Bible Questions Answered THE WATCHTOWER AUGUST 2014
The Watchtower claims to follow only ‘What the Bible Really Teaches’ and therefore it answers questions from readers using Scripture. But as we can see from their response to the question: Do all religions honour God?, they insert the Scripture references, but fail to actually quote the Scriptures themselves.
The question is asked and a response given:
Do all religions honour God?
Listening to the world news, you have probably noticed that bad things are sometimes done in the name of religion. Not all religion originates with the true God. (Matthew 7:15) Indeed, much of mankind has been misled.—Read 1 John 5:19.
‘Not all religion originates with the true God’ The Watchtower is correct in stating this and uses Matthew 7:15 in support of their statement, but what does this verse say in context:
Matthew 7:15-20 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
The verse they quote, when looked at in context, actually incriminates them! The Watchtower claims to be Jehovah’s prophet.
Jesus says we are to look for the fruit of a false prophet, so what would that be? Clearly that would be false prophecy! (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
The Watchtower has a long history of false prophecy which shows that the words of Jesus here in Matthew 7 speak directly to them.
They next verse they use in response to the question ‘Do all religions honour God’ is 1 John 5:19. This is what they say:
Indeed, much of mankind has been misled.—Read 1 John 5:19.
Let’s look at this verse in its context:
18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
Verse 19 speaks of mankind being misled by the wicked one, but again the context has much to say to Jehovah’s Witnesses. The following verse 20, declares that Jesus is the ‘true God’ and in him alone is eternal life. Both facts are denied by The Watchtower and distorted in the New World Translation rendering of these verses.
Nevertheless, God takes note of sincere people who love what is good and true. (John 4:23) God is inviting such people to learn the truth from his Word, the Bible.—Read 1 Timothy 2:3-5.
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. John 4:23
Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught that they and they alone, are true worshippers. They believe they are the sincere ones who love what is good and true. They say they are in the ‘truth’ and as such their worship alone is pleasing to God.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus 1 Timothy 2:3-5
Jehovah’s Witnesses hold that they follow the Bible and only The Watchtower can truly understand its content. So when they say God is inviting people to learn truth from his Word, the Bible, what they mean is God wants you to become a Jehovah’s Witness.
1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that Jesus is the mediator between man and God. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been taught that Jesus is only a mediator for the 144,000 heavenly ones!
“Likewise, the Greater Moses, Jesus Christ, is not the Mediator between Jehovah God and all mankind. He is the Mediator between his heavenly Father, Jehovah God, and the nation of spiritual Israel, which is limited to only 144,000 members.” Worldwide Security Under the “Prince of Peace” (1986) pp.10-11
“Is Jesus the “mediator” only for anointed Christians? … So in this strict Biblical sense Jesus is the “mediator” only for anointed Christians.” Watchtower 1979 Apr 1 p.31
So what about the ‘great crowd’ whose hope is not heavenly but earth bound?
“The “great crowd” of “other sheep” that is forming today is not in that new covenant. However, by their associating with the “little flock” of those yet in that covenant they come under benefits that flow from that new covenant.” Watchtower 1979 Apr 1 p.31
How can you recognize true religion?
Jehovah God is uniting people from many religious backgrounds by teaching them the truth and by teaching them to love one another. (Micah 4:2, 3) Thus, you can recognize practicers of true religion by the way they care for one another.—Read John 13:35.
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35
Jehovah’s Witnesses proudly boast of their love for one another and how they alone exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). They care for one another when all is well, when those within the organisation toe the line, but love grows cold for those who don’t and certainly there is little love shown for the lost and least in society (the kind of people Jesus hung out with).
Jehovah God is uniting all sorts of people by means of true worship.—Psalm 133:1
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is. For brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1
The unity which is found in Jehovah’s Witnesses is a unity based upon compliance to Watchtower rules and regulations not on ‘true worship’. True unity is found in those whose hope is in Christ alone, the one who is the Way, and the TRUTH, and the Life. (John 14:6)
True worshippers base their faith and their way of life on the Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness 2 Timothy 3:16
True worshippers will base their faith and their way of life on the Bible, but for Jehovah’s Witnesses the Bible is not enough. This quote is one of many from the Watchtower:
“We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the Scriptural guidance we need outside the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ organization,” (Watchtower, Feb. 15, 1981).
They also honour God’s name. (Psalm 83:18)
That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth Psalm 83:18 KJV
For an understanding of why The Watchtower insist on the use of the name Jehovah see:
And they advocate God’s Kingdom as the only hope for mankind. (Daniel 2:44) They imitate Jesus by letting their “light shine,” doing good to their neighbours. (Matthew 5:16) They imitate Jesus by letting their “light shine,” doing good to their neighbours. (Matthew 5:16) True Christians can, therefore, be recognized by their neighbourly visits to people’s homes for the purpose of sharing the good news of God’s Kingdom.—Read Matthew 24:14; Acts 5:42; 20:20.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14
…how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house Acts 20:20
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they are they are the only ones fulfilling Matthew 24:14 and Acts 20:20 and use this to say that they alone are worshipping in Spirit and truth.
Do all religions honour God? No! Do the Jehovah’s Witnesses honour God or do they honour the Watchtower Society? Let’s see:
True Christians according to The Watchtower (my comments in brackets):
• Care for one another (whilst members are in good standing)
• Have love for one another (whilst members are in good standing)
• Will be united (under Watchtower Theology)
• Will base their life on the Bible (The Watchtower’s interpretation of their own changed version of the Bible)
• Will honour God’s Name (whilst rejecting importance of the name of Jesus – Acts 1:8; 4:12; Philippians 2:9-11)
• Will advocate God’s Kingdom as the only hope for mankind (whilst ignoring that Jesus is the only hope for mankind – Acts 4:12)
• Will do good to neighbours (so long as their neighbours are not the lost and the least in society)
• Will visit people’s homes sharing the Good News (only homes of the ignorant, not as keen to go to homes of those who will challenge them)
Can a false prophet be honouring to God? Can a religion that changes the Bible and denies the deity of Christ be honouring to God? Can a religion who teaches that Jesus is only a mediator for 144,000 be honouring to God?
The answer has to be NO! The Jehovah’s Witnesses have a zeal for God but it is not based on true knowledge and so they dishonour the very God that they claim to be serving. (Romans 10:1-4)