Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fifteen areas of disagreement with the Watchtower Society.

The following are the 15 main areas of disagreement I had/have with the Watchtower and Jehovah's Witness theology.

1. Jehovah does not have a specific organization on earth today and its Governing Body is not directed by Jehovah. The Body of Christ, the Church, is made up of all born again, justified believers in the Lord Jesus, irrespective of their organization or denomination.

2. Every believer from Christ's time (A.D. 33) forward to the end has the heavenly hope. All of these should be partaking of the elements at the Lord's Supper and not just those who claim to be of the anointed remnant, because all Christians are part of the anointed remnant.

3. There is no proper arrangement of a "faithful and discreet slave" class made up of anointed ones and their Governing Body to direct affairs of Jehovah's people. At Matthew 24:45 Jesus used this expression only as an illustration of faithfulness of individuals. The Bible alone is the final authority on all matters of faith and practice.

4. There are not two classes today, the heavenly class and those of the earthly class also called "other sheep" at John 10:16. The "little flock" is the Jews and the "other sheep" are the Gentiles. All Christians must be Born Again.

5. The number of 144,000 mentioned at Revelation 7:4 is symbolic and not to be taken literally. Those of the 'great crowd" mentioned at Revelation 7:9 also serve in Heaven as indicated in verse 15.

6. We are not now living in a special period of "last days" but the "last days" started in A.D. 33 as indicated by Peter in Acts 2:17 and the Writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 1:2.

7. 1914 is not an established data. Chirst Jesus was not enthroned then, but has been ruling in his kingdom since A.D. 33. Christ's presence (parousia) is not now but when the "sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven" (Matthew 24:30) in the future.

8. Based on Hebrews 11:6 Abraham, David, and other faithful men of old will also have heavenly life.

9. Justification is by faith alone, and not by faith and works combined. (Ephesians 2:8-9) In chapter 2 of his letter, James is talking about a faith that produces good works. Good works are the fruit of a true saving faith, not the root or the basis for salvation.

10. Based on Hebrews 1:1-14 clearly indicates that Jesus is not an angel, nor Michael.

11. Jesus was not resurrected as a spirit creature, but with the same physical human body he died with, which was now transformed and glorified. (Luke 24:39)

12. Jesus is not a created being, but shares the same nature, substance, and essence of God. (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-3; 1:18; 20:28; Acts 20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:3,8; 2 Peter 1:1; 1 John 5:20; Romans 10:9-13; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9)

13. The One True God Jehovah eternally exists in three separate and distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are equal in nature, substance, and essence, but have differing in function and role.

14. A person does not cease to exist at death. Hell is not non-existence or annihilation, but eternal separation from God and unending punishment as the unbeliever faces the wrath of God. Death seals a person's destiny, there is no second chance after death.

15. Jesus death and atonement on the cross does not pay for Adam's sin alone, but he stands in the place and pays for of all the sins of all his people. On the cross Christ bore their sin and absorbed the wrath of God due them. All their sins are paid for, past, present, and future, along with sins of omission and commission. His atonement doesn't make salvation possible, but it actually saves.

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