Why Are Jehovah Witnesses’ labeled As Non-Christian?

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I had a reader from a Christian discussion group ask me the following.

"Why are Jehovah Witnesses’ labeled as non-Christian? After all, they are a moral people who read the bible and strive to obey Christ’s teachings. Doesn't that make them Christians?"

It seems a fair question, one that I have heard more then once. With that in mind, I would like to explain why I believe Jehovah Witnesses aren’t a Christian organization,

In truth, it’s not that difficult to explain. The majority of Christendom does not consider Jehovah Witnesses as being a part of Christianity simply because their doctrines aren’t Christian doctrines. They are a moral people for sure, However our morality is not what makes us Christians. Who and what we believe in, defines our Christian faith. Morality can often be forced, contrived, and imitated. Good behavior is a staple of the majority of worlds religions, Christianity included. I believe the real question we should be asking is;

What is a Christian?

I believe by faith that Biblical Christianity teaches the following foundational Doctrines.

1. Only One God: Dt 6:4, Mk 12:29; Isa 43:10b,11;44:6,8;45:5-12;46:8,9

2 Deity of Christ: Jn 8:58;10:24-33, Col 2:9, Tit 2:13; Heb 1:1-5; Rev 22:13

3. Virgin Birth Of Christ: Isa 7:14; Mt 1:18,25, Lk 1:34,35; Jn 1:14;3:16; 1Jn 4:9.

4. Substitutionary Death Of Christ: Isa 53:5; 2Cor 5:21; Gal 3:13; Heb 2:9; 1 Pet 2:24;3:18

5. Physical Resurrection Of Christ: Ps 16:10; Lu 24:45-47; Jn 21:26,27; Ac 2:23,24; Rom 10:9

6. Second Coming Of Christ: Mt 26:64; Lu 21:27; Ac 1:11; Heb 9:28; Rev 3:11,22:20

7. Resurrection Of Dead For Judgment According To Deeds: Da 12:2; Jn 5:28,29; Ac 24:15; Rev 20:13

8. Universal Sin: Gen 6:5; Ps 53:3; Isa 53:6; Rom 3:10-18,23; 1 Jn 1:8

9. Salvation By Faith In Christ Alone: Jn 6:28,29; Rom 5:1; Gal 3:24; Eph 2:8-10; Php 3:9

10. Biblical Inerrancy: Dt 4:2; Ps 119:89,91,96,152; Isa 40:8; Mt 5:18,24:35; Rom 15:4; 2 Tim 3:16, 1 Pet 1:24,25; 2 Pet 1:20:21; Rev 22:19

Jehovah Witness doctrines differ from established Christian doctrine in just about everything to varying degrees. But the biggest and most importance difference is in their view of Christ. They deny His divinity. The Doctrines listed above are the foundational Christian beliefs taught by the Bible. I am convinced that when you depart from these doctrines you depart from Christianity as a whole.


The Word of God

Holy Scripture
Holy Scripture

Johovah's Wittness Bible NWT

One of the more sinister realities is they were unable to prove their faith from the scriptures as they have been handed down to us from antiquity. The Watch Tower Society had to rewrite the bible. We as Christians have been called to conform our understanding to God's Word. The JW's New World Translation is an attempt to conform God's Word to man's understanding/reasoning. Earning them the reputation as being deceitful. They deliberately changed the Word of God to support their particular beliefs. For more on this, click on the following Links:

Got Questions.org

Carm.org

It is my personal belief that the disciples of the JW faith are participating in a false religion But more importantly, their doctrines, when applied to your life, will bring spiritual, and in some cases, physical, death (ie: The refusal of blood transfusions).

Jesus said in John 10:10;

"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

The "they" in this verse refers to anyone who wishes to know God through Faith in Jesus. How do you know if your faith is in the correct Jesus? It introduces you to God and supernaturally draws you closer to His side, where there is life more abundantly. Morality that is is motivated by guilt or the promise of reward is superficial and often leads to detrimental actions or the falling away from the faith. True Christianity offer you the freedom to serve God, motivated by your love for God.

If you are considering the JW's tenets of faith and are attracted to their organization and message, tread lightly, for theirs is a twisted doctrine that puts you to work earning your salvation through human effort. Their beliefs will not lead you to Christ Jesus. If you join their fellowship, you will become moral, that is, if you take your faith seriously. However, you will also become tired and worn out from trying to prove to men and their god the Watchtower that you are one of Jehovah's witnesses. You will find no rest for your soul and worst of all, if you die under their mantle you will die in your sin without a redeemer.

Peace

ABR

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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Well said, Brother. Matthew 7:22, 23 says, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? . . . and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." I believe that is a fitting verse. Thanks for speaking the truth in love!


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daydreamer13 2 years ago

I don't know why they are labeled as Non-Christians, but I know that they certainly see themselves as Christians. In fact, they see themselves as very loyal Christians. This is an excellent question!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:35) "By works a man is justified and not by faith only." (James 2:24) "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13) We do well to support each other in our love of Jesus Christ.


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Abrushing1968 2 years ago from USA- Florida Author

Perspycacious:

Thanks for stopping by. John 13:35 is a wonder scripture that describe how the world will know the disciples of Jesus; by the love they have for each other. That is fellow Christians. JW's are not "Fellow Christians" as stated by this Hub.

Even so, I will show them the same courtesy and respect I show all who are outside the body of Christ. But I will not call them Brother nor will I love them as I do a fellow Christian.

As for you scripture pertaining to to faith and works

I have several Hubs dedicated to the subject. I would like to recommend two that apply to JW's and the works doctrine they promote.

The first is called "Believe and Enter God's Rest." The second is call "Faith Without Works" Both can be found in the Related Articles By Abrushing1968 link box posted above. I hope you will take some time to consider my perspective.

Peace to you

ABR

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