same degree God the Father is honored. This, of course, flies directly in the face of what Jesus proclaimed in John 5:23, when He said that it is God’s will for “all to honor the Son just as they honor the Father.” On top of this, Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that when Jesus Christ was made flesh He became only a mere man who might have sinned but, fortunately for us, didn’t (cf. John 5:19; 7:18; 8:55).
The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Jesus- Denial of Physical Resurrection
Finally, Jehovah’s Witnesses deny that Jesus rose bodily from the grave (cf. John 2:19-22; Luke 24:39), teaching instead that He rose in a “spirit body” (whatever that may be). Thus, Jesus’ resurrection can’t be seen as a triumph over physical death when, in fact, this is the very opposite of what Scripture reveals (1 Cor. 15:54-55). Because of these and other reasons, Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot be regarded as true Christians. Rather, they are what is classically referred to as a cult. They claim to be Christian yet deny essential Christian doctrine. Now, we cannot compromise when it comes to the nature of God, and certainly not when it comes to the Lord Jesus Christ.On how Jehovah’s Witnesses view Jesus Christ, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.